I have recently started a new exercise program which has lead to me walking around in a lot of pain but that's a good thing I'm almost sure it is although it doesn't feel like it. The program comes from 'Your Are Your Own Gym' by 'Mark Lauren'
The work outs that I'm doing at the moment are all based on ladders you start with one rep and each set you add a rep until a set where you reach failure then you take a rep off each set. I find this is an effective if lengthy workout and that the first few and last few sets seem wasted as even after going to failure 2 or 3 reps always seem to be easy.
The entire program is split into a periodised plan with 4 sections the first the ladders is an endurance approach which should be followed for two weeks the second section is a power approach, the third is all about power and finally it has a mixed period combining elements of all three to keep your body guessing.
I will report on how i find the workouts in the next section of the book when I have been doing them for a little bit.