The rain finally stopped and the sun finally made an appearance. Good thing too, because despite the billion things I have to do today (clean, laundry, grocery shop, etc.) I’m hoping to find some time at the pool.
My in-laws open their pool at the first glint of warm weather, so their pool has already been open for a couple of weeks now. Now let’s talk LiveFit. I’m done!!! I completed Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer Program! (You can find all my workouts on my Itz Fitness page.) I did not follow her suggested meal plan or supplements, just merely the workouts which was great for me.
Phase 1: This phase consisted of 4 – 5 days of weight lifting and no cardio. Prior to beginning this program, my workouts tended to be pretty cardio-heavy, so this phase was important for me to build more muscle.
Phase 2: Building muscle continued during this phase as I lifted 6 days a week. The sets were shorter (8 – 10 reps), so I really focused on increasing the amount of weight. A bit of cardio was re-introduced here.
Phase 3: Fat burning and maintaining muscle were the goals as the workouts consisted of cardio mixed in with supersets and additional cardio tacked on at the end. I loved how the workouts changed in this phase. One downfall I found was that the workouts took the same amount of time as in the previous two phases, but 30 – 40 minutes of cardio was expected to be completed at the end. This was hard to squeeze in during my morning workouts due to time constraints.
All in all? I loved it! I can definitely without a doubt lift heavier weights and I learned several new-to-me exercises, as well. Towards the end of the program, I grew a bit antsy as I was ready to finish it up. This was not because I didn’t like the program; I did and I do. After I finish any training program for a prolonged period of time, I get anxious to not be on a schedule anymore. I like being able to do what I want when I want. Like long walks with Zoey when the weather gets nice.
Did I see a change on the scale? No. However, I did not follow the meal plan or get in quite as much cardio as was suggested. I do believe that I gained muscle and my body fat percentage decreased, though I’m not 100% certain on this since I didn’t measure myself before and after. I do know how I feel and how my clothes fit which is a much better indicator, in my opinion.
Do I recommend it? YES! I highly recommend this program to anyone. The beauty of it is that it can be tailored to everyone’s needs: beginners or expert weight lifters. The workouts change each day and then you repeat each week just one time. It wards off boredom, but allowed me to see gradual changes as the weeks progressed. The website is a fabulous resource that shows how to do all of the exercises. I referenced it time and time again during the program.
Best Body Bootcamp Update: I have been very successful with my goals this past week. I know that getting to bed before 10pm has made a difference as I was able to wake up each weekday morning and get my booty to the gym! Since my LiveFit program has ended, I am stoked to finally try out some of Tina’s workouts! I’ve heard nothing but positive things regarding them and I’m ready to get my butt kicked on a whole new level. That being said, I am going to keep my goal of going to sleep before 10pm the same, but I’m going to change one new goal. Since I am not following any type of program and this is my first week for Tina’s workouts, I am going to set my goal at lifting weights at least 3 times this week and cardio 3 times this week.
And now it’s time to catch some rays.
Have you ever followed a workout regimen? Which one?