As mentioned in an earlier post last week, I started with Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer last Monday. I plan on giving updates every few weeks on how I am feeling, how my body is changing, and what I have been doing with my workouts. Since it’s only been a week, I don’t want to take any more measurements yet — I figure I will take measurements every two weeks to see changes. I did get a few questions the other day and also came up with a few I thought you might still be having for this week’s update.
How much does it cost?
It is absolutely 100% free!
How does LiveFit Trainer work?
LiveFit is a 12 week program that Jamie Eason, a trainer over at Bodybuilding.com has put together. The program is split into three phases, each phase being 4 weeks long. The first phase is all about getting acclimated with weight lifting — each week ranges from four to five days of strength training (at 65% of your maximum effort) using free weights with no cardio. The second phase ups the game a little bit more — six days of strength training working at 85% of your maximum effort. Cardio is also brought back in at four 30 minute sessions. In the last and final stage, weight lifting is again a big focus, but Eason adds HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and plyometrics.
Not only is there a very detailed day by day workout schedule to follow, but there is also a meal plan that is recommended, which I will talk about in the next question.
Are you following the meal plan?
To put it bluntly, no.
I’m not opposed to following loose guidelines for eating — heck, I already do that now by making sure I live a healthy lifestyle, but this one just seemed like waaay too much with far too many rules for me. I looked it over, and what the meal plan does is follow a 5-6 mini meal program with a high protein focus. I didn’t see a lot of carbohydrates (in the second and third phase, you are supposed to carb cycle which I have no idea what that means) — and if I know anything about myself, it’s that I know I do not do well on a low carb or low fat lifestyle.
While I have not been following the meal plan, I have made a few changes so far. I cleaned things up a little bit — it gave me that swift kick in the behind after the holidays were over and I realized I needed to lay off the sugar big time. I’m still eating as I did before, but am making a conscious effort to add in more protein since I am weight lifting. I noticed last week I was hungrier than I normally am, so I’m guessing it might be because of all that iron I’ve been pumping!
I guess I’m going to be a guinea pig — I would love to track my results next to someone who has been following the meal program.
How are you liking the workouts so far?
I really like them. It’s been weird to go to the gym and not leave looking like a sweaty beast. I actually have enjoyed getting up in the morning and heading to the gym. With weight training, the time flies by since you are constantly switching up the exercises. This week I did four days of lifting. Each day focused on a different muscle group. This week’s workouts focused on:
- chest and triceps
- back and biceps
- legs and calves
- shoulders and abs
The workouts took anywhere from 25-35 minutes — they were definitely doable!
Oh, and I cannot even believe how sore I was. It was unbelievable.
Do you miss cardio?
Surprisingly, no. I think the first week of no cardio really got to me because I was taking a full week off from working out in general. I really missed not working out at all. Last week was fun for me to get involved in something I have a lot more to learn about (strength). Like I explained the other day, running was starting to feel like a chore to me and it really wasn’t as much fun as it always had been. It was more out of habit than anything. It just feels weird not to do any cardio. In fact, I think this is the longest time in five years that I haven’t done any cardio.
Have you been supplementing any of the workouts?
A little bit. I have been doing ab work on all of the days — nothing much, but about five minutes worth at the end of every workout. On two of the days, I also did 10 minutes walking on an incline on the treadmill because the strength workout was pretty short and I wanted to fill some more time before I went home. On Saturday, I went to my favorite hot yoga class — finally some sweat! It felt good to stretch out all my tight muscles from a week of lifting and to get my body ready for week 2!
Question: Do you have any other questions about the program or my philosophy on following it? Please note — all of this is based on my experience and opinion on the program. I am in no way being asked to endorse this program.