As I mentioned in my post last week, I’ve started a new 12-week workout program, called Jamie Eason’s LiveFit 12-Week Trainer. Here is my Week 2 review!
The daily muscle rotation for this week was the same as Week 1: Chest/Triceps, Back/Biceps, Legs, and Shoulders/Abs. This was a 4-day week with each daily routine involving 6-8 exercises (3sets per exercise). The LiveFit planner says that each day’s routine should take about 1hr, which has been more or less accurate for me.
I started going to a different New York Sports Club this week, because the NYSC near my apartment is under construction. This made such a HUGE difference in my workout! The equipment was easier to find and there were actual people working on the floor in case I had questions. I got to the gym around 8am each day so that I could work out, shower and make it in to work on time. So here are the highlights/lowlights from Week 2:
Highlights of Week 2
I’m Learning Where My Strengths Are
I learned that I have really strong legs. I guess I kind of always knew this, but it wasn’t until I really started putting my legs to the test with weights that I realized how much my legs can do (and how much more I could be pushing them)! I did weighted leg press using 50lbs of weight (up from 45lbs in Week 1) and wide stance barbell squats using 20lbs of weight (not including the bar). Wanna be bootylicious? One word: SQUATS! They are no joke for your bootay! Was definitely feeling the burn from that move for the rest of the week! So one cool thing about the program so far is that I’m learning where my body’s real strengths are.
My Diet Has Been On Track (For Now?)
I was very good with eating this week, which is a definite highlight! ::pats on the back:: Before the gym I usually grab an apple just to make sure I’m not training on an empty stomach. After training, I’ve been really focused on upping my protein intake, so I start the day with 2-3 hard-boiled eggs (see how I make them!) and some plain oatmeal (with my love, Splenda)! Then it’s a salad for lunch (usually involving some grilled chicken or shrimp with another hard-boiled egg, veggies, olive oil & lemon juice). I brought some apples with me to work, so I’d try to snack on these between lunch and dinner and then dinner was some turkey meatballs my fiance made over the weekend (yum!). So all in all a great week for eating clean!
Lowlights of Week 2
While I’ve been eating clean, I’ve been HONGRY (yes, with an “o”). For some reason I’m finding that post-workouts I’m starving (like almost to the level as when I’d finish an Insanity/Asylum video)! I (foolishly) thought that weight-training would not cause this kind of hunger! So I find myself craving sweets and not-so-clean things- especially the later it gets in the day. Everyone keeps telling me that you burn more calories from weight training than cardio (post on this to come!), but I’m still hoping that I can stay away from those empty calories in Week 3! ::nail biting::
“Do You Need Some Help Miss? You’re in the Weights Section”
Awkward gym moment #1238438934? Being offered unsolicited weight lifting advice. I was just minding my own business doing lateral pull downs on one of the machines when one of the guys working at the gym came out of nowhere to “correct my form”. Ultimately I was glad to get the help, but I couldn’t help but notice that there were SEVERAL dudes on the floor who looked like they were doing all their exercises improperly too! Why was I being singled out? ::side-eye:: I hate to throw the gender card out there, but I couldn’t help but feel like this was a “damsel in distress” response.
Where Is That Machine?!
I know I said that I’m loving the switch in NYSC, but one thing that I definitely frustrates me is spending time looking for all of the machines in the gym! Whether it’s the Standing Calf Raise machine or the Leg Curl apparatus, it definitely adds time to your workout just finding the machine and setting the right weight. Sometimes even I have to read the instructions and practice the movement without any weight, just to be sure that I’m on the right track! This time-suck isn’t factored into the LiveFit plan, but it’s something to be aware of. Hopefully once I get through the routines from week to week at this specific gym this will become less of an issue. With all my working out at home, I forgot how frustrating being a gym member can be!
Are you a new gym member? How do you quickly get familiar with your gym?
Stay tuned for my Week 3 review!