I’m a quarter of the way through my LiveFit journey! Check out my Week 3 review!
Week 3 caught me off guard because the workouts changed. Instead of working out just 4 days per week, it’s now 5days & there are more like 7-9 exercises per day instead of the 6 exercises from Weeks 1 & 2. So the time commitment went up; I had to take additional time to learn the movements and use proper form. Also, I’ve been having some trouble navigating Bodybuilding.com’s website (more on this in the “Lowlights” section below), so that made working out at the start of this week a bit frustrating. There’s nothing worse than coming to the gym super early in the morning only to find out you don’t know your routine! But let’s start out on the bright side…
Week 3 Highlights
I Got to Work Legs Twice!
Remember how I said that I have strong legs in my Week 2 Review? Well they got put to the test, twice this week! Between leg extensions, squats and a few new moves like weighted lunges, and one-legged kettle bell deadlifts, my hamstrings were burnt out by the end of this week. It was also cool to see my weight start to increase- I started out in Week 1 lifting 35lbs on Leg Extensions and by Week 3 I was at 50lbs!! As annoyed as I’ve been carrying a pen and paper around, it’s definitely satisfying seeing my results in black and white!
Can It Be? Actual Biceps?
I started out this program only being able to do a few sets of push-ups and I’m already seeing that number increase! Week 3 was the first time I really started to notice that I was getting stronger in my upper body, which is a true improvement for me. There’s a lot of upper body work -biceps, triceps & chest- but also a lot of upper and middle back work too, which I’m hoping will improve my posture and help me hold up the -ahem- girls. And nothing makes you look more trim than poised perfect posture!
Week 3 Lowlights
“Womp womp”, Said The Scale…
I’ve gained weight. Yes, I said it. Eek! This program is really putting all my “ignore the scale” philosophy to the test! I think part of it has to do with my eating habits which I think have just faltered a bit since Weeks 1 & 2. I’ve been surprised by how much weight lifting has increased my appetite- my healthy foods just don’t seem to be enough to keep me full! And of course, unhealthy work snacks abound -cookies, cakes & chocolates!- ready to sabotage my morning grind! I also wasn’t able to cook dinner for the week on Sunday so we ended up ordering out each night! I’m trying not to sweat the gain too much, after all, some of that has to be muscle, right? 😉 But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little disappointed. Could use some positive reinforcement guys!
Get It Together BodyBuilding.com!
I’ve been having trouble navigating Bodybuilding.com’s website. Thus far, I’ve been printing out my workouts and creating a little packet for the week to bring with me to the gym. But silly me, I assumed that all the workouts for Phase 1 would be the same! I was just lucky that I happened to check out the workout on Sunday night to make sure I knew what I was doing, otherwise I would have been off-program. Then to make matters worse, I rely a LOT on the pictures that accompany the routines, but Week 3 has routines with no picture! For example, a “Hammer Strength Lat Pulldown” sounds a lot like “Wide Grip Lat Pulldown”, & with no picture to show me the difference I was screwed! I had to stop my mid-workout to YouTube the move before I could do it. I figured it out but it’s very frustrating! Well that’s a wrap for Week 3! Be sure to tune in for my Week 4 review! 😉 -CFC
** How do you deal with weight gain when you’re working out? **