Review of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit 12-Week Trainer (Week 3)

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Push. UP.

I’m a quarter of the way through my LiveFit journey! Check out my Week 3 review!

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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? **

Go To Week 4 Review!

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9 Responses to Review of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit 12-Week Trainer (Week 3)

  1. krista says:

    A lot of people find this to be true.. TRY TO IGNORE THE SCALE. I know its not easy.. but try to use measurements, how clothes fit, and pictures to show improvement. YOUVE GOT THIS. Keep working hard love, youre such an encouragement.

  2. Priscilla Orta-Wenner says:

    We all gain weight…even those of us with our stomachs cut in half….the key is to make sure 1. you are generally living healthy and 2. that you don’t let it get out of control. (Says the girl who is terrified of gaining weight and going back to 300lbs.). Weight, like everythign else in life, goes up and down. Blessed are those whose lives and weight are always at even keel.

    As an aside, I would LOVE a post on how to keep the weight even and what to do when you JUST DO NOT WANT TO DO JACK ANYMORE. I’m in that phase, personally. I’m tired of watching what I eat and I wouldn’t work out if it weren’t for my personally training sessions (I have even gotten tired of getting up and running the dogs). Maybe a post on whether this is normal? (Having never been at a normal weight or normal fitness level, I guess I’m’ a little paranoid). Tips on what to do to get yourself back into the groove?

    Anyways–back to you. You are in incredible shape. You always eat healthy. You are allowed to take 1 week and say “To hell with it.” Just go back to “normal” eating as soon as you can.

    P.S. Yes, muscle building makes you ravenous! So does swimming. Just FYI.

    • ChicFitChef says:

      As usual Priscilla, you broke it DOWN! I will definitely work on a post about “weight maintenance” which is something that I’m actually trying for (gaining muscle and losing body fat but generally staying around the same weight). Thank you for the feedback!

      And yes, I turn into the Incredible Hulk after I weight train, only instead of smash, my brain is saying EAT!!! I will not give up though; the scale can’t keep me down! Thank YOU for being such an inspiration!

  3. Jennifer Rohrer says:

    I also gained weight while increasing my weight training during my contest prep. Try not to be too worried as its healthy lean mass which is more compact than fat. So while the scale may say an increase, size-wise is a decrease. Oh, and I love Jamie Eason’s Turkey Meatloaf Muffins!! Easy, healthy, and yummy!

    http://sarahfit.com/turkey-meatloaf-muffins-from-jamie-eason/

    Keep up the good work girl!

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  5. SKS says:

    Congrats on making it to the quarter-down milestone! I also had to adjust my idea of my ideal weight when I started gaining muscle, but I felt that was within my rights. Pictures and measurements are definitely key, especially because some clothes might end up tighter than they were before (think sleeves, pantlegs), so using those as a yardstick can be depressing. Guilty confession: I couldn’t handle going up a jeans size, so I cut the leg exercises… I worked too hard to get to that jeans size in the first place! Probably depends on body type though.

    There’s a cute iPhone app, VisualDiet, which lets you record weight and body fat along with a picture every day, and you can have those played as sort of a time lapse video later. It’s kind of fun.

    So don’t let the scale get you down!! Just take some time to figure out a new normal. Getting to eat more is one of the greatest things about a serious weight lifting regimen – and what you’re doing sounds like a VERY serious one. Enjoy it!!

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