I’m in my last 4 weeks of the LiveFit trainer! Phase 3 has begun and let me tell you- it’s been NO JOKE!! Not only have the weight training routines changed, cardio has definitely been stepped up a notch! Here’s how it’s going for me:
Jumping Rope & Cardio/Weight Supersets
One of the best things about Week 9 was the introduction of new and dynamic kinds of cardio. I was getting kind of bored with the elliptical machine, especially given my Shaun-T workout roots. I wanted something to get my heart rate way UP! and this week definitely brought the pain. On my Legs day, there were a lot of superset pairings of heavy weight moves with cardio moves- eg. Leg Press & Jump Rope, Leg Extensions/Side-to-Side Hops. I definitely think I freaked some people out at the gym because I was running for the weights section to the cardio room between each set, but my heart rate was soaring! And I felt like I was channeling Rocky Balboa when I was jumping rope in the gym- all I needed was a headband, a ratty gym sweater and “Eye of the Tiger” playing to complete the look! 😉
My Upper Body Is Coming Strong!
My arms are now a force to be reckoned with. My shoulders are also getting stronger and more defined too: you know that shoulder pain you get from carrying your purse around all weekend? Yeah, gone. And my wedding dress is strapless, so I’m excited about showing off my arm definition on the big day. #winning! This week there were a lot of push-ups, arm raises, Arnold presses and bicep curls combined with cardio (burpees, jumping rope, mountain climbers, etc.) I’ve now become that person who leaves a puddle of sweat in the corner of the gym. #lovingit #getsomesweatsome So my upper body is catching up to my lower!
My Diet Could Be Better
I think I would be seeing way more definition/results if I was on a stricter diet. I’m still enjoying a bit of alcohol here and there (wine, anyone?) and still eating some cheat foods (I (re)discovered Sun Chips ). Also haven’t been eating 5 times a day because my work schedule has been a bit crazed: less time always means more snacking and hasty, not so great food choices. I know that my body doesn’t change all that drastically without a really reined in food regimen, so while I’m seeing changes in definition, I haven’t really lost any weight at this point (I’m at the weight I started at in Phase 1). My wedding dress arrives soon and then fittings will begin, so maybe that will be the kick in the butt that I need? To be continued…
Time STILL Ain’t On My Side & Neither is the Treadmill
The workouts are still SUPER long. I try to get to the gym by no later than 7:30am and I don’t typically leave until around 9am. That’s a long time to be in the gym and still something that’s tough for me- especially when work flares up and I have a bunch of things to get done in the morning or late at night. The hardest part about adjusting to Week 9 was the fact that, in addition to the dynamic cardio I described (burpees, jump rope, etc.) Jamie has us doing 30minutes of sprints (30 secs sprinting, 30 secs recovering for 30minutes) on the treadmill at the end of the workout! I did this for 2 days straight and was having trouble walking on the third day of Week 9- my ankles were killing me! I will likely be switching up the cardio to something just as effective but more “joint-friendly” for Week 10.
Well that’s all for now! Can’t believe I only have 3 weeks left in this journey- stay tuned!! 😉