It’s time. Check out my final LiveFit review!
Week 12 Highlights & Lowlights
I have to say that I really loved the final week of LiveFit. While the workout was the same as Week 11, it felt like this was the real tipping point in terms of mastering the exercises. The days this week were structured the same as Week 11 (3-4 circuits of 6-7 exercises with no breaks), but because this was the second week of going through the circuit I definitely felt like I knew the moves and could push a bit harder. The very LAST day of LiveFit is a day of 1hour of cardio, so I did an Insanity DVD to mix things up! It was definitely great to end Week 12 on a high note!
The biggest lowlight of Week 12 was -as usual- my stress level! Between work being super busy and wedding planning, my eating and sleeping habits during Week 12 just weren’t where I wanted them to be. That said, I still ended the week -and the program- feeling like a rock star!!! And with that we come to…my results and overall review of the LiveFit Program!!
My Results & My Overall LiveFit Review
I had a great experience doing the LiveFit Program. Here are my results!
Start / Finish:
Weight: 127 / 125.8
Waist: 29 /28
Low waist: 32.5 / 31.5
Hips: 39 / 38
Bust: 35.5 / 34.5
Thighs: 22 / 22.5
Biceps: 10 / 11.5 ( 😀 )
Several inches lost all around, but a few inches gained- namely in my arms!! I’m really proud to see the progress in my upper body because that’s where I struggle most. Here are my thoughts on the LiveFit program overall (Pros vs. Cons) & my tips/thoughts for anyone considering doing it:
- Mastering Weights: I think LiveFit is a great program for anyone looking to get more comfortable in the weight room. Throughout the program I was forced to learn how to use different types of gym equipment and let go of the ways in which weight training intimidated me. If you’re someone who is looking for a new weight-training challenge; this is it!
- Real Muscle Gain & Fat Burn: While my weight hasn’t changed much during the program I’ve lost inches and definitely feel like my clothes fit better! So I know that I’ve lost some body fat and gained some muscle which was another one of my goals! If you’re already fit (particularly from cardio) and are looking for a new way to burn fat/flab- LiveFit will get you there.
- Setting Your Own Goals: One thing that I loved about LiveFit is that it gave me an opportunity to push my body in new ways and to set my own goals- lifting more and chronicling my progress each week, mastering supersets & drop sets- it was all up to ME! Weight training is about goal setting & discipline and I think LiveFit provides a wonderful introduction to building those fitness attributes. So I think this program would be good for someone who is fit but wants to create their own framework for fitness.
- Time & Patience! The biggest con I found for this program is the time commitment involved. I found that the time demands of the program -especially in Phase 2- were pretty tough; I think the challenge with this program is finding the 1.5hrs (closer to 2hrs if you’re still figuring the moves out) that are required to get through the workouts each week. I think anyone who is looking to commit to this program needs to be fully aware of how much time the program will require and schedule accordingly! Another factor about “time” is that the program can have varied effects on your body weight; in Phase 1 I gained weight throughout, in Phase 2 I gained then lost then gained then lost again and in Phase 3 I lost weight. I think, at least for my body, that the mix of cardio and weight training made my weight fluctuate a lot which sometimes freaked me out! So if you’re thinking about doing LiveFit, you have to take a long view of your weight/ progress & be patient- the scale may move up while your measurements move down, or vice versa!
- Proper Form to Avoid Injury: One thing I think is important to keep in mind with LiveFit is the possibility of injury when working with weights. While the program is doable at any level, I think it was really hard for me to know at times -especially in the beginning of the program- if I had proper form and was doing the exercises effectively. I think that Bodybuilding.com could do more with mobile fitness apps to improve this aspect of the program, but until they do, I would advise anyone trying LiveFit to take each exercise slow and (if possible) check out the videos of each exercise on Bodybuilding.com the day before the workout so you know what you should be doing.
- Bad Eating Habits & Lifting = No Bueno: One last obvious but important con to this program is that, depending on your body type, diet is even MORE important while doing LiveFit. I found that weight-training really elevated my appetite- far more than the high-intensity cardio I was used to. So I noticed that when I wasn’t on my game with my eating and I was lifting, I gained weight. This was especially the case for me in Phase 2 of the program and it was sometimes a bit discouraging. I think when it comes to cardio I have more wiggle room to eat poorly and still lose weight/maintain, but when I was lifting there was less room for error! So if you’re thinking about trying LiveFit, definitely be prepared to stick to a strict food regimen (especially if you’re trying to lose weight).