Well, I survived the first two weeks of the trainer. It was now time to enter the “muscle building portion” of the program. Really? I thought I was already building muscle in the first two weeks?!? Whatever it was, I was left walking around like a moron because my muscles hadn’t been tested like that in years..or forever.
Weeks three and four looked like this:
The first two weeks consisted of 4 workouts and 2 rest days. Week 3 and 4 were stepped up to 5 workouts and 2 rest days. For these two weeks, I chose to lift on Saturday and Monday-Thursday. My two rest days were on Sunday and Friday.
The most interesting part of this program is that for the first month, there is no cardio. Yes you read that right, NO CARDIO. Jamie Eason has a body to die for and she created this program.
She said she rarely does cardio, but when she does, it’s in the last 2 phases to burn fat. It was so hard to grasp the concept of no cardio. My entire life I have been the girl that goes to the gym and runs on the treadmill every day until my face turns purple. With this program, I’ve learend that you can actually get a great workout with just strength training. The science behind the no-cardio concept in phase 1 is that you need to build as much muscle as possible. It’s almost like building a fresh slate so you can scuplt it down in the last 2 phases.
Another difference in these two weeks was that we added an extra leg day. For this day, you’re supposed to workout whatever “problem area” you have. My biggest problem area is my abs, but I know that abs are “made in the ktichen” so I figured I’d do legs because they are the biggest muscles and they are my favorite to work out 🙂
Here’s a glimpse of one of my workouts. It was for back & biceps day.
I think I hit weeks 3 and 4 really hard and was pretty successful. I started to see changes in my body and my weight was dropping. I’ll do another post about the changes in weight & measurements. I found myself slowly increasing my weights which was so exciting!
The program I am following is called Jamie Eason’s LiveFit 12 week-trainer.
Next up…Phase 2!!!