I can hardly believe 8 weeks has already gone by since I started the Live Fit Trainer program. Even more amazing is that I’ve stuck to it AND that I am still doing my 5 a.m. workouts. I changed myself into a morning workout person and I will forever have Jamie Eason to thank for that.
Now let’s talk about Phase 2. If you missed my Phase 1 recap I recommend starting there. A few disclaimers about my results: I am not following the meal plan provided with this plan. I cut down to only 1 leg day per week and I do not follow the prescribed cardio as I am currently running 4 days per week as part of my marathon training. But regardless of my modifications, I am definitely still getting results and that’s what really counts.
Phase 2 Review
Things got a little more intense in Phase 2. Workouts bump up to 6 days a week, cardio is added and the workouts are longer. The workouts in this phase took me closer to an hour to complete (not including the cardio portion).
This phase focuses on lifting heavier, which means that you do more sets of fewer reps. So for example, 4 sets of 8 vs 3 sets of 15.
I really enjoyed this phase. I like the heavier lifting and challenging myself to see what I’m capable of. I was able to increase my weights in almost every single exercise. Once again the first two and last two weeks repeated which I liked because then I got a second chance at the exercises where I could try to lift heavier but I definitely didn’t get bored of the exercises since they are only repeated once.
The one thing I did differently was superset some exercises to decrease the time I had to spend in the gym. This worked particularly well with workouts that included ab exercises. My only beef with this phase was the ab exercises. I found them a little boring, I mean 3 sets of 25 crunches gets old quick. I think there’s a lot more creative and effective ab exercises they could have included.
Phase 2 Results
Looking at my photos, I was at first a little disappointed to see that I don’t see any appreciable difference between phase one and phase two. However, if I’m being honest, my diet wasn’t nearly as good in Phase 2 as it was in Phase 1. I’ve had a lot of weekends out especially where alcohol was involved (wine fest twice, skiing weekend, etc). On top of that, treats have been finding their way into my diet a lot more regularly lately. I know that diet plays a major part in seeing results and that’s where I think I went wrong in this last phase.
But overall, I’m okay with these decisions. I live my life in balance. I’m not looking to lose weight or see drastic changes in my body, I just want to stick to a strength routine, get stronger and see results in my running. In that sense, Phase two has been a success and I’m happy with the results.