Training Update: Nearing the End of Phase 1?
Hey friends How does a good old post filled with a bunch of fitness talk sound?
You know I could talk about training and fitness forever and I definitely haven’t updated you all on my progress through the LIVEFIT trainer in a while, so today seems like the perfect time to do so since I have been thinking about my progress, goals, and how to reach those goals quite frequently lately seeing as how I am nearing the end of phase one of the LIVEFIT trainer!
Today is the first day of my last week in phase one of the LIVEFIT trainer. Or, I should say – it is supposed to be my last week of phase one…
In phase two of the trainer, cardio is introduced. A full 30 minutes of steady state cardio four times each week.
Currently, I am doing no cardio. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Nothing but the heavy stuff which I am totally loving.
However, have you ever heard about how when someone is told that they “can’t” do something, they want to do it even more?
Well, never have I ever craved cranking out some intense sweaty intervals on the treadmill as much as I have this past month while being on the trainer that intentionally cuts out cardio for one month.
The no cardio in phase one is totally worth it though, so trust me – I have not gave in to said cravings. The only cardio I have done in the gym (I tend to walk in malls a lot? I like shopping) is pathetic little 5 – 10 minute warm ups
I’m so happy that I have stuck to the program and did not allow myself to give into the HIIT cravings because the entire point of me starting the trainer in the first place is to gain weight (hoping more of that being muscle weight than anything else). And seeing has how weight gain is the ultimate goal, I believe nixing cardio from my routine will definitely get me there faster.
But now, let’s take a peak at where I am…
If I were to follow the program to a “T” as intended, I would be starting the cardio in one week. However, I have not made the gains I have wanted. I still have a long ways to go, so what’s a girl to do?
I have decided to prolong phase one and keep doing what I’m currently doing! I’m going to really concentrate on making gains and lifting heavy.
I think it would be silly of me to progress to the next phase and introduce such a large amount of cardio into my routine before I meet (or even come close to meeting) the goals I have set for myself.
Personally, I think that 2 hours of cardio per week right now is far too much for me (that’s for ME personally). My body really doesn’t need to be doing cardio for that long seeing as how I have weight to GAIN not LOSE – it’s all about gaining right now. I’m so committed it’s unbelievable.
I am really happy with myself and how I have been moving through the program so far, though. My upper body seems to gain muscle really easily, so I am actually starting to notice my shoulders and biceps getting a little bigger from what they were already! YAY! As for my legs go, I have a slight “outer swoop” to them that was definitely no where to be seen before. This makes me incredibly happy because I have always had pencil legs. Other than seeing changes, I am making changes as well. I am continuously increasing my weights (or at least pushing myself and trying to).
(I am hoping to get a few more progress pictures – especially of my legs!)
This program has made me realize how beneficial it is to actually FOLLOW a program. I was really leery about following a program actually. Before beginning the trainer, I was having far too much fun creating my own routines, but then I was getting too stressed out about them. I needed to make them “perfect”, so now that I am following something that has workouts literally laid out for me in a sensible way (working larger muscle groups before small and not incorporating endless numbers of exercises within a single routine) I am finding a huge change in how I am able to push myself throughout my daily workouts
Today while I was doing my beloved bench dips I began to think – am I actually fatigued by 10 reps?
The answer was no. So guess what this chick did? I loaded up a 25 lb. plate on my lap and cranked out 3 sets of 10 reps.
Oh did that burn, but it felt so good. So good.
I actually plopped my butt down on the floor right after I finished that tenth rep and probably looked a little silly while my legs were still elevated on the bench, but oh well – I worked HARD (and the only other people in the gym were old men – like in their 70’s. HAHA).
That’s what you have to do. Push yourself. It may be scary, but pushing yourself is worth it. And it’s important to remember, this applies to not only fitness, but life in general.
So that’s where I am at. I’m hanging out in phase one for a bit longer. How much longer? I’m not entirely sure. There is only 2 weeks of doing these particular exercises for 3 sets of 10 in the program, so I figured why not extend it at least another two weeks to make it four weeks in total? I could even go six weeks! We’ll see And I will keep you posted if you so wish.
Thanks for the fitness chat! You know I love them
Have you ever done a gaining phase? How long did it take you to accomplish your gains?
What do you think about my decision? Would you be able to go longer than a month without cardio?
Who else agrees that mall cardio is the best cardio ever?
P.s. I am totally LOVING Christmas holidays I am loving the fact that I actually have the time to read all of the blogs I want to read. So many of you are incredibly talented and have so much knowledge, so I must read your blogs!
Something else I am loving about Christmas holidays?
Pyjamas ALL day, the comfort of home, cuddling with Cuddles, full days spent with Mom, eating breakfasts with Daddy, and of course – CHRISTMAS MUSIC! I am currently listening to the lovely and gorgeous Michael Buble