I started the LiveFIT program a little over six weeks ago and am proud to report that I have not quit or given up! In fact, I am still just as passionate about it now as I was back when I did my first post on it.
The LiveFit program has three phases – Phase 1 + Phase 2 are both six weeks long each – with differing nutrition plans according to which phase you’re in. Because today was my final day of Phase 1 [woot!!], I thought I’d do a little recap.
[trainers + support]
To start, I have to say that I was very honest with the trainers and members of LiveFit upon entering the program. I let them know a few things like
- what’s happening in my life and body right now,
- my reasons for training,
- my activity level [the fact that I am very active and kettlebells were to be a supplemental form of exercise],
- that I would be modifying the nutrition plan to fit my body’s needs [only because I’ve done extensive work on this and have a special circumstance right now], and of course
- that I personally have no injuries [knock on wood].
In any new fitness regimen, it’s important that your trainers know these things about you, and that they’re open and willing to help.
I felt immediately welcomed to the LiveFit community with open arms and enthusiasm. The forum and message boards on this site are so inspirational and helpful, and all the people involved pour their hearts and souls into this project because they believe in it! There are tons of resources on the site [inspirational videos, recipes, weigh ins], which helps with motivation. And holy moly, can we talk about results for a second? The people who stick with the program see results like you could not imagine!
[nutrition plan + workouts]
The nutrition plan really wasn’t that bad… the first phase is a detox phase, and it was very similar to what I eat normally, actually. I don’t feel it’s my place to give specifics, but if you’re interested, I encourage you to contact LiveFit. I will say, however, that daily apple cider vinegar drinks haven’t gotten much easier to handle.
At the end of week 1, I was sore. Even teaching kickboxing classes three times a week and lifting free weights three times a week never got me that sore. I figured my body would eventually get used to the workouts and stop hurting so much, but boy was I ever wrong about that!
Alysia’s workouts rock my socks! We never did the same workout twice, so my body never. stopped. hurting. [albiet, it’s not an all-encompassing soreness like it was in the beginning… now it’s just in specific target areas]. It’s the end of week six and I’m still sore! I never got bored with the routines, nor did I ever feel like I wasn’t pushing myself to my limits. I really love learning new, exciting moves to add to the routine [even when they burn like crazy!]. The weekend cardio challenges were also great – I typically upped the ante a little for myself because I felt like I needed an extra challenge.
While Alysia is awesome, I have already absolutely fallen in love with the “contestants”. There are a few people who perform the routines in the studio with Jason and Alysia. This method is brilliant for a few reasons: (1) those of us working out at home get to see what good form looks like and hear Alysia correct improper form, (2) everything is done in real time, so I don’t have to worry about starting and pausing the video constantly, (3) I feel like I’m part of the class, and (4) I get to see everyone’s progress as it’s happening!
There have been a few times when I have wanted to give up, but say to myself, “What would Megan say?”
I started off with just a 15 lb kettlebell, a yoga mat, and a laptop. The contestants on the show do the routines barefoot, but I really like using my Vibram FiveFingers because they give me good grip and help just a tad with my balance.
The second week in, I bought a 30 lber [I call her The Beast]. As soon as I got a heavier bell, my blisters and calluses let me know it was time to invest in a good pair of gloves.
At this point, I’m making do with what I’ve got, but eventually I think I’d like to have at least one other sized kettlebell, too.
[Disclaimer: I have watched people in this program go through incredible changes in just these six weeks. I, personally, have different goals at this point and did not follow the program to a T. My results by no means reflect the results of anyone else in the LiveFit program.]
In the past six weeks, I’ve seen a huge boost in my energy level! I feel more balanced and all-around strong. My ‘problem areas’ – arms, thighs and glutes – feel more toned and less flabby, and my clothes fit well. I’ve been sleeping well and feel emotionally supported by the LiveFit community.
Not sure if there are hugely noticeable differences, but I do have to admire a bit more definition in the arms.
[Why hello, traps]
As far as weight goes, it’s not a priority for me at this moment in time, so I’ve skipped the scale for the past six weeks. It has become much more important to me to feel strong and fit than it is to be a certain number.
We start Phase 2 next Monday, which means I get to add a few more foods back into my diet. It also means the kettlebell workouts will be three days a week instead of four like they are now.
I am so excited to keep pushing and see what Phase 2 brings!
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