Happy 2013! I hope your new year has been going well so far!
Since classes are starting back up on Wednesday, I took the train back to Philadelphia this morning. The next few days are going to be filled with running errands and studying for an exam that I have on Thursday. Although I absolutely loved seeing my family, friends, and Josh, it feels good to be back at my place in Philly. I’m glad I don’t have to live out of a suitcase for a while!
After going back and forth a lot, I finally decided to commit to Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer for the next three months. LiveFit is a free online training program that can be utilized by anyone! I completed the program when it was first released by bodybuilding.com and really enjoyed everything about it. I loved the progressive workouts, and I was definitely at my strongest after completing the program’s three phases.
With a hectic schedule last semester, I wasn’t fueling my body as much as I wanted to in order to make any gains in the gym. My strength has just about plateaued, and I can’t remember the last time I PR-ed in anything besides my running distance and time. I don’t think I was under-eating in the fall, but I definitely wasn’t eating enough to give me excess energy to lift heavier. I thrive on strength training and to see that I haven’t progressed at all recently really gives me the urge to physically challenge myself these next few months.
I figured the best plan of attack for this semester would be to follow a structured program, so I don’t have to spend a lot of time designing my own workouts. Also, for some reason, I’m more likely to train harder using a program that I didn’t create for myself. Since I had such a great experience doing LiveFit the first time around, I decided that I’m going to go through it again! LiveFit has you eating a ton of clean foods, so I’m hoping to stick with that at least 95% of the time.
My main goals for this program are:
- Gain strength and some muscle mass
- Lean out a bit
- Eat, eat, and eat more (clean foods)
LEAN OUT, ARMSIES!
I’m going to have to deviate from the training component a little bit by adding in my weekly runs to continue preparing for my half marathon. I don’t think it’ll be a big deal, as long as I refuel properly. I’ve definitely noticed that since I gave up squatting and added my weekly long runs, my quads have gotten smaller and my glutes are practically nonexistent. Can you say pancake butt?! Thank goodness I’ll be doing a lot of glutes and legs during LiveFit.
I’ve got a long to-do list that’s calling my name. Have a great day, friends!
Question of the day:
Have you ever followed a structured training program before? How’d you like it?