Bodyrock progress & what’s next

It’s been about a month since I last talked about my workouts and how Bodyrock was going since starting it in early February so I figured I’d do some recaps and progress reports today. Also, I’m sort of ADD with my workouts so I’ll tell you what I’m thinking is next…

First of all, Bodyrock is awesome. I can’t stress enough how easy it is to have a free resource online for intense 15-25 minute workouts. For the past month I’ve been cycling through new Bodyrock workouts they’ve been posting and ZWOWs, mainly this one and this one with about 2 days of running per week (3-4 miles at a time). Earlier this week I took the fit test (where you do as many reps as possible for 50 seconds with a 10 second rest between each exercise) for the 4th time and here’s what the numbers say.

BR Fit test

*I did pushup burpees on 2/20 instead of regular ones by accident, hence the lower number.

Impressive, right?

I loved having the fit test to measure progress and I’m pretty happy with those results. My biggest improvement, although the numbers don’t really reflect it, is pushups. Some of those 25 and 26 in the first two tests were on my knees. The last two tests were not. I’ve always felt super weak in that exercise in the past and now I finally feel like I’ve got some legit strength in my arms. On top of whatever workout I was doing each day, I’d throw in 50-100 pushups (broken up) and it definitely paid off.

I had some pictures in my camera since the end of New Rules of Lifting For Women which I got through stage 4 of back in the late fall/early winter so I took some earlier this week to compare. They’re not true “before Bodyrock” pictures, but pretty close. Also, I’d like to imagine that I’ll be that tan again sometime soon…

Before Bodyrock:

After Bodyrock:

Before Bodyrock:

After Bodyrock:

My thoughts?

My arms and shoulders definitely look bigger/bulkier to me but not necessarily more “defined”. I didn’t have leg or ab pictures but to be honest, they don’t really look that much different. Proof is in those fit test numbers though, I’m stronger and better conditioned and therefore, I’m happy.

Now, what’s next?

I don’t necessarily want to completely give up Bodyrock, but I’ve decided to start Jamie Eason’s Livefit Trainer this week. After reading Janetha and Monika’s reviews of the program, I’m feeling pretty stoked about the possibilities of it. I’ll be honest (and vain) and say I wouldn’t mind looking like either of them after the 12 weeks.

livefit

The program assumes you’re working out in a gym and therefore has many exercises utilizing either cables or machines. Luckily, bodybuilding.com has a video of every single exercise in the program and it gives you 3 related exercises for each one. 95% of the time I’m able to find a barbell or dumbbell alternative that I can make work in my home gym (<–throw back to my first week blogging!). I’m also lucky in that I have a small corner home gym that has some basic stuff like a leg press, pull down bar, etc. so I think I can make this program work without having to join a gym, something I’m not willing to do.

Phase 1 has absolutely no cardio in it (the theory of which is explained on the website) and I’ll be honest in saying that I’m skeptical of that part. So far I haven’t run at all but I’ve thrown in long walks with the dog to make myself feel like I’m at least doing something. I’m very nervous about potentially losing my running conditioning and knowing how hard it is to build up a base, I really don’t want that to happen. Cardio kicks back in the program after week 4, but I might cave and do at least a 3 mile run once a week in phase 1. I feel like that’s enough to “keep up” my running at the most minimal level but not enough to alter the program’s intentions. Another option is a cardio intense bodyrock workout instead of running. Also, there are 2-3 days of rest in each week of phase 1 and I really don’t see myself needing that much. After 3 days of lifting this week, I’m slightly sore (you’re supposed to be giving it a 60% max effort on weights this week) but not enough to need 3 days of rest.

I’d love to hear thoughts on the whole cardio part in phase 1, especially from anyone that’s done the program!

So that’s the plan and hopefully I’m sticking to it.

On the diet side, I’m not really following her suggestions to a tee (I eat healthy enough as is) but I am trying to eat smaller meals more frequently and be a little more conscious of my protein intake. Protein builds muscles and muscles are goooood.

In light of that, this smoothie happened yesterday afternoon.

Seriously, Katie is on point this week with the snacks. First the coconut lemon balls and now this. One of the best chocolate shakes I’ve ever had and it’s high in protein.

     

I used carton coconut milk and cacao nibs on top, otherwise it’s the same as her recipe.

Bonus points if you drink it out of a cute jar.

 

Anyone else doing the Livefit Trainer out there? I’d love to hear thoughts on the program!

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  1. 1

    Everyone is doing Body rock, and I can’t get into it.I always catch one exercise that they do forever. Maybe I’m not finding the right ones? Wow, what a transformation with your arms! You look great!

    As in the 2nd new workout and skipping cardio, I’d say do it at least once a week if it makes you happy!

  2. 2

    I definitely think you should do livefit!
    I just finished week 4, about to start phase 2 on Monday. I was scared for the no cardio thing too, but honestly I just weighed myself and I lost a pound or so. I am not even trying to lose weight at all and I feel like I’m eating a ton, every 2.5-3 hours or so. I know for a fact that I’ve already gotten toner and even lost some inches. I promise, just stick with the no cardio!!!:)

  3. 3

    I did about 6 weeks of the trainer – and in the first phase I always did yoga on Saturdays (one ofthe rest days).

  4. 4

    You are looking so strong! Love it! I did the livefit but kind of slacked once I got to the end of the third phase. I think I got annoyed sticking to something for so long. I have been thinking about starting it all over again but I don’t know if that’s going to work because I have some races to train for. They kind of contradict each other!! I really liked the way the plan was laid out though. I definitely got much stronger as the weeks went by and saw a lot of progress, espcieally in my upper body!

  5. 5

    You look great!! :) I haven’t tried livefit but I have been doing Insanity… it’s great however the only problem is the slightly repetitive nature of the workouts! :/ I had a little break for Berlin but I’m jumping right back into it and trying to incorporate some yoga and TRX sessions as well to break things up a little.

  6. 6

    I keep hearing about the Live Fit Trainer but I know myself and honestly, I would suck if I tried to give up cardio :) I keep looking at BodyRock though but I’ve still never tried it– maybe today is the day!!

  7. 7

    oh god I don’t deserve such praise but I’m SO happy you like those 2 snacks this week as much as I did. Did you end up buying some unflavored protein powder? And that progress is amazing! I love recording workouts, reps, times etc down because its a great way to see hard proof that your body is changing even if you can’t always see it (although you definitely look more toned!). have a great weekend!

    • 8
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I haven’t found unflavored yet. The “normal” grocery store doesn’t have it (shocking) so I need to venture out to my favorite “hippie” store for it :) I forgot to mention I used chocolate protein powder for this which came out great. Extra chocolaty :)

  8. 9

    Glad that you were able to enjoy Katie’s smoothie. The minute I read her recipe, I was like oh that sounds so good!

    And as long as you feel stronger and better conditioned, that’s all that matters!

  9. 10

    Your fit test progress is impressive! Pushups have always been really difficult for me and I often do them on my knees. Part of my problem is that I do them during gym classes, like bodypump, and they often come after a bunch of chest exercises. The other week I attempted to do “real” pushups after a bunch of upper body sets and completely collapsed on my mat. Ha! Gotta start somewhere, I suppose. ;)

  10. 11

    Hey! I didn’t do ANY cardio in phase one except for some 5-10 minute elliptical warm ups and saw awesome results. i really didn’t miss it all that much, and I’m a runner!

    • 12
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      thanks Clare! I’m feeling better about the no cardio thing after hearing from a bunch of people who did it :)

  11. 13

    You look great! Legs and abs are so hard for me to tone… It seems like I could kill myself doing everything and they will still look the same. Arms are definitely the encouragers… They shape up so fast. Love the looks of that smoothie.

  12. 14

    Please send a chocolate down here to your dear ole mom.. :(

  13. 15

    SUPER excited to find your blog via FitFluential! RSS’ing now:)

    DO THE LIVEFIT program! I did it for only a few weeks before I had to stop (trying to get pregnant), but it ROCKED! I could already tell a difference in that amount of time. I would do the whole program in a heartbeat again, of course after all this baby stuff:)

    Don’t worry about the no-cardio part. I know it seems “off,” but cardio is much too overemphasized, IMHO. Weights give way to change. I’d gather a change is what you’re looking for! Can’t wait to see how you love it. And ps. Love me some Jaime Eason!

  14. 16

    Nice job, Gina! You can definitely see more definition and build. In the shoulders especially.

    I’d have a hard time with the nutrition plan for LiveFit if I cooked like you did. ;)

  15. 17

    I haven’t done Jamie’s exact program, but for the past 2 years I’ve been doing a variation of it – and went from a pretty normal figure to having very defined muscles in 3-4 months. I developed a 6 pack, triceps, biceps, quads.. you name it. Granted, I also ate (and still eat) a very, very clean diet. I think you’ll be pleased with your results :) Good luck!

    PS – great stats on your fit test!

  16. 18

    holy workout – that is, indeed, impressive.

  17. 19

    I love your blog! I am so glad you liked the review and are going to try the trainer :) it really is great! Since you are going to be at home check out LiveFit Journey on Facebook – she has been posting videos of workout days with the trainer at home using resistance bands.

    Good luck!!

  18. 21

    I would be terrified of the no cardio. I’m a cardio junkie, even though I know in my heart I need to do more weight lifting. Your arms look great though, maybe that will be my inspiration!

  19. 23

    Bookmarked both the smoothy and the workout program. This week is my break week after finishing 12 week MAXWorkouts HIIT program. I was going to start it over next week, but now I think I might check out Jamie’s program. Great timing.

  20. 24

    I just started phase 2.. I was running 20-30 miles a week prior to phase 1. I am following the diet (but not cutting out vodka and wine lol) and after phase 1 I’m down about three pounds.. My biceps have never been so defined in my life and I’ve been lifting for a couple years! They seriously look like little tennis balls LOL. Do it! You won’t regret it!!

  21. 25

    I am just finishing up with Jamie Eason’s LiveFit program! I have really loved Phase 3, so stick with it!! The first phase was hard for me too and I ended up just making 1 rest day in place of the 2/3 and just getting through it a week or so faster and on to the good stuff! I’m not much of a fan of cardio/running, so it was no painful for me to drop the cardio for a bit. I feel like the program is really for fitness beginnners and running once a week is not going to hinder your ability to build muscle, I think it’s just to try and get newbies accustomed to the workout style. I tailored the workouts to my liking to some degree in all of the phases, for instance, I build muscle really quickly in my chest and I noticed my boobies were shrinking rapidly in phase 2, so I took the chest days down a notch to avoid overworking that muscle group.
    Hope this helps!! Love your blog!

  22. 26

    I’m contemplating the LiveFit plan but I don’t think I could give up cardio. There’s just no way it would work for me. I might just do 30 min of cardio and her weight program and see what happens.

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