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Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer – Review of Week 1

by Stephanie on January 16, 2012

Last Monday I started Week 1 of Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer.  For the first week, the workout schedule consisted of four days of weight training followed by THREE rest days.  Today was day three of rest for me!   I also chose to follow the women’s clean diet and tried out several of the recipes posted on Bodybuliding.com. 

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The first week of the training program completed a full body workout in four days of weight training.

When starting this program, Jamie recommends lifting 60% of your max weight.  The workouts also consist of 6-8 exercises that can be completed in about 30 minutes. Sounds pretty easy, right?

WRONG!  By the end of the first workout, my arms were so fatigued that I could barely lift them!  Apparently narrow push ups are waaayyyy harder than I expected.  In fact, I was so sore from the first day that it hurt to take my coat off the rest of the week!   

I did not push as hard the second day because it hurt to move my entire upper body.  However after completing my leg workout on day 3, I did not feel that I lifted enough weight so I did an extra set of walking lunges.  Jamie proved me wrong, because the next day my legs were so sore that  it hurt to sit down. 

Because I workout on my lunch break, it was difficult to make it to the gym four days in a row.  By Thursday I wanted to take a day off but I was really looking forward to THREE full days of rest.  So I celebrated that last set of sit-ups and spent at least ten minutes stretching. 

Phase 1 is focused on building muscle, so that means NO CARDIO!  I will admit, it felt strange to finish my workout in about 30 minutes and not head up to the treadmill to run a few miles.  However, my muscles need time to repair from the weight training!

While the workouts were challenging, I think that eating clean the entire week was the most difficult adjustment.  Basically my week consisted of sautéed veggies with egg whites, oatmeal with peanut butter, spinach salad, turkey chili, salmon with steamed broccoli, turkey meatloaf muffins, apple cinnamon protein bars, and greek yogurt with blueberries and ground flaxseed.  Let me be clear, eating clean is not the challenge for me – it is the extra time spent prepping and cooking all of those meals!  Eating three meals and three snacks a day equals a lot of time in the kitchen. 

Even though I was “resting” this weekend, the clean eating continued.  However, I do believe in at least one (or two) weekly indulgence(s).  So I made a quick trip to Sprinkles on my lunch break Friday!  I bought Trey his tried and true favorites, Milk Chocolate and Red Velvet.  Then I tried two new flavors, Chai Latte and S’mores.    The S’mores cupcake was my favorite of the two, because of the roasted marshmallow “frosting”. 

Today was my main food prep day, so I made veggie egg frittatas, turkey meatloaf  muffins, cinnamon protein bread, magic mini meatloaves (for the kids) and chicken breasts stuffed with chard, turkey bacon and swiss cheese.  After my rest days, I am actually looking forward to going back to the gym tomorrow!

When was the last time you were so sore it hurt to move?  Do you have “prep days” or are you more likely to cook several times a week?  Do you believe in cheat days/meals or do you have to stick to clean eating 100% of the time? 

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1 zane January 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Great post. When DJ and I train, we are usually sore a little the day after, very sore on the second day, and then only slightly on day 3. I know it’s gonna be bad if I’m sore before I go to bed the day we trained.

When I’m eating clean (I was clean from 2009 until June of this year, took a few months off, back on now) I’ll stay clean for 10-12 days, then take a few meals or a day off.

The cupcake pictures made me drool this morning! I tried a s’mores milkshake over the weekend and it was delightful.

Have a good week training!

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2 Stephanie January 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Thanks for the great comment!
My body is still adjusting to weight training four days in a row. I usually mix up my workouts with running several times a week so it has been a change to just focus on weights. My chest and triceps were so sore the second day that I had difficulty getting in a good back and tricep workout! I am curious to see how my body reacts to the same workouts this week.
I am inpressed that you were eating clean for over two years. We were on track most of last year but I did struggle with keeping up with cooking clean meals during December. With my sweet tooth, I always struggle with the first few days of getting back on track because my body is craving sugar. I look forward to the weekends because I always give myself permission to indulge on something sweet, like cupcakes.

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3 Nick January 17, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Very nice Steph. I’m doing a lot more running nowadays. That sounds weird, right? You weight training and me running?? BACKWARDS! hehe

Anyway, I had to comment because I FINALLY found a combination for oatmeal that I like: 1/2 cup oatmeal, 2 tblsp PB, 1 tblsp of agave, and 1 banana. Thank you Lord! A cheap meal that fills me up and is good for me! The banana is the key haha

And last but not least, when I saw those sprinkles cupcakes I had to stop myself from driving straight to dallas right now to go get some. Talk to you later!

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4 Stephanie January 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Great job on the running! It has been very different for me to cut back on the cardio but I also wanted to add some muscle so I am trying to follow the training program as close as I can. I will get back to running in Phase 2 or 3 because I have the Dallas Rock n Roll half marathon on March!
So glad that you figured out your favorite combination for oatmeal. I just made a big batch last night and plan to post directions on how to make rolled oats. Trey apprently does not know how to make oatmeal either and it is one of Sophia’s favorites for breakfast.
Come visit us anytime in Dallas and we promise to take you to Sprinkles. I also have some other food trucks and cupcake trucks that you should try while you are here!

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5 Jen@FoodFamilyFitness January 17, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Crazy as it sounds, I love when I’m really sore after a workout! I believe in having cheat meals, I’m not at a point where I can have cheat days yet. One cheat day turns into 10 really quickly.

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6 Stephanie January 18, 2012 at 9:24 AM

You are right, being sore after a workout is a good indication that you worked hard!
I don’t usually declare a full cheat day but I allow myself to pick 1-2 meal (usually on the weekends) that are a little more indulgent. I know you have a weight loss goal in mind, so that is great that you know your limits. It does help to get in a routine with healhy eating and it cuts down on the cravings. You are doing great!

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7 Jen@FoodFamilyFitness January 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I hope one day I can let myself go a little bit more, but for now I have to keep the reigns pretty tight ;)

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8 Yoga January 18, 2012 at 10:20 PM

“I just don’t have time!…I work all day and I am just too tired…My life is too crazy right now…I have a family to take care of…

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9 Victoria January 31, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I was looking for some inspiration for the LiveFit program and yours was the first thing to come up in my search : ) I’m on Day Two of Week Two. I don’t know what to think. First of all, I am used to lifting heavier than the program calls for. Overall, the weight training is less than I do regularly. And, of course, I miss my two mile runs everyday! I hope the pace picks up. But…and here’s the key, I think…I am making a choice, every meal, every morsel to eat clean. THAT is killing me! : ) Conversely, the sheer amount of food is WAY more than I’d eat in a day. So, it is a lifestyle change, but a different one for me. I was encouraged by your post. I see you’re a week ahead of me. I hope you’ll keep posting so that I know what’s next!

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10 Stephanie February 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Victoria, I agree that this program started out a little “light” on the weight training. However, I think it was designed that way to help those who are newer to weight training build up a foundation. The weight training kicks up a notch in future weeks. Also, I am excited to get back to running too. I start week 5 today, which includes moderate levels of cardio four times a week. Food wise, I also have a hard time getting in that much food. I just make an effort to eat clean and increase my protein intake, although I do better on some days than others. Read about my review of Phase 1 here. Good luck!

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11 Dawn February 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Leg days are what really gets me sore. It sounds like your first week went pretty good. I am going to start this program next week. It appears to be a great plan from what I have seen.

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12 Stephanie February 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I just posted another review of Live Fit, which discusses my expereince during the first four weeks. Today I start Phase 2 which means more weight lifting plus the addition of cardio! http://foodandfitness4real.com/2012/02/06/jamie-easons-live-fit-trainer-review-of-phase-1/

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13 Lisa February 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Today was my first day of starting the program. I figured out my max weight I could lift comfortably then lifted 60% of that. It feels like I didn’t really get a very good workout and I’m not sore at all. I’m just curious how much weight you were lifting for each exercise that first day. Thanks for any advice you might have, feeling a little discouraged.

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14 Stephanie February 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Lisa – For me, the first week was more about making sure I was using proper form and getting into an exercise routine. My weights were light enough to complete 3 sets of 12 reps while maintaining form (5-15 pound dumbbells for most upper body exercises). The exercises the second week are the same as the first so if you are frustrated, I would try a little heavier weights the second week. You will increase weights to 80% of max the third week then 85% of max the fifth week – so I promise you will be sore from your workouts soon! I can already see differences in my body so I encourage you to stick with it!

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15 Summer December 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I’m curious about 2 things…. 1. How do you remember which exercises to do when your at the gym, do you bring them on paper or what is the best way to remember them? and 2. How we’re your results from the program? I’m really considering trying it!

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16 Stephanie December 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Hi Summer! Yes, I printed out my workouts and used a clipboard at the gym to keep track of my reps & weights. I would print out the workouts for an entire week and plan in advance when I was going to go to the gym. As for results, I made it through about week 9 of the 12 week program. I was having trouble fitting in the longer workouts towards the end so I stopped. However I did notice a difference in my muscle tone, check out my arms in my Warrior Dash recap

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