I am always trying to learn something new. I am always trying to improve something. I was curious about the method to my ex-boyfriend’s split style training madness last December and he could tell.
“How many reps do you do?” I would ask.
“How many days to you train back?”
“How often do you use only bodyweight?”
“Wait, do you ever use body weight?
“What about cardio?”
Aesthetically, his results proved that something about his training method worked.
On January 1st, I sat at the Nashville airport texting him while waiting for a flight. I sent him some of my New Years resolution goals and he sent me a link to Jamie Eason’s Livefit Trainer on BodyBuilding.com. I looked into it and saw that it was 12 weeks.
“Fair enough,” I thought. I read more.
Jamie is 5’2″ like me and I liked the idea of following someone’s program who is my size.
I decided to give it a go.
FYI: when I started the Jamie Eason program, I had a bit more strength. I had been lifting kettle bells for 5 months, and had more muscle than the above photo.
In the past, my experience with split style training was minimal:
– four sessions with the Hard Pressed guys (who gave me confidence and knowledge about how to use machines in this training format and how to rep tip failure so you truly feel the burn)
-high school lifting class
As a former gymnast and cheerleader, I have always trained in more of a functional movement style and focused less on isolating one muscle, (i.e. a bicep curl). I typically did many complex movements using the total body because that type of training made me a better pole-vaulter, gymnast and cheerleader.
But I am not any of those competitively anymore (in my heart, always).
So it was time to take a look at aesthetics, if I truly wanted to look a certain way.
Thus, on January 2nd I took my ex-boyfriend’s mindset and thought “Okay, I will design my body.”
Here is a video about my experience with Jamie Eason’s program.
Three reasons I love it:
It teaches how to carb cycle and plan macros in phase III.
It provides thorough workouts that are NOT cardio intense.
It is precise and clear; It is easy to follow and motivating.
Three reasons it was NOT for ME:
I didn’t love that type of working out.
I didn’t like obsessing too much about the macros (at that point I barely had time).
It didn’t feel athletic to me.
Results: I went from 114 pounds, to 120-122 pounds and built a booty. I could see my abs and developed a beautiful back. I got in a routine etc.
I do not think that women who are not 100% motivated by aesthetics should try it; meaning, there is one specific end goal here and if you aren’t seeking to build a physique this may not be for you. Also if you cannot move well, in my opinion, you should work on that first. However if a chronic injury holds you back, with a coach, you could potentially use this type of training to avoid the injured area.
Furthermore, I had to do a lot of my own research along the way to make the program the most optimal for my body and the most efficient. I researched supplements continuously, pre-workout drinks, etc. and I got too obsessed with it since it is so scientific.
However, if you want something very regimented, it is regimented with flexibility (if that is possible). For example, she gives options for macros at each meal (i.e. a “white” fish or grilled chicken)
Luckily for me I have a strong nutrition base, so I could easily find a way to sneak in 30 grams of protein at lunch, no matter what she suggested food wise; I just made sure it fit the macros.
Remember, consider your goal first and foremost. Then think about the best tool to use.