Hello hello! Well, this post is a little late! I was sick last week and had a few things to attend to so I needed to take more rest days than normal and as a result, I got a little bit behind on my Jillian Michaels Body Revolution. Anyways, I am back on track and ready for Week 4’s recap!
Workouts– First of all, you may have noticed from the photo that I have moved on to Phase 2 in Week 4. Technically according to the program, Week 4 is the last week of Phase 1. The reason I moved on though was because I purchased a Groupon to a local gym that I have to start before the end of the month. Anywho, I couldn’t finish the 90 days prior to the end of the month, so I’ve had to expedite things a little. No worries though! I’ll still give you the full rundown.
That being said, on to Week 4 Workouts! I have one word to describe this week. Burn. I coped really well with Phase 1 of the workouts. I felt challenged but not too challenged and I never really had that oh.my.gosh.i.can’t.do.anymore feeling. Well, welcome to Phase 2. Jillian really steps it up in this phase. Workout 5 is chest, shoulders, arms, tricpes, quads and abs. This time a round, Jillian starts supersetting (meaning that she works the same body part(s) two exercises in a row). Holy guacamole! This is hard! There is one circuit where Jillian just totally burns your chest and shoulders and I gotta be honest with you, I’ve had to stop and not complete all the reps. Oh man, this is only the first half of Phase 2 and did I mention there is a Phase 3!?!?! Its going to be tough people.
Jillian really steps it up with the cardio too. Its longer than Phase 1 and Jillian adds in more moves but does them each for 30 seconds. I think this is actually harder because I felt that I pushed myself more since it was only 30 seconds. I’ve also noticed that my calories burn has increased even though the time period is roughly the same. I have to say that Phase 2 has really turned up the heat! Looking forward to next week to find out what my new workouts are!
Food: O.k. I’m totally off the diet. I don’t want to lie to you, but I’m struggling. The meals just aren’t realistic with my schedule. I need to get back on track. I generally eat healthy but I’ve also been indulging. I need to re-group and get back on the diet. My goal is for next week’s recap to report that I’m on the diet or sticking to the principles. So please check back next week! 🙂
I’ve noticed that since I have completed Phase 1 and moved on to Phase 2 that I’m looking really toned. I usually do more cardio days and less weight days. Jillian’s plan is actually the opposite, more weights and less cardio. I feel like you are going to say “Duh Britt” but I’ve worked out that more toning days is going to increase that firm toned look rather than doing more cardio. I know, I know, it seems obvious but for so long I thought I must do lots of cardio to burn calories and fat to look toned but really lifting weights is going to make me look more toned! Case in point- check out my tri photos here, I was doing cardio (swimming, biking and running) like 6 days a week but my arms just don’t show it. While I don’t have a recent photo of me yet (I’ll share one soon), I’m way more toned now.