If you go back to my post from November 3rd you can read my review of Phase One from this program. I am now going in to my third week of Phase Two of the Live to Fail program.
If you read my last review of Phase One you know that a few weeks into the program the Lower Body/ Upper Body MetCon workouts get longer. The same is true in Phase Two. Today I found that out and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I wasn’t expecting to go from MetCon 14 to MetCon 21 so soon. I thought for sure I had one more week to go until the switch. I must say that once you move in to the 14 and 21 MetCons you really feel like you got a workout. The 7 MetCons just weren’t enough. In addition to longer time the workload in the rounds gets longer too. For instance when you get to round 2 of (LB/UB) MetCon 14 the workload is 40 seconds on and 20 seconds off. You do a particular movement 2x. When you get to (LB/UB) MetCon 21 the round 3 workloads are 60 seconds on with 10 seconds rest. You do not repeat a particular movement however. Each movement is done only 1x. The kicker when you get to MetCon 21 is the challenge round is done for a full 90 seconds.
The strength portion of the workouts in Phase Two are supersets. The lineups are the same, i.e., Back/Chest; Armforge 2 (bis/tris); Shoulders & Shield 2; and Pillars of Strength. The supersets are typically a movement each for the opposing muscle groups done back to back with no rest. There is a 30 second rest however after you complete each superset and a 60 second rest when you complete a round. There are 4 rounds total and a final challenge round of one movement done for 60 seconds. In this challenge round you count and track your reps.
The workouts in the Phase Two supersets are longer ranging from 45 minutes to about 55 minutes and the rep count is higher 12 to 15 as opposed to 10 to 12 in Phase One.
I like this program and I think it is solid. I like Ben. I have seen definite growth in my muscle. The only thing I’m not really thrilled with is that I haven’t leaned out at all. That is really what I’m looking for. So I’m going to do this program maybe for another week or so and then move on to the brand new program offered by DailyBurn Black Fire with none other than Bob Harper of the Biggest Loser and someone I have reviewed on my blog before. The Black Fire program looks more metabolic and I am thinking that is something that I need to try to help lean me out some.
Stay tuned in the New Year for my review of Black Fire from DailyBurn.