Hello everyone. I recently stumbled upon the BFL program after starting and stopping numerous typical bodybuilding programs in the past. I have a sever case of program-hop-itis, meaning I have trouble sticking to a program for any length of time. As such, I've never made the gains I wanted.
I have limited time to spend in the gym and on my treadmill, so like all of you, I want to get the best return on my time investment I can. I'm committed to spending the next 12 weeks to the BFL program. I'm hoping that the simplicity of the design will be what I need to stay focused.
My questions to all of you are:
Did the BFL program seem too simple to you when you first started?
How many of you followed typical bodybuilding routines in the past? i.e. 3, 4, or more day splits
Did you ever lose faith in the design of the BFL program and revert back to your old program?
Thanks for any help you can offer.
I tried a few differnet lifting techniques throught out the years and never really made any progress until I took on BFL along with the nutrition. Remember, they go hand in hand. The BFL program is simple, but takes much focus and determination to do it. It looks easier than it is. As the weeks progress you learn to really push yourself and truley hit these 10's and often time I'm spent and don't want to work out anymore lol.. I'm in my second challenge and just changed up my exercises for the first time since I started challenge one. So if you are bored or need a change, change up the exercises, but as long as your intensities are there, there is no reason why it won't work! Good luck!
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Simple?! "Program-hop-itis" is a common problem to many on this site right now, and although there are a mirad of excuses for giving up, giving up is the only thing simple about this program And for those who actually stick to their program and gain the rewards and respect they desire, they can attest that simple is not always so simple!
The BFL program is designed to work and it has done just that for many years now, but only for those who have the burning desire to finish. As Jacium mentioned, read the original Body for Life book by Bill Phillips and perhaps the system of transformation will become more clear to you.
Sure, eating right will become more simple, but inevitably there will be that day when bad foods beckon your call. Sure, weight-lifting and cardio will become more simple, but there will also be those days when you just don't feel that you can go on. It happens to EVERYONE!
The only way this or any other system will work for you is if you give it your all and finish strong! Use this incredible site to stay motivated, read the forums, join in conversations and stay committed!
2011 Body for Life Champion
It really is that simple.
Switch to a diet that is hypoglycaemic diet or what is now being called more commonly a “Natural Diet” because as soon as you sat hypoglycaemic people think diabetes. We will see more and more talk of “Natural Diets”. This program was way ahead of its time and is still as valuable today as the day it was written.
Regular focused physical activity around a balance of Cardio and Weights.
At the end of the day if you follow the program you take in X calories with many complex unprocessed carbs with a ready supply of clean proteins and you burn Y calories all while building muscle and increasing your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Because we have a constant source of food and we are damaging and rebuilding muscles our body does not use our muscle for food it is forced to burn fat.
What is not as simple is focus and sticking to the program. Going to the gym when you really don’t want to or pushing that one last rep. This is not going to cake walk its gonna hurt and you are gonna be hungry at times it is a challenge, but it does work are you ready to change YOUR LIFE?
It works for so many for just that reason. Because it is simple! No measuring portions or counting calories. No special foods to buy or programs to join. Good old fashioned hard work and clean balanced healthy foods.
I understand how you feel. This is why I chose to do the BFL program because of the simplicity of it. 45 min workouts and 20 min cardio! That is less time than I used to spend in the gym 4-5 days a week and an hour and a half each time. So yes, I was a little skeptical. But after the first couple workouts, with the help from a personal trainer to get me started on a routine and help me figure out my level 10. I was sold!
Everything else I have read and tried in the past, made it seem so difficult especially, when it came to the nutrition aspect. I too have bounced around from program to program because I was not seeing the results I wanted even sticking with a program for long periods.
I am in my 4th week of this program and I am loving the exercises. I still hate cardio, but hey, I can do 20 minutes! I started noticing minor results in just 2 weeks of this program faster than I did in a whole year of an intense exercise bootcamp.
With BFL each day I am a little sore (good sore not bad) from that days workout and my muscles are fatigued. The goal is work to your level 10!
Nutrition, was my downfall and I believe it was a big reason why I wasn't seeing the results I wanted. Don't get me wrong I thought I was eating healthy by counting calories, fat, carbs etc. But I kept getting confused with all the bad information out there.
I recommend checking out the different forums on here. They have helped me. I have received great advice from "Driven To Succeed 2011" He is helping me with a food plan. And now I believe I have it down and will succeed in the nutrition area as well as the strength training area.
If you are like me and are finding that it could be your nutrition holding you back. I would work on fixing this ASAP.
I have not lost faith in the program at all. Give it your all for 12 weeks and see what happens.
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