Bridge Inspiration and Post Vacation Recovery:
I’ve been spotting a runner on a bridge I drive across on my way home each night from work this week. I’m quite amazed as I’ve been working pretty late hours this week and don’t often get home until shortly before midnight. I don’t know if it’s the same runner I’ve been spotting each week or different runners each time, but whoever it is, they’ve been out there each night, whether it’s a calm, almost warm night or, as the week progressed, a rainy wintry night. I am highly impressed by their dedication!
Unfortunately, their dedication didn’t extend to me because I was lacking a bit of fitness mojo this week and had two rest days – Monday and Saturday. I’m going to just chalk it down to post vacation blues after our trip down south on the previous weekend. It might just have been the long drive to and from Margaret River as I assumed driving duties for the trip and didn’t realise just how tiring driving three hours back and forth was until we finally got home. Or it could just be, as said, the post vacation blues – I’ve noticed it always takes a little while to ease back into a routine after a trip and perhaps a simple weekend getaway is no different!
Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide Review, Week 9
So I decided to give myself the Monday off training-wise and instead got my mojo on with Week 9 of Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide on Tuesday. That definitely shocked me back into action! The first workout of the week targeted legs and it.was.full.on. Previous reviewers were definitely not kidding when they said the last four weeks of her guide were hardcore. I’ll give you a hint as to how hardcore it was – it starts with 50 jump lunges. That’s right. Fifty. Now, I’m usually a fan of jump lunges and I like to consider myself somewhat of a jump lunge pro. I don’t know if it was also because my legs were feeling particularly leaden at the beginning of this week, but those jump lunges definitely took it out of me! After the workout, my butt was sore for the next two days! I definitely felt the burn!
Usually, the cardio/legs section of each week’s workouts is, in my opinion, the hardest one so I was anticipating a lighter session with the following session, which targeted arms. No, no, no! This one was pretty hardcore too! So hardcore that I’m only able to complete one round of each circuit before my timer goes off. But you know what? I still felt incredibly proud of myself because I know my arm strength is improving with each workout and as the weeks progress, I find myself able to do all kinds of arm strength exercises which I know I wasn’t able to before.
I was glad to get to the end of the week with an abs session before the final workout for Week 9. Although this felt like the lightest session of the week, mainly involving a lot of lying down and doing leg lift type exercises, this session didn’t pussyfoot around either because I definitely felt the soreness in my abs the next day. It’s always good to find a set of ab exercises that actually do target the core!
Kayla’s workouts may be tough, but they leave you with a major sense of accomplishment at the end of it. And while I didn’t manage to fit in much cardio this week, other than my swimming practices, I definitely felt like I’ve done good with my body this week 🙂
Learning to Swim: Practice, practice, practice
And, yes, did I say swimming? I did! I decided I finally had to knuckle down and get some swimming practice this week and so slotted in two practice sessions ahead of my weekly swimming class. They weren’t very long because I find I tire easily with swimming and found no point in keeping up a practice if I knew I was just going to be doing sloppy technique. However, we’ve got a a couple of new instructors in our class this week (which I find is kind of nice nice because it provides a bit of a change and it’s always good to get some new pointers from different people. Does anyone else find that to be the case, especially when it comes to learning swimming techniques?). Anyway, one of our new instructors today was a girl who told us she too had learned to swim as an adult. She was also doing her sports science degree at the same time and she really stressed the importance of practising constantly to make these new motor functions a habit for our bodies. So I’m going to start doing some rescheduling of all my workouts to try and ensure I get at least two or three practice sessions a week. Ideally, I really should be doing it every day, but I guess every little bit helps!
Another new nice thing about swimming? My breast stroke is finally coming along. Hooray! 🙂
August 4th to 10th:
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 9
Wednesday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 9 plus 20 minute swim
Thursday: 20 minute swim
Friday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 9
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 45 minute swim