Week in Training (October 20th to 26th)

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This week marks Week 15 of the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide and the third week in her second guide! I’m also ensuring I keep hydrated during my workouts with a bottle of lemon-infused water!

Week 15 is pretty similar to Weeks 14 and 13 in that she still keeps the reps relatively low (mostly reps of 15 except for a few moves) and instead incorporates weights in many of her moves. I’m still able to do the circuit moves plus at least 1-2 repeats before my seven minutes is up each time, but with the weights added, I can definitely feel my muscles working to keep up! As usual, each of the three sessions tackles a different part of the body – Monday is legs, Wednesday arms and Friday abs. My legs were definitely super sore after Monday – the legs workout is always a real muscle burner!

I also tried to incorporate Circuit 1 of the Full Body Optional Sunday workout that I missed out on doing last Sunday. Unfortunately, due to time constraints later on in the week, I didn’t get to start Circuit 2 but flipping through the guide book, I see that the optional workout turns up again in a couple of weeks’ time so I’ll look forward to doing it then instead!

For cardio, I’m still incorporating my run/walks. I’m having a lot of fun with these run/walks. They’re such a great compromise for right now when I don’t feel like a long run, yet I’m too impatient to just walk. So I just run when I feel like it and walk when I feel like it. It makes me happy and I know I’m still getting active.

Why don’t I feel like running? Well, two reasons. One is that I’m concentrating on doing the Kayla Itsines workouts so my body’s pretty sore/tired from the resistance/plyo sessions and so that means on cardio days, I don’t especially feel like throwing myself into running distances of anywhere from 7km to 10km, plus I don’t want to overdo it! My body needs rest too! Secondly, I’ve kind of lost my old mojo for running for now 🙁 maybe it’s my body trying to tell me something or telling me to rest up and not try too many different things at once for now, I don’t know. I still want to run, but I’m not as gung-ho about running long distances anymore (and believe me, running long distance is as much about willpower and the mind as much as it is about the actual physical running, perhaps even more so than the physical side of things). I know the mojo will return eventually but in the meantime, my run/walks will serve as a great way of keeping my leg muscles and endurance strong until I’m ready to go long and fast again. And, of course, it’s much better than just sitting on the couch!

On Sunday, we had a new countdown challenge in the Kayla Itsines BBG! I don’t want to give too much of it away, but suffice to say it involves a timer, a bench and a bit of jumping, squatting, and pushing up! I also followed it up with a 17 minute HIIT (high-intensity interval training) on the treadmill in which I alternated sprinting for 2 minutes at between 10.5 – 12.5 km p/h and walking at about 5.5 km p/h for a minute. Fast and effective – perfect for a rainy Sunday like today!

October 20th to 26th:

  • Monday: Kayla Itsines Week 15 (Legs) + Kayla Itsines Week 14 (Full Body Optional Circuit 1)
  • Tuesday: Run/walk 7.5km
  • Wednesday: Kayla Itsines Week 15 (Arms) + Kayla Itsines Week 14 (Full Body Optional Circuit 1)
  • Thursday: Run/walk 7.5km
  • Friday: Kayla Itsines Week 15 (Abs)
  • Saturday: Rest Day
  • Sunday: Countdown Challenge (6 minute, 22 seconds) plus 17 minute HIIT run/walk on the treadmill.
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