Week in Training (September 1st to 7th)

Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide, Week 10, progress, review, fitness, before after

Back in training!

After a few weeks of the flu, I was really glad to get back into my usual routine. It feels so good to be able to work out properly again!

Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide Workout Week 10 Review:

I was really, really glad to be able to resume the Kayla Itsines BBG. It was a bit disheartening to have to stop while I was sick when I was only a few weeks away from completion and if I hadn’t been sick, I would have finished it by now. But these things happen and there’s nothing you can do about it! The week I fell ill, I had done the first two sessions but was unable to complete the third one. So I decided to just stop and do Week 10 all over again this week. In a way, it was nice to be able to go back and re-do it because Week 10 was a tough one!

Week 10 also marks the final set of workouts Kayla had designed for the entire Week 1-12 program, which means that for Weeks 11 and 12, I will go back and repeat the sessions in Weeks 9 and 10. It was a good feeling to know that I’ve managed to do all the moves in the program and now in the final two weeks, I can just concentrate on perfecting my technique and making every move count. Now that I’ve finished all the workouts, I feel I’m able to expand a little bit more what I think about the workouts, including how I found the circuits, what equipment I used, just how effective I felt they were, etc., so stay tuned for a few posts on that coming up in the next couple of weeks!

For the time being, these are my progress pictures so far! Below, you’ll find my progress from Week 1 to Week 10. Not only has my body improved, so has my photography! Haha! I had to laugh at myself for taking these selfies and editing them – I felt like a right vain tool! So embarrassing… but I’m just doing it for you guys! 😛

Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide, Week 10, progress, review, fitness, before after

Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide, Week 10, progress, review, fitness, before after

I’m pretty happy with what I’ve achieved though I do feel I could have done better if it weren’t for three things:

1) Being sick: I know I’ve kept saying over and over again that I’ve been sick in the past few weeks and I promise I will stop going on about it because I’m tired of repeating myself too! But I definitely felt that being sick for so long did put a bit of a dent in my results. I was so inactive for so long that I could literally feel my muscles and fitness level deteriorating. Please don’t give yourself a hard time if you do fall sick and have to take some time off working out, though, because these things can’t be help and you can always view that time instead as a bit of enforced rest time. That way, when you return to training, your body would have been rested and you can tackle your workouts again with renewed vigour. Just make sure you take it easy and give yourself time to ease back into things. And bonus points if you’ve been working out regularly, as it does make it a lot easier to get back into training and pick up where you’ve left off!

2) Eating. I do try to eat as healthily as I could, but sometimes life just kind of gets in the way – I’m sure you all know that feeling! While I do try to eat as cleanly and healthily as possible and try to incorporate as much fresh food into my diet as I can, I don’t feel I have done as well in this area as I should have. I definitely need to look up more easy, simple, everyday healthy meals. For a long while, I resisted buying the Kayla Itsines nutrition guide, because I don’t think she marketed it as well as she does her training guides and so I still don’t feel like I know if I’m really going to get enough bang for my buck the way I felt I would with the nutrition guides. I still don’t feel I know enough about what the nutrition guide entails to know if it’s going to be worth my money but I’ve heard good things about it from the girls who have used it in line with their training guides and I am seriously considering buying it only because I think I do need more guidance on creating an easy, healthy and manageable diet without ingredients that are expensive or hard to obtain or recipes that are very time-consuming!

3) Swimming substitute for cardio: While I managed to stick to all the circuit workouts in the program, I exchanged the LISS and HIIT training on the alternate days for mainly swimming and a little bit of running as I was learning how to swim this year. While swimming is a great cardio workout, I definitely don’t think it’s as effective as running or even power walking and I do feel that if I had just stuck to running, intervals and power walking instead, I would have gotten way better results. I’m almost at the end of my swimming commitment though, so as you can tell from this workout, I am definitely ready to get back into running and other forms of cardio instead – like my beloved Body Combat class! I’ll talk more about swimming in another training post in the future as I’ve just realised this post is getting super long! But what the hell – I guess this post is meant to make up for the last three weeks of training I’ve missed!

Kayla Itsines BBG Week 10 results:

So what’s the results of Week 10? Well, my legs are definitely slimmer (I’ve noticed before that running heaps and heaps doesn’t necessarily give you awesome toned lean legs and that my best results usually happen when I combine some form of cross-training with running in my training program – I find one Body Combat and Body Attack class each per week plus running gave me my best legs ever. Kayla Itsines’ BBG is also another great one – her step-ups and lunges have really shaped my thighs!

My arms are also far more toned and so is my back – I can definitely feel that my back is much stronger and toner! My torso is definitely leaner and I’m loving my upper abs right now with that definition line! The only thing I’d like to see more improvement in would be my lower abdomen which has always been my main trouble area. It’s definitely much smaller but I’d still like to get rid of some lingering fat there and see some proper definition. I have a feeling I would have a better defined lower ab now if only I had incorporated more cardio and eaten better so I plan to really tackle this over my last two weeks of the Kayla Itsines BBG and continue to do so even after 🙂

I could probably go on more about this but this post is already way long and I’d like to save some of it for my final analysis of the program at the end of Week 12! So if you’ve managed to read this far, thanks for sticking with me and my more-so-than-usual longwinded post 🙂

September 1st to 7th:

  • Monday: Rest Day (Recovery from the City to Surf 12km race the day before!)
  • Tuesday: 7km run
  • Wednesday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 10
  • Thursday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 10
  • Friday: 3km run plus 4km walk/run
  • Saturday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 10
  • Sunday: 8km run


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