It’s that time of the month again for another update on Kayla Itsines 12-Week Bikini Body Program. I can’t believe today actually marks the start of Week 9 for me! I don’t even know where the last 8 weeks have gone- I still remember going through the e-book initially and thinking there’s no way I could do half of the exercises listed. Since I already shared my recap of Weeks 1-4, I’m going to do the same for Weeks 5-8.
Whereas I was absolutely in love with the program during the first 4 weeks, I kinda have mixed feelings right now. On one hand I’m so pleased that this program has pushed me beyond my comfort zone. Certain workouts during the past few weeks, particularly the lower body workouts, felt like they were the some of the toughest workouts I’ve ever done. Despite the workouts being challenging, they are all definitely doable if you have a basic level of fitness. The workouts are already outlined in her e-book, but ultimately you choose how tough the workout is. That could mean picking heavier (or lighter) dumbbells or getting through more (or less) rounds in each circuit. The structure of Weeks 5-8 called for:
- 3 Resistance Training Sessions as listed in her e-book
- 4-5 Low Intensity Steady State Cardio (LISS) Session
- 1 Rehabilitation (stretch) Session
I’m proud of myself for being consistent and fitting in every single workout. To keep my weekends free, some days during the week involved double workouts i.e. resistance training in the morning and then a walk in the evening. I owe a special thanks to Jillian Michaels- her podcasts made the LISS sessions so much more enjoyable.
I’m definitely feeling fitter than I have in a while & I appreciate that my workouts are a good balance of high & low intensity. For anyone doing the Kayla Itsines 12-Week Bikini Body Program or planning to, look out for the drop down push-ups & broad jump burpees in Weeks 5-8. To put it lightly, both exercises are a bitch ;).
Here’s where the mixed feelings come in:
If I am being fully honest, I am so ready to be over with these 12 weeks. As much as I love being in a routine and having my workouts pre-planned for me, I can’t wait to take on a more intuitive approach to workouts once again. I especially miss boxing, which I was doing regularly with my personal trainer before starting this. Part of me wants to throw in the towel now, but I know I will regret it later on- if I have already hit the 2/3 mark, I owe it to myself to power through the final 4 weeks. And lord knows I am going to need plenty of power as each week for the next 4 weeks will include:
- 3 Resistance Training Sessions
- 3 Low Intensity Steady State Cardio (LISS) Sessions
- 1 High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session
- 1-2 Rehabilitation (Stretch) Sessions
Let’s do this!
What’s your workout for the day?