My Fitness Bucket List

What do we want to achieve? What can we achieve when we set our minds on it?

Recently, I've been thinking a lot about challenges and what I would love to do to push myself out of my comfort zone, to question my boundaries and capabilities. My mind has been buzzing with so many ideas, I thought I'd share with you a few challenges I'd put on a fitness bucket list.

My Fitness Goals From Now Until December 2016


It's been a few weeks since my last post, so I thought I'd keep you afloat with my current fitness goals until the end of the year. Weirdly enough, I've planned my fitness goals until July next year, but life happens and I'll probably switch things around in January if I decide they aren't where I want to be. 


25 July 2016- 16 October 2016: 12 weeks fat loss program

See below for what it's all about.


5 September -18 November 2016: Marathon training


Overview of goals: 
  • Complete marathon in 3 hours 35-45 minutes.
  • Maintain doing hill sessions throughout training. Last time, I stopped doing them for no reason. Naughty, naughty. 
  • Include altitude training sessions.
  • Deal with hunger in the weeks after marathon.

November-December 2016/January 2016: Post-marathon training


Goal: 
  • Rebuild strength. Last time, I was taken aback by my loss of strength in the weeks after.


25 July 2016 - 16 october 2016: 12 Weeks Fat Loss Program 


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Why I'm doing it

I decided to embark on a transformation-type challenge to get away from running and incorporate more lifting into my workouts. After marathon training, there was a period where I was doing samey HIIT workouts, becoming demotivated and stuck in a rut. 

My program has been devised by a personal trainer at Gymbox.

Goals 
  • Reduce my body fat percentage.
  • Work on my back. I've never specifically tackled this before.
  • Work on my hip flexors and glutes. They are weak!
  • Increase my overall strength. I've been successful in this on my own so far, but I want to see how much more I can build up on this with the knowledge of a fitness pro.
  • Improve upper body strength. My legs are a power machine, but my arms and core are weaker in comparison.
  • Increase lifting and working on my form: I find bend over rows particularly difficult in terms of technique for example.
  • Unilateral exercises to work on my imbalances; My right side is stronger than my left side. 
  • Do less HIIT and... more lifting!
Supplements I'm taking*

Nutrition

I'm counting my macros during the program, which my personal trainer has given me. At the time of this post, I am in the second week of the macros she has given me, and third week in the overall program.


At the time of this post, I'm surprisingly finding it hard to hit my carb macros (#thisgirllovescarbs). We're going to see how I am until the end of this week, and if I'm still significantly under them (though feeling full), she's going to change them again. 

Typical training week

Monday: Upper body
Tuesday: Legs and butt day. My favourite day.
Wednesday: Personal trainer session
Thursday: Rest day or upper body
Friday: Whatever I want to do.....probably something Crossfit-esque. I love a good tyre flip. 
Saturday: Personal trainer session
Sunday: Rest day or cardio

What are your current fitness goals and challenges?

Mara xxx

* Not a sponsored post.

Race Day Memories and Creating My Ideal Race Event


Over the past two years, I've taken part in a lot of races varying from the 1 miler (the most intense 6 minutes of my life!) to tackling a marathon. I don’t think of myself as a runner foremost, but rather someone who loves getting high off the adrenaline rush from racing and achieving new PBs. It's the race days that are what I love most about running more than anything.

Relaxation: The Days When You Just Need To Unwind

There are days when it feels like there is no end to the day. There are days when it feels like you just want to go back and rewind. Those are the days when you just need to unwind. 

Fitness Musings: The Lack of Ethnic Diversity and Participation within Sports

Time to bite the bullet and write about something that's been on my mind for a while. Marathon training finished long ago, and I'm back in the gym. There's no excuses for me now. 

The Review: Best's Bootcamp

My name is Mara and I have a confession. I am addicted to high intensity, sweat-drenching workouts. All right, all right, I admit it. That's hardly news. What is news, is the new bootcamp studio that will continue this fat-burning addiction. Meet Best's Bootcamp

The Travel Diaries: A Long Weekend In Hamburg

Just in case you haven't heard- though that's pretty much impossible- I was in Hamburg for a long weekend for the Hamburg Marathon, as a solo traveller. A lot of people seem to be daunted by travelling alone, but it's a liberating experience. I might write a post on why I liked solo travelling, but for now, let me tell you all about Hamburg. I fell in love with this city and I hope you do too