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

  • 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.

  • 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*


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.

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