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Fitness First: Training Progress Week 8

It's 8 weeks since I began my 10 week training challenge with Fitness First - thats 80% of my challenge done and dusted. The time has flown by and i'm slightly apprehensive that we're now staring Christmas in the face. In true Fit Foodie style, I'm totally unprepared. There's no xmas tree, no gifts and I've only just written my first set of cards which have missed the international postal deadline by over a week (sorry Dad!). On saying that, i'm also pretty happy that the season has left me relatively untouched by office buffets and over-indulgement Christmas parties {so far}. I like routine - my life pretty much falls apart without it, and during the silly season training is the one constant I can do anywhere, any time. From something as simple as a long walk, to more intense sweat sessions, I know I can always drop down and do 20 pushups on my mum's kitchen floor, should the mood take me. Life is absolutely about balance, which is why I don't let a chocolate santa or a mince pie ruin my day. I maintain that balance with eating as well as I can for 95% of the time, and doing some form of enjoyable exercise every single day. That's what I'm sticking to this year, and i'm excited to see that Fitness First has plenty yoga classes throughout the holidays to keep me sane. Always great for a moment of zen when the family start to get on your nerves!


So the last two weeks of training looked like this. My Personal Trainer got married last week (congrats to the lovely James!) so we put that element of the training on hold for his nuptials. I've maintained my usual morning workouts, and focused more on lower body strength in circuit training. My little legs are sore, but stronger for it! It's easy to forget about your legs in training, not least because it's the most unenjoyable area to train (ooohhh the pain!) but because visually they don't seem to bring much to the party. I'd much rather have ripped abs and toned arms than thighs of steel. Whoever wanted those?! BUT strong legs give you more power to do a killer cardio session, or hold that Warrior Two pose for the full 3 breaths. More muscle also means a higher basal metabolic rate, which is always a good thing when you're looking to lean up.

Training for weeks seven and eight looked like this:

Fitness First Training Schedule

You'll see I also made a trip to Melbourne last week to run my second Yoga event. Fortunately, Fitness First has a presence all over the country, so my hotel was located just 5 minutes away from their Flinders Street Platinum club. Schedules classes were varied and regular, and the opening hours were great - while I didn't manage to get to training before my breakfast meetings I was able to squeeze in a few sessions during the evening! #winning

To find out more information about Fitness First and what they offer, or to try them out for free, visit the Fitness First website: and download a free trial pass!

Questions about my training? Feel free to ask away in the comments below.

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

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