Hello and welcome to this week’s post. I hope you’re all well.
We’re going to be talking about the Instagram famous Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide. I completed the three month program a few months ago and I have a lists of pros and cons, as well as an overall feeling towards the program. So let’s get started.
Price: $55.48 USD
Length: 12 weeks. There is also the option for 4 weeks of Pre- BBG which would increase your total work time to 16 weeks.
Time: 3 x a week with Low Intensity Steady State (LISS) 3 x a week and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) added in weeks 9-12 at 2 x a week.
Format: There are two 7 minute circuits which you alternate between for a total of 4 rounds. Complete the moves in each circuit as many times as you can within the 7 minutes, take a break, and move on to the next circuit and repeat sequence.
Workout Length: total working length is 28 minutes. The total length is between 35-45 minutes when adding in stretching.
I bought the BBG program myself roughly 2 years ago and I’ve attempted to do it about 3-4 times with no success. The program states that you can complete these workouts from home, but I tend to be less motivated when I workout by myself. So I did the workouts at the gym or at the park where I knew I was being watched and I didn’t want to look like a total ass, so I tried harder.
There’s no denying that the workouts are incredibly difficult, however, you complete each workout feeling gratified and energetic. And you feel your results within the first few weeks. I felt so much stronger after I had completed the first 2 weeks and although the program never gets easier, you gain a lot of mental strength that propel you through each session.
Did I see results? Yes. Would I see more if I would have had a few less cheat days, ate more veggies and a few less carbs? Absolutely. That’s the thing about these workouts, and working out in general- they aren’t lying when they say you see results in the kitchen. I have a major sweet tooth and its hard for me to even go a couple of days without sugar; this is definitely something I know I need to address and I’ll keep in mind for the future.
I don’t really weigh myself anymore for a few reasons. I battled with an eating disorder for roughly 6 years and it was solely driven by the scale and some other anxiety riddled issues. But because of this, I can’t exactly give you really weight loss numbers. What I can say is that the number on the scale should not matter so long as you’re healthy and feel good about yourself. Working out is about more than looking good in a swimsuit or impressing your Instagram followers, it’s about being confident in yourself and finding happiness in you and your abilities.
Workouts are short
Don’t have to plan your own workouts
You can modify moves to fit your fitness level
There’s great motivation and support on Instagram and Kayla Itsines’ blog
Equipment is fairly minimal
Workouts can be done at home
Personally increased my overall self esteem
It works if you’re dedicated
Personally, I didn’t like all the plyometric (jumping) movements.
Hard to maintain if you’re traveling
All in all, I definitely know my legs and arms have gotten stronger, my abs are more defined and my mental clarity significantly improved. There is definitely room for improvement and there are elements of the BBG program that I’m not a fan of, but I’m happy with the results I had overall.
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this brief overview of the BBG workout program. Have you ever tried it? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments, on Instagram or on Twitter. I’d love to hear your opinions. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you in my next post.