Good morning!! I figured I would update you all on my BBG progress in 4 week chunks. So here’s my first check-up.
What is BBG?
BBG stands for Bikini Body Guide, a 12 week workout program created by Kayla Itsines. The program is know for it’s 7 minute circuits. Each circuit day you are supposed to complete two circuits, each 7 minutes long, and then repeat for a total of 28 minutes. Much harder than you’d think!
What made me want to start?
Kayla might just have the cutest athletic body I’ve ever seen, so that alone was motivation to do her program. I also saw one of my favorite bloggers, Amber Fillerup Clark- The Barefoot Blonde, started and her body has transformed in the most amazing way in just a few weeks.
Before the program-
I’ve always worked out since my Junior year of college. My weekly workouts usually consisted of running 2.5 miles 3-5 times a week and doing a few weights/ab exercises on top of that. I found my legs and butt were the hardest things to tone. You can do squats till you’re blue in the face, but those are only targeting one small part of your body. Prior to the program I was at my goal weight but felt like I needed to be more toned. The one thing I love about Kayla’s program is the emphasis on how your body looks, not your weight. Sometimes muscle will up your weight but your body can look skinnier.
Did I follow the eating portion of the program?
No. I plan to have this program become a part of my life and I knew if I made it all encompassing I’d have a really tough time sticking with it. Kayla doesn’t drink alcohol and feels her BBGers shouldn’t either. I for one, LOVE wine so me giving that up wasn’t an option. Overall, I’m a pretty healthy eater. If I eat bad foods I tend to balance that by eating small portions of it and drinking LOTS of water. I do have a major sweet tooth and I tend to eat a few pieces of candy every day, but when you’re working out this much it’s ok.
Did I do the app or the PDF?
The program can be purchased in two forms. You can either buy her app through the app store on your phone or you can buy the PDF booklet from her website. I did the PDF booklet for this first round because it’s cheaper and I wanted to make sure I’d like it before spending the extra mula on the app. Honestly, most days I pull up the PDF on my computer and then write down the circuits on a piece of paper to bring with me to the gym.
How am I feeling on week 4?
Week 1 was reallllly tough and I know that this is where most people run into a problem. I think the intensity level in week 1 tends to scare people away, but I assure you that it gets SO much easier. The first 2 weeks I would usually end my workout with a nauseated feeling and either my legs or arms would be shaking uncontrollably. There was a point where I didn’t think I’d ever be able to complete a circuit without taking a breath, but that’s not true. This is the first week where I feel so much stronger and can tell a huge difference in my endurance level. I did arm and ab circuits yesterday and my pushups have already improved a crazy amount.
Has my body changed?
I haven’t seen a change in my weight or any crazy changes in my abs, but I have seen a huge difference in my legs and butt. My legs haven’t been muscular since my days of all-star cheerleading, but for the first time in 6 years I’m seeing muscles again. I still have 8 weeks left and I expect by week 6/7 I’ll see bigger changes in the rest of my body.
What’s my favorite thing about the program?
The one thing I really love about BBG is the fact that all of my workouts are written out for me. I would almost compare this to having a personal trainer. I have a plan for every day on the work week and at this point I would feel so guilty if I skipped a day after making it this far. You do have to be somewhat self motivated to do this program, but if you can just get started you will have an easier time continuing.
Until next time, Xo!