Who is Kayla?

Kayla Itsines is an Australian trainer with quite honestly, a HOT bod.  Her abs speak for themselves, and have attracted millions to her workout routine. 

Kayla created two online 12-week workouts.  These workouts have proceeded to create an ENORMOUS global community of strong and supportive women. 

The two workouts (BBG 1.0 and 2.0) are each $69.97 for a downloadable PDF.  Update- she now has an iOS and Android app available. 

What is BBG?

BBG stands for Bikini Body Guide.  Kayla accurately acknowledges that a “bikini body” is different for everyone but regardless of what your “bikini bod” looks like, this will whip you into shape!  There is no denying the plethora of before and after photos that Kayla features on her website and instagram account.

If you’re hesitant check it out for yourself.  Search any hashtags like #BBG, #deathbykayla #BBGprogress, etc. and I promise you will be as astounded (and convinced) as I was.

What does BBG entail?

The BBG guides are 12 weeks long.  Each week is comprised of three 28 minute resistance workouts, 3 35-45 minute low intensity stead state (LISS) workouts, one high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout and one rest day. 

The resistance workouts focus on legs, arms, and abs.  The best part?  These workouts are only 28 minutes!  Yes you read that correctly- 28 minutes.  They are designed by Kayla and include two 7-minute circuits that you repeat twice, for a total of four rounds.

As someone more prone to over-exercise than under-exercise, I was admittedly very hesitant that only 28 minutes could have such a significant impact.  But don’t be deceived by the minimal time. This is minimal time, maximum effort and results.  It’s an extremely efficient workout, which is one of the many reasons I love it.

Why did you do this program?

Did I mention Kayla’s body?  And those before and after photos?  I did this program because, duh, I want that and will work to get it!

Does it work?

Yes!  Don’t believe the online before and after photos?  I too, thought they were too good to be true so I took pictures of my own.  I have never been a fan of before and after photos, because we are too quick to criticize ourselves.

However, I decided to take before and after photos to track my progress and have continued to take these progress pics every four weeks since I started BBG.  I have been amazed, motivated, and encouraged to see that every four weeks, without fail, I ALWAYS see a positive change, somewhere in my body. 

I may not have a 6-pack yet but I am continually motivated by the progress in my pictures.  Additionally, I like that I am able to see a positive change but also be realistic with myself.  These things take time!  As much as I wish it was possible, abs don’t grow overnight.

I am currently on Week 20 of BBG (BBG 2.0).  I have committed to do a full year of BBG and I can’t wait to see the results.

One very important thing to note is that no matter how talented Kayla is and how challenging her workouts are, BBG cannot and will not undo a poor diet.   I stick to clean, healthy, eating to see the best results.  Need help there?  Check out meal plans Made Simple.

Can you do it at home?

It is possible to do at home but certain equipment is required.  While most exercises are bodyweight only, certain moves require equipment such as dumbbells, kettlebells, etc. 

However, Kayla provides a list of equipment and substitutions should you choose to do it at home.  Just be courteous of your neighbors!  If you live in an apartment building, like I do, be aware that there is a lot of jumping.  I wouldn’t want to piss anyone off, especially at 6:30 AM!

Do you do other workouts besides Kayla?

On BBG resistance days I do Kayla’s workouts only.  However, I also am a member of ClassPass and like to do classes on the three days designated for LISS. 

Would you recommend it?

If you cant tell already, yes!  I absolutely recommend these workouts and think they’re worth the one-time fee.  I also recommend doing it with a friend.  It’s easy to stay committed that way and push yourself through each exercise.  Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!