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It's my One-Year Kayla-versary

Back in November, I wrote a review of my experience using the BBG guides and vowed to complete one year of BBG.  Here I am at the end of week 54- I can't believe it.  

I wanted to check in with all of you, because without my commitment to you guys, as readers, I can't confidently say that I would have stuck with a program for that long.  I've never stuck with any fitness regiment for that long...

And I'm SO happy I did!  There are three HUGE transformations I've noticed in myself as a result of doing Kayla's BBG Guides.

  1. Physical- In the past year I have really seen my body change in a way I didn't think was possible.  My stomach is flatter, my arms and legs leaner.

    What I found so motivating throughout this process were my before and after pictures.  Each week I religiously documented my progress- same outfit, same location, same lighting, same stance.  This was crucial!  If I was having a tough time, or being overly critical (guilty), no matter what, there was evidence in these pictures proving that my hard work was paying off! 

    I choose not to publish before and after pictures on Instagram because I don't like to encourage people comparing their body and their results to other people, when everyone is different.  I know I have become seriously discouraged when looking at some Kayla transformations prompting the question...why don't I look like that?

    Throughout this whole process, I've had to continue to remind myself that everyone's progress is different, as it should be...we're all different!
  2. Strength- I have gotten much stronger, there's no doubt about it.  I can do a freakin' plyo pushup for crying out loud!  Yep, you know where you go down into a pushup and then push your body off the ground so much that you an lift your hands?! Yes, I can do that now!  
    When this first showed up in the guides I literally said out loud, "you have got to be kidding me kayla! A plyo pushup...yeah right."  I even started checking YouTube and Instagram to see anyone post a video of them doing a plyo pushup in the kayla guides because I didn't believe it.  It seemed absolutely impossible at the time.  And now here I am at week 54 and I can do them!  I'm really proud of this if you can't tell :)
  3. Mental- One of the biggest transformations is not something I can physically see in a mirror.  It's mental.  I have never committed to any kind of program (diet, fitness, etc.) for this long.  Knowing that I can and that doing so makes a huge difference is a really powerful tool to add to your mental repertoire of encouraging thoughts.

    The guides are also great at keeping you on your toes!  They are designed perfectly.  They have just enough consistency where you can see an improvement in your strength and stamina but also enough variety where you're not getting bored of the same exact routine.

So there you have it.  One year down, and I'm not stopping any time soon!  I've migrated over to the app, which is awesome and keeps track of all your workouts.

Special shout out to my workout buddy and POC who is always "down to kayla."


Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide Review


Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide Review

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!