Howdy folks and happy *insert day here* to you all!
(I thought Id go for a country vibe today..)
As you may know due to my earlier post, Catching Up, I recently completed Round 1.0 of the infamous workout guide, dubbed the #BBG by millions of individuals on social media, which was created by the lovely Kayla Itsines from Australia.
I am definitely an avid social media-user, and after seeing all of the hype surrounding the guide, as well as the amazing before and after pictures of other #BBGgirls, I knew that I had to change up my workout routine and give it a try. Today, I’m going to give you lovely blog readers a formal(-ish) review of the guide, which will hopefully prompt you to give it a try for yourself!
Ready, set, GO!
(I will be demoing how I did the circuits on my YouTube channel, so stay posted for that soon!)
- The format of each workout (aka the circuits) is probably my favourite part of the guide, and an ingenious idea in my opinion. To break it down for you, each round is 7 minutes long, and you do a total of 4 rounds. Round 1 consists of the first set of 4 exercises, and round 2 consists of the second set of 4 exercises, after you complete both round 1 and then round 2, you repeat each another time for a total of 28 minutes (give or take).
- When you purchase the guide, there will be a picture of each exercise move that you will be doing for each of the rounds, and next to it is the number of reps you need to complete. The idea is that you will finish the moves quickly enough to do 2 sets of the recommended reps per round. After each round, there is also an option (which I highly suggest doing) of taking a 30 second – 1 minute rest.
- At the end of each guide, you will find an exercise glossary, which I highly suggest that you read through a few times prior to each workout and prior to beginning the program in general. In the glossary, every single move that you will find in your weekly workouts is explained alongside a picture of the correct form.
- My only qualm with this is that sometimes it can be difficult to understand exactly how to do a move with verbal (or written) explanation, so I found myself going on YouTube to watch other BBG girls demonstrate how they completed the exercises. This is totally dependant on your style of learning though, so it is definitely not an issue with the guide, as there is a wide array of resources on YouTube to clarify any confusions. If you are looking for my favourite channel to see demonstrations, click here.
- To address the exercises in general, they are basic movements that sometimes incorporate fun and challenging twists, and they are extremely effective. I was able to do all of my workouts at home, with my yoga mat, some dumbbells and a sturdy chair / coffee table / etc. My only recommendation is that you have a fairly large enough, open space that you can do things such as burpees and crab-walks in.
The Training Schedule:
- I know that I said the circuits were my favourite part of the guide, but I might’ve fibbed a little bit.. (actually the guide in itself is my favourite) because the training schedule is so flexible that it can fit even the busiest of lifestyles. Each week you have a total of 3 Resistance Circuit Workouts that target a different part of your body each day (such as Monday for Legs, Wednesday for Arms, etc.), with an additional 2 days of cardio. One session of cardio will consist of LISS (low intensity steady state cardio) which could be something such as walking, biking, doing gentle yoga, etc., the other cardio day is for HIIT (high intensity interval training) such as doing interval sprints on the treadmill.
- This means that you have a total of 5 active days each week, where you have a set workout, as well as additional time to stretch and rehabilitate. What I love about this is that if you know you are going to be busy on a particular day (due to work, a vacation, etc.) you can easily rearrange your workouts to incorporate them into your schedule in a way that makes more sense for you. Sometimes I’ve done LISS in the afternoon after a resistance circuit, or HIIT in the morning and LISS at night. I have also found myself doing back-to-back resistance circuits and leaving my cardio for the days after, it all depends on what is going on.
- Obviously I have missed workouts (due to injuries, life, etc.), and sometimes it has been hard and I’ve had to wake up extra early to make sure that my workout gets done, but if you are really committed to exercising and to loving your body, you will find a way to make it a priority. I realize that when I take care of my body, I can better show up in life for my family, loved ones and friends, and that means that I make sure to take those extra steps to make it happen.
- I sincerely hope that this review has been helpful to you, and I can only say amazing things about Kaylas Guides. I have never felt so fit, happy and strong, and I have never been more on fire about life than I have after completing 1.0 of the Bikini Body Guide.
- I have definitely seen more muscle definition all over my body (especially in my weaker areas such as my arms), but for personal privacy reasons, I will not be sharing too many of my before-and-after photos (though I did take them). I was never able to quite do a proper push-up before her guides, and now I can do many in a row without any problems. Some of the moves that were at first almost seemingly impossible, I can now do with ease and determination. Ater those 28 minutes of high-intensity, sweat-inducing happy-pain, I feel so incredibly accomplished that I keep coming back for more, and so do millions of other people across the globe – I hope you can join us.
Want to join #TheKaylaMovement? Click here to purchase her guides!
*And just to clarify, you absolutely do not need to do her guides to earn a “bikini body”, it is simply a fun name for her guides, and nothing to take too seriously. I strongly stand by the fact that you simply need a body, a bikini and some self-love to be “bikini-body ready”. As long as you are happy, and doing the best that you can to treat your body right, you are doing amazing, so keep on going!
Wishing you above all Health & Happiness
– Miranda xo