I hope you all day a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.
Mine was spent doing a little bit of work and a whole lot of relaxing and recharging before the craziness of September and October begin. This coming month I’m going to 2 music festivals; KAA BOO and then CRSSD at the end of the month then during October I’ll be traveling for work back and forth from San Diego to either Texas or Florida almost every single week THEN poof it’s the holidays AHHHHH!
With everything I have going on it got me thinking about how important it is to have a workout schedule in place so I don’t start skipping workouts and ending up weak and 5 lbs heavier before the holidays even begin.
This review is long overdue but I’ve been trying to figure out how to give you all as much information about the Bikini Body Guide program as possible without boring you to death.
So if all you’re interested in is seeing my before and after pics keep scrolling but if you’ve ever considered doing the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) or maybe tried a few workouts but never committed to do the whole program keep reading!
I decided I’m going to break down my full review of Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Guide into the following sections:
- What is the Bikini Body Guide aka BBG?
- How exactly does the program work?
- What equipment do you need to do the BBG?
- Who should do the BBG?
- What my experience was like.
- Tips/ Advice I’d give to anybody considering trying this program.
Just FYI all the pictures in this post were from a hill training run at Torrey Pines State Beach (my favorite place on earth).
As of yesterday I officially completed all 12 weeks of Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Guide (BBG)! I can’t believe I actually finished the entire guide and am so excited to share a complete review of the program and why you HAVE to try it coming soon.
Now, when I started doing the BBG in November I was also training for my upcoming half marathons and doing yoga 3x/ week. I was not giving myself any rest days and guess what I’ve gotten sick 3x in the past 3 months.
I keep thinking what in my diet, lifestyle or daily routine has changed for me to get sick that often and I know it sounds silly but the only thing that’s changed in adding the BBG workouts into my routine. These workouts are intense and really work your body to the point of exhaustion and then running 10-12 miles is very hard on your body.
If you follow me on Instagram you know I finished the Carlsbad Half Marathon at 1:54:23 which is a 3 MINUTE PR & BRYCE FINISHED at 2:08: 00. I’ll be posting my full Carlsbad Half Marathon Race Recap on Wednesday so stay tuned.
Now, if someone would have told me I would PR in this race after the week I had last week I’d never believe them. Work was stressful, I didn’t do a single BBG workout, I didn’t run once, I went out with my coworkers Thursday night and got drunk/ ate crappy bar food followed by a burrito the next day…I was a mess!
I went into this race feeling so unprepared since I had been completely off the week before and had only been running once a week but I truly think all of the strength training I’ve been doing with the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) made the difference. I’ve never felt so strong running and was able to push myself harder than ever before.
Question for my fellow runners…
What is your opinion on strength training paired with half/full marathon training?
I’m convinced only running 2-3 times per week (1 short, 1 medium then 1 long run) with 3 strength workouts in the week is so beneficial.
Can you spot us? Bryce is the giant shirtless guy with his hand up and I’m in blue and sunglasses right next to him!
Attention LLEG readers I have some news that will make even the worst Monday better. Right now Victoria’s Secret is doing the most incredible promotion to help us all stick to those new years resolutions. Until the 20th (or supplies last) if you buy a VSX sports bra at regular price you receive a FREE pair of VSX workout pants. FREE!! I’m rocking this sports bra and these awesome pants (the color I got is sold out). Being the skeptic I am I immediately though their exercise line must not be great if they’re giving it away for free but I’ve already done hot yoga and ran 10 miles in these pants and they’re wonderful. GO! And hurry so much of the VSX Sport line is sold out online already.
Now, back to my weekly workouts. This week is an exciting workout week for me because it is officially the week before my first half marathon of 2016. I’ll be doing the Carlsbad Half Marathon on Sunday the 17th with my mom as usual but this isn’t just another half marathon though. It’s very special because my boyfriend, Bryce, is also running this race and it will be his very first half marathon EVER! I watched him go from hardly being able to run a mile to now kicking my butt in training runs. He’s put in so much hard work and I’m thrilled to run this race by his side.
People keep asking me if I’m ready for Carlsbad and the answer is NO! I honestly never quite got a running routine down after the time change (terrible excuse I know). I’ve only been running once a week at a very slow 10 minute mile pace…oops. I’m hoping all the cross training I’ve been doing with the Bikini Body Guide and just the excitement of race day will carry me through this one.
I have a lot of discuss in this Weekly Workouts post so let’s jump right in! As of yesterday I officially completed week 8 of Kayla Itsines’s BBG (only 4 more weeks to go). You can read about weeks 1-4 here.
It’s been an extremely challenging 8 weeks of this program but so far ever single burpee, jump lunge and push up has been worth it. I’ve seen so much progress in my stomach area and can tell I’ve developed a lot more upper body strength in just 8 short weeks.
Taking these progress pictures is hard- I really hate putting my body out on social media but I want to inspire anyone thinking about purchasing Kayla’s guides to do so. The BBG program has been incredible and has transformed my body more than I ever thought was possible. A lot of people think $69.97 for the guide is too expensive but you have to think about how much a personal trainer would cost? $100 a session? DO IT! This is by no means a sponsored post but I just kick myself for waiting so long to try the guides and don’t want you to do the same.
I hope you all had a very happy holiday weekend, I know I sure did. I also know I ate entirely too much and consumed probably 5 bottles of wine by myself…oops. It’s definitely time to get back on track and end 2015 strong!
Since I was too exhausted Sunday for my normal Weekly Meals post I’m combining that with my Weekly Workouts today! Last weeks workouts kind of got thrown for a loop. I got sick with an awful cold Tuesday and it’s seriously still lingering today…WTF? Sometimes you have to just slow down and listen to your body so I skipped a BBG session and a couple LISS cardio sessions. Though I’m not 100% better I’m feeling much more energized and strong enough to workout so here’s to a great week of working off those Christmas calories.
On a lighter note, I seriously can’t believe I’m already on week 8 of Kayla Itsines’s BBG! ONLY 4 WEEKS TO GO (after I get through this one..HA)! And since I’m finishing week 8 this week that means my next Weekly Workout post will have my newest progress picture. Check out my week 4 progress picture here– honestly I didn’t believe all the before and afters you see online were real but this program truly transforms your body.
- Monday: BBG Arms & Abs + LISS #1 (20 min walk at lunch, 15 minute walk on treadmill for BBG warm up)
- Tuesday: Yoga + LISS #2 (35 minute lunch walk)
- Wednesday: Yoga + LISS #3 (35 minute lunch walk)
- Thursday (New Years Eve): BBG Legs & Cardio + LISS #4 (3 mile run)
- Friday (New Years Day): BBG Abs & Cardio
- Saturday: Yoga
- Sunday: Run 12 miles for LISS #5? I know 12 miles isn’t LISS at all but hey “Low Intensity Steady State” cardio is pretty much how I’ve been running these days. According to my new Garmin Forerunner* I averaged a 10:47 mile pace on my run yesterday…uhhh going to need to pick this up with my next half marathon creeping up in less than a month.
Last weeks workouts went great! I was feeling a little bit overwhelmed at the beginning of the week trying to wrap my head around fitting in all the extra cardio weeks 5-8 of BBG call for but doing these 35 minutes cardio sessions before work or on my lunch break went perfectly. In fact, getting out of the office at lunch for some exercise helped my sanity so much this may become a permanent thing haha.
I really just can’t express enough how much blogging about my weekly workout schedule helps me. It holds me so accountable simply knowing that sharing this may inspire just 1 person to start getting healthy.
Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Guide (BBG) gets pretty advanced pretty darn quickly. I’m really struggling using the gym at my apartment to do the guides properly. My gym has basic equipment but does not have multiple benches, medicine balls, steps…etc so hey I’ve had to be creative. Hence using 2 treadmills instead of 2 benches for sumo squats on leg day.
Let me first say posting these progress pictures online is a lot harder than it may seem. It’s very personal to share your body but I truly hope that I can inspire someone to get up and get active and better their health.
Now for the celebration….
I did it!! Weeks 1-4 of Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Guide aka BBG are officially completed and I could not be more excited about the results I’m already seeing. I don’t notice much of a change in my arms or legs but WOW my stomach. I’m so pleased seeing that lower belly pooch shrink away little by little.
What I’m most proud of myself for is not just that I kind of have abs now but how much stronger I feel. It’s incredible not only seeing results but really feeling them as well. In weeks 1 and 2 I really struggled through the moves but redoing the same circuits in weeks 3-4 was so motivating. I felt so much stronger and was able to really push myself to levels I never even knew were achievable.
This edition of weekly workouts is going to be more of a Thanksgiving weekend recap since my family is freakishly active over the holidays. We’ve never been that family who wakes up late, stays in our PJ’s until 1:00 pm watching tv then goes to see a movie then out to dinner…nope. It’s more like wake up at 8:00 am to go get lost hiking in the mountains while it hails on you. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Last weeks workout recap:
Monday- BBG full body workout. I loved how weeks 1 and 3 are the same. I felt so much stronger in week 3 and learned a couple tricks to make the workouts more efficient. For example, use the medicine ball you use for the squat and press to hold down your legs during sit ups…it makes a world of difference.