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.
I swear I’ve had a “half marathon hangover” this whole past week. My body just ached and no matter how much I slept I was still exhausted. The struggle was real.
I took a few very necessary days off to recover and finally today feel ready take on this week of working out- I think it was finally forcing myself to go on a recovery run yesterday to shake out the aches and pains. A very, slow and steady run haha.
I only have 2 weeks left of the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (BBG)…YAYYYY and am so excited to be able to actually say I finished all 12 weeks and did it the right way.
Another thing I’m very excited about is a book one of my readers recommended to me. It’s called Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary 3-Run-a-Week Training Program and is all about quality of training over quantity. This book even contains a training plan for running a marathon which I need to properly prepare for my first full marathon in June.
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.