Last year I happened upon Kayla Itsines and her increasingly popular fitness program she calls the Bikini Body Guide or popularly known as simply BBG. While I felt a bit skeptical about the name I had seen other girls have really great results with it and decided to try the free week of her guide on her website. I hadn’t been exercising as consistently as I would have liked prior to doing this workout as in January of last year I had started Insanity and found myself a little burned out after the program. After a week of the free trial I dove in and ended up completing BBG 1.0 and 2.0. Here are all my thoughts and complete BBG Review.
It was the perfect workout to get be back into exercise as the circuit trainings are only 30 minutes long 3-4 times per week. All in all, I really enjoyed the program and completed 2 1/2 rounds of it. The first time I started the program I wound up with mono when I was over halfway through and had to take a long break. By the time I was able to exercise again, I restarted the program. I completed BBG 1.0 (weeks 1-12) and moved on to BBG 2.0 (weeks 13-24.) I have honestly never stuck with the same program for 24 weeks as I usually get bored and am ready for a change. So that I was able to do this was a miracle in itself and speaks highly for the program.
Not to mention, I felt really good while I was doing this program. This program helped me to remember the many emotional benefits of exercise.
- The strength training circuits are only 30 minutes long and she has you do them 3 times per week with the option of a 4th time. (This does not include the HIIT or LISS cardio she recommends.) Basically, this is the biggest pro for me. You can get good results (especially if a beginner) for a short workout. This is probably the biggest reason I stuck with it as long as I did and honestly, ANY program you can stick with and commit to is a good program that will likely work for you.
- The circuits keep the workouts interesting. Each workout consists of 2 separate circuits which last 7 minutes each and each circuit has 4 exercises. So you are rotating through 8 separate exercises the whole time.
- The guide is made for beginners. She includes a detailed glossary in the back with photos and in-depth description on how to complete the exercises as well as information on HIIT and LISS.
- You can make the workout more challenging by adding weights and moving through the exercises at a faster pace.
- You don’t need much equipment to do the guide. You could probably just get by with dumbbells. I used the Bowflex adjustable dumbbells and a medicine ball. Most things can be modified if this is your only equipment. For example, I didn’t have plyo boxes to jump/step onto, but I just used my stairs. Similarly, a dumbbell could be used in place of the medicine ball if you needed to.
- It’s pricey. While it’s a great program and guide, the exercises are all relatively simple and it seems a steep price for what can seem like just different arrangements of the same exercises.
- I did the guide, but now she has the “Sweat with Kayla” app which is even more expensive considering you have to pay monthly and don’t even get to keep the plan like you did with the guide. I definitely wouldn’t want to pay for the app.
- It could seem repetitive to some as many of the exercises are repeated very frequently throughout the guides.
- This doesn’t directly relate to the exercise program, but the name does irritate me a little as I believe the importance of exercise is more than having a “bikini body.”
Please note: The review above is for Kayla’s fitness guides and does not include information on her HELP Nutrition guide. I did not follow her HELP guide though I have looked through it briefly in the past. The HELP guide seemed to be very basic information on food groups and recommended servings per day. I believe the best way to follow a healthy diet is to learn basic nutrition information so that you can make food choices on your own and eat intuitively from day to day. However, I do see some benefit from the use of a meal plan to help get them started and as a method to learn basic healthy eating.