Lifestyle, Fitness

BBG Journey Round 1

Bikini body guide review

Discovering BBG has been the highlight of my year! I have truly found a new LIFESTYLE and not just some new quick transformation workout. I can sincerely say I FEEL happy, healthy, and motivated, so I wanted to share my experience in case you are pondering starting BBG, you are halfway through looking for some motivation to keep going, or you just want to find some thoughts about the BBG program.

For those of you out there that don’t know about BBG, let me enlighten you! BBG is a Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines. It consists of a 12-week training guide on which three days of the week you do 28 min routines, and on other days you do LISS (Low Intensity Steady Rate) such as walking, cycling, your pick! There are two eBooks, BBG 1 and BBG 2, and an app (Sweat with Kayla) that was recently released where you can also find the BBG workouts, nutrition guides, and much more. I completed BBG 1, and my experience will be based on that.

Kayla Itsines - NY Times

Kayla Itsines - NY Times

Let me start from the beginning, I have always been a workout ON/OFF kind of gal. I played tennis in high school and my first two years of college. I would go to the gym occasionally. I tried training for a marathon, swimming for some time, and fitness programs such as P90x and Insanity (I have to admit I saw transformations during both programs, but neither one was a lifestyle I could keep up with in the long run).

So, when I came upon My Sweat Life - Kelsey Wells account on IG (My ultimate BBG muse!) and found out about Kayla Itsines' BBG program, I didn’t know what to think. I did a lot of research (a.k.a looked at way too many BBG accounts on Instagram, obsessed, and scrolled down to see all transformations and stories, and searched for all kind of reviews of the program). Finally, I realized that ALL of these stories were from real, normal women that also wanted to get fit and had accomplished it thanks to BBG or were happily in the process of doing so. Their accounts showed real progress, honesty, and overall happiness! So I decided to give it a try!

After buying the BBG 1 guide, I decided to do the 4-weeks of pre-training since I hadn’t worked out in a while and wanted to get in the habit of setting time apart to complete the routines. The pre-training was a good workout and did exactly what I wanted it to do- it got me in the right mindset to start! Fast-forward 12 weeks, and I have completed my first round of BBG!!! YASSS QUEEN!

I’m not gonna lie! It was hard, but I loved it! During the first 8 weeks of the program, I would do the routines in the afternoon and took my dog (Papi) on long walks for my LISS workouts. For my last 4 weeks (wk 8-12), I switched it, and I now do BBG first thing in the AM (6am to be exact) before starting anything else in my day and walk my dog for 3miles immediately after, and it feels great!

I also want to add that I was always sore the days following the 28 min routine workouts (specially more during the first few weeks, I think maybe now I’m used to feeling sore?), but I slowly started seeing changes in my body, and most importantly, in my mindset that kept me motivated! P.S - I highly recommend taking Kayla’s advice and taking photos of your progress every 4 weeks since this is one of the best ways to track your progress. I did not lose a single pound during these whole 12 weeks, but my body looks so much better!

Also, the BIGGEST change I have seen during all these weeks is a mental one! I feel so happy with my body, and I’m learning to accept it just the way it is. I have put so much time and effort towards the workouts that I’m slowly becoming so much more conscious of what I put into my body, and I’m making healthy life choices.

SOOOOO, there you have it! I’m obsessed with BBG, and I highly recommend it!! I have had a great first round, and I’m so happy to continue with BBG and keep changing my body slowly but steadily. I will say that BBG is not easy, but it works, and you need to just do it! The 28 min routines definitely kick your butt, but they are so quick, and you feel so accomplished after completing them! YOU CAN DO IT!