I am in so much trouble. About a month ago I began following a few fitness accounts on Instagram (Follow me at lazy_ladyco) and I stumbled upon these two amazing women:
kayla_itsines and mysweatlife (Kelsey Wells)
I followed these two lovely ladies and was introduced and inspired by Bikini Body Guide (BBG) and their stories. I decided to put the feelers out there to see if this Bikini Body Guide thing was really worth the hype or if it even worked at all. Soon enough, I had found myself in a black hole of BBG ladies and success stories. If you google BBG there are endless women who swear by this fitness movement.
So what exactly is BBG? BBG is a workout movement created by Kayla Itsines, a 25-year-old certified personal trainer from Australia. She began her career at an all female gym and realized she needed to tailor her workouts to fit the female body and the areas most women wanted to target. Her workout is a combination of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and super setting.
I asked a few of my facebook friends if anyone else had heard of this workout and the response I got was surprising. A handful of ladies replied stating that it is one of the hardest and best workouts they have ever done. From there I was thrown into a scheme at work, to join a BBG workout/lunch group! I am clearly getting in too deep. Luckily for me, its fall and ad spend is up…which means that in my industry, lunch is often skipped and I avoid beginning BBG for another week.
My curiosity finally got the best of me, I found an amazing woman on youtube that leads you through the first week of BBG routines. I did my absolute best to keep up. Boy, was I wrong when I thought that because I had been doing Orange Theory Fitness for the past few months, that Kayla’s workout was going to be a piece of cake.
I DARE YOU TO TRY THIS WORKOUT:
I was nearly dead by the time I finished this 30-minute workout. I used my at home 8lb dumbells and just a coffee table to do the step ups. The great thing about these at home workouts is that you can improvise any workout equipment you may need.
I will be completely honest that I have a love/hate relationship with at home workouts, which is one of the main reasons that I have been slow to fully commit to BBG. I lack the motivation to keep going when the workout gets rough. I take a lot of breaks. I also really need the competition that working out in a group provides me with. But, this Sunday I felt especially motivated, I even created my own workout space.
I think I am ready to take the next step in my BBG journey…actually start it. I have downloaded the App and will be initiating my 7-day free trial by the weekend. I’m not nervous about the difficulty of the routines, but more about my dedication to the program itself.
One factor that eases my fears is that the BBG community is huge and so incredibly supportive. You can follow multiple blogs, Instagrams, Facebook profiles, and online support groups. Here are just a few amazing Instagram accounts you should check out:
To prove that I have attempted BBG and intend to continue: here is a lovely picture of me mid-workout… dying .