In the sake of being completely honest, I am sharing with you today why I decided to quit BBG seven weeks into the program. Honestly, it was a mutual breakup and I can’t do anything but sing praises to the program.
If you don’t know, BBG is the Bikini Body Guide (now known as Sweat With Kayla) created by Kayla Itsines. She’s an Australian personal trainer that created two twelve week programs that whip you into shape. Each week is usually three strength workouts followed by LISS, which is low intensity steady state workout. This can be anything from walking, a short run, or cycling.
BBG started as one E-Book and has grown into a huge following on Instagram. Kayla has since created more workout programs and has released an app in conjunction with the programs. I have seen the results first hand and these workouts will definitely whip you into shape. I’ve met so many girls who completed the twelve week program and have grown so much stronger.
So why am I quitting BBG? Currently, it just doesn’t fit into my routine anymore. This program is meant for you to give 100%. It’s actually pretty intense and there’s a joke within the community that after a workout you’ll experience “death by Kayla”. In less than an hour, you will be drench in sweat and your arms or legs will be jello. Of course, stretching and foam rolling will cure this but by the time you’ve recovered, you’re working out again.
I hit the gym twice a week for a full body workout along with running or doing a spin class at home. I’ll also join my friend on a run to help with her marathon training. If I lay that out each week, that doesn’t leave me much time for BBG. Plus, I have a monthly membership at the gym and I don’t feel like I get much out of my money if I’m too sore from BBG to complete the WOD. Crapping out your body doesn’t really benefit you and unless you absolutely need to, I don’t see much of a reason for constant “two-a-days”.
If you are looking to jumpstart your fitness program and want something you can do at home, I would definitely recommend BBG. I will warn you that it’s hard but if done properly with recovery periods, you will be amazed by the results. I think it’s a great investment and ideal with someone who would rather workout at home.
So sorry BBG. It’s not you, it’s me. Maybe we can get back together later on down the road.