A few months ago, I decided to get my life back in hands and started BBG 1 again. I did it 2 years ago and I had amazing results, felt good in my body and it was time to drop these college « freshman 15 ». I didn’t know what I was getting into!
For those who do not know what BBG is, it is the « Bikini Body Guide » by Kayla Itsines, an Aussie trainer. It is a 12-weeks program made of cardio and resistance training. The resistance training part is divided into 2 circuits of 4 exercises (7 minutes each circuit). It lengths 28 minutes in total, as we are supposed to repeat the circuits twice during a workout session. Monday are usually for legs, Wednesday for arms and Friday is abs day.
Do not get me wrong, it is tricky. I started the training with a 2-weeks pre-BBG where I only did cardio, to prepare my body. My legs muscles were VERY sore on the first week of BBG, I could barely walk and going down the stairs was a nightmare. The first time I read the word « burpees », I was like « I’m not gonna do that! » and I do not remember what I did, but I could not imagine myself jumping back and forth on the mat. BBG 1 starts easily with few reps, but it is the hardest of the 3 BBGs. It is like a bootcamp, a quick start to fitness. Kayla created it in a way to get us to the habit of working out – and it worked for me, as I am now obsessed with going to the gym. The reps increase quickly down the weeks and circuits: I do not want to scare you here, but down the road, I did a circuit (arm day I remember) of a total of 100 burpees! But overall, I really enjoyed it. Push-ups were (ok, actually still ARE) a challenge for me, and I am not even talking of commandos! BBG 1 gets really tough around week 6-8, but at that point, you already got the habit of exercising and you see your body changing, so you are more than motivated to challenge your body.
First, I would recommend doing some cardio for 2 weeks, especially if you are new to fitness, do NOT jump-start into BBG. Every marathon needs preparation so takes your time to get ready. Kayla has made a « pre BBG training » in her SWEAT app (in case you are interested).
Then, you have to get the BBG guide. Here, you have 2 options: either subscribe to the app SWEAT or download her guide. I personally downloaded and printed the guide but it was so heavy in my gym bag that I ended up screenshotting it and checking the reps and exercises on my phone when I needed it.
And at last, you need to decide where to workout. If you decide to workout at home, you will need several types of equipment (bench, bosu) and a place to jump. I decided to do it at the gym, where all the types of equipment are there (I bring my own jump rope) but I needed a room and there were all taken for collective classes in the evening. Therefore, I totally switched my routine and went (and I am still going) in the morning. I love going to the gym in the morning because there are fewer people, everybody knows each other, people are more relax and more willing to talk, which make it a more friendly environment (which adds up to motivation to « see your friends »).
It will be tough, I sweat a lot, I probably cried once or twice, I gave up on some reps, but I did not regret it at all. It is an amazing program to quickly (3 month’s frame) change your body into a healthier shape and if I had to redo it, I would not hesitate a second.