Have you heard of the BBG?
There are so many fitness programs out there that it can be really hard to choose one that works for you, and there are so many options that it can feel totally overwhelming!
Now that I am finished with my Master’s degree, I can focus on losing the “grad school 15” I gained during school. I’m such a foodie (thanks, Mom!), so I need a program that allows me to eat whatever I want, without feeling restricted. In 2016, I lost 20 lbs on WW, so I figured I’d sign up again during their pandemic special – 3 months free.
I turned 30 a few weeks ago, and it really kick-started me into thinking more about my health. We see all these celebrities maintaining perfectly fit bodies and perfect skin well into their 60s, so we feel pressured because we don’t look the same way. For me, this is the part of the reason why taking a social media break can be so beneficial. Alternately, sometimes this can be somewhat motivational. As I’ve posted before, I absolutely LOVED the workout Jessica Simpson did to get in shape for her role in the Dukes of Hazard, and I never felt bored doing it.
That’s how I feel about the BBG, otherwise known as the Bikini Body Guide.
It was developed by Kayla Itsines, an Australian personal trainer. It’s a 12 week workout, and consists of 2 mandatory and 1 optional 28 minute workouts a week. In addition to the workouts, Kayla has a nutrition guide, which I have never used, and recommends things like LISS (walking, low intensity movement), and HIIT (running paired with sprints) during the program.
I’m shocked myself but this is actually my 3rd time doing this program. One of the things I love about it is you need almost no equipment whatsoever to do it, and can totally do it at home. I’m currently on week 3, which is the same as week 1. I printed out the PDF, and look at it in a binder while I workout. Kayla also has an app, called SWEAT, that you can pay to use, but I’ve never felt the need to do that.
I also don’t really follow her guidelines for LISS or HIIT; in other rounds I’ve never really done it, but this one I might. I’ve loved everything about her workouts so far – they are extremely challenging, but so rewarding because you go back to visit weeks you’ve done before and can see how much stronger you’ve gotten.
During the quarantine, I’ve struggled to get into a routine. I started a new job which is a work from home position, which I love, but it means I’ve struggled to find a consistent time to workout. I like to have friends to motivate me to workout, so I have done the BBG with friends a few times. I find I am more motivated to workout during my lunch break, after I’ve had a couple cups of coffee, than I am in the morning or after work.
This is the first time I’ve combined WW and the BBG. It seems like a perfect fit; the BBG and the free trial of WW I received both last 12 weeks, and I am currently on week 3 for both. WW takes a bit of trial and error for me as the 3 times I have joined, they have changed the program, so it takes me a bit of getting used to every time. I am slowly giving up a lot of the sweets and snacks I love and adding in some of the zero point foods they’ve introduced with this new program. Things like chicken, ground turkey, vegetables, fruits and non-fat green yogurt are all free on this new program.
I’m looking forward to seeing some progress combining these two programs. Both have been successful for me in the past. I don’t remember losing weight on the BBG in the past, but I do remember I got a lot stronger, and that made me feel good. As someone who has always been able to workout and stay consistent with it pretty easily, I continue to be amazed at how hard this workout is for me. Once you start, you’ll know what I mean.
The setup is very easy. Each day consists of 2 sets of 4 exercises. Set a timer for 7 minutes, and do as many rounds of the 1st set as you can before the timer goes off. Take a 30 second break, and repeat it for the 2nd set. Take a 30 second break, and repeat the 1st set for the 7 minutes. Take a 30 second break, and repeat the 2nd set for 7 minutes, and you’re done. After I complete 14 minutes of the 1st and 2nd set combined, I am sweating buckets! It feels so good when I am done, and I am always sore the next day.
I recently starting taking BCAAs to speed up my recovery time. The first week of the BBG, I hadn’t done it in 2 years, and I was more sore than I could remember from doing any workout, ever, for that first day.
I’m on week 3, day 2 today. I’m doing it during my lunch break, which meshes perfectly, as it’s 30 minutes long. I take a quick shower and I’m back to work! The last time I did this arms & abs routine, I felt like it wasn’t so hard. Boy, was I wrong! My abs were completely sore for about 4 days, which felt pretty satisfying.
All in all, if you’re looking for a way to stay fit, now’s the time. As we age, it’s important to keep healthy and strong, and allow ourselves to see what we’re really capable of. I actually have time to focus on this now that my graduate school program has ended, so we’ll see where it goes!
What have you committed to lately?