I just completed 10 weeks of Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide program so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts and results from the workout plan! I think I only missed one of the workouts during the whole 10 weeks, so I felt pretty good about my consistency.
The Bikini Body Guide Workout Format
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday you do a circuit style workout. Each circuit consists of 4 moves and you do as many rounds as you can in 7 minutes. Then you move to the second circuit for 7 minutes. Then you repeat the whole thing. With a bit of rest in between, it takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.
Here’s an example workout:
Each week consists of an arm workout, a leg workout, and a total body workout. You are also supposed to add cardio to your non-workout days. I didn’t add a lot of cardio beyond what I normally do, but I did make sure to hit my 10,000 steps as much as possible.
These workouts required me to shower and wash my hair, so I usually did them in the morning before work. I had a friend doing it with me, so we held each other accountable and texted each other to make sure we got out of bed and got our workout done! After a while, I got used to waking up early and that part got easier by the end!
Things I Liked About the BBG Workout
I loved that the workouts didn’t require a lot of thought or planning. I’d roll out of bed around 6:30 and I was in the shower by 7:00 am. It made it easy to know exactly what I’d be doing and didn’t require any videos or apps to set up. I felt like the workouts were challenging and effective, with a good mix of strength and cardio exercises. I always ended up sweaty after just a few minutes, so I felt like I was making good use of my time.
Things I Didn’t Like About the BBG Workout
The workouts required some “special” equipment that most people probably don’t have at their house. Specifically, a lot of the workouts required a bench (or two) and a step of some sort. I modified as best I could, but some of the moves were a little difficult to do at home.
It was interesting doing this workout program while simultaneously studying for my NASM personal training certification. (I’m scheduled to take the exam next month!) I feel like I’ve learned a lot about what to look for in a program and I was glad to learn that circuit style workouts are regarded as one of the most efficient ways to get strength and cardio benefits.
On the flip side, NASM has taught me a lot about progressing through a training plan and I’d say that BBG is not for beginners. (Kayla even makes it clear in the guide that it’s not for beginners!) But when you see those perfectly sculpted bodies on Instagram, you might be tempted to start anyway.
If you don’t have any formal training and you haven’t worked with a personal trainer, I’d be careful with programs like this, because incorrect form could be damaging. This was the first time I did an extended workout program without a video and I found it a little difficult to figure out some of the moves. If you’re new to fitness, it could be dangerous if you’re doing repetitive movements incorrectly.
How Much Does the BBG Workout Cost
The workout program is $50 and the meal plan is $50, but you can bundle it for $85. I only used the workout plan since I wasn’t looking to overhaul my eating. The guide comes with the workouts as well as explanations of different moves and general information about working out. Since I’ve been doing Tone It Up for a while, there wasn’t any information in the workout guide that was particularly groundbreaking, but it’s nice that she gives you additional context and tips.
My Results from 10 Weeks of the Bikini Body Guides
I did BBG with a friend and we had a good laugh because although we did take before and after pictures, neither of us saw any visible difference. BUT. I will admit that my eating was much less “clean” than normal during this time period. Between my birthday, a wedding, and a 10-day road trip, I definitely wasn’t in my standard routine. I think I would have seen more of a visible difference if I had been eating a little cleaner.
Although the scale might not have moved, I certainly feel a lot stronger. Shortly after finishing BBG I took a barre class and although it was super challenging, I didn’t have to modify as many moves as I normally do! I also started Tone It Up this week and I was able to start with heavier weights than I would normally use, so I definitely noticed that I’m stronger than I was before!
My Overall Experience from the Bikini Body Guides
I really liked how efficient and effective the workouts were. I’d absolutely consider picking this workout plan back up, especially during a busy season. It was nice to have the guesswork taken out of training and it felt good to see my progress week after week when I was able to do more burpees or more challenging strength moves. I don’t think this style of workout is for everyone and after 10 weeks, I was ready for something new.
I know that this program also has an app with more challenge workouts, so I have no doubt that I’d continue to see results if I kept going! For now, I’m ready for something new, but I really did enjoy the Bikini Body Guide Program overall.
What I’m Doing Next
The latest Tone It Up challenge started last week so I decided to jump into that! I’ve been following Tone It Up since late 2012 so it’s been fun to see how much the program has grown. I really like their workouts and their meal plans. You can read about my very first experience with the Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down here! I’m thinking about doing a comparison post between BBG and Tone It Up, so let me know if you’d like to see that!