BBG Week 4 Check-In

Happy Friday, friends!  We made it to the weekend and survived the first week of 2018!  How are everyone’s New Year’s resolutions going so far?  In case you missed it, earlier this week I shared my list of resolutions for 2018, and one of those was to complete the BBG workout program.  I actually started the program about a month ago (I’m in week 5 right now!  Also read more in this post about why I wanted to start this program), so today I thought I would do a little check-in post to answer a few questions I’ve gotten.  If you are thinking about starting BBG as one of your New Year’s Resolutions, I would highly recommend it!

What exactly is BBG?

The program stands for Bikini Body Guide, and is an at-home workout program developed by Kayla Istines.  The program is built around 28-minute workouts three days a week; each workout focuses on a different muscle group (abs/arms, legs, and full body) so you get a very well-rounded workout each week.  Each 28-minute workout consists of two 7-minute circuits that you complete twice with a 1-minute break in between.  You are given 4 different moves to complete as many times as you can in each circuit (think: push-ups, planks, burpees, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, weighted squats, etc) – the combination of weight training and cardio makes the program incredibly effective (thanks to this website for helping explain it!).  On the days that you don’t do the BBG workout, you are expected to do LISS (Low Intensity Steady State cardio, which is the opposite of HIIT/High Intensity Interval Training), which for me means running on those days.

Do I like BBG?

YES!  So far I am loving it!  My favorite thing about the workout programs is that they are totally doable – they only take about 45 minutes (if you include the 32 minute workout time, plus a few minutes to set up and the cool-down stretches at the end), and I love the fact that I can do the workouts from home.  Most days I set everything up and workout on our patio in the backyard, but with the cold weather we’ve had lately I have done a few workouts inside as well.  The fact that I can do the workouts from home/anywhere has made the program much easier to stick with, because I can fit it into my schedule rather than trying to work my schedule around the program.  The workouts are also the perfect intensity for me – sometimes I end the workout dripping in sweat, and sometimes the workouts are a little easier.

What kind of equipment do I need?

One great thing about this workout program is that you don’t need much.  For every workout, you will need some sort of mat.  I use these mats and then put my yoga mat on top of it.  Other equipment you may need depending on which day you’re doing:  hand weights, jump rope, and a bench that you can step up onto (I’ve improvised & used a crate for this or also used the stairs when I’ve done the workouts indoors!).

What do I wish I had known before starting BBG?

I feel like I did pretty good research prior to starting the program, but I had no idea just how amazing the BBG app would be (it’s called the Sweat app in the app store).  Each workout has little videos that play to show you exactly what to do, as well as what equipment you will need which makes it SO easy for a fitness newbie (like myself!).  One tip I have for anyone looking to start BBG is to scroll through your workout before you begin so that you can get all of your equipment to set it up beforehand.  Sometimes I forget to do this and then I have to either stop the workout or waste time grabbing my weights/jump rope when I really should have just set it all up before I started.

Have I seen results yet?

Yes and no.  I’m only on week 5 of the program, so I can’t say I’ve seen a ton of physical changes just yet.  I have, however, felt that my muscles are getting stronger and that has in turn made the workouts get easier!  For example: the first time the “commando” move came up in a workout, I couldn’t even do one.  Now I can do 6 on each side with no breaks!  So I can definitely tell that the program is working, but I know that it’ll take several more weeks of workouts & as well as diet changes to start seeing results physically.  I also have enjoyed the program so far because I feel like it puts me in a really good head space.  Working out can be somewhat therapeutic and it is a nice way to de-stress at the end of the day by turning up my favorite music, stepping away from the “real world” for 30 minutes, and just focusing on each move as I complete the workouts.

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