In high school my girlfriends would make fun of me because Converse Chuck Taylor’s were the closest thing I had to tennis shoes. Aside from playing volleyball from 7th – 10th grade (and not being that great at it) I have never really been physically active. Every so often I would go to the gym and use the elliptical and attempt some free weights but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to start working on my fitness. Over the past year or so I have been more focused on eating healthier and overall becoming healthier, happier and stronger (insert flexing arm emojii).
In order to have a complete and balanced healthy lifestyle – I understood fitness was a big part of that and was something I was totally missing. Healthier to me doesn’t mean a specific weight or jean size, healthier to me simply means feeling the best I possibly can! Being that I was pretty uneducated on how to train myself I purchased the Bikini Body Guide from Kayla Itsines in late August and I decided to start 6 weeks ago. I found Kayla on Instagram and I love looking through her motivational quotes and seeing how many lives she’s changed through fitness with her guides. She offers a 12 week training guide and a nutritional guide with recipes which I really love – I got both as I am always on the lookout for new recipes as well.
I started with her pre-training section which is a 4 week course to get my body ready for the 12 week training to follow. I am now 2 weeks into the actual training and I am already seeing a dramatic difference in my figure and strength. The BBG consists of 3 circuits a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) with cardio days in between (Tuesday and Thursday). The circuits are broken down into 4 – 7 minute nonstop circuit sessions and the cardio is either low intensity (like walking) or high intensity (like sprints) depending on how far you are into the guide.
Here’s how I am doing the plan:
Monday – legs circuit
Tuesday – cardio (35 minutes)
Wednesday – arms and abs circuit
Thursday – cardio (35 minutes)
Friday – full body circuit (optional)
For my cardio as I am still in the beginning stages of the BBG – I am only doing low intensity so I have been walking on the treadmill for 35 minutes at an incline of 2.0 at 3.9 mph. I am honestly a little scared to get to the high intensity cardio with sprints as I am not the most coordinated person and actually tripped on the treadmill walking the other day.
Thoughts on #BBG – I’m not going to lie, ITS HARD! When I finish the circuits I look like a sweaty pig (hence why I didn’t take photos of me while working out) and it takes every ounce of me to complete all 4 – 7 minute sessions but I love how it pushes me and I can literally feel my body getting stronger. I have of course never tried any other workout plans but I love that I started with this one because it is so step by step. She even explains how to do each workout in the circuits if you’re really unexperienced like me! 🙂
Overall I am really, really loving this new addition to my life and finally feel like I am living a well rounded healthy lifestyle. I never realized how many benefits working out really has for your overall health. Who knew? I’m excited to see where my body goes in these next 10 weeks and I will post updates as I get closer to the end of the guide!