BBG Workout Review

Yes, you read that title correctly. We are doing a workout review today. We will give you a few seconds to chuckle at us and process that information.

You back with us? Okay, good.

First a little clarification as to why the heck we’re writing about fitness instead of a DIY/home decor/craft project. We love sharing our lives with you, because we think it offers a great way to connect with our readers and give you some insight into our lives. So just as we’ve gotten personal in this post or this post, we wanted to chat about the workout regimen we both recently did over the past 12 weeks. With that being said, a post like this only happens once in a blue moon…so don’t expect us to turn into health & wellness bloggers any time soon (clarification: never going to happen).

So pardon the big DIY TIME-OUT we’re taking today as we review the BBG program.

What is BBG?

BBG-ReviewBBG stands for Bikini Body Guide and it is a program from the Australian fitness star Kayla Itsines. We first heard of BBG & Kayla on our Instagram feed, as we saw some ladies we follow get into amazing shape while following her program. We soon started following Kayla and our feed was instantly bombarded with before & after photos of women who had benefited from the program. Honestly, we were super skeptical at first. It kinda looked like an infomercial for a weight loss supplement. But after some research we were definitely intrigued by the BBG program.

Essentially it is a 12-week program, with 3 weekly workouts. Those three weekly workouts consist of four 7-minute intervals….for a total of 28 minutes. <—Wow, that’s a lot of numbers going on!

Why We Started?

Casey: So you guys read all about my beauty & fitness routine before the wedding in this post. Well, let me just say that ever since I said, “I do” I let all of those good habits fly out the window. With no wedding dress to fit into, a delicious holiday season, and a stressful few months at work…I found myself starting February feeling sluggish and terrible. Plus, my skinny jeans were feeling a bit tight. With our beach honeymoon looming, I was desperate for a new workout program to shake things up. So I looked into BBG and begged Bridget to be my workout buddy!

Bridget: Honestly, I started because Casey encouraged begged me to do so. Yes, I need to work out way more than I did (aka never) and I wasn’t interested in joining a gym or working out outside (Chicago winters do no promote outdoor activity). So, when Casey informed me of the BBG Workout series, I thought to myself 28 Minutes a day at home? I can handle that! Plus, I needed a workout buddy to encourage me and keep me honest. I was sold. Thanks Case!!

How did it go?

Gym-ShoesCasey: Honestly, I really loved the 12 weeks. It was great having a structured workout schedule. Instead of half-assing it in the gym at our building for 45 minutes, I had a specific program to follow 3 days a week. Plus, it was a heck of a lot less expensive than 3 months worth of workout classes and I could do it all in my family room.

But with that being said, it was really hard. Way harder than I anticipated. 28 minutes does not seem like a long time, but when you’re doing dozens of burpees and push-ups…it’s excruciating. I remember being so sore the first 2 weeks, like barely-able-to-walk-normal-sore.  The workouts never got boring to me, and I finished each session a sweaty, tired mess.

By the end of the 12 weeks, I felt good and a lot stronger. By no means do I have a 6 pack (or even a 2 pack for that matter), but I think  my fitness levels have improved. I did not follow the eating program that goes along with the guides (I like my champagne, carbs, & chocolate way too much). But I will say that I probably would have seen really impressive results if I had followed the nutrition program too.

Water-BottleBridget: Hmmm… I’m a BBG drop out (and not proud of it). I started out really strong. For the first four weeks I was totally on target. I worked out consistently and checked in with Casey about how that day’s workout went. Like Casey, I appreciated the structure of the program and being able to do it at home. But just like Casey said… it was SUPER HARD! 28 minutes is way longer than it sounds when you’re busting your behind.

After 4-ish weeks, I got busy after school and wasn’t home a lot to continue to workout. And I know this is WRONG, but after I missed a week, I lost my motivation to continue to keep going. <– not an excuse, just being honest. But when I did stick with it, I did see results (even for the first 4 weeks). I felt stronger for sure and more energized.

BBG Tips:

  • Take Progress Pictures: It seems really weird to stand in the mirror and take a picture of your body (especially if you’re not happy with your body), but we recommend taking progress pictures every 4 weeks. With a program like this, the number on the scale might not change, but you’ll probably notice small changes in your body. Those progress pics will encourage you to keep going!Gym-Shoes-001
  • Have a Buddy: We never actually completed any of the workouts together, but we always talked about how our workout sessions went. There were plenty of times when we didn’t want to do a workout, but having someone to hold you accountable made it hard to justify skipping.
  • Use Interval Timer: We both used the Interval Timer App to time our workouts.
  • Improvise: Neither of us had a bosu ball, medicine ball, or workout bench to use throughout the program. Instead we used heavy weights and random steps/benches around our homes to complete the different moves. Don’t feel like you need to go out and buy a bunch of workout gear to do the BBG program.

Will we continue?

Casey: I did take some time off from working out over my honeymoon, but I’m back and ready to continue. There is a BBG 2.0 (weeks 13-24) and I’m definitely going to continue to do the thrice-weekly workouts throughout the summer.

Gym-Shoes-Water-BottleBridget: I should get back to it, maybe even start at week one again. When I started last time, I literally could not walk normal because I was so sore. It really was a great workout but I have come to the conclusion that it stresses me out to have a definite workout looming on my to-do list all day. So maybe I won’t put as much pressure on myself and will supplement some of these workouts with outdoor activities. Please tell me I’m not the only one who totally SUCKS at working out? #fail

Bridget and Casey Signature

So tell us…what’s your favorite way to exercise? Anything else we should try? 

 

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  • Summer Hogan

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been wondering about this program! It’s hard for me to get to the gym with my little man at home so I’ve been looking for an at home workout. I’ll have to consider it!

    • Summer, no problem! We saw so much about it and decided to give it a go! Pretty awesome for an at-home workout!

  • Shannon

    Hey Ladies! I have been doing a DVD I downloaded on iTunes last summer. Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. When I started, I was horrible. Like could barely keep up with simple jumping jacks horrible! I do not follow Jillian’s plan (which is to do level 1 for 10 days, level 2 for 10 days, then level 3 for 10 days). Instead, I do level 1 M-F, level 2 M-F, and level 3 M-F.

    What I love about it:
    -I do it in the comfort of my living in front of a mirror in my sports bra and underwear–yup, I like to see my muscles working!
    -its under 30 minutes (including warm up and cool down stretch)
    -it has total body workout: strength, cardio, abs (which is exactly what I am looking for–I am not looking to lose weight or bulk up–just tone up)
    -there are two girls: one advanced and one beginner
    -Jillian is blunt, no nonsense, but still motivating
    -it’s not exhausting to the point of fainting. I personally cannot do ridiculous workouts like Insanity. These workouts have variety and are difficult enough to feel like I worked out, but I don’t feel faint when it’s over.

    Thank you for sharing your experience with BBG! I am not a fan of working out either and sometimes find it hard to motivate myself, but I learned with commitment and consistency, I finally started seeing results. I also have watched the food I eat and become a health eater, but the muscle toning I credit all to Jillian!

    • Shannon,
      I have the Jillian Michael’s DVD too and totally agree with all of your points! It’s nice to get a quick sweat session in under 30 minutes with her.

      Thanks so much for sharing!

      xo,
      Casey

  • Oh man, I’m with you Bridget! Total workout failure. I personally love ZUMBA but when I’m very out of shape it’s hard to convince myself to go. Maybe this 12 weeks would be the jumpstart I need to get back at it!

    Visiting from LorimerLiving.Com
    XO, Jaclyn

  • Lara Gephart

    I recently started the Tone It Up (www.toneitup.com) plan and it has literally changed my life (like down 25 pounds so far). They have a weekly workout schedule that combines at home workouts, outdoor workouts, and gym workouts. Karena and Katrina have free YouTube fitness videos as well as 3 DVDs you can purchase (for super cheap!). They also have a nutrition plan you can purchase with tips, tricks, and recipes for success. The best part about the whole program is their social media presence. At any time, you can go on Instagram or Twitter and see girls from all over the world who are doing the TIU program and checking in with the rest of the community. They really motivate me to commit and to not give up on my goals.

    I know your blog is all about DIY, but I really enjoyed this post because exercise and eating healthy (most of the time) are so important!

    • Lara,
      Thanks so much for sharing! We’ve never heard about Tone It Up, but now we can’t wait to check it out. And 25lbs?! Congrats…that is amazing!!!

      You’re right…having a healthy, happy home means you need to be happy & healthy too!

      Thanks so much!
      B & C

  • Yoga is a favorite of ours too, Aimee.

  • I am on week 16 of BBG, and I am quite obsessed. After the first 12 weeks I lost 10 lbs according to the scale, but I lost so many inches! It’s the first program that I’ve seen drastic results. I originally started it to get in shape for my wedding (3 weeks to go!), but I have no plans to stop after the wedding. I feel so much more confident in myself. I was very strict with the workouts. I think I missed maybe one workout in the first 12 weeks, and that’s doing the LISS/HIIT workouts too – so I worked out 6 days out of 7. I’ve NEVER in my life worked out this much, but I got so used to it that I hated missing one. I really think that making it a part of my weekly schedule helped. I planned out weeks in advance and put it on my calendar…if something came up I just moved it to another time when I could fit it in. I think that’s why I really love this program, it’s a short amount of time that shows great results (over time, of course). And I don’t get bored since the workouts change so much.
    Sorry – I’ve rambled on a lot. I just really like this program A LOT. I’ve already got a few of my friends hooked on it too.

    • Shelby, so happy to hear you’ve loved your experience! We agree…it’s nice to have a set schedule and it makes you more motivated to follow along when it’s all planned on your calendar!

      Did you follow the nutrition program too? We’re wondering if that would be a huge help!

      Congrats on your success & the upcoming wedding. How exciting 🙂

    • I actually did not follow the nutrition plan. I eat pretty “clean” 80% of the time, but there’s just no way I could cut out pizza completely from my diet. I just eat all the bad stuff in moderation. I also did not drink any alcohol for the first 12 weeks…like at all. I did a little after (at my bridal shower and bachelorette party), but I think that helped A TON. And to be honest..I didn’t even really miss it.

    • Shelby,
      Wow good for you! I totally agree..I eat pretty clean most of the time…but gotta leave some room for chocolate, pizza, & wine! Happy to hear that you didn’t miss the alcohol…I need to try that! I could imagine that would help a lot.

      xo,
      C