For around a year I have used the fitness programme the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) by Kayla Itsines. If you dont know already what this amazing guide is, let me tell you. It uses at home strength and cardio movements such as squats, lunges and push ups to help you slim down and achieve the goals you want without using a gym. The plan uses 4 7 Minute circuits to create a full 28 minute workout. Now dont get me wrong this guide is amazing, its helped me get to a body weight I want while giving me a quick workout while in the middle of coursework. This plan is incredible if you wish to loose weight, but for me thats not what I want anymore.
For a long time I would check Instagram and see girls with a large following and the figure I wanted saying they used the BBG guide. This intrigued me as they all seemed to have the toned bums and flat abs all from this home workout so obviously I wanted to try it. I would see photos all over of these amazing transformations, which I cant deny are amazing and the girls should be so proud of themsleves. But I couldn’t work out how they had managed this figure from a cardio based workout plan. Now I’m not knocking the BBG plan it is amazing for those starting out and wanting to loose weight, and have little time to spend in the gym. But thats not what I want to achieve.
Now what many accounts dont tell you is that BBG is not the only workout they do. Many if not all of these large accounts with toned figures will be doing a weight based plan in the gym a few times a week also. This is because the muscle they achieve is not possible from a cardio/HIIT based plan with little or no weights. Dont get me wrong you WILL tone up and loose weight but only to a certain degree, hence why I’d only specify it to beginners. To get muscular to a high level you HAVE to be doing weights to a degree, many of these girls dont tell you this, BBG IS NOT THE ONLY THING THEY WILL BE DOING.
This was a huge reason I decided to stop, I wanted to achieve something for once that wasn’t physique based. Ive always exercised for some vanity reasons and I didnt want that, I wanted a new challenge and for me weights and the gym give me that. BBG does become repeative and boring after awhile and I found myself dreading the lunges and push ups within a few weeks, it made me start hating exercising because there wasnt much variety. Whereas at the gym I have a wide choice of exercises, weights, equpiment and classes and can change whenever I feel like it. It also allows me to get out of the house and have time with myself. Exercise should never feel like a chore, and this did.
I didnt write this post to drag down BBG at all it’s amazing and it helped me begin my fitness journey. I wrote this to tell you that if you feel out of your exercise routine, dont be afraid of trying something new because not everything suits everyone. Try something new it could be the best thing you’ve ever done. Since rejoining the gym I have seen results I never thought I would and never would have achieved just from BBG. I have become fitter and healthier and happier, I found my love for exercise again.
Don’t ever feel you have to do something, go ahead and do what you want to do, please don’t fear weights!!!!!
I will leave the link to the BBG guide (https://www.kaylaitsines.com). I will also keep you all updated on my new journey with powerlifting.
Much love x