I heard of BBG by Kayla Itsines quite a few years ago. It has become more and more popular and she now even has an app called SWEAT. As the new year approached I was contemplating what I wanted to do. Last summer I did the Elite Edge gym challenge and would have loved to keep going there but it’s quite pricey.
When I saw a fellow blogger Elly Brown of Uptown with Elly Brown post on Facebook if anybody was thinking about doing it I commented I was thinking about it. Within a couple of hours there was quite a conversation going about all of us doing it together and a Facebook group was created.
I purchased the app which there are a few choice. You can pay monthly with it is $20/ month or you can pay yearly $119 for the whole year. Coming out to be about $10 per month. The Dave Ramsey in me said… whole year it is!
Last week was my first week at it and here are my thoughts so far…
The app is really great and mostly user friendly. There are different programs you can choose as your main program (and even then you can still do other workouts from the other programs on the app) These are the options: BBG, BBG Stronger, Body and Mind, Kelsey Wells PWR, and Post-Pregnancy. You can read more about these HERE.
Features of the app I like:
- Workout calendar
- Easy to follow workouts that are timed
- Meal plan
- Community Forum
- Breakdown of each move + modifications
- Progress tracker
- Recovery activities (the foam roller one is two thumbs up)
Features of the app that could be improved:
- Meal plan – I would like it to be more meal-prep friendly and made for family style. It seems like they are written to serve 1-2 people. Plus there is a new meal for each meal which is a LOT of cooking for a busy mom who has a full time job.
- Cardio workouts – the program is set up so you do resistance 3x a week and then every other day is cardio. However, the cardio workouts are not on the app. You just do your own cardio. I think it would be a great addition to have cardio video workouts.
How were the workouts?
The week 1 workouts made me very sore (I hadn’t worked out since I did the summer challenge). Specifically the leg day and then the full body day. The workouts are fantastic! They are 28 minutes and you have 4 exercises in each circuit. You have 7 minutes per circuit and you do the exercises over again until the 7 minutes are up. It makes a really fun beeeeeep noise that makes you feel like a champ! HAHA! After 7 minutes you have another set of 4 exercises that you do for 7 minutes and then you repeat the first four then do the last 4 again. A total of 28 minutes.
What is the workout schedule?
Like I mentioned the workouts are 28 minutes long. (You should add a 5 minute warm up + a 5-10 minute cool down).
The weekly schedule has you doing a resistance workout 3 days a week. So Monday, Wednesday, and Friday you can choose between arms & abs, legs, and full body. Choose one per day.
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are all cardio days. Here is where you have to supplement your workout and do your own cardio. I chose to cycle and do the elliptical. You can do a 35 minute walk or easy cycle or you can choose to do a 15 minute HIIT workout. Here is what I did…
Tuesday: Cycle video off of Strava (interval training for 30 minutes)
Thursday: Elliptical for 30 minutes
Saturday: Cycle intervals (5 minute warm up – 3 minutes fast with high resistance – 3 minutes low resistance normal cycle rate. I alternated the intervals 9 times)
It also recommends doing 2 recovery activities. One of these can be a rest day and then there are foam roller exercises to do for upper body, lower body, or full body. These are a great way to stretch out your muscles and remove lactic acid build up. Rolling is super painful for me but I know it helps.
Like I mentioned earlier, the meal plan part isn’t great for me. I’m super busy and I like to keep things to a one day meal prep for all our lunches and then easy dinners. Kayla has a ton of recipes and each meal is different but I don’t have time for all that!
I usually resort to Pinterest and find healthy meal prep recipes or crockpot meals like these here
Another great meal prep idea that just launched is from Cassy Joy Garcia of Fed and Fit. She has a Cook Once Eat All Week meal plan via email that she is sending out weekly for 5 weeks. Go sign up for her email list and get them! They are awesome and I plan on using these starting next week!
How to Survive Week 1:
Anybody can do these workouts forsure! There are the things I think you will need the most…
- Accountability partner
- Essential Oils
- Panaway – natural icy-hot
- Lavender – great for a bath after a hard workout
- Epsom Salt – soak those sore legs!
- Solid meal prep plan so you don’t get off track (do this Sunday before the week starts)
- A good yoga mat
- Healthy snacks (ya’ll I’m so hungry ALL.DAY.LONG! Healthy snacks are a must)
If you’ve read this far! Glad you made it 🙂 I’d love to hear if you’re doing or have done BBG and your thoughts. I’d also love some new meal prep ideas so drop me some links!!