Stop! Ditch your gym routine and start BBG: Week 6 Review
As my friends know, I am an extreme exerciser. By this, I don’t mean that I exercise extremely frequently. Rather, I go through periods of extreme gymming and clean eating, followed by months of stuffing my face, sitting on the sofa and shunning all exercise! As soon as I start to feel sluggish (and a bit frumpy around the edges), the cycle begins again.
I’ve started (and given up) the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide three times. THREE TIMES! If you aren’t familiar with the notorious acronym ‘BBG’ (Bikini Body Guide), or don’t happen to know any ‘BBG GALZ’, I’ll give you a quick summary:
28 minutes. 2 circuits. 7 minutes per circuit. 4 high intensity death-inducing resistance exercises. LOTS OF SWEAT.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays you complete the BBG circuits (they change every week), interlaced with low intensity training (walking, cycling, competitive sport) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Of course, Kayla (an Australian fitness instructor and creator of the guides) also recommends a fairly strict ‘lifestyle change’ (diet), that involves cutting out sugary snacks and processed foods.
Six weeks ago, after finishing a rather greasy-looking Marinara pizza that was balanced on my muffin top as I slouched in bed, I made the decision to START BBG AGAIN. But this time, my goal was to create a sustainable and realistic routine for myself. Six weeks later (and half way through the guide), here’s my verdict:
BBG is perfect for fitting around a busy #yopro schedule. You could easily complete the circuits before work (or even at lunchtimes if you can access a shower), as they only take 30 minutes. I start work at 8am and usually savour every minute in bed in the mornings, so I complete my circuits straight after work. I also really like how organised the guides are – you know exactly what you’re doing and when you’re going to do it!
Another major selling point of the BBG guides (and boy, do they sell!), is the flexibility that comes with the lack of equipment required to complete the circuits. Most exercises only involve very basic gym equipment (medicine ball, hand weights, step, skipping rope etc). This means that you can pretty much do BBG anywhere, from your bedroom at home to the park near your work place.
Finally, BBG is disgustingly difficult – and that’s what makes it so effective. I genuinely had no idea I could sweat so much before I started the guide! If you are looking for a ‘quick fix’ that will transform your figure in two months time, this is your answer. As a result, BBG has spawned an online, global community (10 million!!), based on transformation photos that can provide great motivation and support for completing these guides. It’s all very addictive!
However, the difficulty level that comes with its effectiveness is also one of BBG’s major flaws. The circuits are so demanding that every single BBG session is a battle with your own brain. As your legs are buckling and the sweat is gathering on your forehead, the little voice inside whispers, ‘stop now…give yourself a break…you don’t need to do anymore…’
Furthermore, the guides provide no instruction with what to do when you simply can’t do a particular exercise anymore. And this happens A LOT. I usually just simplify the exercise and try to continue, but more guidance would be useful.
Lastly, I think the risk of injury is high with BBG. Not only are you jumping around like a headless chicken without a constructive fitness instructor, but your form usually slips due to exhaustion. Luckily, I have only picked up one small injury so far but I reckon if your concentration slips, you could really hurt yourself.
My face during these circuits. Seriously.
I have 6 weeks to go until I complete BBG. I’ll be back then with a final review and if I’m brave enough….transformation photos!
Have you tried BBG? Please let me know in the comments!