Well hello there! Today I am going to be reviewing the infamous BBG, the Bikini Body Guide. I have been following it pretty consistently for a while now and I wanted to share it with you all!
First of all, this guide goes hand in hand with the HELP guide, reviewed here and here, and they work together. This guide that I always talk about is a workout guide for all ages and it is mainly resistance training. Resistance training is the type of workout that builds strength and endurance. According to EMedicineHealth,
“Resistance training is any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of increases in strength, tone, mass, and/or endurance. The external resistance can be dumbbells, rubber exercise tubing, your own body weight, bricks, bottles of water, or any other object that causes the muscles to contract.”
Basically, this guide uses resistance training and cardio to create your dream body. I might have caught your attention when I said, “dream body.” If you have the mindset that you are going to get your dream perfect body, I would throw that assumption out the window. You seriously can’t tell yourself that “at the end of this,” you will look like Gigi Hadid, because sorry, you won’t. Everyone’s bodies are so different and we all change differently. We all gain weight in different areas and we all have different habits. Second of all, being fit and working out is a lifestyle. It’s not just a one and done thing. I workout to stay fit and to stay in shape. Sure, part of me does it to look fit in shape, but overall, I love my body too much to not take care of it, so that’s why I workout.
Another reason why I workout is because it affects my mind and my mood tremendously. Working out puts me in an amazing mood and it makes my day better. Working out boosts my mood but it also boosts my confidence and my self-image. I do not workout because I hate my body. Okay, after getting side-tracked, I am going to jump right back in where I left off. Okay, yes, this guide is a workout guide that uses resistance training. There are weights involved, but most of the training uses your body weight (i.e. pushups, tricep dips, squats, lunges, etc.).
Looking at the workout guide, there are three days that are the resistance training split up into Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There are two circuits within those workouts that are to be done for 7 minutes without stopping, then with a 1-minute break and then onto the next circuit, then repeated, for a total of 28-30 minutes, depending on how long your breaks are. Looking at the workouts, they look pretty simple and easy. They look like you can maybe do it without breaking a sweat. Well, honey, let me tell you that you are wrong. After some days, you will not want to move after you complete the workout. The next day, you will be the sorest you have ever been. These workouts are hard. But they are so worth it.
On the off days that you are not doing the main workouts, Kayla recommends that we do some cardio, LISS. LISS is an acronym for Low-Intensity Steady State cardio, which is where your heart rate stays constant, at about 65% of the maximum heart rate. You can find your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age from 220. The goal is to walk or bike for 35-60 minutes about 2-4 times a week. For me, LISS is the hardest part of this guide because it takes so much time. It is hard to find time to go on a walk in my busy college schedule, but if I really want to, I can make it happen. I just have to put it in my schedule and it will happen.
The workouts get progressively harder as the eBook goes on, but at the same time, you are getting stronger as the book goes on. Trust me, you will always be challenged. There will not be a workout where you aren’t out of breath or you feel like it was too easy. These workouts are hard and they are always hard.
In my opinion, this guide is very worth it and it is worth the money. I think that this is a good investment and although it is expensive, you can get so much out of it and sometimes around the holidays, there are some discounts! Buying the guides in bundles also saves you some money!