Last year I purchased the incredibly popular Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. I had been following Kayla on Instagram as well as many of her success stories. The transformations of these girls were incredible. So finally I decided to take the plunge and try it for myself. The great thing about Kayla’s guides, is it’s an eBook, you pay for it and then can download it right to your computer or phone so you can take it anywhere with you.
The Bikini Body Guide is a 12 week program, each week getting more and more intense. The program includes strength training workouts as well as cardio and stretching. The eBook includes 3 different strength training workouts per week and also instructs you how to incorporate cardio and stretching. The books are detailed and give explanations of how to perform each exercise. Each workout is set up in the same manner. There are two circuits, each circuit consists of 4 exercises, each exercise has a given number of reps. You start with the first circuit and you go through the exercises as many times as you can within 7 minutes without stopping. Then you rest for approximately a minute. Then you continue with the second circuit for 7 minutes. Then rest for a minute. Then repeat both circuits over again. So the workout in total is only about 28 minutes, not including your rest. But don’t let that fool you, these workouts are INTENSE.
So after I purchased the Bikini Body Guide and got together all the equipment I would need, I excitedly dove right in to my first workout. I almost died. The first workout was incredibly brutal for me. I had difficulty exercising so intensely for 7 minutes at a shot without any break. 7 minutes doesn’t seem long until you’ve done one of Kayla’s workouts. I had difficulty breathing, I was sweating like crazy, and was insanely exhausted, but as hard as it was, I pushed through and finished. As the weeks went on I began to see some positive changes in my body. The only problem was… I hated these workouts. Every day I would just dread having to do these workouts. And it’s not because they were difficult, I enjoy being challenged and pushing myself, I just hated them.