I’ll preface this review by saying that fitness has always been a passion of mine.
I have been working out and playing sports for a long time. I am a certified personal trainer and I truly enjoy the sweat, pain and suffering that comes along with getting into shape.
However, I wasn’t always this way. I’ll write another post sharing how I truly incorporated fitness into my weekly routine as I grew older and had more stress, less motivation and not much time.
Believe me, it was a real mental and emotional struggle for quite a while.
With that being said, it has obviously gotten harder to be fit and stay in shape. Sitting on my couch, eating a half pint of Ben & Jerry’s and then going out for a 10-mile run just doesn’t cut it anymore. I mean, I used to crush pizza, rollerblade across town, end the night at Dairy Queen and I still looked the way I wanted to look. You never know how good you have it.
But, now I’m a 31 year old mom and wife and times have changed… along with my metabolism.
I have tried TONS of different workouts over the years.
I am an avid runner because I just truly love running more than most things in this world. My husband and I did Crossfit at a few different locations for about three years which was AWESOME. I have gone to tons of different gyms, tried all types of classes and bootcamps and have also been incorporating Beachbody workouts into my routine for years now.
So, why did I try BBG?
Well, I wanted to try something new. I get bored a lot with my workouts and I am always changing things up. Plus, the hype around this app on social media was huge. I just had to experience it for myself.
What is BBG?
BBG stands for Bikini Body Guide and it was created by Kayla Itsines. The BBG program can be found within the SWEAT app which Kayla also owns.
There are many workout programs on the SWEAT app, including two from Kayla: BBG, BBG stronger, Body and Mind yoga with Sjana Elise, SELF post pregnancy with Kelsey Wells, Fierce with Chontel Duncan and more. If you want to know more details about the app, programs, and trainers, click here.
How does BBG work?
The BBG workouts are 28 minutes long, consisting of four circuits that last seven minutes each.
You are to complete as many rounds of circuit 1 as you can before seven minutes is up. Then, you begin circuit two and do the same thing.
Made up example:
7:00 (minutes on the clock, ticking down)
15 Weighted lunges (push “next” when finished)
15 push-ups (push “next when finished”)
10 burpees (push “next” when finished)
12 tricep dips (push “next” when finished and it will bring you back through starting with the lunges until the 7 minutes is up)
You should aim to complete the four exercises in each circuit as many times as you can before the 7 minutes is up.
This is then followed by 3 more circuits that last 7 minutes each, resulting in a workout that lasts only 28 minutes in total. That’s NOTHING!
Did I like BBG and the SWEAT app?
YES! Out of all the different methods I’ve used to get into shape, the SWEAT app ranks VERY HIGH on my list.
I genuinely love this app for so many reasons:
First of all, how can you not love Kayla? She’s a straight up, badass, business woman. Yeah, she posts a lot of videos and images of her body which some people think is annoying but, hey, that’s her job. She and her fiancé Tobi allegedly have a joint net worth of $486 million, making them the wealthiest self-made 20-somethings in Australia.
Kayla was a personal trainer and decided one day that she wanted to reach more people and so, her app was born. She is a kind, loving soul who cherishes her family, her dogs, and her grandparents more than anything in the world and even after making all of this money, she still deeply cares about the end user.
Secondly, I saw results quicker than most other workout programs I have ever followed.
SIDE NOTE: No matter what program you’re following, it can take about 8 weeks of consistent exercise and healthy eating to start seeing some REAL results. This is true for beginners and for experienced athletes who may have hit a plateau with whatever they were doing before.
So, back to my results.
I had been a new mom for about 6 months and wanted to get some muscle tone back in my stomach and legs. I wasn’t ready to jump back into CrossFit and my running game was just lacking. I needed something I could do quickly and from the comfort of my own home.
Consistently following the BBG program (3 days a week for 28 min plus cardio of my choice on the other days) shocked the sh*t out of me.
I had my doubts because it’s an app but it kicked my ass in the best way possible. I got a lot of the definition and even the confidence back that I was looking for.
Thirdly, it’s only $20/month. That’s cheaper than most gym memberships.
4. It’s SUPER easy to follow and SO convenient if you’re looking for a home workout. BBG doesn’t focus on heavy weights but Kelsey Wells and Chontel Duncan have programs within the app that do. Whatever your goals are, there is a program within the SWEAT app that will work for you.
5. You really don’t need much equipment (if you’re following Kayla’s programs within the app). At most, I needed dumbbells, a yoga mat, a medicine ball (a freakin gallon of water would even do) and a weight bench (I used my dining room chair for a lot of exercises).
6. The app keeps you accountable and motivates you to keep going.
How? Because every week, the app will automatically bring you to the next week of workouts. For example: If you were to download the app today, you would be starting on week 1. Let’s say you procrastinated or something else came up and you didn’t actually open the app and start working out until next week. So then, next week, you would be opening your app to the week 2 workouts. Now, you can manually edit this and go back to week 1 but that’s just annoying.
The reason this kept me motivated was because I would see that I was on say, week 10. I HAD to get in all of the workouts that week so that way when I opened it the following Monday, it was welcoming me to week 11 and I could just start working out. The pride that came with being prepared and ready when each week advanced was something I didn’t expect to experience from an app at all.
7. The fact that you can manually change what week you’re on can actually be a plus because you might have days or weeks where you don’t feel like working out or you just can’t for one reason or another.
8. When you are a SWEAT app user, you also become part of an ENORMOUS, supportive group of people who are on a similar journey.
If you follow any of the SWEAT app trainers on IG, you will see some of the amazing transformation stories people have shared. It’s really incredible!
So, would I recommend the SWEAT app?
If you are looking for an inexpensive, quick, awesome, easy to follow, home or gym routine then YES! 110%!
If you are someone who would rather workout with a trainer, a partner, or do group classes, this may not be for you. Since you are essentially doing the SWEAT app alone, it takes a lot of internal dedication and motivation to keep going.
Just like with any other goal in life, you have to really want it in order for it to become a reality.
Please leave a comment if you have any questions about the SWEAT app, BBG, or even just questions about fitness/personal training. I am more than happy to help!
Thanks for stopping by.