I have already told you that I started doing the first Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines two weeks ago and today I’ll review it briefly. The Bikini Body Guide is an e-book that you can purchase online from Kayla Itsines site. The book itself starts with an introduction and overview explaining to you what to expect throughout the whole training program. It also includes information on how to track your progress and why it is so important to measure yourself and take progress pictures. In my opinion, the book is more than just a workout program; you get 12 weeks of workouts and learn how to lead a healthy life. That means you build not only strength but confidence and discipline as well. You form your character and you will apply everything you learn in your everyday life.
- What to expect from the book?
As I said this is a 12-week training plan. You are going to train six times a week and you are going to have one rest day. For me the rest day is Sunday, this is when I have my cheat meal as well. During the first 4 weeks you are going to have 3 resistance trainings (explained in the book), 3 LISS workouts and 1 stretch session. During the last month you are going to do HIIT workouts as well. The resistance training consists of burpees, squats, push ups, lunges etc. All of those exercises are listed in the book and you are going to do something different almost every time you do resistance training. Let me explain that better… I’ll give you an example… Monday is Legs&Cardio day, so you are going to do exercises specified to target those areas (legs, butt, thighs), on Wednesdays you are going to train your abs and arms (think about push ups, sit ups, dips etc.). And Fridays stand for a Full Body Workout. Long story short, you are going to do the workouts from the book on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays you are going to go for a walk or a light jog, nothing too intense. And then Sunday will be your day off.
- How are the workouts built?
Every workout consists of 2 circuits with 4 exercises in each. Every circuit takes about 7 minutes, after you train for 7 minutes straight, you can rest for 60 to 90 seconds. Afterwards you continue with the second circuit. After completing the second circuit, you’ve done the first round, you can take a break once again and then you have to repeat everything from the beginning. This means you are going to train for 28 minutes…yeah, I know, it doesn’t sound like much but it is challenging, especially if you don’t have any experience. My advice would be to take your time and not overdo it, you are going to see results no matter how slow or fast you go! So just set a goal to get better with every week, you don’t need more than that, trust me!
- What else can I find in the e-book?
After the workout program you will find an exercise glossary and an education section. Read those because proper form and information about sport and your overall health are essential for your success. Everything is very well explained and you don’t need any pre-knowledge to start doing the guide. This is why it is called a guide, because it guides you through your journey.
In conclusion, I can say that it is hard, but it is also motivating because you notice results after the first week! I’m determined to finish the guide and continue working out afterwards.