Self Challenge- BBG
After having Tiny girl I was so anxious to get back to working out. Throughout my pregnancy I was unable to workout as much as I'd like and even though I know I am being hard on myself, I was starting to see a loss in muscle definition and an increase of "fluffiness" (yes, that's my nice way of saying fat- lol).
As much as I absolutely love Pure Barre I know it's not realistic for me to be able to go four to five times a week until Poppy gets a little bit older. This left me searching for a workout program that would not only motivate me, but keep my attention long enough to be able to make changes, and something I loved. For example, we have a Peloton- which I absolutely love, but it is so hard to motivate myself to get on the bike if I don't HAVE to.
I kept seeing Rachel Parcell posting about BBG- sharing her journey and seeing her progression pictures when I finally decided to research it further for myself. To be honest, I wasn't sure I'd even want to try it until one of my best friends was in town helping me with Poppy. I briefly brought it up when we were cooking dinner and she told me she was doing the BBG Stronger program. I cannot tell you how exited this made. She walked me through the app, explained how the program worked, and told me how much she was enjoying it.
Here's the issue- after doing gymnastics my whole life I have a really hard time finding something that is not only interactive enough and challenging, but something that is interesting. That's why Pure Barre works so well for me, it's ever-changing. Chelsea did collegiate gymnastics with me, so when she was telling me how much she was enjoying it I knew I had to give it a try.
I spent the weekend with Chelsea and decided on Sunday night I was ready to give BBG a try. I downloaded the app, chose my program, and haven't looked back since.
After a week, I am officially hooked.
These are my opinions, I am not being sponsored or paid for this feedback or post.
To hold myself accountable and to help others who are interested but not ready to take the plunge I'm going to answer some of the questions I had last Sunday!
What is BBG?
BBG stands for Bikini Body Guide. It is a program created by Kayla Itsines, you can learn more about it here!
How much does BBG cost?
There is a free 7 day trial and then it is $19.99/mo billed monthly, $18.33/mo billed quarterly, or $9.99/mo billed yearly.
I chose the $9.99 option and was billed for the year. I did this because I knew it would hold be accountable for the year. It would motivate me.
How do you get the workouts?
There is an app called SWEAT, it's free to download! It has all of the programs pre-loaded to it, recipes, a progression tab, and a community section.
What program are you doing?
I chose to do the BBG program. I chose the BBG program over the Post Pregnancy because I was nervous the Post Pregnancy program wouldn't challenge me enough.
How long are the programs?
Each program lasts 12 weeks!
How long are the workouts? Do I need to have a gym membership?
The workouts are 28 minutes long! It is 4 rounds of 7 minute circuits. You do not need a gym membership fo the BBG program. All of my workouts have been done in our living room!
I've used our coffee table and our dining room table's side bench for exercises she uses typical gym equipment for in the examples.
Is the program easy to follow?
Yes, there is a recorded example for every single exercise in each circuit, along with a countdown that tells you how much time is left in each circuit. It also times your cool downs, your rest times, and walk you through each stretch after your workout.
What else do you like about the Sweat app?
I like that you can keep track of your water intake and that there are recipes for you to try. But what I like most about the app is that you have a weekly goal and it helps you keep track of it. Goals are my jam, y'all, especially when I am reminded of them every day. You are challenged to three resistance workouts, three cardio workouts and two recovery "workouts" each week.
There is a sweat drop in the top left corner of your app and it fills up with every workout you complete- when you've accomplished all of the goals for the week the sweat drop fills up completely! I've never been so excited to see a pink sweat drop- lol
Since I'm sharing so much about BBG I wanted to take a second a share some of my goals and the reasons why I've started working out. First and foremost- I was cleared by my doctors to go back to working out, as impatient as I was this is so important. SO, new mamas, please make sure you are cleared to workout before you start any form of physical training.
My Health Goals:
I want to be comfortable in my body. This has been a challenge my whole life, but more so since I've been done with gymnastics. Y'all, that's seven years. I am so sick of not being comfortable with my body and in my own skin.
Being raised by the water I was always so excited to get in my bathing suit and hit the beach growing up, and that is my ultimate goal. We are heading back home to Pensacola in March, and while I might not be 100% happy with jumping into a bathing suit I want to be more comfortable I have been in the years to come. Main focus: arms and stomach. Don't get me wrong, I have a brand new appreciation and love for my body, but I want to be as proud of it on the outside of it as I am of it's capabilities on the inside!
I am doing this program to help me be my healthiest self. Ever since having our little girl I want to ensure we are at our healthiest and best. I want to make sure we are around for our children for as long as we can control. Isn't it funny how such a little human being can motivate you?
Patrick and I have also changed our eating habits. He would tell you that five years ago he'd pray for the day I'd be excited to eat chicken and vegetables for lunch and dinner. Dreams do come true, Pat! We have been so good at eating healthier, well.. except for those darn cookies, and this is the most important part about making changes with your body. Eating is way more important that working out, so I'm so excited that we are doing both!
A few smaller daily goals to help reach my big goal are: drinking at least 85 ounces of water a day, take a Pure Barre class a week- I think this is going to be important for me to get out of the house, do an extra arm workout twice a week, and never miss a workout in a week with BBG. I also want to start doing more yoga and stretching to help work on my flexibility.
“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.“ – Andy Warhol
What are your health goals? Have you been interested in trying BBG? What is your favorite workout? Share with me below!