For some extra Monday Motivation, we’re introducing you to Kayla Itsines, a personal trainer from Australia with almost 4 million Instagram followers! I started hearing about Kayla Itsines way back in January of this year when some friends took on her program as a New Years Resolution. At the time, I had no idea what the #thekaylamovement or #bbg were.
When Kayla started working as a personal trainer at a women’s only gym in 2008, she realized that the majority of her clients were all after the same “look”- a flat stomach, and toned arms and legs. Realizing that traditional personal training techniques didn’t cater to what these women were after, Kayla decided to develop her own exercises to target those specific areas and soon started her own company. She used Instagram and Facebook as ways to share her training methods and slowly her following started to grow and grow. To further reach women around the world, she created an e-book program, a 12 week “Bikini Body Guide”, which I recently completed.
As a lifelong athlete I grew up in the gym. I’m comfortable lifting weights and designing my own workouts but after two years of being retired from competitive hockey and a hip surgery last year, I was really in a rut with my workouts. I was just starting to get sick of doing the same things that I had been doing for years and I was also finding it harder and harder to fit in my 2 (or more) hours a day workouts!
So, over the summer I decided to give Kayla’s Bikini Body Guide (BBG) a try. The BBG is a 12 week program and each week consists of three resistance training circuits. The circuits are divided into 2 portions of 4 exercises each. You complete Circuit 1 (4 exercises) as many times as you can in 7 minutes. You then take a 1 minute break and repeat Circuit 1 for 7 minutes again. After another 1 minute break, you do the same with Circuit 2. So in total you are working out for 28 minutes! I love the set up because after only 2 sets, you’re switching to the next circuit and halfway done! The best part is, you can easily do the circuits at home if that’s where you’re the most comfortable. Side note- you combine the circuits with both low intensity and high intensity cardio spread out over the week which Kayla explains in detail in her program.
I finished BBG in the middle of October and started right back at Week 1 again. I’m now on Week 4 for the second time and I am absolutely in love with this program. For me, BBG is the perfect way to help keep me balanced. As 20-somethings, we have so much going on! We’re always busy multitasking and juggling school, work, friends, family, social outings, and more! BBG is great in that it ensures we are getting the most out of our workouts. You put in a solid 28 minutes of high intensity exercise and you’re done! And trust me… you’ll know you worked out and still be feeling it a few days after!
So whether you’re looking to change up your workouts, feel stronger, or start your New Years Resolutions a little early, I highly recommend giving the BBG a try! Follow this link to sign up on Kayla’s website for a free week trial https://www.kaylaitsines.com/pages/free-workouts
Lots of love,