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I don’t really know what happened but January literally flew by! Last year January felt like it last 18 years, but the same is not true for this year. I hope the other months keep this same pace, at least until we get into April because I would like this cold weather to disappear ASAP Rocky.
I’ve mentioned this so many times now I’m sure you’re all sick of it, but 2019 is the year I start making working out fun again, at least for myself. 2018 just felt like I was in a rut, so I’m pushing myself to explore new classes and even fitness apps to see if I fall in love with one. First up on this quest was BBG, or as the app is called SWEAT by Kayla Itsines.
If you’re a female I can almost guarantee you’ve heard of BBG. Basically BBG/Sweat is a program started by Fitness Influencer/General Fit Human Kayla Itsines. She’s a tall, skinny, perfect looking speciman that hails from Australia because of course she does. The BBG program itself started around 2013-2014, but then blew up in 2016.
When I was in college I actually started BBG before I started working with a personal trainer. I had seen all these women on Instragram posting insane transformation pics and hashtagging BBG on them, so I did some digging. This was right around the time when Itsines transitioned the program from being solely-PDF based to having an app platform. While it was a great way to get me into the gym and stick with a normal workout routine, I stopped after a year because I wasn’t seeing ANY results. Like literally zero differences in my body.
Now it’s 2019 and I thought I would try it out again. This time I have years of personal training experience, along with a better muscle-mind connection that I hopped would help me through this four-week journey I was about to embark on.
So to prepare myself I re-downloaded the SWEAT app, and immediately had to buy a subscription. They offer 1, 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions, starting at $19.99 for one month. Das esspensive. While versions 1.0 and 2.0 could definitely be done at home, I was on BBG 7.0, which requires weights and other equiptment you can only find in a gym, so paying an additional $20 on top of my already hefty NYC gym membership was just crushing. Yes, it’s less than paying for a personal trainer but at least the PDF’s are still floating around the internet for anyone balling on a budget.
January 1st started off rough since my gym wasn’t open, but I took it as my one designated rest day for the week and officially started on January 2nd, 2019. The reason I chose the app over the PDF was because it held you accountable. Each week you’re given three cardio exercises (two LISS, one HIIT), three days of resistance (legs, arms, and abs), and two recovery work outs (one rest day and one stretching day of upper, lower, or full body).
If you’re unfamiliar with BBG, the core of the program revolves around the resistance circuits. Each resistance program has two circuits, each with four exercises. You have seven minutes to complete the alloted repetions of each exercise before moving onto the next. It’s an As Many Reps As Possible (AMRAP) situation. You then have a one minute rest, before moving onto the same idea for the second circuit. You then repeat this again with the same circuits. The whole thing, with the minute of rest in betwee, takes 32 minutes, which I’m here for.
In terms of the exericses, they’re a good mix of body weight/calisthenic movements and free weights. You’ll also notice a lot of movements appear throughout the resistance programs, such as burpees or mountain climbers. A new thing that she’s started since I’ve done BBG is added a program called BBG Stronger, which is much more focused on using machines commonly found at a gym (except for my gym because let’s not forget it sucks). The app also features new trainers for programs like Yoga, Power Lifting, and even Pre-Natal exercises, which is cool.
I noticed after each of the resistance days during the first week my body was sore. That was definitely a good sign for me because it meant that I was working new muscles and working them in ways I don’t normally do. However, weeks two three and four did not have the same results. I also noticed myself getting less excited to workout during the last week. Maybe it was the weather or just a general lackluster feeling about life, but it was so hard to push myself through the circuits.
At the end of four weeks, I took my measurements and weighed myself again, hoping to see some progress. Nope. Nothing. My measurements were exactly the same, and I actually lost two pounds of muscle, which was interesting. However, much like I noticed when I did the P.Volve workouts, my abs became more defined and my midsection looked more taught, but that’s definitely because I still never train abs even though I said I would start.
All in all, I’m dissapointed that my second time around was just as unsuccessful as the first. However, I don’t totally think that BBG is a bust. I’ve recommended it to a few colleagues who want to start working out, but who don’t want to committ to having me write a workout program for them. While the app itself is a little pricey, the free PDF’s/Ebooks are a great resource to give a beginner in the gym some guidelines for starting.
Everybody’s body is built differently and responds to different sorts of exercise routines better. I grew up playing soccer and lifting weights, and that’s the kind of programs my body responds to. The individuals who have had incredible transformations on BBG most likely respond better to these sorts of circuits with lighter weights, and that’s great! BBG wasn’t for me, but it maybe something worth trying if you want to get started but don’t know how.
Until Next Time!