Why I love it...
- You can do it at home, at a gym, or on the road. Personally, I love working out at a gym. Some people don't, but I do. In this stage of my life, it's just not a season where I can easily and consistently get to the gym. My husband travels so even if I wanted to go super early, I can't count on him being home. I have 4 kids, so inevitably someone would be sick and couldn't go. I homeschool our kids, which means every spare minute of my day seems to be used up between school and food and household duties. It's just a season where the only way I can count on getting a work out, is if I'm home!
- It takes 30 minutes. Period. The time requirements don't increase with the work out intensity. It just takes 30 minutes. I've always wanted to try some of the P90X type work outs, Crossfit, Insanity, etc., but I don't have 90 minutes to exercise! Relating back to the first point...I don't have much spare time in my day. With 4 little kids it would take me 30 minutes just to get everything packed and ready and in the car to go to the gym, lol! I would have plenty of excuses not to fit a 90 minute work out in to my days. There is really no excuse not to find 30 minutes to work out ;-)
- It is designed specifically for women. Sorry guys, but this one is just for the ladies. Kayla understands how a woman's body response to various exercises differently than a guy's. I am not looking to be a super ripped body builder. I want to look lean and strong, but still feminine.
- It is cardio and strength training simultaneously. I used to spend 30-45 minutes lifting weights and THEN somehow try to find a way and find time to fit in cardio. Not anymore! 30 minutes a day and I've covered both. I've also always hated leg workouts. When I was designing my own weight lifting routines at home, I always slacked on leg exercises, doing the minimum. This program covers upper body, lower body, abs, cardio,, etc, without letting me leave out things I don't like! Like I said, all-around fit.
- Minimal equipment required. You don't have to spend a ton of money. The program itself is cheaper than 1 month at most gyms! I already owned a set of free weights and a bench (thank you, Craigs List!). I only use a couple of dumbbells, a medicine ball, and my only purchases specifically for this program were a yoga mat and a Bosu Ball (not required, she shows you alternatives if you can't buy one, but I found one on mega-sale at Big 5). You can certainly do the program without a bench, but I have definitely enjoyed having one on hand already to use. I don't have a fancy set up. I had hoped to clear out a space in our unfinished basement and set up to work out down there, but it hasn't happened yet, so for now I just work out in our bedroom!
- I am dead tired exhausted after every work out. If I'm going to dedicate a small amount of time to working out, I want it to kick my butt. I want those minutes to be worth every second! I've found that the level of difficulty increases perfectly from week to week. Each work out is HARD, but do-able, and the next week never feels any easier, ha!
There is an optional dietary guide to purchase as well. I am happy with my diet and very much believe in organic/non-GMO, Whole foods, full fat, real sugar, etc. I can't vouch for her dietary guide because I haven't personally seen it. If you need help in that area, it would be worth checking out, I just can't speak to it since I didn't feel the need to change my diet. Just wanted to get my work outs figured out!
Kayla does a cool thing in that she includes 4 weeks of "pre-training" for ladies who have recently had a baby, or just haven't worked out in a while or at this level. Me and my ego thought I should just skip the pre-training weeks. My husband brought me back down to earth when he reminded me that A) I recently had a baby, and B) I hadn't worked out at an intense level for a over a year and a half. My prideful self decided to start at week 2 of the pre-training...why am I an idot!? LOL! I should have just started with the beginning of pre-training since it was my first time working out post baby #4. Anyway...the pre-training weeks are not a waste. I was just too used to being in shape and didn't want to admit that I was completely NOT at that point ;-)
Just so you can see what the work out pages look like, here are some screen shots:
|Pre-training week 2|
|BBG week 10|