The Kayla Phenomenon

Today I started the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (BBG) in earnest.  And  boy, what a tough workout!

For those of you who don’t know (where have you been?), Kayla is an Australian personal trainer who is currently taking the fitness word by storm!  She has amassed a huge following on Instagram (3.3m and counting, known as the Kayla Army – check out KAYLA_ITSINES), completed her first world tour offering free bootcamps and has several of these workout and nutrition guides.  Most importantly, she’s really lovely too (I randomly bumped into her in restaurant toilets in Melbourne earlier this year!).  So if she’s this popular these workouts must, erm, work, right?

Kayla 2

BBG 1.0 is a 12 week programme that gradually increases in intensity.  It’s a mix between HIIT (high intensity interval training) and the slightly less familiar LISS (low intensity steady state cardio).  The workout guide alone is 189 pages long! And no, its not all workouts.  In fact, Kayla has developed this programme so at just 28 minutes long, each workout can fit into the busiest of schedules – no gym required.  I get the feeling she’s a ‘no excuses’ kind of gal!

So what, I hear you ask, is in the other 131 pages?  Well, that’s the great thing.  Whether you are a complete exercise newbie, seasoned gym bunny or new mum (sorry new dads!), the principles of the exercise programme are fully explained along with clear, step-by-step instructions for each move.  This means you really learn about what it is you are doing rather than just being told the exercise is good, meaning you can apply these principles to future workouts of your own.

BBG guide

After session one of 12 weeks it looks like I’ve got a tough road ahead.  I may not end up looking like a ridiculously toned, bronzed Australian goddess but I hope to be the best version of myself.  As the saying goes “No one said it would be easy, they just said it would be worth it”.

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