So I did it!!! I finished 12 Weeks of Bikini Body Guide!! It was challenging for sure, but completely do-able! Even for those of you that do not work out super consistently. So much of this program I would say is setting aside the time to do it. If you schedule your workouts ahead of time, you are far less likely to skip them.
What I Love Most about this Workout Plan: It is extremely structured. It tells you exactly what to do for each circuit, how long you do each circuit and when to take breaks. I needed this structure because I was missing my structured running schedule. I need an organized plan otherwise I am far more likely to cut corners or just not wake up for the workout.
The Most Challenging Aspect: I would say the hardest part for me was Leg day. My knees just cannot handle tons of jump squats and burpies. I had to modify some of the circuits so as not to injure myself. But those of you with healthy knees, these workouts will be great for you!
Would I Do it Again: I have actually learned a lot from these workouts, and have found that I built strength in my upper body (back, arms, shoulders) faster than when I would just go to the gym and lift weights. I love that the circuits are quick moving and involve 4 different movements in one circuit so as to keep you changing up which muscles you are working out. I would absolutely do this again, and plan to continue using these workouts at the gym.
Can You do this from Home: Yes you could do these workouts from home, but you would have to get a little creative. The item I needed most at the gym was a bench. I used a bench in every single circuit just about. Whether it was for arms, legs or abs, you need a bench. I have seen some people use a table or a chair instead, so you could make that work. You will most likely want to purchase 5-10 pound free weights. I used 8 pounds anytime it called for free weights and I found that was the perfect amount. You will need a jump rope, a medicine ball and a yoga mat. A jump rope is fairly inexpensive, but a medicine ball you could probably just use your free weights instead.
What Differences did I Notice in my Body Most: My abs. Again, I store my weight in my lower half (butt and thighs), so it is much easier for me to tone my upper body. I noticed my abs changing after the first week of this program. If you are built similar to me, you will probably notice the same changes. I desperately wish I had Carrie Underwood legs, but the reality is, it's just not my body type. I can focus more on trying to tone my legs, but I definitely noticed my upper body changing the most.
What Would I Do Differently to Achieve Better Results: I purchased Kayla's Bikini Body Bundle. I think the total I spent was $60 or $70 for both the workouts and the diet plan. I read through the diet plan but never used a single recipe or suggestion really. I was dedicated to the workouts but didn't focus as heavily on my eating. I eat pretty clean overall, but if I were to follow her clean eating regimen, I'm sure I would have shaved off more weight in my lower half and seen better results in my legs in general.
I think my biggest piece of advice to you if you are interested in purchasing these plans, would be again to SCHEDULE workout time. I knew if I was meeting up with friends in the evening, that I would have to wake up early before work to get my workout in. It wasn't easy, but I can assure you that you start your day with endorphin's being released all over the place, and you know that after work you can go relax or meet with friends and not have to go straight to the gym. I am a morning person, so I realize that for some working out before work isn't a realistic option, but maybe you should just try it?! I will usually wake up 15-30 minutes before I need to leave for the gym to make a cup of coffee which helps me stay motivated when I get to the gym and I feel a little more alive. Just some tips that help me in the morning. It's easier to get out of bed, when you have coffee to look forward to :)
Let me know if you have questions about this routine. Summer is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start your 12 weeks to a Bikini Body ;)
Click here to see my other post on Kayla's workout routine, and to see more progression photos.
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