Fitness, Health

Redoing Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide

September 21, 2014

As many of you may already know, a few months ago I completed Kayla Itsine’s bikini body guide (<— affiliate link which helps me pay for Honestly Fitness). I felt good! I felt more confident about myself, had toned up, and was so much fitter than I had ever been. I was busting out push ups and burpees like nobodies business!

Summer has taken its toll however and although I lost a little bit of weight when I went to visit my boyfriend in Salt Lake City, I gained some weight when I came back to San Francisco and drastically cut down on the amount of exercise I was doing.

Redoing Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide

The other week I thought, enough is enough! I want to be able to do tons of push ups again and to look like a total (fit) bad ass in the gym again. I decided that I was going to do Kayla’s bikini body guide again and then continue on and do her bikini body guide 2.0. This time around I want to pair her workouts with her H.E.L.P. nutrition guide so I can give you all a better review of whether it is worth it to combine her workouts with her nutrition plan.

Redoing Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide

I am nervous guys! I did her legs and arms workout this week from Kayla’s free week of workouts and they exhausted me. The leg workout literally crippled me (I did it on Wednesday and couldn’t walk for a couple days) and I did the arm workout this morning. I can tell that I am not as strong as I was … but that’s okay, because I know that I can work back up to it πŸ™‚ 

I am excited for this journey and I hope I can stick to the nutrition guide. I will be keeping you all updated with my progress over the next few weeks and letting you know how everything is going. Is anyone else starting the bikini body guide and/or following the H.E.L.P. guide?

Wish me luck πŸ™‚

Honestly yours,

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  • Katie October 4, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Ooooh I’ve seen a couple of people trying this program and I have to admit I’m interested/curious – I hate burpee’s/push ups but I’ve been working really hard to integrate them into my workouts ‘no pain – no gain’…Looking forward to reading a further update πŸ™‚ x

    • Honestly Fitness October 4, 2014 at 10:50 am

      The day I meet a person who likes burpees is the day the earth stops turning haha; they are horrific aren’t they?! Keep me updated as well, as hard as burpees and push ups are the pay off is really worth it. Thanks for the lovely comment, will be sure to keep you updated with my BBG journey xx

  • Eunice October 9, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I’ve been going around the internet looking for reviews on BBG. I know it’s supposed to be “only 28 minutes long, three times a week” for the workout sesh, but I’d like to know if that is true from somebody who has done it herself! Do you do it at home or at the gym?

    • Honestly Fitness October 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Eunice!

      I do them at the gym; I go to 24 hour fitness and I really like working out in their group fitness rooms. For me they take about 31-35 minutes depending on how long I rest for. 31 minutes is what it takes when I only take a 1 minute break between the circuits.

      Hope this helps πŸ™‚
      Alice xx

  • Vanessa May 27, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Hi Alice!

    First of all, I wanted to thank you for your careful archiving/reviewing of the BBG 12-week program. I just finished my last (yay!) week and found your commentary super helpful when modifying my own workouts at home.

    I did have a few questions, though, as I think I want to re-start BBG1 before moving on to BBG2 after the summer. I still find some exercises pretty difficult to do, and despite my obvious physical progress, I still feel pretty discouraged for not being able to do raised leg sit ups/raised led triceps/decline push ups as quickly as others seem to.

    Did you find that you needed to re-do the program to improve your form and speed, or did you feel like you managed that the first time around? Should I re-start from the easier workouts at the beginning, or just dip right in from Week 5 or 6 (the most challenging for me)?

    I am proud of a lot from these past 3 months, but also feel like I could be gaining so much more in ab and arm strength! Thanks for any help you can offer!!


    • Honestly Fitness May 27, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Hi there Vanessa!

      I am really glad my review helped you πŸ™‚ Looking back at it, I can’t believe I wrote such a long post haha. In regards to your question, I think that re-doing BBG 1.0 is a good option and something that I and many others have done to improve form and speed. I think I have to re-start it again actually, because I took a week off and have moved to a city with high altitude which has really made me feel quite weak and like a beginner again.
      I think you would be surprised at how challenging the workouts from weeks 1-4 are, even after completing the whole guide. However, it is really a matter of person choice at this point – I think both options are a great idea and it just depends on how quickly you want to progress onto BBG 2.0.

      Hope this helps you! Best of luck and I look forward to hearing about your progress πŸ™‚
      Alice x

      • eunice May 27, 2015 at 11:07 pm

        Hey! I’m on my twelfth week and this review also gave me that extra push. Planning to take a two week break before repeating the whole workout plan again. Really saw a lot of improvements but Im especially glad about how my posture has improved. This isn’t a key selling point but I had pretty bad posture before and my back is stronger now. I also still cannot do a sit up, so frustrating and Im glad Im not the only one who felt that way. Thanks!!

        • Honestly Fitness May 31, 2015 at 2:33 pm

          Hey Eunice! Thank you for letting me know, always happy to hear that my posts are helping people πŸ™‚ That is so great to hear that your posture has improved – it may not be a key selling point but it is extremely important nonetheless and something many people take for granted/ignore.
          All the best,
          Alice x