Kayla Itsines // BBG 2.0, Weeks 13-16

I recently completed the first 4 weeks of Kayla Itsines’ BBG 2.0 guide and thought I’d share my thoughts for any of you that have been following along on my BBG journey :)

I started BBG 2.0 straight after finished my second round of BBG 1.0, as I wanted to keep up the momentum and the routine that I’ve set into place over the last 6 months; exercising is a huge release for me, and the structure and routine that BBG offers is perfect for my lifestyle.

Firstly, BBG 2.0 is awesome! There’s a lot more focus on weights rather than cardio, which I really enjoy. A lot of the exercises now have a weight opted, else an increase in weights to ensure you continue to challenge yourself. These kinds of exercises include weighted toe taps, weighted jump lunges, and weighted stationary lunges. Another change is the introduction of pulses exercises, like double pulse jump lunges, and double pulse jump squats and tricep dips. Those double pulses really intensify the exercise! As if jump lunges weren’t evil enough, the additional double pulse just takes it to a totally different level.

I think one of the biggest, difference inclusions in BB 2.0 is the barbell work – the barbell is used for exercises like close leg squats, bench squats and deadlifts. Using the barbell makes me feel like a total badass haha! I feel like I could kick some serious butt! However, I’ve learnt that my form is allll sorts of wrong for the deadlifts – my lower back was continually hurting throughout the exercise and when I posted a video of my workout on Instagram, lots of lovely people commented and mentioned, ‘errr nope, you need to bend your legs / shrug your shoulders back / keep your neck tucked in etc’

THAT is why I love this community! If I kept going the way I was, I’d do some serious damage to my back. Instead thanks to the advice of some BBG sisters, I’ll be looking at videos online to understand what to do, and practicing in a mirror to make sure I’m engaging the right areas.

So far, I love BBG 2.0, possibly more than BBG 1.0 if I’m honest. The addition of the weights gets my heart rate up still whilst doing exercises like burpees and step ups so I don’t feel like I’ve lost anything there.

In my mind, BBG 1.0 = cardio + increasing fitness, and BBG 2.0 = strength training + toning. I think BBG 1.0 is a fantastic way to gradually increase your strength and fitness levels thanks to the focus on plyometric exercises and cardio. I’m really glad I did x2) rounds of BBG 1.0 before I moved on, as weighted burpees really step everything up a notch in BBG 2.0!

I completed Week 16 about 2 weeks and have put a temporary hold on BBG whilst training for my first triathlon. I was trying to incorporate triathlon training into my BBG / boot camp training schedule, but it was just way too much and I was waking up very sore, lethargic and grumpy for over training.

My triathlon training has included ocean swims, pool swims, bike riding and running, and practicing transitioning between these legs like in the actual triathlon to ensure I’m as ready as I can be. The triathlon is this Sunday (how did it come up so fast?!) and I’m looking forward to giving it a red hot crack :) I’m also verrrry nervous, but I just need to remind myself that I am in competition with absolutely no one else; I will be so darn proud if I can just cross the finish line!



Kayla Itsines // BBG Round 2, Weeks 9-12

So I have officially completed 2 round of Kayla Itsines’ BBG 1.0 as of yesterday, and let me tell you, it feels pretty darn good!

I forgot that Weeks 9 to 12 starts to focus on particular body areas for each resistance, which was both awesome and SO hard!

Weeks 10 / 12 arms which is known for being one of the most challenging resistances throughout BBG 1.0 was honestly not any easier the second time round. I officially detest spider push ups haha!

I placed particular emphasis on my form over speed this round, and I can definitely tell it has made a huge difference. Ensuring that I engaged my core, contracted my abs, pushes through my heels has done the world of good for both my progress, and my pain after workouts. I’ve noticed this most in the ab worksouts – during my first round I would quite often get a lower sore back whilst doing the exercises. I think I was rushing, trying to get through the reps (partially because they hurt so bad!). This round, I slowed right down and made sure I was engaging my core before I started. If I felt my form going, I was take a few breaths and almost ‘reset’ to make sure I was doing the exercises correctly.

The #bbgvideo on Instagram opened my eyes to the fact I’ve been doing straight leg and bent leg jackknives wrong this whole time! In my first round and the first 9 weeks of this round, I would almost balance on my bottom whilst doing each of the jackknives. I happened to stumble across a video which explained how to correctly do the exercises, and it showed that your back should stay on the ground the whole time – I tried it during my next workout and wowee, what a difference it made!

If you’re just starting out and you’re on Instagram, I would highly recommend checking out that hash tag. Seeing other people do it is so helpful, especially when you’re first starting out. I’ve taken to videoing my form and posting them on Instagram if you’re interested in checking them out – I find videoing my own form to be really helpful, as it means I can see exactly how low (or not low hehe) that I get for my exercises.

I’ve started BBG 2.0 as of today, and can’t wait to get stuck into these new exercises! There’s an emphasis on weights in this guide, which I’m really looking forward to!

This is my progress from Week 1 to Week 24.

Week 1 vs Week 24 Progress

Week 1 vs Week 24 Progress

It might not seem all that different to some people, but to me there’s changes that go deeper than just physical changes. I’ve mentioned in all of my other posts, but I truly mean every word I say – the changes and progress from BBG go faaaar beyond physical; the mental changes that have happened to me over the last 24 weeks are just amazing, and I will forever be happy that I started BBG.

You can check out my other posts about BBG by clicking the link in the side bar >>>>>>>>>.


Kayla Itsines // BBG Round 2, Weeks 1-8

A number of weeks ago I mentioned I would be restarting Kayla Itsines’ BBG 1.0 program, after completing it for the first time just before we left on our trip to Japan. I decided I wouldn’t post as much as I did during my first round, as I wasn’t sure much would change, but I thought I’d do a recap of the first 8 weeks for anyone who is interested – I’ve currently completed 20 weeks of BBG in total.

Let me start by saying, I can no longer imagine NOT doing BBG. I love the routine it provides me, and I really look forward to the workouts each day. During my first round, I began the weeks by completing my workouts in the afternoon, and in the middle of the round I started doing them in the mornings instead, as this meant I wasn’t prone to skipping, and the weather was getting warmer in the afternoons.

Fast forward 20 weeks, and I’m pleased to say 99% of my BBG workouts are done in the morning now! My body clock is so used to the early mornings, it just naturally wakes up at 4:50a and is ready to go – I never thought I would see that day haha! Working out in the mornings for me means I beat the heat (it’s been 31 degrees at 8a before!!), so I’m less prone to skipping a workout due to it being too hot, and it really kicks start my body. A couple of days ago I had a restless night sleep and thought I’d ‘reward’ myself with a lie in and just do my workout in the afternoon – big mistake! I was like a walking zombie the whole day and I solemnly believe it was because I missed my workout that morning.

For anyone who is thinking of redoing BBG 1.0, I would highly recommend it. My experience so far has been great – the exercises are still challenging, they still get my heart pumping and my body sweating (so. much. sweat!!), and I find I’m able to get through a couple of extra reps or rounds each circuit. This round my focus has really been on my form, particularly my abs, as I want to make sure I engage my core throughout all ab exercises to make sure they really get a workout. It’s been awesome so far; I can really feel my abs working and burning, which I didn’t often feel during my first round. I think this down to all areas of my body being a lot stronger 20 weeks later. I’m really glad I’ve repeated BBG 1.0 before moving to 2.0, as I think it’s given me the opportunity to focus on my form, rather than speed, which I think will be crucial for 2.0.

My progress during these 20 weeks has been more than physical. I can’t stress this enough, but BBG is as much (if not more!) about the mental changes that take place. I love exercise, and I love eating well and feeding my body with good stuff to make it go. I have embraced balance and no longer see something that be considered ‘naughty’ as a ‘treat’ – it’s just all in balance. I no longer judge other women, or secretly put them down, or say nice things to their face but think nasty things behind their backs. I’m ashamed to say this was a common occurrence 20 weeks ago. I would say nice things to other women, but secretly judge or be jealous of them – 20 weeks later, I can honestly say everything that I say to others is with positivity only, there’s no more veiled jealousy or judgement. I believe people work dam hard for where they are, and that everyone must start somewhere, so who the hell are we to judge?

I’m looking forward to these last 4 weeks of BBG, as I know it steps up a lot and focuses on individual areas, rather than combined areas. The last week 4 were gruelling for me during the last round, so I’m excited to see just how much I have progressed!

These photos are 4 weeks late, as I haven’t taken any new ones yet, but I can definitely see the physical progress which just further ignites the fire in my belly to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. No more bingeing out on crap, and then feeling sorry for myself after – balance is key!!

Let’s Talk Compliments.

I’ve followed Kate’s The Small Things Blog for a long time. I originally followed it for her great hair tutorials, but as her family has grown I find myself gravitating towards her lifestyle posts more and more, and one that grabbed my attention specifically was this one.

I’d really love to see a dramatic decrease in the amount of compliments towards women that involve the word “skinny”

I could not agree more!

I post my fitness pictures on Instagram and will check out tags related to fitness when I have a couple of spare minutes. 95% of the time, when someone posts a progress picture or a lifestyle picture, someone will inevitably say, “oh my gosh – you look so skinny!” or “wow – you tiny thing!”

Whilst I’m sure these people are well intentioned, I can’t help but think there are better ways to congratulate someone for their hard work, rather than using the word skinny, or tiny, or words like this, because our focus on congratulating and complimenting others should not just be weight related.

When I see amazing, incredible photos and progress made by awesome people, I say words like, ‘confident, healthy, strong, glowing, toned, lean, empowered,’ – all complimentary words that do not solely revolve around weight or size. I think by complimenting people solely on their weight, we’re perpetuating to younger generations that you can’t be happy, or healthy, or confident, without being ‘tiny,’ or ‘skinny.’

I think it is SO important that we start to promote self love and body confidence, no matter what shape of size, because there are far too many people in this world who are trapped in a world of self loathing.

Imagine a world where we’re not seen as ‘stuck up,’ for being proud of our bodies and our achievements. Imagine a world where young girls build each other up, rather than tear each other down. Imagine a world where people compliment each other for their focus, their determination, their strength, and their mental progress, rather than just their weight or size.

THAT’S the kind of world and people I want to surround myself with, and those are the kind of compliments I want to pay forward to others. There is time to start change in this world for our younger generations who are caught up in a world of self hate, and that time is now.

Kayla Itsines // BBG 1.0 Restart

I finished my first round of BBG 1.0 5 weeks ago, and had intended to restart the same guide straight away. I ended up falling sick (again!!) 2 days before I was due to restart, so I took a week’s break to give my body a chance to recover.

On a side note – if you’ve been following my BBG journey, you might’ve noticed I’ve been sick a fair bit in the last 16 weeks or so. I’ve started taking a immune booster multivitamin, which seems to be really helping – there was a lurgy on the plane when we flew home from Japan and Mr A has been struck down, but miraculously, I have not!

Anyhow, once I recovered from my cold, I restarted BBG 1.0 and got through a week and a half before realising my head wasn’t in the game – I wasn’t committed to working out, I’d already started to skip a few workouts, and when I was completing them, I wasn’t giving them my all. I’m not sure why, but I just wasn’t motivated, and I started to dread the workouts.

I decided to stop doing the workouts until we got home from Japan, to give myself a break. I was still doing my regular outdoor bootcamps twice a week, just no BBG workouts. I can’t really explain why I was so unmotivated during that week a half, but the break and our holiday has done me the world of good.

I restarted on Monday and am feeling very motivated! :) I did legs resistance on Monday, and abs and arms resistance yesterday. I’ll be tracking my progress just like I did with my first round with 4 weekly progress photos and taking measurements. Getting back into routine already feels awesome, and I’m really looking forward to challenging myself this round!