I can’t believe it’s already time for an update. I’m approaching my fifth week of the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide and I wanted to let you know how the past four have been. My favorite things about it so far:
The workouts hardly require any equipment. All I have at home is a yoga mat, kettle bells, two 10-lb dumbbells, a medicine ball and a bench/hope chest thing. I’ve been doing most of the workouts at home (for convenience) in a tiny part of one of the guest bedrooms. They can be done from just about anywhere. In week two I had to travel for work. The hotel gym was a little creepy so I did the workouts from my hotel room. I didn’t bring a jump rope, so I just danced for two minutes to Beyonce “Get Me Bodied” (dancing is the best replacement for jumping rope!). I didn’t have dumbbells for my lunges, so I put some books in my backpack and added the extra weight that way. For my step-ups, I turned one of the nightstands on it’s side. And unfortunately, burpees can be done literally anywhere (ahh burpees!). The workouts don’t require much space, which is nice. It only takes 20-30 minutes to complete the daily workouts.
I’m still getting used to not having to be at the gym to workout. I certainly could do all the workouts there, but doing them from home has been helpful during this busy time at work. When I work late, I don’t have to compromise my workouts because I can do them from home at 10:30 at night, and that has completely omitted unnecessary guilt from my daily self talk. I still go to the gym for my HIIT (high intensity interval training) and LISS (low intensity steady state) sessions 2-3 times per week, but it’s nice not having to be there for 1-2 hours like I used to be.
Change can be scary, so I’m still a little skeptical that I can get the results I want (that weight lifting has given me in the past). But the best thing about these workouts is that they’re allowing me to be more consistent, which is something I’ve always struggled with when life gets too busy to spend hours each night at the gym.
I can’t wait to share the next update with you in four more weeks. I’m hoping by then I’ll have more progress to show with muscle tone and strength. So far, I’ve mostly just felt healthier and less puffy–likely because I’ve been off sweets in January.
Hope your fitness resolutions are still going strong!