Basically the pre-training is 4 weeks of training for people who aren’t quite at the fitness level required for the Bikini Body Guide, like me. It took me a few attempts to actually complete the pre-training. I kept coming up with excuses during week 3 as to why I should take a break, and then just wouldn’t get back into it. On my last attempt, a girlfriend started it with me. We didn’t train together, but would discuss how we went with our workouts the next day. It kept me accountable, and motivated me to actually do the exercise.
How it works:
There are two circuits per workout, with four exercises per circuit and the number of reps is specified for each exercise. Set a timer for 7 minutes and work through the exercises in the first circuit as many times as you can till the timer goes off. Then you take a minute break, then the same for the second circuit. Then repeat, so in total you’ve done each circuit twice for 7 minutes each time. This equates to only 28 minutes of exercise plus your 3 minutes of rests in between circuits.
This is done 3 times a week. Monday is legs and cardio day, Wednesday is arms and abs day, and then Friday is a mix of the workouts from Monday and Wednesday to create a full body workout. Added to this, you do a fast paced walk for 30-40 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday.
How it went:
I struggled through my first workout. It was hard, really hard. There was one exercise where you had to step up on a step, but I didn’t have one, so I used a chair. It was too high and made the workout really hard. By the end, I was physically exhausted, but my endorphins had gone crazy! I felt so good! The next morning, I couldn’t walk. I actually had muscle spasms in my thighs if I tried to walk too fast. This lasted for the whole week.
Then Wednesday came, arms and abs. This was easier, and I wasn’t paralysed the next day, although I was still sore. Full Body Friday came around, and I was dreading it. I was sore all over and still couldn’t walk properly, I had no idea how I was going to complete a full body workout. I pushed through the first circuit with spasming legs. Oh god it was horrible. After the first circuit I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish, but when I started the second circuit, the pain went away. It was like magic: I told the pain it wasn’t going to win, so it just gave up and went away. By the time I finished that workout I felt like I had broken through some sort of barrier. I could do it, everything stopping me before was all in my head!
Week 2 was the same exercises as week 1, and I breezed through them! The improvement in my strength already was really motivating. I was only slightly sore after the exercises, and pushed through the rest of the pre training.
The results aren’t huge. Let’s keep in mind that I didn’t eat healthy for the pre training. I’m talking, Mc Donalds, KFC, Pizza, Chocolate, everything. My weight has remained the same. I can say though that I feel much stronger. My thighs and bum are slightly smaller, and my cellulite is nearly gone! My arms don’t look like fat lady arms anymore, and I just feel more confident. Although my results aren’t crazy amazing, I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
As I said, I didn’t eat healthy during the pre training. This is mostly due to the fact that I can’t afford it (says the girl who eats take away). I decided not to focus on losing weight. I knew if I did, I would just be disappointed. Instead I decided to focus on getting stronger and building muscle, and I’ve been very successful in this!
I’m currently in Week 2 of the actual training, and still loving it! Stay tuned for a review (with pictures) of the first month of actual Bikini Body Guide Training!
To check out my overall review of the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide, click here!