Bikini Body Guide – Halfway Progress Report

I checked my email, almost two years since I first purchased Kayla Itsine’s Bikini Body Guide program. Two years, yet I’m only at the halfway point. It wasn’t until late March 2018 that I decided it was time to get serious and even then I haven’t been an A+ student. I did, however, decide this was a lifestyle change and that was the most important thing.

I recently shared a peek into my progress on Instagram and the response was incredible. Not only were your words so kind and encouraging for myself but I received so many statements that I inspired you as well. I was scared to share but even if it can help one person, my job is done.

Today I’m going to break down my BBG schedule and answer any questions you have!

Like I said above, BBG has been something that I knew I wanted to do for years. Actually doing it, well that was a different story. In January, I started BBG. I wasn’t yet diagnosed with PCOS and I hadn’t really figured out my diet but I knew I needed something to change. I started BBG but would do two weeks, then quit for a week and a half, restart from the beginning – repeat. This cycle went on until March. So yes, I was technically doing BBG but I wasn’t doing it correctly. I saw some results but I knew it wasn’t enough. 

After becoming diagnosed with PCOS, realizing I needed to change my diet and starting medicine and supplements, I finally felt like myself again. Well, almost. I still felt unhealthy, I didn’t feel like my best self. I wanted to feel good about my body. I had a firm talk with myself and said this is it. I need to do BBG and actually, DO IT. So, I started from the beginning again and I wouldn’t let myself quit weeks behind. Yes, I’ve had a few rocky weeks, but I make myself get back on the horse. I did the four week warm up and then started BBG round one. If I did miss a couple workouts during the week, I would make myself repeat that week. I wanted to do every single BBG workout. I technically should be on week 10, but due to repeating workouts, I’m on week 7. 

Here is my before and during. In this photo, I am down 15 pounds and two pant sizes. 

BBG is the perfect mix of hard enough to see results but not too hard that I can’t complete the workouts. You’ll never expect how sore you’ll be after each workout! Even seven weeks in, I’ve gotten strong but the workouts haven’t gotten too easy that I’m bored or hitting a plateau. 

First things first, let me break down the program for you. BBG consists of 3-28 minute workouts each week, arms & abs, legs, full body. Each workout is broken down into 2-7 minute circuits, that you repeat. You start with circuit one, it has 4 different moves that you do for a set number of times. You repeat those four moves as many times as possible in 7 minutes. A one minute break is followed by circuit two. One minute break then circuit one. One minute break, circuit two, done. Kinda confusing but it’s actually very simple when you see the workouts. 
I use the app, it times you, walks you through each workout, houses your progress photos, schedules your workout and more. It’s $20 a month but I think it is 100% worth every penny. You can also buy the PDF here and have it printed out and bound together like a book. I also have the PDF version but do not enjoy it nearly as much as the app. If you are curious in seeing the app, I can do an IGTV video on it, just let me know. 

So here’s what my week looks like typically, I really have no rhyme or reason for picking which days I do what but I’ll just see how I’m feeling. 
Monday: BBG Arms & Abs
Tuesday: Run Intervals
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: BBG Full Body
Friday: BBG Legs
Saturday: Run Intervals, Yoga, Other

The most important thing for me is getting all three workouts completed each week. Ideally, I like to do two days of cardio with it. If I can, I like to do my workouts in the morning before I’ve eaten anything but that’s also just a personal preference. 

Q & A
Do you need weights or other equipment?
Yes and no. Some workouts do call for other equipment but if I don’t have it with me, it hasn’t really interfered with the workout. If you are starting all 12 weeks I would suggest getting a jump rope and a set of light dumbbells. Some other workouts will call for a bench or medicine ball but you can use a chair for the bench and both dumbbells for the medicine ball. 

Have you done other fitness apps/routines (ie. Tone It Up)? Which is better?
I haven’t done any other programs on my phone but I have done classes at the gym, barre studios, etc.. While both have their pros and cons, I really like this because I can do it anywhere! I don’t have to spend time driving anywhere, if I’m traveling I can do it on the road, I can do it in my bedroom! I was worried I wouldn’t like it because I don’t have an instructor to hold myself accountable but I actually think working out on my own has made me grown a little bit more accountable for my own actions in all aspects of my life. 

How long did you do the workouts before you saw results?
I honestly think after the first week I could tell a small difference, after a month you can definitely tell! After the first workout, I was so sore for four days! It was bittersweet, I was glad to see what I was doing was worth my time but it was also (a good) painful! ha! 

Do you use the BBG food guides too or just the fitness guide?
I don’t follow the food guides! With my PCOS it’s important to eat low carb, low sugar so I find it easier to follow a modified keto lifestyle. I have a full post about my eating ‘rules’ here.

Is this possible after a baby if it wasn’t a c-section?
Well, I’ve never had a baby so I don’t really think I’m in a place to say but I do know many moms who do BBG! I’m not sure if they’ve had c-sections or not, but they have done multiple rounds and say it’s a great program to do after giving birth. 

So! I am currently on week 7, I’m hoping that sharing my journey with you guys will also help keep me on track more. I would love to hear yall’s stories, progress, etc.. I think we should have a Yes, Plz BBG hashtag?! Maybe #YesPlzBBG – if you share anything please use it so we can all encourage each other! If you have any more questions, drop them below! XO 

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| Adidas Workout Top | Zella Cropped Leggings | High Neck Sports Bra | Nike Fly Knit


  1. Mallory O'Neill
    August 3, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    I looked atthe website, and I can’t figure it out. How much does the 12 week program cost? Is it just the price of the app? And what does that include?

    • Riley Brahm
      August 12, 2018 / 3:33 am

      I'm not positive how much the 12 week program PDF is because I purchased it so long ago. I use the app and it's $20 a month. It includes 4 workout programs to use, recipes, scheduling, progress tracking and access to the sweat community. I definitely think it's worth the $20!

  2. Deanne Helvering
    August 19, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Hi Riley! You look amazing! I would love to see the ig tv video post of your workout!

    • yespleasedaily
      August 20, 2018 / 2:07 am

      Thank you so much!! I will share this week I promise! XO

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