Recently, a friend of mine came to me asking about Kayla Itsine’s Bikini Body Training Guide. She’d just purchased it and wanted me to look through the program to see if I thought it would work and was worth the price she paid for it.
Until then, I’d actually never heard of Kayla’s program and I was really interested in hearing more. I mean, who doesn’t want a bikini body!
I took what she gave me and read through the entire program. As I did, I saw a lot of things that I really loved! I also saw things that I was disappointed with and others I felt were missing. Keep reading to see what I thought about each part of it and, if you’re interested, a way to get her program at a 75%-80% discount!
Before we get into that, let me explain what the Bikini Body Training Guide is and who it’s for.
What is the Bikini Body Guide?
The Bikini Body Guide is a 12 Week program created by fitness experts Kayla Itsines and Tobi Pearce. The two of them have spent years working in the fitness industry as personal trainers.
As Kayla worked with her clients, she noticed that the majority of women who came to her, were looking for a specific body type.
They weren’t looking to get big and muscular, some of them weren’t even looking to lose weight, but the majority of them were looking for a toned, bikini body look.
Her clients had tried in the past to achieve a bikini body, but failed because they had misconceptions about what was required vs what wasn’t. They had “shortcuts” to losing weight that weren’t really shortcuts.
Seeing all the confusion her clients faced, Kayla and Tobi worked together to create a comprehensive guide with a step by step program women could use to finally get the bikini body we’d all love to have!
Kayla has also created a H.E.L.P. nutrition plan (Healthy Eating Lifestyle Plan). Her nutrition plan isn’t about supplementing, counting calories, or excluding foods from your diet (carbs, meats, etc). Instead, it’s about creating a balance and eating the right amount of servings of each type of food.
Who is the Bikini Body Guide For?
The Bikini Body Guide is for women who have a good cardio foundation and are looking to get, what else…a BIKINI BODY!
It includes quite a bit of jumping around and quick high intensity workout intervals that you’ll struggle with if you haven’t been doing regular cardio. Kaila recommends at least 3-4 weeks of regular walking to build up a cardio foundation if you don’t yet have one.
Is This a Good Postpartum Program?
While this is definitely a good workout, it is NOT a good program to start up with right after you have a baby. You’ll want to complete a gentler program that’ll help you rebuild your pelvic floor muscles as well as your inner abdominal muscles before starting this one.
If you are a postpartum mom with a baby younger than six months old and you’re looking
for a good workout program to get into shape, I’d actually recommend you start first with Wendy Powell’s MuTu System. It is a 12 week postpartum workout program that was created specifically for mothers to use after they have a baby.
The MuTu System is designed to bring everything back to its rightful place after you have a baby. It pulls your abdominal muscles back together, strengthens your pelvic floor muscles, and it is gentle enough to begin within days of giving birth if you feel up to it.
After they have a baby, many mothers suffer from a condition in which your abdominal muscles split down the middle and leave a gap in between them that is 2+ finger widths wide. This condition is called diastasis recti.
Diastasis Recti tends to give your stomach a dome/football like appearance anytime your core is engaged. That dome is actually your intestines poking through the separation in your abdominal muscles (really gross) 🙁 It causes back pain, pelvic floor weakness, incontinence, and more. I can tell you from my own experience that it’s not pretty!
If you have diastasis, most exercise programs (the Bikini Body Guide included), will aggravate it and make it worse. I love the MuTu System because I was able to heal my own separation with it and get to a point where I can try Kayla’s program and get real benefits from it! To read more about the MuTu System, see my post here.
What Does the Bikini Body Guide Program Include?
Kayla really has a lot to offer women looking to get a beautiful bikini body. Her guides are very comprehensive and easy to follow. I have to admit, her guides are some of the best I’ve seen. And I’ve seen a lot!
Every exercise in the program is included in the book’s glossary with step by step instructions outlining how they’re performed.
Each of the following Ebooks are available on her website:
- 12 Week Bikini Body Guide Training Program (Weeks 1-12)
- Exercises to Target Problem Areas
- Resistance Training (30 min sessions)
- I.S.S Training (Low Intensity Steady State à 35-45 min sessions)
- I.T.T Training (High Intensity Interval Training à 10-15 min sessions)
- Stretching ( 5-10 min sessions)
- Step by Step Guides
- Exercise Glossary
- Bikini Body H.E.L.P Guide (Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Plan)
- Healthy Recipes
- Debunking Nutrition Myths
- Tips for Making Healthy Food Taste Great
- Guides for a Well Balanced Diet
- Sample Menus
- 12 Week Bikini Body Guide Training Program Part 2 (Weeks 13-24)
- Refine the Body Created in Weeks 0-12
- Rehabilitation Guide
- Importance of Good Posture
- More Intense Workouts
- Workout Challenges
- Exercise Glossary
- Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Plan
- 14 Days of Meals that are Healthy & Taste Good
What’s Not Included in the Bikini Body Guide?
No Videos: Though I do really love Kayla’s program, I do feel like there are some things missing from it. There are no videos to follow along with like you’ll see with other programs such as P90X, Body Beast, Insanity, 21 Day Fix, etc.
Videos help quite a bit to keep you going and motivated throughout a workout. They keep you on track so that your breaks don’t stretch longer than they should. Without videos, you’ll have to exercise a lot more self-control and really stick to the guidelines Kayla outlines for each workout.
No Worksheets: Another thing that’s not included is worksheets to write down what you accomplished for each workout. (Did you complete all the required reps? How much weight did you lift?) I personally feel like those worksheets help me to improve each time I complete a workout.
With a worksheet, I can see what weight I started at, how many reps I completed, and how I progress each week. It helps me know where I should start every time I’m beginning a workout. I think it would add a lot to include these in Kayla’s program!
It would be very easy to make these worksheets on your own or just write down your numbers on the sheets you’re given.
I do want to try Kayla’s program just because it looks like an excellent challenge and I love changing up my workout routine every couple months. When I do, I’ll definitely be making some of my own worksheets to go with it!
Not Enough Stretching: The last thing I felt was missing was an emphasis on how important stretching is after EVERY SINGLE WORKOUT! Kayla does have a section dedicated to stretching that outlines some good stretches that’ll target each part of your body.
However, her guidelines only require that you stretch once a week…
Failing to stretch after a workout leaves your muscles stiff, and makes you much more susceptible to personal injury from muscle tears and more.
Kayla’s stretching session that you’re supposed to do each week is not long at all. Neither are her workout sessions. If I were to do this program, I would actually just include a 5-10 minute stretch after every single workout.
If you do this, you’ll find that your muscles won’t be as sore and stiff the following day, you’ll get better results, and you should feel a lot better!
What Equipment Do You Need?
You do need a couple pieces of exercise equipment to go with Kayla’s Bikini Body Program. Some of them you may already have. The program uses each of the following:
- Medicine Ball – $17.00-$29.00 on Amazon (depending on weight you choose)
- Dumbbells – Prices Vary
- Bosu Ball – $102.00 on Amazon
- Steps – $22.00 on Amazon
- Jump Rope – $5.97 on Amazon
- Workout Bench – Prices Vary
- Yoga Mat – $19.99 on Amazon
- Heart Rate Monitor – $20.88 on Amazon
- Timer – I’d use your phone, or pull up a timer on Google
How Much Does the Bikini Body Guide Cost?
I really love the Bikini Body Guide. It’s definitely something I’d consider trying because I can see that it’s the kind of program you’ll get results with if you can stick with it. I’m not going to lie though, when I saw price I was really disappointed.
Not only is it more expensive than just about anything I’ve seen, each of the 4 pieces I listed above come separate. That means you pay for the Bikini Body Guide Workout Program and you have to pay more if you want the Nutrition Guide, the Recipe Guide, or Part 2.
You can bundle them together but it’s still an expensive program! Let me list it out for you and show you what you’ll end up spending if you want every piece.
Just to be clear the totals above assume you purchased the Bikini Body Bundle, Part 2, the Recipe Guide, and some equipment. I didn’t double count the Nutrition and Workout Guides. You can see that it is a pretty expensive program!
How Can You Get the Bikini Body Guide at a Discount?
Honestly, I’d never pay that much for any program like this regardless of how much I like it. There are dozens of other alternatives out there that can help you achieve the same results that actually include the pieces I felt Kayla’s program was missing and more!
If it were MUCH CHEAPER, then yes, I would definitely purchase it myself and recommend it to others. Because of this, I did a bit of digging and actually found Kayla’s discount website where you get a 75% -80% discount!
I don’t understand why she has a separate discount website and it really bugs me that so many people spend way more than they need to on it. Can you imagine paying $150+ for it then finding out you could have gotten it for less than $40…
That said, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get the benefits of getting it at a discount. It is definitely worth the discounted price and I think you’ll be very happy with it!
If you’re interested in trying it, I’d recommend you just get the whole bundle from the discounted website. You can get just part 1 and the nutrition guide for $29.97 but if it’s only $10 extra, why not get part 2.
To save costs on equipment, I would recommend substituting objects anywhere you can.
I think you should at least have the following:
- 1 Workout Bench
- Jump Rope
The rest of the equipment is used sparingly throughout the program. You don’t even start using the Bosu ball and Steps until you’re more than halfway through! If you have the money to invest in them great, you’ll always have them. If not, I would do the exercises without them or find a substitute. You’ll still get great results!
What do you think of Kayla’s Bikini Body Guide? Do you have any questions about any of it? Let me know by leaving a comment below! I do answer all of them!