Australia-based personal trainer Kayla Itsines has quickly become a fitness phenom with the likes of Shape, Nike and more than 700,000 Instagram users taking notice.
Just watch one of her Instagram videos or catch a glimpse of the “before and after” shots of women who Itsines has trained or who have used her Bikini Body Training Guide and H.E.L.P Nutrition Guide and you’ll understand why.
She has provided women with a way to achieve a lean and, most importantly, strong body. It’s the kind of body I die over and would love to achieve.
So, I had no choice but to download her Bikini Body Training Guide last week. The 12-week program is a mix of cardiovascular exercise and plyometric and circuit training. The circuits are only 28 minutes and can be done at home with some basic equipment (weights, plyobox, steps, medicine ball). Think jump lunges, drop push-ups, double bench jumps, split squats and weighted bent leg jackknifes.
I did my first workout yesterday and loved it! It’s a heart-pumping, muscle-burning experience.
I’ve mentioned before my love of long distance running, but how I have been trying to rid my mind of the idea that five to six mile runs are a must six-days a week. Running alone will not help me achieve a lean and strong body. Resistance training is a must. Not to mention when I am home with a sick child (like the last three days) I can’t go out for a run or take my daughter to the gym. So, Itsines’ workout guide couldn’t have come at a better time. And, I have to admit that it was a lot more fun and much more intense than my daily run.
So, here I am. One workout down, 12 weeks to go. I’ll let you know how it turns out. I may also order the H.E.L.P Nutrition Guide, but that will be another post for another day.