Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide Review by Grace

Every now and then, we bump into some girls whose story is just as inspirational as it is motivating. Seeing fitness journeys unravel is always so informational just because we can see that it’s not the same for all. What works for one girl, might work differently for another. Our latest Kayla Itsines Girl to have gone beyond her limits and obtained amazing results is 18-year old Grace! She shares her own personal insights concerning the highs & lows and the do’s & don’ts of her Bikini Body Guide journey, and how these came intertwined with an emotional one as well. 

Follow her journey on her Instagram account kaylagbug!

How it began —

image2Every year in exam season (April to June) I try to eat healthy and exercise – it gives structure to my days and means I’m never too lethargic or tired to revise. For previous years, this has consisted of a few runs a week, various gym classes and almost clean eating. Last year I began in April (as usual) with my normal routine. I’d been following Kayla Itsines on Instagram for a while but had always been skeptical about wildly amazing transformations involving exchanges of money over the Internet. One day at my school, a girl in the gym was jumping around looking like an absolute lunatic. I asked her what she was doing and she wheezed out the word “Kayla”.

I bought the guide after much deliberation, concluding that if I were to be spending any money in exam season, it should at least be on something productive. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I joined the girl and realised that even as a former competitive gymnast, I was nowhere near as strong as any of the BBG girls. Throughout my exams and into the summer I was dedicated to resistance training, with a few LISS or HIIT sessions a week (I have to say, I was not fantastic at keeping these up). At four weeks I was over the moon with my progress, though looking back on it now, it was nothing compared to how far I’ve come. People started noticing from about 6 weeks. Nothing compares to the feeling of someone you haven’t seen for a while double taking when they see you. Over the summer the weeks were a bit all over the place, but I made sure that I didn’t count a week unless I’d done every single workout, from the Monday to Sunday period (I’m mildly OCD).

Now, despite how much I love my journey in hindsight, I don’t want to lie to you – it was hard. There were days when I just didn’t want to, or felt I had no time. There were days when I had just done a big exam and I just wanted to go home and eat the whole fridge (and trust me, sometimes I did just that, and more). I even broke my elbow falling down 7 flights of stairs around week 5 but was so determined to continue that I just substituted all arm exercises for abs or legs! (This being said, please consult a doctor before doing anything so reckless, I will admit my tenacity is often slightly OTT). Despite all the downsides please please PLEASE, do this for the moments when you physically cannot stop yourself from grinning at the mirror. I remember getting up one day when all my clothes were in the wash and finding this teeny tiny skirt that I had been given 3 years before, and had never been able to fit into. I tried it on, expecting myself to have to call for help to squeeze it on. It was too big! I can’t even start to describe that feeling. These are the moments you should do it for. I promise you that an hour or so after each workout (if not straight after) you will, without fail, feel amazing. It is so worth every time you yelp while foam rolling your legs. It’s even worth every time you say no to that warm cookie.

I can honestly tell you that by the end of the summer I’d never felt happier – I was strong, confident and healthy and let me tell you, NOTHING compares to that. I’m so excited to embark on that journey again – admittedly after a few months’ lapse – and can’t wait for not only the progress, but the whole process again.


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  1. Kirsten Franken

    I started last week with the BBG guide and it is hard work, but amazing afterwards! Really looking forward to all the progress 🙂

  2. sam

    Great post and you look amazing! Love the tip about doing 14 minutes of one circuit then 14 on the other. I hate going back to the first circuit! I’m on week 9 but have to take a break due to gluten issues at the moment. I can’t see a massive difference in appearance (prob the gluten problems) but feel a lot stonger! I’ll be starting again in a few weeks and might get the food plan this time 🙂

    • Kaylagbug

      Good luck girl! And thank you for your kind words. You got this!

  3. Erica


    Thanks for your post regarding Kayla’s BBG. I am interested in buying Kayla’s workout program however I’ve read some bad reviews of her guide, especially one at http://www.bikinibodyguides.com/kayla-itsines-review/

    Do you really recommend her guide? Is it really good? Will it help me to lose weight fast? I really need something that is effective.. Please reply.


    • Kaylagbug

      Personally, the guide was perfect for me. I completely understand that each person is different, but it delivered exactly what I wanted. I can assure you that the guide will help you lose fat and tone up if you stick to it properly. I hope this helps!

    • Sonya

      I was reading this web page http://www.bikinibodyguidereview.com her review was pretty negative too. I’m still undecided though 🙁
      So many mixed reviews….I don’t know what to do.


  4. Olivia

    First of all: You look amazing! Ive done the bbg until week 9. Then I got off track :'( I found that the exercises really got to hard for me and it was kind of demotivating because I had been doing my workouts at the gym where there was actually no space and they didn’t have all the equipment that is required… So I started buying myself some weights and decided to start over again but this time at my place 🙂 I have no idea how it happened because I was always so full of energy and motivation to do the workouts… Really proud of you and your amazing results! This post probably woke me up again to get started again and stop the excuses!
    xxx from Switzerland 😉

    • Kaylagbug

      I’m so glad you’ve been able to pick it up again! I think that one of the most important things to know about the guides is that they are moderated, so don’t work for everyone. If you’re struggling with some exercises past say week 6, I’d advise redoing up to week 6 just to build up strength! Then either way you’re doing the guide and making the most of the time until you’re ready to go further. I usually do my workouts at home just because it’s easier but I do understand the troubles of doing this with equipment etc. Keep up the good work and thank you for your kind words!

  5. Caitlin Pickett

    Great review and your progress pics are amazing! You really highlighted most of the struggles while going through Kayla’s guide. I liked how at the beginning you said that even as a gymnast these BBG girls were really strong. I think a lot of outsiders looking in just see thin, tone girls after the bikini body BUT in reality we are tough, bad ass machines!! haha Keep up the good work and check out my review if you like!


    • Kaylagbug

      I think this is so true! I had to do a fitness test at my gym the other day to qualify for a plan and the trainer was so impressed at how many press ups I could do and how long I could hold a plank! Said I outdid most of the guys haha. Totally worth it and I feel so fit and strong!

  6. Johana

    I don’t think Kayla’s BBG is a good guide.. It’s too expensive.. I almost bought it however I did my research first and thankfully I came across this honest review of her guide at http://www.bikinibodyguides.com/kayla-itsines-review/

    Do you think Kayla’s guide is really effective and worthy of its high price?

    • Kaylagbug

      I personally love the guide. I think the price reflects all the hard work that Kayla herself put into the guide, and the way that it sets out every single exercise, with education and recommendations for the price of fewer than two personal training sessions. It worked for me and I love it, but I completely respect that each to their own!

  7. Tessa

    Amazing results babe! Did you follow the hell guide?

    • Kaylagbug

      I didn’t use the help guide! I try to eat as clean as possible whenever I can but I strongly believe that everything in moderation is the way to go. 80% clean, 20% whatever I want 🙂

  8. Janine

    I did 1/2 of week one, day one resistance training and then stopped due to dehydration and fatigue – blaming it on finals. But my legs are killing me 3 days later. I’m already a pretty active person and am surprised how sore I am. Is it better to slow down and finish whatever you can of the four exercises or try to finish two rounds in the seven minutes.

  9. Tiffany

    I loved your blog! I have finished the first guide already and started it over again I am on week 4. So it’s been 16 weeks, and I haven’t seen the results that most people are seeing.. I’m feeling hopeless aboUT it because I’m not seeing anything, but im still doing it because I know it’s a great work out.. I even try to run three times a week and I walk over 5 miles a day. I am also trying to make better choices with eating. I’m struggling, should I buy her eating guide? Any advice would help!
    Thank you!!

    • Katie K

      Hey tiffany, on the off chance you’re still around on this blog.. did you ever find something that worked for you? I just recently did 17 weeks of kayla and like you i didnt see ANY results. it was super dissapointing to be honest!

      So I was thinking of trying tammy hembrow’s workouts instead but I dont want to waste money on something that just isnt worth it.. found a review that looks concerning https://www.workoutbattle.com/tammy-hembrow-workout-review/ – SO MANY girls have been saying that it helped their butt perk up and stuff though so i dont know what to think about it.. Thanks if you can share your opinion!! XX

  10. jasmine

    Hi, I was reading a review on http://reviewspolice.com/bikini-body-workout-review/ I don’t know if the link has correct information or not, Can you please help me decide should I go with the bikini body guide or not? or is there any difference in these guide?

    I would love to hear from you soon.

  11. Lara

    what a great story,
    I recognize a lot in your story.
    I’ve been training for 4 weeks now and I do see a little bit change in my body.
    Can I ask you a question? How long are you doing all of this and how long have you been training for the body that you have now?
    I don’t have a lot of experience, but I’m still in progress and I want to learn from people like you!
    You are a great person!

  12. Karen

    Hi there. I hope someone can help me out 🙁
    Has anyone here tried the Emily Skye workouts before? I’m trying to find some reviews and the only real one I can seem to find is this one here – http://bestworkoutguides.com/emily-skye-review/ it’s not very positive but I want to know if anyone else has tried her workout? I know your article is about Kayla Itsines but I came across it while searching google for Emily lol.


  13. Bella


    Do You by any chance know if Paige Hathaway’s workout is any good?

    There’s a lot of mixed reviews like this one http://bestbootyworkouts.com/paige-hathaway-workout-review/

    Looking for opinions on good workouts other Mom’s have bought online to help tone up their Baby bodies. I would love to wear a bikini again with confidence.

    Thanks for any help



  14. Bella W.


    Do You by any chance know if Tammy Hembrow’s workout is any good?

    There’s a lot of mixed reviews like this one http://bestbootyworkouts.com/tammy-hembrow-workout/

    Looking for opinions on good workouts other Mom’s have bought online to help tone up their Baby bodies. I would love to wear a bikini again with confidence.

    Thanks for any help



    • Emily Verleun

      Hi Bella,
      We don’t know, because we’ve never tried that workout!

      Good luck!

  15. lisa

    Has anyone tried the Emily Skye bikini workout ? After a quick Google search I came across this blog https://www.thedealpot.com/emily-skye-review/.

    There seem to be a lot of mixed reviews about her workout. Confused whether to go for it or not.