Do I Continue or Quit Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide?

Should I Continue or Quit Kayla Itsines' Bikini Body Guide

Hello, Sunshine! In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been posting much about Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide for the last couple of weeks. I’ve been beyond busy and there were things that popped up that prevented me from posting about it. And in all honesty, I’m frustrated with it and I’d love your opinion on where I should go from here.

My Results So Far

In the beginning I was pretty gung-ho about the Bikini Body Guide. I saw all of the amazing results of girls on Instagram who had followed the guide. Their transformations were astonishing and I figured I could do it too! I mean I’m not in bad shape, I’m just lacking with muscle definition.

I completed the first four weeks without any problem, but then when I went to weeks five and six I became frustrated. I didn’t notice any muscle gains, but that my quads, butt and calves were disappearing. My arms were looking thin, but flabby. I don’t want to be skinny, with hanging skin. I want long, lean muscles like I used to have when I was dancing my butt off.

Too Much Cardio

We're Still Not Friends - Week Four of Kayla Itsines' Bikini Body Guide


The Bikini Body Guide is based on plyometric training. Kayla describes her guide as “jump training.” This guide isn’t based on hardcore strength training. It uses minimal resistance training with light weights.

For those of you searching if the guide bulks you up, I can testify that for me it didn’t. There’s so much emphasis on completing the rounds in seven minutes that I don’t know if my heart rate is up too high and preventing any real muscle growth. I tossed aside the idea of completing as many rounds of each circuit in seven minutes and completing three to four rounds each time.

Strength Training

Prior to becoming pregnant with Lulu I was doing StrongLifts with my husband. The StrongLifts workout is a rotation of squats, bench presses, deadlifts, overhead presses and barbell rows. And squats performed at every workout. I had a cute perky butt and really nice arms when I did this program.

I don’t know with my age if I need to focus more on strength training to increase my metabolism and build muscle. Seriously, what the hell happens to your body after you turn 30? I know I have three kids and all but still, I want a cute rockin’ little body. I don’t want gravity to have its way with me.

I’m thinking I need to incorporate more strength training into my workouts. My husband knows Mike Matthews and has followed his guide. My husband is in incredible shape. Yes, I’m bragging and I’ve been amazed at what he’s accomplished with Mike’s guide. Mike has  The Year 1 Challenge for Women: Thinner, Leaner, and Stronger Than Ever in 12 Months (Build Muscle, Get Lean, Stay Healthy Series) female strength training guide that I’m thinking of trying. It can’t hurt, right?!

Focusing on Building Muscle for the Female Body


Use Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide As A Supplement?

I hate to quit anything. I’m not a quitter by nature and I paid for this guide, but I don’t feel like it’s helping me achieve my fitness goals. I think that maybe using her guide as supplement for days I can’t go to the gym and want a quick workout at home is the best option.

So, should I quit the guide or continue the Bikini Body Guide? 

Have you tried a fitness program only to feel cheated by what you’ve accomplished? 

 Amazon links in post.


  • Mrs. AOK says:

    So, in my opinion you look amazing already 🙂
    I think it’s natural to see gains, and then plateau, and perhaps it’s not that you have plateaued, but “you” can no longer see transformation. However, I’m with you, I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be toned 🙂 I’d go with what makes you happy. I loved Insanity, but my knees hated it, so I stopped it. However, I think I may give it another shot.
    All the best, hot mama!
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    • Chastity says:

      You’re too sweet! I don’t know. I’m frustrated and I feel like I’m wasting my precious time. I don’t want to be that sickly looking skinny lady. I’ve thought about Insanity, but I’ve never tried it. I need a gym partner. Want to move to Tampa? xoxo

  • Kelly says:

    I think you look amazing too but I can totally relate to how you’re feeling about wanting to be toned. I feel the same way after I had Evelyn. I just tried one session of Insanity last week – it’s pretty intense but I felt a difference right away. I just need to find the time and motivation to fit it into my day since it’s been so busy and I’ve been feeling exhausted lately.
    If you’re not happy with this workout then maybe try a new one and come back to this one after? I’m no good with workouts too 🙁 Good luck with whatever you decide sweetie 🙂 xo

    • Chastity says:

      Thank you, Kelly. I know I’m being hard on myself, but I feel like if I put in the time I should see some results. I’m not asking to look like a supermodel, but a little bit of muscle would be nice. You look fantastic! You’re also invited to move to Tampa! xoxo

  • Zen says:

    Thanks for this! Great to get an honest review 🙂 Would love to see before n after pictures if you have any!

  • Kim says:

    I must say you already look really good and fit Chastity 😀
    But seriously I’ve been looking into Kayla Itsines guide and was really thinking about buying it and every blog I seem to read lately has the same story – they don’t finish it?? This blog here – has some really good points and has a good alternative(which I’m thinking about buying) Have you heard of the jen ferruggia one she mentions?

  • Devan says:

    Wow! Talk about reading my mind. I had the exact same feeling/reaction after completing 24 weeks of BBG. I felt stronger, but didn’t look it, and I was getting concerned that some parts of my body were moving in the opposite direction of progress. I also think working through the workouts as fast as possible in 7 minutes is a terrible idea so I loved how you just did three or four rounds at your own pace. I wish I tried that sooner.

    In the end, I’m left with the question of whether or not to continue and I just can’t seem to justify spending any more my time on this program. I agree that it’s probably a good supplement but not the main focus. I also wonder if she’s creating an army of eating disorders and less confident women who never make it to the IG body that they’ve been convinced is theirs for the taking after only 12 weeks. Thanks for the honesty. I loved reading this!

    • Chastity says:

      Hi Devan! I think BBG is great if your looking to slim down, but you need to add strength training to add muscle. Focusing on completing reps was the only way I could complete the daily tasks without hurting myself. I wish you the best on your fitness journey! If you find a program you like I’d love to hear about it.

      • Devan says:

        Hey Chastity!
        Thanks for the reply, and greetings from the east coast of FL!! I would agree that strength training to add muscle is essential. That’s what’s going to burn fat and give off a leaner appearance. I haven’t found a program I like so far so I’ve decided to create my own using some workout models from Peanut Butter Fingers.

    • Kacie Terry says:

      This is probably the best review I have read about BBG. I am in week 9 of it and I have been SO frustrated, specifically because I have seen no progress. I thought I would be getting close to my bikini body but I honestly feel worse about myself than when I started because it is not working. I think the exercises are too repetitive, boring, and short. It takes a little bit more than she is letting on the be ripped. With that said, I don’t know how so many girls on instagram have success with her program. It has me conflicted. I am thinking about stopping BBG and starting P90X. Anyways, thank you for your response, it really hit home!

      • Chastity says:

        I hope you find a program that works for you! I tried P90X in the past, but I don’t remember if I liked it or not, sorry. It’s important to find a program that meets our fitness goals. Best wishes! xo

      • Devan says:

        Hey Kacie,
        Don’t feel worse about yourself. I was there too and it was so unhealthy. What you see on Insta is a tiny fraction of the story. I read (because she posted it) how one of the top BBG girls severely cut calories (less than 1,200 calories is not enough when you are active) to achieve that body and I believe it because Kayla’s H.E.L.P guide encourages girls to do so which is so ridiculous. The exercises ARE super repetitive like you said and it makes it that much harder to commit to. It’s hard to trust someone so young (she’s only like 24) too. I was in much better shape at that age too and I could only imagine where I’d be if I didn’t drink during those years either. I tried P90X and hated it personally but I know people who love it. It was a little too dungeon looking + drill sergeant for me. I agree with Chastity: you have to find something you’ll enjoy doing. You’ll be more likely to stick to it if you’re actually excited to show up for it. Thanks for the awesome reply too and thanks Chastity for the original review. It’s seriously the best one I’ve read yet.
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  • lolobunny says:

    Another program that you might be interested in is Strong Curves. I am a totally beginner, but there is a more advanced program included as well. I followed it for three weeks consistently and started to feel different (in a good way). I noticed I started focusing less on cardio and more on total body workouts and I find it much more enjoyable. Also, before I started, I could not lift the full 18L water jug for our cooler into the cart to save my life, and now I can tell the grocery clerk I’ve got this! 🙂
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  • Felicity says:

    Hi there, I came across your BBG review whilst googling negative reviews on BBG guide. I did two round of BBG, whilst eating below my TDEE by 10-15%. I did gain some strength- for example I could do more pushups and more jump squats, but it was very minute compared to what Steonglifts have allowed me to achieve with literallly under 10 workouts! The sweat, the tears, the raging appetite I experienced whilst doing BBG- absolutely not worth the hassle, when heavy lifting and a comfortable calorie deficit can achieve much better results in terms of both strength and aesthetics. BBG essentially is glorified cardio- and we all know cardio is pretty useless for fat loss or muscle building. I will never go back to HIIT type of workouts.

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