BBG Stronger: Why I Refused to Try the Program at First
The funny thing is, I never thought I’d want to try this program! When Kayla Itsines first announced BBG Stronger, I was completely turned off by it for 2 main reasons, both having to do with the format and structure of the workouts.
Initially, I was turned off by the program because it copies the same 7-minute circuit format as BBG. If you aren’t familiar with Kayla Itsines’ original BBG program, each workout consists of 2 circuits that have 4 exercises each. You do each circuit as many times as you can in 7 minutes and then you repeat both circuits again for a total of 28 minutes.
The circuits are easy to follow but when you are doing the same type of workout over and over again it starts to get boring. After completing over 60 weeks of the BBG program, I was SO OVER IT and desperately needed to do something different.
When Kayla first announced BBG Stronger I was hopeful that the program would be completely fresh and different, so you can imagine my disappointment when she created it with the same exact 7-minute circuit format.
The second reason why I did not want to try BBG Stronger was that I didn’t think it was practical to do in a busy gym. The main difference between Kayla’s original BBG program and BBG Stronger is that Stronger includes machines and weight lifting exercises whereas BBG uses minimal equipment like dumbbells and a bench.
Since BBG Stronger involves completing as many rounds of a circuit in 7 minutes, I knew that using machines at a busy gym was going to be a challenge. What if you have to wait to use a machine? or what if the machine is on the opposite side of the gym? It would be so easy to run out of time and not get through enough reps of each exercise.
Because of these two reasons, I avoided BBG Stronger and decided to try the PWR program in the Sweat App instead. Long story short, I ended up quitting that program after a few weeks (you can read more about that here) and I took many months off from the Sweat App and focused on my own workouts.
About a month ago I was feeling a unmotivated and craved a stricter workout routine. I started thinking more about trying the Sweat App again and for some reason I was drawn to the BBG Stronger program. I liked that it involves weight lifting and cardio exercises, which was exactly what I was looking for.
Since I took so much time away from doing BBG, I no longer dreaded the 7-minute circuit format and was open to trying it again. In fact, I was actually looking forward to it because it meant that all my workouts would fit within a 30-minute timeframe which was ideal for my busy schedule.
I decided to look into the program a bit more and was pleasantly surprised to see that each resistance day only requires 1 type of machine.
For example, all you need for week 1 leg day is a leg press that you use in both circuits. The rest of the exercises in the circuits only require dumbbells, barbells or body weight. For arm days you often only need a cable machine. Only needing one machine per resistance day made me realize that doing the program would be much more manageable than I initially thought.
After doing my initial research, I gave myself a few days to think about it before committing to the program. Sure enough, I was still excited to try it after 3 days of thinking it over, so I decided to go for it.
I am now starting week 5 and have been so happy with my decision to do the program. I enjoy it a lot more than the PWR program and the time commitment is much easier to keep up with. I am starting to see toning in my legs and I can’t wait to see my results after week 12!
Of course, I’ll be sharing my experience with the program over the next few blog posts, so feel free to ask me any questions!