Kayla Itsines BBG Week 8 Update

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A few weeks ago, I first wrote about my Kayla Itsines’ BBG experience. I had just about completed week 5.

I wanted to follow up, as I’ve just finished week 8! A little confusing but, as I’ve finished BBG Round 1, Week 8, I’ve actually been doing her workouts for 12 weeks. There were four weeks of pre-training before that, just to be clear.

So, updates as of 2.9.16.

12 weeks of working out is three months!

I’ve never stuck with a training program for more than a month so this is really exciting. And I think it’s the most powerful part of BBG to be honest. There’s just something about the way it’s structured that makes you want to stick with it. Something about it that forces you to want to check those three workouts off each and every week.

I think it’s been because of the simplicity of it. You just flip the book open to the day’s workout and do it. There’s no thinking. There’s no driving to a gym or scheduling a class or even putting on sneakers if you don’t want to. So simple. I love it.

Inches Shrunk

I’ve shrunk another inch around my natural waist and one half inch around my belly button. I feel like I’m actually going to have a toned stomach in the very near future! And as I write this, I’m realizing that I never measured or photographed my arms. But I can definitely see a difference there too. And my hips and bust are holding steady at the same size as last time. I’m hoping to firm up a bit more over the next four weeks. On Instagram, it seems like the real results start to show themselves around week 9 so, we shall see in the very near future, I suppose!

Weight Lost

I’ve lost five pounds.

Fitness Level Progress

I have to say, I thought that as I got in better shape, the workouts, although still hard, would get easier. They most certainly have not. And although now 15 burpees in a row aren’t nearly as hard as ten used to be, she’s come at me with these crazy jump things (images above and below – I do not look that cute doing them, I assure you). I just can’t…. they’re so hard. My lung are burning at the end of each round. I guess that’s a good thing though, right? No sense dicking around. If I’m gonna do this, might as well go hard and get in shape.

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As I’ve turned the corner toward the last stretch, I’m more motivated than ever to finish this thing. And I’ve started to look at my diet to see where I might tweak things to support further progress. I’m getting real pumped, I suppose you could say.

I’m actually thinking about cutting out sugar entirely for a bit. I figure it’s a great time to give it a go as I’m already booze-free for 40 days with another 50 left to go! That’s a topic for a future post though.

So, who else is doing BBG? I know some of you have mentioned it. Where are you right now? What have you noticed? What’s been your biggest challenge or #nonscale victory? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

And if you’ve got a handle on the exercise thing but are looking to up-level your nutrition, check out The Simple Cleanse. It’s a great way to clean it up and supercharge your energy.



  1. Now that you are far into the Kayla big workouts – looking back do you think the pre-training was a waste of time? I’m very active – I’m thinking I should skip that part – curious about your thoughts

    • Hey Melissa! Thanks for your question. I definitely don’t think the pre-training was a waste of time. The workouts are tough and the pre-training is designed to lead you into them. Up to you but, I’d definitely do them! At the very least a week or two. Good luck!!

  2. Curious too! 🙂 I’m in week 1 of pre-training. I’ve quit twice in the past and I think it’s because I couldn’t admit to myself that I needed the pre-training. Which, yes, are also a good workout!

  3. I was an athlete at the collegiate level before I tore my ACL 2 years ago. I have struggled to get back into shape after letting myself get to the most out of shape I have ever been. I am just starting to get back into working out. I understand that BBG is a tough workout, but I also know how to push myself very hard. Were you in pretty good shape prior to starting? I want to make sure that I don’t get discouraged after just one or two weeks of this workout.

    • Hey there!

      Thanks for commenting! Oof, I hear you. I tore my ACL in high school and was down for the count for the better part of a year! BBG is a tough workout but, it’s self-paced so you do what you can. And in the guide I purchased, she has 4 weeks of optional pre-training to do before you get into the full swing of things. If I were you, I’d start there and work my way up. You can always take breaks or go slowly too. The exercises are repeated so, you just do what you can. I don’t think you’d get discouraged – the harder you push, the harder the workout.

  4. Hi Dana!
    I just stumbled onto your blog and so happy I did!
    I am just wrapping up Week 7 now and I am so relieved – I am right where you are. I was getting frustrated this past week because my hips and lower belly are not as ripped as Kayla’s, where is my 8 pack blah blah – all these negative thoughts flying around in my head. But like you, I FEEL different, and am so inspired by all of our brave girls in those underwear pics, documenting their amazing journey.
    I was wondering if you found BBG to be against that old school myth that weight loss happens quickly, and then sort of plateaus. I am trying to hold on to what I hear in the community that it is a slow progress, but that it does happen.
    I am a single mom who works full time and have about 34 seconds of free time a day. But I am up at 4:30 to do my Kayla or cardio, recover from my panting (cool down as instructed), and get my daughter to school by 7 and office at 7:30. I am doing really well with the food, but after I put my daughter to bed, I always crave that ONE little sneaky sweet, and even if it is a Skinny cow or Halo Top, I haven’t passed it up. I am not hungry, but I almost cannot wait for that 30 minutes in front of some mindless television show, where no one is talking to me and I can just indulge. Anyway, sorry to ramble but I haven’t found a way to mentally break through that roadblock, and I was wondering if you had experience with that. Otherwise, my food is truly inspired by Kayla but I cannot always mimic it — there’s like 17 ingredients for a lunch for one and honestly, I cannot cook like that. But I meal plan and pack lunch, breakfast, snacks and am doing my best.
    Okay, well thank you in advance and LOVE the blog!

    • Hey Francesca! Glad you like the blog!

      I’d be happy to send you our free cleanse if you like, I didn’t follow Kayla’s food plan. And I find that when we’re doing weight/strength training, because we’re building muscle, we might not see the scale move quickly, unless we’re also eating super clean. However, that’s why the photos and the measurements are so important. Your body WILL be changing, even if the scales not going down as fast as you’d like. It might take a little longer but the results are going to be way better.

      My personal opinion is that the food we eat is what affects our weight, but exercise like Kayla’s is what makes our bodies changes shape, tone up, get stronger and shrink in inches, if that makes sense. So really, the absolute best approach is to combine the two.

      As for the night time snack, I think it’s probably more about unwinding, decompressing and treating yourself than the food itself. Is there anything else you can do to create that same sense of relaxation while unwinding at night? A cup of tea? Some stretching or meditating?

  5. Hi Dana,
    Thank you so much for your response. These are great insights and really, really great suggestions about the unwinding component. I am going to try all three, all of which I love, and see how it goes (tonight).
    Thank you for the offer on sending you your free cleanse. I would love to take you up on that!
    Thank you for taking the time to reply to me. Love your blog! What a happy find!

  6. I’m really interested to try BBG. Does the work out requires any equipment (bench/mat/weights)?

    • Hi Sue Ann,

      All I had to complete it were dumbbells, a mat and a chair to step up on. You could also use a jump rope and a proper workout bench but, I just improvised. Hope that helps!

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