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- I'm already out of breath.

It's only 30 minutes.

Oh my gosh, I'm tired.

I have a sort of love hate relationship with working out.

I'm lazy.

But I always feel better after I go to the gym.

When I heard about Kayla Itsines,

she is a very popular fitness guru on Instagram.

She has over 11 million followers.

Her main sell on her fitness program is the fact

that it's only 28 minutes and you have

the option of doing it from home.

So I wanted to see if you could actually

get results from doing a home workout

and what her program actually consisted of.

And I guess, number three,

see if I could cancel my gym membership.

I think one of the biggest challenges

doing this for six weeks would be eating better.

I sort of have a salt tooth, so I love eating chips

and just salty snacks and Taco Bell and things

that aren't necessarily good for you

that are full of sodium.

So I wanted to see if this program could help me

feel less bloated on top of trying to get toned as well.

So the program I selected to do on Kayla's app called Sweat

was a program called Bikini Body Guide which she calls BBG

and essentially that's a 28 minute program that focuses

on strength and cardio exercises.

I was a little skeptical that working out just

for 28 minutes a day would prove actual results

so I was kinda just curious to try it myself.

I actually reached out to Kayla and her team to learn

a little bit more of the logistics behind the program.

Kayla told BuzzFeed, "If we are realistic,

"many women do not have time to be working out

"for hours every day, and exercise seems to be

"the first thing we drop when our schedule gets too busy.

"Rather than focusing on the length of the workout,

"I like to focus on the effectiveness.

"By reducing the length, you can implement it

"into everyday life and make it part of your daily routine."

Which seemed achievable to me

and something I definitely wanted to try.

So there is two sections in the Sweat app

when you download it.

One is if you wanna do these exercises at the gym,

but since I wanted to try this at home,

I selected the home workout option.

You need a yoga mat, a foam roller, some sort of stool

or chair you can step on to do up and down steps.

I forget what it's called.

And weights but they are optional.

And then the last thing you need is a water bottle.

So one of the most confusing parts of the app for me

was looking at the meal calendar.

I misinterpreted the calendar as something I had

to strictly follow when it was just sort of

meant to be a guide.

So I started week one.

And I was feeling very motivated.

I had gone grocery shopping,

I had all the equipment I needed.

All I needed to do was start the exercises.

Everything is all set up down here.

So we'll see how much it kicks my ass today.

I started with a leg day and I didn't stretch beforehand.

So that was my first mistake.

I was so sore the next day that it hurt to sit down.

It hurt to walk, it hurt to do anything other

than sit still and try not to move my muscles.

And that's when I realized just how out of shape I was.

I had planned to do another one of her resistance workouts

the following day, but I was too sore to do anything at all.

So instead I chose to do a cardio day even though my legs

were sore I still kind of powered through it

and got outside and hiked.

It's actually a really nice day out.

So, I'm already out of breath.

I feel like it's a testament to how out of shape

I am right now but I'm gonna go all the way up

and all the way back down,

and that should be about 45 minutes.

So, ready to do it.

The second challenge for me on the first week was the food.

So normally when I came home from work I would just kinda

go overboard on things like pasta or breads

or anything that had carbs.

But I kind of tried to stick with the calendar

the first week and one of the things

I ended up food prepping for dinner

was the quinoa tortilla soup which was actually pretty good.

The second thing that was hard for me

to transition was how I snacked.

At work I would usually go into the canteen

and eat crackers or chips.

I had to kinda swap out those habits.

And instead eat a banana or eat some yogurt

or a few almonds and it wasn't as bad as I thought,

but I still was really craving cheese.

So when I started week two I thought it would be

somewhat easier than week one

but I was still really, really sore.

Just completed the abs workout and I'm sweaty, I'm tired.

It's hard, it's harder than you think.

When you see her doing the exercises on the app

she makes it look so easy.

But I knew I was getting a good workout in,

so I just stuck with it.

I also noticed that I was hungrier than previous weeks.

I still stuck with the meals that the app

was recommending me, but I'm not perfect

so I ate some crackers and cookies here and there.

Even though I had switched from going to the gym

to bringing the gym into my living room,

it was still a really challenging workout.

There were times when I would finish those 28 minutes

of resistance exercises and just be covered in sweat.

Or I would finish 45, 35 minutes of cardio

and just come home with a soaking wet tank top.

I felt good mentally after an exercise,

but I guess I just didn't realize

how impactful these workouts would be.

By week three I wasn't seeing a big physical difference

in terms of how toned I was.

But I noticed a huge mental difference.

I liked having the option of going straight home from work,

doing a workout, immediately go shower,

and not waste time getting into my car,

driving home in traffic, that sort of thing.

Even if there were days I didn't necessarily

want to do these app exercises,

I still made myself do them anyway because.

It's only 30 minutes, it's only half an hour,

and it's gonna end soon.

It's like sitting on the couch and watching

an episode of a sitcom.

I noticed it was becoming increasingly easier

to make healthy food choices,

especially because I was meal prepping,

I found snacks that I really enjoyed eating

and felt that I wasn't taking away anything

that I enjoyed other than cheese.

But I still had these healthy snack options

I could eat if I was hungry.

But the holidays were coming up.

And I knew that was going to be a challenge.

Because one of the things I love doing during the holidays

is eating and drinking, especially if you

are in a family or social setting.

I think one of the hidden benefits of doing Kayla's program

was the fact that it could come with you.

The fact that I could just take it from one home

to another home made it easy to continue doing.

When I started week five, this was the point where I began

to notice very subtle changes.

For instance, in the very beginning during week one,

I could only do about 10 mountain climbers

before I had to stop and catch my breath.

By week five I could do 25 mountain climbers

before stopping and taking a quick break,

and then doing 25 more.

I was also noticing that I was becoming

a little bit more toned, definitely less bloated

because I had cut out so much sodium and pre-packaged food.

And I think it was a combination of eating healthier,

not necessarily eating less but just eating more good food

combined with the cardio and the resistance.

It was for sure showing.

So week six rolled around and I was feeling pretty good

about myself, so I decided to compare a photo I had taken

in the very beginning to one at the beginning of week six.

And I definitely noticed that I am way less bloated,

I feel like I have more strength and toned

in my stomach, in my arms, and overall

I was just feeling really good mentally.

I think coming home after work and giving myself

a 30 minute break just to exercise

was a good mental health break

that I needed and my body also needed.

So that was something I feel

like I learned through this program.

In the beginning, I think I was a little bit skeptical

about how Kayla's program would work for me

at home using no gym equipment.

So I was very, very surprised

when I saw the before and after pictures.

The biggest difference I think I noticed was in my arms

and in my abs just from the way I was not toned before.

Kayla really helped me become more toned

over these six weeks.

But there's also a huge, huge difference

in the way I felt mentally.

It was almost like a relief and feeling refreshed

to end the night in a more relaxed mood.

Even though I challenged myself to do Kayla's program

for six weeks, I still continue to do some of

the resistance exercises at home.

Especially if I am going out somewhere after work

but I have to come home first.

I'm always just like, well, I can fit in

a 30 minute exercise, take a quick shower, change,

and be on my way to go throughout the rest of my evening.

If you are like me and are sort of lazy when it comes

to going to the gym or maybe you just don't want

a gym membership or hate going to the gym,

consider an at home fitness program like the Sweat app

because you don't have to deal with the hassle

of people or waiting for equipment or parking

and all the other things that come along

with going to the gym.

When you can just do it from the comfort of your own home.

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