Review: Sweat App - BBG by Kyla Itsines
Come January, many of us set out to get into better shape, but only a few of us stick around long enough to see the results. I think one of the reasons we quit working out is because most of the time we default to an old boring routine. There is not enough novelty or excitement to keep us going. It's a headache to come up with an exercise routine, to find a place and time for it. I am not immune to this either. Hence, I tend to experiment with different apps and classes. In the past few years I have used these mobile apps:
I used each app for at least a year, then I would cancel my subscription to try something different. Sometimes I would come back to one of them. If you are looking for a new workout app or this is your first time using a mobile app to exercise I am going to try and help you pick the right one for you based on my experience. There are a lot of apps out there that I haven't even tried yet. Since I used each of these apps for an extended period of time, I feel like I can give you a more objective view on their benefits and what they lack. In the next series of blog posts, I will review Nike Training, Nike Running, Sweat, Les Mills, and Jillian Michaels App. I will start with Sweat by Kyla.
I first got into the BBG (Bikini Body Guide) community when there was no app, to begin with. Back in the days, Kyla was selling her workouts as a pdf download, and that's how I started. Thanks to social media she grew her following, mostly due to the transformation photos that her clients were posting. That led to the creation of the mobile app. The app today looks different than it was a year ago. Kyla partnered with other trainers, and now she offers other programs as well. I have been using the original BBG by Kyla on and off for a few years now, and I haven't tried other programs offered in the app; so, I will go over only the original BBG.
Option 1: a monthly subscription of $19.99
Option 2: a yearly subscription of $239.88, currently offers 50% discount - $ 119.94
1) You don't need a gym.
The main benefit of using the Original BBG is that you don't need a gym membership to workout and you could work out at home. However, it depends on whether or not you have neighbors underneath you and how open they are to you jumping in your apartment. My neighbors were not thrilled with me doing burpees at 7 am in the morning. So, I still went to the gym, but at least I didn't have to think about what set of exercises I should do that day.
2) Good variety of exercises per workout.
BBG is comprised of 3 HIIT(high-intensity interval training) workouts and expects you to do cardio 2-3 times a week. Each HIIT focuses on either upper body, lower body or abs and is a set of 4 circuits each lasting 7 minutes with short breaks in between. The app shows you what exercises to do and counts time for you; so, you know when your circuit is up. These 30 minutes are intense, and you will sweat a lot!
3) Offers a verity of workout programs:
Original BBG by Kyla
BBG Stronger by Kyla
Body and Mind with Sjana
PWR Post-Pregnancy with Kelsey
BUILD with Stephanie
PWR with Kelsey
FIERCE with Chontel
Now let's talk about some disadvantages that I found for myself.
1) Too much jumping.
Yes, it definitely helps you lose weight and jumping is an essential part of HIIT type of workouts, but I hate jumping. It makes me nauseous. Burpees- ugh!
2) Exercises focus mostly on large muscles.
Recently I discovered how important it is to work out small muscles. All this talk about body sculpting, it's true. I was wondering why some parts of my body wouldn't get in shape I wanted, and it was because I wasn't focusing on the right set of muscles.
3) I reached a plateau.
After using BBG for about a year, I reached a plateau where no matter what I did, the scale wouldn't move, and my shape wouldn't change. I also noticed the repetition in the exercises, and I was bored.
It's a great app overall, especially since it offers a bunch of other workouts to chose from. It also offers you a meal plan for the week, I didn't follow it since I try to have mostly a plant-based diet. I like that it plans your whole week of workouts and shows you how to stretch and to budget time for rest. It also shows you how to do every exercise properly; so, you don't injure yourself. I will come back to it again in the future.
At the moment I am not using any app. I recently signed up for 4 months of unlimited Pure Barre classes that I combine with my workouts in the gym. So, I decided to take a break from the mobile apps. All of these apps have great workouts, but I plateaued and needed a change.
I hope this overview was helpful. Let me know what apps you are using, and if there are any apps, you would like me to try and review for you.