BBG Challenge Week 1 Check-In

Jess Ann Kirby prepares for an at-home workout with her Yeti, yoga mat and workout bands
Happy Friday friends! As most of you know I’ve been in Philly the last few days visiting the Anthropologie team and shooting some content for spring, I can’t wait to start sharing it. It was just truly a dream come true trip and I’m feeling so thankful for this opportunity. More to come on that, but I wanted to give some initial reactions to BBG.
Week one was really hard. Harder than any other workout I’ve done and left me feeling very sore for pretty much the entire week. I think you have to be really mindful of your form and posture doing these workouts. My goal with each was to complete the sets and do at least two laps per circuit, but I focused on doing the exercises correctly vs rushing through the workouts. I like that I can do the workouts at home, I can pick my own music and there’s no annoying instructor (there’s nothing worse than a workout video with an instructor that makes you want to punch your first through a wall am I right?!). I also like that there are other workout options within the app, yoga for example, so I can swap that out one day if I’m just not feeling a BBG session. I am definitely committed to getting through the 12 weeks, and we’ll see after that. As sore as I was this week, I also felt really strong, even after just a few workouts, and that felt great. Here’s my day-to-day recap:

Monday- BARF. I was dying you guys. I also somehow ended up doing a legs circuit from week 2 as my first workout, oops. I felt like I was going to puke for more than half of the workout. I only ended up finishing two rounds instead of the three in the allotted time. I was sort of confused by the app the first time around but it got easier and I eventually figured it out by the end. Given it’s such a high impact workout I really focused on having good posture and doing the exercises correctly rather than just rushing through it. The last thing I want to do is get injured. Needless to say, the first workout was rough.

Tuesday- I woke up feeling REALLY sore but as I got moving it got a little better throughout the day. We had A DAY on Tuesday (some of you might’ve seen it on my IG Stories). So after a lost (and recovered) phone, and a dead truck (it has since been fixed) I didn’t get a ton of cardio, probably 15-20 minutes.

Wednesday- I did arms and abs in my hotel room after I checked in. I definitely didn’t make it through all the circuits, by the end I couldn’t even do a push-up. But it wasn’t as bad as day one.

Thursday- I shot with Anthro all day so I didn’t really have time for cardio but we were out and about so I feel like I got enough steps in for sure.

Friday- I am exhausted. Today is supposed to be a full body resistance workout but I am so tired from yesterday and traveling I don’t think it’s going to happen. I might try and do it tomorrow at home, my arms and abs are still pretty sore from Wednesday and my legs are STILL sore from Monday.

Sat/Sun – BBG gives you one day of rest so I’ll probably workout Saturday and take a break on Sunday.

I want to hear how all of you did this week as well. Let me know.

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  1. Caitlin says:

    I also started this week, and week 1 has kicked my BUTT. Agreed that the app is a little difficult to use on the first go-around, but once you figure it out it’s pretty easy. LOVE that you can do everything from home or a hotel room.

    Because of my travel/work schedule, I did full body Tuesday, arms/abs Wednesday, and legs Thursday. I am definitely going to keep with that routine – based on how my legs feel today, I think if I had done legs first, I wouldn’t have been able to do the other two workouts at all!

    Thanks for posting – can’t wait to check in next Friday! Enjoy your recovery weekend 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      That’s such a good idea. I’m going to do the same because the legs are so brutal it makes it hard to do anything else.

  2. Hannah Yamauchi says:

    Started with you- holy heck this is SO hard!!! I kinda dread each days’ workout.. but I look at the transformations on instagram and get so motivated! I already feel stronger. If I make it 12 weeks I’m giving myself a vacation.

    • Jessica says:

      Haha I hear you girl. I was asking myself why the heck I decided to it, but I do feel stronger every time I do it. Good for you for keeping up with it!

  3. Sarah says:

    I got through Week 1 but I am a bit confused because the app started me on Beginner BBG so I’m not sure if I’m doing the real program yet or just a run-up! Regardless I am following along and looking forward to my rest day tomorrow! Rest day was going to be Sunday but tonight’s margarita and wine has moved rest day up to tomorrow ha)

  4. Sam says:

    I love this workout, it’s short enough where I don’t feel like I want to give up half way through and there’s a nice variety of workouts throughout the week.

    I actually have a cardio challenge going on at work so a coworker and I have decided to do a workout mid day to get up from our desks and move around. We had been doing several random workout we found online which we got very bored of and started using BBG as our workout of the day and we already feel like it’s making a difference.

  5. Just started the post natal BBG after having my baby girl two and a half months ago. It’s hard but I do feel awesome after getting my daily workout in. I also just got a Peleton (push present from my husband!) so that’s been making the cardio part a lot easier to get in. That being said, I need motivation and to get into more of a routine as I have skipped days! Any tips on sticking with it no matter what?!

  6. Last week was my first week of the beginner BBG program. I chose the beginner because I haven’t worked out in forever besides walking. The leg workout was definitely tough. I gained about 15 lbs in the last year (the most I ever gained in my life-i was between 120-125 since like 20 and now I’ve been about 140-also I’ll be 35 next month as a reference) and I’m getting married in August so this has been a motivator for me in addition to not fitting in my clothes. I also want to stick with it because I hate working out and half hour workouts are probably the the best I’m going to get.

  7. Katie says:

    Good for you! It WILL get easier as you get stronger, even though the workouts will get harder! The leg workouts are definitely the ones I dread the most, so save the arms and abs for days you don’t have as much energy! Thanks for sharing your journey, I’ll be following as I’ve been doing BBG pretty religiously for a year, but love the inspiration to keep at it!