JAKWELLNESS12: BBG Challenge

Jess Ann Kirby takes on the BBG challenge for 12 weeks from now until July

Ok ladies, let’s do this. I’ve been thinking about doing BBG for a while and I finally decided now is the time. I set up a little home gym in our basement (see what I got in my Amazon shop) and I’m ready to sweat. I am a little intimidated if I’m being honest, particularly after some of the DMs I got from people about the workout. It’s funny because it seems like people either love it or hate it. I don’t know what to expect, but I’m excited to give it my best shot. So here’s how to participate if you want to do it along with me.

  1. Sign up for BBG in the Sweat app. If you don’t want to use the app you can also buy the books. I just think the app is easier for me.
  2. Set up your home gym (or space to workout). You can also do this at the gym if you go to one. I liked this workout because you can do it from home.
  3. Commit. No quitting. It’s a 12 week program, which means now through almost the end of July. I am officially starting on Monday.
  4. Come back and check in every Friday. I will do a blog post every Friday afternoon with updates on my progress, what I like/dislike, anything I’m struggling with, etc. I am all about the moral support so I really hope you guys do this with me and comment with your progress.
  5. Take a before photo. BBG encourages you to do this when you start to see your progress. I’m not thrilled about this, but I’m going to do it. By the end of the 12 weeks it’ll be half way through summer so at least I’ll be tan for my “after.”

I won’t be doing the diet portion of BBG but I’m thinking about sharing some healthy recipes I like and make frequently throughout the week (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks). If you’re interested in that let me know and I can share them on Instagram stories or do some blog posts.

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  1. Peyton says:

    I’m so excited to start this too! I won’t be following the diet portion either so I would love for you to share healthy recipes!

  2. I have heard so many negative things about this workout but I am looking forward to following along on your journey. I would love to hear your healthy recipes.

  3. Katie Herklotz says:

    I’m creeping up on my YEAR anniversary of starting BBG, and wow, I can’t tell you how excited I am for you to begin. I made a huge mistake and didn’t take a before picture – I was already quite slim and athletic (similar to you I think), so thought “I don’t need to do that part”. I really wish I had, because the change has been astounding. I’ve gained an incredible amount of muscle, and I’m not entirely sure a photo would capture it, but my legs are SO much stronger, as well as my back (of all things!), and I’d say I have a very athletic build now that I honestly didn’t know was possible for me.

    The concept of a “home gym” worked so well for me, even though it was only a yoga mat at the foot of my bed – seriously! This way, it’s impossible to find an excuse not to do a 28 minute exercise…really…can anyone find one? I am lazy at heart, so would never have been able to get these results if I had to rely on myself to get to a gym, it just wouldn’t happen. To me, everything about the workout is foolproof, and if you can get it to become a HABIT as quickly as possible, that’s when you’ll see the results.

    Okay, essay commence! But good luck, I’m so excited for you!

    • Jessica says:

      Yay! So great to hear that Katie. I am going to take my before photo right now and then do my first workout. Eeeek. Also totally agree, I am all about the home gym situation. I have NO excuse.

  4. taylor says:

    “at least I’ll be tan for my after…”

    Haha – you think like me! Go you for doing BBG. I too would love to hear more about the nutrition side of it too, but you’re going to kill the workouts!! I am excited to see your progress.

    taylor | http://www.ataylorstudio.com

  5. Kayla says:

    Love this! I have been doing the BBG program for 10 weeks now and let me tell you, it still kicks my ass! I try to do at least the legs and arm workouts and some weeks skip the cardio & abs because I also go to the gym throughout the week and run. I usually reserve BBG for the days I work since its a great 30 minute workout I can do before I head into work for 12 hours. Definitely wishing everyone participating the best of luck! Don’t get discouraged either if you feel SO out of shape the first week because believe me, coming from someone who runs pretty consistently I felt SO out of shape!

  6. Baigin says:

    Yay! Hoping this will hold me accountable. I’m in!!

  7. Naila says:

    I started and faltered almost a year ago, after an injury, but am excited to start up again, with your blog to help keep me accountable.

    I have the PDF version, which includes a month of pre-training. I’m going to start with that to help build my confidence to start the “real” program.

    Looking forward to starting this with you!

  8. Sarah says:

    Just signed up last night and took my “before” photo this morning. At least I hope it will become a “before” photo! ha. I did my first BBG workout today too; abs and arms. I learned that you can switch between BBG and BBG Stronger which is great for me because I can do workouts at the gym on days when I’m there — but I will have no excuse on the days I don’t make it there! Wishing us luck! xo

  9. Robin says:

    Just signed up! Excited to do this!!

  10. Caroline says:

    In!! I started on Saturday and I’m so sore already…but I guess that means it’s working?

  11. I’m starting this tomorrow too! I’m not doing the diet portion either but I’m getting married in August and I had gained about 15-20 lbs. in the last year so I want to be able to lose that. It’s the most I ever gained my whole life. I heard a lot of good things about this program so I thought I’d give it a try. What also drew me in was that the workouts are only 28 min long because I hate working out. Can’t wait to see your results!

  12. Christina says:

    I’m so excited about this! Completing BBG was one of my goals for the year after getting a little bored (lazy) with my workouts. I have the PDF as well and am not doing the diet portion, but I have noticed I’m craving a lot more fresh foods as fuel, which is a great side effect. I’m on Week 4 now and am so happy to have a group to check in with!

    • Jessica says:

      That’s awesome. Yeah I was SO hungry after my workout yesterday. I’m going to have to really spend some time preparing foods and snacks that I can grab throughout the day. And I am SO sore today. Haha.

      • Christina says:

        I was SO SORE the first week to the point that I looked silly even walking at times…it was a little pathetic…haha I followed the advice on some reviews of the program and foam rolled a lot and iced if I felt I had to (what you said on Instagram about it being high impact is so true – I’m trying to listen to my knees, but it’s been a little tough on them specifically). The second week was much better!

        Overnight oats have been saving me after the morning workouts when I feel ravenous. That seems to help give me a good baseline for the day!

        Good luck with Day 2! You’re already killing it!!

  13. Sam says:

    I own Kayla Itsines’ ebook and have been doing some of the workouts from this but I’m excited to start this app (it’s definitely easier than the book). I’m really excited to see some of your recipes as I do not follow her diet portion.

  14. Amber says:

    I swear to you, I’ve been doing BBG for the better part of three months, along with half marathon training and my 1x a week book camp through work. Today I did week 10&12 arms and I swear to you it’s like I’m a newborn who can’t lift her body weight up. Yes it’s been like two weeks since I did an official “arm day”, but Jesus Christ! I don’t know how she does it but I feel both empowered and defeated at the same time during the workouts.

  15. Ryan says:

    I’ve done BBG and a couple other workout from home high impact/high intensity programs but ultimately decided they weren’t for me. Some people thrive on intense, challenging workouts, but I’m not one of them. A friend of mine is a strength and conditioning coach and he suggested I switch to weight training 4-5 times a week (I use 3-10 pound weights) and mix in low impact cardio 2 days a week. I’ve followed this more or less for the past year and feel great.

  16. Taylor says:

    I’m so in! I got the app last week and had been dragging my feet on getting started so your timing is perfect. Pumped to have some accountability/motivation from this community!

  17. Laurie says:

    Seeing this post late, but since I already use the BGG app is it too late to join? I’m doing Kelsey’s PWR program and this week I start week 5. I’ve done the original BBG program 3x (not back to back) and it’s as great program to start a fitness routine. And it seriously kicks your booty! Trying PWR to mix it up and bc I have access to a full gym now. I’d also love to see some healthy recipe inspo!