Nike crop top | Nike tights (similar here) | Nike trainers |
FitBit Versa (also love the FitBit Charge 2)
I held a Twitter poll (@arumlilea) last week asking whether you’d be interested in a post about my workout routine. Over 80% of you voted yes so here it is! As you will know from this post, I started the BBG workout in January. I initially started this workout years ago after recovering from my stroke to try and regain some strength but, obviously, I was unable to follow it 100% so I used it more as a guide to getting fitter and stronger. In January this year, I started the program again along with all the dedication that it requires. I completed the program at the end of April and I’ve seen such a transformation in my body. My resting heart rate is now a lot lower than it was. I’ve toned up so much in my arms and abs. I also feel so much stronger. I can now do full men’s pushups without a struggle and I have no problem carrying the groceries in from the car at all any more. After seeing that this workout has really been beneficial to my body, I decided I would repeat it now that I am so much stronger.
To give you a little bit of insight into my workout routine, I do BBG on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I am also sure to incorporate HIIT training on two occasions during the week by doing either a spinning class or setting the interval program on the treadmill. By Wednesday evening my body is sometimes a little tender so I have been opting for a more gentle workout on Thursdays. I absolutely love yoga and have done since High School so I like to include a session of yoga a week and Thursday is often the best time to do so when my body is in need of a gentle exercise. I have, however, signed up with a pilates studio for 10 weeks of pilates which I have never done before so I will be substituting my yoga sessions for pilates temporarily. If, for whatever reason, I’m unable to attend my Thursday classes, I take a brisk 30-minute walk around my suburb while listening to a good podcast or on the treadmill while I read a good book and it’s always such a welcomed time-out of my day. By Friday I’m generally ready to pick up the pace again with another BBG workout and some more cardio over the weekend.
Here’s a more detailed look at the workout routine that I follow:
Monday: BBG workout
Tuesday: Spinning class/Interval training 30 mins (5km)
Wednesday: BBG workout
Saturday: Interval training 30 mins (5km) / Park run (5km)
I absolutely love this workout routine and I follow it very closely. I start each day with this program by an early morning gym session and I find that it’s the absolute best way to start the day. I feel energised and so excited to tackle the rest of the day. As I mentioned, I’m now repeating BBG 1.0. Once I have completed my second round of BBG, I will be moving on to BBG 2.0. It has really become such an amazing challenge for my body and you get such satisfaction from completing each and every workout.
If you have any questions about my workout routine or anything related, please leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to answer any queries you have!
Raquel Unterslak says
How do you stay so motivated? I find that especially in winter, I don’t want to get out of my regular clothes and into workout clothes, just because I know it will be cold! P.S. I follow you on Instagram 🙂 My handle is @flamencogirl8
I think you look absolutely gorgeous! Those arms are super defined and I can see the lean muscle popping??♀️??! And those abs…. my goal in life but alas I’m always stuck with the cooler box and not the 6 pack!?. Well done?
Ashley Walker says
Your post has been just the motivation I needed to start working out everyday again. I got the BBG about two weeks ago but have been put off of exercising with this cold weather. However, I have decided to give it a go as I can see from your post that it really does pay off. My fitness goal is to try and workout at least 5 days of the week. Thank you for the inspiration 🙂
Ashley Walker says
This post has motivated me to finally start the BBG! I got the programme two weeks ago but haven’t started cause it has been so cold lately. After seeing your post, I can see that the guide really does work. My fitness goal is to try and go to gym at least 5 times a week. Thanks for the great content 🙂
Courtney Hardy says
Wow that is a really good workout routine!! You are slaying it girl.
Melissa Kubelun says
You’re so inspiring! My fitness goal is to start BBG and stick to it!??
Carla van der Westhuizen says
I would love to say my fitness goal is to look as incredible as you do but that ain’t gonna happen 🙁 realistically I actually just want be fit enough to keep up with my two year old! I want to be physically strong enough to lift him for a few more years. And I want to still fit into my country road size 6 jeans 🙂 so been planking in the mornings and dancing around the living room with Harvey in the afternoons. But I def need to do more. 😉 you really do look incredible by the way 🙂
Carolyn Augustus says
My goal is to get back on my bike, especially to get my big bum and thighs in check. I find cycling to be a an absolutely great full body work out.
Simone Khan (sim2slim on insta) says
I love every single one of these pics Lea! I also greatly appreciate you posting more about fitness.
My fitness goal is to train in a crop top and tights come summer, despite the number on the scale. After a year of focusing on my body the number on the scale is only down 5kg, but my shape has totally changed and my confidence is up and I can drop a squat down low! I’m loving my body (most days) and learning how to fuel it.
Bianca Vinay says
My fitness goal is first of all to loose a few Kgs and some centimeters while toning and shaping my body and getting more defined muscles. Secondly to raise my fitness levels up. As a professional dancer and teacher I need to always be fit In order to move quickly with ease and keep stamina up for long periods of time for shows and work. I have relied on just dancing for too long and 4 weeks ago I started my BBG training up for the second time. Feeling strong again. But ultimately my goal is to be happy and confident in my body again and be proud of what I can achieve with it ! Especially as a dancer my goal is to be confident in my body knowing I can do anything required of me because I train well !! Having a Fitbit would just be amazing !!!
Loren Cohen says
My fitness goal is just to be more active. When you work from home, you kind of forget to get out, get fresh air and do some sort of exercise. Now that I have finally joined Discovery Vitality, I am forced to get out, walk and reach my weekly goals and it’s the best thing that I could do now. I look so forward to my daily walks and weekend hikes! So, I could definitely do with this Fitbit to help reach those weekly goals 🙂
Lea you are looking gorgeous! 🙂
Following on Instagram (obviously ;)) – minks.co.za
I have probably downloaded the BBG app about 10 times, tried it a few times and end up leaving it and deleting the app again because I either forget about it, or fail to make time for excecise… I say ‘make time’ because I like to tell myself ‘I don’t have time’ but actually I just need to MAKE time! I would love to start it again and stick to it and reach my fitness goal of losing about 5kg’s, but mainly being fit and strong, not necessarily ‘skinny’ 🙂 You look AMAZING by the way!
Such a great read! I’ve had access to the BBG and tried it a few months ago. It’s a great routine but I found it quite difficult to start off with if you aren’t that fit (as I was at that stage post a knee op). I like how you broke down the week, it makes it seem much more doable! I’ve been back at the gym for a few weeks now and I’m finally feeling strong enough to try it again. It’s amazing to see the progress you have made after your stroke, truly inspirational. Keep posting, I love the variety of the content!
Kirsty Blaine says
My fitness goal is to actually put on weight!! Im so skinny I need to tone and put on muscle and define and tone my ass especially!!
To do this i need to gym regularly at my planet fitness and eat regularly (which i tend to neglect when i get busy)…
I get addicted to gym when i get into it so know I can achieve my goal once i set my mind to it and get into the routine!
This post is extremely inspiring, not only because you are so active and looking amazing but because of how you managed to build up your strength and get your body into such amazing condition after everything you have been through. It makes me feel guilty for not getting into shape as I am not facing any health issues. My fitness goal is to try and get one or two BBG sessions in a week and to run the Soweto half marathon in November. Last year I signed up for it and dropped out as I was too lazy to properly commit and do the required training. This year I would like to prove to myself that I don’t always quit and that I am capable of achieving a fitness goal! All the best XXX
I started my wright loss journey well really my healthy lifestyle challenge almost a year ago (1 july will be a year) I cant believe how rewarding it has been. I am definitely going to check out bbg:)Ps the fitbit would be a great as a motivator.Thanks for the post
My current fitness goal is to keep going I have lost 26kg but in a healthy way so my goal is to keep getting more confidant in my body
Jovana Mandic says
I love how you have incorporated a variety of training sessions into your week. Switching it up definitely keeps things interesting. I have seen the wonderful changes BBG has had on yourself and many friends and colleagues – keep it up! Aa for me, fitness has been a big part of my life for the last 4 years (lost between 10 – 20kgs) and recently I have been really into my running. I recently completed my first ever 12km which was tough but rewarding, and now, as part of my bucket list I have signed up for a half marathon (Cape Town gun run). The fitbit would really help me track my progress and improve my time as my current tracker on my phone is not completely accurate and it isn’t safe running with my phone. I would love to be the lucky winner 🙂 (@love_jowee is my handle)
My fitness goal is to start a running program and stick with it to tackle a 5k before the end of the year! ?? (And stick to BBG for more than a week)..
La Rosa says
I think I am bit too ambitious but I believe the much higher you aim, the higher you reach. My fitness goal for 2018 was to lose 12kg by October 10 (my birthday). I started on the 15th of January, I have so far lost 6.5kg through eating healthy, counting calories and opting for a “greener” plate. Its hard. I have fell off the wagon lots of times, but when I think of where Im coming from I pick myself up and soldier on. On the 4th of November I have entered for my first half marathon. To say I’m nervous does not even explain it. Im scared. Running 10km (my current fitness) is hard, how will I finish 21km in 2hrs!!!! But the rewards will be worth worth it. Faster weightloss and the rewarding feeling after each run makes it easier for me to put my running shoes on and train.
Love how you change things up in your workouts within the week and do sort of a bit of everything. Also, these photos are so beautiful!
Julia // The Sunday Mode
My goal is to continue my weightloss journey and up my fitness level. I currently do a 5km walk daily but I would like to incorporate a bit more strenuous exercise soon.
You look amazing!
Cornell Botha says
My fitness goal is to be able to do atleast 5 push ups in a row! And to continue my workout streak of going every week day!
My fitness goal is to exercise 3-4 times a week and too eat healthy. Dying to have a Fitbit to push myself and to monitor performance. I am aiming to always take the stairs and Squat whilst brushing my teeth on the days I cant exercise and adding “getting active” into my daily routine
my fitness goal is to lose a dress size
Zzana bhayla says
My fitness goal is to maintain my weight but incorporate a healthy fitness routine to my life that won’t leave me feeling so sluggish and lethargic in the middle of the day ??NEED this ??