Well, I made it! And I know what you’re probably thinking. I’m impatient, my standards are too high, 12 weeks is too soon to notice real changes, etc.
Maybe I am all of those things, but the reason why I enjoy working out is because there is always a new goal to smash. If you can do 10 burpees, try 15. If you can run a 7:07 mile, can you break 7 minutes? You’ll never know if you don’t try.
I knew that I had to complete the first 12 weeks of BBG in its entirety to really know whether I should continue with the program or not. And after finishing my final workout today, I can certainly say the changes since week 1 are minimal. I do, however, feel stronger and I don’t want to discount that, but in terms of actually seeing more tone and definition, I do not.
Along the way, I considered throwing in more core workouts and more weights, but I was reluctant to stray too far from the program. After all, if I set out on this journey to determine whether this workout program would be sustainable for me, I could not evaluate its success with a bunch of variables thrown in the mix.
That being said, there is a lot that I enjoyed about BBG. I liked having all my workouts planned. Over the past 3 months, I’ve taken upwards of 6 trips, and it would’ve been tough to develop a workout plan. I was able to complete the workouts in my hotel room with resistance bands or in the hotel gym if it wasn’t just a sad unused closet from the 80s.
What I found toughest about BBG were the cardio recommendations. I prefer HIIT on the treadmill to LISS. It was hard for me to find a low intensity activity that didn’t bore me to sleep.
In terms of what’s next, I don’t know. I’ve been researching several fitness programs and plan to spend the next month or so in a trial period before settling down again.
Overall, I don’t think that BBG is a bad program. In fact, I think it’s great. But it’s not great for me. So for now, I’m back to the drawing board unless I suddenly win the lottery I never enter and pay for a trainer.