You’d have to have been living under a rock to not have heard of Kayla Itsines. The girl’s been winning Instagram followers one ab at a time for a while now. In fact, at last count she had over a cool 5 million - that’s more than Lily Allen, Margot Robbie and Mariah Carey. Combined. Like, a lot more.
The seemingly insta-famous Aussie babe got her break from releasing a Bikini Body Program that’s earnt her an army of dedicated followers who, too, have undertaken her program (and are looking damn fine because of it). And for good reason, the exercises are simple to do at home and promise results in just 12 weeks.
But it aint’ easy. Especially the first week. Oh the joys. Think breaking your arms hurts? Hahahahahaha. Cake walk in comparison to Kayla’s workouts.
Hey, nothing good comes easy, right? *repeats mantra to self while in foetal position*
It gets easier, we promise. But, here are 11 thoughts you will (probably) have in your first week of undertaking her challenge.
1. The Day Before Starting:
“Is this ‘before’ mirror selfie really necessary? Do I reaaaaaally need to document myself at my worst in my underwear?”
How ‘bout we just hold off 'til the 12-week-later photo where your abs will be looking like they could grate cheese?
2. The Night Before Your First Workout
“This time will be different, I will fulfill all 12 weeks and become the bikini goddess I’m destined to be.” *Repeats to self*
It won’t be like that time you tried the lemon detox diet/signed up to a gym and lasted precisely three days.
3. Five Minutes Before Your First Workout
“Ummmmm, so what exactly is an X jump (and a mountain climber, and ab bikes, and a lay down push up for that matter?!)”
It’s like the karma sutra of exercises – there’s so many more out there you never knew about.
4. One Round Through Your First Workout
“I’m a quarter of the way through already, this isn’t so bad. I’m going to be looking hot AF in no time.” *flips hair*
5. Two Rounds Through Your First Workout
“NFI how it’s possible to feel such intense hatred towards exercise, in fact I’m surprised I have enough energy to feel anything RN.”
6. First Workout Completed
“I am woman, hear me roar”
Basically, invincible until…
7. Morning After First Workout
“Did I dream I was in a car crash, or was I actually in one? ‘Cause my muscles are fkn sore.”
Who needs an alarm clock when the pain alone in your muscles is enough to wake you up?
8. A Few Days Later
“Yay, arms day – anything that doesn’t involve squats/lunges/burpees is fine by me.”
You came and you conquered legs day - how hard can arms be, really?
9. After Arms Workout
“Cool, now not only do I have to walk sideways down stairs because my bum is still sore, but I can’t even lift my arms high enough to fill in my eyebrows.”
Or eat cereal. Or swipe your bus card. Or lift a margarita.
10. One Week Through, Just Before Second Leg Workout:
“If week one rendered me practically couch bound for the best part of a week, I could cry at the thought of week two’s leg workout tonight.”
11. Morning After Second Leg Workout
“Uhrmmmm I can walk down stairs? I can actually stand up from my desk seat without wincing in pain. I could even do another squat today if I REALLY wanted to (I don’t).“
“Could this possibly mean I’ve already built muscle in a single week?!!?! I love you Kayla, I’ll never doubt you again.” *does some celebratory lunges*