Changing Up My Fitness Regime With Kayla Istines


Last year I made great progress on the fitness front. I basically went from doing absolutely nothing in 2015, to running 10km races and visiting the gym 122 times for the year, according to my medical aid 🙂

This year I thought I’d try to change things up a bit as I was basically just doing the same old routines and hitting a plateau.

I’ve been following Kayla Itsines on Social Media for a while and have always been inspired by the progress stories she and her followers share. I thought I’d look into it and see whether it was something that I could adopt. I saw a few people  enjoying the app – like Celeste from Being Me – and got positive feedback about the workouts.

I bought Kayla’s book when it launched, mainly for some healthy inspiration and then also downloaded the free 7-day trial which I followed – and I enjoyed it!!! I continued with a 1-month subscription and so far so good.

Here’s what I’m loving about the App:

    • The workouts are just 28 minutes long. This is awesome for those weeknights at home, instead of trekking to the gym. In Winter this will be especially convenient.
    • At the same time, I could also use the app while at the gym instead of going to a class or following the gym’s circuit.
    • My usual Park Run on a Saturday morning fits in with the plan, as it counts as a cardio workout 🙂
    • I love the variety of exercises and can immediately “feel” the difference as opposed to my gym classes which tend to have the same routines.
    • The kids can join in the fun. They grab an exercise mat and “hop around” (as Kurt calls it) with me.

#namaste 🙏🏻🙏🏻

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What’s the not-so-great part about the App?

  • The app is not supported by my medical Aids active reward program, which means the workouts do not count towards achieving my weekly goal. Boo hoo…I can, however, use my smart watch to track the workout while using my phone to work through the app. So silly because they all feed through to the same app.    #FirstWorldProblems
  • The app is expensive! But at the same time, it’s value for money if you’re going to follow it through.
  • Some of the exercises are just beyond my fitness level at this stage. I, however, try to do as much as I can but I think if each exercise had a “modified” version like in some of the exercise DVD’s that would be awesome.

Guys, this is not a sponsored post. I’m merely just sharing my experience as I know many of us are wanting to try new workouts or get started on a fitness journey. This is just something to consider.




  1. Kim Muller January 24, 2017

    I love Kayla. (Also, there are days when I hate her.) I am using her BBG 1.0 workbook at the moment, there’s 12 weeks to get through and it’s amazing. The workouts are tough some days but it’s awesome and I’m guaranteed a sweaty workout with every session.

    • Hayley January 24, 2017

      LOL I know what you mean. It’s definitely not easy, but no pain no gain I suppose 🙂

  2. Celeste Booysen January 24, 2017

    Love doing the programme. Thank you for the mention Haley, enjoy your workouts. You look great BTW.

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