So it may have taken me a bit longer than 12 weeks (I put it on pause for two weeks due to the London Marathon), but I’ve finally completed Anna Victoria’s Fit Body Guide.
I was sent the FBG to review, but I was looking at buying it anyway as I’m a big fan of Anna Victoria and I liked the results I was seeing on her Instagram. Her own results are really inspiring, and I love the way she’s transformed her body to be STRONG not skinny.
I really think she’s a great role model for young women looking to lead a healthy lifestyle as she always tells it as it is and isn’t afraid to show her rolls when she sits or her muffin top when she’s not been 100% on her workouts. I’d highly recommend following her on Instagram and snapchat (annavictoriafit)
I was also sent the meal plan guide, but I didn’t use that as I’m pretty happy with my diet. All of Anna’s guides cost $49.95 (about £35) each, but you can get a bundle (a meal plan and a workout plan) for $79.95 (about £56) and I think that, from my experience, the FBG guide is definitely worth the money!
There are two kinds of workouts, the main workouts that take about 30 minutes each; Legs & Glutes, Arms & Back and Full Body workouts, that take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In between these workouts there are slightly shorter ab workouts, which took me between 10 and 20 minutes (they get harder as they go on), that take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – the same days the guide recommends you do your 30-45min cardio.
Legs & Glutes, Arms & Back and Full Body workouts: There are 3 circuits, 3 exercises in each circuit and you repeat the circuit 3 times. Weeks 1 & 2 are the same, and weeks 3 & 4 are basically the same as 1 & 2 but with more weight/reps. This is the same for weeks 5-8 and so on.
This can be both great and annoying – annoying because sometimes you want something new and fresh to keep your workouts interesting, but it’s also great because you can really see how you’re progressing – when you do the same workouts two weeks in a row, you can really feel your improvement and see how much quicker you can do the workouts – it’s a great motivator.
It’s quite a full on workout schedule, which I think I would struggle to stick to long term, but that’s mainly because my work hours are so unpredictable. I do think that it’s definitely do able while working full time – you’ll just have to commit to it. You can workout in the morning before work or in the evenings after work, cardio you can definitely do on your lunch break or (if you’ve got one) go to a local gym to do a workout in your lunch break.
There are three stages: Weeks 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12 (which explains the repetition of the workouts – every time you get to a new stage, you get a completely new set of exercises). In Stage 1 you do LISS (low intensity steady state) cardio – such as walking or light jogging , in stage 2 you do LIMIT (low intensity medium intensity training) – which is alternating between low intensity and medium intensity for 30mins, and in stage 3 you do HIIT (high intensity interval training) – such as sprinting for 30 seconds and resting for 30 seconds for 30 minutes. I didn’t follow this structure, as I was training for the London Marathon for the first 6 weeks so I just did my marathon training 3 times a week, and then for the last 6 weeks I just did whatever cardio I felt like – whether that be HIIT, LISS or anything else. I don’t think this affected my training programme or my results, so I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done.
I’m going to be honest and say this past week hasn’t been the best – I’ve tried to do as much as I can, but it’s been full of travelling and late nights at the office.
I am tensing in these photos, but I’m doing so in both the before and after pictures so it’s consistent. I’ also wearing the exact same outfit for direct comparison. Personally I feel tighter all over – especially my waist, and my legs and glutes are now so much stronger – they’ve got more shape to them now (which I love).
Here are my before and after pictures:
I’m so so happy with my progress using this guide and I know I’ll continue to use the workouts, but probably more ad-hoc than do the full guide again (working out 6 times a week can be pretty intense).
Would I recommend this guide? YES – I really would. I think training 6 times a week (sometimes twice a day) can be quite full on, but it’s also a great way to get results. The exercises are fun and different to what I’ve done before (I’m looking at you walk out push ups with a commando) and you can do them at your own pace.
If you’re not completely sold, download a free week of workouts here!
Let me know if you have any questions – I’ll be doing an FBG vs BBG post soon so keep your eyes out for that!