If you didn’t know, I completed Anna Victoria’s Fit Body Guide (FBG) yesterday, and I completed Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide (BBG) for the third time almost exactly one year ago.
I’ve enjoyed both of them, I would recommend both of them and I think they’re both worth the money. However, they are both different and I know people won’t want to buy both so I thought I’d put a quick reference article about the two, side-by-side, to help you decide which would be right for you.
1. THE GIRLS
Obviously this review isn’t just about what the girls look like/are like, it’s about the guides, but these are the girls who created the guides, and they both claim to do the workouts (not that I have any way of verifying this). So here are the girls:
They are both fit and strong, both personal trainers but I personally think they’re quite different. Kayla, to me is complete #fitspiration – she’s gorgeous, tanned and toned. But I also think her body is kind of unattainable (for me, at least). Anna is also toned and tanned, but she’s more relatable to me – she shows pictures of her rolls and muffin tops and works hard to maintain her fitness – something I can relate to.
2. THE WORKOUT SCHEDULE
The weekly workout schedule is quite similar in both the FBG and the BBG. They both have you working out 6 days a week, they both have 3 days of cardio, but that’s where the similarities end.
Kayla’s BBG workouts are different week on week, there are three resistance workouts and three cardio workouts a week.
Anna’s FBG workouts repeat (week 1 & 2 are the same, and weeks 3 & 4 are similar but with more reps and weights), there are three main resistance workouts a week, three cardio sessions a week and three abs workouts a week.
3. THE WORKOUTS
Kayla’s BBG workouts consist of 2 circuits, each circuit consists of 4 exercises and you repeat each circuit twice. The workouts last 28 minutes each – you go as hard as you can for 7 minutes each circuit. They are split up into three workouts – legs, arms and abs.
Anna’s FBG main workouts consist of 3 circuits, each circuit is made up of 3 exercises and you repeat each circuit 3 times. This isn’t a timed workout, so it takes you as long as it takes you to complete all of the workouts. There are three types of main workout: legs and glutes, arms and back and full body.
The FBG ab workouts are slightly different, there are only 2 circuits, each consisting of 3 exercises and you complete each circuit 3 times.
4. THE EXERCISES
I didn’t think this was something I’d think about, but after doing both guides, it definitely is.
Kayla’s BBG consists of exercises such as press ups, lunges, step ups and ab bikes – nothing new really, but exercises that work nonetheless.
Anna’s FBG, on the other hand, combines exercises – so you get burpees with a squat jump, walk out press ups with commandos and mountain climbers with press ups. Essentially, although there are less exercises per circuit, you do more.
5. FINAL THOUGHTS
My BBG progress is more impressive (in my eyes) than my FBG progress, but I started the BBG when I was at my most unfit, and the FBG recently.
Personally, I find Kayla’s workout schedule easier to stick to in the long term, as I found Anna’s FBG hard to keep up while working full time and keeping up a social life. However, I do think that Anna’s workout schedule is great if you want results as it’s very full on.
Have you tried BBG or FBG? What are your thoughts on them?