As my BBGvsFBG blog post went down so well last month, and because I’ve been using the Lean in 15 book for a while now, I thought I’d do a similar blog post. This blog post will cover what you get when you buy either the BBG eGuide or Lean in 15 book – including food, fitness and my thoughts on their value for money. I’m also going to specify which I think would be best for what you’re looking for.
1. MEET THE AUTHORS:
Similarly to my last post, I thought I’d introduce the authors – while this review isn’t just about what the authors look like/are like, it’s about the guides, but these are the people who created the guides, and they both claim to do the workouts (not that I have any way of verifying this). So here they are:
This is Kayla Itsines:
This is Joe Wicks:
They are both fit and strong, both personal trainers but I personally think they’re quite different. Kayla, as I said before, is motivational to me because she’s #bodygoals – she’s gorgeous, tanned and toned. Joe is obviously a guy, so not as motivational to me in that sense, but his positivity definitely motivates me and his body (see above) is definitely proof that his guide works!
2. THE WORKOUT GUIDES:
First up, I’m going to state that BBG is definitely more of a workout guide than Lean in 15 – I’d say Lean in 15 was a recipe book with a workout schedule you can follow at the end. The weekly workout schedule is very different: BBG has you working out 6 days a week, which consists of 3 days of cardio and 3 days of resistance workouts. Lean in 15 contains 4 different workout areas (Chest and back, arms, legs and shoulders) and it tells you what structure they go on, but that’s about it.
3. THE WORKOUTS:
Here is where the guides differ the most. Kayla’s guides are designed to strengthen and tone, and Lean in 15 is designed to (you guessed it) lean you out.
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.
Joe’s Lean in 15 workout schedule is totally different! There are 4 components: HIIT round 1, GVT (German volume training) round 1, HIIT round 2, GVT round 2. This one might be a bit tricky to explain so please comment below if I make absolutely no sense a all! You have your pick of 6 HIIT exercises, and you do 6x30seconds of a HIIT exercise with 45 second break in between each set. You then have your pick of 2 GVT exercises, of which you do 10 sets of 10 reps (get ready to feel the burn). You then do another round of 6×30 HIIT circuit, followed by a final 10×10 GVT circuit.
Joe’s Lean in 15 on the other hand, is PACKED with recipes. Not just super-healthy recipes full of ingredients you can’t even pronounce, but proper healthy food made with real ingredients. Iv’e made a couple of meals from the book and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.
5. VALUE FOR MONEY
Kayla’s guide is $69.97 AUD (about £40) – while I do think this is a lot of money, I do think it is worth it because you’re getting 12 weeks of workouts – so it works out to about £1.11 per workout!!
Joe’s Lean in 15 was only £6!! I was gobsmacked. I think it’s brilliant value for money – considering you get a WHOLE LOT of recipes and an (albeit quite brief) exercise guide.
6. WHICH SHOULD YOU GET?
It really depends on what you’re after – a workout schedule that you can stick to for 12 weeks, or a recipe guide which includes workout inspiration for when you do fancy doing a workout.
I think Joe‘s is quite nice, because I don’t find myself comparing myself to him all the time and I think it’s quite empowering when you complete a workout that guys do too.
At the moment, I’m using the Lean in 15 guide because I don’t want a strict 12 week schedule to stick to – I just want to do workouts every now and again as and when I feel like it.
Have you tried either/both? Let me know your thoughts!