Maybe you’re almost convinced after reading my BBG workout review. You’ve gotten an idea about who Kayla is, what the Kayla Itsines workout schedule will look like and you’ve think the meal plan seems doable. However, you’re still on the fence. There’s still one major concern you have.
Let Me Guess, I Have To Buy A Lot Of Pricey Equipment For The Workout
At this point, if you’re not scared off, you’re probably wondering what the cost of all this going to be and more importantly, what the hidden costs are. There are plenty of fitness gurus out there pushing expensive plans and then on top of that, you have to buy the mandatory equipment.
And if that isn’t enough, you’re strongly encouraged to buy your equipment from them. You wouldn’t want to have to use something without their logos, would you? Perish the thought. Well, Kayla Itsines is not like that. I almost fell out of my chair when I read the phrase “shift workers” in the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide when she was talking about fitting fitness into your schedule. Why? That’s easy. Most fitness gurus seem to think that everyone has a six-figure salary and plenty of time and money to devote to a workout program. I’m sure you know that’s just not true.
She does sell some branded products through her website, including wearable weights and a water bottle. However, there’s no demand that you have to buy her stuff and her stuff only to get with the program.
I Got It—Now What About the Actual Equipment?
If you know anything about her workout, you know that beyond cardio, you do circuit training. The exercises are pretty basic, familiar ones and most of them don’t require anything more than your willing body and mind. However, some of the exercises do require equipment. For the most part, though, it’s very basic stuff. Typical equipment includes:
- a jump rope
- an aerobic step
If you’ve got access to a gym or even a workout room, you’re probably already golden. If you don’t, you can find all this stuff at reasonable prices. But what if you don’t want to spend more money? You don’t have to! You can use—and she gives—substitutions for most of this stuff.
For example, if you don’t have dumbbells, she suggests that you use any two heavy objects that are safe and comfortable to grip. One option might be milk jugs filled with water or even larger soup cans, if you can hold on to them. If you check your local big box store, though, you can probably find dumbbells for a reasonable price in their sporting goods department.
I mention that you might want to invest in dumbbells at the very least because it’s them that she recommends as a substitution for both a medicine ball and kettlebells. So it’s probably a good day to buy a pair for the first half, the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide 1.0, and then you can wait until you start the Kayla Itsines BBG Workout 2.0 before you buy the “one large dumbbell” that she recommends as a substitute for the kettlebell.
Note that these substitutions she suggests come only in the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide 2.0 That’s also where she says the one piece you really can’t substitute is a jump rope, which isn’t exactly true. She herself says that you can do “air skips” if space is at a premium. Nevertheless, a jump rope isn’t exactly cost-prohibitive. One piece of equipment that doesn’t have a substitution suggestion because it’s used in the first half is the bosu ball. That’s one of the other items that you’re probably going to have to shell out some money for, because those are hard to substitute.