3 Workout Guides to Kick 2016 Into High Gear


It’s the New Year and you’re finally ready to start working towards a healthier you. You’ve laced up your new sneakers and you’re ready to hit the gym. But where do you start? Whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned gym-goer, starting a new gym regimen can be intimidating and confusing. The keys to a successful and sustainable fitness plan are structure and routine. Go in with a plan, come out feeling sweaty, accomplished, and ready to take on the day. Lucky for you, there are a wide variety of programs that have planned everything out for you, so all you have to do is sweat! Whether you have a little extra money to spend, or you’re looking for something budget-friendly, these three training guides will be sure to set you up for success in the New Year and beyond.

Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide

This training guide, created by Aussie personal trainer Kayla Itsines, has transformed the lives of millions of women around the world. The twelve-week guide contains daily body-weight workouts that are 28 minutes in length, and require relatively little equipment. If you’re short on time or like to workout at home, the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) provides you with structured workouts that are efficient and effective. Each resistance session is split into four 7-minute segments, with each segment including four exercises. While the guide costs around $50 USD, it can be used over and over once it is completed. Like what you see after 12 weeks? Kayla has created a Bikini Body Guide 2.0 for 12 more weeks of killer workouts. Find her on Instagram @kayla_itsines.

Lauren Gleisberg Fitness

Looking for something a bit more budget friendly? Fitness guru Lauren Gleisberg has created a weight-training guide with easy to follow photo demonstrations for women of all ages and fitness levels for just $12. With both at-home and gym editions of the guide, her 12 week program is a great introduction into weight training and practical nutrition. Still don’t have that kind of pocket change? Lauren hosts multi-week community fitness challenges that are completely free and include daily workouts that are 30 minutes or less. Not to mention she has an amazing Instagram community that will be sure to keep you motivated and accountable throughout your fitness journey. Find her on Instagram @laurengleisberg.

Alexa Jean Fitness

Already have a gym routine that you’re comfortable with? Alexa Jean’s 30-day guides are the perfect way to add an extra challenge to your workout. Add in a “Sore to the Core” ($6) ab challenge after your treadmill sesh, or combine her upper and lower-body challenges for a killer total body training session. Each program is designed to target a specific muscle group and is tailored towards people with busy lives, so her guides ensure that everyone has an opportunity to squeeze in a workout. Find her on Instagram @alexajeanfitness.

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