Note: If you want to skip the comparison, scroll to the end of this post to see my results/review (with progress photos!) And check back Saturday, Jan. 20th for a new post where I talk about my favorite FREE workout videos on YouTube (use these videos as a trial if you’re not sure about PIIT28 or BBG).
Cassey Ho (Blogilates) and Kayla Itsines are two of the biggest social-media fitness icons, and they’re about to go head to head in selling workout plans! Cassey released PIIT28 at the beginning of March 2016, and there are striking similarities to Kayla’s BBGs. I’ve had the BBG for a while…went through about 8 weeks of that before I took a break and switched to some other workouts. When I saw PIIT28, I really wanted to try it and see how it compared to BBG. The two workout plans are definitely similar on the surface, but I personally enjoy PIIT28 a lot more (even though I’m only on like the 3rd day of workouts, haha). But here is my take on each of the two guides:
Bikini Body Guide (BBG–link HERE) by Kayla Itsines:
I feel like this was the first workout guide that really blew up on social media. All you have to do is search #bbg on Instagram. SO many people swear by this workout guide, and so of course I had to give it a try myself. But after 8 weeks (the whole guide is 12 weeks), I have to say that I got really sick of doing the workouts. I liked how the workouts gradually built up over the weeks, and they were definitely challenging, but there’s really no personal aspect to this guide. You get a huge pdf file when you make your purchase, and your workouts consist of just you and the virtual guide. And because I’ve gotten so used to following online YouTube videos (from Blogilates, for example), this was a HUGE turnoff. Maybe I’m biased in this sense, but hey, you are paying $52 for this guide.
It seems like all of Kayla’s products have had a monetary goal…you’ll see what I mean when I talk about Blogilates later. Kayla recently released a Sweat with Kayla app, which is basically an extension of the BBG guides. Unfortunately, the app ain’t free either. There is a monthly membership fee, and the only big thing you gain, I think, is the ability to customize your workouts. Still no video guide, though! And I’m definitely not paying more after spending so much on the guide already.
- 12 weeks of workouts (more than 28 days in PIIT)
- 28 min. workouts (time efficient but super intense)
- Workouts build up gradually by difficulty
- HUGE community of BBG users (search #bbg on Instagram. Also FYI the picture above is not of me…)
- I definitely saw an improvement in muscle tone after just 2 weeks
- She reuses the same moves a lot
- As the weeks progress, you’ll need more and more equipment
- No videos to follow along to
- Kinda pricey…not gonna lie
PIIT28 (link HERE) by Blogilates (Cassey Ho):
I’ve been following Blogilates on YouTube for a while. Cassey has put out free workout videos for years, and I’ve always enjoyed them. She has SO much energy, and she never fails to amaze me with her strength. She may not look as toned as Kayla, but she is every bit as strong, and I love how she puts in the extra effort to do the workout with you! I’ve used her free workout guides for a while, so when she released PIIT28, it was really like the first big thing that she’s monetized, and I really wanted to support her (and I was also curious to see how it compared to BBG). PIIT stands for Pilates Intense Interval Training, and the 28 stands for the 28 min. length of each workout.
The price point of $40 still isn’t cheap, and it’s only for 28 days compared to BBG’s 12 weeks, but I really think you get a much better experience out of it. I bought the guide only because it came with follow-along workout videos. The pdf of the 28 day workouts is very similar to BBG. There are outlines of each workout and diagrams of how the poses should look. But the difference is that with PIIT28, you also get access to an amazing online portal of resources–workout videos, gifs (if you just want a refresher of a certain move), and a community. There may not be as big of a cult following as there is for BBG, but I have no doubt that in time, this will be the next big workout guide that everyone’s talking about.
- 28 min. workouts (time efficient but super intense)
- Follow-along videos!!
- Cheaper than BBG, and despite the shorter time frame, MUCH better experience overall
- Comes with a warm-up, cool-down, and stretching guide
- No equipment needed
- Shorter time frame
- Still kinda pricey…not gonna lie
I know I haven’t been using the PIIT28 guide for very long, and my opinions could very well change as the 28 days progress. But I will keep you guys updated! And maybe do a separate progress post or review at the end of the 28 days. But just from first impressions alone, I really am A LOT more excited about PIIT28 than I was about BBG. The videos make a huge difference, and I love how I don’t have to keep getting more and more equipment.
Hope you guys found the review helpful, and let me know if you have any questions!
I’ve gotten several questions over the past couple of weeks regarding results of using this program. I’ve decided to start the 28 days over and record my progress from start to finish (had finals this week so I skipped a few days anyway…best to start over I think. And now that I’ve posted this update it’ll hold me accountable :). I’ll be posting weekly updates here starting next week! Or if not on this post, I’ll be sure to link the update post somewhere here.
03/23/2016 -> WEEK 1 POST
03/30/2016 -> WEEK 2 POST
04/06/2016 -> Not much to say about week 3 since it was basically a repeat of week 1. Exercises felt a lot easier, though. Progress pic HERE
04/13/2016 -> WEEK 4 / OVERALL RECAP
Here is the link to PIIT28 website: PIIT28
Update: There’s now PIIT28 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. I haven’t tried the other two, but there’s a discount if you buy all three at once. For those of you who are interested, you can find the link HERE
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