If you follow Kayla Itsines on Instagram, chances are you’ve heard of BBG. I did BBG for a year before my wedding and slowly got back into it at 12 weeks postpartum.
Fast-forward to 10 months postpartum and I hit a major fitness wall. I hadn’t seen much progress in my strength for 6 months. I dreaded every workout and it was such a struggle to get to the gym. I knew it was time to shake things up.
As fate would have it, I saw a promo video for Chontel Duncan‘s Fierce program on the Sweat app around the same time. Right away I was amazed by how fit she looked (especially after having two kids of her own!). I also LOVED the versatility of the exercises – she was doing goblet squats in one scene, battle ropes the next and boxing after that. Needless to say I was very intrigued. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase the Sweat app. And I haven’t looked back since.
I’ve officially completed my first 12 weeks of Fierce and I’m totally hooked on this program.
To keep things short and sweet, here’s what I found to be the pros and cons.
– You’re never bored. Each workout is so wildly different from the previous one that you actually look forward to every workout.
– It pushes you to push yourself. Unlike other programs that get repetitive after a while and therefore make you bored/complacent, Fierce is built to make you want to sweat. Because the rounds are short and not repetitive, you’re more likely to grab those heavier weights or hit a PB because you know the next round is completely different.
– You put in the work, you challenge yourself, you stay consistent, you see results. It’s that simple.
– Unlike most circuit-based HIIT programs, you don’t take up a ton of machines at once. These circuits are shorter and there are more of them, so at most you only take up 3 pieces of equipment at once.
– The workouts are between 30-45 minutes tops and only 3-4 times a week. I’m the first to admit I don’t want to workout 5-6 times a week for over an hour. It’s truthfully the reason why I chose Fierce over PWR and why I chose the Sweat app over Beachbody on Demand. I like to get maximum return for minimal effort (lol) and so far it seems to be doing the trick!
– The program builds over time. This was one of my major frustrations with BBG and why I started losing motivation – every time I started a new round the exercises were easier and repetitive so it felt like you were constantly doing the same program over and over again. Looking ahead at Fierce 2.0 it’s not like that. The intensity keeps building to make sure you continue to see results.
– The Sweat app is an investment. Even though I will NEVER feel guilty for investing in my health, an app purchase can be a financial consideration for some, especially if you’re already paying for a gym membership. I signed up for the year which was about $120. I would have paid double that and it still would have been worth it. Not to mention you get all the other BBG workouts, PWR and PWR at home workouts and more.
– You need a gym. You could spend all day thinking of clever substitutions but, honestly, it would defeat the purpose of buying the program in the first place. Unless you have a pretty well-stocked home gym, Fierce was built around having lots of weights, machines and accessories readily available. I wouldn’t want to tackle this at home or even at gyms that are more cardio-centric. At a minimum you want to make sure your gym has standard weight machines, dumbbells and kettle bells. I actually had to purchase my own skipping rope and resistance bands cause my gym didn’t have them. Bonus points if your gym has battle ropes, slam balls and a boxing bag.
– It’s not a beginner program. Although there are a few beginner weeks (which I skipped), I would say a lot of the exercises aren’t for people who aren’t regular gym go-ers. If you’re totally new to working out and want to try Fierce, I’d recommend booking a session or two with a PT to ensure you have proper form when lifting weights to make sure you don’t injure yourself, especially because there’s lots of squatting, lunging and ab work involved.
I think you can tell based on my results (and the fact I’ll be jumping right into Fierce 2.0) that despite these cons I will shout from the rooftops how much I love Fierce. It’s given me my confidence back 😉 something I wasn’t sure I would ever get back as a new mom!