You all may have seen Anna Victoria’s Fit Body Guide floating around Instagram. At first, I was a little skeptical, mainly because workout and meal guides like this are typically restrictive and leave out the important parts of getting healthier, actually making it an attainable lifestyle. This is probably one of the MOST important parts of getting healthier. I think most people get discouraged because they feel extremely overwhelmed with all the information out there, and have a hard time sticking to it.
You all may not know this, but my sister and I have not always been in shape and lived a healthy lifestyle. In high school and most of college, we ate like crap and never worked out. The main reason was because we had NO clue what we were doing or what eating healthy or working out consisted of. We would look to health magazines for answers on those types of questions, and would spend our time looking up our favorite celebrities’ diets so we could look like them. Too funny, right?
Somewhere along the way, we did a ton of research on what to eat, how much to eat, what kinds of workouts to do, etc. Of course, it took a ton of time and trial and error to get where we are now, but if we had some sort of guide like this one that laid out everything you would need to know to get healthier, we would have totally been on board!
When it comes to health and fitness, we are pretty picky about following other people’s advice. We know what works for us, and we pretty much like to stick to what we know. We were given the opportunity to try FBG, and have nothing but great things to say about it. When we began looking the guides over, we vowed to give you all an honest review of what we thought!
First off, I LOVE the concept of both the workouts and meal plans. Not only are they extremely similar to what we follow and recommend to our readers, but they are attainable and laid out very well. These guides are great for any level, whether you are just starting out, or more experienced, like Samantha and I.
With regards to the meal plan, she covers everything there is to know about eating healthier. She provides a 12-week plan that is broken up into two-week increments. The meals alternate every other day, so you get a lot of variety, but the meals are also structured, which is really important. There are a ton of healthy recipes and really yummy things she suggests to eat (similar to how we eat!). She also gives you tips on how to shop healthier at the grocery store, what times to eat throughout the day, what macro and micronutrients are, and how much protein to eat (VERY important).
I really was impressed with how much information she provides, and really couldn’t find one thing I didn’t agree with, which is pretty incredible!
Here are some examples of things we typically go for (and would fit in her guide as part of the meal plan):
Grilled Chicken Salad with Hot Sauce. Get the recipe HERE!
Now, onto the workouts: I also love how everything is set up with this plan! Samantha and I workout very similar to this method, and think it is great to get women to lift weights and be familiar with using dumbbells. A lot of women are intimidated (we were there one day) to use free weights or any of the typical equipment that males tend to take over in a gym setting.
What I love about these workouts is that they can be done anywhere (home, gym, park, etc.) and they only take 30 minutes, which is attainable for any busy girl! The main focus of the workout plan is high intensity strength, resistance, and plyometric training. This is what we like to follow for our own workouts. This is what we feel is most effective, and what has worked best for us. It allows you to build a lean, toned body (which we all want!), while still shredding fat. Strength training is key in building lean muscle, and the cardio portion helps you shed fat as well.
For the workouts, she divides the week into days of strength and hi-intensity cardio and core and low intensity steady state cardio. She also provides a huge guide of stretching and a detailed explanation of each exercise she provides in the workouts. The strength workouts cover lower body, upper body, and full body, which are all equally important to target!
Of course, I had to try the workout out to fairly review it! No surprise that I loved it. I love the way it is all laid out and how detailed everything is. As I mentioned before, if you don’t feel like you have the tools to succeed, you will most likely give up, and that is the worst feeling! Although, I do know what I am doing when it comes to working out, I love that I didn’t have to think about my workout or what exercise I was going to do next. It was all planned for me, which was awesome. My heart rate was up the entire time (which is key!) and I felt like I got a great sweat in. Also, I loved that I could do this from home, which is great when I am super busy and can’t find time to make it to the gym. I will definitely be taking this guide with me when I travel because it is great to do in a hotel room!
Overall, I couldn’t recommend these guides more! Another thing I really liked is that there is a community of “FBG girls” on Instagram who create accounts dedicated to their FBG journey which allows them to give daily support and advice. In doing so, it keeps everyone accountable on the journey. To see the community and daily support the girls provide, you can look through the #fbggirls or #annavictoria tags on Instagram. As always, please let me know if you have any questions at all!