What It’s Really Like To Train With Kayla Itsines
If you follow me on social media, you might already know of BBG Community member Sydney Torres — my meeting with her was featured in my IGTV series Begin Again, and it was such an AMAZING experience! In this special guest post, Sydney writes about what really happened when we trained together!
My story with Kayla goes back to early 2018.
I didn’t reach out to Kayla first — she actually reached out to me, which was surprising to me at the time.
I started doing BBG in January 2018, and on May 10, 2018, Kayla posted one of my transformation pictures on her Instagram page that showed I had lost about 40 pounds. After she reposted my picture, she was kind enough to reach out to say how proud she was of me, that I should keep going and try my best.
It made my day. I messaged back to say thank you and let her know she’s a huge inspiration to me.
After that, I was still nervous about messaging Kayla again, and then I thought I’d just give it a shot. I would ask her questions and advice on my form, and then we actually formed a friendship and a bond with each other, which is really cool.
Keeping a BIG secret from Kayla
The team at SWEAT reached out to me earlier this year, asking me if I wanted to be a part of a surprise for Kayla.
Of course, I said yes.
I knew our meeting would become part five of Kayla’s IGTV series, Begin Again, but I couldn’t tell anyone.
Kayla and I have been talking for about a year and a half now on social media — we just talk about our families and what’s going on in our lives — so we’re pretty good friends.
When she was posting on her Instagram about coming to New York, it was so hard to not comment or message her.
I still find it crazy that the SWEAT team wanted me to surprise Kayla. It was hard to keep it a secret, but I knew it would be worth it.
The moments before we met
I had just flown in to New York from my home in San Diego, California, and I was so nervous, excited and a little sleep-deprived — all at once — that I really hadn’t thought about any questions that I wanted to ask Kayla.
To be perfectly honest, I just wanted to hug her and tell her how much she changed my life.
My first thoughts before I met Kayla were: “Is she going to like me? Will she know who I am?”
I was about to meet one of my biggest inspirations and one of my biggest motivators, and I didn’t know if I wanted to laugh or cry.
Then I remembered what my mom told me (I had to tell someone that I was going to New York to meet Kayla!): “She’s just a regular person. She inspires women, but you have to remember, at the end of the day, she’s just a regular girl like you are and just act your natural self and she will like you. She’ll love you.”
I said to myself: “Okay mom!” and then waited until it was time to meet Kayla.
‘When I couldn’t believe in myself Kayla was there, believing in me’
For me, meeting Kayla was a life-changing experience.
She was so surprised when she walked into the gym in New York, and we hugged right away. We chatted and laughed a lot but it was also a really emotional experience.
I felt so vulnerable talking about all of my struggles, but it was also amazing to be able to sit down and tell Kayla everything I went through and how her program, her presence and her kindness has helped me change my life.
I was trying so hard not to burst into tears — I had worked so hard on my eye makeup that morning. I was like: “Okay don’t burst into tears, you don’t want to ruin your makeup.”
But I wanted to let Kayla know she has changed my life.
She was so encouraging and so motivating since day one. She saw that I was trying my best, even with my size and my weight holding me back on certain exercises, she still encouraged me and pushed me to work harder and believe in myself.
When I couldn’t believe in myself, Kayla was there, believing in me.
I had to tell her that it changed my life to have someone at her level in the fitness industry reach out to me and tell me that they believe in me; that they know that I could do it. I’ll be forever grateful for that.
A different kind of training session
I grabbed a couple of weights before Kayla walked in, and I was thinking maybe we could do some squats with weights.
Obviously, Kayla had a few exercises she thought we could do together, and when it came time to do some push ups, I started to do them on my knees.
She was like: “Hey, I know you can do your push ups on your toes. I’ve seen your videos!”
I laugh about that moment because I totally got called out! It was a really fun workout.
During the time we had together, Kayla said that I’m a member of the BBG Community that inspires her. I’m just a girl from San Diego, California, and for somebody who’s so influential and kind to so many women to say that I inspire her — that’s mind-blowing.
It makes me feel extremely humbled.
Meeting Kayla was a great way to end 2019
After meeting Kayla, I found it hard to focus on anything because my mind was just all over the place with emotions. I was like: “I literally just met Kayla — what? How can I even focus on anything else right now?”.
I had been dying to meet Kayla since I started her BBG program in 2018.
I’ll be forever grateful that I got to meet her, and I hope I get to do it again sometime.
Looking back on the past year, I am so incredibly proud that I didn’t give up on myself.
There have been a few rough patches recently, — after I lost my grandpa in 2018 and it really took a toll on me mentally and physically. I had lost that drive to work out.
I had gained some weight in January 2019 and instead of just throwing in the towel — which is something I would have originally done — I said to myself that my grandpa would not have wanted to see me give up all of my hard work and fitness progress. So I kept going.
How the BBG Community has supported me
I kept pushing on, and the support of the BBG Community has been incredible.
You can post your struggles on social media and girls from the community will reach out to you. That’s what Kayla has built.
Looking back over the year I’m proud of myself for sticking with BBG and for building a ton of muscle. Honestly, I just feel so much better.
2019 has been a time to reflect and think about my goals. I’m at a point in my life where I no longer feel the pressure and stress on my joints, on my bones, on my body.
In November of this year, I was actually able to do a 5K run, which was at Universal Studios, Hollywood, California.
I did it with another BBG Community member in the community, Julie (@julieanakim) — something to add on my list of accomplishments!
I’ll keep striving to achieve my health and fitness goals in 2020
I want to get stronger — I want to be able to lift more weights and do more reps. I also want to do another 5K run — or maybe a 10K.
Getting into running has been really amazing because I never would have been able to do that when I was almost 300 pounds back in 2017. It’s cool watching my body get stronger, my confidence grow and actually believing in myself.
For 2020, I’m going to try a lot more stuff — I’ll do more running or more hiking. I’m excited to see where my body can go with all of these changes!
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.