We had the opportunity to grab some time with BBG Girl, Claire Maxwell (@cewmaxwell_bbg). In case you haven’t heard of it, BBG (bikini body guide) is a 12 week workout plan created by Kayla Itsines, a personal trainer from Australia. The BBG has an army of faithful followers who keep each other accountable by posting their fitness journeys on Instagram (IG). Claire began her BBG transformation over a year ago, documenting her workouts and meals online and now has over 52k followers on IG. Here is the download from Claire on her current workout regiment and on how she is able to maintain balance – all with an element of style.
We love your instagram feed documenting your fitness journey through BBG. What made you commit to BBG and how did you come to decide on sharing your transformation via instagram?
Ultimately I decided to start bbg because I wasn’t seeing results through other workouts. I was working out 5x a week and guilty of just getting on the treadmill or elliptical for 45 minutes and call it a day. One of the reasons I did this was because I just didn’t know where to start when it came to doing other workouts besides cardio. When I saw that bbg was not only an easy guide to follow but that girls were also getting amazing results, it was a no brainer. So, I tried it, and stuck with it because I was getting results!
I originally decided to document my journey through IG to really just help keep me accountable. I knew that if I had other girls to help motivate, encourage and support me, I’d be much more likely to stick with bbg and workout consistently.
How would you describe your workout regiment? Do you have a certain schedule that you adhere to?
My workout regiment has changed slightly over the last few months. Initially, I was doing solely bbg for over a year, and loved it! It truly helped me reach a lot of my fitness goals. After about a year though, my fitness goals evolved a little more, and so I decided to incorporate more heavy weights to meet them. About six months ago, I continued to do bbg plus ~2 heavy weight sessions per week plus a day of @zoelivelovelift’s build a better booty (#BABB) guide (let’s just say I started doing a lot more leg days)! As for my current workout routine, I am taking a break from bbg and doing another guide that a good friend of mine created. It focuses on weights and plyometrics which is a perfect balance for me. The guide is still being perfected but I can’t wait until it’s released–I’ve been loving the workouts! I still incorporate #BABB 1x a week as well.
Obviously you are 100% committed to fitness and nutrition. However, do you ever find it hard to sustain your lifestyle or do you have a philosophy on balance or moderation you can share?
Sustaining a lifestyle dedicated to health and fitness can definitely be challenging. For me, I don’t struggle with getting my workouts in or eating clean on a daily basis, but it’s when I go out and socialize that it can be challenging. On one hand, I want to stay dedicated to my goals, but on the other hand I don’t want to become some sort of recluse! With that said, a few months ago, I created a rule for myself: 1-2 treat meals per week, and a maximum of 3 alcoholic drinks. This has helped me find a little bit of a better balance because it allows me to still go out a couple times a week, but the majority of my food and drink intake is still clean. In general, I don’t deprive myself of anything completely–I think that’s a recipe for disaster!
In general, being healthy doesn’t mean you have abs (I was guilty of thinking this in the beginning)! I feel that being healthy accounts for your physical, mental, and emotional state. Sure, abs are nice, but as long as I wake up every day and feel confident and comfortable in my own skin that’s what I care about. This, plus enjoying time with family and friends are what is important– it’s just about finding a balance that meets those needs. Oh, and patience. Be patient. Put in the work and the results will come.
We love all the delicious-looking food you share on insta. What is your go-to snack or meal?
Thanks so much! Another great reason for IG- a way for me to see a ton of amazing recipes and snacks. One of my favorite meals are these spinach protein pancakes that my friend, Julie, came up with. The only ingredients are egg whites (12 tbsp), rolled oats (1/2 cup), plain Greek yogurt (1/2 cup), a handful of spinach, and then some honey, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Just throw everything in a blender and cook like regular pancakes! They are so easy to make, extremely clean and so filling. This recipe makes two servings. One of my other favorite treats when I want something sweet are dates filled with peanut butter. I fill dates with peanut butter and throw them in the freezer and they are perfect for a mid day treat or dessert.
April was stress-awareness month. Given your background as an RN, do you have any tips for managing day to day stress?
As a RN, I have really come to value my health. Especially working in an ICU, it really makes you appreciate having a healthy, and able body. For me, working out is a great stress relief. Even on days that I work a 12 hour shift, it feels good to get off of work and get in a good sweat session! But, my advice would be to find out what works for you. For some people, it may be meditating for 10 minutes a day. Or, maybe going on a walk outside during your lunch break. I think ultimately it’s about making some time for yourself each day.
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