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My husband I completed the Body Beast program by Beachbody earlier this year. While it wasn’t our favorite workout program (we’ve done a few, P90X, Insanity, Brazil Butt Lift, 10-minute Trainer, T-25 and 21 Day Fix) it is a good program for anyone looking for a weight lifting focused workout. This program works for both guys and girls whether you are new to weight-lifting or advanced. I like how correct form and technique are emphasized.
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Body Beast is a Beachbody program that includes:
12 Workouts on 4 DVDs
Body Beast Eating Plan
Body Beast was created by bodybuilder and fitness trainer, Sagi Kalev. He has been a bodybuilder since the age of 16 and did a 4-year tour of duty in the Israeli army. He has a degree in physical education from the University of Central Florida with a minor in nutrition. He’s competed in numerous bodybuilding competitions and has been named Mr. Israel twice. Sagi fits the bodybuilding stereotype to a T. You know that gym commercial about “Lunks”, he could have starred in it. If you can get past him referring to himself in the third person as Beast and some of the other comments he makes he really knows his stuff.
- Dumbbells: in a range of weights (10-50 lbs) OR Resistance Bands
- EZ- Curl Bar (or you can use dumbbells instead)
- Weight Bench or Anti-Burst Stability Ball
- Chin-up Bar
- Exercise Mat
The workouts are broken into 3 Blocks: Build, Bulk, Beast. They use what Sagi calls Dynamic Set Training, a combination of Single Sets, Super Sets, Giant Sets, Progressive Sets, Drop Sets and Tempo Sets.
Chest/Tris (48:53) Focused on the muscles of your chest and triceps.
Back/Bis (50:05) Create that “V” shape with bigger lats, traps, rhomboids and biceps.
Legs (38:19) Focused on building powerful quads, hamstrings, calves and glutes.
Shoulders (38:19) Focused on creating perfect deltoids.
Chest (30:07) Uses Super Sets, Force Sets, Progressive Sets, Combo Sets and Multi-Sets with an increase in resistance to help bulk your pecs.
Back (29:05) Uses Super Sets and Force Sets with an increase in resistance to create a massive back.
Shoulders (35:20) Super Sets and Progressive Sets that focus more on the back of the shoulder.
Arms (35:37) Focused training with Progressive Sets, Force Sets and Super Sets to create huge biceps and triceps.
Legs (41:14) Progressive Sets, Force Sets, and Super Sets to help you transform your legs.
Abs (10:32) Ab work to help you lift heavier weight safely and improve your posture.
Cardio (30:10) New-school performance-oriented cardio workout to help cut you up and increase your ability to get bigger.
Total Body (38:36) A circuit routine for your entire body.
Here are the schedules I created so we can cross off the workouts as we complete them.
Chad did the Huge Beast Plan and I did the Lean Beast Plan with most of the workouts broken in half.
The Eating Plan
For some reason this one was really hard for me to wrap my head around. It’s based off Portions broken into: Starches, Legumes, Vegetables, Fruits, Proteins, and Fats. Instead of following the portions I just used recipes from the Body Beast, P90X, T25 and Insanity eating plans. The Body Beast Eating Plan has some yummy and easy recipes. Check out some of our favorite recipes here and my healthy meal planning system here.
It’s a great program for someone looking to get into weight lifting. You really don’t need a lot of equipment. They provide modifiers if you are using a ball instead of a bench or bands instead of dumbbells. Some of the workouts are a little longer than I like, I typically stick to 30 minutes or less, so I broke them in half. The workouts weren’t too difficult, but I prefer to lift lighter weights so I’m sure with heavier weights it would have been more difficult. My husband and I saw some results but they probably would have been better had we followed the eating plan in the book. Listening to Sagi’s random comments was probably the thing we liked least about the program. We ended up muting it and playing some music instead because in the end it’s a great weight-lifting program.
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