Body Beast-ing Workout
Disclaimer: This isn't a sponsored post. I'm not a Beachbody coach. And in no way was I coaxed into writing this. I just wanted to share my thoughts on Body Beast - its pros and cons.
Before I begin my 'review', I should state that I'm someone who does home workout programs. As I don't have the time to hit the gym, I opt to workout at home. It's much more convenient for me. This also means I've cycled through a handful of Beachbody programs, including the entire Insanity series, P90X, P90X2, The Master's Hammer & Chisel, 21 Day Fix Extreme, and as of this moment, Body Beast. Now with this mentioned, let's get to the topic at hand.
I began including weights in my workout middle of last year. It was, without a doubt, a great decision. I discovered how much I loved weight-training, and saw change quicker than ever before. So, when I was done with The Master's Hammer & Chisel, I sourced for my next weight-centered program. Lo and behold, I found Body Beast. I'm currently in Block 3 of the Lean program, and have enjoyed it so far. But... is it a good program? Well, here's what I think:
- Heavy with testosterone. And by that, I mean there're no women in the workout videos. During my research, I contemplated the program because of this. I wondered if it was suitable for women. And it is... suitable for women. For benchmarking sake, it would've been nice to see some ladies.
- Quick switching sets. Yes, I know that progressive sets and supersets have little breathers in between to maximize the workout. But as someone who's using adjustable weights, I find myself having to do a quick change, almost magician-like if I don't pause the video. Most of the time, I end up using the same weights during supersets, tri sets, and giant sets - win some lose some, you know.
- Weak ab workout. Having done Tony Horton's Ab Rippers, alongside pilates for the past 4 years, Sagi Kalev's ab session is child's play. So on alternate days, I do my own 20-minute ab regime (following Jeff Cavaliere's suggestions) and shuffle in the Ab Rippers.
- Leg days are the worst.
- Visible progress. There will be progress. You will get stronger - you'll feel stronger and you'll look stronger.
- A great intro to weight-training/ body-building. Since I'm relatively new to weight-training, Body Beast helped introduce it in a less intimidating environment. I've learned a lot from the videos, and can now design my own program should I need to.
- Under an hour. The videos average around 45 minutes, with some shorter and some longer. Throw in an ab session and you'll still be done in an hour (give and take a few minutes). It's not time consuming and it gets the job done.
- Leg days are the most effective. This is a personal statement: Body Beast's leg days work for me.
Well, there you have it - my thoughts on Body Beast. Do note that I don't follow the meal plan in Beachbody programs. So unfortunately, I cannot give my feedback in that area. However, as far as the sessions go, I enjoy them. They're not perfect, but they're still fun.
If you're looking for a weight-training program, I suggest you check Body Beast out. Give it a look-see on Amazon - read the other reviews. I've attached a preview video below too. Then, decide if it's the program for you. I, for one, am glad I started it. Heck, I think I'm going to keep doing it.
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