Body Beast is a 90-day video workout plan designed to assist both men and women with weight loss, muscle building, and strength training.
Created by Sagi Kalev, world-renowned personal trainer and professional bodybuilder, Body Beast has 12 workouts to help you improve your strength and fitness from the comfort of your own home.
But how does it compare to other Beachbody workout programs, like Shaun T’s Focus T25 or Insanity Max:30?
In this Body Beast review, we will take a close look at each of the 12 workouts and the nutrition/supplement guide supplied. We’ve also added some important comparisons between Body Beast and other home workout programs, to help you decide if this is the best option for your own fitness goals.
You can either choose to watch the DVDs, or stream Body Beast workouts online, through the Beachbody On Demand website. This is where you can sign up for different levels of membership, which gives you access to the full range of Beachbody workouts, including Body Beast.
Due to the nature of the program (strength building, increasing muscle mass, and bulking), Body Beast requires more exercise equipment than most Beachbody workouts.
The Body Beast program switches between 4 main types of workout:
Build, Bulk, Beast, and Tempo.
On the HUGE Beast schedule, the first 3 weeks are mostly ‘Build’ workouts, followed by 6 weeks of ‘Bulk’ workouts. For the final 3 week block, you’ll follow a combination of Build, Bulk, Beast, and Tempo. For the first 3 weeks of the LEAN Beast schedule, your Beast category workouts are focused purely on cardio and abs, with none of the Total Body Beast workouts. This is followed by 5 weeks of ‘Bulk’ workouts, and 4 weeks of ‘Beast’ workouts. Throughout the 12-week program you’ll be training 6 days each week, with just 1 day of rest. This is the same whether you follow the HUGE of LEAN workout plans. But the training split has been designed in such a way that there’s enough time between each muscle group for sufficient recovery and muscle growth. The Body Beast workout calendar is incredibly valuable, and makes it much easier to stay on track with the routine. Thanks to its clear design, you can quickly identify which of the 19 workouts you need to perform each day. Before you try Body Beast yourself, it’s worth knowing a bit more about each of the workouts.
The Body Beast ‘Bulk’ workouts have a different split to the ‘Beast’ workouts, where you have a separate training session for your arms, rather than combining them with back and chest workouts.
You still require the same fitness equipment, which is a set of dumbbells and workout bench. A stability ball is mentioned as an option in place of the bench, but this will severely limit the amount of weight you can use.
The Body Beast program comes in two main sections: the workouts, and the nutrition plan. Whether your goal is to lose weight, build lean muscle, or simply improve your overall fitness, both are equally important to see the best results.The Body Beast Eating Plan consists of 5 to 6 meals per day, which is the same as with the PiYo and Cize nutrition plans.In addition to the meal planning and nutrient timing covered in the guide, Sagi Kalev worked with the Beachbody team to create several health supplements. This includes the Beachbody Hardcore Base Shake, and the Beachbody Fuel Shot, which acts as a pre-workout energy boost.If you want to try Body Beast, there are a few kitchen tools that you need to make measuring portions and foor preparation easier.These are:
There’s also no need to rush out and buy expensive ingredients and ready-made, prepackaged meals. The Body Beast Eating Plan has a useful guide to the most affordable bodybuilding foods, including those that can be bought in bulk, frozen, and reheated later to save time.
Body Beast uses a slightly different formula to calculate your caloric baseline, compared to the PiYo and Cize programs.Rather than providing meal plans based on body weight (Cize) or using a fixed formula based on your current weight and maintenance calories (PiYo), Body Beast calculates your daily calories based on activity level.
With your caloric baseline calculated, you can then choose to follow either the MASS Calorie Plan to gain muscle mass, or the RIPPED Calorie Plan, to gain muscle definition and burn fat.Each plan is split into 3 phases, and the Body Beast Eating Plan helps you calculate your daily calorie target for each phase based on your current body fat percentage.
Phases 1 and 2 are known as the Build and Bulk phases, where you fuel your workouts with energy to optimize performance, and reduce recovery time. Phase 3 is a dedicated ‘cutting’ stage, where you drop the calories, eat fewer carbs, and perform more cardiovascular workouts.Something we noticed after following the PiYo nutrition guide was how many more food plans there were with Body Beast.PiYo has 4 main food plans, designed to cater for specific daily calorie ranges: 1200 – 1399, 1400 – 1599, 1600 – 1799, and 1800+. In comparison, Body Beast has 19 food plans to choose from, from 1400 calories, all the way up to 5000 calories per day, in 200 calorie increments.Each food plan follows a similar structure to other Beachbody workout programs. You have a set number of portions for different food groups each day, based on the number of calories you need to consume.With Body Beast, your food groups are:
Each food plan also includes 1 scoop of the Hardcore Base Shake, and 1 scoop of the Fuel Shot supplements.For Phase 3, you’ll need to recalculate your daily calorie target. Instead of adding 800 or 1000 calories to your caloric baseline, you’ll now add just 100-200, depending on your current body fat percentage.Again, the Body Beast Nutrition Plan has 19 food plans to choose from, each designed to help you reach a specific calorie level. The difference being, food plans for the cutting phase have far more protein and less carbs.As an example, the 1,400 calorie plan allows for 6 portions of protein in phases 1 and 2, but 15 portions in phase 3. This is compared to 3 servings of fruits or carb liquids in pase 1 and 2, but just 1 serving in phase 3.
So you’ve calculated your daily calorie target, and know which meal plan you’re following and how many servings of each food group you need.What next? Choosing the foods to match your servings isn’t a difficult task. Fortunately, Body Beast includes an extensive list of foods for each group, which includes the food, size of the portion, and estimated number of calories.For example, for a portion from the starches group, you could choose a 1 oz whole wheat bagel, which is roughly 80 calories. Each portion of legumes is around 125 calories, while a portion of fruit, such as a 4 oz apple, provides you with 60 calories.As with the PiYo eating plan, certain condiments can be added without influencing your calorie count. This means you can add as much lemon/lime juice, black pepper, hot sauce, spices, etc. as you like.
If you were wondering about the price of Body Beast, expect to pay around £30 for the Base Kit. This includes the DVDs, training schedule, “Book of the Beast” workout plan, and The Body Beast Eating Plan.You can also buy Sagi Kalev’s Tempo Workouts DVD for two additional upper body workouts, or the Lucky 7 workout DVD for pyramid sets of muscle-building compound exercises.A more popular option than buying the physical Base Kit is to stream the workout and nutrition program online, via Beachbody on demand. On Demand is a subscription service, whereby you sign up to a membership option that gives you access to:
The most affordable membership level is about £25 for 3 months, which also includes a FREE 14-day trial. The 6-month plan is about £40, and the cheapest 12-month plan costs £70. There’s also an option to subscribe to the 12-month membership, which includes the portion fix container system and a 30-day supply of Shakeology supplements. This is in addition to the all-access subscription you get to the online workout material and nutrition guides.
Body Beast is one of the best Beachbody workout programs for adding a large amount of lean muscle. The exercise selection is based on solid bodybuilding principles, with a focus on free weights and compound exercises.During each workout there's also a version that doesn't require much equipment, replacing the weights bench with a stability ball. This is a great way for anyone on a tight budget to get started with the program.Does Body Beast work? If you follow the training routine and meal plan, there's no doubt you'll add strength and lean muscle. The exercise variation and training split has enough variation to avoid a plateau, and you can always increase the weight for each set as you get stronger.Being able to stream the workouts online via Beachbody On Demand is another huge bonus, and the video format guides you through how many reps and sets to perform for each exercise, so it's easy to keep up.Overall, Body Beast has a slower pace than P90X and Intensity, with less focus on body weight exercises, and requires more fitness equipment. But if you want a workout and nutrition plan that helps you burn fat and build the most muscle in a short time, you won't be disappointed.
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