I'm 24, do you think I should take the super suma? I figure my test leavels are at their peek. Or are there more benifits to it than just a test booster?
I wanted to wait to do my Body Beast review until I had some time to go through the actual workouts, use the Body Beast supplements, follow the nutrition plan, and actually see some results. A lot of the reviews out there have been formed by people who havent even done the program and I figured I had no business telling you about it until I logged some experience myself.
In this Body Beast review, like the title says – this is a “full” look at Beachbody’s new mass gaining workout. So I am going to walk you through everything; from the purchase price, nutrition plan, supplements, the and the workouts themselves – to the actual results you can expect. And be sure to read this review all the way through because there is a warning you need to know about doing Body Beast. So lets get right into it!
Body Beast comes with 12 wokouts (and three optional workouts) that are a compilation of Sagi Kalev’s years of experience in the field of natural body building. He combines and simplifies the science behind hypertrophy (muscle growth) into extremely efficient workouts. Each workouts is only 30-50 minutes. Be sure you check out the Body Beast workout schedule here.
Basically Sagi has taken the best of old-school body building techniques and combined it with what he calls Dynamic Set Training with Single Sets, Super Sets, Giant Sets, Progressive Sets, Drop Sets, Tempo Sets and every other set you can think of to exhaust the muscle and recruit more muscle fiber for huge gains!
As for the workouts themselves, the warmups are much shorter than you might be used to so that you can get right down to business. Unlike most heavy lifting routines where you stand around checkin yourself out mirror and comparing yourself to all the other meat heads in the gym…you wont have time. Like I said, each workout is only 30-50 minutes so depending on the type of set you are doing, you are only going to get an average of a 1 minute break between sets. The workouts can actually be kind of hard to follow because they are quite complex (the onscreen ques help though) and if you have a set of adjustable dumbbells then you might have difficultly keeping up since you will be switching weights quite often.
These workouts get you the most bang for your buck when you consider that you can get done in 30-50 minutes what would take most 1.5-2 hours in the gym.
Overall Workout Rating: 9.5/10
Beachbody has actually given you tons of options when it comes to choosing what works for you budget. There are four different Body Beast package options to choose from:
The Base DVD kit price is actually less expensive than the rest of Beachbody’s top tier workout programs like P90X which come in at $120. With each upgrade you choose, Beachbody adds a few options for Body Beas supplements. With the Huge Stack, you get the Fuel Shot and Base Shake. With the Beast Stack, you get the MAX Creatine and Super Suma in addition to that. By far though the best value as you can plainly see is the Challane Pack. For $220 you get everything at quite the discount. You also get your supplements on home direct so that they are automatically shipped to your door with free shipping each month so you dont run out! I actually bought Body Beast and the supplements before the challenge pack was available and I missed out on those savings….oh well…
I still think they could have done better on the price of the Huge and Beast Stacks.
Overall Cost Rating: 9/10
I actually cover the Body Beast nutrition plan in depth HERE. You can take a look at that to get quite a bit of info.
Overall though, the Body Beast nutrition plan is simple and very well put together in the guidebook. It lays out a simple method for calculating your caloric needs to gain mass and in between the BUILD and BULK Phases, you actually recalculate your intake based on your current weight and body fat %. In the last phase, the BEAST Phase, you actually operate at a calorie deficit to lean out and see those gains that you have been making.
The macronutrient breakdowns are fairly simple to follow. For both the BUILD and BULK phases, you are at a 25/50/25 – protein/carb/fat ratio. When you switch to the BEAST phase, you run a more conventional breakdown of 40/30/30. I am actually going to follow this plan exactly dispite having such great success with the P90X fat shredder breakdown of 50/30/20.
Just like the P90X Nutrition Plan, you have a few options when it comes to tracking your nutrition. You can go the portion route and you can access those portion charts and food lists here in pdf format. Or you can do what I recommend which is track your macronutrients with a program like www.myfitnesspal.com. I am all about precision when it comes to nutrition and am a firm beleiver in shooting for the BEST results possible…not just good results. Thats why I stick to my Shakeology every single day, thats why I press play every day, and thats why I track my macros every single day! Of course that doesnt fit everyones style, so be sure to take a look at the portion charts along with the food lists to formulate your own plan of action. If you follow my suggestion of tracking your nutrition, just be sure you are getting in lots of sources of food. For example, dont get all your carbs from just whole wheat bread…try yams, try oats, try quinoa. You want a variety.
When you are bulking there is a tendency to rationalize cheat meals because your goal is to gain weight…This will only result in added body fat and will not promote healthy, dense muscle gains. You want to be sure that you are sticking to the nutrition plan which includes lean meats, whole grains, fruits veggies, seeds, nuts, and legumes.
There are lots of bulking methods out there, but our ultimate goal should be our health and “dirty bulking” does not in any way promote a healthy lifestyle. In fact it will only make it that much harder to commit to your BEAST phase when you start cutting fat. If you spend 60 days without any restriction on what you allow down the hatch…that will become habit…and habits dont die easy. So do yourself a favor a stick to a clean bulking diet.
Overall Nutrition Plan Rating – 10/10
This Body Beast review wouldnt be complete if I didnt address the Beast Supplements. I personally have committed to using all of the Body Beast Supplements that Beachbody offers for the 90 day duration of Body Beast in order to give the fitness program in its entirety a fair review. So here are the supplements and a short description of what they are:
Hardcore Base Shake – This is a flavor neutral (no flavor) whey protein. The primary source of protein is whey protein concentrate which is great stuff. They recommend taking it post workout which is what I do. I actually add it to my shakeology shake for breakfast right after my workouts along with the Fuel Shot. It has 18g of protein per serving which is okay…I would rather see something more in the 22-24g range to be comparable with more popular brands like Optimum Nutrtion, but one thing it has going for it is that there is no artificial flavoring or coloring in it – so its all natural which always gets a thumbs up from me.
Fuel Shot – I am actually using this as a recovery drink. Well, like I said, I am mixing it with my Shakeology and the Base Shake after my workout but its a carb rich supplement meant to replenish depleted glycogen stores after an intense workout. With a simple sugar (high glycemic) blend of dextrose and maltodexrin, its the perfect way to fuel your muscles after a Body Beast workout, or any workout for that matter – so long as you earn it. The simple carbs are perfect after an intense workout in order to promote protein synthesis and fuel muscle growth and recovery. This too is a flavorless drink. You could even mix it with some sort of juice.
MAX Creatine – This is a simple pillar in the body building and fitness industry which is pure creatine monohydrate. There arent any fillers or any other junk in it…just quality tested and proven ingredients. I have a list of some creatin frequently asked questions that you can reference HERE if you want more info.
Super Suma – A lot of people have no clue what suma is or what a test booster is. Super Suma is made from suma root (“Brazilian ginseng”) and contains Beachbody’s exclusive plant-based enzyme system for enhanced benefits. Use daily to help increase muscle strength, size, and endurance. Now Suma will trigger false positive results on steroid tests so that actually says a lot about how this product might be very effective (no need to worry about the twig and berries shrinking either…suma is completely natural without the common side effects of steroid or test booster use). This IS NOT a steroid, but a plant sterol. However, our current industry steroid testing protocols are not advanced enough to differentiate between sterols and steroids. So if you are an athlete or military personnel who might be tested for performance enhancing drugs, stay away from Super Suma. But for the rest of us who dont need the sign off…its time to BEAST UP!
What do I recommend?
All of these supplements are high quality and Beachbody has done a phenomenal job of formulating them while remaining true to their standard of “no junk” meaning no artificial flavor, colors, or fillers. So if you are considering following the Body Beast program to a T, then I would say get these supplements. I will personally most likely be going back to my old regimin of supplements that works well for me. But if you would like to see what I would recommend for supplements during Body Beast outside of what Beachbody has to offer then check out my post on other Body Beast Supplements.
Overall Body Beast Supplements Rating – 9/10 (would have liked to have seen some natural flavoring in the Base Shake and Fuel Shot)
I am actually in week-6 of Body Beast and have put on 16lbs of mass. I started out at about 177lbs at 9% body fat and I am currently at 193lbs and 11.29% body fat. The extra body fat was expected, but I am hoping to be at around 188lbs and 7-8% body fat when I finish out the program.
Does the program work??? HECK YES IT DOES!
Its fun, its challenging, it produces the results it says it will so long as you follow the program…Its worth every penny and I highly recommend Body Beast for anyone looking to pack on some serious muscle!
PS: Be sure to leave your comments and questions below in the “reply” section. I want to hear what your struggling with or what is working well for you!
I'm 24, do you think I should take the super suma? I figure my test leavels are at their peek. Or are there more benifits to it than just a test booster?
Hey Coach Todd, Thanks for the review.I have yet to do a full on fitness program, due to competing priorities, and have now found an opportunity. I currently lift 2-3 times a week and run on average 6-9 miles a week, nutrition has been always an issue. The P90X and insanity programs don’t interest me and logistics are limited (DVD and TV); however, I do have access to a weight room.Two questions, would you recommend Body Beast with my 23% BF and lack of available DVD/TV. Thanks.
Hey Coach Todd, i'm finishing up the beast phase in a couple weeks but I don't think i'm getting the ab definition I want. Book of Beast says to only do beast phase up to 4 weeks. What do you suggest I do to get my abs to show while maintaining muscle mass? I'm about 11 percent body fat right now.
i'm almost finished my 1st month of beast body. i'm 5' 9" and started off with 22% BF but i can see muscular results in my shoulders, arms and chest and a decrease in my waist size. i noticed that my butt and legs have gotten bigger and more "jiggly" though and i'm about to enter the bulking phase and wondering if to use a calorie deficit diet or if this is normal?
Hey coach Todd,
I'm currently on day 11 of Body Beast and lovin it, just had a couple questions. First of all, if I choose to do a cheat day, would you recommend I do that on my off day? Or can it be flexible? And also, are the rest days super strategic, or would it be possible for me to switch (say the rest day is supposed to be today, thursday, but instead i did friday's workout on thursday, saturday's workout on friday, then took saturday off)?
You claim to have put on 16 pounds of mass in 6 weeks? That is literally physically impossible. You are a big fat liar. And you know it.
I was wanting to buy this program but had a couple questions. I have done P90X and am doing P90X2 but now I am looking for big muscle gain. I am 15 and am wondering if you think it will give me the results I am looking for.
Great Info. I'd like to ask you something. I already finished the power 90 program, because at the beginning the p90x was to much for me. I'm 42 right now , when I started I was 185pounds and I'm 5'10". Now that I finished the power90, all of my family is really worried because now I'm 155pounds. So, I lost 30 pounds. So, my question is what program do you recommend me, the body beast, in order to gain(recover some mass) or the p90x, that is the one that was first planned even befor the power 90?
I'm curious: what kind of equipment do you need? I ask because a lot of workouts out there require a full gym, and sometimes that's not an option. Thanks!
hi! got a question... i lost around 30lbs last year but unfortunately gained it back again. i was hoping you could give me a few advise. I got P90x and body beast. but im not sure which will help me with my goal. i want to lose weight but at the same time gain muscle mass... im overweight but i dont consider myself out of shape. i still workout 4-5 time a week. doing alternate of P90x and body beast. thanks!
Great review! I have a question: I've always been apprehensive about gaining weight and that's one reason why I have been reluctant to follow the nutritional plan laid out in the program. I'm in the bulk stage but I'm also limiting my calorie intake. What effect do you think that would have on my muscle gain and body in general?
I'm currently on a slow and steady pace of losing weight. I've gotten to a weight and size I want to be just not the right shape!! I currently run about 2 hours a day for my weight loss is that something I can continue to do while doing body beast?
I have questions about bulking and maintain said bulk weight. I have a dream of going from 145.8lbs to maybe 160lbs. I can't keep gained bulk muscle mas no matter how hard I try. I am a naturally skinny person, my muscles are very lean, and toned, I look on tons of sites that calculate my caloric intake and they all are around 2,800 calories for me each day, aside from trying to use gainers I don't think I would reach that even on my most starved exhausted day. Besides this workout routine does anyone know how I can keep the weight on without shoveling tons of healthy food in my mouth? Thank You for the review it was very helpful
Hi good stuff Todd. I'm a two-time P90X grad and am 6'1" about 190lbs. Was thinking about Insanity but I don't think the knees can take it. I'm 52 but feeling strong. This workout really seems marketed towards the young guys, but I'd actually like to put on the muscle while I feel I still can! What do you think?
Hey coach I am 6ft 1in 270lbs. I have got weight pretty well distributed but I still have the gut, lil manboob (NOT TO BIG THOUGH) LOL,and the love handles of all I want to get rid of. My question is being 270 already I am not sure If I really want to add more weight to what I got. Now if I could still be 270 muscle bound that would be different. I really want to know is body beast right for someone like me or can the program be altered so that it can make the body more on the ripped side?
i want to add cardio after my bodybeast sessions what do you suggest im seeing definition would suggest i do p90 and insanity for their cardio or bike /elliptical
I was thinking about doing this even though I'm a girl. I want to have muscles, but not to where I look like a man!
I was thinking bout ordering body beast my question is do you think this program is also good for toning muscle as well as it is for building it or should i just do cardio work out while building muscle
I have been looking into a lot of different workout programs. Tapout xt, insanity, body beast, ect. I'm not sure which would be best for me. I'm looking to get bigger and ripped. But I don't no if I should do a different workout thing before body beast. Or if this would even be good for me. Please give me your honest opinion. I can't seem to post a pic. But I'm average, about 220 5'11. I do have some muscle it's not all fat lol.
Thanks for answering my last question I'm going to start second round of Body beast question how long can I stay on this program
@MarkAngelisOrnelas I have recommended in the past that some people might need more time cutting than others. You might need to extend that to 6 weeks and be sure that your macros are spot on every single day!
@j_m1990My legs and butt can gain muscle rediculously fast! It sounds like you might be like me. Thats also where I carried a lot of my fat...this might be the case with you as well. At 22% body fat I do not recommend following a bulking diet that is laid out in the body beast nutrition plan. check out this video and let me know if this helps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XL3ckU-8fg
@nessamarq12 Absolutely! My good friend Leslie got amazing results! Have you ever done a heavy lifting workout regimen?
@Bullking44 Hey bud! I would not recommend a cheat "day"...I would advocate a single cheat "meal" once every seven to ten days however...A full day of cheating can eliminate an entire week's worth of progress! As for the rest days, I dont see a problem shifting them around...just be consistent with whatever schedule you decide to roll with.
@viking77why would I need to lie bud? Think what you want, but I can tell you honestly that Body Beast did not work well for me...see here: http://rippedclub.net/motivation/coach-todd-fails/ If I was not honest, I would have not posted that. Body Beast works...just not what I like. I gain mass VERY easily especially in my legs and thats exactly where I gained. You can doubt all you want, but my results were legit. Hope you find some useful info on my site bud.
@zookey86 I would say that if your are above 15% body fat, you should do something like P90X or Insanity first to drop that down, THEN focus on bulking. At 12%, you will be okay though. You might consider extending the fat shredding phase of the diet from 3 or 4 weeks to 6 weeks to cut some extra fat. That help bud?
@drr1217 Legally I'm not able to give you advice because of your age but I can't say that body beast does deliver on what it promises as far as results go
@alexmkt I would say that it really depends on your goals buddy! P90X is a much more "functional" fitness that can be applied to whole fitness/flexibility/stability. On the other hand, Body Beast is only focused on getting huge and making massive strength gains. You will still put on some good muscle mass with P90X if your diet is on target though!Have you got a nutrition plan all figured out??? Oh, and congrats on losing 30lbs, thats awesome!
@Erik_Heyl Hey Erik! I did a post on this EXACT question buddy! Here ya go: http://rippedclub.net/workouts/body-beast-equipment/. What got you looking into Body Beast?
@Bennette Great question! Both programs can get you awesome results, but its really going to come down to your nutrition. Nutrition will be 80% of your results. check out the "nutrition zone" tab up above and I have a ton of STEP-BY-STEP info that should point you in the right direction!
@alecvolkmann Good question!!! You will still be able to put on some mass because of the type of exercising you are doing. You will simply be limiting that to some extent if you are running a calorie deficit
@Runs4miles it really depends on what your goal is bud. With Body Beast - if you are looking to pack on the muscle, then running 2 hours a day is going to be very counterproductive to that goal. If you are looking to burn fat, then running works, but your biggest ally is going to be your nutrition. I recommend following the P90X fat shredder plan if you are trying to lose fat on Body Beast. Have you checked out "my 1900 calorie diet"?
@FlipNic Hey bud! One of the downfalls of gaining mass for those who have an extremely high metabolism is that calories are your best friend. You probably need around 4000 per day to gain mass. I was at 3200 for Body Beast so I know you need more than that. Take a look at some mass gain supplements, but be sure they dont have a ton of fillers and artificial incredients. Optimum Nutrition always has pretty high quality stuff and its made here in the US.
@burkeaf I think thats a great idea! Body Beast has ZERO focus on flexibility though so I would recommend tossing in some P90X yoga or stretch-x...especially at 52, those two workouts are going to be extremely beneficial and will only help your results!
Hey JT! You actually can lean out with body beast! I would focus on a fat shredder diet while doing it though. Check out "my 1900 calorie diet" in the "nutrition zone" tab up above. That is my personal fat shredder diet where I lay out everything I ate for 7 days to lose 60lbs! I would recommend adding a little cardio 3 days per week in addition to body beast if you really want to cut the fat though. Do you have any other beachbody programs that have cardio routines in them?
Hey Lou! There are a couple studies that suggest that cardio immediately after weights burns more fat. The reason is your body uses up a lot of your glycogen stores while lifting weights. Just don't overdo it. While 30 minutes probably won't affect muscle growth, if you do 2 hours of cardio after a 90 minute lifting session, chances are you'll lose muscle. I would go for 20-30 minutes on the bike/elliptical.
Hey Candace! Its actually impossible for you to "bulk up" like a man without some type of hormone supplementation. You can get very toned, just not bulky.
its an awesome program for toning muscle Michael! The pace in the workouts will definitely get our heart rate up too!
lol cool. I would read this post before making a decision: http://rippedclub.net/workouts/p90x-vs-body-beast/. You can lose weight/get ripped with both programs with proper nutrition. It really depends on what your preference is for workout styles. Hope that link helps!
@coachtodd Oh I didn't know! Thanks!!
@coachtodd Thanks a lot for your reply and advise. I really appreciate it. I just finished reading your great post about p90x vs body beast. At the very beginning my only goal was to be healthy, to be able to bend down and put my shoes by myself, to be able to bend down without having a back pain. And I liked the power90 workouts a lot, I didn't note it when I loose weight until my pants were falling down and my family started to get worry for my transformation. You know, after loosing 30lbs I became very skinny. But at the same time I got very strong, resistant, flexible and fast, as I never ever been. The last weekend I was able to run for more than 5 miles without stopping.That was amazing and great, because I never was able to do it in the past. I did a little warming and after that I started running to see how it goes, and I simple couldn't believe in what I was able to do.
This is the reason why I made the first question. Because I'm really worry about the p90x in one thing, what if I loose another 30lbs again, I could dissappear. this is my fear, I'd like to keep pushing play but I'm afraid of loosing more weight.
And in reference with the beast body I like the idea of gaining mass (but just a little in order to recover some weight), because at the same time I don't like to have that kind of huge body, and being that big my afraid is to loose speed, agility and flexibility.
It would be great some kind of hibryd program between the p90x and the body beast, in order to have the best of both of them. Or maybe the p90x2, but I think that the p90x2 is for p90x graduates.
Well that is my confusion right now.
Thanks a lot for this great site and all of the info and reviews that you have made.
@coachtodd Actually, I saw it advertised in my issue of REPS magazine (the Bodybuilding Encyclopedia is good also), so thought I'd check it out. Interesting that the protein shake as so low protein, whereas something like Iso-Smooth (Blue Star) has almost double the amount. I'd love to see demos of the workouts frankly, and I think as I've got a rack, and whatnot, I'm more than covered for equipment. How old is the program?
@Coach Todd There are also studies now showing that 20 mins HIIT before weights can dramatically improve muscle growth AND fat burning!!
@KarthikGunasekaran@alexmktHi, I'm still skinny and my family is still worried about my weight. As my original interest was health instead to look like a GI Joe kind of model, my goal is the whole fitness/flexibility/stability/balance/power.
So at the moment I'm in the 5th week of P90X2. I haven't gain weight and I haven't loose it neither. I'm still in phase 1.
And what I can say so far about the program, is that it's oriented to the core mainly.
I'll tell you an experience, I have never run in competencies in my life. But I went to a 10k just to see how it goes. And I could finished in 52th place in my category, that was amazing. I ran without stopping any instant to a nearly constant average speed of a little more than 10km/h. That's something that I never never never in my life I would have made.
I have planned to stay at least 6 weeks on phase1 of P90X2. And then keep going up to the end without missing any single workout.
The nutrition part is complicated to me. All I do about it is to never drink soda, cut sugar, I have replaced the white bread with the integral one, avoided pizzas, french fries and burguers. I eat 5 times a day.
And as soon as I finish with the P90X2, I'll do another evaluation, in order to choose the next program, that could be: 1) Body Beast mixed with yoga or Tai Cheng. or 2)The one that is suggested in the P90X2 fitness guide (it's an hybrid P90X2/ASYLUM located on page 74 of the guide). This is my desicion for now, according to my original goal that it's to be healthy.
Regards and good luck with your journey also.
@alexmkt Alex I am on the same boat just like you. I lost like 25 pounds after 2 rounds of P90X. I am stronger,but I am loosing weight every day. My family is too much worried with me loosing weight every week. I wanted to build some muscle mass but I am afraid if I would go too big . What is the workout you are doing right now? Did you try body beast? Appreciate your response.