Thanks for review. I really liked their commercial and I wondered if the dvd set was worth the time and money. Now I will purchase based on your research.
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!
Thanks for review. I really liked their commercial and I wondered if the dvd set was worth the time and money. Now I will purchase based on your research.
OK Quick question! I have been watching this and I am really wanting to try it, but after reading comments I'm beginning to think I need to try something else. Facts about me.... LOVE the gym.... Use to be trainer.... LONG story short now a 30 year old female 5'3 and 234lbs. I have gotten out of shape and have gained all my weight back. And going to the gym now just feels blah... I don't want to work out infront of people again. So I want to do it at home. I have p90x and love it but can't make myself do it everyday or for the whole time. It takes so long. I am looking for something alittle shorter. I will do one dvd and that's it. I can't seem to get the full hour and a half in. I am so tired and just watch the clock. (I'm ok 30-45 mins) Its just when it drags out longer. I bought these dvds YEARS ago. I do however like the kickboxing tapes and I will do an hour of them no problem but I'm waiting for that timer to run out! So my question I quess will be what is a good program if not this one that shorter than an hour and a half.
@mnjlknight I am with you on kickboxing and more effective workout s
Coach Todd, my husband is a 43 year old welder who is on the road 25 days of the month. He stays in nice hotels (usually with gyms) and food is 100% paid for by the company. He can afford to eat healthy. He is looking at trying to get in shape but he is worried that carrying around weights will be hard when he travels a lot. is there another program better suited to travel? He will have to use his laptop to watch videos.Thank you
@Lorenwelder Head for the sports shop and buy the bands. When I travel, I play the DVD on my laptop in the hotel gym or in my room if it's big enough. I take the training bands in a couple of different sizes (they are pretty inexpensive) and with the door adapter (also inexpensive), there is no good reason to miss weight training.
@Lorenwelder bands are amazing for travel. If you can hit up the hotel gym...that'll work too! As long as you have the workout sheets, you dont really need the videos. Just take the sheets to the gym
First, I cannot stress enough that ANY workout routine is doomed to failure if you do not also follow a good diet. Use the guides that come with any Beachbody series for a start. For Body Beast as a woman, start small and work up. Better to go a little too light than too heavy and risk injury. Some muscle groups can handle heavier weights. A woman may start with 5, 8 & 10 lbs for upper body and work up from there. Heavier weights will be possible for the bigger muscle groups. Follow the Beast's advice and write down what you use and adjust as you go. If you want weight loss as well, then I suggest you combine Beast workouts - I often do Beast Cardio in the morning, then the targeted weight workout of the day in the evening. Stick with it and good luck!! One last bit of advice for weight-conscious women - ignore the scale and rely on your tape measure. If you are new to body building, you will have to adjust to the fact that your weight will likely go up as your size goes down. Muscle weighs more and takes up less space. Don't let a weight gain freak you out or stop you.
Oh I have one more question along with my previous question I just listed: I am about 45 pounds overweight right now (175 and 5'6), should I maybe lose a few pounds first before starting the program? I want to gain muscle to where it looks good and not bulky, keeping a nice slender, very feminine physique. Thank you for your time!
@slkblonde2005 I would say that if your primary goal is to lose fat, then I would NOT follow the body beast nutrition plan. I would follow something more along the lines of the P90X3 nutrition plan. about 1500 calories per day at 30% proteins, 40% carbs, and 30% fats. here are some resources to explain: http://rippedclub.net/tag/p90x3-nutrition-plan/
Hello. Could you tell me where to get the weights for the program and what are the weight amounts for women and men? Also, as a woman, am I going to lose my chest (38D)? Me and my husband are thinking about doing the program together. Thank you!
@slkblonde2005 I got my weights from academy.com...they are adjustable dumbbells that can go from 5-55lbs. If you want to get the barbbell weights in the program, you can get those on teambeachbody.com. Weights for men and women will vary depending on strength. As for losing your chest...you might see a decrease in fat tissue in your breasts, so ya they could get smaller. But your pectorals will also tighten up which will help keep things "busty" to some extent i guess you might say.
@coachtodd Hi, I'm 15 years old and I'm looking to put on some muscle. I've recently slimmed down to 117 pounds over the past months, after being a chunky 140lbs. My body fat is pretty low and this is the first time I have ever seen my abs(I'm guessing around 8-11%)! I'm not a weak kid and actually have some decent strength. I have recently found body beast and I am considering buying it. The only thing is that I don't want to up my body fat too much. I still want to maintain my abs that I developed through a calorie deficit (1600-1900) a day. What do you think? I know I have to gain mass to develop muscle. I'm aware that beast body has three stages that increase your calories also.Thanks!
@diginbaseball7 i would love to give you advice bud, but legally I am not allowed since you are under 18. You can do a search on my site for "body beast" and find a ton of resources on the nutrition plan that man
I need to ask a question. Most of the people I'm seeing as "before and after" are young and starting out not very overweight....AND already work out. I'm female, going to be 50 in 6 months, and need to lose at least 60 pounds. Will I be able to even manage this program?
@chelle520 Nutrition is going to be 80% of your results. How are you doing in that regard? A fitness program is VERY important, but nutrition should be your primary focus.
@coachtodd @chelle520 You know, I just saw that same number on another site somewhere. I have a "Paleo" friend, and he's pretty lean but I have never really been a fan of cutting out certain foods entirely - and I'm getting too old for crazy. I also have never been "lean", even at my thinnest, I'm curvy. That being said (cutting food groups), my current plan is to cut out the "processed food group", pay more attention to if I am, indeed, hungry when it's "time to eat", take considerably smaller portions (I am aware of how much I've historically been eating), leave something behind on the plate, eat out less, switch to whole grains, drink water, since I'm not even sure how I'm still functioning with how little water I get. I don't drink soda or juice so I'm doing something right. I am considering keeping track on Weight Watchers, since that has worked for me in the past. It IS time-consuming, tho. For a while now, I've been eating like a 10-year-old with no parents. I want to thank you for your time, especially since my goal is not to get "ripped". Ultimately, I'd like to get back to my "thinnest", but I didn't exercise when I did that, and I feel that this time I really need to.
@chelle520 Yes! I am 54, I already have (and USE) Beachbody's other programs, but this really appealed to me after watching the infomercial. I stuck with it and absolutely love it. It's basic weights - no fluffy dialog or dance steps. I finished the 90 days and started over again and this is now my "go to" set of DVDs. Sometimes I do two in one day or add in another short workout (e.g. Shaun T's FOCUS T25). My rule of thumb on this is I generally use 1/2 the amount of weight the men do...with a few exceptions. Well worth every penny, but make sure your diet is clean, too or your weight won't come off.
@KateCallender Awesome!!! Keep up the amazing work!
@chelle520 its now about how much weight you can lift with this program...as with any fitness program, its about doing your BEST and being satisfied that you gave it your all when you finish...
Hi @coachtodd. I am a female 5.00 tall, 110 lbs. I love the BodyBeast program. I have been doing the program since August 2014. I got some good results, but not as good as I wanted to be. However, I didn't follow the Beast Nutrition. I'm not sure what portion or how to calculate the calories intake for a women my height and size. Please help!! thank you
@Sunshinep3 Hi! Can you tell me a little about what you goals are with Body Beast first? That way I can give you the best info :)
@coachtodd @Sunshinep3 Hi Coach, thank you for your response. I am looking to get leaner and more rip. I am 44 year old, my current weight is 110lb, 5.00 tall, waist size 26, hip 36, wrist size 6, forarms 9. Based on this the calculation of my total body fat is between 19% and 21%. Is 110lbs is big for women my size?. I am very disappointed, because I workout so hard each and everyday. My goal is to get my total body fat between 9% to 14%. My current work out is Body Beast program along with cardio machine, stair climbing, treadmill and outdoor run. I exercise 6 days a week.
Beast program and cardio between 30 minutes to 1 hour a day.
What do I do wrong?
Starting January 5th, I am going to restart Beast Program and follow Beat Nutrition. What do you think? Please help. Thank you.
@Sunshinep3 I think following the beast nutrition plan is what might have been wrong. 110lbs is a good weight for someone your size. Have you tried planning out your nutrition yet? Also, are you on facebook?
Do you need to add any other workouts with this to see results? I did t25 and did not see the results. Any suggestions?
If you eat big & clean and train with enough weight and intensity you will get results. Diet is key with all workouts. My mate did insanity but ate crap and got next to no results. I am doing T25 on alternate days with les mills pump, combined with a 500 calorie deficit and high protein, and in 6 weeks went from 185lbs to 175lbs with much better definition. There are only 2 factors needed to see results.....eat right, train hard!! The rest will come.
@kimmidland If you follow the nutrition plan and press PLAY everyday...you will get results. Nutrition is 80% of your results though. Thats the master key right there. How was your nutrition with T25?
I just do not think the 25 minutes of workout was enough. I eat clean and hit my protein number daily. Just wondering if I need to add more work outs with beast body.
Ok well the thing is, Body Beast is completely different to T25. They have different goals and work the body in very different ways to each other. What is your goal? Body Beast is designed to increase muscle mass, T25 is designed to burn fat. T25 will also burn a little muscle too but the fat/muscle ratio is way more towards more fat burned. If you want to get bigger then Body Beast will achieve this, providing you eat enough calories and protein to grow. You could add a little more cardio to try to minimise fat gain, but if you work out your numbers carefully and stick to them it shouldn't be an issue. So basically, follow the diet plan for body beast and you should gain some good lean muscle. But again I stress, getting your diet exactly right is crucial to your success. It's not just about protein. You need to manipulate carbs and fats accordingly and monitor everything you eat. I use My Fitness Pal to monitor my daily nutrition and it helps Massively!! Has this helped?
@kimmidland I personally dont think you need to add any extra workouts to body beast. The tempo of the workouts is pretty intense. Are you going to be tracking your nutrition for body beast with something like myfitnesspal?
Wow 128lbs!! Well done! Ok, like coach Todd said, the Body Beast routine is quite high intensity so your less likely to gain any fat if your eating well. Just go for it mate, hammer the weights and you should shape up nicely!
@NicholasBannister Thank you for the info. It has been helpful. I do want to lose a few more pounds but I have lost 128 pounds so far so I would like to tone. I use My Fitness Pal daily and make sure I do eat complex carbs with my protein.
@coachtodd @kimmidland Thank you so much for the information that is exactly what I needed to hear! Yes I will be tracking my food daily since I already do on myfitnesspal! My favorite way to track. I have a few more pounds to lose but have already lost 128 so far so I am ready to do some serious toning so I hope this is what I need.
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?
Test boosters have little benefit for people under 30, unless you have low testosterone. Your better off with a good No pump product to maximise blood flow and workout intensity.
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.
@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!
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?
@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
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.