“Ive trained, sweated, puked, tried, erred, competed, lost, and won. What Ive learned through it all is that it was all up to me. We all face barriers, but its up to us to decide how we face them. Ive survived the military, called my car home, had no money, and lived on nothing but tuna and beans. My success came from the fact that I never let go of my passion, and I was willing to work hard. How hard are you willing to work and how bad do you want it?” ~ Sagi Kalev
You can push and pull weights all day long and not get results. It comes down to how you train. Are you going to train like you actually WANT the results? Are you going to push as hard as possible and when you complete your workout, be confident saying that, “I gave 110%”…Like Sagi says…”How bad do you want it?”
The coolest part about this program is that Sagi has designed the BODY BEAST workouts to maximize the results of those efforts. Similar to the concept of muscle confusion that we see with P90X, the BODY BEAST workout schedule is broken up into 3 different “blocks” to keep your muscles guessing and to prevent any plateauing. The result is massive gains!!! Lets now take a look at the BODY BEAST schedules that are available!
With the P90X workout schedule, you saw a few options; the classic routine, the lean routine, and a doubles routine. In BODY BEAST, there are two workout schedules for people with different goals.
Just like the title says, HUGE BEAST! This training schedule is focused purely on mass. One of the primary enemies for someone who is looking solely to gain mass and isnt so much worried about a small amount of added body fat % is going to be intense cardio. The HUGE BEAST workout schedule is only going to have 1 day of cardio per week. They even give you the option of subbing the cardio workout for a Total Body and Abs workout.
Not everyone has a body fat percentage that is below 10% when starting a mass gaining program. The LEAN BEAST workout shedule was designed for those who want to shed some body fat as well. If you have a significant amount of weight to lose, then I dont recommend you be doing BODY BEAST at all. You should be doing P90X or Insanity and you need to visit the Nutrition Zone to find out the best way to tackle fat loss!
The primary goal whether you choose HUGE BEAST or LEAN BEAST still needs to be aimed at health! Getting big is great and muscles are awesome, but it cant come at the cost of your health. And I am going to keep saying that over and over, because what I dont want is my team getting a careless attitude about how to gain mass. It takes just as much care and precision to gain mass the right way, as it does to lose weight the right way.
All of the BODY BEAST workouts are based on the principle of Dynamic Set Training, which Sagi has developed based on a unique combination of old school and new school bodybuilding techniques. Before we get into the individual workouts, I wanted to go through each type of training set that you will see in BODY BEAST. You have probably seen some of these, but you most likely havent mixed them together like Sagi has done here!
Single Sets: 1 exercise only
Super Sets: Any 2 exercise movements done back-to-back without rest
Giant Sets: 3 exercise movements, done back-to-back and all target the same muscle group
Multi-Sets: 3 exercises that dont target similar muscle groups
Force Sets: 5 sets of 5 reps, with 10 seconds of rest between each set
Progressive Sets: A pyramid that goes from high reps to low reps, takes a break, then back up to high reps. Example: 15 reps, 12 reps, 8 reps – 90 second rest – 8 reps, 12 reps, 15 reps.
Combo Sets: Compound exercises, which is any exercise that works more than one muscle group using more than one joint.
Circuit Sets: Moving from one exercise to another without rest
Tempo Sets: Holds a contraction for a given amount of time. Example: 6 seconds of concentric action, then 6 seconds of eccentric action.
The BUILD series is going to focus on synergistic muscle groups. That means muscle that work together like chest and triceps, back and biceps, etc…What these training series allow you to do is get strong and build a solid foundation to work on. Remember what Steve Edwards said when developing P90X2; “You cant fire a canon from a canoe”. These workouts are going to use the best of “old-school bodybuilding” techniques in the most time-efficient way. But also in a way that promotes intensity, a challenge, and brings you innovative ways of doing these old school moves! When the BUILD Series is used before the BULK Series in the next block, this produces an extremely powerful mass-building effect!
These workouts are going to take what you have built with old-school bodybuilding techniques in the BUILD phase and now focus on “new-school” techniques. Some of the new-school techniques are: keeping the muscles under tension for 40 to 70 seconds rather than focusing on reps alone. You will use both slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscles for greater testosterone production. You will get closer to 1 minute rest between sets. And the workouts will only last 30 to 60 minutes to further maximize testosterone production.
Now its time to BEAST UP! You are going to see a lot of changes in Block 3 of BODY BEAST. Your nutrition has changed in order to shed fat and cut up. These workouts are going to focus on the same thing, getting you cut. The pace will increase, the training moves will change and you are going to sweat! In this series you are literally going to be able to feel your muscles grow because they have no choice!
BEAST: Total Body
This should give you a better idea of how the BODY BEAST Workout Schedule and calendar are set up! Be sure you bookmark this page for reference in case you lose your Book Of BEAST that has the BODY BEAST workout schedule in it. Also, be sure you print of whichever schedule you are going to go with so that you dont have to keep referencing the guide book.
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If this post was helpful, be sure you share with your friends who are doing BODY BEAST as well! I know these types of resources were always helpful for me with P90X!
@burasjr123 nutrition is everything!!! do a search in the search bar at the top of my site here for "p90x3 nutrition".
Hello, was wondering what you thought of Body Beast for my body type/age? I am 41 years old, 5'11 152 lbs. I have taken a couple years off from working out because of my job. Fortunantely, I have a decent diet and have gained only 5 lbs in the 2 years of no exercise. When working out a few years ago my routine consisted of a combination of cardio (turbofire) with weight training (chalene xtreme) which i was happy with but did want more visible results. I'm ready to get back into fitness and want to make a greater impact with my results. I have always relied on a lot of cardio..... i'm a bit unsure if this program will be enough for my fitness goals. I gain my weight in my legs and thigh area but my body type manages to hide it well because i am tall. would you recommend modifying program any or adding more cardio? I would really like a tighter rear end, leaner and more defined thighs and legs and more defined arms & shoulders....
@cindycam702 body beast is a PERFECT program for ladies that want to get toned! There is actually a "lean" workout schedule with body beast that has cardio in it, where the "huge" schedule does not. I think it would be a great fit.
Bare with me I'm new to this. I need to lose around 50 pounds. I should have stock in beach body. I own them all. Problem with that is I get distracted really easy. Lifting weights is the only thing I can focus on. I was reading the Best Body web page and it said if you have a lot of weight to lose don't do Body Beast. What can I do ??????
@shelli s you can, but you just dont want to follow the body beast nutrition plan. I recommend following the P90X fat shredder plan or the P90X3 nutrition plan. I have resource on both here on my site if you just do a search :)
What supplements could I buy at health food store that we could use for recovery shake ect, that we need I'm going to order shakeolgy but we are on a budget looking for the cheapest way.
Great website :) well made, great response time. it's clear you take pride in your website. just wanted to say that. have a great day!! :)
I've been very into cardio (treadmill, concept rower, stationary recumbent bike). What kind of resistance gear do I need for the lean program? Free weights in what sizes?
Would a pair of the multi-weight adjustable units work? (I prefer to set myself up in my home.) Finally, will the download app work with the new BlackBerry? Thanks.
I've been very into cardio (treadmill, Concept rower, stationary recumbent bike). What kind of resistance gear do I need for the lean program? Free weights in what sizes? Would a pair of the multi-weight adjustable units work? (I prefer to set myself up in my home.) Thanks. RedRVator
@RedRVator I have a set of adjustable dumbbells that go from 5-55lbs each. I got them from academy.com. the brand is "lifesmart". They are super durable and I have been using them for 3.5 years now
HI, I am 33 yrs old. i have have weight trained for years and have gotten good results. i currently am 6'4 230 lbs at probably 14-15% bodyfat im guessing. i want to for once in my life get shredded but not lose my muscle mass. i also want to maintain my strength because i am activley involved in sports still. how effective will this program b for me? also is there something i can take with me toi gym to perform this workout? i have stuff at home but prefer gym. thanks
@bigm24 I think this program would be right up your ally man. As for taking it to the gym...you can just download the app and that will show you what exercises to do. I would watch the videos though so you know how long of a break you should take in between sets. Thats going to be important!
I am 52 yr old male, 5'10.5, 198-205 lbs. I need to lose easily about 15-20 lbs. However, I am not good with the extreme bouncing, jumping, etc which was the Shaun T workout. I can lift the weight, etc and probably could benefit from the 'lean" program.
Also, my spouse is a 75 yr old male, 5'9" and would need to lose 30-40 lbs. Again, he can do the weights but no bouncing, jumping, etc.
Any recommendation, suggestions would be great.
Hi there. I am 43, 5'8, 145. I am looking to gain some muscle and try for that six pack as well. I was wondering if you would think this body beast program would be for me. Thanks
I'm 18 looking for that sac efron body I have 12-14% body fat weigh 130 pounds and I am 5"7 would you recommend the lean or the huge for me ?
@ErosVellucci I would say follow the huge beast workout schedule, but follow something more like the p90x3 nutrition plan if you want to cut some additional fat
Hi I'm a 60 yar old female in pretty good shape. 5''1 and 122 pdsI and work out often. I would like to loose 8 to 10 pounds of fat. especially on my stomach and thighs. I don't want to build too much muscle. i want to purchase body beast but afraid I will gai more weight, Can you advise .Please...I'm so anxious to start.
@bsugardance hi there! You have no need to worry...the female body will never be able to produce enough testosterone to build too much muscle or get "bulky". Body Beast and a proper nutrition plan will actually have quite the opposite effect - you'll get lean and toned. Is there something thats motivating you to lose that 8-10lbs? :)
Hey Todd, I am finishing up Chalean Extreme and have lost a total of 20lbs since starting in November. I eat clean and am very faithful about my workouts. I am super stoked to start Body beast in February...I am wanting to continue to lean out and start putting muscle on. Im 143lbs and would like to be 135lbs with very defined visible muscle....any pointers on what calories or supplements I should be consuming?
@WhitneyPoindexterMurdock thats awesome!!! congrats on the 20lbs lost! Where are you at right now for calories? How are you keeping track of your nutrition?
Hi Todd. Great site and info. I workout in the morning after a glass of milk or fruit. Would you be able to recommend a meal plan or should I try to follow Sagis' as is but place the workout in the morning. Current plan: milk - workout - postworkout shakelogy followed by breakfast lunch snack, dinner. I sit and study for my board exams all day and I really cant eat that much food without feeling bloated like Sagi recommends since I am sitting all day after my workout. I don't think I will get bulk based on my diet, but hopefully stay lean till I am off my ass. HAHA. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance.
@beastmode85 You might just eat your maintenance intake bud. I have a calculator here: http://rippedclub.net/nutrition/how-to-calculate-maintenance-calories/
I am an avid golfer and workout fanatic. I have done p90x for a couple of years and looking for something different. I want to add some additional bulk, but not so much that it impacts my golf swing. Is Body Beast a good solution for me?
@Scott Lundgren so long as you go for maximum extension on your reps. You dont want to "short train" your muscles and end up not being able to extend your arms all the way or something like that. I dont know if body beast is the BEST solution. I think something like P90X2 with a bulking nutrition plan might be a better fit for you as an athlete. I kid you not, X2 increased my vertical jump by 8" in 90 days. I have no doubt you could gain with it and even improve your golf game too.
I am a 42 yr old female, 5'2 100 lbs. Currently on week 5 of body beast (huge). Hoping to gain 10lbs of muscle. Already planning to repeat the program a couple of times. Is it possible for me to gain 10 lbs of muscle ? I'm following the meal plan exactly and lifting as heavy as I can!
@Sher0827 it is possible, but a lot of that is going to depend on your nutrition :) what is your nutrition looking like? Whats your calorie intake at?
Calorie intake is 1700 per day. Consuming 1.3 grams of protein per lb of body weight. Finished 6 weeks of body beast today. Weight now 106. Some of it is probably fat but I definitely see more muscle. Should I continue at that caloric intake?
@Sher0827 if your energy levels are good then I would stick with it. When you start to see a plateau, then you might need to up it
I am 41 have 24% bodyfat. I'm active and strong but I want to go to the next level. I also enjoy obstacle runs like Tough MUdder and Spartan Race. Would Body Beast help in any way getting prepared for those?
@JasonSolberg I dont thnk so Jason - I would say something more in the High Intensity Interval Training workout world would better prepare you (Insanity, Asylum, T25, P90X). Something with more cardio.
@Dmdmdm111 it absolutely does!
@coachtodd . I am planning on starting Body Beast next week. I'm coming off P90X and about 3 months of lifting and running on my own. I've dropped about 30lbs since January and am down to about 15% body fat. I am still carrying some lower mid section body fat. It's reeeaaalllllyyyy hard to get rid of at 35 years old I'm finding. When I was 25 I could shed fat no problem whenever I wanted. I really want to get rid of the last of this spare tire and put on muscle mass everywhere else. Will body beast work for this you think? Or should I do one more round of P90X and then do body beast. I've heard different opinions on this. thanks!!
@coryg3232 Body Beast can absolutely work man! I just would not recommend following the Body Beast nutrition plan if you are looking to cut that last bit of fat. I would recommend sticking to a fat shredder plan, like "my 1900 calorie diet" >> http://rippedclub.net/nutrition/my-1900-calorie-diet/
Are you using anything to track your nutrition?
@coachtodd I use my fitness pal. I'm 6'2" and fluctuate between 195 and 198 right now. I have a pretty lean build so putting on muscle mass has never been easy for me. All I do for supplements right now is a preworkout drink, creatine and protein post workout and I take fish oil pills once a day. I eat about 2000 calories a day. Recently I've upped my carb intake a little because I seemed to be in a rut with the fat burning. I will check out your diet plan for sure. Any other tips would be appreciated. Thanks for getting right back to me.
@coryg3232 cool man! ya let me know if you have any questions on my 1900 cal diet. I thought I would toss this out there cuz based on everything you have told me so far, getting you plugged into our next online challenge group sounds like a PERFECT fit for you and your goals. Does that sound like something you want more info on?
I just started on monday. Had a couple tattoo sessions to sit for so had to wait a month to start it. Its amazing how much stength you can lose in just a month. My legs are wasted from the build/legs workout. Booboy, I work out after work around 5. Todd can answer better probably but these workouts are fairly intense. I'd worry about loss of energy doing these on an empty stomach. But everyones different I guess.
Sometimes I drink a serving of whey protein 30 minutes BEFORE my workouts for the BCAA's. If you workout THAT early, then you just want something light. You dont want a full meal in your belly while you are working out because your body will draw blood to your organs to help digest and process the food. You want maximum bloodflow to the muscles!
Todd, I just ran across your site while looking for a Body Beast training schedule. I don't need help with the program or fitness but just wanted to compliment you on the site. It looks to be well run and organized with you getting back to people quickly. Don't worry not trying to sell anything , just wanted to say great job here.
@JimmyKryzak appreciate that man! Good luck with Body Beast too - its friggin awesome!
@coachtodd im about to start tonight ive just completed t25 i really want to tone up im using a friends old copy so any advice would be great ive started to understand eating clean a bit more however im getting much better at eating good foods so hoping it will start to show more with my workouts , your before and after are amazing :)
@coachtodd @MaidPerfect t25 was great so fast and good results ive done insanity too, ive just always took longer then others to loose weight and tone up ....i really dont know why , maybe because ive always been over weight that its taking longer who knows?? i just really want to see results in the respect of a toned body and weights are a good way to go so ive heard so any tips you may have will be fab, :)
@MaidPerfect @coachtodd You are going to LOVE body beast! I wish more women would go for it cuz they would seriously fall in love with the result that lifting weights would give them! With that said, I would need to know what your primary goals concerning fat loss...Are you looking to lose a little more fat and tone or have you reached your desired fat loss so far?
...and thanks :)
PS: how did you like T25?
@MaidPerfect @coachtodd awesome!!! When you get a chance, be sure you go through the links I have compiled within the "nutrition zone" tab here on my site. That will give you a great foundational understanding of how to get the BEST results possible!
And also, we are starting a 30 day online challenge starting on Dec. 2nd. That sound like something you would want more info on?