Day 42, that means I’m officially at the half way point in my Body Beast journey! So what? Well maybe only those who go through Body Beast will understand how hard it is, both physically and mentally. I managed PBs on the one arm rows and the EZ bar rows. For a cool down I walked my dog for miles as I felt like I needed to calm down, I was on fire this morning and I absolutely love, hate yeah love Body Beast. It sounds corny but I’m beginning to feel like a beast! The amount of weights I’m lifting during dynamic sets is starting to frighten me a bit. I might need to get some glucosamine to protect my joints as they simply can’t keep up with my muscle progression now. My carb intake has surpassed 500g per day. Serious ‘dieters’ (I hate that term but sometimes have to use it) will perish at the thought of taking on so many carbs. If you push yourself and always dance on the cliff edge of your limits you’ll need those carbs (balanced out for your own size of course) for energy and to pack on serious size. I’m actually still quite light, 13 stone 4 lbs (186 lbs) but I’ve set myself a goal of being 200 lbs with 5 or 6% body fat. With the best will in the world that’s not going to happen during this round of Body Beast, but another round should see me come pretty close. Let’s throw around some figures here, just as a guesstimate. I started the Beast at 12, stone 10 lbs, so I’ve gained 8 lbs so far. I’m half way through the bulk stage and [...]
Boulders for shoulders, that would be nice wouldn’t it? Sagi’s self professed favourite body part. The setup of this workout is quite simple – super, single and progressive sets. I upped weights on around 50% of the exercises and still managed to maintain good form. This actually concludes my second cycle of the bulk workouts and I think they are really effective. You could add muscle mass, get shredded or anything you like with Body Beast by adjusting your nutrition plan accordingly. Again my weight is settling down and I’m now 13 stone 3 lbs, 6lbs lighter than I was on Sunday! Interestingly my lbm is exactly the same. Hopefully I’ve shaved off most of my holiday excess baggage. It’s almost like I’ve been penalised for my suitcase being too heavy at the airport! It is a balancing act as always, but one I will persevere with. I’ve now established my starting point and roughly where my boundaries can be pushed with the bulk workouts. Rest day tomorrow and rotation 3 begins on Saturday, now’s the time to see if I can occasionally smash a workout beyond those boundaries and right out of the park. As an aside, for those of you who have done this workout, does Sagi really say ‘beat me up Scotty’ to one of the other guys (obviously who’s name is Scotty) in this workout? If it’s deliberate it’s mildly funny. If it’s him just cocking up the famous Star-Trek phrase in an attempt to be funny…..it’s hilarious! Beast rages on! Er….it’s rest day tomorrow, so beast lights cigar and gets the dog to fetch his slippers more like.
I was looking forward to this one. I flew out of the blocks and certainly used beastly weights for the back exercises. I upped all back weights from last week. One thing I noticed is how pre fatigued you are when it comes to pull ups, not so much the wide grip pull ups as you do those about half way through back but the chin ups at the end of the back sequence are a killer! To put this into context, in the middle of a P90X work9ut I can belt out 18 or 20 good chin ups. After all, chin ups are the easiest of all the pull up moves right? Well on the third set of chin ups in this workout I managed a grand total of 7….yes….7! To continue the humbling of myself that’s a one rep improvement on last weeks effort! Like I say though I dead lifted and rowed really heavy so I’m not exactly disappointed. In fact I’m really pleased with my progress so far. As for biceps, again the pump was incredible. I did move the weights up ever so slightly from last week in a few areas but it’s become apparent that this is going to be difficult, down to the pre-fatiguing of these muscles during the back combinations. I don’t believe I’ve sweated out so much DNA during a weights workout before. Maybe only Asylum Strength comes anywhere close. It doesn’t help that it was around 20 degrees in my home gym this morning, that’s very unusual to say the least in the North East of England! Overall progress wise, I’m enjoying the calories (3300) per day and wont ever have a problem in that [...]
The best workout you could do is the workout you WILL do…. Well, holy frigging moly…I defo did that workout! And LOVED every moment of it I might add, my arms are still slightly shaking and I finished 3 hours ago. Day 1 of “Lean Beast” in the bag! YESSSSSS!!!! It’s always tricky when doing a workout for the first time, lots of trial and error with weight selection, watching what’s going on to make sure you do it right etc etc. And, with Sagi going at a fairly speedy pace (obv’s as he’s doing super and giant sets) I did have to pause a few times so I didn’t get myself into a flap! So what did I like and not like… The Good… It’s a great speed, although not too fast and I felt I generally had enough time to sort myself out. I also think I’ve slightly fallen in love with Sagi Ok, I do love Mr Horton but Sagi is comic in a very different way. Slightly confused me at first when he was referring to himself in the 3rd person, but I defo felt he was motivating me to push on through and eak out that extra rep (even though I thought my arm was gonna fall off!). The Bad… My form! I did the workout on a stability ball as the bench we bought (so Nick and I could have one each) does not have an adjustable back rest…doh! It will be going back tomorrow and we will be purchasing one that I can move up and down as needed. I was wobbling left right and centre, seriously I was swaying around like I was out at sea! (Ok, [...]
Here are the lengths in time of each Body beast workout; BUILD: CHEST/TRICEPS 49 minutes BUILD: SHOULDERS 38 minutes BUILD: LEGS 38 minutes BUILD: BACK/BICEPS 50 minutes BULK: CHEST 30 minutes BULK: BACK 29 minutes BULK: LEGS 40 minutes BULK: SHOULDERS 35 minutes BULK: ARMS 36 minutes BEAST: ABS 11 minutes BEAST: CARDIO 30 minutes BEAST: TOTAL BODY 39 minutes
Finally, it’s here! I ordered Bodybeast from a US coach who kindly inquired about shipping costs and sent it across to me. Most DVD players in the UK and Europe have multiregional DVD players and mine is no different. The DVDs work fine and I can’t wait to start this on Monday. I’m taking a well earned two day break from my workouts to prepare for Bodybeast. I’ve been doing my own bulking regime for a few weeks and my body is well and truly battered! You can expect a full 90 day review right here , so please visit again soon to track my progress.