This is the start of the final week of build and it’s probably my favourite build workout – Shoulders. I like the fact it’s focussed on one muscle group, whereas the other upper body workouts are paired up – Chest & Tris, Back & Bis – meaning your arms are pre-exhausted before hitting them specifically. For that reason, I’m looking forward to the Bulk phase which appears to focus on one muscle group at a time. I had a rather staccato start to the workout, I just finished the warm-up and a call came in, then an urgent message on my computer, then the estate agent with a (rather low) offer on my house. All of which I couldn’t put off responding to. Once that little volley was over with, I got stuck in. Managed to raise my weights again on most movements with good form, albeit sometimes by as little as 1kg but every little counts. I blasted through the 1,1,2 front raises through a burn the like of which I’ve never felt before in my front deltoid. Amazing. Next up was Beast Abs, I’ve not felt this how I should in the last couple of goes but today I felt it hit my midsection much more. That said, I still don’t think it’s quite as good a core & abs workout as the likes of Athlean X 6 Pack Promise, P90X Ab Ripper X or Ab Ripper X2 so I may sub in some extra abs during the bulk phase. Tomorrow is a rest day, then only 5 workouts before I start to bulk
After getting a little mixed up and reading the Lean Beast schedule rather than Huge Beast I thought I was lined up for a Beast Cardio workout. My legs are still burned out from Tuesday’s leg session so finding out that Shoulders was on the cards was a welcome relief. This workout introduced a couple of new exercise to me. The EZ Bar Underhand Press, basically a barbell shoulder press with palms facing inwards and the amusingly named Sagi Six Way. The latter involves doing a seated lateral raise then at the top of the motion moving the weights forward until they’re in front of your face, then from there you lift them, straight arm, to a vertical position. Then you do it all in reverse for 1 rep in total. It’s a killer and an amazing way to finish off all three heads of the shoulder. I loved this workout, just like the others it’s focussed on the combination of single, super, giant and drop sets which totally exhaust the whole shoulder girdle and traps. All-in-all it felt supremely effective. Tomorrow is cardio, having had a quick look at the workout to see what was coming it looks like P90X plyometrics crossed with Insanity Plyo Cardio Circuit….with weights!