I’m on the last week of Body Beast Block 2 so I thought it might be a good idea to post an update! Body Beast has 3 phases called “blocks”. I’m doing the Lean version of the program which means 5 days of strength training and one day of cardio every week. I LOVE the cardio workout!! It is very Asylum-like!
I am VERY pleased with my progress so far. Probably the easiest thing to do is to post a pic. As you can see, Body Beast is NOT making me bulky at all! BTW ladies, if you are afraid of doing Body Beast or any other strength training program because you are afraid it will make you bulky you need to get rid of your stinking thinking!! Stop being “afraid” of it and just DO IT.
MUSCLE DOES NOT MAKE YOU LOOK BULKY. FAT SITTING ON TOP, BELOW, OR BETWEEN YOUR MUSCLES MAKES YOU LOOK BULKY!
My mission when I started Body Beast was to SHRED FAT. I think it’s so important to focus on ONE GOAL when you embark on your Body Beast journey (or any other fitness program for that matter). Either focus on building muscle or on shredding fat. There are people who say you can do both at the same time, but personally I’ve found this to be very difficult. It CAN be done, but it takes a lot of trial and error with your nutrition plan. I find when people are just starting out with their fitness journey it helps if they can see results quickly. Once you start making progress and seeing how your body responds to different calories and macronutrients you can start making tweaks to your strategy. Everyone is different so you need to find what works best for YOU!!
During the first six weeks of Body Beast I was VERY careful with my nutrition! I stuck with 1200 calories almost everyday and Fat Shredder macronutrients which means dividing your daily calories into 50% protein 30% carbs 20% fat. I followed the Body Beast Lean schedule exactly…once a week I would do either 3 miles on the treadmill OR an Insanity workout just to keep a little more cardio going other than the one Body Beast cardio workout a week, but NOTHING else. So basically what I did was follow the Body Beast Lean schedule and one additional cardio workout per week. That’s it!!
Honestly, I feel like I cheated a little bit because these Body Beast workouts are SHORT. During the initial BUILD phase (which is 3 weeks long) the workouts are a little longer…around 45 minutes. However, you spend the majority of your time in the BULK phase (5 weeks) and these workouts are only 30 minutes! As you can see from my results if you really FOCUS the majority of your time on your nutrition plan that is going to help you a ton!! I don’t think I’ve ever concentrated so much on meal prepping and planning as I have here doing Body Beast, and it’s really been such a valuable learning experience.
For those of you that are curious about supplements, the only thing I’m using is Shakeology and whey protein. I either have a shake for breakfast or a post-dinner snack after my evening workout.
As far as the Body Beast workouts go I really like them…they are challenging even though they are shorter than what I’m used to. If you use heavy enough weights on the Build:Legs workout you will feel it in your butt and quads for almost a whole week after. The only workout I dread is the Chest workout. I think the main reason is because I don’t have a bench and I need to use a stability ball for the exercises. I just don’t feel I’m using heavy enough weights because I have to be careful while I balance on the ball. I think it would be a more productive workout if I had a bench. It’s still a good workout, I just don’t think it’s a good fit with the stability ball. I would rather do push-ups to work my chest vs. presses on a stability ball.
During these last couple weeks of Block 2 I increased my calories to 1400 per day and am doing Energy Booster macronutrients which is 40% protein 40% carbs and 20% protein. I did this because I need to start training for a half-marathon I’m doing in June and I need to increase my calories and carbs to support the additional running (endurance cardio) which will increase to 3 times a week. I still have more fat to lose, but I need to eat enough so I don’t lose muscle mass too! I know some people will say that 1400 calories still isn’t enough…but I know my body better than anybody else. After Block 3 is complete, I will evaluate my progress and take it from there!