As you are probably well aware, I have been following along to the Body Beast program over the past few months thanks to a suggestion from Kathy. There were three different phases, and I just completed the very last phase yesterday! I stuck through the entire program, not skipping a single work out. I did take a few days off to go to the beach, but I made those work outs up when I came back.
Today, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the program. I did not take measurements when I started. Blogger fail, I know. I did weigh myself, and unfortunately, I have not lost a single pound during the entire program. I did, however, gain a shit ton of muscle! I needed to tone up every where. I was unhappy with literally every single part of my body before starting Body Beast. Now? My arms, legs, back, and shoulders are all more muscular and toned. I actually have a lot of definition in my upper back, and I have some guns to carry around for sure! My legs have gotten a lot tighter, and starting to show signs of the wonderful, toned legs that they once were.
I am happy with my results, as I knew going into the program that it was focused on muscle and strength. It did make me realize that the only way to blast belly fat for me, is to do more cardio. I followed the lean phase and there was only one (sometimes two) cardio days each week. The cardio routine that Sagi does has you lifting weights and resting still, and I quickly realized that I needed a different cardio exercise. I usually subbed in a T-25 cardio work out on those days.
The trainer is Sagi:
Also, you get to look at guys like Nick while you lift:
So there is that…Also, I really like the bro talk back and forth. I would rather listen to that than Jillian tell me that she has 400 lb people doing jumping jacks so I can too. That shit is not motivation, Jillian.
Now that I am done with the program, I really want to focus on blasting some more fat, and really hone in on my stomach. It is the only area that didn’t get enough results with Body Beast. I am so impressed with every other part of my body after completing the program though, that I will continue to sub in the body beast work outs along with my next phase in my journey. I want to keep the muscle I built. I am a freaking beast now. I can lift way more than I could when I started. The endurance has shown in other aspects of my life. For example, I can cut our grass with no problems. (A big deal seeing as how we have a push mower and our entire yard is on a slope.) I can lift a 25 lb of dog food and 15 bag of cat litter up our stairs at the same time. And when I flex….I actually have something to show for it.
I learned that I actually enjoy lifting weights. I thought I hated all work outs, but I really just hate cardio DVDs. I hope to eventually purchase an elliptical machine for our home, but until then, I am stuck doing cardio DVDs.
My next journey? Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution. Jillian gets on my damn nerves, but that bitch knows how to widdle my waist in to shape and kick my ass. I am going to go into the program knowing that I am a damn beast and can hang with the the bros. And keep coming back to Sagi and his beast bro talk to keep my muscles fierce.
Have you ever done Body Beast or Body Revolution? Are you working another program right now?