Body Beast is yet another beachbody.com sponsored program designed by champion bodybuilder, clinical nutritionist, and superstar fitness model, Sagi Kalev. This program focuses on weight training to a build a large and chiseled physique and burning body fat.
This program has been designed for optimal muscle stress and high intensity weight without the use of big, bulky weights. An innovative approach has been taken to gaining muscle and losing fat by dynamic set training of fatiguing and pre-fatiguing muscles exercises. Kalev incorporates progressive set training by doing 15 low weight reps, quickly followed by 12 medium weight reps, finishing the set with 8 heavy weight reps, each done one right after the other. After a 90 second rest period, the sets begin again in reverse, the heaviest weight first, finishing off with the lightest weight. He says this is an optimal method to accelerate muscle growth as well as fire up the metabolism. Customers will receive 4 DVD’s featuring 12 dynamic set training workouts, along with an eating plan created to deliver optimal nutrition for these workouts.
The nutrition plan incorporated with the program is broken down into three separate phases: Phase 1 – Build, the learning phase, conditions the body and helps to alter habits to preparing individuals for the second phase; Phase 2, Bulk. In this phase, macronutrients remain the same as phase 1 at 25 protein, 50 carbohydrates, and 25 fats, however, it guides members to the proper recalculation of caloric intake based on the current conditioning of the body. In phase 3, Beast, another series of calorie recalculation is going to take place, as well as altering macronutrients to 40/30/30. As many of us know, a lean healthy body can be attained following the 80/20 regimen – 80% diet, 20% exercise. The eating plan is simple, providing a list of foods that can be eaten during the program along with recipes.
We like that this program incorporates cardio in the mix even if the workout plan is solely to build and bulk bodies. This allows for optimum heart function, as well as the tried and true method to burning unwanted fat.
This program incorporates dumbbells which not everyone may have and can cost $200+ for a full set. Although that’s not to say consumers are unable to find used ones in their local online marketplaces or on Amazon.com, for example. Additional products needed are a curl up bar ($61.91), weight plates, lifting bench ($224.90) or stability ball ($48.90), chin-up bar ($74.80) or resistance bands ($46.85) or with door attachments ($55.90). These products are sold on beachbody.com and ring in over $513, not including the weight plates, which consumers must purchase elsewhere.
Time in Business:
3 years. The Body Beast was released in 2012.
Price: Monthly price? Per class price? Subscription price?
This program rings in at $49.85 with the shipping and handling charges. Customers have the option to pay the cost in 2 monthly installments or in a single payment. While this may seem like a low, fair price, it is important to keep in mind the price of equipment needed and sold on beachbody.com which can total over $500.
Features: Cardio, Dance, strength? What does their program focus on?
This program focuses on muscle gains and fat loss. There are no complicated choreographed moves to keep up with, simply structured and guided videos to increase muscle mass for optimal metabolism and defined physiques.
Motivation: Community and Support: Is there a community to lean on for support?
Body Beast offers its members free online access to an online program where they will find support from other Body Beast challengers, as well as motivation, coaching and from time to time, live chats with Sagi Kaliev helping members stay on track and motivated throughout the program.
Diet Nutrition Advice: Do they offer any diet/nutrition planning or advice?
Included in this program is a diet plan with a single goal – gaining muscle mass. In The Body Beast Eating Plan members will be guided through a 3 phase nutrition course breaking down macronutrients into 25% protein, 50% carbs, and 25% fats. Each day consists of 5 to 6 meals with the proper balance of macronutrients for each.
Accessibility: Online, How many gyms are accessible?
This program may be purchased online where members will receive 4 DVD’s with 12 workouts where they can complete in the comfort of their own homes. Also included are a bonus 38 minute total body workout DVD and free access to a mobile app allowing members to get started on their training within 24 hours after purchasing the kit.
Time Commitment: Few times a week; whenever you want?
This program has been designed to deliver the desired results within the 12 week training course completed 6 days a week. There are two separate workout plans, Huge Beast and Lean Beast, each focusing on either building and bulking, or losing fat and building mass.
Health and Accurate Information: Do they provide any informational materials to help users?
Included in this program is The Book of Beast. Within it, members will find all the relevant information stated in each beachbody.com fitness products, including ads for their well known nutritional shake, Shakeology. This book will not only outline, but also defines the what, why, how, and when for the program, including ample motivational and inspirational details helping the reader stay motivated.