- Body Beast DVD Workout conditioning system is capable of adding ten pounds of lean muscle in 90 days
- Includes four DVDs with 12 workouts, “Book of the Beast” workout and nutrition/supplement guide, and two-sided training schedule
- Schedule has the “HUGE” schedule on front and the “LEAN” schedule on back to tailor your workouts for desired results
- Built on concept of Dynamic Set Training, a specific sequence of sets and reps which maximizes muscle’s time under tension with goal of exhausting muscle and “recruiting” more muscle fiber
- Dynamic Set Training also designed to help enhance your body’s testosterone production; testosterone is primary hormone responsible for developing muscle mass
Body Beast is one of the first all-encompassing workout, performance diet, and supplement systems, created to build a large, muscular physique as quickly as possible. When used properly, it’s capable of adding ten pounds of lean muscle in 90 days. Body Beast is built on the concept of Dynamic Set Training, a specific sequence of sets and reps which maximizes the muscle’s time under tension with the goal of exhausting the muscle and “recruiting” more muscle fiber. Dynamic Set Training is also designed to help enhance your body’s own testosterone production. Testosterone is the primary hormone responsible for developing muscle mass, so the more testosterone the body makes, the faster it grows.
What is Body Beast?
Body Beast DVD Workout is a powerful fat-burning, muscle-defining, weight-training program that can help you get completely ripped and chiseled in just 90 days. Created by Sagi Kalev, world-renowned trainer and former two-time Mr. Israel, Body Beast combines extreme workouts, groundbreaking nutrition, and scientifically advanced supplementation. Whether you’re new to lifting weights or are a certified gym rat, Body Beast will deliver results beyond what you imagined possible.
Body Beast DVD Workout is the first training regimen designed to get you a head-turning physique—in the comfort of your home. You don’t need to join a gym, hire a spotter, or have an Olympic weight-lifting set. With dumbbells, the correct nutrition, and the desire to work hard, Body Beast will help you get completely shredded and help you carve sexy, contoured muscles, without spending thousands on a personal trainer or an expensive gym membership.
And the best part is, Sagi Kalev will motivate and inspire you, as he has done for countless professional bodybuilders over the last few decades.
- Body Beast DVD Workout includes 12 different cutting-edge workouts that fuse the best of old-school resistance training with a new breakthrough in sports science called Dynamic Set Training.
- Increases in resistance, power, tempo, and volume lead to greater lean muscle gain and fast results.
- The Body Beast Eating Plan (Included inside ‘The Book of the Beast’ helps you strip away the fat, while carving lean muscle.
What’s in the Package?
Body Beast Base Kit Includes:
- 12 Workouts on 4 DVDs
- The ‘Book of the Beast’ – Fitness Guide and Eating Plan
- Body Beast Training Schedule
1. Build: Chest/Tris – Focused on the muscles of your chest and triceps, a combination of Super, Giant, and Single Sets will create strength and definition (49 minutes).
2. Build: Shoulders – Focused on creating stunning deltoids, this workout begins to round out the shoulders to start putting shape in your new upper body (38 minutes).
3. Build: Legs – Shed fat, Build muscle, and tone up. Focused on Building powerful quads, hamstrings, calves, and glutes (38 minutes).
4. Build: Back/Bis – Create more defined lats, traps, rhomboids, and biceps for a sexy and defined backside. Get ready to pull and curl (50 minutes).
5. Bulk: Chest – Uses Super Sets, Force Sets, Progressive Sets, Combo Sets, and Multi-Sets with an increase in resistance to help define your pecs. Different angles and exercises hit different fibers of the fan-shaped muscle. The addition of Progressive Sets really focuses on muscular hypertrophy (30 minutes).
6. Bulk: Back – Uses Super Sets and Force Sets with an increase in resistance to create a well-defined back. The addition of Force Sets creates a focus on hypertrophy (29 minutes).
7. Bulk: Legs – Progressive Sets, Force Sets, and Super Sets help your legs burn fat while significantly cutting and defining the muscles (40 minutes).
8. Bulk: Shoulders – Super Sets and Progressive Sets focus more on the posterior delt (or back of the shoulder), creating an even more 3-D appearance. Added weight and lower reps help pronounce the hypertrophy effect (35 minutes).
9. Bulk: Arms – Focused training with Progressive Sets, Force Sets, and Super Sets to create ripped biceps and triceps (36 minutes).
10. Beast: Abs – A strong core not only helps you lift heavier weight safely, it helps improve your posture too (11 minutes).
11. Beast: Cardio – This new-school, performance-oriented, cardio workout not only helps cut you up, it increases your ability to shred more fat and get more defined (30 minutes).
Meet the Trainer – Sagi Kalev
Sagi Kalev started his fitness journey over 25 years ago, back home in Israel, and made his mark in the industry by earning the coveted title of Mr. Israel—twice. But Sagi is more than a big, buff guy. He’s one heck of a brainiac too. Not only does he hold a degree in physical education with a minor in nutrition from the University of Central Florida, Sagi’s a clinical nutritionist as well as a functional medicine practitioner. And what that means for you is that since Sagi is an expert on how the human body operates and what you need to do in order to achieve rapid results, he’s the go-to guy for total-body transformation. You’ll learn how to unleash your body’s natural power to build muscle as well as carve incredibly defined lines. Sagi has appeared in thousands of bodybuilding magazines, and has been featured on more than 50 international magazine covers, including appearing on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine an amazing 11 times. He is a Master Professional Personal Trainer and a member of the IFBB Propta Hall of Fame.
I am almost done with the program and I thought I would chime in with a review.
First, a little background. This is my 5th Beachbody program. I have done many rounds of P90X, and have also done P90X+, P90X2 and Insanity. I have also run marathons and was a collegiate athlete. I’m a 43 year old male. In my late 30s I fell out of shape and about 4 years ago tried P90X and absolutely loved it. For me, P90X is simply an amazing product and it changed my life. I also loved Insanity and think the cardio workouts in Insanity are also top-notch. I was not impressed with either P90X+ or P90X2.
Despite all the resistance routines in P90X, I never got as big or ripped as I wanted. I even tried modifying some of the P90X exercises (such as doing pull ups and push ups with a weighted vest) to gain more mass. This was met with mixed results. I have a very thin body type and I don’t gain weight easily (I’m not complaining). So I was really excited when Beachbody came out with a new program designed to gain mass.
The program did for me exactly what I wanted it to – I gained about 14 lbs during the first two phases (which last a total of 9 weeks). I’ve lost 2lbs thus far during the third phase so I have gained about 12 lbs overall. Is all of this weight lean muscle? No, I definitely gained some fat around my mid-section. However, my clothes feel somewhat tighter and my wife has told me that I look and feel bigger. I have not “cut” all the fat I gained but at this point if I had to guess I would say I gained at least 4-5 lbs. in lean muscle mass. I am extremely happy with this result.
The workouts are broken down into three phases. Build, Bulk and Beast.
Build (3 weeks) – In this phase there are 4 basic routines somewhat similar to P90X. Chest/Tris, Legs, Back/Bis and Shoulders. There is also a cardio routine mixed in twice (and only twice) during this phase. The weekly schedule is 6 days on, 1 day off. The routines are a little shorter than the comparable P90X routines, about 40-50 minutes each. Before starting this routine you calculate your daily caloric requirements based on your weight and body fat percentage. You then will be given an eating plan that will create a caloric excess. In other words, you will be eating a lot of food in order to gain weight. Some of this weight will be muscle and some will be fat (especially if you are middle-aged like me). That’s how your body works. It is not possible to gain muscle without gaining at least a little fat as well.
Bulk (6 weeks) – In this phase there are 5 routines. Unlike P90X and the Build phase, each routine isolates one body area. The routines are Chest, Legs, Back, Arms and Shoulders . During this phase there is no cardio. I repeat, THERE IS NO CARDIO FOR 6 ENTIRE WEEKS. The schedule is essentially 5 days on, one day of rest, and then repeat. This results in you working out 6 days a week (except for the last week of the Bulk phase when you have two off days). Before starting the Bulk phase you recalculate you caloric needs again using your weight and body fat percentage. I gained about 4 lbs. during the Build phase and my body fat percentage also increased slightly. As a result, my target caloric intake level went up and I had to eat even more food in the Bulk phase compared to the Build phase.
Beast (3 weeks) – In this phase you combine the Build and Bulk workouts and add back in a bit more cardio. You also reduce your caloric intake and add more protein to your diet to “cut” all the fat (but not the muscle) that you gained during the first two phases.
Workouts: The resistance workouts are very challenging. For the first couple of weeks, my muscles were very sore the next day, especially after the Legs workouts. Make no mistake, you are going to be lifting a lot of weight and doing a lot of reps. While there are some push-ups and pull-ups, the focus is on lifting heavy weights, not using your bodyweight as resistance. The exercises themselves are what I would call “old-fashioned,” and I mean this in a good way. There are squats, deadlifts, bench presses, shoulder presses, curls, etc. You burn a lot calories lifting and I definitely felt exhausted after a workout. The Cardio routine is OK. It is only 30 minutes and not nearly as tough as Plyo or an Insanity routine. Likewise, the Abs routine in only OK. No where near as tough as the Abs routines in P90X and P90X2. The best thing about the workouts for me is that they are shorter than the P90X routines. The Build workouts are about 40-50 minutes and the Bulk workouts are 30-40 minutes. There is not much down time in the workouts. Although I like that, sometimes the pace is too fast. I don’t have a set of dumbbells, rather, I have Bowflex adjustable weights. Many times I simply could not adjust my weights fast enough to keep up with the DVD (they are using a set of dumbbells) so I had to pause the DVD or rewind. Not the end of the world but somewhat annoying. If you have the money for a set of dumbbells I would recommend it.
Diet: For the Build and Bulk phases, the diet is a balanced plan based on a 25/50/25 split between protein, carbs and fats. In the diet YOU ARE GOING TO EAT A LOT OF FOOD. I really had trouble some days keeping up with all the food I was supposed to eat. I know a lot of you are thinking “I will have no trouble with this” but for me, I really got sick of feeling full all the time. There were days when it was tough choking down yet another serving of no fat plain greek yogurt. However, if you want to gain muscle, you really need to stick to the plan and eat a lot. For the Beast phase, you switch to a 40/30/30 split and there is a lot of protein on your diet. I did not try any of the recipes (there are not that many of them) so I cannot comment on that. The one great piece of advice the diet plan gives is to drink a huge protein shake after you work out. It is a lot easier to drink your calories than eat them. I would throw 2 cups of skim milk, ice, wheat germ, 3 or 4 servings of fruit and all my supplements in a blender and drink it right after a workout. This is a lot easier than eating each separately. I would say that I stuck to the diet about 90% of the time. Some days, I could simply not eat all the food required. I also have a weakness for coffee ice cream that I was not able to successfully suppress. This may have affected my results somewhat. As I said above, I did gain some fat (this is inevitable) but not an inordinate amount.
Supplements: I am normally very skeptical about supplements but I decided to go “all in” and buy all of the recommended Beachbody supplements. There is no doubt that the Beachbody supplements are overpriced. WAY overpriced. I’m sure you can get a much better deal on supplements somewhere else. Personally, I didn’t know that much about what supplements are good or not and I didn’t have time to do a lot of research on the topic. So I bought the supplements. Did I get ripped off? Probably. Would I have gotten the same results without the supplements? Possibly. For me, the bottom line was that I got the results I wanted so I am happy. If I do it again I will think long and hard about the supplements. One tip: if you are going to buy supplements through Beachbody don’t order the supplements with the Body Beast program. If you order a 60 day supply of the supplements separately they are cheaper and come with free shipping.
Gear: There are three essential pieces of equipment. Dumbbells, a pull-up bar and a weight bench. Yes, you can do some of the exercises on a stability yoga ball but you will get so much more out of the program with a real bench. Same goes for the pull-up bar. Yes, you can use a band but you get much more out of doing real pull-ups. Dumbbells are a must. I did not use the EZ bar that is recommended. I don’t feel like my workouts or my results suffered but I can’t know this for sure.
Trainer: Personally, I like Sagi Kalev, the trainer. Certainly, he is no Tony Horton or Shaun T. English is not Sagi’s first language. As a result, sometimes Sagi tries to be motivating but the words don’t always come out right. This “unintentional comedy” can be pretty funny. Sometimes I felt like I was in the old SNL “Hans and Franz” skit from 20 years ago. Sagi and his workout partners also have some of that weightlifting “meathead” attitude which is part of the reason I hate going to the gym. But I didn’t buy the program to be entertained, but rather to get results.
Overall, I really like the program and got great results. I’ll be honest, I love doing cardio and it was a big challenge to only do 2 days of cardio during the first 9 weeks of the program. Therefore, I would not put it at the level of P90X, which to me combines the best of resistance exercise, cardio and core work. As Insanity really focuses on cardio and is excellent in that regard, BB really focuses on resistance exercises. If you are looking for a well-rounded exercise program where you lose weight, do some tough cardio routines and tone your muscles, then please do not purchase this program. However, if you are looking to get big and gain weight in the comfort of your own home, I highly recommend Body Beast.