Body Beast Build Phase Review
Let’s talk a little bit about the Body Beast Build Phase.
At first, I thought it was mainly for body builders—and that’s just not where I’m focused. I am more of a functional fitness guy—I like surfing, biking, and skiing. However, I was in a phase of life where I was ready to lift some weights, and I had some extra time to embark on a new endeavor, so I decided to give Body Beast a try. I started with the 30-day Body Beast Build Phase and, I have to say, I was not disappointed.
My biggest misconception about this program was that I would have to lift the heaviest weights imaginable with low reps. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the program requires the very opposite—it is mainly based on the high rep idea.
I would also like to add that the Drop Set is one of the most commonly used sets in the program, which starts out somewhat on the lighter side, but as the workout progresses things definitely get tougher. By the end, I usually find myself out of breath.
The leg workout is one of my favorites and the one that I feel like I get the most from. I like to think that my legs are in good shape from all the biking, skiing and surfing I do, but after the Beast Body leg workout my sore muscles needed about three days to recover! I usually do my leg workout on Mondays and I can still feel them on Thursday night when I go to bed. This only indicates that I have a long way to go before I reach the level I want to be at.
Besides the leg workout, you will also find shoulder and back, as well as bicep and arm workouts. The difference between the Build and Bulk phases is that the Bulk Phase usually focuses on one body part as opposed to multiple parts at the same time. I find this notion a bit intimidating, but it’s still not enough to deter me from it.
As for nutrition, I decided not to follow the Body Beast Nutrition Plan simply because I would not like to gain weight (reportedly up to 10 pounds), so I opted for the Lean Gains program. This program is based on a 16-hour fasting period and an 8-hour eating window.
(UPDATE: These days I follow the 2B Mindset, which is less structured but helps me nail my nutrition. Definitely check it out!)
Here’s a video I did on the Body Beast Build Phase:
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