Category Archives: Workout Reviews

Body Beast: Week 3 Review

YAY! My last week of “Build” before I get in to the “Bulk” phase which lasts 5 weeks. The schedule for week 3 basically remains the same as the first two weeks, so I won’t go into detail like I did before because it would be repetitive.

I can say that I have upped my weights for at least some of the exercises for each muscle group, which is AWESOME! It means I’m already making progress!

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Can you see some arm definition?!?

As for the nutrition…I mentioned before that I’ve had to up my calories about 1,000 per day. I haven’t been weighing myself daily but I do know I am up 4 pounds from the weight I started at. I feel a bit worried, but mainly I’m okay about this, because I’m trusting the process. 

I can already tell that lifting heavy is becoming a slight obsession for me! I love to be “that girl” next to all the boys. Now I REALLY want to see some definition in my legs!

Do you lift heavy? Or, at all? Why or why not?

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Body Beast: Week 2 Review

WEEK 2 IS DONE!

The schedule looks like this:

Mon (gym): Leg Day! I went much lighter on the weights this time to pace myself, and it still felt like I was getting a killer workout. However, I was a little bummed that I was barely sore the next day. It seems that I need to find a happy medium between last week and this week.

Tues (gym): Back and Biceps: I hit the gym this time and used the assisted pull-up machine for the pull-ups and chin-ups.

Wednesday (home): Cardio + Abs: The cardio involves weights! I was NOT expecting that (if you remember, I skipped cardio the first week because I was so sore). But I like how it’s structured, and there are breaks so it’s not balls-to-the-wall for the entire 30 mins. The abs? Yeah. That hurt.

Thursday (gym): Shoulders: Love this one!

Friday: Rest

Saturday (gym): Chest and Tri: Already gone up in weight on a few exercises!

Sunday (gym): Legs: Upped my weights a bit from Monday and was pleasantly sore the next day, but not to the point where I couldn’t do things. Sweet!

Read my Week 1 Review here.

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Body Beast: Week 1 Review

 

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I started my first round of Body Beast this past week-YAY! After Piyo, I am really excited for this heart-pumping heavy-lifting workout.  Body Beast has two different plans-one if you want to get BIG and one if you want to get LEAN.

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Since I am a woman and have no interest in looking like a body builder (no offense to those women who do-it’s just not my thing), so I am following the lean path. The first week looks like this:

Mon (gym): Chest/Triceps: A great workout. I was really sore the next day, but it’s upper body so it wasn’t too bad.

Tues (gym): LEG DAY: I COMPLETELY overdid it. I started out using 20lb weights (and the weight increases in each set) for my squats and lunges and I couldn’t even finish some of the reps. By the end I could barely walk on my Jell-O legs, and I was in severe pain for about 4 days after.

Wed (home): Back/Biceps: I’m just thankful that I don’t have to use my legs much for this! This has pull-ups, which I find challenging to do at home. Will probably try it at the gym next week. 

Thursday (home): Beast Cardio and Beast Abs: I had to skip this in favor of a 30-minute walk around the block with the baby in the stroller. My legs are still in severe pain (I should probably add that I am not a wimp when it comes to being sore, and this soreness is easily one of the worst I’ve ever experienced in my life).  

Friday: Shoulders (home): GREAT! Loved this one. Legs still sore.

Saturday: Rest: THANK GOODNESS. Legs still sore.

Sunday (gym): Chest/Triceps: Still used the same weights as the first time, but felt great! Legs FINALLY better!

As you can see noted above, I did some of the workouts at home and some at the gym, depending on the weights needed. Going forward, I now know I need to pace myself a bit and not go balls-to-the-wall right out of the gate. I love how the workouts are set up…starting with one single set, then a double set, and then a triple set…and then a few more single sets. So it starts out somewhat slow and builds. There is a lack of cardio in this plan, but personally my heart rate is up and I am dripping sweat during every workout. And I’ve heard the Beast: Cardio is “humbling” so stay tuned for more on that! 

Nutrition: Following the Beast calculations, my calories have been upped by about 1,000 per DAY! So crazy, but I am hungry enough to eat almost everything I’m supposed to. I’m not going to lie, it feels great to not be as strict about calories as I have been, but I am nervous to eat so much! I’ve stopped checking the scale daily. 

Goal for week 2: To not miss any workouts due to soreness (or other things!) and get to the gym for Back/Bi to allow me a chance to do the pull-ups and chin-ups.

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Piyo: My 4 Week Review

Hi friends! I am 4 weeks into my Piyo journey and I wanted to share how it’s going so that hopefully my experience can help you decide if this is right for you.  Please keep in mind that my fitness level at this point is probably intermediate (I’ve been working out consistently 5-7 days a week for the past 120 days) so what’s hard for me may not be for you, and so on.

If you’re not familiar with it, you’re probably thinking “What the heck is Piyo?”

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My thoughts so far:

Week 1: I honestly thought this was really easy. The Define: Upper workout is only 18 minutes and I didn’t feel like I had completed a workout at the end. I did LOVE the Define: Lower workout. I felt great afterwards, especially my hip flexors-they felt better than they have in years!

Week 2: I get lower in all my stances to try and kick up the intensity a bit. There is a new workout this week that is a bit harder. I am sore the next day after the workouts and feeling VERY stretchy. I am also HUNGRY constantly, so I adjust my meal plan a bit and add an extra serving of protein daily (I still follow the 21 Day Fix meal plan).

Week 3: I love that each week there is a new workout to add into the mix! Plus the calendar mixes it up so there’s no boredom. The Core workout is GREAT, and that extra serving of protein is perfect.

Week 4: I start to realize that the “easy” workouts are no longer found on the calendar going forward. Instead I have workouts called Drench and another called Sweat! I now see that they were building a foundation for the harder workouts, which I really liked. I also think that is GREAT for a beginner!

Results?  

I am down 4 pounds and 3.5 inches-and that is, honestly, a little disappointing to me over a full 4 weeks. I can tell that the lack of cardio has caused my results to slow a bit. Piyo gets my heart rate up, but it is not the same as high intensity “my lungs are on fire” cardio.  However-my eating has also not been as clean as it was the first few months.. And I am seeing that in these results, without a doubt.

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In a nutshell…

PROS: It’s quick, it’s very low-impact (great for those with knee issues or injuries!!!), I have increased flexibility, I am seeing toning and my muscles are leaning out, I feel sore in muscles I didn’t know I had, and Chalene is a great motivator! I feel much more “bendy” if that’s a word.

CONS: There aren’t many, but to be honest I am missing that lung-burning stress-relieving cardio fix that I NEED in my life. I actually don’t exercise just so I can look good-I do it to feel sane. I do it to prevent myself from getting so stressed out that I clench my jaw at night while I’m asleep (this has been happening the last 2 weeks or so!). I workout to feel HAPPY instead of depressed.

Now-would it help my business to sit here and write that Piyo is the next greatest thing and it will solve all your problems and that you should buy it? Maybe. At least in the short-term. But that’s not me-this is my honest opinion, and I want to share my journey with you, both good AND bad! I think Piyo would make a great COMPLEMENT to any workout plan-and I think incorporating it even 2-3 times a week would be phenomenal, especially for those involved in Martial Arts! Want to kick higher? Yeah, check this out. But don’t throw out your HIIT training just yet! 

What’s Next?

I will definitely finish out the next 4 weeks of Piyo! I will clean up my eats (already have, actually), and I will add in 2-3 days of HIIT cardio during the week, in addition to Piyo. That still keeps my workouts at less than an hour each day which is completely acceptable in my opinion.

I am taking a Piyo LIVE class in a week or so, and will discuss that in my 8-week (and final) update! And, of course, if you’re interested in trying Piyo at home, please contact me here and we can chat! You can also find me on Facebook!  

Have you ever taken a Piyo class? What did you think?

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