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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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