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.
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.