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This is my review of Body Beast, a weights based workout for men and women that can be done in your own home.

What is Body Beast?  Body Beast™ is a new, innovative, comprehensive bodybuilding system proven to add 10 pounds of muscle 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 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 muscle gain and fast results.
• The Body Beast Eating Plan helps you increase in size, maintain new muscle growth, and cut up to be in competition shape.
• Four new extreme supplements specifically designed to enhance growth and performance.
Body Beast is the first training regimen designed to get BIG results 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 pack on lean muscle, without the complications and risks of steroids or growth hormones. 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 workoutsI started the Body Beast workout a few weeks ago to give you a good review and overview of what to expect from Sagi Kalev, “The Beast”.  So far I can tell you that this is my favorite of all the Beachbody workouts I’ve tried, including P90X, P90X 2, P90X Plus, Insanity, The Asylum and Tony Horton’s 1 on 1 series.  I couldn’t be happier or more pumped about these workouts.  No messing around here, they are straight to the point and all about lifting BIG to get BIG.  The first thing I noticed was how brief the warm ups and cool downs are.  Sagi gets right to business, the warm -up is usually less than 2 minutes and then you go straight to the weights.  The routines are pretty complex.  The varying set types could be hard to follow and I found myself behind a few times, but the on screen cues and guides make it really easy. The workouts are fast too!

They key to building hypertrophy NATURALLY is to increase your body’s own testosterone and stimulate muscle growth with quick, yet intense, types of targeted muscle building.  Sagi coined the term “Dynamic Set Training” for his technique, which uses multiple sets, progressive sets, drop sets, supersets, etc., in combination with each other, to pre-fatigue the muscles, and then hammer them into submission!  There are some great big Giant sets where you hit three lifts, back to back to back. It is amazing how much time under tension your muscles experience. That is the key to growth, not just a large stimulus from a huge weight, but the cumulative time under tension.  I literally felt “The Pump” you get  from the workouts for the entire day. You’ll be feeling like busting through walls and kicking down doors after a single workout, no doubt.

The workouts are a little shorter too (30-50 minute averages), remember that’s 30 to 50 minutes of solid lifting with the abbreviated warm up and cool down. It is almost all lifting!  Like most Beachbody workouts the workouts are broken into 3 phases.

PHASE 1: The BUILD phase has multi-body part days (Chest/Tris day, Back/Bis day, and Shoulders Day)

PHASE 2; Is known as the BULK phase and hits each muscle group individually (Chest day, Back day, Shoulders day, Arms day).  

PHASE:3 The final BEAST phase is a combination of lift days and incorporates some cardio to help you lean out a bit.

You’ll also have a choice between 2 workout plans, the first plan is called LEAN Beast for those who want to get big but also lose some fat (This is the one I chose for my first round).  The second options HUGE Beast is for those who only care about getting big.  Both workouts choices incorporate a Build, Bulk and Beast phase as mentioned above.

The Nutrition Plan

“If you want to put it on, you’ve got to put it in!  You can’t build muscle out of nothing” — Sagi K.

To be a Beast you need to eat like a Beast.  The nutrition plan in the Book of Beast lays out clear calculations to find your caloric need for bulking. You reassess after the BUILD phase to meet the caloric needs of your new mass. At the end of the BULK phase you transition to a slight deficit (depending on your BF%) for the BEAST phase. This allows you to cut for the final 3-4 weeks to lean out and expose a little more of your Beastly gains.

The macro-nutrient breakdowns for the BUILD and BULK phase are the same 25% protein, 50% carbs, and 25% fats. Your caloric need is figured off of your lean body mass (LBM), resting metabolic rate (RMR), daily activity, workout activity (calories to maintain weight) and a 20% surplus. For the final BEAST phase, you transition to a more standard 40% protein, 30% carbs, and 30% fats. This is very similar to the Fat Shredder from P90X.

There is a portion plan for Body Beast, much like P90X and X2. I will the portion plan some, but will stick to my regular diet (with a few changes to hit my Beast targets ) and will be using  MyFitnessPal to track my nutrition. 

It is important though to note the different categories of foods that you should try to get in a day. Even if you are tracking and not using a portion plan, making sure you get a variety of foods will give you the best results. I will  still use my Shakeology to make sure I have all my vitamins and minerals covered. For a lot of people, you may need an extra shake and liquid calories to be able to hit your budgets. Don’t be shy away, just track everything and make sure you hit your targets!  That’s how you’re going to get great results.


The Beast’s Supplements in part help you hit your marks for the bulking diet.  The Base Shake and the Fuel Shot are both to be used to help you hit your budgets for protein and carbs.  MAX Creatine and Super Suma are both more along the lines of true supplements to your diet. Let’s look at all four.

  • Base Shake – this is a all natural, flavorless whey protein. It is used in the Book of the Beast for post workout mainly, but you can add it to meals/shakes to increase your protein intake. It has 18g of protein per serving.
  • Fuel Shot – this supplement is a carbohydrate blend. It mixes both dextrose and maltodextrin. Both of those are very simple carbs. They are high on the glycemic index and will spike your blood sugar. But isn’t that bad? No post workout! That is the perfect time. You just crushed your workouts and have used up a lot of your glycogen stores. It is time to replenish them. The release of insulin to blunt the rising blood sugar will pull more nutrients and amino acids (from the massive amounts of protein you’ve been eating) into your muscles. This will fuel protein synthesis and muscle growth/recovery.
  • MAX Creatine – Plain and simple, you get high-grade pure creatine monohydrate—without fillers, preservatives, or untested ingredients. 
  • Super Suma – “Super Suma is made from suma root (“Brazilian ginseng”) and contains Beachbody’s exclusive plant-based enzyme system for enhanced benefits. Use daily to help amp up muscle strength, size, and endurance.”  The fact that Suma will trigger false positive results on steroid tests says a lot about how this product (which is totally natural, from the suma root plant) might be very effective.  It’s not a steroid, but a plant sterol.  However, our current steroid testing protocols are not advanced enough to differentiate between sterols and steroids.  So if you are an athlete or military person who might be tested for performance enhancing drugs, stay away from the suma.  

So if you’ve thought you are a hard gainer, or that it’s tough for you to put on the kind of mass you desire, here’s what Sagi says to you =

“You are NOT a hard gainer.  You just haven’t done the right program … YET!”. — Sagi




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