Body Beast – Throw Some Iron

Body Beast – Throw Some Iron

Each of these programs is one I have personal experience with (as in, I’ve actually done the program, start to finish myself).

In my reviews I will tell you what I like about each, as well as what I didn’t like or struggled with. I will also give you my assessment of who each one might be a good fit for.

After gettin’ all limber and flexible with lots of pink on the screen, I needed to go the other way. 😉

Body Beast is a program I’d hesitated to do. The picture of Sagi Kalev on the box scared me. I’ve got no interest in bulking up (or hulking up) and all the marketing just made me intimidated. I love lifting weights, but this one just seemed like a bad fit for me.

When I was at the Beachbody Coach Summit though in the summer of 2014 I met so many people who just raved about Beast, so I had to give it a shot. If you’re looking for an introduction to lifting or you’re an experienced lifter who feels like you need something to keep you progressing with appropriate guidance, Beast is a winner.

If you’re a woman who wants to start lifting, ladies, this is where you need to go.

The Good:

This is a flat out strength training program. You will lift, lift again and then lift some more. Beast will build muscle and burn fat. No two ways about it. With the advent of Beachbody On Demand you can even take this program with you to the gym via your phone or tablet. If you’ve got a gym that isn’t too crowded or can do your workouts at a time of day when you can occupy a bench for a while this is a great way to use Beast.

The Bad:

For whatever reason, the folks at Beachbody didn’t expect women to buy this program, so there’s no women in the cast in any of the videos. What you get are three hulking man beasts, and some culturally tone-deaf typical dude gym insults.

Sagi is also an acquired taste. His accent can be off-putting to some people. I also found the cardio workout included in the program almost comically bad. After a couple of weeks I started substituting MMX from P90X3 and some of my favorite T25 workouts.

Unless you’re going to take this one with you via smartphone or tablet to the gym, you’re going to need a fair amount of gear to make this worthwhile.

What Will You Need:

At minimum you’ll need enough dumbbells with a range of weights to keep you challenged throughout the 60 days of the program (adjustable dumbbells are a good choice) and a stability ball and a pull-up bar (or resistance band you can anchor securely). For best results you will need a weight bench that can be set into an incline and a barbell or EZ-curl bar and some plates.

Like I said above, if you have the option to take Beast with you to a gym where you can get to all the equipment you’ll need that’s perfect.

What’s the Best Way to Get It?:

This one is a no-brainer. Grab your tablet, hit the gym and log in to Beachbody On Demand on your tablet or smartphone. And yes, I get that what this means is that I’m saying this isn’t really a home fitness program. Unless you’ve got a bench, pull-up bar and and a full set of weights in your basement you’re going to miss out on the core essence of this program – body building.

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