You might be wondering “Why Body Beast” so let’s go through it…
(1) It gives me a goal and focus (read my How to Be Successful in Fitness blog)
(2) It gives me an accountability/workout partner in Rob!
(3) It lets me ankle rest for the next 90 days.
(4) I have learned in the past that my body responds very well to heavy lifting, even when I’m doing minimal cardio.
(5) It’s something different, that I’ve never tried before.
I think that about sums it up. I will be doing the “Lean” version of the program and do not plan on modifying the workouts whatsoever for the next 90 days. I want to see what happens to my body while on the program. I am also happy that my ankle will really have time to rest. It doesn’t really hurt unless I do something silly (wearing too-high heels, twisting it on a curb, etc.) or lots of jumping, twisting workouts (Zumba, plyometrics, jumping jacks). Running isn’t so bad but this will be a good time to completely rest it!
What I’m hoping to get out of this program is a lot more strength, muscle tone, and decrease body fat. Last time I checked, I was about 156lbs and around 32% body fat (that is just under 50lbs of fat). I don’t care what my end weight is, just to be more fit! I will retake my measurements this weekend and take pictures. I just forgot last weekend.
As for nutrition, I will not be following the plan in the book. As you might know, Body Beast is geared toward men who want to “Get huge”. Obviously not me. I will continue to eat Paleo. I have not tracked in about a month but decided to the last few days. I thought my calories would be too high but they were actually a little on the low side. I will keep tracking for the next few days and adjust as I see fit. I plan on eating around maintenance level (since I want to lose fat) but will probably stop tracking after a week or so. This is the only thing I am changing about the “program”. I will discuss supplements another day!
My favorite things about this program so far:
(1) Working out with my husband
(2) Sagi Kalev
(3) That good soreness!
I’ve only done 2 days so far so I won’t write a review. I like to do weekly reviews but this “cycle” is actually 6 days. Check for a review early next week!