Body Beast Build: Shoulders

Today’s workout was Body Beast Build: Shoulders.

Body Beast, Body Beast for women, Body Beast Build Shoulders, Sagi Kalev

Many many years ago, I worked in an office building with a brand-new 24-hour Fitness. All building workers got a special enrollment deal, so I took advantage and signed up (mostly because my co-workers were doing it, and I didn’t want to be left out). With my enrollment, I got two free personal training sessions. Usually, free personal training sessions are a sales tactic to get you to buy even more sessions, but my trainer was actually interested in helping me with my problem areas (probably because he realized I was a broke college student).
One useful tip he gave me was that if I wanted to balance out my pear-shaped body, I should try to build up my shoulders.
pear, pear-shapedI didn’t stay at the job (or the gym) for too long after that, but when I started P90X a few years ago, I really took that guy’s advice to heart. I was pretty good about using as heavy weights as I could for my shoulders.

But not for Body Beast Build:Shoulders – I played it smart and used low weights for my reps. I had 5-, 7.5-, and 10-pound weights so I could keep up with the workout. But I think this was a pretty good idea for the first workout, and I can try to increase the weights for the next few.
Now, I realize if I don’t lift heavy I’m not going to get wide shoulders. But let’s be honest, even these fashions won’t balance out my hips:

Dynasty Shoulder Pads, Dynasty fashions, pear-shaped, Krystle Carrington, Alexis Colby

Dynasty or Dallas? Knots Landing or Falcon Crest?
Or all of the above?

The first Mixed Martial Arts at-home workout!


Body Beast Update

I haven’t updated my last two workouts because I’ve been in a bit of flurry taking photos of myself in my undies and sending them to strangers on the internet.
I did get to see this sweet ride as a result:Beachbody, Tony Horton, Shaun T, Leandro Carvalho, Chalene Johnson, Beachbody Challenge

I signed a non-disclosure agreement so I can’t say anymore, and it might all come to nothing anyway, but I’m proud of myself for trying because this is out of my comfort zone. Way, waaaay out of my comfort zone.

When You Go Out Of Your Comfort Zone Is When Great Things Happen
On to the workout updates:

Body Beast Build: Back/Biceps, Sagi Kalev, women doing body beast
Body Beast Build: Back & Biceps – I took this workout to the gym so I could use the assisted pull-up machine (although bands would have been fine, too). It was very awkward at the gym with my laptop and the DVD, but I got it done and I went during a non-busy time. Like with the Legs workout, I had to pause several times to get all my reps in and finish the sets. I didn’t use very heavy weights but even trying to curl 8 pounds at the end of a set was a major challenge. I had muscle failure so I’d stop the DVD, rest a bit, then make another attempt. This program is kicking my butt and I love it.
Body Beast cardio, sagi Kalev, women doing body beast

Yesterday was Body Beast Cardio. In the Body Beast universe, cardio means doing squats and lunges really fast while holding weights. The format is this – an exercise for 20 seconds, an excruciating hold for 10 seconds, repeated three times. Since my lower half was still ON FIRE from Tuesday’s leg day,  this was a half-assed workout even though it was only 30 minutes. Next week should be better.

I still need to figure out how I’m going to train for my next half marathon while doing this program. I’m hoping the physical agony soreness will wear off a bit by next week and I can manage to get a few runs in before I lose interest momentum.

What’s up for the weekend?


Body Beast Build: Legs

This morning I felt as if I’d been beat up – my chest, ribs, and arms are KILLING ME. That means I got a good workout yesterday.

Today was Legs. I was dreading it, because P90X Legs&Back never did much for me – I had to make up my own routine at the gym to get that shaky-I-can’t-walk feeling. I think I just didn’t know how to bring it for that workout.

Body Beast Build: Legs

But not with Body Beast – this workout was ridiculous. It’s about 40 minutes, but it took me about an hour because the exercises took me a while, and I had to pause several times during the step-up move. That was nearly impossible for me – I was supposed to step up on the bench while holding weights. This is a very familiar exercise since I used to do this move in my old The Firm videos, but in for Body Beast I had to propel myself up using momentum more than muscles. I think the bench was just too tall for me. For the guys in the video, the bench came just below their knees, but for me, it was higher than my knees. Next time I do this legs DVD, I’ll take down my old Fanny Lifter and use that.

Today’s weights were 10-, 12-, 15-, 20-, and 25 pounds. The heavier weights were fine for squats at the start of the workout, but I dropped waaay down for the lunges. I also couldn’t quite figure out how to do the deadlift with the barbell between my legs. I couldn’t figure out how to do it with just dumbbells, either. I’ll have to work on that.

I was hoping to get in a short run today, but that’s just not happening. I will just pop on the treadmill for a walk so I won’t be super-duper sore tomorrow.

Over all, this was a great leg workout. My legs are the flabbiest, most unattractive part of my body so they need the most work. Yes, I know, you can’t spot-reduce, but I’m still hopeful that when I finish Body Beast I won’t be embarrassed to wear shorts. Maybe.



Spending Time with Sean from The Bachelor

This morning I had a 6am date with Sean Lowe from The Bachelor.Sean Lowe from the Bachelor, wedding, Body Beast But he wasn’t wearing a tuxedo.
Sean Lowe the Bachelor, Sagi Kalev, Body Beast
유씨 and I started the Body Beast workout program today.
Day 1 is Build: Chest / Tris.
Build Chest Tris

OMGWTFBBQ was that a tough workout. I haven’t felt this shaky since, never. I thought it wouldn’t that big of a deal because
-I’ve done a few rounds of P90X;
-There aren’t all that many actual exercises in this video;
-We watched it last night and I was annoyed by how many and how long the breaks were; and
-I used relatively light weights: 8-, 10-, 12- and 15 pounds. (The 15s didn’t make it into the second set of exercises).

Maybe it’s the sequence of the exercises? For the most part, each exercise has 4 sets: start light, go medium, then the heaviest you can, then decrease the weights back to medium or lighter weights. By the time I got to that 4th set, my arms were trembling. There were a few push-up sets in this video too, and I could manage about 3 each time. On my knees. And those breaks, boy did I need them.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Body Beast. I haven’t seen a lot of reviews on it from women, and the women who do review it are typically body builders or fitness competitors. Obviously, I’m neither; I just want to be fit and strong. And I’d like to be able to put my suitcase in the overhead compartment without assistance.

Have you tried Body Beast? Would you?

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