Who here loves running?? — raise hand jumping up and down–
I have pretty much always been a runner. I played sports my whole life, and when I got older and they got serious most of them included running. 8th grade I was into field hockey.. 9th-11th I played mid field in soccer, senior year I took on cross country, and all 4 years of high school I ran track.
After high school I strayed away from the whole running scene for a while. I went through some hard times, some good times and eventually near the end of college I found myself unmotivated, self conscious, and out of breath walking up 1 flight of stairs. I may not have been completely out of control weight wise, but I packed on a good 10-12 pounds.– & on a girl that isn’t even 5 foot, that shows EVERYWHERE!!!
So then after doing a few at home programs it got me back in the running spirit!! I trained for the Disney Half Marathon and it was AMAZINGGGGG! Then eventually I did the Hershey Half, and the Run for the Diamond in Berwick, Pa (15k race). After all of that I decided I wanted to take on a marathon. Sadly, so many things came up that I had to defer- but I’m coming for you next year Wineglass Marathon!!!
With all of this upset, I was in search of a change of pace. I did the 21 Day fix when my friends did it, and I, as well as them had amazing transformations!! However, I was in the mood for something COMPELTELY different! This is when I turned to Body Beast!
I am in the second phase and honestly, I am LOVING it! It takes me back to high school strength training class, which we were allowed to take instead of gym. In other words, it was exactly what I needed!
So you have watched the infomercials on tv and think, heyyyy Alyssa, that program is for BOYS ONLY! Well, hold your horses! This program is literally for everyone! So yes, it might be low rep, high weight and look a little intimidating. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t shaking in my knees when I pressed play on day one.
One thing I definitely recommend doing is READING THE BOOK! They give you a whole guide to this program ,and I suggest you use it 🙂 There is information on each workout, the science behind it, nutrition, and the supplements. Plus RECIPES! Who doesn’t love getting recipes handed to you!
This is the one area that I am still trying to find my “nich”. The program has a whole calculation for you based on your body fat % and weight and height and all that fun stuff in order to figure out what to eat daily. I am going to warn you now, it is A LOT of food! I did my first 2 weeks eating like the meal plan said to. I was finding that certain days I was SO HUNGRY and other days I could barely eat half the food I was supposed to. It was probably just me and maybe not going 100% everyday, or not being as active or maybe over active some days. Either way I decided to go away from the meal plan that went with the Body Beast workout.
I really liked the 21 Day Fix when I did it and fell in love with the container system. (THIS is where I got my 21 Day Fix!) So I figured maybe I would try that, but add a few more veggies and carbs. That seemed to work pretty well, but some days still wasn’t enough. So right now I am just free floating with my nutrition plan. I still keep it clean (mostly) and appropriate portion sizes. I will tell you that I do NOT eat perfect by any means, I still have cheat meals and its something I am working on! I have a ton of go to recipes like my balsamic chicken recipe to keep on track!
I may be up in the air with my meal plan, but one thing is do know for sure is the results are REAL! My favorite transformation so far with this are my calves! Maybe its just me, but mannn ohhh mann I am really loving the calf results. The rest are awesome too, I am getting definition in my stomach, my hips are trimming and my booty is getting lifted!
Scale wise, there hasn’t been too much movement, which honestly I didn’t expect to lose POUNDS, I was looking to tone and lose inches. Which is exactly what has happened so far. I am finished with the build phase and I am currently about half way through the bulk phase. In two weeks I’ll be moving into the BEAST phase! Which I am really excited for!
I would 100% recommend this to someone! You don’t have to use heavy weights, use whatever you feel comfortable with! right now I use 0-20 pounds. Some arm exercises I can’t do the full exercise with even 2.5 pounds weights! But then some leg exercises I can use 20 pounds.
When you get a Body Beast Challenge Pack you can either get it with Shakeology or the Supplements. I got it with the supplements. So you get a base shake, fuel shot, suma, and creatine. Being a girl I use the base shake and fuel shot usually 4-5 times a week, the creatine I use one scoop maybe once a week. I Never take the suma because that is full of testosterone, and I don’t need that!!! If you are wondering why I don’t take the creatine as often, it is because I have read mixed reviews on women taking it. there are some good and some bad, so I just take it here and there. I also drink Shakeolgoy daily for breakfast (this is where I got mine from >> HERE. I Use this for my dense dose of nutrition, even though people only think it is for weight loss, it is actually a nutritional shake if you do the research on it. Then I just started using Beachbody’s E&E powder as well. Which I am not sure why I haven’t use this sooner, totally kick starts my workout and keeps me going if I do a double , without leaving me feel poopy, yes I said poopy, afterwards.
If you have any questions about this program or if it might be a good fit for you, just shoot me an email! I would be happy to give you the inside scoop on what I know! firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on facebook–> fb.com/arbobber