The short answer is a resounding YES. Try to stay on diet, drink Shakeology every day and lift heavy. Results will follow. This isn’t a weight loss program, it’s a muscle building one so the scale isn’t a good indicator of progress but over the last 3 three months I have lost 14lbs. I say the scale isn’t a good indicator, because at times I have been down 16/17lbs – then muscle grows.
All my pants are now too big – which is a nice problem to have – and I had to buy a smaller belt because the tightest notch on my old one is to loose. Even my “tight” pants fit well now. The same weight of muscle occupies much less volume than fat; loosing inches around the waist can actually make you weigh heavier. It’s not a bad thing, I feel better than I have in a long time.
The program has two different calendars. LEAN BEAST and HUGE BEAST. The main difference is the amount of calories called for during the different phases (BUILD, BULK and BEAST) of the program and how much cardio on the calendar. I went with the LEAN BEAST calendar, and will stick with it. I don’t feel the need to get as huge as Sagi Kalev!
But I don’t like lifting weights.
Neither did I. I’ve always found weights boring; I’m a runner and before putting on my excess flab used to run several days a week and had completed sever 21k(half-marathon) races. Being in love with cardio as I was I first went to Insanity and Insanity Max:30. I enjoyed both programs immensely, but didn’t get the results I was looking for from them and quickly regained the little weight I lost. I also found that by the end of the programs my body just didn’t want to do that push any more – so I started looking for something different.
Which led me to BodyBeast. I can’t tell you how glad I am that it did. Lifting weights by myself was boring – especially because I really didn’t know what I was doing. Sagi keeps the pace consistent, has a wonderful sense of humour and before you know it you are done. Sore, but stronger. There is nothing quite like the feeling of the pump in your arms after his Bulk: Arms workout. Like my bicep is going to tear right out of my skin; it hurts so good. I’m going directly into a second round.
Give it a try, you will love it too. Oh, and something they never told me as a runner. Yeah you burn a lot of calories on a long run, but your body stops that burn a couple hours later; while lifting weights causes your muscles to continue to burn calories for up to 72 hours! The whole time your muscles are sore, they are building, repairing and consuming calories like crazy.
What do I need?
Just a few dumbbells, a bench, stability ball, or something stable and a pull up bar or resistance band to hook onto something. They also recommend an EZ-curl bar. I went through most of the program without the curl bar, using the dumbbells instead. I have since found the curl bar much more effective for those specific exercises than the dumbbells, but you really don’t need it.
Does BodyBeast really work? It certainly does. Three months and what a difference.