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The “Real Deal” Body Beast Workout Review


In the Fitness Community “The Body Beast Workout”
is Well Known as “The Best Workout… But is it Really as Good as
They Say?
Here is What I Found out…

When you're done reading this you will have enough info regarding The Body Beast Workout in a very open-minded, objective way and be able to make a fact based decision on this fitness program… and from a source you can always trust 😉

So you wanna…

Get big? Get Ripped? Get Toned?
Lose Fat… Gain Muscle?
All From Your Home Or The Gym?

Well then BODY BEAST is the workout that can do all that and can also be tailored to your specific situation whether you are a man or a woman…. whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 50 pounds… whether you want to get jacked or get lean

Ladies hear me ROAR! Don't worry about “bulking up” with this workout! You could choose to go that route, but you are more likely to get that slim, toned beachbody you have been craving!

You want to know all you can about Body Beast before you buy it right? Well grab a protein shake and get ready for the best review of this workout on the interwebs!

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UPDATED: September, 2017 – Over 400 Comments Below!

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Chris… Does It Work?


That's me Fit Dad Chris after 2 days of Body Beast!! 😉 JK

At the end of the day it works! In fact pretty much any workout you do is going to work if you do one thing…. DO IT! There is no magic out there. Sure there are plans, routines, and workouts like this that if you follow will get you results. So do yourself a favor. Read the review see what this program is about…. buy it… follow it… get results… look good and most important feel good. Simple as that! Ready?? Good now beast up!

I have jumped into the Body Beast workout many times over the years simply because it does work.

I like to do it a few weeks at a time, because I like to switch it up and go back to some old school weight lifting and give my body a break from training for races etc… “Most reading this would follow the whole program though”

I love how my body reacts to it as well! Think you are in shape? Bust out any of the Beasty workouts and I bet you will be super sore tomorrow 😉


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What Is Body Beast?

  • It is a serious workout that involves lifting weights! I say that because many home workouts are all about cardio and moving around etc…. Sure P90X has weights as well, but Body Beast takes it to the next level in my opinion.
  • This is old school weight lifting at its best.
  • Drop setssuper-setsgiant sets…. need I say more!
  • If you want to pack on some muscle and get lean and hard then the BEAST is for you!

What Equipment Is Needed For Body Beast?


  • Dumbbells – “You will want some decent weight variations. I am pretty strong, but I started with 5-25lb adjustable dumbbells and 2 30lb dumbbells. That worked well.” My next purchase are BowFlex 55lb Adjustables… they might seem $$$, but you get a lot of weight variations. I went to walmart and it was about $1 a lb so you save a ton this way. When I get them I will do a review on them! Hey so… it has only been a year lol, but check out my Bowflex 552 SelectTech review that I just posted.
  • Bench – Get a bench if you can otherwise you can use a blow up exercise ball. They do have a guy doing modified moves. Ha actually the one guy is Sean Lowe from the Bachelor. I was wondering where he got so jacked from 😉 Anyways the first few times I did the workout I had to follow the modifier and use an exercise ball. Now that I am in my garage gym it is much better with a bench.
  • Pull Up Bar – Again if you can use a real pull up bar then do so and use a pull up assist band if you have too. The first few times I had to use bands which was OK, but of course real pull ups are always better.
  • That is really it… like I said you can follow the modified and get away with just some dumbbells, a stability ball, and some resistance bands.

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What To Expect?

  • SORE!!! – You are going to get sore! I have to say I had not really done any old school lifting in awhile. The first time I did Build-chest/tris I have to say I was sore for days! Also remember my heaviest weights were only 30lbs!!!
  • Go at your own pace and write down the weights you use. Take notes if the weight was too much or too little and adjust the next time around. That is the only way you are going to get stronger and bigger.
  • There is a Build & Bulk phase which you can choose from. Not like it is easy to get all jacked up, but for me at 6'3″ I know I am never going to be huge nor am I looking for that sort of physique. I choose the Build phase which focuses more on getting you I would say in beach shape then huge… In reality you are going to look good doing either and get results.
  • Watch out for LEG DAY! I could not walk for 2 days lol.
  • Also watch out for Sagi Kalev and he jokes and jabs at the guys for being girly men. His accent and funny way of saying things is pretty funny!!


Why I Am Doing Body Beast?

  • I tend to be all over with my workouts some times. Since I am gearing up for some obstacle races, triathlons, and whatever else comes my way I like to really mix it up. I will do a lot of running, biking, Insanity, T25, and P90X3 or whatever Beachbody workout I feel like popping in.
  • Last summer I decided to switch it up with some Bodybeast and I loved how my body reacted to it, so now I am trying to do this for about 3 -4 weeks then I am going to jump into more cardio training to prepare for my races.

As of now April 1, 2014 I have started the Build phase and will post back any new thoughts I have on the workout. Overall the workout is legit since I have done it in 2-3 week sessions over the last year! You are going to get worked and you are going to get sore. If you want to build muscle, get strong, and build those show muscles then the BEAST is for you!

Does It Really Work?

  • I am working on a new section on the blog… so stand by, but to be honest any program works if you do one simple thing! Follow it, stick with it, and work hard! Simple as that!
  • I took a break from this workout because I was doing a lot of training for my tri, 5k mud races, and Spartan races, but I love the strength and definition it added.
  • You are getting a great workout plan here! Want it to work?
  1. Pick the lean or bulk schedule
  2. Have your diet in check and food ready to go
  3. Write down all you do and increase your weights every workout even if it is only a few pounds.
  4. Report back to me in 90 days and lets talk!!! BEAST UP!

Is Body Beast For Women and/or Beginners?

  • Yes of course! I get a lot of females asking if the beast is OK for them or they are worried they might bulk up too much. The truth is bulking up for a woman is hard. Very possible, but you really gotta push, get that diet in check and work hard! All I can say is GO HERE and look at the before and after pictures of the woman and you will see they are not super huge, but more defined, toned, and lean.
  • As for beginners this is a GREAT WORKOUT! I wish I had this when I started. You get a great foundation of knowledge or great techniques and systems in bodybuilding. You also get the person doing the modified moves with limited equipment which a lot of beginners may need.
    • Overall yes it is for you! Push play, follow the videos, eat right, stay on track and you will be amazed at your transformation!

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How Long Are The Workouts

It varies, but below are the times. Most Build Phase workouts are longer and the Bulk Phase are shorter.

Build Phase

  • Build Legs: 38 min
  • Build Chest/Tris: 48 min
  • Build Back/Bis: 50 min
  • Build Shoulders: 38 min

Bulk Phase

  • Bulk Legs: 41 min
  • Bulk Arms: 35 min
  • Bulk Chest: 30 min
  • Bulk Back: 29 min
  • Bulk Shoulders: 35 min

Other Workouts

  • Beast Abs: 10 min
  • Beast Cardio: 38 min
  • Beast Total Body: 38 min

Day 1: Chest/Tri’s

  • The Chest/Tri’s workout consists of mostly exercises that I have been doing for years, but the big difference is the super sets and drop sets that are done in all the workouts! Chest and Tri’s workout is 49 minutes from start to finish, and gives you a great pump. The entire Build block consists mostly of 15, 12, and 8 rep sets on just about every exercise. Some of the exercises in this workout include a 8 rep drop set following the last 8 rep set which really gives that pumped feeling. The sets are designed to start with light weights for the 15 rep set and then increase the weight on the next sets while decreasing the number of reps. The workout includes all classic exercises like incline bench presses, dumbbell flys, tricep kick backs, and close grip presses. To really increase your muscle pump you also get a partial flat bench fly, decline push ups, and close grip push ups. Awesome workout for chest and tri’s, really gives you a pump.

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Day 2: Legs

  • This workout is by far the hardest of all the workouts that I have done up until this point.  Even though the workout lasts only 38 minutes the pain lasted for 2 days.  My legs were really sore after this one because you are working a lot of muscles you normally don’t work with just squats and dead lifts.  Anyway this workout continues along with the drop sets of 15, 12, and 8 for almost all the exercises.  There are a lot of old favorites here, but Sagi adds some interesting combinations.  For instance one giant set in this workout contains parallel squats, Bulgarian squats, and straight leg dead lifts, one after another for 15, 12, 8  in each set.  So yes you are doing 45 reps in one set of this exercise series.  Sagi also throws in some step ups, calf raises, and lunges.

Day 3: Back/Bi’s

  • This workout is a classic combination with back and bi’s.  Some old favorites are mixed in here, but the workout is so effective because of the drop sets and the number of reps you are performing.  The back and bi workout is 50 minutes long and really gives your biceps a huge pump.  During this workout you will perform pull ups, pull overs, EZ bar rows, one arm bent over rows, close grip chin ups, EZ bar curls, seated dumbbell curls and a Sagi favorite 1,1,2 hammer curls.  My arms are probably my worst developed body part so I am counting on changing that with workouts like this.

Day 4: Cardio & Abs

  • The cardio workout is a 30 minute full body, high intensity workout that really gets you sweating.  This workout combines squats, running in place, squat jumps, mountain climber, jumping lunges, dead-lifts, plyo push ups, and planks.  The workout focuses on 20 seconds of explosion and intensity then a hold for 10 seconds for most of the exercise really giving you a burn.  This is a fast paced workout that will keep your body burning calories throughout the day after you have completed the workout!
  • The abs workout is only 11 minutes but boy do you feel it the next day. I could not get through all the exercise without stopping the 1st time I attempted this workout. Sagi focuses again on classic ab exercises including crunches, hip ups, Russian twists, windshield wipers, and cobras. Sagi does add some twists here making you perform a spider-man crunch, which consists of a plank where you bring you knee to your elbows. Also a bucket drop where you are in a plank and then bring your knee across under you body putting your outside hip almost to the ground. Finally, you finish with his version of the leg raise where you spell BEAST with your feet forward and backwards…Awesome!

Day 5: Shoulders

  • The shoulders workout lasts 39 minutes and really concentrates on hitting all the muscles of your shoulder to give them that rounded look.  Again Sagi focuses on the 15, 12, 8 rep and set method for this workout.  Many of the exercises you are used to doing appear here just with that special set routine that really gives you the pump! This workout includes shoulder press, lateral raises, upright rows, rear delt raises, and shrugs.  Sagi does add 2 exercise I have never seen before which are the underhand shoulder press and the Sagi 6 way.  Underhand shoulder press is exactly how it sounds, it is a shoulder press in front, but with your palms facing in towards your body while holding the barbell.  The Sagi 6 way is 6 moves equal one rep.  This exercise includes a lateral raise, moved to a front raise, then into a seated skull crush, and then back out the same way equaling 6 moves. Killer!!!!  Also he introduces you to the 1,1, 2 rep which is front raises 1,1 being each arm and then both arms together equaling one rep…..Burn!!!

Day 6: Rest

  • This is just as an important day as the workout days because your body needs time to rest and repair.  With workouts like this it is so important to give your muscles the time they need to rest.  Over training happens a lot and can really set you back.  Take time to rest and concentrate on your diet on this all important day!

Day 7: Chest/Tri’s

Same as above, just that much better the 2nd time through the workouts!

 Week 2:                                                                         Week 3:

Day 1: Legs                                                                   Day 1: Shoulders

Day 2: Back/Bi’s                                                         Day 2: Rest

Day 3: Shoulders                                                        Day 3: Chest/Tri’s 

Day 4: Rest                                                                    Day 4: Legs

Day 5: Chest/Tri’s                                                      Day 5: Back/Bi’s

Day 6: Legs                                                                    Day 6: Shoulders

Day 7: Back/Bi’s                                                          Day 7: Cardio/Abs

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  • The bulk series is new school bodybuilding routines to pump you up in ways you never imagined.  Here is the breakdown of the workouts for the Bulk Series.
  • The workouts rotate through the next 6 weeks having you complete the same body part you do on the 1st you will do on day 7.

Bulk – Chest- This workout is 30:07 minutes and combines super sets, force sets, and progressive sets to take you chest to another level.

Bulk- Back – Being only 29 minutes long you can’t imagine how difficult this workout is.  My back has always been a weak point in my physique, and that is no longer the case after this workout program!

Bulk – Shoulders These shoulder exercises focus on the posterior delts or the back of the shoulder to give your shoulders a more 3D look.  This workout is roughly 35 minutes and has really made my shoulders much rounder and defined.

Bulk – Arms – This workout focuses on your bi’s and tri’s to get you the big arms you have always wanted.  Lots of super sets in this workouts that really pronounce the hypertrophy effect.  Again this workout is only about 35 minutes.

Bulk – Legs – This workout is a little longer at 41 minutes but will definitely get you some huge legs!


During these weeks you are only going to see two new workouts.  You will see Beast Total Body and Beast Lucky 7.  The majority of the weeks is a mix of all three phases of the program including build, build, and beast workouts all mixed together to give you great results.

Beast – Total Body – This workout has it all including pull ups, push ups, weighted squats, crunches, weighted lunges, dumbell deadlifts, biceps curls and triceps kickbacks.  It is a fast paced full body workout that keeps your heartrate high the whole time.  Approximately 38 minutes of pure awesome-ness……

Beast – Lucky 7 – This workout is only 22 minutes but is crazy intense. This workout is 7 sets of exercises performed 7 times each.  This is the ultimate pump! I am not going thru every set but here is an example of one of the pyramid sets.  You start this one by laying on the floor and doing a tricep skull crusher, then a chest press, then a crunch with the weight in front of you.  You start with one rep each then work your way to 7 reps each…..NUTS…..SO PUMPED BRO!

Well, I am finally finished with the Body Beast program and couldn’t be happier.  I have never done anything like this before and I was really impressed.  The only down side to this workout program is you really need a pretty good amount of weight for this program in order to get results.  The good news is that you can print out the workout sheets to take to the gym with you if you don’t have the weights at home.  Here is the bottom line with this program.  I started in pretty good shape, and still got results.  Imagine what it can do for you….

Check Out Fit Dad Kens Beasty Results! Nice Work Man!

Before Body Beast

Start: 205 lbs with 12.4 % body fat

After Body Beast

End: 199 lbs with 9.5 % body fat. I lost weight and gained 1/2 inch on my chest and arms!

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  • Teresa says:

    How long are the workouts? My husband and I have started p90x3, and love the intensity we can bring to a workout that fits into our time schedule. We might want to try this after x3 if it isn’t too long. Thanks for answering.

    • Chris says:

      Hey Teresa! Actually I started up some Build:Chest & Tris this morning…. 48 minutes. I am gonna be sore tomorrow 😉

      The workouts vary from 29 minutes to about 50 minutes. Most workouts in the Build Phase are longer and the Bulk phase are shorter.

      Like I said I really enjoying doing this for a few weeks at a time. I feel like doing Insanity, P90X3, T25 etc… really gets my core and stability in check, but I love blasting my muscles with some old school moves!

      Usually I will do Body Beast Mon-Wed-Friday and Insanity on Tues-Thurs, but the cardio in Body beast is prettty hard core too so I may just stick to the Build schedule the next few weeks although I have Tough Mudder coming up on October 11th so I definitely need to get some running on my legs!

      Keep me posted I would love to hear what you think about THE BEAST!

      • Mike says:

        Was your luck with the program good? I am looking to bulk up and was wondering about this program. I have 14% body fat and I am wondering if this program will help me lower my percentage and bulk up at the same time?

  • Nicole says:

    Hey! I’m in the beta round of T25 and I have seen minimal results. I want to get more muscle definition. Do I need the supplements that come with body beast or is using my own protein powders good enough?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Nicole… your own protein should suffice. What are you using? I would also start writing out your diet and knowing all your calories, fats, carbs, proteins etc… Check out Spark People which is free site that helps you track it all.
      Definition is definitely going to come from fat loss, but also building your muscle.


  • Chris says:

    Hi Chris,
    I just finished UFC FIT and feel like I’m in pretty good shape. I’m at about 9% body fat but I would like to do a program for bulking up. Is Body Beast what I’m looking for?

  • Clint says:

    Two questions: does beast include stretching routine like P90’s? And does the leg workout cover hamstrings or just quads & calves?

    • Chris says:

      No individual stretching… c’mon big dudes don’t stretch!! LOL Just Kidding.

      They do a very basic warmup in the beginning and stretch at the end of the workouts. If you have access to any other stretch routines I would def give them a go during the week!

      Oh yeah you get your hammies worked. You are doing some deadlift moves, but you never do any type of hamstring curls.

      All I know is for 2 days after I did the leg workout I could barely sit on the toilet..

  • Raymond says:

    Hi Chris! I really love your website. The Beast Body review was exteremely useful! I am thinking about getting it. I’ve tried Insanity, and now I am ready to take it up a notch. Keep up the great work.


    Raymond Chang

  • Manuel says:

    Hey chris. I just want to know. Can i get a 10, 15 and 25 lbs weights only. Or do i need any other numbered weights. Also will i need to consult a doctor. Since i tried insanity and like 3 weeks later i had to go to the hospital because my chest hurted. I need to know if by trying this weights will i encounter any health problems with breathin or chest or even heart problem. I kno the soreness is natural ok with that. But if theres any medical precautions i have to take. I would like to know. Thanks. P.S. One more question. If the routines schedule is everyday. Is it ok to do it 3 days a week. Will i get the same results. Evn though it may take longer than 90 days. Appreciate if you do reply.

  • Elsie says:

    Hi Chris, my husband and I watched the infomercial a few weeks ago, then managed to buy it off of a friend, we haven’t started it yet we are working on getting all the equipment, but my question is, what if you are a straight up newbie? I played basketball in school, but I’m not in good shape. My hubby has an upper hand he works for warehouse, but I’m a stay at home mommy. I’m ready to feel the burn and get into shape, but my weights would be a 20 lb max should I start here or look for something else? I’m 5’8 260 lbs. I have alot to loose.

    • Chris says:

      Hey there Elsie congrats on getting started! If you read my whole review you can see I never did more than 30lbs so I think you will be fine with 20lb. Just go at your own pace and work on good form. If you feel tired take a break.

      I mean listen whenever I start this workout up again I get SUPER SORE!!! So I mean don’t go nuts I am sure you will be hurting…. That will go away after the first week or so and after 2 weeks you are going to really start feeling the changes. Please keep me posted!

  • jason walczuk says:

    Diet is my downfall… I am told it is critical for body beast. Is the diet hard to follow?

    • Chris says:

      Eh I mean critical if you really want to put on slabs of muscle. If you want to build muscle you have to EAT and by EAT I mean the right foods, the right amount of protein etc….

      If you follow the workout and eat even a half way decent diet you are going get results for sure, it just really depends how far you want to go with… I mean don’t let not following the given diet plan keep you from working out! I would rather you working out and eating not so great then not working out and not eating great. Know what I mean?

  • Anne says:

    Is this workout for women also to lose weight? Or is of for people already in “shape” looking to define muscle?

    • Chris says:

      Oh yeah of course! I would focus on the build phase. The funny thing is women worry about BULKING up! Even men say I don’t want to get that BIG! I say… go ahead and try it! Not to say it is not possible, but getting big requires working out hard and eating enough to feed your muscles… so anyways as a women I would follow this workout and you will do great and be presently surprised.

  • Rudy says:

    Hi Chris,

    You said there is a build/bulk phase. Does the program tell you when to switch to the other phase or is it more of a preference thing? Thanks.

    • Chris says:

      Yeah I think it is more of a preference thing. Depending on your fitness level matters in my opinion. If you have not touched weights in a long time I would go with the build phase and get your strength up and your foundation going… then you can revisit the bulk phase.

  • Ale, says:

    Whats up Chris im about 2 1/2 weeks into body beast lost about 10lbs already. My question is when can i expect to see some real results . So far my arms are tighter and harder but not much else. Thanks.

    • Chris says:

      Nice work! Real Results!! 10lbs is not real to you?? 😉 JK I know what you are saying…. honestly another 2 weeks and I think you might start to see some WOW results to yourself! It takes time to really see the results that is why most programs are 60 days. Trust me though if you follow this you are going to see a huge difference, I mean you are only 2 weeks in and down 10lbs! That is awesome… now with more muscle being built don’t focus as much on the lbs lost, but how your clothes are fitting and how you are feeling in your own skin! Muscle ways more than fat… make sense?

  • Evin says:

    Hey Chris I’m leaving for the military and wanted to get into amazing shape before hand but does it effect running time?

  • Sara says:

    In order to build muscle you want to bulk which includes eating at a surplus. Which is why im assuming it comes with a meal plan as well. Then you lean out by eating at a deficit. So the first comment in the page prob isn’t seeing results bc he’s not eating enough. Lots of carbs and protein! You’ll gain fat too but it’s the only way to build muscle! You can make something from nothing!

    • Chris says:

      Well yes and no…. I truly feel there is no reason you cannot get big and lean at the same time…. It will happen if you keep the diet in check…. It really comes down to finding what works for you. I know that can sound like a “cop out” answer, but it is true… our bodies are all different.

  • Julie says:

    Hey Chris ! Great info on here. I am 5 8′ 150.. 4O Yo mama of 4.. I’ve been looking for something to tone/ rip up a bit like the old days. I’m a free weights type girl – for some reason the gym intimidates me with the machines and I never know what to “do” how many reps , how many sets, which machine do I do to get this result.. ECt. Soo I’m hoping this alone will keep me at home with my time restraints, and allow me to cut the membership at the gym off… Thoughts? Am I in the right direction by going w this program .. I just ordered the beast this morning

    • Chris says:

      Julie! Beast Up! Yea you are right on with this program. Just follow along and you are good to go. Write it all down so you figure out the weights that work best for you going forward. Might take a few sessions to really get it right, but this is going to be perfect for you! Keep me posted!

      • Theresa says:

        Looking at your comments to Julie, I had a question as a woman that is new to any weight lifting. Is this a good starting program for a person that has been to scared to try at the gym?
        I want to register for my first Spartan race. I have zero upper body strength. But have over six months to train. I thought this would be a great way to build that muscle I will need to complete a Spartan.

  • Chris says:

    Great review. Is a DVD player necessary, or can I transfer the videos onto my phone/iPad and bring them to the gym?

    • Chris says:

      You can do that, but honestly with this workout you can print the sheets for the most part and do it like that. If you don’t know how to do an exercise watch the video before hand. You would have to rip the DVD’s and not sure the best way to do that ya know.

      • Bill Shirk says:


        So I want to understand your reply above correctly. I can print the workouts and go to my gym and do them and not worry about buy the equipment for my house? One more thing, I run and train for 1/2 marathons and below so I think I get enough cardio. I’m thinking I can substitute the cardio day with my runs? Thanks.

  • Chrome says:

    Hey Chris love your blog, Just recieved my body beast i just read all the materials can’t wait to get started. My question is what supplements should I use? I did not order BB seemed a little expensive any help would be appreciated thanks.

    • Chris says:

      Awesome!! I would save find a good protein shake and some creatine. Maybe even a pre/post workout drink as well.

      If you are really looking to put on muscle I would say keep a journal of what you eat and how many calories, carbs etc…

      If you are getting enough from just food you are OK, but adding a few shakes is always helpful.

  • Art Zulaica says:

    I was trying to order this body beast. at first seemed ok and was willing to pay what it FIRST said. every step added $5, before confirming shipping had gone up and tax added. why can’t you just be honest up front…
    sad cause I was really excited about trying this program….good luck

    • Chris says:

      Honest? Not sure what you mean? I don’t sell the actual product…. so not sure what the added fees were for etc…

      Without knowing the added $5 stuff even so if the workout was $200 it would be worth it in my opinion.

      I don’t mind spending money on things that I know will better my life. The big thing is actually using what we buy right 😉

  • Logan Decker says:

    whats does “beast” do thats different from the other 2? is it something you can do and skip all the rest or can you only do it once you built and then bulked?

  • Dan says:

    Chris, willing to commit to 2 rounds of the program. Should I do bulk first and then lean? (I have done p90x, insanity, t25 in the past and currently do a “best of” combo of all of the above). I never seem to get in great shape but I eat what I want really… And that’s ok.

    • Chris says:

      Hey Dan yea I hear ya! I think adding this will really shock your system I know it did for me.

      Eat what you want for the most part, but make some tiny changes ya know….. if you drink coffee cut back on the sugar or cream or eat 3 slices of pizza instead of 4 lol. It all adds up!

  • Glen vasquez says:

    Looks good thanks for the review my only concern is me being a truck driver the only problem for me I believe is the meal plans in the program I myself enjoy running triathlons,1st and half I carry dumbells in my truck jump rope rode and mountain bikes , making meals is my biggest problem any suggestions on the meals this program has if it would be convenient

    • Chris says:

      Hey Glen awesome to hear… Yea man I think your biggest thing will prepping your food before hand… Keep it all in a big cooler…

      For me I am pretty good eating the same stuff so I can prep for a whole week and be content. I would say figure out what you like and cook in bulk. The diet guide has some good stuff just have to figure out what you like ya know.

  • Glen vasquez says:

    How do you feel this program will work if you are a truck driver I believe the toughest part would be following the meal plans Wich is sometimes hard to make in a truck with limeted resources any advice

  • Henry S P says:

    Chris awesome information. My name is Henry from beautiful wine country Napa California, I’m about to order body beast today 12/01/2014. I’m tired of being out of shape being a soccer player for most of my life time to grab this laziness from the throat. I just had a question about the equipment. How many different types of weights do I need and also do I need a bench. Thank you

    • Chris says:

      Hey Henry! Well at first I just had my adjustable 25lb dumbbells and a blow up exercise ball. They have one guy in the workouts using the ball…

      For best results I would say have a bench, pull up bar and more weights, but honestly I was more sore then ever with just the adjustable up to 25lb and that exercise ball LOL!

  • Cassandra says:

    Hey I’m 5’3″ 165lbs I want to get down to 120 and kind of throw in some noticable muscle tone but still have a woman’s softness any suggestions.

    • Chris says:

      All I can say is beast up! When you see the toned body you want you can dial it down a bit. It is very hard for a woman to get very muscular so I think you will do just fine

  • Ava says:

    I really want a nice build for my body. But I don’t want to be super buff. Should I still go through both the build and the bulk stage and complete the Body Beast program

  • Marcus Adams says:

    I’ve done Insanity, Insanity Asylum, P90X, Insanity/P90X Hybrid. Decided to give Beast a go. I just turned 51 and I have a PT test next week. I look forward to out doing the 20, 30 and now 40 year olds. Good info on your posts!!

  • Recee Monette says:

    Goood evening,

    I am a wife of a United Marine – my husband has always been in pretty good shape – I on the other hand have been in olay shape – I have been looking for a workout that will total transform my body but where I will have the time to dedicate as well. I am looking to get ripped and cut but not lose my womanly features if you will – I would like to give my husband a WOW factor when he sees me – he is currently deployed and will not return until August of 2015 – will this program help me to get in shape and not have a manly figure when he returns – any assistance and help will be greatly appreciated.

    • Chris says:

      Hey there! I wish safety and a quick return to your husband.

      This workout will honestly do it all for you. Stay in the higher rep range and pay attention to how your body adapts. It is very hard for a woman to get a manly body… heck it is hard for a man to get a manly body sometimes 😉

  • Kevin Wevley says:

    Would you suggest this for a 15 year old who is trying to beef up and get stronger for wrestling?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Kevin I would probably have him doing more functional type workouts and maybe some power lifting type moves for the strength.

      Is he a freshmen now? Insanity Asylum is a great overall sports training workout which will def give him more agility and stamina, but I also feel with wrestling it is practice, practice, practice, just like any sport. Unless you are like HULK strong it is going to be technique and strategy that will have him winning in the long rung… Just my 2 cents!

  • Matt says:

    Hey Chris. I am thinking about trying this but I don’t know anything about weight lifting. I was wondering if this would be suited for a very skinny person with no weight lifting experience. My goal is to add muscle.

    • Chris says:

      Yeah Matt ya gotta learn some time right? 😉 They give you a good overview of form. Start light so you can focus on form the first week or so, then go up a bit in weight. I think you will do great! Be prepared to be very sore. You might even want to do half the amount of sets the first week….. OR better yet maybe stick to just the 15 rep sets and skip the others for the first week. See how you feel. I have seen people who never lifted before get SUPER sore so just listen to your body.

  • Randy says:

    I’m a varsity 182lb wrestler for my high school. I am muscular but not shredded (love handles, and a bit of a gut). If I did this program could I replace my fat with muscle and stay within 2lb of my weight class or would I have to wrestle at the next weight class(195lb)?

    • Chris says:

      Randy seems like you need to focus on just cleaning up your diet. I mean if you are in high school and wrestling you are prob working out like a mad man in practice! I would stick to your training you are doing now..”wrestling is in season right?” and just watch what you eat. Stop drinking soda if you do, no candy garbage or other bad carbs like french fries, white breads etc….. Find healthy replacements… veggies, fruits, drink a ton of water… keep your protein up as well.

      Man I wish I had a tiny clue about nutrition in highschool. I pretty much always ate what I wanted which was all bad, but I was always in shape because i was playing sports and so active. If I would have changed up just a portion of my diet or cut out just soda and candy I would have had a crazy six pack! lol. Start eating right now… trust me!

      As far as this program it wold help with muscle but and fat loss for sure, but I would not do this if you are in season

  • Vicki Reiter says:

    Does Body Beast have a special program designed for women?

  • jeraldyne tan says:

    questions about equipments:

    * do i need a barbell? barbell bench?
    * or will a regular adjustable exercise bench (nothing to put the barbell to do bench presses) do?

    thanks in advance!!

    • Chris says:

      Best results would be to have barbell and bench, but you can do with just dumbbells and a blow up exercise ball. That is how I started doing this and it was fine.

  • Mindy says:

    Does this program work without adjustable dumbbells? I have to manually change the plates on my dumbbells and know that would effect the time between reps.

  • Lynn says:

    thanks so much for all of your info I’ve seen body be several times on TV and I’m finally taking the plunge wish me luck I’ll keep you informed best to everyone

  • Josh says:

    Hi Chris! Just purchased Body Beast! I’m waiting for the DVDs to arrive but started training with the app. One thing I noticed is that I couldn’t stream the videos and so I don’t know how long to rest between sets. Did you encounter this issue? If so, how did you deal with it?

  • Josh says:

    I’m a 5’11” man at 29. I’m way overweight at 300 lbs. Would it even be possible for me to begin this and even keep up? I don’t want to spend money on something my body can’t handle.

  • Jeff says:


    I been working out via work out routines they suggest for 16 months and have lost 50 lbs and built some muscle. I just got the Body Beast and after 2 work outs I feel the soreness. Thought I would be use to it after working out non-stop for 16 months. The way they go at it and amount of breaks is what I needed. I’m sore but that only means that it’s going to get better. Looking forward to the work outs.

    • Chris says:

      Congrats on the 50lb! Yeah man it is a great workout! Straight to the point and it works you! Good to change things up! I think you are going to see the best results yet in a few months from now. Keep me posted!

  • larissa says:

    I am a 59 year old woman that worked out regularly most of my life. I play volleyball, water and snow ski so am not a couch potato Always struggled with weight.I let it get out of control 5 years ago, but lost 45 pounds in two years with the help of p90x.
    I still need to lose 15 to 20 pounds, but because I looked OK I didn’t really work at it. I had shoulder surgery last year and then 6 months later arthritis surgery on my left hand. I got out of my workout routine due to the surgeries and working 10 to 12 hours a day. I am now fairly flabby. I want to know which workout would be best for me to get rid of the old lady chicken arms and tone up my legs. Should I just go back to p90x,or p90x3 which I have or get body beast.

  • Andrew D. says:

    I’ve been thinkin of ordering body beast, but have been sceptical. After reading your site, I just ordered it. Wish me luck.
    Thanks Chris

  • Tosha Yates says:

    I am female 24yr old. 5’5″ about 115lbs. Im not wanting to lose weight but I want to tone and gain muscle form. Ive had 2 children so somethings arent where id like thwm to be lol. Would you recommend this for someone as small as me?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Tosha. Yeah this program will work for you. Honestly if you can incorporate more weight training/resistance into whatever you are doing you will get more toned. I think Body Beast will get you there faster for sure.

  • Ed Arismendez says:

    I’m a 53 yr old kidney transplant recipient, I haven’t worked out in years. I need to get in shape to maintain my quality of life and my kidney. I have no recourse, I have to get in shape!

    • Chris says:

      That is the spirit! I don’t think this workout would be a good start for you. Take a look at P90 and of course you need to talk with your doctor since you have had the transplant. I do not know what limitations you may have medically.

  • Janice says:

    Hi Chris,

    I am 57 years old I have recently lost 50 pounds would like to lose about 20 more I have really bad knees a bad back I don’t know if this program would work for me. I saw the body beast infomercial it looks like there is a lot of knee work and I don’t need to stress my knees what would you recommend or can you recommend something, i’ve just been working out to home tapes that I currently have and it seems to work okay

    • Chris says:

      Hey congrats on the weight loss.

      Yeah this might be a bit much. The leg workouts are tough as well.

      I would say look at p90x3 or maybe even Piyo. I think that will be a lot better for you overall.

  • David says:

    Hey chris. I have been looking into buying beast body for a while. But haven’t have the guts to do it yet! I’m 5’7 225 pounds! I did t25 program alpha, beta, and gamma and dropped 25 pounds!!! Was so proud of myself. But sadly I have push excersise aside and gained all 25 pounds again putting me back at 225!Im ready to get back on shape but this time I want to add mass muscle. Turning fat to muscle. Which you recommend doing first build or bulk phase? I was thinking starting bulk first ro build fat to muscle then cut it with build phase.what you suggest? Also adding a whey protein low in fat for recovery and eat clean.Any pointers will help thanks for your time and reply! Planning to buy powerblock adjustable 50 pounds each dumbbells and adjustable bench.

    • Chris says:

      Hey I would do the build phase…. follow the workouts, stick to the diet as best you can. Cut out the junk. You will get results if you follow this workout, but make sure it is not just about the next 90 days, but after that or else as we all know the old habits start and the weight comes back. That was the story of my life till I decided I was going to change how I eat and live.

  • Spencer says:

    I am 19 5’10” and 280 and I know I’m way overweight but I want to lose at least 60 lbs I’m not one to give in or stop on working out but I have noticed that a lot of these videos are hard to keep up with. Do u think body beast could help me get back to my high school size without pushing me to hard? I’m tired of being big!

    • Chris says:

      Of course it can! There is one thing you will need to do though…. actually use it and follow it and stick to it. I am here for you! Lets do it man 2015 is the year to get back!

  • Todd says:


    I really enjoyed the review. I’m a fit man of 45, small frame. I run 2-3 half marathons a year but have noticed the muffin top is worse this year than in the past. My “goal” 1/2 marathon is in May and I’ve been thinking about trying to loose my middle (or at least most of it, lol). As I’m aging I think I’d like to try Beast verses T25 but I have limited time. I’d be curious about your thoughts

    • Chris says:

      Hey Todd! Nice work on the 1/2’s

      Yeah man that is a lot of running I know! I think you def need to focus on some muscle building!

      I think body beast would do you well. Depending on how your running schedule is maybe add beast 2 or 3 days a week and see how your body responds.

      T25 is good, but I think it will just add to your cardio which is all fine and good, but you def need some resistance training.

  • Mary says:

    I am a 23 year old woman 5’5 160 pounds. I’ve tried doing P90X and since I am a runner it just felt like I had to much cardio going on in my life. I have been following beast groups on fb and I love the results I see there so I think I’m going to just bite the bullet and buy beast. My question is since I’m not terribly wealthy and I don’t have a lot of space what’s the minimum I can get by with as far as equipment? Could I go to the gym and do my workouts there and use their equipment ? I want to get in shape and nothing I’m doing is working I have lifted before and loved the results so I know I will love the program but money is an issue for me as far as equipment goes. Any suggestions you have would be awesome! Also diet, what should I be eating more of and less of? I’m pretty healthy but I know beast will need me to change a bit.

    • Chris says:

      Hey there I pretty much go over what you need int he review above, but if you can get your hands on an adjustable dumbbell set 5-25lbs or a few dumbbells and a exercise ball you will be good to go!

      As far as P90X if you just stick to the workouts where you are lifting I think you would be fine with your current cardio, just do your running instead of the P90X cardio days. With that you can get way with workout bands.

  • Renee says:

    Hey there! Just saw a commercial for Body Beast. I am a 5 foot 2, 23 year old mom to a one year old. I weigh 130 which I’m okay with. I just want to be tone and honestly, cut. I am wondering if this is the program for me. This after baby belly is driving me crazy! I dont know what to do. Thanks in advance for all your help!

    • Chris says:

      Oh yeah it will do it! You want to be cut, you have to clean up the diet. Simple as that! Keep track of calories in and calories out.

      You will see great results if you stick with this workout!

      Belly fat is all DIET! You need the working out to tone and get things moving, but if you don’t change up the diet that belly may shrink a bit, but not totally.

      Also remember…. you had a baby! That is a big deal! So don’t think 9 months can go away in a month or so. Just be patient and consistent and you will get the results you are looking for.

  • Amanda says:

    Great review! I have a few body beast programs, and I’m just looking to firm up, and gain muscle, since having 3 kids. I’m 5’3″ and weigh 115 lbs. I was thinking of combining body beast and insanity. Do you have any recommendations?

    • Chris says:

      Oh yeah that is a great idea!! I did that before with BB and wrote about it with P90X here

      Basically Mon-Wed-Friday Body Beast
      Tues-Thurs Insanity!

      It is a great hybrid. The cardio in body beast is pretty intense as well.

      • Dan says:

        Good stuff by Amanda. Chris, what was your routine (which workouts) for your BB/Insanity combo? I am halfway through BB now….currently in bulk phase. Already making slight adjustments. I add an extra arms day in place of rest. Results are ok. Thought I might try the following routine when I complete BB. Let me know your thoughts on it!
        1. Bulk chest
        2. Bulk legs
        3. Bulk arms (+ abs)
        4. Bulk shoulders/Bulk back (short,can be done in 1 day)
        5. Beast cardio (or run/other cardio?)
        6. Bulk arms (+ abs)

        Then repeat, no rest day or take one if needed. Gets you 2 cardio days which beast lacks. Thoughts? Thanks Chris!

  • PG says:

    I am a 40 year old that loves exercising. I wanted to buy body beast but I have a shoulder that has limited movement in due to rotary cuff surgery years ago. Can I still get the benefits from body beast? Also, if I don’t have adjustable weights what range do I need?

    • Chris says:

      Eh.. I would take it easy if you had shoulder surgery. You really have to know your body and how it will react.

      If I were to do this workout with an old injury I would use light weight and make sure your form is perfect and any sign of pain.. STOP!

      I have had some shoulder issues and ughhh they take awhile to get better

      • Susan R. says:

        Thank you for answering the shoulder injury question. I so wanted to buy this program. I am 57 y.o. Female. A previous P90x user years ago. Out of shape after 1 year of online classes an no time for work outs. So now it is bands and treadmill. Was hoping this BB would be something I could do. But a frozen shoulder, ?

  • Jason Curtis says:

    Hey Chris, my name is Jason, and I’m 5,10 and 115lbs and 17, I have been wondering, because I am now in the bulk phase of body beast, if I should be drinking a protein shake pre and post workout. I drink Syntha 6 protein powder. I was just wanting your advise on my protein intake, and what I should cut out of my diet??

    • Chris says:

      Hey good stuff! How you feeling? Cut out all the junk of course… 😉

      Yea they usually say 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of your body weight. I am sure you will here different opinions on that, but it is a good measure to stick to. A pre and post shake is def a good idea. I would say mix a banana or something in either one as well to get some real food in there.

      What is your diet like now? Give me the daily eats!

  • Mike says:

    Whats the diet like for body beast? Is it a ton of protein and just carbs in the evening so you get shredded? I magine you have to have a fairly high calorific intake when you do this. I have done p90x and saw great results. I was thinking about doing another 90 day round of p90x to work on strengthening up more before trying Body Beast. Any thoughts?

  • Tony says:

    Chris this sounds interesting to me. I am going to be 74 in April and am very energetic. I want to burn fat and eat right. I do work 6 days a week now in a gym and could use their equipment. Could this be too hard for me?

    • Chris says:

      Wow 6 days a week at 74! Great!

      Yeah I mean if you are in there doing it and still hitting the weights, by all means go for it!

      I am sure at this stage in your life you know how to listen to your body. So if it seems to tough dial it back a notch!

  • Theresa says:

    Hi! I know cardio is an important part of any workout but P90x is way too intense for me right now, cardio wise. I can’t run without getting sick but lifting doesn’t hit me as hard. Would this be a good program to get back into having some type of physical activity in my life?

  • Teresa says:

    Hi Chris, I’m staring BB tomorrow and my question is if I can do legs two times a week instead of the 2 times a week chest or back.
    My main goal is to pack some muscle on my legs. I’m staring the bulk phase. I already have some muscle and definition on my upper body but beening a woman I whant more butt and legs. What would you recommend?

    • Chris says:

      Well… You let me know how your legs feel the day after the first workout then let me know if you want to do that twice a week 😉

      I could barely sit on the toilet for 2 days my glutes hurt so bad!! hahahah

      I mean if you can do it then go for it! Just listen to your body… those are big muscles and need that time to heal.. maybe even switch up the weights you use, but like I say you just have to know your body and see how you react.

      Keep me posted! I want to know how bad those legs hurt… in a good way 😉

  • Chad says:

    Hey Chris, I would like to explain my situation and get your feedback as I am also considering BodyBeast….I’m 5’10, 134lbs male and somewhere between 2-6% body fat (floor scale says 6%, calipers say 2-3% haha). Anyways, I first started working out in June 2014 and did Insanity month 1 twice and then did month 2. I was extremely cut and lean, however I lacked mass (I was down to 127lbs). So I decided to go on to P90X. I’m currently on the last month of P90X. I’m fairly happy with the results as far as the mass goes, but I have gained some fat (~1.5-2%), not nearly as lean as I used to be. I know its probably from the lack of cardio Insanity provided; more specifically not being in the 80% heart rate zone for an extended period of time like I was during Insanity. For the last month of P90X, I’m going to do Insanity on the Plyo, Yoga and Kenpo days. I’m sure its just a myth, but I’ve heard intense cardio could potentially have a reverse effect on building muscle mass, thoughts?

    I do eat clean, I’d say 95% of what I eat is from Tiers 1 & 2 on Michis ladder, I do 40-40-20 protein-carb-fat, and eat 2000-2100 calories a day. In P90X my calorie burn is anywhere from 500-620 (based on HRM measurement).

    I really think going on to BodyBeast next and mixing in Insanity is going to help me achieve my goal of building muscle mass, yet maintaining low body fat. I really don’t think BodyBeast alone is going to achieve this based on what I’m seeing with P90X. What are your thoughts on this? Does this sound right for me? Thanks in advance for your time!

    • Chris says:

      Hey Chad nice work! Well I mean you need to burn calories for energy right? So if you are burning more then you took in… and your glycogen stores are depleted and you have very low body fat % already… muscle is a good source of energy.

      It seems your fitness/work ethic is on point I just think you need to tweak the diet…. People get so afraid of eating more! Sometimes you have to… just make the right choices.

      GO and google BMR calculator. From your measurements I am seeing your Basal Metabolic Rate is 1600 and you say you are taking in about 2000-2100 calories a day, but you are burning 500+ so you are actually in a calorie deficit which = losing weight!

      You need to eat more protein and good carbs if you want to put size on. The guide that comes with body beast will put you on the right track.

      If you are really serious which it seems you are, spend a few $$ and find a local nutritionist to meet up with and go over your goals. The time you will save is worth it! It is also not just about eating, but when you eat…. what you eat before and after your workout, before bed etc….

      Keep me posted man!

  • Magen says:

    Hey Chris! I’ve been researching body beast and contemplating buying for a while now. I’m 5’7 and weigh 198. I have a baby girl that will be 2 in April and I can’t seem to find the time or energy to go to the gym for a few hours after having her and working 5 days a week. I live an hour from work and have to be there at 730 and don’t get home til 530 or 6. Pre pregnancy I weighed around 160 and Gained to 220. At my two week check up I was back down to 165. Of course I’ve managed to gain all of that back. I’d love to get back to 140-150. Suggestions and is body beast going to take a long time? Such as are the workouts lengthy? Ps…. I go to bed when my baby goes to bed lol

  • Wes Lewis says:

    I just finished the second week of BB. I have actually gained weight. I am staying to the meal plan as close as I can. I was just wondring if this is normal? Will I gain before I get shredded?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Wes it all depends what kind of weight… the scale can be deceiving… try to go off how your clothes are fitting and how you are feeling.

      It is only the second week as well.. I always notice new changes about every 2 weeks…. How is the diet? Just because you are lifting does not mean you can still eat bad.. so make sure the diet is clean.

      Keep me posted

      • Wes says:

        I was eating a very high protien diet with very little carbs. The meal plan for the first 2 phases has me eating about half the protien that I was. Should I go back to the high protien or stay with the meal plan? Oh, I am 35 years old 5’11” and weigh 185. I have noticed the most around my mid section. My jeans fit a little tighter.

  • Ty says:

    Hey Chris, I have both P90X and body beast. I’ve done p90X several times and love it. Feb 1st is my start for either p90X or body beast. I’m 46 and 205lbs and want slim up. I don’t care about the weight. As long as I look good I don’t care if I weigh 220lbs. Would you suggest p90x or body beast? Also, I realize I’m losing muscle mass the older I get. I would love to put on lean muscle. My intentions are to lean up. Suggestions?

  • Eric says:

    I have completed two rounds of p90x and one round of p90x3. I am currently doing p90x2 and I have recently bought Body Beast. I was wanting to incorporate this workout into my p90x2 schedule…any ideas. I was thinking of using the two days a week that are normally scheduled for the recovery and mobility days as my days to add Body Beast. I really don’t get anything from the recovery and mobility days that I see…I really just have been using those days to run or lift weights. Thanks for any suggestions!

    • Chris says:

      He Eric I here you although I do like the recovery in p90x2. I do that on my own with my rumble roller watching TV lol

      You might want to do something like 3 days beast and 2 p90x2 doing the more cardio or core workouts from p90x2

      I think you will see a huge difference in just 2-3 weeks of adding body beast! Shock to the system for sure!

  • Garrett says:

    I am 35 years old, 5’8″ and 160ish. I haven’t worked out in a few years. I am looking to put on some muscle and lose the beer belly I’ve developed. This workout intrigues me and I’m contemplating ordering it. Being honest, I cannot say how diligent I would be with the diet portion of it… and I love beer. Obviously I realize that diet is an important factor, but do you think I would still see some results even if I don’t adhere strictly to the diet?

    • Chris says:

      Yea man calories in calories out… Beer…. well good beer 🙂 can pack a lot of calories! I don’t do that lite stuff or low carb blah blah… I drink real beer, but I do it in moderation…

      I mean if you just add working out you will get more muscle and feel better, but if you really want to feel better and see a huge difference then we both know you have to cut out some more of the beer and clean the diet up.

      Start slow…. lift… drink… lift some more… drink a bit less… rinse repeat 😉

      • Anthony says:

        Hello Chris, I am a 51 year old man, 285lbs, hypertensive and haven’t worked out in many years. I am a body worker a feel crappy about giving advice on keeping healthy and I’m no where my clients want to be. I’m interested in dropping about 50 – 60 pounds, with a strong physique without getting bulky. Would this work for me?

        • Chris says:

          Honestly any working out and eating clean can work for you. This program will work if you follow it and do it… You want to lose 50-60lbs? That might take you 4-6 months so you need to understand that, but that is fine! Getting in shape is not just about some 60 day or 90 day program it is about what you do during and after… You can do it man! Just don’t expect it to happen in a week or a month. Stay the course and you will have your results.

  • Jessica says:

    Hi Chris,
    Over the summer I broke my leg so badly I had to have a plate, pins and screws put in. I use to do Insanity before the broken leg, and I REALLY miss working out. However, my doctor said NO to insanity… I’m wondering if you think this is too intense for my leg? I realize you are not a doctor, but if it is just weight lifting, I wonder if it would be good. The doc just doesn’t want me to be running or jumping around on my leg for at least 4 more months. Any insight would be very helpful.

    • Chris says:

      OUCH! Sorry to hear that. I would say that this workout would be perfect then. Take some precautions on the leg workout and make sure you are comfortable with the movements. Of course ask the doctor, but I would think you be ok

  • Lori says:

    Hey there Chris, I was wondering about the jumping around in the DVD’s; I have 21 Day Fit and 10 Minute Trainer there is a lot of jumping around… I loss my breath…I have asthma, I am 42 yrs. and I am about 50lbs. overweight for about 2yrs. I love weight training and walking but to much carbio, I feel like I am going to die from my asthma ( being overweight does not help matters)…is BODY BEAST a good fit for me?

    Thank you,


    • Chris says:

      Hey Lori… this is def a tough workout with the lifting, but I think if you go at your own pace you will be fine…. If you follow along with them it goes pretty quick, but you can take and extra minute or so between sets if needed.

      I would prob lay off the cardio workout, that is pretty intense…. work your way up to it and see how far you can get. Remember even if you go for 2 or 3 minutes then take a break it is better than none right? 😉

  • Kay937 says:


    I am currently doing Insanity Max:30 and will be finished with it on Feb 28th. I am using this program for it’s high cardio and hope to lose 15lbs by the end of the program. I am considering starting Body Beast next. My overall goal is to have a toned, strong physique. I do NOT want to be slim. I want to keep my womanly curves but tight and with definition (For example I love thick, strong thighs versus slender ones).On the other hand, I do not want to get too “bulky” either. Other programs I have in my arsenal include Insanity (graduated), Insanity Asylum (stopped after 3 weeks because I was getting too slim) & P90X3 (fell of the wagon and never completed it).

    With all being said, would your recommend Body Beast for my particular fitness goals? Or maybe one of the other programs? Looking forward to your response 🙂

    • Chris says:

      OH yeah! I think beast is just what you need! When I first did this workout over a year ago, I had really just been doing insanity, running, etc… not too much lifting.. Some p90x here and there. My body responded great to this workout!

      You will love the leg workout! It is killer.I think this will put you right where you need to be… the cardio workout is pretty tough too but you can swap in some max 30 if you want as well.

      • Kay937 says:

        Thank you so much for responding! I am very excited 😀

        • jess says:

          Hello Kay937- sorry to jump in on your comments. I am interested in the same build you mention. I just purchased BB and am wondering how you like or dislike it?



  • Derrick says:

    Hey Chris, I am 32, and just out of the Army, so I am in pretty alright shape. I do have a gut and hips. I was thinking about getting back in the gym, especially with some depression issues, as I hear that this will help with that as well as my meds. I was wondering does this actually come with a diet plan, or will I have to figure this out myself. I think this program will work, especially with my anxiety in the gym, but I am still on the fence. Any advice?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Derrick! Yup diet plan and all. The one thing I can say is YES exercising will help with depression for sure. I know the days I start with a workout are more productive and on a higher note than days I don’t.

      As far as anxiety in the gym, that is what is great about working out at home. And… to be honest at most gyms people are pretty helpful. People love to help or share their wisdom so if you don’t know how to do something asking someone there or a trainer. Chances are they would love to show you their skeelz 😉 If they don’t than they are an a** anyway so who cares 😉

  • Danny Aguilar says:

    I just ordered the Body Beast program and am currently doing T25. I’m just about done with the Alpha plan and was wondering should I start with the Body Beast and still do the T25 for Cardio? I was also wondering about the food side of life. I bounce on and off eating plans and suck at consistently eating the correct foods. Any suggestions – is it moderation is it forget the bad stuff completely. Any suggestions would be great! Love your site good information.


    • Chris says:

      Hey Danny I hear ya man!! Diet is always tough… I know I was up and down for years with eating great… good…. bad… and HORRIBLE lol.

      When I started realizing where the wasted calories were and how bad certain things are for you like soda, candy, processed junk I really saw a change. That is not to see I never eat that stuff here and there.

      I always try to be really good during the week and the weekends get a bit lazy, but when you can really stay consistent 6 days of the week the changes will be amazing!

      Start a food journal for a week and then look at what you are eating and the actually nutrition info in each… calories, fat, sodium etc… you might be amazed.

      Here is an example! I drink coffee… I always have a cup in the morning… then maybe mid morning and afternoon although lately I have been doing green tea.

      I used to just dump half and half in… I started looking at the calories in it and wow just wasted. I know do like a tbsp and that is it, but the amount of calories I do not eat… crazy… 1 tbsp is 20 calories… I probably used to just dump at least 5 in there so that is 100 calories… in one serving…

      So if I was doing that 3 times a day 7 days a week that is 2100 calories vs 420 calories = 1680 calorie difference. Now it all could all vary, but it is a good example of wasted calories and how a closer look at what you eat can make all the difference.

      People will come on and be like wahhh wahhh you drink coffee and have half and half LOL… This is real life we are all going to bounce back and forth have good and bad things, but I think if we can find a happy medium, stay consistent and learn as we go it is better than this crash diets and silly ways of eating people try to do.

  • Jason says:

    Hi Chris,

    Just wanted to ask you what your thoughts are on whether I should start BodyBeast or something more cardio related (ie. Insanity or P90X).

    I’m 37 years old, stand at 5’7, and currently about 185-190lbs. I’d like to drop down to about 160-165lbs and increase my muscle mass as well.

    I’ve tried P90X in the past as well as Insanity and although I wasn’t able to fully keep up with the workout I did manage to keep at it for about 2-3 weeks.

    With two young kids at home, I normally would work out once they’ve gone to bed, but was never able to fully keep a good food journal as I’m just all over the map with eating.

    What suggestions would you have for me and which program do you think would best suit my goals?

    Thanks and keep up the great work.

    • Chris says:

      Hey man you said it yourself! It is just keeping to it.. you have the programs you just have to follow through. One thing you might try which has worked well for me… “remember I have 3 kids!” i know it is tough.

      Most of these workouts are 5-6 days a week. Not only is it tough physically, it is tough mentally.

      Start small break it into 3 workouts at first so mentally you know you have time to chill out and relax and not stressed if you “miss” a workout.

      You are still getting a workout which is great, but you can get that mental break as well.

      It took me a long time to figure that out… Missing one workout would throw me off mentally and ruin the rest of the week! Don’t let that happen.
      If you really are short on time, than T25 or Insanity Max 30 is probably perfect! Get in get out…

      Make sense?

  • Aubrey says:

    I will be 43 this year, 6’6″ 350 lbs ! I have Cileac disease, I’m concerned about the diet portion of the program. Can Body Beast help me ?

    • Chris says:

      Do you really have cilieac disease? Have you been tested? I only ask because I hear that a lot and it is very rare. With that said the diet is very good… anything that has gluten you can avoid.

      I honestly think that P90 might be a better workout for you though

  • Kay says:

    Hello! I have been reading through the comments and I notice you tend to tell women to “stay in the higher rep range”. Could you clarify what you mean by that? Also, what do you think about the “bulk” section of the meal plan for women who are still trying to lose weight while gaining lean muscle? I have heard this is the phase where you tend to gain weight instead of lose. Lastly, do you feel we NEED to take all of the supplements to be successful? Thank you in advance!

    • Chris says:

      Hi Kay…. it is always hard with telling people how to do the workout… A lot of women will tend to stay in the higher rep range at first just to get used to the moves and the weights.. You can always increase and follow the workout to a T of course. If you gain muscle you will gain weight. I always say don’t watch the scale see how your clothes fit. You do not need all the supps, but you need to eat clean and get the right foods in you. I always take a protein shake, shakeology too. You really have to just get in there and start and learn how your body reacts. We are all different…. so get in there and start moving!

  • Lee michaels says:

    I just completed the hasfit warrior 90 and just started the hero 90 do my workout 5 to 6 days a week I’ve cut off most of my fat I’m 5’4 and did weight 200 lbs now I’m down to 145 now that I’ve got more toned and slim I’m looking to add muscle and get bigger is body beast good for that

    • Chris says:

      Oh yeah beast will get you jacked. Just keep track of weights you are using and what you are eating. Building them muscles needs fuel… so don’t expect to get bigger muscles if you don’t increase your food… make sure its good food 😉

  • Jerry says:

    Chris, body beast or T 25? I’m 49, in decent shape, 5’11” and 172 pounds. I’m looking to lose 15 pounds and build definition.

  • Jessica D says:

    Hey Chris!! Thanks for the information! Question: I’m training for a Tough Mudder May 9th, 2015! I broke my ankle doing one last October so I’ve just recently started getting back in the gym. I ordered Body Beast and should be gettingvit beginning of this week. I see that you are also training for mud runs, Spartan races,etc.. Would you suggest just doing the Body Beast or incorporating other stuff such as running, other weights, cardio, etc… ?? Just want to have a plan when my BB arrives!!! Thanks!!

  • Amanda says:

    I am a 32 years old and have a bad knee. I want to lose weight to help my knee have less pressure on it all I do is walk and I would like to know what workout would be best for me. I really want to take a load off lol. I just don’t know where to start. if you could help that would be great

  • Lina says:

    Hi Chris. I have t25 and I’ve done it for a bit, but It’s to much cardio for me. I’ve always loved to lift weights and kickboxing. I’m in decent shape but I need to firm up and get definition and maybe loose 5 lbs. do u think body beast is for me?

    • Chris says:

      Hey yeah! This will do just that for you. Follow the workouts and stick with it. You will be amazed with what lifting weights like this will do for you.

      So many woman are so afraid to lift, but wow trust me! You won’t bulk up… you will feel stronger and lean out.

  • Melissa says:

    Quick question. I just finished my first cycle of 21 day fix and have lost 11″ but only 3lbs. Assuming I’m building muscle losing fat.
    My question is I want to lose more weight before my wedding in oct. I say weight but In reality mean inches an tone. I find doing cardio type exercises very boring at home so I have been going to the gym to get the treadmill and the elliptical in. I really enjoy weight routines but find it hard at the gym because everything is always so busy and end up waiting too long between sets. Do you think this would be a good routine for me?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Melissa congrats on the wedding. Yeah this will give you a plan to follow and will get you those results.

      I hear you at the gym. I have actually been doing some beast at the gym, but don’t let people get in your way.. Pick a spot and make it happen! 😉

  • Melissa says:

    Hi- wondering if BB might be a good choice? I’m 5’5 -/160 with little time and 4 kids. Not particularly overweight and don’t work out regularly but really need to tone up and get moving. Thought?

  • Krista says:

    Hi Chris I just ordered Body Beast. I have been working out with a trainer and now have to travel for work so I thought this would be a great way to continue my strength training. I am also training for a half marathon, so I am run/walking 3-4 timea a week. I am concerned about the diet, but will work that out. Will this workout cause me to bulk up?

    • Chris says:

      Honestly that is one of the most common questions here about bulking up! If it were so easy to get jacked up and bulky you would see more jacked up people lol.

      The truth is adding slabs of muscle is tough. You have to lift to your fullest potential every workout and eat the right foods and enough of them, almost stuff yourself to really put on that “BULK” type physique. That is not to say you wont build muscle.

      And with your running that will be tough, but stick to the build version and you will do great!

  • Elena says:

    Hi Chris,
    Wanted to know what size (lbs) weights you recommend for women who really want to get cut. I currently own 5, 8 and 10 lbs. Are there any tips (tricks) you recommend for women who want to look like their commercials?

    • Chris says:

      Diet Diet Diet did I mention diet 😉
      In all seriousness getting cut like that is of course doing the work out and diet… You will get in great shape, but if you are want to get the super shredded six pack you are going to have to be very strict.

      As far as weights all I can tell you is give it a shot and see. Those might be fine for you or they might be too light.

  • Anastasia says:

    Hey Chris,

    I have a question, I am 24 and have had 2 kids. Sadly I am overweight and have had a hard time getting back into working out. I lose breath quickly and need to lose weight and get fit and healthy again I have all 3 programs BB, T25, and P90. Not sure what one to start with or to not do them at all. Please help!

  • Darling says:

    Hey Chris I have been weight training since October and lost some weight. Currently I came across body beast and I want to try it, since it looked like fun and want to be lean due to doctor’s orders for being obese and pre diabetic, but i want to hear your recommendation before I commit.

    • Chris says:

      Hey there! Yeah I mean as long as you are following a plan and keeping the diet in check you will do great with this.

      What kind of weight training have you been doing this october?

      • Sam says:

        Hey Chris,
        I’m 15 years old and currently weigh 120 pounds. I have a beach trip in about 1 month and a half. I’m aware that I am young but I’m looking to put on lean muscle. I have recently lost a lot of weight (20 pounds) and pretty thin. I don’t want to bulk up and raise my BF% too much because I want to look good for my trip. In beast body I know you eat a surplus of calories to gain size. Did you follow the nutrition plan? Should I stay on a calorie deficit? Thanks!

  • Kim says:

    Appreciate the review Of Body Beast. I had never heard of it Until watching a commercial. I’m 5’6 and around 40 lbs. Overweight (Had a child a year ago and just haven’t lost the weight) I love weights, kickboxing, and I don’t mind cardio. My goal is to have more defined and muscles. Of course reach a healthy weight. I see you have tried several workouts. Which workout program would you recommend?

  • Joan says:

    Hi Chris, my question would be which program do you think would work best for me. I am 54 years old and 5’6″ and weigh 128 lbs. Weight is not the issue with me I would really like my abs tight and toned and maybe a little arm work. I am a road cyclist so my legs get worked all the time and I get enough cardio. I have P90x and in the past got fair results but would really like to obtain that washboard muscle defined look.My arms could use a little defining but my abs are my big thing. Any suggestions? Would this program work best?

    • Chris says:

      Well if it is abs then focus on abs a bit more and of course diet…Seems like you are super active and prob have a crazy metabolism so really start to keep track of what you eat.

      No doubt body beast will help you tone up, but I would look at ab ripper x from P90x.. awesome!

  • Drew says:

    Hey chris.
    One question, im a bigger guy around 240 and just under 6 fret. Ive done a lot of lifting and im comfortable in the weight room i just cant seem to slim down ive been doing cardio and trying to eat better for a couple of months. do you think body beast is for me?

    • Chris says:

      It comes down to diet man. You might think you are eating right, but have you been writing it all down? It is all math… check your BMR and go to like my fitness pal or spark people and plug your info in…

      • ryan sabol says:

        I have a bmr question. I am starting BB next week. BMR calculator says my requirement is close to 3000 cal/day. I am overweight, but there is muscle there too. The calculator goes by weight. So, my question is: Should I use the whole allotment of calories? I am trying to lose fat, but gain muscle, too.

  • Aaron says:

    Hey Chris, I was wondering if Body Beast would be right for me. I’m a senior in high school and I’m 6’4 about 215 pounds. I’ve always been strong but I want to get “cut” and “ripped”. I do play in a lot of sports though and was wondering if my athletics might get in the way? I think I could still find 45-60 minutes to do it everyday.

    • Chris says:

      It is tough for sure and I always found if I lifted hard during sports season my performance suffered. I would focus this in the off season to be honest.

  • Naomi says:

    What are you thoughts on the following….?!?! I a finishing up Block 1 of the lean beast on Sunday. I was wondering what you thought about only doing the Bulk block for 3 weeks and then move onto the Beast block for 6 week?

    • Chris says:

      Hey great work! Honestly whatever works for you and feels good. If it keeps you going then go for it!

      I think 3-4 weeks if enough time so go for it!

  • Johanna says:

    Hi Chris,
    I am 43 yrs young, 5’2″, 115lbs. I’m what they call “skinny fat”. I have a full gym in my basent but I can’t seem to get motivated. I want to lift weights but don’t know what to do except the basic moves. I really want to tone up. Do you think this would work for me?

    • Chris says:

      Johanna this will tighten that skinny fat right up!! If you have the equipment this will give you the road map and the motivation. Now go get it!

  • Susan says:

    Hi !
    I’m a 57 year old female that needs to lose weight and would also like to tone as I start my journey. Would this program be helpful for me ?

  • Peggy says:

    Hi Christ,
    just reading your end and out and the body beast and workout! Great job answers all there questions !! Look I know that need to workout and started eating right ! I’m 60 years old and so for in great shape ! I just want to know what workout would be great fore me at my ages! Thank you for your kindness ! Peggy

  • Augie says:

    Hey Chris. I’m 14 and looking for a workout that will bulk me up. I just did Insanity and liked it but it didn’t make me any bigger. Will Body Beast help me do this or is there a better program?

  • Travis says:

    Hey Chris,
    I just saw that informercial for Beast Body and it looked appealing to me. P90x and T25 never grabbed me as I didn’t want to be running all over my house. I am about to start umpiring again soon and wanted to get back into shape.
    I’ve fallen apart and I am the heaviest that I have ever been. I am 5’6″ 31 years old and weight 280 pounds. I want to build muscle but also shed pounds and inches, is this the right workout plan for me in your opinion. Thanks for any information you can give me.

    • Chris says:

      Hey Travis, yea man this will do it! Keep your diet in check and put in the time! The leg workout will surely help you if you are behind the plate! I am sure that 280lb is not friendly to those knees if you are squatting most of the game.

  • Travis says:

    Yea the 280 isnt easy on the lower back or the knees. I need to drop this weight and fast. I am gonna try this program it looks like it will work out well. Thanks for replying. If you have any other good insight let me know. Thanks Chris

  • Autumn says:

    I had a question im thinking of buying body beast within the next two days but my only thing is i dont want to look manly and when i look at the before and afters for some of the women who did body beast they have a little bit more muscle then i want so do yu think body beast is for me? i am currently 22 years old 5’5″ 172lbs…looking for something that will help me in the ab, butt and arm area:9

    • Chris says:

      Hey Autumn this will help for sure! I think you can give it a shot, but also mix this in with other workouts you might be doing. I think following this will give your muscles the definition you need for sure!

  • Doug says:

    Hey Chris,

    I am 43 6′ and about 195lbs. I am in decent shape but not like I want to be. I want to build up my upper body mostly. Not huge but cut. What size weight should I be using? I currently use 20 and 40lb dumbbells 3 to 5 times a week. How quickly do you start to see results?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Doug you use the weight that makes you barely get up those last few reps. When you can bust out reps and not push it is time to move up. That is not to say you won’t get a good workout, but if you want to get stronger and grow you have to push!

  • Ro says:

    I’m 5’3 and I have lost 58 lbs by eating healthy and lots of running but I am wanting to get more toned. All my friends do crossfit training and I am unable to do those types of programs because i have had 2 knee surguries ACL replacement then a year later i tore my meniscus. I can’t do squats or lunges. Do you think I will be able to do the BB? I’m just worried about doing the leg workouts because of my bad knee. I avoid it for fear of injury. I have scar tissue and I do not have full range of motion 🙁

    • Chris says:

      Hey Ro… well I would say with knees like that you would need to ask your doctor or physical therapist what you should be doing as far as the leg workouts.

      For the other body parts I would imagine you would be fine, just stick to the lighter weights.

  • Ryan says:

    I’m 26 years old and in pretty good shape right now and I love to lift and work out but I don’t do much in the leg department due to a car accident from a few years ago that resulted in a compound fracture, screws and a rod through my leg, and a screw in my knee. I have no problem walking and even running but i don’t want to damage my leg. Is this program right for me?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Ryan this is really a question for your doctor. I really have no clue what kind of movements you should or should not be doing. I would think you could go light on some of the moves they do or even body weight, but I just can’t give you a 100% answer. Def ask your physical therapist or doctor first.

  • Julian says:

    I have a few concerns and I’d appreciate any advice you can offer. I’m 5’3, 19 and 115 lbs. I’m really skinny and have a fast metabolism. I’m trying to put on lean muscle mass without looking bodybuilder crazy in terms of my physique. Will the Bulk or Build phase be more effective? I want to transform my physique to lean with improved chest, abs and arms are a big one, and lastly legs. Would it be a good program to gain functional muscle mass? I’m going to be a EMT so the job requires strength. And I saw how expensive the supplements are, would the results be any less or the same if I just had a really perfected diet? And lastly does the website constantly charge your card? Because I saw some people who said the website charged their cards automatically without their knowledge.

    • Chris says:

      Hey Julian awesome about being an EMT! Thanks for your service!

      I would say go for the bulk… I have said it before, but I do laugh a bit when people say they don’t want to get “so big”. I say go and try it lol. It is not easy. You will get strong for sure! You will look better, feel better. Supplements are great because it can be tough to get all your nutrients in. For you I would say at least try to push in a protein shake or two if you have a fast metabolism.

      And… no you won’t get billed monthly, unless you sign up for something monthly. I think you have an option to buy the supplements with an auto ship setting, so make sure that is not selected and if you ever had issues, a quick 5 minute phone call should solve it.

  • Donna says:

    Hi Chris,

    You’ll probably get this A LOT but my question is about BB and females. Not so much if I should do it as I know I want to but more so how females should do it. There’s the ‘bulking’ phase that I’m not so keen on – does it need to be done? And if not, will BB still be as efficient in toning me up? I’m 31, petite (5″1 and 112lbs) and a keen gym-goer so in quite good shape. I do GRIT and HIT classes 3-4 times a week so am getting my cardio in no problem. Annoying thing is I’ve been going to the gym almost 2 years now and although general fitness has improved and I’ve dropped a dress size I just can’t seem to get the muscle definition I want which is why I’ve opted for BB. I’m a really good eater, clean eat most of the time with one cheat day a week if I need it. With this do you think I should still need to follow Sagi’s nutrition plan or will I still see results continuing my own healthy eating? I don’t count calories (macros as US call it) but I have a good general knowledge of how much and what to eat to suit my size so as to not be over weight. To sum up, my questions to you are: can I skip the ‘bulking’ phase of BB and can I stick to my own nutrition and still see results?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Donna all I can say is if you have been working hard and not seeing the results you need I think Body Beast will be a plateau buster for you!

      Follow the build phase and see how you do. I think you will surprised at just what the first 30 days will do for you.

      I think just for haha’s you might want to really take a week and count your calories and see how much you are really eating. If you want to get that definition you might need to eat a bit more, but you won’t know until you really see what you are putting your body.

      • Donna says:

        Thanks for your reply and feedback Chris, really appreciated.

        Ah great let’s hope BB can get me some muscles! I’ve actually wanted to do weights for some time now but the closest I came was Les Mills Bodypump. There’s obviously a weights area in my gym and I have some at home but I just didn’t know where to start in terms of a programme.

        Funny you should say that as I registered with My Fitness Pal yesterday after writing to you, just to see what my actual calorie intake is. You may well be right in your assumption as yesterday I only took in 1100 cals, not enough right…? I’m just trying to wrap my head around the whole sports science/nutrition thing to understand how and what foods will allow for better toning and definition – it’s a lot to take in for a newbie like me!!

        • Chris says:

          Cool good to hear! I mean yea if you only take in 1100 calories and you workout for 45-60 minutes and burn lets say 300-500 calories that means at the end of the day you have a total surplus of like anywhere from 600-800 calories, but your BMR is probably like 1200 meaning you are burning about 1200 calories a day just to live etc…. so you def need to eat more if you want to tone up etc….

  • Ali says:

    Hi Chris,
    I am wondering if Body Beast is for me. I am a heart patient that has been released to work out but I can’t do P90x do to the heart warning it has about it. I have 120 pounds to lose and think body beast would help so I don’t get saggy skin. Would like your thoughts on this.

    • Chris says:

      Hey there pretty much a question for your doctor since any working out is going to elevate your heart level. I think you really need to ask your Doctor what level of exercise you should be doing and then meet with a nutritionist to figure out the right eating plan to help you lose weight that way. If you eat correctly and track it you can lose weight without exercising, you just need to stick to it.

  • Ryan says:

    Thank you for the nice review. I am currently training for a marathon. I currently do not lift, I have in the past. Although I never felt like it made much of a difference. About 4 years ago I lost about 50 lbs doing cardio heavy workouts but still have not been able to get a lean midsection. Do you think this program would help with that? Also do you think it would hinder my running training?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Ryan to be honest if you are doing training for a marathon, I might just focus on doing some 10-15 min ab work 3 times a week, cleaning up the diet and and maybe doing some circuit type training. It really depends on your training schedule and how your body reacts to this type of weight training.

  • eddie ramos says:

    i’m returning body beast back…
    i was shocked when i open the box…
    it’s not what i expected & need to buy more things to work with it…
    i’ll stay going to my gym & use their equipments…
    lost $$$$ smh!!!

    • Chris says:

      Doh sorry to hear that Eddie! You did read the review and/or watch the infomercial right? I was able to do a good amount of the workout with 25lb adjustable weights and the exercise ball. They do have an app as well you can use on your phone and take to the gym or just use the workout sheets. Follow the routine at the gym if you have to and you will get results

  • Mike says:

    I’m 54, 5′ 10″, and 260. I workout 4-5 days week at gym lifting and doing cardio. Strength is decent but really need to lose 60+ lbs. Is BB the way to go or is there another program that is better. Need to be able to do it at home due to time constraints.

    • Chris says:

      I think if you are looking to do something at home Body Beast will def work for you depending on your fitness level. If you are stronger then you might want to have more weight and a bench…

      If you really want to crank up the cardio the give Old School Insanity a try

      All at home, nothing needed except you and some good training sneakers

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi! I am trying to lose about 10 pounds that I have recently put on. I am 31, currently weighing 145 lbs. I am trying to get back to around 135. I have been doing Insanity, but my husband is telling me that you can burn more fat by lifting. He will be doing Body Beast shortly and I’m trying to decide if I want to join or continue with more cardio work outs. My biggest problem area is my upper thighs, butt area. Although, I would enjoy toned everything. The other thing is I have signed up to do a Color Run the end of May, which I need to train for because my lungs don’t do well with cardio. I am following the couch to 5k program. So my question would be 1) Is it okay to do BB every other day in between my running? Will it negatively effect my running progress? And 2) Do you think BB could help with my thighs/butt area and help me lose the 10 pounds?
    Thank you!

    • Chris says:

      Awesome about the color run! I think resistance training with weights is a good thing for you. I bet if you were to mix up your running with BB you will be amazed at the results you get! I would try to do the BB leg workout when you know you have a day or two off. It is a killer and it WILL help wiht those bunns/thighs 😉

  • Kortnee says:

    Hi! I bought body beast a couple weeks ago. I’m on my second week of it. I love it. The only thing I’m concerned about is if I’m going to lose my stomach and my inner thighs. Should I be doing any other workout?

    • Chris says:

      Awesome glad to hear! Biggest thing with those areas are diet. Body beast is going to work your whole body out, but those last pounds of fat need to come from creating that calorie deficit.

  • Georgina says:

    Hello Chris, I got the T25, do it once but didn’t finish… Lost 10-15lbs.. Now I decided to do it back to be in shape for the summer.. I am 5,8′ weight 75lbs, want to loss 15-20lbs for this summer so I was wondering if I do T25 and BB at the same time that will help me to loss all that weight and get tone and in shape for super? What do u recommend me?

    • Chris says:

      Hey there yeah that would work! You don’t want to burn yourself out so don’t go nuts, but maybe swap out cardio days from BB with T25.

      The truth is either one of those workouts will get you to your goals if you follow them and figure out what you need to be eating.

    • Ralph says:

      Georgina how old are you? If you are indeed 5’8″ and actually weigh 75lbs (sincerely hope is a typo) you shouldn’t be alive, the fact you want to drop 15lbs will put you at 60lbs. For a 5’8″ female your range should be 135-150, BB is a great program, so is T25, but more importantly no matter how much you lose what you east is how your body will look. You can be 115lbs and be skinny fat because you eat garbage or you can actually be 140lbs toned and lean because you feed your body all proper nutrients and fats. Good luck on your fitness endeavors.

  • Chris says:

    Chris, a little unclear as to exactly what weights are required. Is it dumbells of a certain weight and, if so, how many are required? Thanks, Chris H.

    • Chris says:

      Does nobody actually read the review?? ;-(
      JK Chris I started with adjustable 25lb dumbbells and a set of 30lb. That will work for awhile, but you will want to move up eventually.

    • Glenn W. Reinier says:

      Hi Chris,
      I am a 51 year old male. I just finished my first 9 weeks of Body Beast. i read in the guide that if you do not have or want to shred fat pump out another round of bulk. I have plenty of fat to loose but since I have already lost 10 pounds and can see significant muscle growth, so I have decided to do another round of bulk. I do not want to just do 90 days and stop I want this to be my life style change. I have and love P90X but I just want to get back to lifting weights and need the shorter workouts. Just wondering if and when I should start Beast or do some more Build after another round of Bulk. I have yet to get to any of the Tempo, Lucky 7 or Total Body so it can only improve. What are your thoughts?

  • Carlos says:

    Can I do the workout twice a day for better results ? Thanks

    • Chris says:

      You could, but you would be loco!! JK

      I mean listen it all depends what kind of shape you are in and how you are mixing it up… The workout is set up in a certain way to give body parts a break.

      Even pro body builders can only do 2 a days for so long before they burn out.

      So I would say if you are in great shape and want to push past some plateaus then maybe give it a go for 2 weeks and see, but remember rest is important. If you are going to push like that you better be getting at least 8 hours of sleep a need and fueling your body with the right foods, proteins, and supplements. Make sense?

  • Carrie says:

    Hey Chris,
    My husband and I are finishing up the Beta phase and then will be moving on to Gamma.
    We are looking at purchasing body beast to start in April but I am wondering if it would be the right program for me.
    I am 5′ 4″ and 212 pounds. I have not had any significant results with T25 but I am going to finish out the program and hope that Gamma will do something for my body.
    Anyway, with someone my size, do you think body beast would help me to lost the weight and inches while toning my body or do you think another program would suite me better? I did the 21 day fix for several months prior to T25, I just really want to work on building some muscle and shrinking my body.
    Thanks for your feedback. 🙂

    • Chris says:

      Hey Carrie keep it up! Let me ask you this? Are you feeling stronger, have more energy?

      You should be for sure…
      Dropping the pounds really comes down to diet.So get your numbers in order and right it down.

      Beast is a great workout for sure and will help you build that muscle which will help burn fat, so I think yes it will help you for sure, but you need to be keeping that diet in check. What is your typical diet like?

      • Carrie says:

        Sorry it took me so long to see this.
        We haven’t started body beast yet, starting on Monday.
        My diet has been pretty great since September when I started the 21 day fix.
        We moved on to T25 in January and just recently we have been slacking a little, I think part of that is caused by not seeing results from all my hard work. I know, not a great excuse lol.
        I was told that I should read this article
        It shows how to change up the macros to help with losing body fat while doing body beast. Any ideas about this? I am not familiar with following all this using macros, I have stuck to clean eating using the containers from the “fix” and doing calorie counting from the T25. This is all foreign to me and I am feeling a little overwhelmed. I want to make sure I go at this the correct way, to lose the weight I am still carrying around while toning up.
        Why does this all have to be so confusing. :/

        • marcela says:

          Hi Carrie!!! How are your results so far with BB??? Have you seen any results?? Thinking about starting the program … I want to lose wight (about 25 pounds) and get stronger!!! let me know

  • Ryan says:

    I’m currently doing the body beast workout. My question is what to do after the 90 days. Do I start over on block 1 or continue on block three?

    • Chris says:

      Enter the Mr. Olympia contest of course!! 😉

      Honestly it all depends on how you are feeling. After you have finished 90 days you should have a good grasp of what your body reacts to better.

      So think about the results you want and target that.

      Keep it up man!

  • Lori says:

    Hi Chris..I just completed the BB program in its entirety without missing a day! It was tough but I got thru it…I didn’t lose any weight but I did however lost inches and my clothes fit great and I especially feel great! Im ready to start it again and see more results…should I take a week or 2 off? And during that time what would you recommend I do during those weeks off? I don’t want to lose any of the results I’ve gained and I really don’t feel like I even need a week off but I know my body may benefit from it. Also my eating is clean and I rake it about 1900 calories a day do you think I’m eating enough??

    • Chris says:

      Wow amazing. Great job to say the least. Honestly I know it can be hard to take a break, but sometimes it truly is needed! You might want to take a week, and maybe do 2 days of yoga or some other full body type workouts…… It will keep you mentally going, but give your body some time to relax.

      Breaks are great! Even if you did nothing for 2 weeks you would be fine as long as you keep your diet in check. That is when things go downhill fast.

      as far as calories without knowing all your measurements I really do not know, but at the end of the day it is how you are feeling. Sounds like you are right on point 😉 Congrats!

  • roselyn page says:

    Waiting for my BB order to arrive, I do lift weights and am a cardio lover. I read alot about how we do not need as much cardio as we all think. I am so used to doing cardio everyday, even on lift days, is this something I should be ready to change with this program? And i know diet is important and I am a carbphobia person too, so assuming I will need more carbs in my diet to do this the right way.

    • Chris says:

      Hey there… yeah you might be doing too much!! lol

      Again this is another example of really tracking your fitness and eating and knowing your numbers.

      Get in get your heart rate cranking and get out! No need for super long cardio unless you need that for some other reason, but look at it like this…

      If you are working out twice a day weights and cardio session and lets say you burn 1000 calories there. How much are you eating? If you are not eating enough you are going to delay muscle growth and probably have less energy.

      Start journaling what you eat and all the calories, fats, etc…

  • SarahD says:

    Hello! I’m 5’3, 202 pounds. I was wondering if Body beast would be a good program for me considering my weight and goal (mostly to lose weight). A lot of people recommend that i do cardio, but i find weight training to be more enjoyable! Should i incorporate some cardio into my workout routine or should i focus my time and energy strictly on Body Beast and hope it helps me lose the weight? Or perhaps just spend some time just on cardio. I tend to get fustrated because most people that give reviews on BB are some what fit or just not as overweight as my myself. In all, can BB help me lose a significant amount of weight?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Sarah any workout can help you lose weight if you keep up with the diet. It really will come down to calories in and calories out… creating a calories deficit. There is some cardio in this workout as well and it is pretty intense. You might want to look at I think that might be the perfect mix for you and not as intense…

      Then after that you come back here and beast UP!! 😉

    • Staci says:

      Hey SarahD ~ I’m 5’4″ & was 203 lbs just a couple weeks ago. I started T25 then. My son asked me about bulking up. BB happened to be on tv that night. We just ordered it yesterday. He will bulk, I will lean. Let me know if you want to buddy up. 🙂

      Thanks Chris for your info. After ordering, I wanted to see some more reviews. Yours has been very helpful! I look forward to what BB can bring. I was going to continue T25, but after reading the “expect to be sore” comment, I may ease up on my cardio for a couple weeks so my body can adjust. lol Thanks again!

      • Chris says:

        Awesome Staci!!Yeah first week or so you will be sore, but make sure you are eating right and you get a good solid nights sleep. I know easier said than done 😉

  • Brittany says:

    Hi Chris,
    I was wondering, if the body beast would be good for me. I am 4′ 11″ and 160lbs putting me at about 45lbs overweight, however I suffer from hypothyroidism. And struggle daily to lose weight but nothing has helped. Have any advise??

    • Chris says:

      Hey Brittany have you worked out much before? If not you might want to take a peak at

      I would think getting a good fitness regimen will only help, but I am not a DR. What do the doctors tell you about that?

      P90 might be your best option starting out so take a peak and let me know what you think.

  • Nick says:

    Hey Chris I’m 18 y.o, 6,2 tall and 180 pounds and want to tone up I’m happy with my weight but what to turn some fat that I do have in to so hard muscle. Would BB work for me at my age and height? Or do I do t25?

    • Chris says:

      Hey Nick… this is the workout for you then! Follow the workout and really stick to eating healthy and probably a bit more. See how your body responds to this. I know you will do great with it!

  • Matt B says:

    I’m 38yo, 5’4″, 120lbs. What would be the best recommendation for a man with those stats?

  • Lori says:

    Hi Chris, I just received the BB and was wondering what you would suggest as good starting weights for women. I see that you, as a man, started with a range of 5-25lbs/30lb dumbbells. Thank you, Lori

  • Chris says:

    Just finished week one. Honestly. Doesn’t matter ur size. Assess ur strength. Don’t go too heavy though. This workout will humble you but if u want results this will work

  • Chris says:

    We r all guilty of slacking but it’s ok. Your already trying to do something about it and that’s more then a lot of people would do. What I do personally is use myfitnesspal. On my I phone. Very easy to use. And it helps keep me in check.sometimes seeing the number in some of the stuff I used to eat scares the crap out of me lol. You really would be surprised. Anyway. Keep up the good work good luck w bodybeast You’ll love it

  • Katie says:

    Chris, do you think this would be safe to hybrid with marathon training? I don’t feel like CLX pushes me enough sometimes but I don’t want to burn out. My race is in 2 months. Thanks!

    • FitDadChris says:

      I think you would be better off with more of a P90X3 or Insanity Max Training.

      I just feel you will get more core/stability training with those rather then just straight lifting.

      Make sense?

  • Ashley says:

    Hey Chris!

    I just bought Body Beast today after seeing the commercial and reading your review. I am a 21 year old women and am 5’2″ and weight around 100 pounds. Know I’ve always had a fast metabolism but recently I’ve become “skinny fat” and it’s driv I no me insane.

    I know I have to build up muscle (I bought a bar and am lifting 40 bus now) but it’s not intense enough. I thought this might be just what I needed lol.

    So I have no problem with going for the Bulk phase, and I have no problem eating more lol. Once I finish the 3 months, and take a week or so break, should I do the Lean phasefor 3 months, then back to Bulk and so on?

    I know that with my body structure I do not have to worry about looking huge, just want to be toned, fit and of course toned abs.

    Let me know what you think

  • Debbie says:

    I’m a 45yr old mom of two. I’m 5’4 and weigh 140. My biggest problem is cellulite on my butt and legs. I really want to tone these problem areas quickly. What program should I be doing? I was looking at Brazilian Butt Lift or Body Beast.

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey there buttlift might be the better option for you to be honest. Granted beast has a killer leg routine, but I think for what you are looking for Brazil has you covered 😉

  • Shaun T. says:

    Hey, football season is coming up and Im just finishing up p90x. Ive gotten some pretty great results, but I do want to get bigger and more toned muscles. For body beast would you go Lean or Bulk? I also need to stay in shape as well as pack on more muscle.


    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Shaun… T 😉 Really depends on what position you are playing to be honest. I mean if you are a linebacker go for bulk, but if you need to be a bit more quicker then go for lean. I would say do a hybrid between Body Beast/ Insanity… then maybe 30 days before the season starts do some Insanity Asylum! I bet you have the best season of your life!

      • Shaun Takmili ( No Joke) says:

        Hey thanks man so I’m playing wide receiver so I should just start getting into some cardio routines a month before the season starts and I should be good? I have T25 so I think I will do that.

        • FitDadChris says:

          Cool bro! Yea I think you should check out Asylum… well part 2

          It is very sports oriented. I remember feeling so much faster and agile at about the 3 week mark.

          Either way I think your cardio will be way up as well as your core/stability which is key to catch those winning touchdowns 😉

          I always said if I was coaching a team I would have them doing Insanity before training starts.

  • Cash says:


    Just finished T25. I’ve also done Insanity, Asylum and a few other home workouts. I love them but in the Summer I really like to get out and do more running, mountain biking, kayaking, etc. Would Body Beast be a good program to combine with a daily cardio routine or am I biting off more than I can chew? I am 6’2″ 195lbs (after T25-lost about 15lbs) Not looking to really bulk up but want to keep strength training while doing more pure cardio outside in the warm weather. What do you think? Is this a good program for me or should I consider P90X3?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Cash yeah I mean it is all what you really want. I think if you are doing a lot of outdoor stuff P90X3 might be a better fit, because the workouts are so varied you are getting such a core workout which will help you more in the stability area.

      I really like to do the beast workout for 2-3 week periods. I find it is a good shock to the system and then I get back into all sorts of fun stuff!

  • Sandee says:

    Hey Chris! I’m 55 years old, female, 5’5 and 120 pounds. I absolutely despise doing cardio for any length of time and especially if there’s crazy footwork involved! I eat right (most of the time) and I haven’t worked out in forever! I have the usual mid-life sagging that I would like to tighten back up. Is Body Beast for me??? I do need some cardio to lose weight so how much cardio is there in Body Beast?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Sandee how are you? Not too much cardio, the cardio routine is just enough I think. Biggest thing is really figure out your diet and following it. You do that and do the workout you will say goodbye to the sag 😉

      • Sandee says:

        Hey Chris, got another question!! I’ve been looking at your reviews for P90, not P90X, I think that would kill me!! I want to be slim and fit with good muscle tone. Do you think P90 would be better for me or Body Beast? Plus think about my age and the fact that I haven’t worked out in a long time! I’m really going crazy trying to figure out which one to get! I’ve tried to do the fancy foot work with some of my exercise dvds but I lose interest so fast. Which one do you think will keep me modivated? And thank you for taking the time to respond!!!

  • Damien shoer says:

    Hey how are ya

    I’ve just been reading your blog here and found it very helpful.

    I have a question for you
    I am ordering bb this week, looking forward to it, but my question is if I eat clean while doing the workout will I lean out and tone up?
    My worry is that I may find it too expensive to eat as much as they say is needed, so if I end up not getting “huge” because of this can i still expect a good looking lean body

    Thank you in advance


    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Damien yeah I mean if you want to grow you have to EAT! You are still going to get results for sure and great results at that when you eat clean etc…. If you look at real true bodybuilders they know what they are doing and how much they are eating to grow. All depends how serious you are, but you can also find some mass protein shakes to help you out as well.

  • Damien shoer says:

    Thank you for the prompt response. Ya ill give bb a shot anyway, my goal is mainly to get lean and ripped, and who knows maybe after that I’ll go further, but if I can achieve the lean rip look through bb then that would be great!!

  • Maxine says:

    Hi, for us that have busy schedules I was wondering if you’re able to chose your own workout times and if you always have to do them at the same time each day? Is the program flexible just as long as you get your workout in? Thanks for your time.

    • chris says:

      Sure I mean doing it at different times is better than not doing it at all right? I try to workout at the same time everyday, but that is just me. The first week or so you might be very sore so I would try to spread out the workouts best you can. Meaning if you do a workout Monday night, I would try not to do one Tuesday morning until your are used to the workouts a bit. Just my take. Just make sure you get them in and listen to your body!

  • LB says:

    Hey Chris- thanks for your time and effort put in for a great review. I’m about to order BB but like many others, want to make sure I’ll get there result I want if I follow this thing exactly. I’m a female police officer of 7 years and getting back in shape is top priority for me right now. I was in good shape before but ran into some health issues and injuries that set me way back. I’m almost 5’9 weighing 165 lbs. ideally I’d like to get down to around 140-145 but I honestly don’t care what the scale says.. I care about how I look/feel and how strong I am. My ultimate goal even as a female has been to have a body between a figure competitor and a small body builder. I want muscles!!! But i really want to slim down and get some abs first thing. I’ve been dieting trying to just drop lbs and have p90X and T25 a try but the cardio was just too much and I didn’t stick with either programs. I’ve always loved lifting and I believe people stick best with things they enjoy. I respect cardio but it’s just not for me. What do ya think?
    Thanks for your time!

    • FitDadChris says:

      I think this might be a good fit for you then! You will get the lifting with some cardio. This will def get you those muscles just stick with it and adjust the diet according. Abs are all about the diet!

  • Seth says:

    Great review Chris, I was wondering a few things though. I have been doing insanity for 2 years now off and on, I originally lost 50 pounds on it but I’m starting to get bored with it because I’m not taking that next step in the way my physique looks. I want to try the beast body but I don’t want to be to bulky and I want to be able to move and stuff because I still play baseball in the summer in an amateur league. Do you think this program would be a good fit for me and would I need to mix in more cardio for baseball?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Seth.. you might want to look at p90x3 or even X2 which are more geared for someone actively playing sports in my opinion. Beast is a great workout, but you are lifting weights! The others involve weights too bu you are getting a lot of core/balance type stuff

  • Sam says:

    I am a 6’2″ 230# male. About 10 years ago I was about a 400#R. I say I cheated having gastric bypass to lose my weight. I did what I had to do. Afterwards I worked out like never before. Long story short I injured my knee and never really got back in. Now I am looking at BB. Would it be a good fit for starting back?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Sam! You didn’t cheat man! I can’t say crap till I walk in your shoes and at 400lb it was probably the best option to get everything under control. Now we both know you need to maintain that!! As far as a hurt knee it would depend on how bad it hurts etc… You might have to stay away from the cardio and leg workouts for a bit, but I think the rest would be fine. Again depends on how bad that knew is.

      You ever try yoga? I had a buddy lose 80lb doing yoga and he is super in shape!!

  • Billy says:


    I’ve been doing les mills pump and I like the idea that it’s a cardio lift. BB intrigued me because I love to lift. Basically my goals are to toned or more defined and get stronger I really don’t have an interest of being huge. I really want to be strong and defined. Is BB a good program to obtain these goals or should I stuck with les mills?

    • FitDadChris says:

      I think you can get there with both to be honest, but I think BB is def a plateau buster if you have been looking for something to really kick your body into over drive!

  • Tom says:

    Chris, I think that BB will be a good option for me, but I have one question about the mobile app. I travel quite a bit and find myself using hotel gyms. I also have a membership to a local gym that I still want to use.

    Will the mobile app allow me to take the workouts to the gym with me, or do you need to have access to a tv/dvd player? If so, are the workouts on the app the same as the dvds?

    (Sorry if this question has ready been asked, I didn’t read through every single post here!)

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Tom to be honest the mobile app is kind of a pain!! It won’t let you move ahead to any of the workouts until you check the boxes in the workout on the schedule. Sometimes I like to jump around so its kind of annoying, but to be honest it is much easier to just take a screen shot of the workout sheets and look at that as I go. Hope that makes sense. If you are going to follow the phases to a T then the app can work well for your. Regardless app or not this is a killer workout!

  • Shaun T. says:

    Hey Chris its Shaun again. So I took your advice and I’m buying body beast and its gonna be here sometime this week but I’m starting the program Monday. So, until then what should I do to prep before that? Should I cut as much fat as I can. Should I repeat p90x workouts.


  • Shaun T says:

    Hey Chris so I’m taking your advice and starting Body Beast. I ordered it and starting on Monday. My question is to prepare to start it what should I be doing this week? Should I start bulding mass right now? Or should I try to cut?


    • FitDadChris says:

      You mean in a week? What can you do to get ready?

      I would say just do some 8-12 rep range type exercises and work all those muscles because they are going to get beat up good 😉

      Maybe do a few cardio sessions and some upper body and lower body work.

      I think it will get you as ready as you can be in a week. It should at least help a bit with the soreness.

      • Shaun T. says:

        Ok, also what about nutrition right now im 30/50/20 protein/carbs/fat. Should I up or lower any of my macros?


  • Hea says:

    Hi Chris.

    Thanks for the review.

    It is interesting that you said most home workouts revolve around cardio, whereas Body Beast is mostly centered around building muscles.

    I have three simple straightforward questions.

    1. Is this legit and does it really work Chris?
    2. I tried going to the official website to order but could not find it – where do I purchase this?
    3. I have dumbbells and some different weights, and a bench so that is good. But pull up….i do not have a pull up bar. Should I just skip anything to do with pullups?

    Thanks Chris have a safe day

  • Scott K says:

    I am thinking about getting Body Beast. I purchased Insanity about 2 years ago and made it through an entire cycle, and got amazing results. But it was hard on my knees and back, and I am looking for another program where I can get great results but not be jumping all over the place. Do you think Body Beast is the program that could help me get back in shape without leading me to the doctor’s office for knee surgery?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Scott for sure! It has cardio, but not everyday like insanity and if you follow the program you will get some great results. Depending on how your knees are just watch your form and do a double warm up on name day.

    • Leo says:

      I feel that p90x would be better you can do yoga to help with back and knee pain I know it help me with my issues and I do pro wrestling

  • qiana says:

    hello I was thinking about getting body beast I am 5’4 325 wondering if you think that would work or should I try something different I use to do a lot of power lifting.

  • Larry McCollum says:

    Hi I work 5 days a week and when I get in I am pretty tired. I work for Wal-Mart and work in the produce dept. I lift heavy crates all day long for 8 hours a day. I haven’t really lost any weight. I just don’t know if i would feel like lifting weights when I got in from work after lifting crates all day. I work most of the time from 1:00 pm to 10:pm at night. I would love to look sharp and feel good though. I am around 6’2″ and weigh around 250 Lbs. I need to lose weight because my girlfriend is 42, and she looks pretty good. Hope to here from you.

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Larry! Well you seem pretty active so that is good. It really comes down to your diet. I bet you are burning a lot of calories during the day, but if you eating badly it won’t matter. What is the diet like?

  • Katherine says:

    Hi, I’m a runner and I wanted to incorporate cross training and was looking at this. is this something I could do and still do my morning runs without it being too much?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Katherine I think something like P90X3 might be a better option to incorporate with running or even p90x2. I think if you have not done any lifting and start body beast you are going to be EXTREMELY sore and that could screw up your running routine for a few weeks or so.

  • Brian hains says:

    Hello, my names brian. And i was planning on buying body beast. Im a 5’9 220 pound 17 year old thats very out of shape. I just wanted to know if buying the dvd is really worth it? Does body beast give you good results? And if it does, is it like insanity? Because ive done insanity before.

    • FitDadChris says:

      Yeah buddy! If you do it, you will get results. It is different than insanity because you are lifting weights… where insanity is all body weight and more cardio. Either one will get you results…. I would say give Bodybeast a try and see how it goes… they have some good cardio workouts too.

      Either will work you just need to do them 😉

  • Kenesha Mack says:

    Hi Chris,
    I was watching the commercial for body beast the other morning and it really had me interested. I am 32, 5’6″ and I weigh 265 I have always struggled with my weight. I have tried everything to lose weight would this system be good for me to try. I have asthma so doing cardio is very hard also and with so much weight on me it hurts my knees also. Just wanted to know if you could give aome advice before I make this purchase. Thank you and be blessed.

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey there well this workout is not too hard on the knees, but the cardio could give you some issues on both fronts depending on what you are used too.

      What kind of workouts have you done in the past. That might help me a bit

  • Theodore Brittan says:

    Hi Chris,
    Thank you for starting this post it has been really helpful. I bought body beast have not gotten it yet, but I need some advice. It may not be the right thing for me. The reason that I say that is I am already a pretty bulky guy…fat and muscle(i think lol). I am 28 years old, 6’3″, 260 lbs. 4 years ago I was 360 lbs, started doing p90x and lost 140 lbs in a year. After that year I was motivated to get back in school and continue my education. Due to stress, classes, and beer I have gained a lil back though. I have kind of a weird body makeup. I have long lanky arms, broad shoulders, big chest, wide hips, long torso. Now I may be obese by BMI standards but I am still able to keep up with 18 year olds in sports. I am semi athletic still. But I have never been in great ‘shape’. Got a beer gut that just won’t go away. I do struggle with strength, and just being able to do a pull up or push-up because of my long arms can be difficult. My worry is about gaining weight/size. I would like to slim down in the middle but gain cannonball shoulders. I guess what I would like to know is will this program get me leaner, help my core strength, my overall strength, and get that “Y” shape. I don’t want to look like a bulky body builder, I want to be lean like a fitness model. I know diet is crucial.
    Will i be able to gain lean muscle, and not bulk muscle? Would it be wise to incorporate cardio as well? Would it be wise to do yoga as well?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey congrats on the weight loss! Great stuff! Yeah man I think you really need to dial in the diet. Most people think they are eating healthy, but you really need to start keeping track at least for a few weeks to really see what and how much you are putting in your body.

      Yeah pull ups are tough too, but trust me you can do them. I am big too… could barely do 1 pull up now I can bust out about 8-10. Just time and practice. Check this out

  • HBS says:

    I was wondering if body beast is for me.. i am a former college athlete, now 51..with a good 80 pounds to lose…can i do it following the program? I am a hard worker.

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hi sure you can truly do it if you follow the program and put in the time. 80lb of real fat is going to take some time. Realistically it could take a good 7-10 months to lose that kind of weight. If you can accept it will take time and follow through you can do it!

  • ily says:

    Hi Chris, I just bought BB and I can’t wait to start. I weigh about 230 pounds and I am 5 feet 3. I love to lifting weights and I know it will be hard work to loose this weight, do you recommend anything else I should do? Should I do this work out 2x a day? How about food portion and how much calories should I eat a day………Thank You.

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey there! Not sure about 2x a day at first, but maybe after a round or so of body beast. Try to just cut out all the junk, processed sugars, snacks etc… What are you eating now?

  • Jenn R says:

    I have been doing 21 Day Fix Extreme. However, I have to modify due to an ankle injury. I want to try BB but my issue is, with my apartment’s floor plan, there is no where for a pull up bar. If BB isn’t an option, could you recommend another workout that is strength training based?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Jenn sorry about the ankle. Never fun. Do you have any way to use resistance bands for pull ups? I have done that before, you just need a solid place to loop it around otherwise you can really hurt yourself! Any program like this will have pull ups integrated into it some how. Can you dry one of those door jam pull up bars? Even if it is in the other room you can run over bust it out and get back lol. Cardio integrated ha!

  • Stephanie says:

    I am a 48 year old widow, who lost my husband 23 months ago. Long story short, I gained from 140 to 210. I need to get my life back together. Once upon a lifetime, I was a Collegiate sprinter. I think I can do this program if I start with smaller Dumbbells.
    What weights would you recommend?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey sorry to hear about your loss. You can do this program for sure. I only used adjustable 25lb dumbbells and 30lb and it was great.

      I bet you could use 5-15 and do great. Your best bet might be to get a pair of adjustable 25lb ones to start.

      You can do it! Keep me posted!

  • Darin says:

    Hey Chris.

    I ordered body beast and I’m waiting on it to come in. I’ve been wanting to try it but until now, I just haven’t had the time to invest in it.

    I am 27 years old and I’m in moderate shape. 5’10” and I stay in the 174-178 range. I work as a field technician and 80% of my job is outside physical labor lifting anywhere from 15-30 lbs but I haven’t seriously lifted in over a year. I don’t really want to “bulk up” too much and I’m not sure my body is even capable of it but I do want to build muscle and tone up. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for using body beast without getting too bulky and focusing more on strength and toning up?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Cool man! I always tell people go ahead and try to bulk up lol. To get really huge is really tough and takes hard work, eating a lot of the right foods. So I say go nuts with it and see where it takes you. If you can’t fit into your shirts then dial it back 😉

  • Gerard K. says:

    Hello Sir!! Thanks for this site. I’ve just purchased the program and looking around for reviews. I too am over 50, 192lbs, 6’0″ and did P90X about 2 years ago. I’ve joined a gym, but can’t find the time to go. I have a set of 25lb & 30lb weights. Want to DEFINITELY use this to make a difference and a lifetime change. Furthermore, I have a trip to take on Labor Day 2015 and want to begin to look better by then. I purchased some of the supplements that come with the program, but want to use a couple of my own, Whey Protein & MCT Oil. I’m no expert, but do you think these supplements will work well with this program and not hinder the process?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Gerard good stuff! I think those supplements will work fine, just make sure you are getting some real food in there too! 😉 I put MCT oil in my coffee once in awhile as well. Just watch how much you use. It is great, but you don’t want to use it a lot.

  • Nikki says:

    Hi! I’m thinking of buying this program. I’m a19 year old girl in college and I’ve been doing circuit training with weights at the gym at least 4 times a week. Also I used to be an athlete so I have really messed up ankles. Do you think this program could work? Also what diet should I have? Normally I try to stay away from anything processed or with sugar or that is fried. For breakfast I try to eat lots of fruits and I have coffee and I incorporate a lot veggies and protein during the day. I try to stay away from carbs like bread and white rice. Idk just let me know if I could ad something else or if you recommend a different type of diet.

    • FitDadChris says:

      Yeah this should work great for you. Maybe try adding some protein to the breakfast, but otherwise you seem like you are on the right path. What is total caloric intake?

  • CHRIS says:

    I have been doing beast for 2 weeks now and it is definitely a BEAST. I have noticed gains and cuts in the 2 weeks Ive been doing it and i will continue for the whole 90 days. Worth the money. I also am using Hydroxycut hardcore elite. im sweating alot more than when i didnt use it. BEAST ONNNNN

  • Mario Smith says:

    Hello, I am 51, 5′ 11″ at 225lbs. After reading this site, I will give Beast Body a try. My goal weight is 190lbs and a flat belly and be able to touch my toes.

  • Mike says:

    Just wanted to post a comment for some who might be “on the fence” about getting body beast. I’m a 41yo father of three(11yo,7,4). 5’10” 163lbs. I’ve always been pretty active/athletic but very lean. I’ve done insanity and p90x (about 5 weeks of each)but found that I couldn’t tolerate the high impact anymore. I wanted to get back to doing more weights and I found your review of BB. I ordered it and have been doing it for about 8 weeks. I now weigh 174. 11 pounds of muscle. On my first day of BB my 4yo daughter asked, “Dad, where are your muscles?” after looking at the guys on the video. Today she saw me doing BB and said, “Dad you have big muscles!” I’m sold. Thanks for the great review, Chris.

  • Christie says:

    Hey Chris,
    I’m thinking about purchasing Body Beast. It’s possible that you’ve answered this question before(possibly in the comments above) but I’d much rather shoot you a message . I injured my knee years ago. I’m extremely cautious because it pops out of place unexpectedly, does not matter what I’m doing, what kind of shoes I’m wearing etc. Do these videos have any modifications for the lower body workouts if you have weak knees, or need low impact exercises? I do not want to hurt myself.
    Thanks lovely,

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Christie there are some modifications, but honestly if it just pops out on you I am not sure what to tell you. Have you ever had the knee looked at? Sounds like something might need to be tightened up in there lol.

      I would try and see a physical therapist at the least. There is no sense in starting this or anything else for that matter and getting hurt. That will just set you back even more. Worth the time to have it thoroughly checked out first in my opinion.

  • Terri Owle says:

    Hi. I am considering buying Body Beast. I am 5 ‘3 145 lbs . I am pretty active in the gym 5-6 days a week 2 hours at a time. seeing results slowly doing my thing lol I lift and use the treadmill 2-3 miles daily..My diet is pretty good i do sometimes eat wheat thins or ice cream lol I am just saying not perfect. I want to see results faster than I am. I am thinking I just need a change up to see results? I have had trainers in the past that is where i have learned most of what I know plus the net and mags.What do you think? Let me know your ideas thanks..

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Terri sounds like you are putting in the time for sure! All I can say is give it a try. Not sure what you are doing for the 2 hours, but this workout will get you in, get you drained, and get you out! Plus I am sure it will be different from what you have been doing which is a nice shock to the system.

      Also what results are you looking for? Getting big, ripped? Seems like you are really active so if you are looking to get big, you actually might NOT being eating enough. Make sense?

  • Ray says:

    I am debating trying this program, but don’t want to have to spend much extra money on equipment. I recently bought a pair of bowflex adjustable dumbells that go up to 52 pounds each that I use for p90x and x3. When I’m doing heavy pants and lawn mowers I am usually lifting in the 40/45 lb range. Will these give me enough resistance for BB to be effective?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Ray the only one who will know is you 😉 I think you can tackle the first few weeks with the bowflex and see how you feel. I actually just ordered a pair of those today! Can’t wait to get them. Like I mentioned I never had more than 30lb dumbbells and adjustables up to 25lb and they still worked, but of course I need more, so I am thinking these 52lb will work great! If the weight does feel too easy, try just going slower and more controlled. Get that negative ya know!

      • Erendida says:

        I kind want to buy this program, my main concern I do not want to look like a men. I’m a female 150 pounds and I really want to look on shape and healthy.
        Would you recommend me this program??

        • wendell says:

          Any program will work. Females tend to think they will get bulky with working out but thats not the case. Lifting weights builds muscle and in turn burns fat faster. Females dont have the testosterone to bulk up.

        • FitDadChris says:

          You are going to find it pretty hard to bulk up and look like a man unless you really wanted too 😉

          This program will get you results, just follow it and you will see…

  • Canberk says:


    I usually workout in my company gym during the lunch breaks. Long story short, my break time is only 1 hour. I have seen workouts of the body beast and some of them are 50min long. My question is; is there a way to shorten some exercises to fit my break time ?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey there. Yeah I mean you could cut out a few things, but to be honest they are pretty quick moving. I always find myself falling a bit behind.

      The warm ups are only a few minutes and I think it is better to to them. You could maybe cut out one exercise if you really had to. It would be better than not doing at all right 😉

      • Cameron_Scears says:

        Hey Chris I’m 18 I’m 6ft I weight 260 I’m really thinking about getting body beast in my senior year I’ve lifted but I wasn’t eating right I sweat alot pretty fast I’m hoping and wondering if this program could help me turn my fat into muscle and what supplements should I use doing this.

      • Cameron_Scears says:

        Hey Chris I’m 18 I’m 6ft I weight 260 I’m really thinking about getting body beast in my senior year I’ve lifted but I wasn’t eating right I sweat alot pretty fast I’m hoping and wondering if this program could help me turn my fat into muscle and what supplements should I use doing this.and do you I will get result if body beast is my first workout program.

  • Nick says:

    Hey chris, im pretty sold on the program but on the fence about the nutrition and the diet. Background about me is Im 41 5’11 240 lbs. Ive worked out most of my life using weights. I have a 38 in wait 52 in chest. 17in bi’. Im better shape then most guys my age probably. but I want more defenintion and muscle growth but to cut out the body fat I have. Im concened about the bulking phase. I dont want to baloon up with all those carb. Should i try the program with a different diet plan like a cutting plan or protien out and low carb it? Im thinking a goal weight ot around 218-220 but with more mass and definition. Suggestions?



    • FitDadChris says:

      Yeah Nick you really have to know your body and how it reacts. I always try to eat my carbs around my workouts which is pretty much after in the morning since that is when I workout, but all in all I try to keep it pretty clean. I am never really into all these diet plans, cutting, protein, carbbing it etc… Unless you are training for some competition and really want to lean out, I really try to eat the same way most of the time.

      Sticking the same basic routine diet wise has gotten me the best results over the last 3 years than any type of specific diet, if that makes sense.

  • Rock says:

    Hey Chris,

    I’m 22 years old. 5’11, 190 lbs. I’m currently trying to cut fat and build muscle – I’ve been lifting for around 8 months now. Body Beast does not appear to have any cardio involved? By only doing this program, do you think someone would still lose fat and gain muscle, or should we incorporate some extra cardio into it?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Nah there is one beast cardio workout which is really good, but they have you do it one time a week.

      You will still lose fat for sure just need to keep your diet in check. You don’t need cardio to lose fat per say, but it helps burn more calories of course, it just all depends what your diet is like doing just the weights if that makes sense.

      All depends how much of a calorie deficit you want to put your body in to burn fat, but keep that muscle.

      Long story short… do the workout, eat right you are gonna see the difference!

  • Seth says:

    Hello, im and 6’2″ and i am currently 320. I just turned 16 and as you can tell and very big. I am looking to cut down on my body fat and build some muscle, i enjoy lifting weights, i have done a little weight lifting. From your experience would this be a good program to start?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Seth how are you? Yea man this program will work for you and would be a good stuff. I think biggest thing will be looking at what you are eating!! Has the football coach grabbed you yet!! 😉

      You will love body beast, but you will really need to figure out the diet part to cut that fat.

  • Jon says:

    I enjoy reading the questions and your replies. It is fantastic to read your honest thoughts and insights. My question(s) is this: I read in a reply of yours regarding Body Beast, you stated that you don’t really follow the diet plan. Have you looked at it and how tough would it be to follow (i.e. tons of supplements, weighing out portions etc.)? I don’t mind following the diet I just want something simple Thank you for your time and keep up the great work.

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Jon. Most diet plans are pretty easy to follow in a sense. The hard part is having all that food to make the meals they show you ya know.

      I tend to just find things I like and will make that for the week and then switch it up for the next week. I am pretty simple like that. I don’t need new everyday ya know. Weighing out stuff I never really do unless you want to get super detailed. If you changed up the diet to better stuff and cut out all the crap you will see the difference for sure.

      As for the supplements, they do sell a bunch of stuff, but I mean if you can take some creatine before and after the workout with some BCAA’s and maybe a simple protein shake once maybe twice a day I think you are good to go.

  • Drew Gillies says:

    Hi Chris!
    Awesome review.
    I am 15, 16 in March. 5 foot 10″, and not very well built nor overweight! I am quite a skinny lad, not much bulk or anything. Would body beast be any good for me? How dependant is the diet? Did you enjoy the workout? I can easily get Dumbells, a bench and pullup bar installed! IS that all I’d need?

    I’d love to speak to you over email or something for advice! My email is

    Thanks Chris!

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Drew good chatting on facebook. Like I said you are young! Eat as much as you can,but cut out any of the junk, soda, sugary stuff, just bad junk food and eat your fill of meats, veggies, even fruits. Shoot for 1 1/2 times your body weight in protein and stick to the lifting program. Hit me up in 60 days 😉

  • Jesse says:

    Hey man I am 20 years old, 5’11” and weigh 155. I have a hard time putting on weight so I have always been turned away from P90x and the others, because it looks like it mainly focuses on losing weight with all of the cardio involved. Is this mainly a fat burner or can I actually bulk up using body beast? Thanks in advance!

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Jesse you can get bigger in p90x as well. Most people are trying to lose weight so most programs are going to push losing weight. Truth is if you feed your body with good food and enough of it and follow a good workout plan like p90x or body beast you will get bigger! I would choose body beast if I were you because it does focus more on putting on some size. Hope that helps!

  • Hey my name is Ricky, I’m 16.. 6 foot and 240 pounds. I love to play football but I’ve been getting really big as in fat but I would say I’m 35% body fat and 20% muscle.. If you seen me I have brode shoulders and the most fat is around my stomache and legs also, I do have man boobs lol. But my real question is I wanna become fast, strong, and have good looks.Is this a good workout for me? Can you give some tips and pointers? Because I really want to become a running back before my Senior year in High School, right now I am a Junior. I recently play line backer but like I said I want to be fast and strong.To be able to do track for the first time before I graduate and to get a scholarship to a good college. I’ve always been big.. Sorry for putting alot of thought in this message but I would really like some tips and A few pointers.

    Sincerely, Ricky Rodriguez

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Ricky seems like you are on the right path. What kind of programs do you coaches have you doing? I would try and follow that to be honest. Body beast can def help you get stronger and bigger, but you def want to incorporate specific sport type training. Insanity Asylum was pretty awesome for this

      Honestly just see what programs are available at school and try to eat as healthy as you can. No soda, sugary drinks, candy etc…. Man if I only knew how to eat right in highschool lol

      • Chris says:

        I have to agree with this. Cut out sugar as much as possible, which includes simple carbs like bread. Also drop grains if you can afford it. Meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, water. Sounds spartan but that’s what is nutritious for the body.

  • Monica says:

    How old should you be because I have a son that is 14 years old and would like for him to do a program with me

    • FitDadChris says:

      Some would say that is a bit to young to start with the weights which I tend to agree with especially if he is still growing. I would stick to body weight type exercises for now.

  • Geric says:

    Hi Chris,

    Came upon your website when I was looking up reviews on some popular TBB programs. Glad I came across your review of Body Beast!

    I’ve always wanted to give it my all, but with my hectic graveyard shift schedule and my kids’ school schedules (and not to mention another little one on the way) I could never go 100%. Usually it was one thing or another, my diet, consistency, energy level, etc. I searched high and low for any sort of working schedule for someone who works graveyard shift and has my family situation.

    My buddy actually went through graveyard shift and through his ordeal, was able to give me a daily meal plan to follow which would balance my macros as well as keep me under 2000 calories per day. FINALLY! Well, he quit so that he could concentrate on an upcoming 40-and-up bodybuilding competition, and he would never get back on it while staying on graveyard.

    Anyway, reading up on your website has given me renewed inspiration to try to tackle BB once again and this time be more prepared to get it done. Wish me luck and thanks for the review!

  • Nitharsan says:

    Good evening Chris. I have purchased the body beast work out and I am a little confused whether is it for me or not. I am 25 years old and I am 6’3 weight 65KG. I really want to build my body but I am not sure how exactly to do it with the body beast and also willing to know if this really will work for me. I do struggle to gain weight easily but I am on a diet which contains 600gram meat a day plus 3 cups of vegetable and rice at the moment. I really need a little help on my process it would be great if you can give me some suggestions. Thank you

  • Jeffrey Shultz says:

    Just sayin’… You’ll never forget the day after your first Leg Day.

  • Rich Gutierrez says:

    Hi! If I am to do a combination of Insanity and Beast Body — how would you recommend I do it?…Alternate days between Insanity and BB?..or one week of Insanity, then (following) week of BB? Thanks.

  • Garth says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for the review and your thoughts on the program. As a triathlete and fitness nut I was happy to see someone who seemed to be in the same fitness mentality I am give a review of this program. I am 5’7 155 lbs with 14% BF and in the 4th week of the bulk stage at this time. Will try and lean out later in the new year and hopefully keep some muscle on to start training hard for races in January.

    I love the short times of the workouts as I do this in the morning then usually some sort of cardio/bootcamp in the evenings 4 day days a week. I find it a great balance to help me achieve my strength training goals and the videos are very amusing and fun. I have used p90x as well but find beast more enjoyable and you get that feeling of bulking, even if it’s just a bit.

    • FitDadChris says:

      Awesome to hear! Yeah gotta love Sagi’s accent and corn comments too!

      I just started doing some of the bulk workouts, where I used to do the build ones. Those progressive sets are no joke! Feeling it this week!

    • Lee says:

      You sound a lot like me, I am 5’6″ 155lbs and 14% BF and started the program back in July/August 2015. I bulked up to 168lbs, and did an extended version of the beast phase. Instead of 4weeks on beast phase, I extended it to 12weeks and operated on a lower caloric deficit. I got the idea from my brother in-law who is an amature body builder. I’m not down to 147lbs and 9% BF. A few tips I would recommend, is stay strong with the beast phase nutrition plan. I did a 50% protein, 30% carb, and 20% fat regimen and used MyfitnessPal as a tool to get the ratios correct for my meal planning at the beginning. I don’t like shakeology, or the fuel shot because my body didn’t deal well with the ingredients, so I just did the beast phase nutrition purely off of calorie intake, macro ratios, and a general daily deficit of about 600-700calories.

      Weigh yourself in the morning after you use the restrooms, once per week to monitor progress, and alter the deficit based on the way your body reacts. In general try not to lose more than 2lbs of body weight per week, otherwise expect to lose a lot of muscle mass with fat as well. I’m happy with my progress so far, but disappointed that I still don’t have abs yet. However, the abs will come, its just time now and sticking with the right diet.

      Good luck.

  • I just ordered body beast and I was wondering how long it will take for me to get a six pack
    Im 5 9 195 pound my waist is 34 inches
    I want to get mad muscle my boy friend doesn’t want me to but i don’t care i want to. I was told girls shouldn’t haven’t muscle I can bench press 100pounds

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey there…. the age old question about a 6 pack! It really all depends on where you are at, how much weight you need to lose etc…. You can do all the sit ups in the world, and have solid abs, but if you do not burn the fat around your belly it will be hard to see them. Focus on the working out and the diet. If you stick to it they will come, but again all depends on your current state

  • Larry F. says:

    Hey Chris,
    I’m 47 years old and looking for a home workout to get me back in shape. I’m on the fence about ordering Body Beast. I can obtain the Dumbbells & fitness ball, but I don’t think I’ll have access to a chin up bar. Is there any replacement/substitution you can suggest?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Do you have any resistance bands? That is what I used at first you just need a place to attach them. If you can get one of those door hanging pull up bars that is perfect.

      Also think of it this way…. if pull ups were the only move you could not do, you would still get amazing results.

      Make sense?

  • Will F says:

    Hi I was wondering if Body beast would be okay for me. I am 13 years old 5’5” 110 lbs. I have already done light weight training for about two years now and can bench press 100 lbs. I will be turning 14 in a month. I am looking to get big for football and baseball. It seems like a good intense workout with not too much heavy weights but rather just repetition and fatiguing your muscles.

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Will nice work! Yeah I mean this workout will get you results and you go as heavy or light as you need to. I would really talk to your coaches first. As much as this workout will get you bigger and stronger which is always a good thing, you might want to focus on functional strength techniques geared to the sports you are looking to play. Ask your coaches, they usually have off season training routines to follow… and… remember this… hitting the gym is important, but getting out there and playing the sport and learning the fundamentals of how the game is played is worth its weight in gold! Now go get em!

    • jordan kidd says:

      hey bro, did you get solid advice to your question about doing BodyBeast?

  • Trevor says:

    Awesome review, it sounds promising. However, I do have some questions that hopefully you can answer 🙂

    I am 5’11” 215 pounds with about 20% body fat. I didn’t think this day would happen, I was active and could eat ANYTHING and not gain a pound! I was also a light smoker. Anyway, I quit smoking 4 years ago and since then I have gained 40 pounds. Is Body Beast good for weight loss? I imagine any exercise would be but if my goal is to drop 25-30 pounds, would this be the right program or should I follow something else? Perhaps P90, P90X, or P90X3?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Trevor glad you quit smoking! I remember when I quite years ago. Put on a few extra lbs for sure lol.

      Beast will def help you drop the weight for sure. You might want to add another cardio day in there, but if you follow the workouts and the diet you will do great. If you looked at the other workouts and really wanted to give one a go then I would choose P90X

  • Jason says:


    I’m a 44 year old, 6’1, 220 with a body fat of who knows lol. I have recently quit smoking and my weight skyrocketed out of control . I’ve done 2 warrior dashes and my wife just signed us up for another one in 2016. My last warrior dash I thought I was going to die due to my light to no training. I’m looking to start Body Beast in January to prepare myself for my race in May 2016.
    Any help on how I should go go about tackling Body Beast would be greatly appreciated. I’ve been out of the gym for over a year but eager to go into the new year with a new me mentality. I know I will never be huge , just want to be able to take my shirt off and feel good about myself, not to mention my kids asking me are you pregnant, lol!

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Jason how are you? Body beast is a great workout… and the cardio is a leg burner too! Def get you a bit more prepared for the Warrior dash! Also congrats on quitting smoking!

      Just expect to be super sore that first week, I am talking real sore! That is a good thing though right?
      If you stick with body beast and add in some other training you will do great. Just make sure you get some running in and that you can run a 5k comfortably.

      Check out my post on getting read for an obstacle race. If you can fit some of this in you will be good to go…

      Maybe even get ready for a Super Spartan Race after that 😉

  • Rod says:

    I am 43, 6’2 started the BB program at 315 lbs and now down to 308 lbs starting my 4th week. I am still having trouble getting through all the cardio exercises. Is that normal? Was it as challenging for you? Feeling like crap because I feel defeated after today’s session.

    • FitDadChris says:

      The cardio workout is a beast!! Don’t feel defeated man! That one is a leg burner!
      You are a big guy so that is a lot on your frame, so just go at your own pace, take breaks, do what you can and each week just push a little more.

      Honestly that cardio workout really is a sleeper!! One of the tougher ones out there. Def rivals insanity in my opinion. Wish there were a few more cardio workouts in there to be honest

      • Anthony says:

        Chris. Your opinion please. I am 43 years old, 6′, and 172 lbs (weight remains consistent). I play soccer 3 days a week. And travel 3 days every other week. I have a gym membership – 4 minute drive. Had lower back issues from soccer but improved that with a year of circuit training and always trying to engage my core. Friends say my techniques need improvement. Is Body Beast good for me? Does it focus on technique? Can I mange this program with soccer and traveling? Eat a lot of fish, pistachios, eggs everyday, and green smoothies when home. Weakness is fresh ciabatta bread and wine. Any thoughts or opinions. Appreciate your time.

        • FitDadChris says:

          Sounds like you are busy so I mean I think it will give you a streamlined plan of what to do and follow. Not sure if you can follow the schedule to a T, but I think if you follow what you can you are going to get results that you have not seen before just for the simple fact that you will most likely be doing things you have not done before and following the program doesn’t let you slack off when you are just on your own at the gym 😉

  • Matt says:

    Hey Chris, I’m 47 6-2 195. Starting Body Beast next week. I have always been skinny but have a little bit of gut. Question, I probably can’t (actually I cant) do a push up or a pull up. will that hold me back starting on out on this work out? taking a beach vacation this summer and want to look good for once. Thanks!

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Matt congrats. Well all I can say if you can’t do one it can’t get any worse right? 😉 Meaning you can only get better…. best bet is doing pushups on your knees or even against a wall. As far as pull ups you either want to do some sort of pull downs with resistance bands or get a pull up assist band to get you started.

      Stick to the program and you will do fine…. just know that each time you will get stronger…. Let me know how you are making out with the program

  • Lana says:

    I am a 29 to 163lb and only 5’1 had my 2nd child almost 2 years ago and am having trouble getting my body back. I used to be a lifeguard and was really in shape. I don’t want to be extra buff just toned and a 6 pack again. I want to get back down to 130lb. Is Beast body the right program for me or should I look into a different program? And what program would you recommend for me?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Lana… yeah I think body beast would be a great fit. Truth is any program is going to get you back into shape you just need to follow it. This will get you toned for sure… the only way to pack on muscle which you don’t want would be to really start upping your food intake, so stick to the diet, follow the workout… choose the build phase and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

      • Ross burkenstock says:

        My max bench press right now is probably 230 lbs. you think I’ll be good with the bow flex Dumbbells that max out at 52 lbs each? I already have a collection of Dumbbells and would like to make just one more purchase as opposed to several.

        • FitDadChris says:

          Hey Ross… I think the bowflex are def a good purchase, but you might wanna grab some 60 or 70lb’ers if you have a collection. I think the Bowflex will be fine the first 3 weeks or so, but you know if you want get bigger and strong I would try and up the weight.

      • Brandon says:

        What protein shakes and equipment are need for this?

  • Robert C Simon says:

    I am 65 on the 20th of march. I was in the military for 25 years and am sorry to say I am a total physical wreck. 5’10 210 lbs. I have done nothing real for the last 2 years but I just have to make a change. I am 100% disabled for numerous reasons but really have on physical restrictions. This is not just getting into shape physically but getting myself back emotionally. This is a big step but I need to get right. Is this program to much for someone who is totally out of shape but dedicated to fixing my body. I also sell insurance and in my car 8-10 hours Every day but willing
    To get up at 06:00 to get this done. I was special ops but every war since Nam to Iraq have taken its share of me but I will get it back. What do you think right plan.

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Robert thanks for serving our country! I would say you have to start somewhere and what better place than here. If things are a bit too much then just scale it back and rest a bit more, but I think after a few weeks you will bounce back. Also if you are in the car that much, make sure you are taking some 5 min stretch breaks every hour or so! Not good to be sitting that long! Trust me I know.

  • Jeff says:

    Is it possible to stream this program to a phone and follow it in a gym. I have a gym membership but no, I mean zero exercise equipment at home. Also, is it possible to get results without supplements and protein shakes, etc. That can be very expensive and I am on a tight budget at the moment. Thank you in advance for you help.

    • Jeff says:

      I forgot to add that I have been eating clean and healthy for a couple of months now so, I think I would have no problem following a good diet plan. Again, thanks

      • FitDadChris says:

        Yes there is an app for body beast that you will get access to. Supplements will help of course, but not necessary. Just eat well and workout hard, you will see results.

        • Debra says:

          I’m thinking of ordering this program, I’m 52 years old and 30-35 pds overweight. I’m female and I don’t want to go down that way! lol I can’t use protein powder or take any pills so I’ll have to eat clean. My husband is a workout beast and a martial art master, he’s in incredible shape and he ate super clean for years but now he’s starting to eat some sweet junk and brings it home. Well…..of course I eat it with him and he’s in good shape and i’m not. It’s hard to not eat it but I told him this morning I’m cleaning it up. So he said he won’t bring that crap home anymore. I think he will though. Anyway, after that long story….I just would really like to know how I can stream the video through my phone because I read in a post somewhere you can not do that. I’ll be doing this in the gym here at work. I have everything at home but I feel self conscience around him because of course he knows everything right…and I can’t workout there without him telling me how to do it. Arggghhh. I used to body build and entered some amateur contest and actually won, years ago. He lifts for strength and I body build so we clash about that. Also, I can’t do a pull up to save my life… do you build up to that? Thanks for any advise from anyone here.

  • Juan Castro says:

    How you doing I’m Juan and I am 58 yrs old. served 21 years in the Marines and currently in Law Enforcement. I’m pretty fit have used P90X and T25 all outstanding programs. Then a couple of months ago I started to experience sort of a lag, if you know what I mean. Doc says I’m good all tests negative. I just ordered this program and I am excited. How is the nutritional program to follow, should you workout before or after working out. your advice would be a big help. I plan to follow this to the letter, thank you

    • FitDadChris says:

      Awesome to hear! This will def get you pumped up! All depends when you workout to be honest. Follow the guidelines and you will do great! What time are you planning on doing the workouts?

      • Juan Castro says:

        I plan to workout between 1500 hours and 1600 hours, my challenge is going to be following the eating program. The results of P90X and T25 were great, no problem with the workouts. It all comes down to eating, which is a chore for me. I’m hoping that with workouts taking place later in the day, I can focus on eating through out the day. Any suggestions will be followed.

  • Gary Clark says:

    Hey Chris,

    I just ordered Body and Beast and am really looking forward to it. Done T25 as well as (for the first time in my life) lifting on my own using “Youtube” videos for help and wanted to get a focused weight lifting plan with someone telling me specific work outs as well as how to eat to gain muscle.

    My question is: can you recommend a specific pull-up bar? Is a basic horizontal enough, or should I get one that has multiple options for hand placement. Again, a specific brand/style would be helpful.

    Thanks! And this is a fantastic review/comment section for Body Beast…the best and most helpful one I’ve seen.

  • Adam says:

    I only have a set of the 2.4 power blocks so that’s a max of 24 lbs each hand. Will I be able to do body beast ?

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Adam if you read the review you will see at first I only had adjustable up to 25lb each, so depending on what your current fitness level is I think you will be fine. Always a good excuse to buy more if you need them right? 😉 If you want to get the Bowflex ones check it out

      These are awesome. Had them for about a year now and cannot believe it took me so long to get them! Let me know how the workout goes!

  • David Gaitan says:

    I am going to buy this program, but at 375 lbs do I want to lean out or bulk up? I want to lose weight I’ve lost over 60 on my own.

  • Ro says:

    Chris, I did T25 and helped me a lot. Lost about 65 lbs. Now i am looking at Bodybeast to build some muscle, but I am still on the fence as to whether to get this or not.

    Now my 15 yr old son is asking if we can lift some weights. Is this ok for both of us to do?


    • FitDadChris says:

      Congrats on the weight loss! I think this program would be fine for you and really tone you up for sure. As for you 15 year old they will usually start with weights if they are in highschool and with sports etc…

  • GottaGetFit says:

    Great review. I wanted to start 2016 off getting fit, but that did not happen. I keep seeing the body beast commercials and figured why not! Can’t wait to get started. Thanks for all the insight! I can finish 2016 off right at least!

  • Pushok says:

    Hi, I am 29, male, 5’7″, 150 pounds with super skinny limbs and huge pile of fat in my belly (skinny-fat body type). I am fed up with my physique and want to seriously change it. Is this program for me? Any other recommendations/programs from your side prefarably from home? Thanks

  • Ron says:

    How do I do the first week’s cardio? My leg haven’t recovered from the leg day 🙁

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey Ron I hear ya! I was so sore after that first leg day! All I can say is try your best. It won’t be easy, but even if you just get by it will help flush out some of that soreness. That cardio is a killer leg burner too! 😉

  • Sheila Martin says:

    I do not have a pull up bar, and living in a modular home I cannot install one, door frame will not support one. Can I do body beast without a pull up bar?? Thanks!!

    • FitDadChris says:

      Hey SHeila yes you can. You can get bands and a door attachment. Some people like to use a bar across two chairs and lay down to pull themselves to the bar. I would not let not having a pull up bar stop you from doing the whole program though.

      • Zoraida says:

        Hi I am about to start this progrm and although I am not interested so much on my weight but i stead my body fat the only problem is I am horrible at following diets!!

  • Brian says:

    Hey Chris, thanks for all of the great information. Been on the fence with this for a few days now. I went through P90X and P90X+ a few years ago and had amazing results with it, losing 35 lbs. and reaching fitness levels that I hadn’t seen since high school. I did hit a plateau with P90X though, and couldn’t reach the toning and definition I wanted. What I want is P90X but leveled up to finish my toning and do a slight bit of building. I don’t want to look like Hulk but definitely a well defined and decent body that looks good without a shirt. After spending five years working out at the gym and maintaining my P90X body, I moved, didn’t have a good gym close, and just stopped working out. Needless to say I have packed the weight back on, 5’10” 210 lbs.. I am now back at the gym, thanks to my wife, but want a program that will help get this Type 1 diabetic back into amazing shape, at 51 years old. I think your input on this product helped make my decision easier. Thank you and if you have any extra tips for a re-boot like me, let me know.

  • Reilly says:

    25 y- Been lifting since I was 19 and am in mid-40’s now. So a good quarter of a century of bodybuilding experience. Also have read during that time just about everything relating to lifting I could get my hands on. So I think I can give a somewhat informed perspective on this program. I don’t want to knock it but honestly it sounds rather like a program you could get out of one of the muscle comics (aka muscle magazines). There are three rather glaring problems. First of all is the number of exercises. Seven exercises for back/bis alone? (I do four). Second is the frequency of workout days. Six days is far to much. Yes I know you are working a different bodypart each day but remember that your nervous system is being placed under a strain each and every day (I take 3 rest days each week). And number three is the frequency of the bodyparts being trained. Most of them are being hit four times in three weeks or 4 out of 21 days which equates to less than 1 out of every five days…hardly optimum. (I do an upper/lower body split which allows me to hit both the upper and lower body twice a week…2 days for upper and two days for the lower. I have done other splits in the past but this is the one that has given me the best results)

    What are these results? Bulked up from a 140 6’3″ frame to 210 lbs. Put on 3.5 inches on either arm. Added 10 inches to overall chest measurement (pecs. lats and thicker back) Put on six inches for each thigh and four inches per calf.

    Yes any routine will work for a while. But this one sounds like it would lead to stagnation (if not overtraining) for most

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