Ok first of all, if you've never really lifted before, it's going to be pretty hard to get "dude" muscles. But it's entirely possible to build some great definition, strength, and leanness while boosting your metabolism by increasing your muscle mass. This means that the more muscle you have the harder your body works. You burn more calories at rest!
We took the plunge and jumped into Body Beast together. Best. Decision. Ever. We started December 4th. It's a 12 week program. We have a set of weights in our basement and were able to do the entire program at home. You can get away with a stability ball, resistance band if you have one, and a set of dumbbells. I used anywhere from 5 to 25lbs. Luke used up to 40 lbs.
We followed the DVD workouts (anywhere from 10 minutes- abs to 50 minutes total) but average about 35-40 minutes from start to finish. The way the program is set up is designed to help you whether you want to lean out a bit or if you want to build more muscle. There is a Lean Beast which incorporates more cardio and Huge Beast which focuses more on just lifting (both included). Three phases take you through building, bulking, and leaning out. We both opted for the Huge Beast :) The workouts are not for the faint of heart but you can modify them at your will with lighter weights if you need to. I fell in love almost instantly. I love feeling myself get stronger. I love seeing my results in the mirror and having muscles where before I used to have stick legs and skinny arms.
|LUKE'S BODY BEAST RESULTS|
|ASHLEY'S BODY BEAST RESULTS|
This was after my second round of results. I was completely impressed with the change in my arms and in my back. And I had abs again! After 3 babies those abs are my new pride and joy! I have dropped about 10 % body fat from December until now. I've been eating anywhere from 1,800 calories up to 3,000 depending on the day and averaging about 2,500 each day. This goes to show you that you absolutely need to eat while working out, not only to fuel your body but it helps you build muscle as well.
|ONE YEAR TRANSFORMATION|
|NANBF COMPETITION JUNE 2015|
These results are from one year of hard work and three rounds of Body Beast. I've been sticking to the program and have been staying in the bulking phase for the last 8 weeks with a goal of putting on more muscle. I love that the program is flexible, the workouts are simple, easily explained, and very effective. I've never seen my muscles grow like this before and my husband said the same thing about himself. That the nutrition was the game changer as well. You can work out as many times each week but if you're slacking on nutrition then you're not going to get the results you really want. We've made some lifestyle modifications but are happy with how we look and have never felt better!
In fact, thanks to Body Beast we took our results to the next level and competed in our first competition as a couple in June 2015 (more on that later!). I had done my first bikini competition in April but we decided the accountability of doing one together would be that much more of a motivator. I can't say if there's going to be any more competitions from us in the future but fitness has brought us even closer as a couple and being able to support one another on this journey has been truly incredible.
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