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Body Beast Motivation for Women
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1/14/13 1:49 PM
I just started Body Beast today!! I've seen my husband do it ... and I've met the Beast himself at an event and thought ... why not give it a try. And although I knew I was going to like it, I didn't think I would like it THIS MUCH! Day 1 and I'm ready for the next! I really enjoyed it and can't wait to see how strong I will get by the time I'm finished!

Not many women are doing this program ... and I think this can be a game changer for our bodies and thought it would be nice to put together a group where we can support, motivate and cheer each other on. Especially when we're ready to go up in weight or when we're struggling with our nutrition!!

My goal is NOT to bulk up, but instead get leaner and tighter. I have a GOAL DATE of March 23rd (I have an event that weekend!) and I'm doing the Lean Beast schedule, but modified to accommodate my love for Turbo Fire.

So who's in?!
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1/15/13 10:00 AM as a reply to vanessaaviles.
Hi Vanessa!

I started the program yesterday too. I have to admit, I had to make several modifications to the workout (couldn't keep up with the weights they were using), but LOVED every minute of it too. Glad to see another lady doing the program at the same time, you can add me as a Buddy if you use that feature. I'm brand new to the website and haven't figured it out yet, lol!


Robin
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1/15/13 12:04 PM as a reply to RobinSays.
Well I am game! My boyfriend is like nah..nah..don't do it your gonna bulk up. I say no because I will go light on the weights not heavy so I should not bulk up. I am using 5-15 lbs weights. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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1/15/13 12:17 PM as a reply to vanessaaviles.
Same for me. I use 5 for the low weights and 15s for the high.
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1/15/13 12:29 PM as a reply to RobinSays.
Hi Robin!

YAY -- I'm so happy you're loving it also!! I'll add you as a buddy ... and yeah, it takes some getting used to with the site, but it just takes some playing around with it. For the most part we can just always come back to this board :-)

Also, if you're on Facebook you can find me at www.facebook.com/vanessa.aviles1

So are you doing the entire program or are you doing your own version?
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1/15/13 12:30 PM as a reply to Vixen3209.
You won't bulk up! We're not using the supplements and are using lower size weights ;-) We'll be fine! But I do recommend doing more cardio ... how many times are you doing cardio?
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1/15/13 12:33 PM as a reply to Vixen3209.
Women can't bulk up. Women don't have enough testosterone to to build up muscle like men. You will have a more defined and toned body but that is all. Don't worry about becoming a huge beast.

And you can go heavy on the weight, no need to stay low if you are worried about having huge muscle.
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1/15/13 12:34 PM as a reply to DominicDuclos.
Yup, that too ;-)

BTW -- Vixen, Robin and Dominic ... I added you both as buddies!
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1/15/13 12:37 PM as a reply to vanessaaviles.
Thank you guys for your input....I had a feeling I was right so with that I will continue on. I am currently doing Les Mills combat Ultimate warrior for cardio.

I just started Body Beast yesterday.
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1/15/13 1:24 PM as a reply to vanessaaviles.
vanessaaviles:
You won't bulk up! We're not using the supplements and are using lower size weights ;-) We'll be fine! But I do recommend doing more cardio ... how many times are you doing cardio?


I plan on piggy backing my Beast workouts with a cardio video 2 or 3x a week. Maybe one of the quick HIT Turbo videos.

I'm also very, very bad with the nutrition side of these programs so I'm focusing more on eating clean, healthy meals and eliminating gluten and dairy from my diet. Will not be following nutrition parts to an exact science.

Also thanks for the feedback Dominic!

All 3 of us ladies started on the same day by the way....let me know how your leg workouts go tonight! Eek!
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1/15/13 4:21 PM as a reply to vanessaaviles.
Thanks for the buddy invite Vanessa!

Good luck to everybody on leg day, you will need some! I feel for you all! I'm doing Chest today and tomorrow it legs days and i am already not looking foward to it. haah
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1/15/13 5:57 PM as a reply to DominicDuclos.
Hi Dominic,

I noticed your comments on eating maybe 200-300 more calories beyond what the Body Beast meal plan suggests, and I'm wondering what you might think of for me.

I'm a guy, lost a lot of weight right before my first P90X round 3 years ago, and have been on the thin side for some time. At my lowest I was about 15 pounds below what my "ideal" BMI said I should be. Even then, I think I had a higher body fat % than I would have though -- I have a stubborn "bike tire" around my waist (I'm thrilled it's this under control, but I can do better).

I recall you mentioning you considered yourself skinny before, and that the program (and eating) will bulk you up). I did one round of Body Beast, gained some mass (not huge, but fine with me -- I was just reviewing my records this AM). BUT I started with about 20% BF, and I noticed I gained a good bit around my (small, but not as small as I'd like it) belly. This despite the relative low-carb "cutting" final month of Body Beast. And, OK, to be honest, I wasn't as STRICT with the meal plan -- I found it tedious to compute everything, so while I did track things a) it was mostly "after the fact" rather than a guide, and b) it was unclear it was having any impact, so I lost motivation.


Given this thread is about motivation for women, I'm also wondering what advice you might have for women, regarding the meal plan and calorie counts / cardio / and the macro carb/fat/protein the program entails.


And to Vanessa and all the other people in this thread -- You'll love the program (sounds like you already are). I like how this fits with the others, so I think it is a good part of the overall story for many of us!

Talk soon,
Lee
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1/16/13 7:30 AM as a reply to LeeHoo.
Hello LeeHoo,
You are right i usually advise people to eat 200-400 calories more than they calculated as most people i know didn't gain much mass at first. But one thing i learned with time is that not everybody the same and you can't apply the same rule to everybody.

Some people like me have a fast metabolism which means we can eat a lot of calories in a day without gaining much weight and you have the opposite for people with a slow metabolism who gain weight easily. What i tell everyone is to modify according to their results. The calorie intake calculation within the book of beast is a general guideline that you can use and modify for you.

What i mean is that after the first 30 days, you measure your body fat again and if you see that you are gaining too much body fat i would reduce my calorie intake lower. If you are not gaining any body fat or even losing i would add more calories.

For someone with a higher body fat % like yourself who had 20% at the program beginning, i would have recommended to cut back even lower on calories to help you burn body fat even on bulking phase. Your body metabolize carbs and fat a lot easier when your body fat is lower which means you are less proned to gain fat. Body Beast is not a program originaly designed to shred off fat as you are running a calorie surplus for most of the program. For someone looking into losing weight with Body Beast i would have recommended to run a calorie deficit for the entire program like you would do on any program like P90X or Insanity.


The same principle would apply to women as well. First i would suggest doing the lean version and most women are looking into losing weight, so i would advise to run a calorie deficit of about 500 and change the macros to 50% protein/30% Carbs and 20% Fat.
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1/16/13 9:11 AM as a reply to vanessaaviles.
Completed TurboFire's HIIT 15 last night followed up with Build: Legs. I'm so sore I can barely move today...drank plenty of water and had a recovery drink post workout. Hated/Loved the workout...how did everyone else do? emoticon
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1/16/13 9:50 AM as a reply to RobinSays.
I hope you all did well on your legs day. Legs day is always a hate/love relationship, especially those progressive split squat with EZ bar on the Bulk phase or Step-Up to Reverse Lunge in build phase, i still make nightmare about those lol.

Tonight is my legs day too, send me positive thought as i will need them to crush that workout.
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1/16/13 12:32 PM as a reply to vanessaaviles.
okay....so I did Build Chest and Tris on Monday and boyyyyy am I feeling it TODAY!!Good feeling though!

Hope you all are feeling sore like I am LOL!!emoticon

Have a Wonderful Day!
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1/16/13 3:51 PM as a reply to DominicDuclos.
Hi Dominic,

Thanks for this! Indeed with this 2nd round of Body Beast I've chosen to do what you suggested -- Decrease the calories, and I'm tuning the meals as I move forward (watching the carbs and fat macro values, and tuning them down a bit). In this case I'm not waiting until day 30, etc. I like what I've seen so far this week, although it's VERY early. Note as a "maintenance phase" I DID do the first month of P90X2 and one week of Insanity in between the last round and this one of Body Beast, so I got some good cardio in.

I do wonder if my BF% is skewed because I think I have a "bike tire" that's (IMO) fairly impervious to all the diet and exercise. Again, when I was about 15 pounds under my "ideal" BMI, I still had that tire. I was toned nicely elsewhere; abs starting to appear nicely, etc. Also, folks were saying I looked "too thin" (probably commenting about my face, though! And they were my parents!).

I think no matter what, I'm planning on seeing what I can do about BF% as an explicit goal (and removing that bike tire as a side effect) when I restart Insanity in April. In the meantime, I'll be tuning my diet as I proceed in this Body Beast Lean round, to at worst maintain where I'm at BF%-wise, and perhaps burn more of that, as you suggest. If I succeed with the BF%

Talk soon,
Lee
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1/17/13 5:20 AM as a reply to LeeHoo.
Hello Lee,
What is an ideal BMI? Are you talking about the ideal weight based on your height and age? If that is the case i would suggest you don't take in account as those value don't represent reality.

The last time i went to see my doctor, she checked my BMI and told me i should lose weight. At that time i was around 8% Body fat. The BMI equation only calculated based on your height and weight and don't take in consideration your muscle mass and body fat %. So based on that even with a great muscular body with a low body fat it would consider you to be fat.
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1/17/13 6:20 AM as a reply to DominicDuclos.
Hi Dominic,

Thanks for this.

My statements above (during which I mentioned BMI) were seeking to convey that I’m pretty sure that I’m NOT overweight, many have been calling me “too thin” recently, I love how my whole body looks *except* the bike tire, and I have that bike tire despite being below (at some times "far" below) what the medical community calls an “ideal” BMI (no, I didn’t expand on the shortcomings of the metric, but I am aware of them given my line of work).

Perhaps you meant to say “As you know, Lee, BMI is an inexact metric, meant as a guideline rather than a strict rule. Given this and how people vary a lot, you might want to consider…”

BMI is a metric that’s a function of a person’s height and mass (age doesn’t factor in). Using these as inputs, a metric is calculated. For each combination of weight and height, there are guidelines (but not universally applicable) ranges for what is considered “underweight”, “normal”, “overweight”, and “obese”. Within some there are subclasses.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_mass_index

As in the example you pointed out, it has limitations and shortcomings. Of course it’s understood that some folks, e.g., an athlete with extremely low body fat but large amounts of muscle mass, will be incorrectly labeled “overweight” or even “obese” when clearly they’re in awesome shape and health! The opposite can be true. From your comments above I realize you already know that (and 8% BF is awesome!).

For me, given my height, my “ideal” BMI (again, based on averages across the population) is 22, or a weight of about 157 pounds, IIRC. I currently weigh 154, and have the “bike tire”.

Now, I’m definitely no pro athlete, but definitely not fat! Thanks to the workouts over the past three years, I’m in the best shape of my life and ultra proud of it. Eating right; five full rounds of P90X; Insanity; hybrids; P90X2; and Body Beast have benefitted my health and my outlook (and other aspects of my life). And being 45, this is great; a few years ago I assumed I was “too late” to do this, now I’m brimming with confidence.

I’m also humble enough to know I can still improve, and to know that I’m not Tony Horton, Shaun T, or Sagi (yet). The BF% / bike tire is one of my two main focuses (the current one being some more muscle mass), and BF% will be my target when I restart Insanity.

I’m hopeful I don’t have to go to 130 pounds or something to get rid of that bike tire, but we’ll see! Heck, I even had a tiny tire when I was at 140 pounds (when folks told me I looked gaunt; again, they were probably looking at my face, not my belly!). I’ll seek to gain some muscle mass first, then attack the tire! I'll seek the community's help and advice in getting there, to try to fine tune the general guidelines of the world (e.g., things like BMI metrics, but also the calories / carbs / fat and workouts) into what works for me as an individual. That way I can hopefully indirectly guide, by way of example, others who can benefit from the same thing.

Take care,
Lee
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1/20/13 8:47 AM as a reply to Vixen3209.
I've been meaning to post in here all week ... It went by so quick for me!!!

First week of body beast and I love it even more. As you know I'm modifying the schedule to accommodate my teaching schedule, which includes Turbo 5x a week ... So I'm only doing BB 3x a week and includes Tris/chest, legs and back/bis... I'm also doing to ab workout here and there so I can change up my ab routine.

Wednesday did legs and ... My oh my!! My legs are my strong point and I told my husband what I thought I could use for weights and he said he would be really impressed if I could use the weights I had in mind. And I did!! I was so proud and so was he :-)

Back and bis are a different story! I used a range of 3-12 for bis and 10-20 for back.

Overall eating on point but did cheat a little yesterday.

How was it for you ladies??
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