My Body Beast week 1 meal plan and workouts.
If you’ve been reading my blog over the past few months, you know that I have been doing PiYo for the past 12 weeks. While I have truly enjoyed that program, I have felt the need to get back to weight lifting! So I decided to break out Body Beast! It’s time to get “Beasty!” JUST KIDDING!! Ladies, you are not going to look the The Beast if you do this program…I promise!!
It’s been a while since I last did Body Beast, and I had some amazing results when I completed it 18 months ago. Now, just to let you know, this is NOT the program I would recommend starting out with if you are new to weight training. This is not the first weight training program I did. I already learned the basics when I did ChaLEAN Extreme. That program introduced me to the power and magic of strength training. 5 years ago, I was that girl who had NO CLUE how to lift weights. I thought that if I just did cardio, I would get lean and toned. Boy was I wrong!! It wasn’t until I added weight training to my routine that my body changed it’s shape!!
So now it’s time to do Body Beast a second time around!!
What equipment is needed?
The obvious equipment is weights! If you are just doing this program for the first time, you’ll need very light weights and some heavier weights for legs. I would recommend 5, – 20lbs for sure. You’ll probably want to add 25’s after a month or two! I use the Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells so I can just dial in the weight I want (anywhere from 5 – 50lbs.)
You’ll also need a bench or a stability ball. The great part about Body Beast is that they show you someone using the bench and someone using the ball, so you know how to use proper form no matter what equipment you are using. Lastly, you’ll also need a chin-up bar or a resistance band.
So what am I going to eat this week??! I get asked this question all the time: “Do you and your family eat the same meals?” And my answer is always…ABSOLUTELY! Sure, there are things my kids don’t really like, like mushrooms, but they at least have to give it a try. They are required to take so many bites before they can leave the table. I want them to be open to trying new foods and know what healthy choices consist of. I absolutely love it when they point out a heathy choice versus an unhealthy choice to me.
Monday night we had Apricot Chicken Strifry, which is full of vegetables and has a sweet sauce. The kids ate all of the vegetables, even most of the spinach, after asking me what the “green stuff” was. They just know that they have to try it and make healthy choices most of the time.
I have to eat different when doing Body Beast as opposed to Piyo. Lifting weights really increases your metabolism, so I need to increase my calories by about 200-300 per day. Hey…I’m not complaining 😉 I’ve added in more healthy fats like raw nuts! I’ve also added in P90X Results & Recovery Formula after my workouts. I need it to help my muscles recover and deliver that energy to my body.
I’m not letting my crazy busy schedule throw me off track! I’m committed to my workouts each morning and eating clean. I know when I do those things, I have more energy, feel good, and feel proud of myself for accomplishing something!
If you’re one of those women who are afraid to lift weights, please don’t be!! Sure, I was scared at first too, but once I learned to trust the process, I saw first hand what weight training can do for your body. If you need help getting started, please reach out and message me, I’m more than happy to help you get started 🙂