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P90X vs Body Beast

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Both P90X and Body Beast are very good workouts but target a different result. I’ll give you my best P90X Review and Body Beast Review and let you decide which program you think will best help you accomplish your goals. They will both help with muscle definition and working on your six pack, but one as it was described to me is for “looking” and the other is for “doing“. Those are the words of Tony Horton the co creator of P90X. What I mean by that is we all in a sense workout for ego to a certain degree. Most of us want a great looking stomach, defined arms, legs, shoulders and back, male and female. Of course in the back of our minds we all want to be over all more healthy and in great working physical condition, but you have to admit there’s some ego involved as well.

P90X Review

This workout is for “doing”, again this is how Tony described it an online chat with the Team Beachbody Club members in June of 2012. Doing, in layman’s terms means to be able to perform athletically. P90X is designed to burn fat, lean out the body and build muscle, not muscle mass. While some definitely do get great muscles from doing the P90X program, in most cases it shreds the body of fat and turns it into lean muscle. The moves associated with P90X help you to be able to play sports better (for fun, or even as a pro athlete) or help you enjoy physical activities such as running, rock or rope climbing, mud runs and so on. Or even practical things such as just being able to move better or have better balance. For example simple things like picking up your child, doing yard work, climbing steps, or other leisure activities that might be a problem for you right now.

Body Beast Review

This program is the one for looking”. Im not sure if Tony was being sarcastic when he gave this answer…I personally like Sagi Kalev (co creator of Body Beast) and have done 90 days of Body Beast (and got great results), but there is some truth to what Tony said. This program is all about building muscle mass. There is very little cardio in this program, with the exception of Leg day which really revs my heart rate, and there is a Beast Cardio workout, but it seems like another Leg routine to me. The Body Beast program is all about ego. You want big muscles. What do we do when we have big muscles? We look at them…every time we walk past a mirror we have to give a little “flex” if you know what I mean? And there is nothing wrong with that. But lets be realistic. You don’t see many body builders out running 5k’s or 10k’s. Why? Because you don’t want to lean out that muscle mass. I was under the same impression that Im sure most of you are, before I learned that cardio isn’t always the most effective way of burning fat. Tony even said himself, lifting weights builds muscle. Cardio will give you an after burn for and hour or three, but (and thats a big but) muscle burns fat 24 hours around the clock, which is why both program work and is why the Body Beast program won’t make gain fat taking in a all those calories. Oh yeah, with the Beast you EAT!

A little about Both

Both the P90X and Body Beast programs provide you with excellent meal planners. But again they are both very different.

P90X has 3 Phases:

  • Fat Shredder: Phase 1 is a higher-protein diet that jump-starts your fat loss as you begin building muscle.
  • Energy Booster: Phase 2 gives your body the energy it needs with a balanced mix of carbs and protein.
  • Endurance Maximizer: Phase 3 is an athletic diet with more complex carbs and lean protein for ultimate performance.

Body Beast is a little more lenient. It doesn’t tell you what to eat each day. It does however give you an example of what your day could look like. You first need to figure out how many calories your going to take in (the planning guide will help you figure this out), and then you can choose from the recipe’s in the book for healthy ways to get your calories. McD’s hamburgers are definitely not on that list of suggested foods. Body Beast did a great job of planning a healthy way for you to build your muscle mass and has gotten great reviews for it.

Which program is the best?

Well there isn’t a good and better choice here. You really need to figure out what your goals are. If you want to lose weight, and build a lean body, work on your athleticism, balance, running or just be able to enjoy some of the simple things in life we take for granite like picking your child up or playing with the grand kids in the yard, then the P90X program is the way to go. For the men reading, you can add a great deal of muscle with P90X so don’t get me wrong. But if straight up muscle mass is what your looking for, and you enjoy lots of weight lifting, and/or want to even compete in competitions then the Body Beast program is what you want. For the ladies, let me say this, I do know several women who do Body Beast and there is actually a “Lean Beast” schedule that you can follow. The amount of size you put on is based on the calories you take in and genetics does play a small role, so if you’re a lady and you want to do this program I encourage you to do so!

So who is P90X designed for? Simple answer: Anyone that wants to be in better shape, and live a healthy lifestyle. It helps with simple task around the house or performing athletically better. The winners of the $100k at summit in 2012 both did P90X (and Shakeology) to get their results. The male was obese to start and he actually lost 200 lbs. So really anyone can do this workout. But it takes a lot of commitment. Don’t worry though, you get free support from me as your coach, and tons of support from the Team Beachbody community. They are real people, getting real results.

Who is Body Beast designed for? Any male or female that wants to concentrate on building muscle. You will and can burn fat and lose weight with this program. Just keep in mind that its designed to make you a “Beast”. Sorry I had to say it, but really it is designed to help you build muscle. And the same applies here. You get me free for support as your coach, and tons of support from the Team Beachbody community.

Equipement

Just going to keep is short and sweet. You’re going to need equipment for either of these programs.

P90X you at least need:

  • Dumbbells (5’s, 10’s and 20’s (the more the better, sometimes you can find a complete set on Craigslist for cheap, or go with the adjustable dumbbell set like the BowFlex SelectTech)) or Resistance Bands
  • Pull-up bar or you can use resistance bands to simulate a pull-up

Optional

  • This really shouldn’t be under optional. Nutrition is just as important as the workout. Shakeology. Your body needs it. Its great for meal replacements to help you achieve your weight loss goals, and its a great post workout shake. It has everything you need to give your body after a hard workout. I even drank Shakeology when I was doing Body Beast. It’s just a way of life for me.

Body Beast you at least need:

  • Dumbbells…If your serious about building muscle, in my opinion you really need a complete set, 5’s to 50’s or even 80’s. There are some moves that are very challenging with only 5 lbs. Some moves I can use 50’s and that’s not enough.
  • Pull-up bar or you can use resistance bands to simulate a pull-up
  • A bench or yoga/stability ball to lay back on
  • The Body Beast Supplement. If your committing to the workout, you need to commit to the supplements. It’s perfectly designed to give you what you need. Designed by experts and tested by real people, plus it helps you achieve your caloric goals.

Optional

  • Curl bar. Before I got the curl bar I used my dumbbells and it worked ok, but I personally think I got better results with the curl bar. You can get the bar and the weights for a great price when purchasing Body Beast.

I’ve made my decision, so how do I get my program?

P90X Challenge PackFor the P90X Program I would recommend purchasing the P90X Challenge Pack. Its at a discounted price, and gives you the entire workout plus your first 30 day supply of Shakeology. Its the most economic way. If you just want to start out with the program, you can Buy it here.

 

 

Body BeastFor the Body Beast Program I would recommend purchasing the Challenge Pack. Its at a discounted price, and gives you the entire workout plus your first 30 day supply of all the supplements. Again its the most economic way. If you just want to start out with the program, you can Buy it here.

You can find all the equipment you need minus the dumbbells once you’ve gotten the program from your new free account.

 

I hope this was a big help for you! If you did find it helpful, please click the Facebook ‘Like’ button just below and share it with your friends and your social networks. If you need more information or just want to bounce some ideas off of me, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment, I would love to hear from you! Good Luck in your Journey!

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(4) comments

John
3 years ago · Reply

Could I do a yoga workout once a week for 30 minutes and a kickboxing session once a week for 30 minutes while following the Body Beast plan and still benefit?
I could do the Yoga and kickboxing 2 mornings weekly and follow Body Beast in the evenings.
If not, I guess I have to go with P90X.

    Patrick
    3 years ago · Reply

    Yes you could. Will you still be doing the scheduled Beast workout? If so I don’t think that would hurt. I created a P90X/Beast Hybrid a while back and got great results from it!

Kiriel
3 years ago · Reply

Hey Patrick! Thanks so much for this review! I was looking into Body Beast, but after reading your review, I think I’m going to stick with my P90X. I’m trying to do a p90x/BBL hybrid and was trying to figure out how to do it. I’m getting ready for the Warrior Dash, so I’m obviously also running. I had been following the p90x MWFS schedule and running on MWS, with the plan of sticking BBL lower body and ab workouts and yoga TR. Should I also stick the BBL cardio in on TR, since I’m only doing half hour runs on my running days? I’ve never tried to put together my own hybrid, so this is new for me. I can’t handle plyometrics right now because I’ve broken so many bones in my feet in my lifetime that I can’t jump around that much without my feet starting to ache horrifically. Anyway, I appreciate any insight you can give me!

    Patrick
    3 years ago · Reply

    Hi Kiriel,
    Sorry its taken this long to get back to you! You have to look at the parts that you want to focus on. I would say, modifying plyo may be a good option, but if you just cant do it, then I would focus on a workout that will keep you in motion for extended lengths of time. Insanity is a great workout and there are already P90X/Insanity hybrids you could follow. Or even T25 is great. The warrior dash is 3 miles I think. P90X is a great way build strength with your entire body, and running will help also. If it were me, just given my experience, I would do something like I said along the lines of Insanity or T25 on my cardio days. Just to build up stamina. Insanity was actually created for runners.

    I hope this helps! Remember, your body is only as good as what you put in it! Feed it good! 🙂

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