Body Beast Day 2: Ain’t No One Skipping Leg Day

You hate it because you’ll have trouble walking the next day or two. You love it because of what it will give you in the long run. It’s leg day.

Body Beast certainly wastes no time getting you to leg day. Whether its parallel squats, sumo squats, bulgarian squats or lunges or anything, it will work your legs unlike many other at-home workout programs.

Now, like most of these updates, I won’t talk much about the actual workout. That’s just one tool to keep me accountable. One thing that needs to be talked about is the subject of leg day. You’ve seen the memes. Big, muscular guys that look like they’re halfway to being the Incredible Hulk from the waist up but then you look at the lower half and you see something that resembles chicken legs.

I don’t know why would anyone would want to skip leg day, man or woman. You want to build muscle, work your legs. You want to burn fat, work your legs. The more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn at rest. Where are some of the human body’s biggest muscles? The legs.

You build those big muscles, you’ll burn more fat. The biggest muscle in the body is the gluteus maximus. So, women who want to build a better behind, you’ll also get a boost in your fat-burning at the same time. Same thing goes for men obviously, although it’s not as pushed on for men to have a better booty.

So what if you’ll be limping the next day or having trouble standing up from a sitting position. In the end, it’s all worth it. The other added benefit is for people that have knee problems. You strengthen the muscles around the knee, it will have more support. That is something I have told my wife multiple times because of her patellofemoral syndrome.

Tomorrow, I work back and biceps. Let’s just hope that I can stand during the workout.


Body Beast Day 1: Take 3

Here we go again.

Today I started Beachbody’s Body Beast program for the third time. The previous two times went unfinished. Truth be told, I didn’t even get out of the first week, let alone the first phase. Well, it’s time to start again, and this time I’m going to finish it.

I won’t bore you with the details of the workout, but it started off with chest and triceps. It is set up in a way that it will make you work even if you only have a few sets of weights. If any of you have done this workout, you know what I’m talking about.

The truth is, I love this workout program. It’s fun. It’s effective. So why have I failed to finish the program? It’s because I’m just like everyone else.

Motivation wanes. You don’t have time. Quite frankly, the excuses just pile up. That word is something I despise: excuse. Yet, I have been just as much a victim of them as anyone else is. The key is overcoming them. It’s much easier than you think. All you have to do is ask yourself: How bad do you want it?

If you want it badly enough, you’ll do whatever it takes to get it. Whether your goal is building muscle or burning fat, it’s the same. If you have no time, you make time. Wake up earlier. Get a workout in during your lunch-hour from work. If it’s motivation, bring a friend along for the journey. Having someone to keep you accountable is one of the very best assets you can have on the road to getting fit. That’s why group fitness is so successful.

On my road to becoming a personal trainer, I’ve realized that I have to practice what I preach. If I’m a hypocrite, no one would want to be my client, now would they? So as I hope to motivate clients and keep them accountable, I hope anyone that reads will do the same for me. After all, sometimes we can’t do it on our own.