I just finished up my BAXX2 hybrid, which was a great mix of Body Beast, Asylum, P90X, and P90X2. It was very well balanced and kept me in great overall shape.
For some reason, I just really LOVE the Body Beast workouts and can’t get enough of them. So this next 90 days BEAST will be my foundation. I’ve built 3 workout phases around the Beast workouts (a Build phase, a Bulk phase, and a Tempo phase). This is slightly different than the regular Beast plan, since there isn’t a set Tempo phase. I really like the Tempo workouts and feel they are a great variation that deserve their own phase.
Now as much as I love the Beast lift workouts, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that Beast is weak on cardio. I don’t want to be a meat-head bodybuilder so I’m gonna keep myself honest by adding some intense HIIT cardio twice per week in this hybrid. It’ll be a mix of Beastly lift days and Blazing cardio days!
When comparing Body Beast lift days to P90X lift days, for instance, what I really like is the way Beast is structured to really emphasize hypertrophy with force sets, drop sets, progressive sets, etc. The exercises are also very well designed. For instance, most of the P90X back exercises are pullups (various hand positions). That’s great for the lats. With BEAST, pullups are usually just one set of a back workout. You’ll also do a lot of rows, flies, etc to really focus on the upper back musculature between the shoulders and neck. Those muscles really make you look built from behind.
Overall, Beast is brilliantly designed to build muscle. I really like being able to step into my workout on the lift days with the mindset of a bodybuilder — total 100% focus on lifting and lifting big. Beast workouts aren’t full body, they aren’t high heart rate, but they blast the target muscles and give you a pump like none other. Then on my cardio days, I can completely shift gears and start my workout with the mindset of being quick, agile, and fast.
P90X and P90X2 are better for a plug-and-play total fitness solution, but muscle hypertrophy isn’t the main goal of X and X2. Beast is definitely more strategic in building muscle. It’s also not as well rounded, which I acknowledge, and that’s why I need to plan my hybrid accordingly.
I want to keep my fitness balanced, so if I’m going with all Beast lift days, I still need to hit the cardio hard. I’m going to do 2 days per week of cardio and abs. I will use primarily the Insanity MAX workouts (like Max Interval Circuit and Max Cardio), Asylum (like Vertical Plyo and Speed & Agility), and I may throw in some Combat, Pump cardio, and Asylum 2 depending on what I feel I need. I may also do some cycling for cardio since I enjoy doing a few long cycle events each year with my brother.
Below you’ll see the links to my “BEAST-Cardio Hybrid” in both PDF and Excel formats =
You’ll notice that rather than specifically schedule which cardio workout and which ab workout I’m doing, I simply have “Cardio/Abs” on the schedule. This will give me (and you if you choose to do this hybrid) some flexibility in what cardio and ab workout I want to do. Also, if you are training for an event, you might want to use the cardio days for a long run or bike ride.
I don’t have any dedicated leg lift days in this hybrid, as I plan to use the plyo effect to work on lower body speed and agility rather than lower body muscle building. I naturally have big legs so I really have to focus on upper body lifting to keep my body in balance. If you need to add some lower body lifting to beef up those legs, then instead of doing cardio, do Beast Build Legs and Beast Bulk Legs on one of the Cardio days. Make the hybrid fit your goals!
You’ll also notice that I don’t have yoga and stretching in this workout. I plan on using my “Rest” day to do either stretching or yoga as I feel I need it. I may take the day off altogether, or I may decide my body could use some good foam rolling and stretching. I’ll listen to my body and encourage you to do the same.
Finally, you’ll notice that I don’t have recovery weeks. It’s not that I am against them (in fact I’ve written an entire article on the importance of recovery weeks). What you WILL see though, is that if you add up my phases they are 12 weeks (a full 90 days is 13 weeks). So if I feel worn out after a few weeks I will insert a full recovery week with X2 Recovery and Mobility and X2 Yoga. Since my Phase 2 is based on the BEAST Bulk workouts, they are short (less than 30 minutes) so I want to be flexible on when I take my recovery week based on when I feel I need it. Again, I’ll listen to my body and know that I have a recovery week in the bank to use when I need it.
Let me know what you think about my BEAST-Cardio Hybrid. And let me know what you are going to be doing for your next round.
Keep Bringing It!!!!
Hey Coach, just looking for an opinion. Have been doing Body Beast using a straight bar and plates for a few of the days/exercises. Now I'm going back to good old P90X to cut for a round but would like to substitute the Body Beast leg days for the one in P90X. The issue is the P90X leg days are paired with the back. Could I do the Beast leg routines, then just do the pull ups after?
Hey Coach Wayne,
Can you give me a suggestion.. I wanted to add an extra chest day into Body beast to get more of a "symettrical" look ( my arms are naturally bigger). Any suggestions on which day would be best to do an extra chest day in both the bulk phase and build phase???
Thank you very much in advance.
hey coach thanks for your response. Do you have any photos of body beast transformations where people lost good amount of bodyfat and weight? most photos are of people that completed p90x. thanks coach. just looking for some extra inspiration based on my program preference. Thanks for all you do.
hey coach, im in a standstill as to what program to use. I have p90x and body beast. Im 5'10'' 220lbs and would like to lose about 25lbs. I know p90 ups your heartrate more but i really enjoy the lifts of body beast. Which program would benefit my goals the most? Would fat shredder with beast work well. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Hi Coach. How is it going? Its been a while since i posted here. Been extremely busy with work and the one month of Intense fasting. Need a bit of advice. I am planning on going on vacation at xmas and want to bulk up and cut up. I have exactly 4 months.
My stats are that I am 142 lbs in weight and have 13% BF. The body beast calculator tells me that i need to be taking 2500 cals per day. I spent 6 weeks doing body beast before i started my month fasting on 2500 calories and did put on any weight.
I was thinking of taking 3000 calories per day. I know that my BF will increase but was wondering that i since I have an extra month after i finish BB, i could get use it to lose the excess fat.
Is this a good route to go down?
I'm currently beasting up and seeing great gains.
Having done P90x and X2, however, I don't feel like the ab workout is as intense as it could be.
What would be your recommendations for building the biggest ab muscles during body beast. Which ab program would you use, and how many times per week would you do it.
Hi Coach, how did your 90 days go on this hybrid?
For me i want to put mass on but worried that i will put some fat on as well. What are your opinions on going on a calorie surplus using your hybrid? Will the extra cardio take be negative for building muscle?
can a 90 day hybrid like yours help put on 10lbs of lean muscle?
Coach Wayne, I'm about to finish up my third week of body beast and I have been using my brothers equipment since day one. Now, he and I are both doin it together and I am in need of equipment for myself. This way we won't have to "share weights" with him. This sucks cause sometimes we find ourselves needing the same weights at the same time. He has traditional dumbbells and my heart is telling me to get the same. But I would hate to spend a thousand dollars for dumbbells that only range up to 50 lbs. My question is should I get the bowflex or the power block dumbbells? Or should I wait an bit and get traditional dumbbells? I'm going to be spending a lot of money, and don't want to make the wrong decision. I've read tons of reviews on the two and just wanted to get your opinion. What do you suggest?
Hey Coach! I'm in my 2nd week of this hybrid, switching the cardio days from a selection of Speed&Agility, Vertical plyo, Max cardio, Max Interval plyo, X trainer and plyocide. I'm also doing a mix of ab workouts after the cardio workouts and switching between varying ab routines from Insanity, Asylum vol 2, X and X2. I must say this is quite fun. I'm also considering now doing a zig zag for slow bulk, with the 500 + highs on BodyBeast days of 50c/30p/20f, - 300 on cardio days at 30c/50p/20f, and the rest day at maintenance 40/40/20.
I think this could really be a cool and fun slow lean muscle gain during the summer to keep my progression going......any thoughts?
Have fun at the Summit!
I was wondering if you have a hybrid schedule made up that actually has a planned out asylum and body beast combination. I want cardio and legs a lot more in my workouts and I wasn't sure if you had one. I want to pack on the pounds at the same time.
One questions Coach - Did you follow the Beast nutrition plan, or did you modify it. I as because I worked hard to get to 5-6% BF after two rounds of P90X. I know adding some bf over the 12 weeks is par for the course and I consider it "opportunity cost" to put son some quality muscle, so I am fine with that, and I am so dialed into my body's nutritional requirements, I know exactly what I need to do to shed the fat at the end...I just don't want to add more than is necessary...and I feel the calculations give me a little more calories than I think I need. Know what I mean?
HI Coach Wayne.
Firstly a big thanks for helping me out with the nutrition in the final phase of p90x. going back to the fat shredder and logging my diet on myfitnesspal, i have dropped 2.5lbs and I am now at 10%BF.
I have one week left in p90x and was wondering if you could give me advice on my next challenge. I am 5ft 7 and have gone from 17%bf to 10% bf in 3 months. Ideally i want to get to 8% BF before bulking up with body beast. Also, i the second week of July, i will start fasting for a month (about 17 hours a day). i dont think i should start body beast before fasting period finishes.
If i was to do this hybrid, can i still continue to lose the fat and tone up using the fat shredder diet?
Hey coach i really wanting to do bb and im take c4 my only problem is i dont want to become immune to my pwo so what do you suggest with bb lole i know only to take on resistance days but on bulk i wud be taking ot 6 times so how should i prevent immunity-thanks coach
Do you find that you're not able to do as many pull ups and push ups after doing a program like beast that's weight instead of a weighted body vest?
Coach, Do you use dumbbells with BB or do you also use a curl bar with plates? I want to do BB, but I only have the Bowflex SelectTech 552 right now. Just want to know if I can do the workouts with those.
hey coach wayne i just got body beast but i still got 10 to 15lbs to lose.im around 18%bf.should i do body beast lean or modify another round of p90x?
@CoachWayne PS: I plan to do whatever I do on the 1900 Fat shredder, I think I should have enough energy for Beast on this, not sure if upping my carb intake is the way to go??
@CoachWayne Hey Coach, completed P90x/Insanity hybrid 2 weeks ago and have somewhat started it over, my goal now is mainly to build some bulk whilst still dropping fat. I like the look of Beast and would like to do strictly Beast for 90 days, see the results then perhaps do a BAXX hybrid. Like you, I don't necessarily want to look like a brick house but would like a big upper body, would you recommend "Beasting" up all the way or a hybrid similar to yours, my goal is similar i.e. huge but athletic, is that possible for a 45 yr old?? :)
I have done them all but that was two years ago its time to get back into shape . I just have a bit of fat to shred so that's nutrition but I have observed that the one o. One 30-15 is a great measure of strength as opposed to lifting with body beast. It seems that the muscle stays around longer but will this hybrid be better than the golden p90x insanity hybrid for cutting?
@Bear O Then definitely keep Build and Bulk Legs in the mix. Those are real leg workouts for mass.
@Bear O That would work, or even sub Beast Legs for Plyo. Both would be fine.
@dclem71f your nutrition is dialed in, Beast burns plenty of calories. If you are lifting heavy, you will burn even more. Beast up and go BIG! Check out: www.teamripped.com/body-beast-is-for-losers
@nav007_2000 You can definitely do that. But a lot of it depends on how cut you hope to be by Christmas. If you are 13% now, and bulk up at 3000 cals per day, you may add 1-2% body fat over the course of Body Beast along with the muscle gain. Then, in a month, you can hope to cut about 3-4% body fat at the most. So a best case scenario after the bulk and then a one month cut would be 11% body fat or so.
@mike1886 If you are squatting and deadlifting really heavy, you will be using your core TONS! Abs don't really grow like other muscles. You can get them bigger but it is really marginal. If you want ripped abs, it's almost all nutrition. If you do want to add a day, ab shredder from Asylum Vol 2 would be good or either ARX 1 or 2. Just nail your nutrition.
@nav007_2000 This hybrid has been great. Whenever you go into a surplus you will gain some BF. You can limit how much BF you gain by running smaller surpluses. But that well also limit some of your muscle gains as well. The cardio in this hybrid does help you have a leaner bulk. If you want to go all out, do Beast as is and be ok with a little more fat for the extra muscle.
Jason, I would go Selecttech but 1090s. Here's my take: http://teamripped.com/adjustable-dumbbells/You could always look for sets on Craigslist too (for real DBs that is). I am amazed at how many people find great deals. And nothing can go wrong with a iron dumbbell. They are great used!
@Panoramix If you want to need up at a surplus for the week. I wouldn't do any deficit days. Make maintenance your lowest and do +500 for lift days. It's a great plan!
Tyler, this is what I have used. You can schedule in Build/Bulk Legs as a cardio legs option and then hit hard cardio (like plyos) for your other days. This just gives you the option to mix more in.
@TeamGetFit I did not follow the Beast nutrition plan. I was travel a lot so I never really did Beast as designed. If you follow the plan, just watch your numbers. If you start gaining more than 1 lb week, dial back your surplus. BF will come with your gains, but you an limit it (and always cut at the end). It really what you want more. Slower gains will have less BF come along, but a little faster gains will add a little more BF. If you know your maintenance need right now, add +500 to that and see what that does during Beast.
@nav007_2000 You could definitely do this hybrid and reach your goals with the right nutrition. FS would be great or even moving to 40/40/20. Beast would be hard to do with that much time fasting. Getting in the calories is work as it is. I would hold off on a full round of the Beast until after your fast.
Bruce, just cycle your PWOs to limit building up a resistance. Everyone grows a tolerance to a degree with stimulants. Go two months on your PWO and 1 off (without any other caffeine too). Limited your outside caffeine is also a good way to keep your PWOs effective.
What, the body beast supplements? Sure. I don't use them.
I've written all about the supplements I think are the most important to getting optimal results -- read about them in the "my favorite supplements" tab. But you don't "have to" use any.
Dante, it's all what you train for. If you are always doing max reps pull ups, yes you will get better. If you are going for hypertrophy (size), you want to have working sets in that 8-12 range. So it's not really strength you are comparing you are trying to compare muscular endurance and max strength. Both good, it just depends on what you are training for.
Maurice, you can use only dumbbells. They show modifications for dumbbells only on every move and workout. I have an EZ bar and use both though. The EZ bar allows you to really load up the weight. Check craigslist for deals.
@hvd You can use Beast. Check out: www.teamripped.com/body-beast-is-for-losers
Nutrition is what will determine your results with any program.
@skjay68 If your goal is fat loss, stick with Fat Shredder and 1900. You will be fine to Beast up with those nutritional goals. You really should pick one goal at a time. Cut the BF then look to add mass. Trying to do both at the same time does not work well. Losing BF is about a deficit, building mass is about a surplus. Their environments are completely different.
Dante, it may because you are only using your body weight. If you keep pushing heavier and heavier weights... your muscle mass will stick around :-)
Ok. Awesome. Ill take that info into consideration. I have one more question. I understand that body beast is a strict "weight lifting" program and is not a "high heart rate" program like insanity. HOWEVER, I find myself (when doing body beast) taking breaks SOMETIMES in between moves. I always make sure I have good form and get the reps in that I have to do. But, sometimes I have to pause the workout to get there. For example, just today I did build legs. When doin parallel squats I do the reps with the right amount of weight at the same time as they do it, but when moving onto Bulgarian squats I can't keep up at the pace that they do. So I pause it, do the reps I'm sopossed to do then continue the DVD. I just feel that the idea of "giant sets" and " super sets" are not justified because I take these breaks. During Bulgarian squats your SUPPOSED to not take a break in between the two left and right Bulgarian squats. " let's go! There's no break! This is a giant set!"- Sagi. But I have to! Its not a long break, but enough to gather myself. Is this alright to do?
@CoachWayne I hear what you're saying Coach but here's my dilemma, as I said before, I'm not obsessed with what I weigh but I'm looking quite gaunt, so I don't really want to lose weight but want to lose fat and keep the muscles if this is even possible, I find excessive Cardio burns not just fat but muscles too, looking at my stats over the past 90 days. Happy to do round 2 of P90x/Insanity with more lifting, I guess I'll then have to do more reps to lean out. It's getting a little confusing now actually and I appreciate you're not a shrink ;)
Another question, could dial in my macros at 45/35/20 and get the same results??
@nav007_2000 I would stick to Tempo and just drop your calories by 200 or so a week until you are at 2000-2200. Also switch to FS. That will give you plenty of time to cut some BF. Nice work! Those are good gains.
Ive gone from 142lbs and 13%BF to 149lbs and 14%BF.
Im currently on 2500-3000 cals per day. For the tempo phase what should i reduce it down to? Should i got for the fat shredder? Once tempo phase is over, I have another 6 weeks before i go on holiday and would like to reduce my fat down even more. What do you reckon I should do? Stick to tempo or go for a p90x/insanity hybrid to reduce my fat %.
@nav007_2000 If BF is your ultimate goal, I wouldn't bulk before Christmas. You can always hit your BF goal and then maintain and still put on some mass without BF.
Sweet! Right? Haha. It IS awsome! I dont have my pictures on team ripped but i have completed insanity and p90x Back to back. Im absolutly pleased with my Results. I lost 14 lbs off insanity. Then 5 more pounds after p90x but got "cut up", now in body beast i forgot how much I love lifting weights. It really is awsome. Thank you for the info coach.
Jason, if you are lifting heavy your HR can be just as high as Insanity! Take those rests. That will allow you to lift more weight on the next set. If you run it all the way through then you will just be limited by your cardio a bit. I love BEAST! Sounds like you are doing it perfectly!
@CoachWayne Hmm, OK, I take your point, I'll have to do that so I can shift this last bit of lard. I believe my problem is I never did do any one program fully, I dived straight into the hybrid at the start of my journey in January with 20% BF. We're getting some good weather here in the UK now so I can get back on the bike, I sure have missed her and I have to get to my goal by June. I'll be sure to review the article, not sure if I've read it before.
Thanks again Coach
@skjay68 You aren't going to lose BF without losing overall weight (well quickly at all). Fat Shredder helps maintain muscle, as does lifting. Do P90X by the book and cut the other cardio. Have you looked at: www.teamripped.com/big-ripped-or-small-ripped