You have decided that you want to get into shape, grow strength, bulk up and lose weight and your dedication to this is at a maximum. Two of the best workout programs out there that will give you the results you want are Body Beast or P90x without a doubt.
Both of these workouts are notorious for being super intense and your dedication has to be high to get the job done. I would like to help you make your decision by giving you some valuable information on each workout program, and how they differ so you can start getting after that killer body..
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Body Beast Vs P90x Which is Better?
Both programs are put out by the Beach Body Company, but with different trainers. Tony Horton, a personal trainer teams up with Beach Body to give you P90x. This is an extreme workout regime paired with a nutritional Meal Plan. Sagi Kalev, "Mr. Israel teamed up with Beach Body to give you Body Beast. With these two quality trainer, you know you will be getting quality workout programs and you WILL get results.
Those that have done both workouts say that the P90x is a killer program meaning very difficult with one of the workouts being 90 minutes. Can you do a Yoga workout for 90 minutes? Workouts are from 40-90 minutes each and you will have a trainer that will push you to the limit and beyond.
On the other hand, Body Beast is intense and challenging, with 30-40 minute workouts. Although Body Beast is not quite as intense as P90x, make no mistake, you will be training at your maximum level with amazingly quick results. Most people interview say you are more likely to finish Body Beast than you are P90x. On a scale of difficulty from 1-10, P90x would be a 10, while Body Beast would be about a 5.
Nutritional Help on Each Program
When checking out the nutritional help for each program, they are pretty much equal. Each one gives you a meal plan to follow that will up your caloric intake for the amount of calories you burn while allowing your body to build lean muscle mass.
Do I Need to Purchase Extra Equipment?
With the P90x program you will get 12 DVD workouts, a 3 three-phase nutrition plan, supplement options, detailed fitness guide, a progress calendar, and a DVD quick overview. You will need to purchase a chin-up bar, set of dumbbells, resistance band and a mat.
With the Body Beast program you will have 12 workouts on DVD, extensive nutritional plan, workout calendar, and suggested supplements to take. You will need to purchase adjustable dumbbells, weight bench or stability ball, EZ curl bar, pull up bar or resistance bands and a yoga mat.
As you can see with each of these programs you will need to purchase the same amount of extra equipment. If you already have your home gym put together, you are probably set to do either of these workouts.
It's best to make sure that your dumbbells go up to or over 50 lbs because you will always be increasing the amount of weight that you work with as you bulk up and get stronger.
The Science and Schedules of Each Program
Body Beast is set up into 3 phases: BUILD, BULK and BEAST! You will be spending about a month on each phase as you follow a flawless designed meal plan. You will receive the "Book of the Beast" with this program that will help you plan out your body beast meals for the best results. You will be consuming a bunch of calories but it is necessary to build muscle and keep your entire body healthy.
The exercise sets will engage more active muscle fibers which will boost the natural testosterone levels in the body. This causes micro-damage to the muscle that is necessary for growth as the body repairs itself.
You will steadily be increasing the amount of the weights you lift everyday and be building muscle mass.
The Workout Schedule for Body Beast
- Chest and Tricepts
- Back and Biceps
- Beast Cardio and Abs
- Abs and Cardio
- Six workouts per week, mixing up all the workouts above for the final phase that will tone and define your muscles while keeping the bulk.
With P90x you will be constantly introduced to new moves and routines so that your body does not get use to the same old thing and cause it to plateau. This technique is called muscle confusion and allows your body to accelerate its growth. Each workout is extremely intense and diverse with a great warm-up routine.
Each workout focuses on a certain part of the body and its muscle groups that will accelerate their growth. Along with the great nutritional plan, you are looking at a lot of hard work but great success from the intense workouts. The P90x also offers more cardio workouts than the Body Beast Program, if that is a concern for you.
Workout Setup For P90X
- Chest and Back-push-up and pull-up consentration
- Plyometrics-30 explosive moves, intensive cardio
- Shoulders and Arms-curling, pressing and fly movements
- Yoga X-strength, flexibility, coordination, breath control
- Legs and Back-squat, lunge and pull-up
- Kenpo X-kicking and punching for flexibility and endurance
- X Stretch-full body stretch workout
- Core Synergistics-work multiple muscle groups for core strength
- Chest, Shoulder, and Triceps-presses, flys and extensions
- Back and Biceps-numerous curls and presses
- Cardio X-this is a cardio workout with low impact
- Ab Ripper X-movements unique for the abdominal wall
As you can see from the workout descriptions, you are going to be working every muscle in your body, building strength, endurance, flexibility, and muscle definition whether you decide to do Body Beast or P90x.
Following a nutritious meal plan that gives you all the necessary vitamins, minerals, fats, protein, and carbs your body will require, is an important part of both of the programs we are looking at.
So, What Is The Best Extreme Workout?
We have looked at the science around each program, equipment needed, intensity of the programs nutritional support, and the trainers or creators of the workouts. Since you are almost guaranteed success with each, I think it comes down to just how hard you want to work and the level of intensity you thrive on.
One person that I interviews has done both workouts with success with each, he says, "Body Beast is my go to workout every spring but both are so dang motivational and successful". What ever you decide, be proud of your accomplishment when you finish, give it your ALL!