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body beast packageBody Beast is another fitness program by Beachbody and is hosted by Sagi Kalev who is one part man and one part adamantium gorilla ( I hope he doesn’t read that ).  Like all reviews at, this will involve myself as the test subject.  No here-say reviews at this site kids!  That means it’s my skinny systems analyst ass against the Israeli powerhouse.  The odds are not in my favour.

Body Beast is a 90 day, 3 Phase program ( BUILD, BULK and BEAST ) consisting of 12 workouts and is designed for one primary purpose…getting you big.  The package has the option to include some impressive supplements and 3 bonus workouts, but because nobody out there sent me a bag of cash ( jerks ) I went for the basic package.

Unlike other programs such as P90X or Insanity, Body Beast is strictly focused on muscle growth and this is a good thing because let’s be honest, even Tony Horton and Shaun T spend time pumping serious iron because you don’t get muscles like that otherwise!  And really, who of us warm blooded males wouldn’t mind putting on a few pounds of stunning lean mass to impress the wives?  Well that’s my goal as this review officially begins and I commit myself to the beast!

Equipment Needed:

Weights and preferably an incline bench, although one guy will always be using a stability ball as an alternative.  You can use bands, but come on…you don’t get a program like this and use bands!  There is also some use of the pull-up bar.



Time: 49 minutes

Right away I like Sagi.  Although he has a thick Israeli accent, he is still understandable and comes off as very friendly.  That is until he says, “BEAST UP!“.  But he’s all business and his two co-stars are also equally friendly.

This one is straight up chest presses and flyes for the first half, then tricep work for the second.  Supersets, Drop Sets and a one minute closeout with abs.  That means no alternating between body parts, but instead beating the ever loving crap out of one part then moving on.

I recommend a proper incline bench for doing this to get more isolation in the upper pecs, but a stability ball worked well enough for me.  Oh, and you’ll also think Sagi is being a bit of a wuss by grabbing smaller weights on moves you’ve done in P90X with bigger weight.  You’d be dead wrong because these moves are slower and therefore have negative reps making them far, far more intense.  So for the love of all things holy, take your recovery drink!


Time: 38 minutes

P90X and Insanity are mainly plyometrics, so while you’ll get lean and ripped legs, odds are their size won’t increase significantly on those programs.  Not so here because this is lifting iron and that means you’re gonna feel like you’ve been kicked in the ass by Sasquatch.

Sagi wastes no time here.  You get about one minute to warm up and then you start lifting.  Squats, Alternating Lunges/Step ups, Parallel Squats, Bulgarian Squats ( really messed me up! ), and Calf Raises.  All in back to back sets that quite frankly will trash your legs completely.  Sagi’s got some antics when dealing with excessive time-outs, like asking if you need to take a “nap-nap!”.  That’s code for saying he’ll reach through the TV screen and tear your still beating heart out of your chest if you stop.

My advice with this workout is to take it easy the first time because it works the body in a whole different way that plyo.

Best line:  “Do you love it?  Do you hate it?  IT DOESN’T MATTER!!”


Time: 50 minutes

I’d rather kick a kitten than move my legs today.  Fortunately for the kitty my legs won’t move from yesterdays thrashing.  That means I’ll be doing Back and Biceps instead.

Take everything you thought you knew from P90X and put it aside for a moment as this is not the same approach.  Each set is done 3 times and finishes with a drop set ( do max, then drop the weight for another set right away ).

The first half is all Back and has traditional moves like dead lifts, pull ups and rows.  The second half is Biceps with misc curls that will tear your arms off.  You’ll find that Sagi uses the EZ Curl Bar occasionally which seems to work you different than just grabbing a couple dumbbells.

A word of advice when buying a curl bar: Get one with spring collars, not screw collars.  I have the latter and it is very inconvenient to change weights on it without falling behind.  I’ll definitely have to invest in the proper type as I continue with this program.


Time: 38 minutes

Please Sagi, no more, I can hardly move!  I’m also wondering if it’s normal for my muscles to crackle this much with every movement.  Man, I must be a mess inside.

There’s not to much complicated going on here.  A 3 minute warm up and straight into Presses, upright rows and flyes…the stuff you’d expect from a traditional shoulder routine.  There’s a few drop sets to liven things up and a couple abdominal moves at the end to engage the core.  Again, this is a solid traditional-style approach to working the shoulders.


Time: 30 minutes

Up until now it has been all weight, so I really had no idea what to expect with Cardio.  But I was not disappointed with what Sagi brought to the table!  This was hardcore.

It’s squat lifts, jump squats, dumbbell sumo squats, plyo pushups, jacks, isometric holds…AAArrghhh!!!  You use weights too, albeit light ones for one minute cardio bursts followed by compound weight moves that took my hide out to the woodshed.  The music is also really good and Sagi is yelling at you a lot here!  The whole thing actually has an Insanity style feel to it and yes…your heart rate will hit max because Sagi is really riding your ass!

No, it doesn’t have the plyo-focus of Insanity, but using weights actually made it feel harder!  Cardio is also optional depending on which path you take with Body Beast.  But I’d always find a way to include it just to remain versatile.  As a bonus, the DVD has P90X Plyo on it as well which will be a handy addition for many not familiar with that program.


Time: 38 minutes

Straight up circuit training.  Total Body is 4 circuits consisting of 4 moves done twice.  I’ll be perfectly honest, after doing Beast Cardio yesterday I’m a total mess.  Keep in mind, you normally wouldn’t do this as Cardio and Total Body are meant to be interchangeable with each other on the Build Phase.  The thing about circuit training is that it might as well double as a cardio workout considering how the blood is moving through you.  I got through this, but wow…I’m done like dinner. During the Bulk Phase of Body Beast this workout is not on the schedule.

Thank heavens you get one day off before jumping back in for Week 2.  But for the moment, I’m skipping to Phase 2-BULK for the next segment of the review…

Conclusions Thus Far…

Nothing like having your body stuffed in a trash compactor and spit out onto the basement floor.  I used to think getting eaten alive by rats was the worst way to go.  Nope.  It’s Body Beast.  Like a hundred angry leprechauns beating you with hammers.

Keep in mind, this program has a very specific goal.  If you’re a runner and want to prepare for a marathon then Body Beast is not for you.  But if you want to put on some sexy muscle, then oh yeah…you’ve come to the right place.  But this was only the BUILD Phase and there’s more workouts in this program to cover as I enter the BULK Phase, so I’ll reserve my final analysis until the end.  If I can make it that long…


John Paul Parrot ( aka. The Dysfunctional Parrot ) is a disgruntled Systems Analyst who wanders the Canadian wastelands saving small villages with the power of Kung Fu.  His chair is also a little too close to the twenty year old microwave.  As you can well imagine, this has had certain side effects.



  1. Raj

    December 18, 2016 at

    Suggestion for a write up: a review of different equipment and their pluses/minuses, and the workout prgrams that are best suited to different equipment. Kind of like your hybrid workout article, but centred around equipment. The reason why I thought this would be useful is that often programs recommend equipment that isn’t needed, but there is something you lose without it. For example, I was looking into Body Beast and while intrigued, is it really worthwhile if I don’t have a bench or EZ curl bar? I mean, it sounds like you can do it without, but wouldn’t a Tony Horton workout be better because it is optimized without these things? It seems to me a helpful strategy is doing workout programs that optimize the equipment you have, then moving on to other equipment/workouts that provide more diversity/specialization. For some starting out with at home workouts, maybe a program like Stronger makes sense before they buy equipment. P90 is great for beginners because of the intensity, but a side bonus is all you really need is bands for resistance,

  2. Josh

    November 8, 2016 at

    I’m going to do 30 minutes of yoga 3-5 mornings weekly and hit BB in the evenings.
    That should take care of the lack of flexibility in Sagi workout.
    Choice P90X vs BB?

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      November 21, 2016 at

      P90X is more total body fitness, whereas BB is isolation. If you desire durability then go P90X. If raw strength then BB.

  3. John Jacob

    August 9, 2016 at

    Can I practice Tai Chi for 15 minutes as a warmup before each Body Beast workout or will it hurt gains?

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      August 11, 2016 at

      No reason why not. The extra warm up could only help as BB has definite shortcomings with flexibility and mobility. The warm ups Sagi does are also way too short.

  4. Jerome

    April 19, 2016 at

    I want to do 30 minutes of bag punching 2-3 days weekly.
    Can I do it before or after the beast workout, or on a rest day?
    Could even try in morning as cardio and do beast at night.
    Your input welcome here.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      April 19, 2016 at

      I see no issue with doing it the same day. As long as you don’t over work the muscles it might even be a quicker road to results. Lots of people do a cardio in the morning and resistance in the evening or vice versa to give their training variety.

  5. Pete

    March 17, 2016 at

    I have BODYLastic Bands total 300lb resistance.
    Can these sub dumbells and work with BB?
    Does band resistance equal free weights?

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      March 17, 2016 at

      While resistance bands do indeed give an excellent workout, they are in my humble opinion not a direct replacement for free weights. It is harder to judge progress with bands. Sagi discusses this in the BB booklet in a few sentences and his opinion is much the same. Still, if bands are all you have then I’m sure you’ll get a great workout all the same. I frequently mix them into my workouts just to keep it interesting.

  6. Jerry

    December 16, 2015 at

    How would you get in a once weekly Martial Arts practice of 45-60 minutes while following this program?
    I would like to complete the BB program but I need at least one day to simply maintain my MA skills and time is limited.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      December 16, 2015 at

      Keep in mind, none of the schedules that come with these programs are written on stone tablets given from on high. If you need to move a day to get in MA practice, by all means do so. With Body Beast, I’d just swap out cardio days and it would be no problem.

  7. Lars Duncan

    October 19, 2015 at

    Big question for me is will this work in a gym and Im in a wheelchair? Ive been hitting the gym for the past few month with a PT. Maybe its me or the fact that Im in a wheelchair but I have not seen the results expected. I have my calorie count sent to 1800 per day by my dietitian. I have a bone disease that prevents me from walking (lower left side only). Before i hire the shrink, could someone give me some advice if this program could be be tweaked to fit my needs. I would greatly appreciate your help.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      October 20, 2015 at

      While you could with a lot of modification, it would have some challenges.

      The leg workouts/cardio wouldn’t work out for you. Also, there’s often not a lot of time to grab the next set of weights so you would need a quick system to switch things up or steady access to a remote.

      Lots of upper body moves also require you to be flat on your back, so you would need to be the judge of your own mobility for that.

  8. Harry Hood

    July 25, 2015 at

    Question about the equipment: When you say you need “weights”…will my variable dumbells (5-52.5 lbs) that I use for P90X be sufficient? I see pictures with barbells & you mentioned Sagi using an EZ Bar at one point. I’m really interested in this program, but while I don’t mind buying a stability ball I would rather not have to invest in a barbell & all the weights that go along with it as well!

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      July 26, 2015 at

      Yes, variable weights would be no problem at all. One of the guys doing the modifying always uses them even when Sagi uses the EZ bar.

      Just don’t do the stability ball route. I’d honestly use a bench as if that ball blows while you’re holding two handfuls of weight, it’s going to hurt!

  9. Leah Bartlett Sebag

    July 21, 2015 at

    I wish I had never heard of this company!! I am being billed for something I didn’t want. All I wanted was the basic DVD set and now I am being billed for a membership I never wanted from day one. Run!!! Don’t even buy this product. Caveat emptor Let the buyer beware. Now the struggle to fix this mess.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      July 21, 2015 at

      In situations like that I would get in contact with your credit card company and possibly even the BBB. Never allow even a single payment to go on your credit card from any company.

  10. Mark Gandy

    June 30, 2015 at

    By far the best and hardest leg workout I’ve every done. First time I did it, the soreness lasted more than 5 days. It can almost be a cardio workout with minimal weights.

    Only complaint – not sure I’ve getting my calves worked that well. The nod goes to Tony on Legs and Back for the calf work. Otherwise, this one is intense.

    Great review.

  11. Chris Hernandez

    June 17, 2015 at

    I got another “Hybrid” workout for anyone who loves circuit training. Take Beast total body, which is basically 4 circuits of 4 exercises done 2x per circuit. So what I did was I inserted the GSP Rushfit Strength and Endurance Rounds 3, 4 and 5. The GSP rounds are basically 5 min Rounds of 30 second dumbell complex routine, 5 exercises done 2x per round… Kind of sounds confusing but it was a great roughly 1 hour workout….

  12. Chris Hernandez

    May 26, 2015 at

    I tried a “Hybrid” beast workout on Sunday, I did Beast Cardio followed by the Lucky Seven workout and then Beast Abs…..Today is Tuesday and I am still feeling it….

  13. Chris Hernandez

    April 28, 2015 at

    I really like the Beast Cardio and Beast total body as I am a fan of circuit training. Are there any other workouts out there similar to these? I find them very unique compared to P90 and Insanity type stuff…. Any advice is appreciated…

  14. Dionne

    December 29, 2014 at

    I just came across your post, loved it.. I am woman and I love this program. The great thing about beach body, there is a program for everyone. I was very excited when body beast came out, besides P90x which I love ( bodybeast was exactly what I was looking for ). If you are woman reading this, do not be afraid to try this program, you will lose weight and build lean muscle.

    • leigh

      January 12, 2015 at

      Hey i am a female at the age of 37 im currently looking for a program not to lose weight but to gain muscle im 5’5 and 110 pounds cant afford to lose any pounds but want a effective workout looked at alot of programs but the reviews have changed my ideal of wat i want n need any suggestions on wat program would b best for me ?

      • Dysfunctional Parrot

        January 13, 2015 at

        The thing about Body Beast is that although the program rocks, I’m not sure how women will perceive it. It’s kind of a boys-club type of workout.

        For example, I like Sagi. My wife…and I’m quoting her here…refers to him as “butthead”. Again, personal taste.

        A program that covers all the bases such as flexibility, strength and core is P90X2. That’s always been one of my favorites.

        • leigh

          January 14, 2015 at

          Being a beginner i dnt even own a set of dummbells i have looked at alot of programs n seems like i cant get a straight up answer to my ? I have a healthy diet n busy w my three children but want to have advise on a program thats rite for me n how to get started i looked at p90x would that b a good starter program to build me up to where i wanna b n a positive program to show results or shud i start w p90x2?

          • Dysfunctional Parrot

            January 16, 2015 at

            The second you mentioned 3 children my mind went to P90X3. It’s half an hour and compresses a lot of goodness in that time. Maybe even Focus T25. Both are very doable for beginners with slight modifications.

        • KD

          December 1, 2015 at

          I get the ‘boys club’ but I personally prefer Sagi over Autumn. I’ve tried 21dfx, and I’m on my 2nd round of body beast. I’ve also done several rounds of insanity, and asylum 1. I think I just prefer the male trainers. Anyone can do this workout, but if you don’t have a lot of experience with weights/lifting you need to work your way up and not start with a weight that exeeds your limits.

  15. Carina Keller

    December 3, 2014 at

    I disagree that this isn’t a “muscle-head douche bag package”. It is exactly that…top that off with chest bumps, over-use of the word “bro”, and the fact the Sagi refers to himself in the third person is beyond annoying. He’s a “TooI Box” and I’m not afraid to say so. All I could only think of was “were gonna pump YOU up?” with Hans and Franz, through the entire program. I completed the “lean” program and yes, I felt stronger but saw no significant visible physical improvements. Even though I know a few women who swear by it, It did not work for me. This is def geared towards men no matter what anyone says. Initially that didn’t bother me but when the results aren’t coming and I developed severe shoulder pain (not the good kind) I moved on. Above all my biggest complaint is the lack of a good warm up and cool down time. Call me crazy but 1:30 mins of warm up and cool down is not sufficient. I guess I’ve been spoiled by well-rounded program such as P90x and previous years of various pilates workouts. Outside of the above mentioned complaints, I do recognize that this is a solid weight training program, but not a complete fitness routine.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      December 4, 2014 at

      True, Body Beast is NOT a well rounded program. It is solely for the purpose of lean muscle development. And while some women may enjoy it, it is undoubtedly designed primarily for men.

      Amazing how after all these years, P90X is still the one to beat.

  16. MKingJohn

    October 10, 2014 at

    I’m been completely through T25 and am now on my second round of T25 gamma. At first didn’t see a lot of improvement, but all at once it kicked in and WOW! Only lost about ten pounds so far, but I’m getting very tone, my clothes are getting loose, and my friends/family are asking me what I’m doing. Even my friends at hot yoga–which I do at least once a week– have noticed. But what’s next? I have done P90X and still once in awhile will throw in one of the DVDs. I want to stay lean, but add some size. Should I do P90X2, P90X3 or Body Beast? More than likely, I will do a hybrid program using T25. Also, thank you for your honest and straight forward reviews. I stay away from the “coaches” sites…to bias.

  17. Mark Melo

    September 21, 2014 at

    Just want to say I really enjoy your reviews! In addition to your great sense of humor, the detail you include is enough for me to make a more informed choice about what programs to get for me and my particular goals. They helped convince me to get into T25 (all phases), and Body Beast is climbing the wish list. Keep doing what you do, and thanks for all the hard work you put into your writing and research!

  18. Jeff

    September 21, 2014 at

    Didn’t like the 39 minute six pack shortcut video. Should’ve just got to the point.

  19. aryeh levine

    August 14, 2014 at

    I have tried insanity and it was great but now I want to bulk up but I am scared bodybeast will be too difficult. Should I try it?

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      August 15, 2014 at

      As with anything, go at your own pace and lift the appropriate weight and I see no problem. The actual moves are quite basic – it’s really just a question of how heavy you feel like lifting!

  20. diti51

    August 13, 2014 at

    Momof2, as a 42 year old dad of 5 kids I know how tough it is to eat right and find time to workout. I have done p90x, p90x2, p90x3, insanity already. I agree with SEM and PiperK, that this workout is awesome.

    Sagi is a great motivator and not over the top. Very reminiscent of my high school and college weight lifting days with a buddy.

    You CAN bulk up if you want to (creatine, extra calories, no cardio, etc) but you will likely just tone if you keep calories under control and mix in some extra cardio/yoga. I am only 2 weeks into the program but have added yoga and a 2-4 mile run on the REST day.

    Agree with SEM that cool down is too short and I added in a few extra minutes of the stretching I learned from p90x workouts. Definitely worth doing, all workouts less than an hour. Drink plenty of water and get as much sleep as you can as these workouts are seriously intense. Good luck!

  21. SEM

    August 12, 2014 at

    Momof2, PiperK is right to say that you will not bulk up. DP has given a great review of this program. I would like to add, that you should throw in (not just yoga) a Stretch day on the off days of lifting. His cool downs really are to short for me, and I am an old short guy…lol. I truly do love this program though.

  22. PiperK

    August 11, 2014 at

    Hi Momof2 – I am a female who just turned 40 and I am currently trying to quit smoking. I’ve purchased the Body Beast and I have to say, yes it does hurt like hell, (I mean a LOT), but at the same time, it makes you feel darn good to finish a workout! It’s totally doable and you will most definitely lose weight. By doing this program, you will not bulk up to look like Mr. Universe – it’s genetically impossible. My suggestion would be to do Yoga in the same day as these workouts to lenghten the muscles and hopefully ease some of the pain. Epsom salt will be your best friend! I say go for it Momof2!

  23. Momof2

    August 5, 2014 at

    Hi, there, Dysfunctional Parrot !! I love your review of ‘Body Beast’. I saw an infomercial and got curious, so I checked reviews, which all seem good to excellent, so far.
    I am a female, turning 42 soon, & have 2 children, 4 years old and 2-1/2. I have lost the ‘baby weight’, but I am an ex-smoker and gained 30 lbs. when I quit smoking….I STILL have NOT lost that weight and it has been a little over 5 years since I quit. My question to you is do you think this program would be a good one for a female who wants to lose weight and add some muscle, but not bulk up like a man in the ‘Mr. Universe’ competition??

    • aryeh levine

      August 14, 2014 at

      no try insanity

      • Carina Keller

        December 5, 2014 at

        And I’d add to that, try P90X. It’s a nice mix of weights, yoga and cardio. I got in great shape and didn’t get sick of it till 3 complete rounds. I lost no weight doing Body Beast BTW.

  24. Packer Gym Rat

    August 3, 2014 at

    Hello – I am 60 now. And, for the most part, what you are describing here, to me, is a re-surfacing of the regular Schwarzenegger process. It essentially goes thru each phase in much the same way his Workout book (as large as a encyclopedia). I am still reading, but Aahhnold, would start Chest & Triceps on Mondays, Back & Biceps on Tuesdays, Legs on Wednesdays, Shoulders on Thursdays… and arms only on Fridays. Each day would entail a warmup (for me) of good dose of situps and 20 min treadmill … get the ligaments warmed up… and reduce injuries. I found that after roughly 90 minutes, you would have used up all of your carbs and then the workout seemed to start eating off the body fat.
    I am a slender man about 5’9″.. at my age, I’m shrinking…..
    My problem has always been to gain muscle… essentially turning myself from an ectomorph into a potentially stable mesomorph.
    I would ask exactly how, at my age now, would I see real gains that I would prefer, when it has always been so hard to gain real mass for my body type (?)
    I worry constantly about GMOs and eating too much and belly fat.

  25. fuchs

    April 30, 2014 at

    Hi @DysfunctionalParrot:disqus -Do you use the PowerBlocks EZ curl bar with body beast? If so, what is is the main difference between the Uu series and the elite series? I currently own the SelectTech but find them too “bulky” sometimes for the smaller weights and more annoying to maneuver.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      April 30, 2014 at

      Nope. I use the generic brand curl-bar with disc weights from Canadian Tire!

      • fuchs

        April 30, 2014 at

        Thank you. I’m debating whether or not to buy a new set of dumbbells…I would love a regular set so I can switch weights quicker, just hard to justify the cost

  26. Scooby

    March 16, 2014 at

    I’ve been working out in gym for past 8 years. I’m 48 and in good shape but like any male ego always looking to get a little bigger and more defined just for the challenge. I work out at gym weights about 5 days a week and then do t25 with my wife as she wanted to lose some weight and get back into shape.
    Lookingfor the next challenge. What about body beast for myself? Just different than gym routine? or some pros to giving it a go? I want to finish t25 with my wife first.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      March 16, 2014 at

      Body Beast would be great, but be aware you will probably be at an advantage at a gym due to more sophisticated equipment. That having been said, Sagi will get you where you want to go!

      As one who has really enjoyed this program ( one of my faves! ) I recommend getting a simple incline bench and a good selection of free weights. Don’t do the modified moves on a stability ball or you will not be able to lift as much. Or worse…the ball will decide to expire crashing you and two 50lb dumbbells to the ground!

    • Cherryblue

      May 31, 2014 at

      I did T25 in the mornings and bodybeast in the evenings – you can do both as T25 is only 25 mins

  27. Joel

    January 21, 2014 at

    Hi there,

    My name is Joel and I am a twenty year old, who is looking at buying your home workout program, Body Beast. I have completed other home workouts from you such as Insanity, but have never done anything involving weights.

    I understand that some home equipment is required for Body Beast. I have most of it already, such as the EZ curl bar with weights and a bench. As far as dumbbells go, I am currently looking at purchasing BowFlex SelectTec dumbbells. There are two different models, one ranging from 5-52.5 lbs and the other from 10-90 lbs, I was wondering which set would be best suited for this program. Or is there a different product that you would recommend?

    Thank you for your time and input.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      January 21, 2014 at

      I’ve used both SelectTech and Powerblocks occasionally and always found the Powerblocks to be of superior build quality. The SelectTech were also just plain huge, but that’s just my personal preference.

      As for weight, 5-52.5 is going to be more than enough for Body Beast for the average guy. I rarely ever reached for my 50’s except when doing a press. Also, I HIGHLY advise NOT using a stability ball like is shown in some workouts. Get a half decent bench and save yourself the medical bills!

      • Joel

        January 21, 2014 at

        Thanks for your input! I look forward to starting this program! Keep up the great reviews!

  28. Guest

    January 21, 2014 at

    Awesome review! I am looking at the program for myself (I am a 20 year old male) and I understand that some equipment is required. I have most of it already, but I need to get some dumbbells still. Currently, I am looking at the at the BowTec SelectTec adjustable dumbbells. There are two models, one ranges from 5-52 lbs and the other from 10-90 lbs. Which set do you think would be best suited for the program?
    Thanks for your input!

    • Alan

      January 27, 2014 at

      I just bought PowerBlock U-90’s, and having used both this set and the Bowflex SelectTech weights, I would definitely choose PowerBlocks. They take up much less space than the Bowflex, are expandable from 50 to 70, 90, and even 125 lbs, are made to attach to a specific EZ curl bar and straight bar, and even a kettle bell handle, and have a lifetime warranty. My main argument for them would be the warranty and the size. You can’t do narrow curls with the Bowflex weights. I am currently in the Build phase of Beast, and my PowerBlocks have killed over the time I used the Bowflex ones.

      • fuchs

        April 29, 2014 at

        Do you use the PowerBlocks EZ curl bar with body beast? Also what is the main difference between the u series and the elite series? I currently own the SelectTech but find them too “big” sometimes for the smaller weights and more annoying to maneuver.

    • Cherryblue

      May 31, 2014 at

      Power block all the way – they are just better in every respect and way more versatile

  29. Tracey Mahoney

    October 14, 2013 at

    I think your reviews are pretty down to the point, I am female and am into my 3 rd week of Build. Everything you said about the way you felt after doing the specific program is too true, legs being so sore that cant hardly walk and so with every other body part . And yes it took me over a week to not feel the pain from the first sessions too, its a great program and does push your body to the limit making you feel that you do have un worked muscles. I do like the way you do write your reviews though makes me laugh.

  30. clearday

    October 5, 2013 at

    can you please review bodybuilding revealed? Sorry for the dupe post in the T25 beta review

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      October 5, 2013 at

      I’ll see what I can do. I have a stack of to-do’s that also involve finishing off a novel.

      Not sure if I’m the right guy for a review on that kind of a book as bodybuilding isn’t really my specialty as much as general fitness. Nonetheless I’ll see what I can do in the near future! The book does appear very highly rated.

  31. Angry dwarf

    June 4, 2013 at

    Why don’t you just man up and tell the two whinging skidmarks who complained about the midget comment to go and @&$? Themselves if they don’t like it. Everybody needs to get over themselves. That’s why the great sport of dwarf throwing is starting to phase out because of losers like them. Your review was great keep up the good work

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      June 4, 2013 at

      Out of curiosity, I just spent 20 minutes watching Dwarf Tossing on YouTube.

      I am a horrible, horrible person.

  32. Dysfunctional Parrot

    January 29, 2013 at

    In the interest of professionalism and good taste, I have changed my reference from “midgets” to “leprechauns”. I figure two people getting after me is probably a sign I should cut the little people of the world some slack.

  33. Gman

    January 28, 2013 at

    I’m offended by the midget comment too! But thanks for taking the time to write the review, enjoyed it.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      January 28, 2013 at

      Thanks for the compliment and glad you enjoyed the article. Thus far it stands Midgets 2 Parrot 0.

  34. Jim C

    October 26, 2012 at

    Awesome review. Despite your humor I can tell you are serious about Fitness. Have you ever tried BSN’s True Mass? Do you think this would be a good supplement to use with this program?

    Jim C

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      October 28, 2012 at

      Never tied it but the ingredients look alright, except for the artificial sweetener and colors. I tend to like products that I feel my body will like long term so my product of choice is VEGA. But I think you would still do well with BSN.

  35. Joe

    September 30, 2012 at

    Hilarious review! Love it!

  36. BruceP

    September 12, 2012 at

    “Like a hundred midgets ( can you still call them that? ) beating you with hammers.”
    If you need to make a reference you should call them little people, i’m sure they would feel more comfortable with that. The other term is offensive.
    Otherwise I liked your review.

    • Dysfunctional Parrot

      September 12, 2012 at

      Keeping up with political correctness is a hopeless cause for me. I’d rather hand the midget a hammer and let him take it out on me.

      • Cherryblue

        May 31, 2014 at


    • stephanej

      October 7, 2013 at

      if you are 4’2″ you belong with the little people but if you are 3’2″ with some baby fat ,walk like a cowboy and your head seems too big for your body … im sorry but you are a midget my friend !!! by calling a midget ”little people” its offensive for the real ”little people” lol

  37. Tim Maguire

    August 22, 2012 at

    Great review of the first phase. I cannot wait to get it and try it out!!

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