Body Beast For Women: Busting The “Looks Like A Man” Myth
If there’s one thing I’ve learned when it comes to ladies and working out, 9 out of 10 women don’t want to end up looking like dudes. It’s why you’ll see so many ellipticals and treadmills and group fitness classes based around “cardio” packed with the ladies and the dumbbell section packed with fellas. I know that’s a bit of a blanket statement but after years of seeing a handful of juiced up hardcore female bodybuilders looking like dudes in makeup and bikinis, there’s little wonder as to why ladies avoid resistance training.
As I’ve touched on here and here that’s unfortunate. And while a program named Body Beast may not conjure images of a lean, toned lady on first read, women do not produce testosterone like dudes (which science covers in Google-riffic detail*), which means packing on huge biceps and thighs with weight lifting is extremely tough to do without steroids. To put it simple: Body Beast is for women too.
When it comes to lifting, normal women simply build lean muscle. Heavy resistance training can create the physique many women are ultimately striving for and while “lifting weights” has been a “man-domain”, that barrier is being broken down thanks in part to gals like Jamie Eason and other fitness models who rely heavily on weight training to carve a strong, lean athletic physique that’s kind of the hotness these days.
After all, strong is the new sexy.
Body Beast For Women
There’s no doubt resistance training (lifting weights) provides a lot of benefit for women:
- Burns body fat – yup.
- Builds strength which helps in the real world- kids are lighter, work is easier.
- Builds lean muscle which lends itself to strength and endurance in other forms of training
- Improves posture and allows muscle definition that equals looking “toned”
- Leg training gives a natural “butt lift”
- Strengthens bones which can aid in reducing risk of osteoporosis
There’s also no doubt that if you’re looking to increase strength and add lean muscle, Body Beast can certainly help there while burning calories and decreasing body fat with its Dynamic Set training style. And may I add yet another NO DOUBT in the “variety” column. Cardio is cool but cardio can get OLD.
My wife, who I affectionately call my “Lady Friend” took the Beast Challenge and has totally not become my husband (aka-manly). Instead, she’s actually lost inches off her waist (which I didn’t think was possible), sculpting her shoulders, booty and created lean muscle that makes her arms look great in a tank top and her already athletic legs (not just legs but… LEGS) look awesome in biking shorts.
I’d say she looks decidedly NOT manly.
To boot, many women find they actually ENJOY resistance training when they give it a chance:
“Arms was awesome!! I LOVE the progressive sets, they are brutal and bring some serious pump.” – MC
“Loving it! I am all in and can feel a difference. I like what I see!” — Aimee
For a little more evidence of “Ladies Like The Beast”, Body Beast on Facebook is LOADED with women working trough and loving the program.
Speaking of weight loss…
Body Beast Weight Loss For Women
Body Beast is NOT a weight loss program per say but you CAN and WILL burn fat with it, dropping waist size, etc. I saw it’s not a weight loss program in that Body Beast is designed to build and strengthen muscle as opposed to making your trip to the scale a cause for a party (thanks in part to adding muscle, obviously). HOWEVER, just like any program, dialing in nutrition will burn fat.
If you don’t want to BUILD more muscle, you can always dial in your nutrition at the caloric deficit or standard you’re comfortable with, though I wouldn’t recommend anything lower that a 300-ish calorie deficit.
If you’re antsy, a hybrid program that combines Body Beast strength components with a cardio program like Insanity, Asylum or Turbofire (2-3 times per week) and you’re looking at some killer results as well.
Body Beast also offers a Lean training schedule, which adds cardio and a “fat burning” component in the last month as well. The program has your concerns covered.
Body Beast- It’s NOT Just For Dudes
So ultimately, Body Beast is going to be a choice in goals– but it IS a valid choice for ladies. And while it is no doubt marketed to the fellas, don’t let the dude-centric marketing (you will NOT EVER “man up”) throw you off if your goal is to get stronger and “swimsuit body”. The potential benefits outweigh the fact dudes will gravitate to a program like this.
You’ll hear lots about “Beasting Up” and “getting huge” and “buying new shirts” but the truth is, as a woman that doesn’t apply to you. The fact that Body Beast will help you sculpt lean and sexy muscle? That sure does. If you’re interested, you can check out and pick up the program here.
*Fact: Ladies have less testosterone (which helps build muscle) than Dudes, not to mention less “free testosterone” (IE- testosterone the body can actually be readily accessed– males’ is between 270-1100 ng (nanograms) versus 6-86 ng in the ladies. Thanks, science.
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