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Body Beast For Women: Busting The “Looks Like A Man” Myth

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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6 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. Jessica Ogg says:

    Thank you so much for posting this article. I just started Body Beast and I have been wondering if I should add a little more cardio to help burn more fat. Other articles I have read say that Body Beast shouldn’t be paired with Insanity type workouts because it is counterproductive. However, I am just trying to lean out and tone my muscles so they will look lean. Plus, I know I am not eating the surplus of calories Body Beast calls for to gain strength. With that being said, in your opinion you don’t think I will hurt my results if I pair it with Insanity or Turbo Fire?

    • Coach Dan V. says:

      Thanks, Jessica!

      Pairing Beast and more cardio-centered workouts like Insanity/Turbofire are “counterproductive” as Beast’s goal is to focus 100% on building muscle and where cardio tends to break muscle down a bit and inhibit muscle growth, they recommend against it for the true purpose of the program. Still, you CAN lean out using Body Beast and by keeping your calories in check (as it sounds like is happening anyway?). If you want to add cardio into the mix, you could definitely do it but I’d keep it shorter (30 minutes or so) and just a couple times a week- similar to the Lean Beast track.

      As for “hurting” your results- it just depends on what you’d like your results to be and what your goals are. You will build muscle and strength with Beast, no doubt. Even if you add a couple days of cardio. Just make sure your nutrition intake supports what you’re going for. :)

  2. Kenaya says:

    Hi!
    So im doing the 21 day fix again eating 1300-1500 cals a day and im doing Body Beast.. I am already used to lifting and when i was stronger i was eating alot but i wasnt lean.. So im afraid to up my caloriea for Body Beast because i dont want to gain any fat back. What do you recommend?? I am 22 yrs old 150lbs always been an athlete but ive never been able to be lean, which is now my ultimate goal:). Please help!! Your wife looks awesome!! I want my abs to look like that! Haha Thanks!!

  3. Tammy says:

    Can you do a hybrid of 21 Day Fix and Beast? I was thinking about trying this since I have a little fat I would like to burn but I would also like some muscle definition.

    • Coach Dan V. says:

      While you could certainly do a hybrid, adding a 21 day fix workout into your week for cardio, the main goal of Body Beast is to add muscle which means eating more. 21 Day fix, on the other hand, restricts calories.

      A few thoughts:

      http://howdoigetfit.com/how-do-i-get-fit-post/losing-fat-while-building-muscle-at-the-same-time/

      So you have a couple options: To get to your goal, you could use Body Beast alone and follow the Lean program. OR you could shoot for dropping a few lbs. of fat with 21 Day Fix and and then move to Body Beast to build that muscle after leaning out a bit. As mentioned, you could always do a hybrid, adding the occasional 21 Day Fix workout but Body Beast seems to be the program more aligned with your goals.

      That said, have you done 21 Day Fix?

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