Hey team. Coach Jake here, and I want to talk about the new program Body Beast and the Body Beast Supplements that come with it so you have an understanding of how they work and how best to plan them around your budget. The four supplements together total $169.80 per month or $127.34 if you’re a Beachbody Coach. That can get pretty expensive so let’s look at each supplement individually so you can make the best decision for yourself AND your budget.
Body Beast nutrition requires a calorie surplus to build those muscles, but only 25% of them will come from protein. It’s not too hard to hit that goal when eating 5-6 balanced meals per day. If you track your calories and macros (prot/carb/fat) like I do with Loseit or MFP you can see there’s protein in just about everything. Some people just have trouble eating a lot of solid foods though, so supplementation makes it a little easier. So let’s dive into the first Body Beast Supplement.
The Body Beast Supplement “Base Shake“ is going to be your protein supplement. Understand first that whole food sources will give you the best muscle gains, period. Whey protein as a substitute should only be used if you need assistance in hitting your protein goal for the day.
That being said it IS a good idea to have some Whey Protein on hand in case you need the boost or just don’t feel like cooking. It’s handy at night as well if you’re short on protein and don’t want to shove a bunch of chicken down before bed. It also helps keep your body anabolic right before bed and won’t disturb your sleep too much.
The Body Beast Supplement “Base Shake“ will cost you $59.95 as a customer, or $44.96 as a coach for 1lb which amounts to twenty five scoops of 32g (about a quarter smaller than a scoop of Shakeology). Let’s look at what you get for that value.
As you can see by the nutrition label, Beachbody did take their time in making a high quality whey protein. It’s macro-nutrient composition is roughly 2/3 protein and 1/3 carbs. It has:
1.No artificial flavoring (which can block growth hormones)
2.Digestive enzymes for faster and better absorption
3.Contains whey isolates which is the highest quality of protein on the market
4. No flavor so it can be mixed with anything.
Personally, after buying all my Body Beast equipment and gear, I don’t have the extra dime to drop on this stuff for now without going outside of my monthly fitness budget, so here’s the alternative I’M going with for now.
Like the Body Beast Supplement Base Shake, the ON Natural 100% Whey Gold Standard also has no artificial flavoring and whey isolates for a high quality whey. The tub offers a whopping 5lbs for $99 on the ON website but it looks like Amazon has it for approximately $52 for the full 5lbs! This is what I’ll be going for with MY budget as I start Body Beast. I’ve already spent a lot on equipment so this will give me my high quality protein without breaking my bank. It also is 5/6 protein 1/6 carb (more protein than the Base Shake).
While gaining muscle mass with your calorie surplus, 50% of your calories will come from carbohydrates to fuel the muscles for performance and keep them anabolic. Again, getting these carbs from whole food sources is your best bet, preferably healthy low glycemic ones like red potatoes (sweet potatoes / yams), any form of bean (hopefully not from a can, but if so do low sodium), oatmeal, and grains like brown rice or farro.
Beachbody has created the Body Beast supplement Fuel Shot to allow you to add some tasteless carbs to any liquid. The Body Beast nutrition guide considers it “liquid carbs” and recommends you restrict the intake on these as they are very high on the glycemic index and can spike your blood sugar if taken outside of exercise. The Body Beast nutrition guide requires you to take two scoops of Fuel Shot with one scoop of Base Shake to create a post workout recovery drink ratio of 4:1 carbs to protein. (optimal for the body post workout)
If you decide to go with this supplement make sure you restrict it to your pre, during, or post workout. Personally I’d only use it post workout since high glycemic liquid carbs are the fastest way to look like your Day 1 photos and only benefit you when your body is drained of glycogen needing a quick recharge.
Fuel Shot runs $49.95 as a customer and $37.46 as a coach. That gets you 25 scoops. Unless I’m bad at math, 2 scoops a day for each post workout scoop leaves this lasting for only 12-13 workouts per month.
Personally I’m going to stick with P90X Results and Recovery drink since it has the same carbs to protein ratio (as well as the same sugar to carbs ratio) that the Body Beast recovery drink does (2 scoops Fuel + 1 scoop Base) and offers more servings for your money. Plus I like the taste, it has glutamine for aided recovery, and extra vitamins listed on the nutrition facts! It tallies $37.46 as a coach for more than a month’s supply and won’t require me to mix two other supplements so it’s a lot easier.
Creatine is the staple to any athlete’s supplement collection, male or female. It’s benefits list is long, it’s price is cheap, and it’s side effects are zero, plus it’s all natural. Creatine volumizes the muscles allowing for more nutrients and blood flow. It also increases brain function significantly and allows for faster muscle recovery.
You need to drink plenty of water with creatine to get it’s benefit though, at least a gallon or more per day. Creatine mono-hydrate has been tested and proven to show great results in the athletic community both in aiding people to lose weight (as it helps you burn more calories around the clock) and gain muscle mass by allowing the muscles to get extra repetitions and lift heavier weight. It acts as a lactic acid buffer so muscle fatigue isn’t reached as quickly.
Creatine mono-hydrate (or it’s micronized form) are the best options on the market hands down. Beachbody offers creatine with Body Beast which makes perfect sense as it’s aimed at bulking up. Keep in mind you’ll gain water weight in your muscles, so if you see the scale move up really quickly a few days after taking this, don’t be alarmed.
The price for the Body Beast supplement – M.A.X. Creatine is $29.95 as a customer and $22.46 as a coach. The best creatine is “creapure” or “Pure Creatine” which is usually manufactured in Germany and is a mark of quality on the choice of creatine. Body Beast M.A.X. creatine IS “creapure” but so are many other staple name brands.
For the first 30 days of Body Beast I’ll stick with Optimum Nutrition Micronized Creatine mono-hydrate since it’s always given me great results. ON Creatine is roughly $15 on Amazon for a 3 month supply so it’s also very inexpensive which helps with my budget.
However I do like to try new supplements from time to time, so I’m going to give the Body Beast MAX Creatine a go after day 30 through 90 to see how my body reacts. Keep an eye out for my review on that later.
This is the supplement I’m most excited about, and in my opinion is worth EVERY penny. If you only get one of the Body Beast supplements, this is the one to get! Make sure you get it on monthly auto-ship for free shipping and so you never run out! Once the weight lifting market catches more wind of this it’s going to explode. Sagi Kalev, creator of Body Beast has been using it for years. It’s all natural and has zero negative side effects that some testosterone boosters have. It also doesn’t require any cycling off. Check out this clipping from an article:
Called “the Russian secret,” because it has been taken by Russian Olympic athletes for many years to stimulate muscle growth, control appetite by regulating blood sugar levels and boost endurance, Suma root, though mistakenly called “Brazilian Ginseng” (it does not belong to the Ginseng family) has far greater medicinal properties and reported health benefits than any variety of Ginseng.
Indigenous to the rain forests of the Amazon Basin of South America, Suma root, derived from the base of the Suma vine has for hundreds of years been used for its ability to heal wounds, balance blood sugar levels, strengthen muscles, relieve chronic pain and inflammation, improve low energy and sexual libido, stimulate circulation, reduce tumors, stabilize blood pressure and for treating conditions such as diabetes, skin problems, and tumors. Proponents of Suma assert that it promotes the body’s ability to adapt to stress and works as a harmonizing agent that restores and boosts the immune system.
Are you as pumped as I am about this one?! Heck ya! I’ve found some alternatives to the Body Beast Supplement “Super Suma“ but it seems they aren’t as high in quality. It comes in at $29.95 monthly for customers, or only $22.46 for coaches.
Another great option is “Suma Root” from Nature’s Way.
So those are the four Body Beast supplements, what they do for you, and cheaper alternatives if the budget is tight. If you found any use out of this article I definitely appreciate you clicking any of the share buttons above or below to help it get more exposure. Thank you!
Stay tuned as my first round of Body Beast will be starting either July 2nd or 9th and I’ll be documenting everything to help you make the most of your Body Beast rounds. Have a great day!
Also be sure and check out my Body Beast Equipment article that will show you the optimal equipment to buy, as well as cheaper alternatives for those on a budget!
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