What’s the difference between P90X, Body Beast and Chalean Extreme?

I’ve been getting a TON of questions about the difference between P90X, Body Beast and Chalean Extreme. Since I’ve done all 3, I thought I’d break it down for you =)
Duration of the Programs
  • P90X is 13 weeks long
  • Body Beast is 12 weeks 
  • CLX is 12 weeks long.  With CLX, you have the option to do an additional month or more of the lean for life phase, which incorporates workouts mixed up from all the phases!

Trainers – they are ALL amazing, inspirational, and motivational!
  • P90X – Tony Horton, a male trainer also created Power 90 and Power Half Hour.  He is hilarious and makes the workouts entertaining with his little one liners!  Very motivational and pushes you to your max!
  • Body Beast- Sagi Kalev has been a bodybuilder since he was 16. He credits a 4-year tour of duty in the Israeli army with teaching him the discipline, focus, determination, and respect he brings to his bodybuilding training. He pursued a fitness modeling and acting career & has won two “Mr. Israel” titles. While he teases the other guys during the workout, he’s very supportive and with you all the way. Sometimes he’s unintentionally funny which is super endearing.
  • CLX – Chalene Johnson, a female trainer, she is AMAZING! She is one of those people with  unlimited energy and spirit! She’s got a ton of other programs like Turbo Jam, Turbo Kick and Turbo Fire.
P90X Results
Concept – P90X and Chalean Extreme both use the concepts of muscle failure and muscle confusion. Body Beast uses Dynamic Set Training. 
  • Muscle confusion – you’re mixing up your workouts every few weeks to a month so that your muscles don’t get used to the same workouts.  It’s great, plus, you don’t get bored with the same old workouts over and over again!
  • Muscle failure – you are working so hard and pushing your muscles to the max during these workouts, lifting heavy at low reps.  You want your muscles to fail by the 8th-12th rep so that they then build themselves up stronger to do more the next time you work them.
  • Dynamic Set Training is a specific sequence of sets and reps which maximizes the muscle’s time under tension with the goal to exhaust the muscle and to recruit more muscle fiber. Dynamic Set Training is also designed to help enhance your body’s own testosterone production. Testosterone is the primary hormone responsible for developing muscle mass. The more testosterone the body makes, the faster it grows. 
Schedule
  • Both P90X & Chalean Extreme have 3 days of resistance training, and 2 days of cardio.
  • P90X though, includes a 6th day of yoga.
  • Body Beast is divided into 3 Blocks
  • Block 1: Build (3 weeks, 6 days, 1 day off) – a strong foundation is built, physically and nutritionally
  • Block 2: Bulk (6 weeks, 6 days, 1 day off) – your size begins to show, your body is growing
  • Block 3: Beast (3 weeks, 6 days, 1 day off) – cutting up, getting chiseled up, getting ready for competition
Body Beast Results
Phases
  • All have 3 phases that last 1 month each.  In all 3 phases, both P90X & CLX use the same cardio workouts, it’s just the resistance workouts that change up.
  • P90X – phase 1 and 2 use the same leg/back workout, but the other 2 days of resistance have different workouts in each phase.  In the 3rd phase, you basically alternate weeks – workouts from phase 1 in the first week, then from phase 2 in the second, and so on for 4 weeks.  P90X also has a recovery week in weeks 4, 8, and 13.  Recovery is yoga and a core workout and some kickboxing – it’s not recovery in the sense you would think though!!
  • CLX – has 3 phases, burn, push and lean.  Each month incorporates totally different resistance workouts than the other phases.
  • Body Beast is divided into 3 Blocks
  • Block 1: Build (3 weeks, 6 days, 1 day off) – a strong foundation is built, physically and nutritionally
  • Block 2: Bulk (6 weeks, 6 days, 1 day off) – your size begins to show, your body is growing
  • Block 3: Beast (3 weeks, 6 days, 1 day off) – cutting up, getting chiseled up, getting ready for competition
Resistance Workouts
  • P90X’s are 1 hour long each.  There are a lot of pushups, pullups and chinups.  You typically work one muscle group at a time.
  • CLX’s range from 30-45 minutes, push being the shortest, then burn, then lean.  In burn & lean, you’re working more than one muscle group at a time.  For example, you might do bicep curls while doing a lunge.  In Push, you’re only working one group at a time.  And CLX resistance workouts have breakdown sets.  These breakdown sets are 3 reps you do after you’ve done the move to really break down the muscle and build it back up with lean muscle.  TOUGH!  You do pushups, but no pullups, and there are not nearly as many pushups as you have in P90X.  But her’s are super effective still!
  • Body Beast workouts are 30-50 minutes long. You focus on one body part at a time.
P90X Results
Cardios
  • P90X – They’re an hour long.  Cardio X is exactly that, an extreme cardio workout.  Plyo X is jump training and intervals and drills…all moves can be modified if jumping ain’t your thing!  Kenpo X is an hour long of martial arts/kickboxing type moves.  Great stress reliever!
  • CLX – Burn Intervals is a 45 minute workout.  Alternates between cardio/plyo drills and light weight/high rep strength moves.  Burn it off is a 30 minute w/o with short bursts of cardio/plyo drills.    (CLX does have an upgrade package that would give you a few more cardios like these so you can mix it up)
  • Body Beast-  A highly new-school performance-oriented cardio workout to not only help cut you up, but to increase your ability to get bigger. I was shocked at how intense this 30 min workout was! You use lighter weights all throughout the workout, but don’t be fooled…it’s a beast!
Yoga vs Recharge
  • Yoga is the P90X workout, it’s 1 1/2 hours.  It’s tough, but a great workout!  Everyone hates it at first, but give it a chance!  It’s 1 day a week.  It incorporates some ab moves too.
  • Recharge is CLX – it’s 20 minutes long and it’s yoga moves, but more of a stretch workout.  You do this on the same day as Burn it off.
Body Beast Results 
Ab Workouts
  • P90X – AB RIPPER X baby!  This is a 16 minute long crazy ab workout!  It’s tough, but it WORKS like no other ab workout I’ve ever done!
  • CLX – comes with 2 ab workouts.  1 is 10 minutes long, the other is 15.  The longer one is a little harder!  (Upgrade package comes with 1-2 more ab workouts – 1 is using the stability ball!)
  • Beast Abs-  11 minutes long! Ab work is here for more than looks. A strong core helps you lift heavier weight safely and helps you improve your posture. You end the workout by spelling B-E-A-S-T with your legs lol 
Equipment
  • For all programs, you’ll need a range of weights.  I personally have the bowflex select tech weights and LOVE them!  You can also use resistance bands in P90X or Chalene.
  • P90X – you’ll need a chinup bar, or a resistance band that you can use to modify chinups.  You also may want pushup stands so that your wrists don’t both you during pushups, you don’t need them though.
  • Body Beast- you will want to invest in a bench or stability ball, chin up bar. Check out this post for the equipment
  • I recommend getting the Chin Up Assist and Workout Gloves
I can’t say any is better than the other!  They all work and I have the results to prove it! I’m only 4 weeks into Body Beast but already seeing improvements.
  CLX may be a little less intimidating for someone just starting out because the workouts aren’t quite as long.  And for a lot of people just starting, the hour or more can be too much.  All programs have modifiers, so that is not an issue. 
P90X has different schedules you can follow – the lean schedule is a bit more cardio focused and may be better for people just starting out, while classic schedule incorporates all resistance workouts.  You’ll see results with either P90X schedule though.  
Look at your goals…


Body Beast is aimed at muscle gain- pure bodybuilding. You do Dynamic set training to get big.
P90x is designed for overall fitness- allows you to improve your strength, endurance, power, mobility, cardiovascular, health, and achieve muscle growth. The goal is function fitness: to be able to move better and become more athletic. 


For guys I think P90X reminds of me of Brad Pitt in Fit Club and Body Beast would be like Thor lol
For girls…Im almost one month in. The scale hasn’t budged but Im def a lot stronger. Im in the bulk phase now and I saw a couple girls say their quads are getting bigger. You do a build phase, build phase, then the last 30 days you get lean and cut. 
Chalean Extreme Results
I LOVVEEE Chalean Extreme- that use advanced circuit training-combining upper body/lower body/ and core moves to help you build lean muscle. it also has 3 phases burn/push/lean. Love love love this workout- she pushes you to lift heavier. the focus isn’t on getting big- it’s all about getting lean tight toned sexy muscle

Whatever your goal, take the leap of faith and GO FOR IT! It’ll change your body…and change your life =) 

 
And the newest addition to the Beachbody Family:
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Beachbody Success Stories!

Day 24 of Body Beast!!! The days are just flying day by! Usually when I get to this point I need to revert back to my “why” and check out some success stories to stay committed.

Ever start a workout program and find that 2-3 weeks in you haven’t lost any weight? you’re working your butt off…literally…and the scale doesn’t reflect that?

I TOTALLY relate! Right now, the scale hasn’t BUDGED….but I KNOW Im gaining muscle because I’m lifting significantly heavier than I was. But still…it’s annoying!
I’m about 8 lbs heavier than I was in March…for a number of reasons. I felt like I kicked butt getting ready for the Bahamas trip…then I kinda let things slide. In the craziness of traveling, adjusting to a new place, adjusting to a lot of life changes, enjoying summer…I over indulged quite a bit.
The important thing is I am on track and keeping the faith (this is where I break out into song & dance)

Last night I watched Extreme Weight Loss- wow! that show makes me cryyyyy! I’m just incredibly amazed at the people who battled with emotional issues, ate themselves (almost) to death and were able to PERSEVERE and overcome. The girl I watched last night lost over 200 lbs!!! Her beginning weight…356! That would make THREE of me! 

If she can do it, I can get back to my goal weight!!! It reminded me of Richard- in Vegas we were honored enough to be able to watch two people with life changing stories win $100k EACH! 

 


I’ve had a very inspiring week and I am ready to CRUSH IT!

Sunday Grocery Shopping and Prep Day!
I need one of these!!!! Now which color?
Updated my Bucket List
I have my health, love what I do, have great friends and an awesome team, and get to spend everyday with the man I love 
Reunited with my Juicer!
Eating Healthy while traveling is hard! but not impossible! Staying awake on the plane however…IMPOSSIBLE!

Spa Day Sunday Egg Yolk Hair Mask

Ok so I’m posting this a little late but I wanted to share because I love trying new things and I wanted to get your feedback if you’ve ever tried this…

Egg Yolk Hair Mask 

Do you have dry, brittle hair? Losing hair from stress, age, etc? Need a great weekly deep conditioner that’s super cheap and super easy? Want shiny, healthy hair?
Rich in proteins, vitamins and super- nurturing fatty acids, egg yolks won’t only make your hair softer, shinier and healthier but help you to grow it long as well.
Simply separate egg yolks from whites. I used 4 because I have SUPER long hair.

Gently beat the egg yolks with 2 tbsp of olive oil. You can dilute the mixture by adding 1/4 cup of water.  Scoop up a small amount and run it through your hair. I did this with my head over the bathtub. It can get a little messy!  

Slowly and thoroughly massage this mask into your scalp. 


Give your hair and scalp 15 to 20 minutes to absorb all the needed nutrients.  You can wrap yourself up in a showercap (I think this is the best option and they are super cheap- check TJ Maxx or Marshalls) or use plastic wrap. 

Rinse out thoroughly.

Ok so this was the first time I did it and didn’t notice TOO much of a difference, but I hear that over time it really makes a difference so this is on my list for next Sunday.  
PS I’ve been using the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask for 3 weeks now and that stuff WORKS!!! My pores are smaller, skin feels smoother. Definitely a win and totally worth the $6!

Why Do People Sign Up as a Beachbody Coach?

WooooEeeeee! It was a BOMBSHELL WEEK! Lots of new lovely members to the Bombshell Dynasty! I just want to give a BIG warm welcome to this ladies. They all have huge hearts and big plans for the future. What is that Oprah quote about surrounding yourself with people who lift you higher?


I have truly been blessed this week because I have lots of friends lighting a fire under my booty and pushing me to go after my dreams ❤ 

Ever meet someone who just oozes Bombshell qualities? Beth Helbley is bombshell inside & out!

She’s been working 50 hrs a week to pay for school! She understands hard work and the importance of self discovery & goal setting! Her passion is helping people become a better version of themselves! Soooo excited to have her as part of our family!!!

Erica Stein is a total GO GETTER! She never ceases to amaze me. She is working on her future NOW. There is something special about people who realize the power of their dreams and their ability to help stretch others to their full potential. 
After spending two hours on the phone with her, I know she is going to work hard to drive others to succeed. Annnnd how cool is this…her family owns a turkey farm in PA. All organic, all natural =)  

I am so ECSTATIC to welcome Kasey Wooten She is one of the MOST amazing woman I know!! She continually supports, encourages and uplifts everyone on the team!
She gets fired up about making people feel good about themselves, has a huge heart & takes the time to value the the little things in life. She is a passionate RN student, loving wife, and dedicated mommy of cute lil Payton! Sooooo happy to have you on the team!!

 
Ashleigh Severson….What can I even say about this girl…ok I can’t do it justice…just go to her blog and read her last post….WOW! http://ashleighseverson.blogspot.com/

And lastly….we have a guy! Kevin I want to send a BIG congratulations out to you and Miss Stephanie!!! I can’t wait to find out if you are having a boy or a girl!!! I wish you two all of the happiness in the world. True soul mates! 
Soooo why do people become coaches? Everyone joins the business for a different reason…and we are all in different phases of our life. 
My initial reason for signing up was to get the discount and be accountable to the workouts. Then changed…and my passion became paying it forward to help others achieve the same success. The possibilities are endless. As I have progressed in my own goals, I realized that I could really make my passion…my FUTURE. I’ve been blessed to make this my full time job (dream come true!!) so THANK YOU everyone for supporting and believing in me!
But it’s not all about me! 
Here is what my team said when I asked them WHY they signed up!!!
Beth: “I have several reasons why I wanted to become a coach. I always want to strive to be a better person and become a better version of myself and I know that with beach body that is possible. I love that as a coach you can make a positive impact on peoples lives. I can’t think of a better feeling that because you cared and pushed somebody you helped them become a better version of themselves as well. I’m looking forward to actually completing a full bb program and be an example for people in my life. I also want to be financially free and financially Independent. I always want to love what I do, and I love that coaching is an opportunity I get to have.”


Lisa: There are a couple of reasons WHY I joined on as a beachbody coach. First is the aspect of money. I work full time, go to college and still struggle to pay my bills. I don’t want to live like that. I want to be able to live comfortably. I want to save money to buy my first home within the next two years. I want to be free of debt & to be able to pay off my student loan debt (or at least stop accumulating it). If I could pay cash for the rest of my college education it would be GREAT!!  Secondly, looking at people like you two (Linds & Kati)… You’re making a difference in people’s lives!  That is so inspiring to me. 
I want to be someone that people can look up to, someone that can help people better their lives. I look at my parents & some of my close friends & I know I want them to start leading healthier lives. If I can in anyway inspire them to do that I would be a very happy girl. Now to specifics. Financially I would like to be making an extra $500 a month within the year. (not sure if this is high or low as far as possibilities, but even that much money would make a huge difference to me). I want to be diamond by the end of 2013 🙂 I want to have my Mom signed on as a permanent customer & have her leading a healthier lifestyle. Tack my Dad onto that list too!  I want my credit cards paid off by this time next year. ok:) I will end my list here. Sorry it was so long winded!!”

Tara: “Congratulations on your dream come true of living in California – A crazy dream of mine would be to move to a beach somewhere in the Carolinas! But another dream would be to be able to be home with my daughter – I am currently a full time student so I do get to be home with her, I will be finished with my bachelors next December. But I would love to have a career doing something that I love, that doesn’t feel like work and get to be home with her. I want to have my cake and eat it too!  My vision – no one has ever asked me that before – well right now we plan on getting out of the military in 2 years – and for a brief moment we will have to move back in with my parents *yikes!!* until all of our things get shipped back to the U.S. and we find jobs – ideally my vision would be to go back and buy our own house and I would love to be able to work out of my house and be able to support our family until he finds a job – I have big dreams and high expectations for my family – and I have always worked hard to achieve my goals – I’m really excited to become a part of beachbody….I don’t have unrealistic expectations but I know the possibilities are endless