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A Week of Hard Labor – Program Review

By September 11, 2017 No Comments

My husband, Darren, and I love to lift weights together. We found a great set of dumbbells for a great price on Craigslist several years ago and have been using the same workout program at home ever since. Even though he has a gym membership and I own a fitness studio we still like to lift at home together.

Our program of choice is Body Beast. It’s a program created by trainer Sagi Kalev that we stream on demand through Beachbody On Demand. Body Beast is a 90-day weight training program. I graduated from this program shortly after it was released a few years ago. Now, we just pick and choose which workouts we want to do each week. We typically lift 3x each week and mix it up between upper body, lower body, and core work.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting for a Body Beast 2 program to be released (who knows if it ever will!) so I was stoked to hear about “A Week of Hard Labor!” Which is basically five new workouts with Sagi. We were all in on this challenge!

Each workout is around 45 minutes and requires some equipment. It’s nice to have a bench but you could use a stability ball. We used weights ranging from 5lbs to 50lbs. Resistance bands are nice to have handy too! If you do not have a lot of equipment I would start adding what you can when you can. Our home gym has come together in bits and pieces. We share a lot of equipment and trade of sets when we need to.

We started the week out with a chest and back workout followed by leg, core, upper body, and finished with a total body ladder workout. The shortest workout was the 30-minute core and the longest was the 50-minute total body. I think it’s safe to say the chest workout was my favorite and the total body was my least favorite.

I was thankful to have Darren in the dungeon with me during that ladder workout. A ladder workout is where you complete a set of exercises and then repeat each exercise by adding one rep. We did eight sets and then went back down the ladder decreasing reps by one rep until we were back at one. It was brutal but totally worth it.

A Week of Hard Labor – Get to Work!

I’d recommend this week long program for anyone who consistently lifts weights but wants to change it up and challenge their body. There is a modifier in the videos to follow if you don’t have a lot of equipment or need to take it down a notch. I really like Sagi as a trainer too. He makes me laugh with his commentary and strong Israeli accent. He likes to crack jokes but they don’t always make sense which is hilarious to me.

I like that they have women in the workouts too. There are no women in the Body Beast program so it’s nice to have the ladies in the Hard Labor workouts to follow along with!

Beachbody On Demand is the best bang for your buck when it comes to exercising at home. If you like to have guidance, variety, and results you cannot go wrong with BOD. Darren and I both have Beachbody Coach accounts and highly recommend it, if anything, for the discounts! If you’re interested in streaming your workouts and gaining access to over 600 different workouts from home you should definitely check it out. You can stream from your computer, phone, tablet, and basically get it done from ANYWHERE!

I’m always here to help support and coach you through any of the programs! Grab a BOD Challenge Pack and you’ll instantly have access to everything for a YEAR! Your All-Access Challenge Pack also comes with a bag of Shakeology. SCORE! Shakeology is something Darren and I also drink daily. If you need a recipe this is my go-to.

Thanks for checking out my review on A Week of Hard Labor. I am excited to see what special challenges they throw at us next! Get BOD so you can jump in and join us next time! We have an awesome community group on Facebook for all of our friends who use BOD.

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