Monthly Archives: August 2016

Aug 29

Body Beast Supplements to Put On Size

When it comes to Body Beast supplements to put on size, most people have absolutely no idea what they are doing. Right now I’m going through Body Beast and if you have no idea what that even is, it’s a mass building program by Beachbody. I’ve been through the program multiple times in the past and gotten outstanding results. However, this is the first workout program I’ve done since battling Lyme Disease and I’m pretty excited because of the amount of knowledge I gained about nutrition and supplementation. I have a feeling the Body Beast results I get this time around will be the best I’ve gotten yet.

It’s important that you don’t use just any supplement that’s recommended for you. Rather, only consume ones that you’re confident will be beneficial to your long term health and current goals. I’m using the entire Performance Line along with some additional high quality supplements. Below I’m going to break down exactly what I’m using, when I’m using them, why I’m using them, and some other things like taste and consistency.

Body Beast Supplements

Beachbody Performance EnergizeFirst I want to start off talking about my favorite pre-workout supplement, Energize. I’ve taken a lot of pre-workout supplements in the past and this one is by far the best I’ve used (Check out my full Beachbody Energize Review). Not only is it great quality, but it gives me an incredible boost that lasts the entire workout with no crash afterwards. And trust me, that’s important. With some old supplements I used to take, such as Jack3d and 1MR (which are awful supplements by the way), I used to crash hardcore, meaning I would be physically drained for the remainder of the day. I take 2 scoops about 15-20 minutes before my workout, and it usually kicks in within 10 minutes. The flavor and consistency are great as well. It’s sort of a tangy lemon flavor and mixes very easily. I haven’t gotten any clumps that I used to get with the old E&E formula.

Next, Hydrate is a supplement I use during my workouts. It contains key electrolytes and Beachbody Performance Hydratecarbohydrates that the body needs as you go through an intense workout. With my Hydrate, though, I also mix in 3 scoops of MRM’s BCAA+G supplement. BCAA means branch chained amino acids and they are important because they promote protein synthesis and prevent protein catabolism, which is just the breakdown of muscles. When you’re trying to put on size, you want to do everything you can to prevent the body from using muscle as a fuel source. The BCAA’s is a watermelon flavor and tastes excellent. The Hydrate is more of a citrusy flavor and tastes great as well.

Beachbody Performance RecoverAfter my workouts I take 2 supplements, Recover and creatine monohydrate. Both of these are part of the Beachbody Performance Line. I would also say that out of the entire line of Body Beast supplements to put on size, these 2 are the most important. I shake together 1 scoop of Recover and 5 grams of creatine and take it within 30 minutes after my workout. Recover contains additional BCAA’s along with 20 grams of protein and 10 grams of carbs to help the body recover from an intense workout. As far as flavor is concerned, out of all the Performance Line supplements, this one tastes the best. The one I use is the new orange flavor and it tastes like an orange creamsicle.  It reminds me a lot of the old P90X Recovery Formula that I used to take when I first went through P90X in 2008. With creatine, without getting too scientific and boring the hell out of you all, creatine basically helps you pump out more reps and improves recovery. Whenever I take creatine is when I notice the most strength gains.

At least 30 minutes before I head to bed I use the Recharge supplement. The time when Beachbody Performance Rechargeyour muscles recover the most is when you sleep. Recharge contains 20 grams of casein protein, which is a slow-release protein. It also contains BCAA’s and the two combined help aid the repair of the muscles during sleep. It’s vanilla flavored and tastes great. I just shake up one scoop with water right before I head to bed.

ShakeologyThe only other supplement that I take is Shakeology and you can read my full Shakeology review <<– here. Basically it’s a meal replacement that I now use as a mid-afternoon snack. I’ve been using Shakeology every day for just about the past 6 years. The one I use is the Vegan chocolate and I blend it with coconut almond milk, an organic banana, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, and ice.

And there you have it, the Body Beast supplements to put on size that I’ve been using since starting this round of the program. So far I’ve had incredible results. My recovery time is much quicker and I’m seeing quicker strength gains than I ever have before. If you have any questions about any of the supplements, feel free to contact me over on Facebook or email me at If you would like to add me as your Beachbody Coach, just click here.

Aug 11

The Greatest Shakeology Review

ShakeologyIt’s been a while since my last Shakeology review so I thought I would give an updated version. It’s important to do so because my view on overall health has changed drastically since being diagnosed with Lyme Disease last year. When you go through what I went through you develop a new appreciation for healthy foods and practices and what it means to be healthy.

I took good health for granted. Yes, I will admit it. I have always been the guy that has been able to go hard in the gym since high school and never really dealt with any major health issues other than a few sports related injuries. I used to try any supplement that was recommended to me without doing any type of research into it. I guess I never really thought about it back then. That led me to using products such as Jack3d, 1MR, White Flood, NO-Explode, and the list goes on and on. Just mentioning those products makes me cringe a little because I now know how shitty they are for me with the added chemicals and artificial coloring and ingredients they contain. But I digress. Stuffing my face with any type of food and supplement caught up to me because I ended up gaining a lot of weight after college. That’s when I discovered P90X and began my journey to become healthy. I ended up losing 25 lbs and getting into the best shape of my life. For the first time I had a legit 6-pack. Even then, though, with all the knowledge I gained from going through the program, I still never truly understood what it meant to actually be healthy. I wasn’t consuming organic food or good quality supplements and constantly used products that contained chemicals and dyes. Then in 2015 my life was flipped upside down.

In early 2015 I started developing some strange symptoms. I ignored them at first, putting them off as just part of getting older, but the more time that went on the more symptoms I developed. At first it was extreme fatigue. The only thing that could get me through the day was 2-3 cups of coffee and the pre-workout supplement I was using at the time, E&E. Even then, though, come 3 or 4 PM I was completely exhausted. Then I developed some anxiety, which isn’t normal for me. Now don’t get me wrong, I dealt with some OCD tendencies when I was a kid, but I got over that pretty quickly and never experienced any full blown panic attacks. Panic attacks were new territory for me and quite frankly, it scared the shit out of me. Then came a flood of symptoms, including extreme pain in my neck, back, and back of head, along with headaches, blurred vision, slurred speech, brain fog, breathing issues, memory problems, and the list goes on and on. I went from doctor to doctor for about 5 months and nobody could figure out what was wrong with me, all while I was continuing to get worse. After spending literally thousands of dollars visiting doctors and doing various testing, I decided to take matters into my own hands. After countless hours of research, I discovered that all of my symptoms lined up with Lyme disease. In October of 2015, I got properly tested for Lyme and it came back positive.

I know I haven’t actually gotten to the Shakeology review part yet, but bear with me because I’m getting there. I had to share that important part of my story to lead into the health changes I made. Moving on. Once I was diagnosed with Lyme I began reading book after book, watching video after video, on how to heal properly from this disease. After hundreds of hours of research, I learned that my lifestyle, meaning the food that I ate, supplements I used (with the exception of Shakeology and E&E), and products that I used and were surrounded by in my home, ultimately led to this disease taking over my body. I thought I was eating healthy by consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grain products, but they weren’t organic or non-GMO. To add to it, the deodorant, shampoo, laundry detergent, and soap I used were all toxic to my body and beating down my immune system. What my doctor and I believe happened is that I have had the disease in my system for many years (I was bit multiple times by ticks when I was younger), and some sort of stressful situation and toxic overload allowed the borrelia bacteria to flourish.

Finally, My Shakeology Review

It was time for major changes. I detoxified my home and body, switched to an all organic Shakeologydiet, eliminated inflammation inducing foods such as gluten and dairy, and consumed only supplements that were only the best of quality. Shakeology has been a part of that equation. I’ve actually been using Shakeology every day for many years going back to 2010. I decided to use it as a meal replacement for lunch back then instead of going out to eat. It made sense because I was spending anywhere from $10-$12 for lunch eating out every day and I actually ended up saving quite a bit of money by making the switch to Shakeology. That sounded like a damn Geico commercial, but it’s true. At $5 a serving, you can do the math. I knew back then it was good for me, but to be honest, I didn’t know just how good it truly was for me. I also had no idea that the supplement would eventually play a major part in my recovery from Lyme Disease.

Now I have to pause for a second for a damn disclaimer because I know there will be some idiots out there who will say something dumb like “Well Josh said Shakeology cures Lyme Disease.” No, I didn’t say that. I said it played a major part in my recovery from the disease, and all that is true based on my own personal experiences. Before using ANY supplement, including Shakeology, talk to your doctor first.

And I continue on. Those of us who deal with Lyme Disease are extremely deficient in the majority of vitamins. When I got tested last year, my vitamin levels were so low that some didn’t even register. That’s because the borrelia like to suck out all the vitamins in their victims. In order to supplement that, I had to start taking a lot of vitamins every day. Since that point I have been using Vitamins D, C, B-Complex, Zinc, Omega 3 Fish-Oil, and yes, Shakeology twice a day. I need the vitamins and nutrients to heal and Shakeology is the best and highest of quality out there that I’ve found for just that. Just do a little bit of research and you won’t be able to argue the fact. Sure, there might be other supplements that are similar to Shakeology, but they aren’t Shakeology. 99% of the time they have artificial coloring, sweeteners, or some other added chemicals. Shakeology is an incredible high quality supplement, and that’s a fact. And just in case you don’t want to take the time to look it up yourself, I have included a picture of the Shakeology ingredients below. I don’t want you taking my word for it, either, in that everything in there is good quality stuff. Rather, do some research into the ingredient list and discover it yourself. In fact, that’s one hell of a habit to get into when looking at food and supplements anyways.

And one other thing. There are going to be some other idiots who say that I’m only talking about Shakeology because I’m a Beachbody Coach. No, I’m giving this Shakeology review because of how great of a product it is and how much it’s impacted my life. Buy Shakeology elsewhere, I don’t give a shit, if that’s your line of thinking. But this is a product that I’m completely passionate and confident about. I’m not going to consume anything that would be detrimental for my health while I’m trying to get better. That’s just stupid. This is a product that works, that’s why I’m talking about it.

But I Can’t Afford Shakeology

I get it, I really do. I’ve been in the position before where I’ve struggled financially. It’s not a fun thing to go through. However, just instantly saying that you can’t afford something is narrow minded. When I first started using Shakeology, I was struggling financially as well, but I found a way to make it work. For me, again, I just replaced my lunches with it and actually ended up saving money every month. But then someone might say, “Well Josh, I don’t go out to eat every day.” But you do eat, right? Of course you do. You can’t look at it as an addition to what you’re already spending, but rather a replacement for what you’re purchasing at the grocery store for the meal. Now don’t get me wrong, Shakeology itself is not a meal replacement. You need to add in a few things to get enough calories to actually make it a meal replacement. For me personally, I add organic almond butter and an organic banana to boost the calories. By the time it’s all said and done, my shake is right around 500 calories, which is enough to keep me full for a few hours until my next meal. It’s $5 a day. Seriously, you can afford it if you really wanted to. How many people spend more than $5 on a damn Starbuck’s drink every day?

Shakeology Ingredients

Below are the Shakeology ingredients for the Cafe Latte (non-Vegan) flavor. The vegan formulas are slightly different.

Cafe Latte Shakeology Ingredients

Shakeology Samples

Fortunately for you, I order a box of Shakeology samples to send out every month. However, I’m not going to send you a sample just for the hell of it. It cost me money to purchase the samples and if I just gave away samples to people who just want something for free and have no plans of purchasing, I’d be out on a lot of money. So if you want a sample, there are a few stipulations. First, I have to be your Coach. If I’m not your Coach and you don’t already have a Team Beachbody account, just click here. If you already have an account, just email me at Second, you have to be serious about purchasing if you like the taste. Again, I believe in this stuff and know it works, but 1 sample isn’t going to do shit for you. The sample is for you to taste it, that’s it. If you want to see results with it, you have to use it for at least a month. If I’m your Coach and you’re serious about it, email me (email above) and I will send one out to you. Oh and this picture below is of my banker (now Coach) who started using Shakeology and did NOTHING else but use it for 3 weeks. He didn’t work out or anything.

Rob's Shakeology Results

Additional Shakeology Reviews

In case you still don’t believe a word I’m saying, here are some additional Shakeology reviews from others who have used it.

“I honestly didn’t believe that Shakeology was worth the price. It was a really expensive “protein shake” to me. February 2012, I was traveling for work and decided to give it a shot and save money on meals while away, and I wasn’t impressed. I didn’t really think I felt different. After I ran out, I started feeling sluggish, lacking energy resulting in taking naps after work, and even “irregular”. I ordered another month of Shakeology, and 3-days later I felt great again. Haven’t stopped since March 2012.” – Rob Hale

“My breakfast used to consist of 3 big bowls of cereal a day. And I mean big bowls. If I had milk left over from the first bowl, I poured in more cereal, then I would need more milk. I was eating almost a box of cereal a day! And then I was usually stopping at Starbucks on my way in to work and getting a Venti Café Vanilla “Light” Frappuccino. That’s probably about 1000+ calories between those two things, and then I’d immediately snack once I got into the office. Then I was convinced to try Shakeology. I got regular Chocolate and from day 1 was adding peanut butter to it. I thought I would taste the powder. I thought it would taste grainy. I thought the Chocolate would taste fake. After my first tiny sip I realized I had been very wrong. The Chocolate was rich, there was no powdery or grainy texture, and the added peanut butter made it taste exactly like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I drank it on my drive into work, right past Starbucks, and I didn’t start to feel hungry until lunch time almost 3 hours later. Before, with my box of cereal and Venti Frappuccino a day, I was spending about $10 on breakfast alone. Now I’m spending less than $5 a day for a meal that keeps me satisfied and full for twice as long.” – Anne Millar 

My Favorite Shakeology Recipe

Personally, I like the Vegan Shakeology. I’ve been sticking with the vegan to minimize consuming dairy (in the whey). I really don’t think that there is that much difference between the vegan VS regular Shakeology other than the texture. Because the vegan uses brown rice protein instead of whey, it’s just a little grainier and mixes slightly different. Taste is just a little different, but not much. Anyways, I use both the vegan Tropical and vegan Chocolate Shakeology. Here are the Shakeology recipes I use for both.

  • 2 Cups Califia Farms Coconut Almond Milk
  • 1 scoop Shakeology
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Ground Almond Butter
  • 1 Organic Banana
  • Ice & Blend

So there you have it, the greatest Shakeology Review. I’m pretty sure I covered everything about this awesome supplement, but if I didn’t and you still have some questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at If you’re ready to just commit and buy Shakeology, just click on the link. If you end up getting a Challenge Pack, which is Shakeology and a program at a discounted price, let me know and I can add you to my support group I have on Facebook.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Aug 10

You Will Suck, And That’s OK

Body Beast Build LegsAfter dealing with Lyme Disease for well over a year, going through two very intense treatments, I’m finally well enough to start working out again. Just a few days ago I ended my last antibiotic treatment and decided that I was going to commit myself entirely to the Body Beast program starting today. For those of you who don’t know, Body Beast is one hell of a mass gaining program. It’s intense as all get out, but it works. I chose this program because I’m ridiculously weak right now after not being able to work out for so long. I actually ended up losing about 15 lbs of muscle. No, not fat, pure muscle. I’m actually pretty lean at the moment because my nutrition was so spot on while going through treatment. Anyways, I just got done with my first workout a bit ago and I’m totally drained. While going through the workout I was quickly reminded of how tough it is to do an intense program after not working out for so long. I sucked, there is no doubt about it, but that’s OK. It’s expected.

Most people who come to me asking for help with getting into shape don’t realize just how tough it is to go from being being inactive to an intense workout program like Body Beast. For some crazy reason I think they believe it’s just going to be an easy process. Rude awakening people, it’s going to be anything but easy. I was reminded of that today. I felt like I did when I was going through my first P90X workout 8 years ago. This workout, Chest & Tris, beat the shit out of me. To start off, I was only able to bench press half the amount of weight I was a year ago. Then halfway through the workout my body pretty much decided to shut down on me. I could only do a few decline push-ups and then literally could not do any military push-ups, not even the modified ones, shortly after that. I tried as hard as I could, but there was no way in hell I was lifting myself off of the ground. Even though I struggled greatly, though, I never became frustrated. Being in that position before, I know it’s just part of the process. In a few weeks to a month I will be able to get through the workouts fairly easily again. Instead of getting frustrated when you start a workout for the first time, you have to accept that it’s going to be difficult at first. You might go through the same thing I did and just flat out not be able to do the exercises. Or maybe you are so out of breath that you can’t keep up with the pace of the trainers. Maybe you can’t lift nearly the amount of weight that everyone else in the videos are lifting. It’s OK! Just about everyone goes through it.

What I’m going to do now is give you some tips to help you out when you are starting a program for the first time and are struggling with the workouts and soreness.

(1) Do your best to keep up with the trainers, but don’t feel like you absolutely have to. Obviously there is a reason the trainers go at the pace they do during the workouts. There is a certain time frame between sets that’s optimal for results. Everything in the program, including the timing between sets, was created on purpose. However, if you just physically can’t keep up with them, hit pause. There is nothing wrong with pressing pause and giving yourself an extra minute or two to recover. Sometimes you need it.

(2) Modify wherever need be. Some of the moves done in the program are freakin’ crazy, especially if it’s something from Tony Horton. If you’re out of shape and haven’t worked out in a long time, attempting to do 4 ball medicine ball push-ups would be absolutely foolish. Instead, you want to do a modified version of the exercise, which is almost always shown by the trainers if it’s a Beachbody program. Don’t let your ego get in your way because that’s a good way to injure yourself. Rather, do the modified version until you can work your way up to the normal version. It will take some time to get there, but you will get there eventually if you stick with it long enough.

(3) Use the proper weights that fit you. If you’re doing Body Beast like I am, it wouldn’t be smart to try to lift the same amount Sagi is lifting in the DVD’s. He’s named the Beast for a reason! Pick a weight that allows you to hit the rep count for each individual exercise. Just remember, you don’t want to go too light or too heavy. You want to make sure you hit the rep count, but that last rep should be difficult to get. For example, if you’re doing an exercise with 15 reps, say dumbbell bench press, once you get to that 12 or 13 mark you should begin to struggle. Those last 2-3 reps are where the magic happens.

(4) Expect soreness. I know that tomorrow I’m going to wake up feeling sore as hell. I Performance Line Hydrateprobably won’t be able to move my upper body and that’s OK. Again, it’s something that’s expected after not working out for months. Every time you lift weights you tear tiny muscle fibers, and those fibers have to heal in order for you to become stronger. Those tiny tears are why you wake up the morning after leg day and can’t get out of bed. They’re also why it hurts like hell to sit on the damn toilet or climb stairs. There are some things that you can do to reduce the soreness, though. For one, make sure you are taking the right supplements directly following your workout. You have about an hour time frame post-workout where you need proper supplements for optimal recovery. For this round of the Beast I’m taking the entire Performance Line. For post-workout specifically, I’m using the Recover supplement, glutamine, creatine monohydrate, and Shakeology. In addition, though, I’m drinking Hydrate combined with BCAA’s during the workout, which will help with recovery as well. And then right before bed I will take Recharge, another supplement that helps with the healing process while you sleep.

(5) You must force yourself outside your comfort zone. In order to succeed in anything, not just with changing your health, you have to be able to force yourself to push through the things that are uncomfortable to you. Once you start to push outside the comfort zone consistently, that’s when results will come. For example, a lot of people will give up on an exercise too early. Maybe they are doing bicep curls and get to the point where their mind is telling them to stop, so that’s what they do. Rather, when my mind tells me to stop, I try to do 2-4 more reps. The same happens with extreme cardio workouts as well, such as Insanity Max 30. When I’m doing a intense Max 30 workout, I always get to the point where I could easily just stop and take a break, but I don’t. I try to force myself to go just a little bit longer. My ability to push far outside my comfort zone on a daily basis is why I always have such great results with workout programs.

Now you have an expectation of what you’re going to go through when you first start a program and what you can do to overcome any obstacle that gets in your way. Struggling is normal. I’m struggling now, not to mention insanely sore, but again, I know it’s just a part of the process of getting to where I want to go. I’ve got some massive goals to achieve with this round of Body Beast and I’m not stopping until I hit them. I might have to start out slowly, pause my workouts, use lighter weights than what they’re using in the workouts, modify the moves some, but I know that it’s just temporary. Pretty soon I will be tearing up the workouts like I used to.