Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

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Beachbody's Body Beast Bulk Shoulders Modifications

Body Beast's "Build Phase" routines are quite well-rounded routines in my opinion, that is why I did not make too many changes to them. The "Bulk Phase" routines, on the other hand need a few more modifications to them. After each blog, I will explain why I made the changes that I did.

Bulk: Shoulders

Single Set
Standing Barbell Press


Super Set
Lateral Raise
Arnold Press

Progressive Set
Upright Row

Super Set
Alternating Front Raise
Plate Twist-Twist

Progressive Set
Reverse Fly

Single Set
Shrugs (Bar)

I was quite underwhelmed by Bulk Shoulders from my first round of Body Beast. In fact, I would say that as-is, Build: Shoulders is a better workout. So, I added two sets to this routine, bookending the routine.

At the beginning of the routine, I will do a standing barbell press with full chanting of "Arnold, Arnold, Arnold" (see video), and at the end I will add shrugs.

Any questions? Let me know!





Beachbody's Body Beast Bulk Legs Modifications

Body Beast's "Build Phase" routines are quite well-rounded routines in my opinion, that is why I did not make too many changes to them. The "Bulk Phase" routines, on the other hand need a few more modifications to them. After each blog, I will explain why I made the changes that I did.

Bulk: Legs

Single Set
Front to Back Lunges (Bar)

Progressive Set
Back Squat (Bar)

Force Set
Back Squat (Bar)

Progressive Set
Split Squat (Bar)

Super Set
Stiff Leg Deadlift (Bar)
Alt. Side Squat

Super Set
Single-Leg Calf Raise
Hanging Open/Close

Single Set
Calf Raises (Bar)


The alternating front to back lunges are a great way to start this routine. This exercise is actually a bit of an extension from the warm-up, allowing the legs, knees, and hips to track through their range of motion and prepare for the workout.

The progressive set of squats will obviously be done with the barbell.

The following force set, I will be swapping out the Sumo Squat for a traditional back squat because I personally find it is a better exercise. I will no doubt have to lower my weight a bit after the previous progressive set.

I have swapped out the core move at the end for "Hanging Open/Close". This is done by hanging from a pull-up bar, engaging the core, bringing your knees up towards your chest (knees kept at 90 degree bend) and you slowly open and close your knees for a desired rep range.

I have also added a bonus round at the end of the workout, with some calf raises (barbell perched on shoulders). All calf raises will be done with balls of feet and toes on a weight plate, to allow a great range of motion in the calves.

Any questions? Let me know!





Beachbody's Body Beast Bulk Back Modifications

Body Beast's "Build Phase" routines are quite well-rounded routines in my opinion, that is why I did not make too many changes to them. The "Bulk Phase" routines, on the other hand need a few more modifications to them. After each blog, I will explain why I made the changes that I did.

Bulk: Back

Single Set
Deadlift (Bar
)

Super Set
Dumbbell Pull-Over
Pull-Up

Progressive Set
Reverse Grip Row (Bar)

Force Set
One-Arm Row

Single Set
Back Rows


Super Set
Reverse Fly
Plank Rotation

I am not a fan of having the Deadlift towards the end of this workout. The deadlift is a full-body, compound movement that requires a great deal of strength, especially when done with a barbell. I am also a firm believer that all strength or heavy resistance-based workouts should start with one of your primary lifts - bench press, squat, deadlift, shoulder press.

Pull-ups in Beast are always done with some sort of weighted vest or weight in a backpack to increase intensity and keep volume down (# of reps).

Since I have moved deadlifts to the start of the workout, I then replaced them with back rows during the routine. These will be done, laying face-down on an inclined bench.

Any questions? Let me know!





Body Beast Bulk Phase Modified Schedule

My current Build Phase ​schedule is winding down, so I am transitioning and moving into the Bulk Phase. I have a few dates coming up that will require me to be out of the country, so my schedule tip-toes around that, but still stays relatively consistent throughout.

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