One of the very first Beachbody workouts I purchased [while pregnant] was Leandro Carvalho’s Brazil Butt Lift. Why you may ask? Because, being pregnant with my third child, I could only imagine that I would soon need a little “lift” afterwards. SO, I guess you could say I was being proactive. 🙂 Also, I wanted to ease my way into an exercise program after having Monroe (nothing too high impact for me just yet please!) But toning….toning would definitely be nice….
The Brazil Butt Lift program includes the following:
– 3 DVD set of workouts
– “Triangle Training” cards for “on the go” moves you can do
– 6 Day Supermodel Slimdown Plan (includes a daily workout and specific meal plan)
– Booty Makeover Guide – walks you through getting started with this workout and includes a weekly exercise plan for your specific booty type (flat, pear, too big, or classic)
– Bonus 20 min Secret Weapon Workout (20 min precision toning routine)
– Fat-Burning Foods recipe book
– measuring tape
– yellow latex resistance band
– body measurement tracker
I decided to start my Brazil Butt Lift workouts at around 2.5 weeks postpartum. I was given the ok from my midwife (before being discharged from the hospital) to start a workout program from 2 weeks postpartum as long as it didn’t involve lifting heavy weights (she was serious…apparently it’s a big thing with some moms in the military? And being as how I delivered at a military hospital…) Rest assured, I promised – NO HEAVY LIFTING for this girl right here!
So, I began with the initial highly recommended Booty Basics workout – which really isn’t so much of a workout as it is a step-by-step video of how to do each move. I can not stress enough how important this video has proved for me! It helped lay the foundation for each move so that when it came up in a subsequent video, I wasn’t completely lost…I could jump right in and not look too uncoordinated. I followed this with the “Bum Bum” workout and OH MY GOSH…is that a workout! My little girl who was in the garage with me as I did my workout even jumped in with me 🙂
Now, those moves may not “look” like a whole lot in a photo, but rest assured, these work some serious booty and quad muscles. I followed this initial workout over the next few days with Bum Bum again a couple more times, High & Tight (which has a TON of squatting involved, ouch!), and the Tummy Tuck workout which focuses on your abs and is basically an entire workout on a yoga mat doing planks, leg lifts, crunches, and other muscle engaging moves. Here’s some seemingly easy yet oh-so-hard moves from my Bum Bum workout: deep squats on your toes – heels up, and holding a squat while grabbing your calves…..I didn’t quite make that one…
I’m just a week in to this 4 week program but already I feel more flexible, I definitely feel the burn, especially after the Bum Bum workout, and I constantly look forward to which workout will be next (since they’re rotated and in different orders. I still have 2 more workouts that didn’t yet come up in the week 1 rotation: Cardio Axe and Sculpt.
My overall Brazil Beach Butt review? This may seem like an easy, laid back workout, but it is a muscle engager! I would say it’s the perfect exercise for me to start with at this stage in my postpartum workout journey since it (so far) focuses on building your core and targeting specific muscle groups instead of cardio, jumping around,etc. Now, I’ll be honest, I’m not able to do the “full” version of all of these workouts just yet, but I’m able to follow the modifier when need be and do the simplified movements just fine. (and you better believe you’ll still feel a burn with those modified moves!) Out of the three rotated workouts that I’ve done so far (in this first week of working out), in my opinion, Bum Bum is the most “intense” one (so far). You’ll constantly feel the burn and in my case, YOU WILL SWEAT! I aspire to build up my core and tone and tighten my booty and quads – and KNOW that this program will take me there if I stick with it!
The two negatives that I will say about this program so far is that 1) I wish the demonstrators wore more clothes – but I guess the point is to have you aspire to have their bodies….so they of course want to show of their abs/legs/etc? and 2) I can never stop looking at this one particular demonstrator who I’m convinced is wearing a wig. Other than those two things though, this program is GREAT so far! I think baby Monroe approves too 😉
Interested in more info on the Brazil Butt Lift workout program? Go HERE for more info!