Bodybuilding training has become the most common fitness thing you see on social media outlets like Instagram and TikTok. While this type of content is incredibly popular, it is also common to find misinformation all the time.
Sagi over at Beachbody on Demand has apparently created a plan that cuts through this misinformation and will get you results. Let’s see if it is really true.
About the Creator – Dr. Sagi Kalev
Not often do you have your fitness program made by an actual doctor? Sagi is not only an expert in the medical field, but he is also an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder. In fact, he is a two-time Mr. Israel and has won various other bodybuilding titles.
After serving in the Israeli army, he returned to weight training and started his career in bodybuilding soon after. Of course, he had to build up quite a bit of size – if you don’t know, bodybuilders can weigh close to 300lbs with 3% body fat.
Soon after winning the Mr. Israel title, he moved to California since the U.S. is the mecca of bodybuilding in the modern world. Not a long time passed before he was a prolific bodybuilder getting signed by various companies.
Overall, Sagi has accomplished quite a lot as a physique athlete:
- Senior Director of Professional Personal Trainers Association, a Professional institute for Fitness and Nutrition Certifications
- Repeatedly appeared on the cover of Muscle & Fitness
- Contracted with Lifewave & Impact Nutrition
- Created the Body Beast and Hammer & Chisel programs for Beachbody
Kalev has lived a very busy life and has probably trained in more different ways than you and I could even name. The beautiful combination of muscle and brawn allows him to potentially give the best kind of training information.
But has it really paid off?
The Body Beast program gets a lot of attention. Let’s see if this one deserves the same kind of praise as well…
Sagi’s BOD Exclusives Overview
Here’s a bit of information for you if you were unaware. Take it from someone who does this frequently: bodybuilding sucks. It is absolutely awful, but I’ll probably never stop. The reason for this is that I love it.
Preps, however, suck even more, and Sagi’s BOD Exclusives is actually focused on preps. Preps are, of course, the 12 – 16 weeks you spend trying to lose weight and fat before getting on stage. It is brutal, it sucks, and at some point, your body is going to just stop working if you mistreat it.
So if Sagi can nail this program, it might be revolutionary.
- Fitness level: Intermediate
- Duration: 12 – 16 Weeks
- Workouts per week: 6 Workouts per week
- Average workout duration: 20 – 44 minutes
- Equipment needed: Full gym
- Goal: Build muscle and lose weight
The big thing to remember about this plan is that this is technically just a collection of workouts. That means you will be left to your own devices about when to train what.
Not only does this program lack a schedule, but it doesn’t have the following either:
- Nutrition guides, which are brutally important to being a bodybuilder
- Cardio guides would’ve been helpful, seeing as doing too little/much cardio can really impact your results
- Posing guides are also not included (good luck winning a show if you cannot display your muscles)
There are some other videos included in the program, mindset tips or prep tips for men and women, respectively. This is great and might appear really informative, but I would’ve preferred the top three…
Sagi’s BOD Exclusives Details
This program is designed for individuals who are planning to stand on stage, so all the training is focused on heavy resistance training.
Training Like a Bodybuilder
Dust off your elbow sleeves. You’re moving lightweight, baby!
Bodybuilders are known for moving some heavy weight in the weight room, which makes sense seeing as they are some of the biggest human beings on the planet.
There are 6 workouts in total in Sagi’s BOD Exclusives:
- Back and Shoulders: This will be heavily focused on the lats, teres major, front, and medial delts. There will be minimal compound lifts like deadlifts.
- Legs: Depending on which division you will be doing, this will be more focused on the quads (anterior) or glutes and hams (posterior). There will be minimal compound lifts like squats.
- Chest: A typical chest workout, but don’t expect to find the bench press in here, as it is a very risky move for a bodybuilder in reality
- Bis and Tris: While everyday people might get enough stimulation from compound lifts to develop arms, as a bodybuilder, you will need to pay some extra attention to those.
- Core: This is a nice and dynamic workout that’ll help your abs pop once you are lean enough.
- Depletion: A high rep workout that is meant to deplete you once you get close to a show
Sounds great, right? Well, let me assure you these workouts have the structural integrity of an eclair.
They are all focused on super setting and just trying to rush through the workouts as quickly as possible. Bodybuilders don’t actually train like this all the time. While the super setting is a thing, there are zero bodybuilders that base their entire workout around them.
Bodybuilders are also focused on progression, specifically in the weight room. This means that they will track volume and load to make sure they are actually getting stronger week to week.
This is not even mentioned by Sagi, which is kind of disappointing.
Honestly, not really.
There are about 10 – 20 minutes of other material on the program that can definitely be beneficial to a bodybuilder. Things like getting the right mindset, top 10 competition tips, or the whole life story of Sagi.
These are all wonderful videos that definitely carry substance, and they would be highly appreciated by someone 12 weeks deep in a prep doing two hours of cardio. That said, I cannot help but imagine you could find similar ones online or simply by following current bodybuilders.
Also, don’t think you will be getting any information on how to diet or how to pose. No sir, or ma’am.
You’ll have to go to other places to find out that vital information. This really lowers the credibility of the whole plan.
Bodybuilding is really only three things: training, diet, and rest. Missing 66.66% of the whole of bodybuilding is a catastrophic failure in my eyes.
The only other video uploaded is called the Total Body Beast Summit Workout. Just another workout you can do from the comfort of your own home really.
Which should almost never be the case seeing as bodybuilders will even plan whole trips around food or a gym. There is very little about it that is really special, and so saying anything interesting about it is hard…
Anyways, remember when shake weights were a thing? Wild.
The Biggest Sagi’s BOD Exclusives Pro
Its biggest pro also seems to be its biggest con. It’s not a program, just like Joel’s BOD Exclusives.
This is simply a collection of workouts that you can do in your prep, or even better, you can take ideas from the workouts to put into your current training plan.
You have the freedom to choose what would apply to you and what would not.
For instance, female competitors typically need to spend more time and energy on their glutes. For males, you are going to be focused on the V-taper more, and perhaps bigger bis and tris.
This also leads to the cons of the plan, of which there are many, but they do overlap slightly.
3 Sagi’s BOD Exclusives Cons
- This is not bodybuilding training: Bodybuilding training is hard, calculated, and progressive. These types of workouts are anything but and will be so hard to progress on you will surely burn out before you get on stage.
- This is not a bodybuilding plan: A bodybuilding plan has nutrition and rests guides, which this plan does not have. Thus, I do not believe they can market this as a prep guide.
- Boredom: While most bodybuilders are huge fans of monotony, there is zero discussion of dropping volume or changing movements based on your needs – such as the fact that you will get bored! Doing 16 weeks of the exact same movements can get tedious, and most will not be able to stick with it at all.
Sagi’s BOD Exclusives – Final Thoughts
It’s becoming more and more apparent that this plan was not made for bodybuilders. These are simply bodybuilding-like movements that have been slapped together. They then got the biggest guy over at Beachbody to support this and make a few videos.
This seems like a brutal verdict, and that’s because it is.
I am definitely biased, and bodybuilding is one of the hardest things I have ever done. This sport is so particular, so focused, and the fact that someone tried to dumb it down to this is almost laughable.
Is there anything about this plan that is good? Sure, there is always something good to be found. The workouts are fast, and they can help you build muscle.
Is it the most effective way for you to do this? Absolutely not.
The reality is that a bodybuilding program needs to be designed for you. Your training, nutrition, rest, and posing need to fit you. This is why 99% of bodybuilders use a coach that can personalize everything.
While Sagi’s BOD Exclusives is certainly not that, it can be effective for those who simply want a taste of what it is to be on prep. This might, honestly, be a good plan for a mini-cut phase after a bulking phase.
Otherwise, hard pass.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5