*I have a much more thorough Insanity review/blog with results, measurements & Progress photos if you are interested.
Leandro Carvalho’s Brazil Butt Lift
*Note: I am not trying to make money or to sell any Beach Body products for a profit, I just want to make an honest review. I usually forget to do reviews right at the beginning of a new workout, but I actually remembered this time, so I thought, why not?
So, seems like a lot of people are interested in buttocks workouts (sounds a little funny) or brazilian buttock lift workouts. For me, I’m just interested in overall fitness, but I must say I’m intrigued by these workouts and wouldn’t say no to a little butt-lifting. Who would? I’ve been doing this program for about 3 months, so I feel I can now make a good and honest Brazil Butt Lift Review. I have also spoken to Leandro Carvalho via text chat, so I can share some of the info I’ve learned directly from him.
I am also going to share some of the foods/drinks I add into my diet to keep me in shape and healthy. I’ll show you where to buy the cheapest supplements and good protein powders for vegans (and non-vegans).
Brief description of product:
Trainer to world-famous supermodels, Leandro Carvalho combines Brazilian dance, cardio, and his own signature lower-body sculpting moves to lift, firm, and shape your behind for a rear view you’ve only dreamed about. Leandro’s proven TriAngle Training method works all three major muscles of the buttocks from multiple angles to reduce your hips and saddlebag area, slim your thighs, and lift your butt without bulking up your thighs. You can even customize the workout plan to turn your current shape into the one you’ve always wanted.
5 Booty-Blasting Workouts
- Bum Bum: Leandro’s signature workout (named after the Brazilian slang for “butt” and pronounced “boom-boom”) combines fat-blasting cardio with the best lower-body sculpting moves you’ve ever tried. (35 minutes)
- High & Tight: Focus on all those stubborn trouble zones: the hips, glutes, and saddlebags. Leandro uses his secret weapons–the Booty Resistance Band and ankle weights–to lift your butt to new heights. (35 minutes)
- Sculpt: In this video, Leandro takes you through a total-body workout with a sexy Brazilian twist, to sculpt your entire body while focusing on your glutes. Look like a sexy supermodel–lean and toned, without the bulk. (50 minutes)
- Cardio Axe: Feel like you’re dancing in the streets of Brazil with Leandro’s signature axe (pronounced “ah-shay”), a fat-burning, cardio-blasting, and dance-based workout that delivers all-over slimming results fast. (30 minutes)
- Tummy Tuck: Leandro’s surefire way to get flat, sexy abs in just 15 minutes. (15 minutes)
(taken from Amazon.com)
Note: I am not going to be sticking with the premade schedule for these work outs. Instead, I’m going to be adding them in occaisonally to my own (flexible) workout schedule. I find that if I keep my own schedule that isn’t totally rigid, I’m more likely to stick to my daily work outs and I’m less likely to dread them.
My Review and Results with Each of the Work Outs
Bum Bum: This used to be my most dreaded Brazil Butt Lift work out. I actually don’t dread any of them except for this one. Or at least, I used to. Since I’ve been doing BBL for a few months now, this one is still really hard, but I don’t want to pass out from exhaustion any more. It is starting to become one of my favourites now! This is because it is intense and I can tell that it really works a lot of your muscles and increases your cardio and fitness a little faster than some of the others. I have a bit of cellulite on the back of my thighs, and would also like to keep toning them up, and this work out is great for that. Tons of lunges, arabesques, kicks, squats…as Tony Horton says about his Ab Ripper X, “I hate it…but I LOVE it!” Hehe, ok, that was lame. But basically, if anyone is doing BBL and is intimidated by this work out, don’t be. Even if you can’t finish the entire work out the first 1-5 times (I know I couldn’t finish the whole thing the first couple of times I did it) or if you have to keep pausing the video, don’t worry. You WILL get better every time you do it, and it’ll feel great once you can complete the entire thing.
*Note from Leandro: In one of Leandro’s live chats, he mentioned that if you have cellulite on your thighs and/or would like to tone them up, you should do extra arabesques by pausing the video and doing a couple of extra rounds and then starting the video again.
High & Tight: You are supposed to use bands for this work out, as well as ankle weights for part of it. I’ve heard some shoddy things about the Beachbody bands, so I opted to just get the ankle weights and use them for the entire work out. You still get a good work out without the bands, so I wouldn’t worry if you don’t have them. This one is Great for your bum and thighs. I used to find the 2nd last set of exercises so hard, but now they just feel intense and good. I think this work out has definitely contributed to my nicer-lookin’ behind. Push hard in this work out and even do it more regularly than in the BBL schedule if you have some extra cellulite you’re trying to decrease or if you want to tone up your thighs.
Sculpt: I think I’d rate this work out as the 2nd more intense BBL work out. Of course it’ll differ person to person and what they are stronger in, but because this work out utilizes weights and it one of the longer work outs, I find it gives me a thorough work out and I’m always pretty drained at the end. You don’t use heavy weights in this. It’s more about body strength. The first half is standing up doing different moves with your weights, the second half involves your yoga mat and you don’t use the weights for all of these moves. There are some crazy mermaid push ups, which I still find crazy hard. I’ll get ’em perfect soon!
Cardio Axe: This work out is really fun, in my opinion. It’s a dance-type work out, which makes it go by pretty fast. The first time I did it, I couldn’t quite finish to the very end, but now I can and it’s very enjoyable. Doesn’t feel like a standard military-type work out. It gets you movin’ and has definitely helped with my coordination and balance in my belly dance and hoop dancing.
Tummy Tuck: Sit ups are one of my stronger moves, especially after doing P90x’s Ab Ripper X for the past year. Tummy Tuck quickly became one of my favourite BBL work outs, but I think that was because I did find it easier and it is a relatively shorter work out. I now enjoy the tougher work outs, and find that this one is great as a supplementary work out, or to do when you are short on time or need to give other body parts a rest. This is definitely a great ab work out. Not as intense as Ab Ripper X, so those who want to get into that work out would be good to start off with this one.
*Note from Leandro: Do this work out more regularly if you want to improve your core strength and work on your abs. I try to do this one 2-3 times a week, or switch it out for Ab Ripper X.
I never did Brazil Butt Lift from start to finish, but I have been doing so with Insanity if you’d like to check out my more thorough Insanity post.