Body bot is a web based software package that was designed by Ryan Lee. For those of you who don't know who Mr. Lee is, he's the founder of SportSpefic.com which is a huge fitness membership site that offers hundreds of sport specific workouts.
Ryan Lee's latest project is called the Body Bot. The reason that this software caught my attention is because I was thinking of doing a similar project. Anyways, I really think this type of application has so many uses because online video has so many more advantages to text because you can actually see what's being done instead of trying to picture it in your head. That is especially true for any type of industry that is heavily based on body movements such as fitness.
Today, the technology allows you to customize online workouts where you have the teacher right in front of you, taking you through the entire workout. Simply amazing! Can you image if Arnold did this kind of thing when he was in top shape?
Without much hesitation, I forked out the cash to see what the body bot software was all about. The cost is $67 for complete access to the body bot and $87 for complete access plus the complete done for you workout package. Well, I wanted to see what the whole package looked like, so I forked out $87.
I immediately got my username and password and I patched in to the website. The body bot is a web based application so you don't need CD's or DVD's. You simply go to the body bot website and punch in your username and password and your good to go. I also downloaded all my added workouts and reports. In all, I got:
Access to the body bot application;
Secrets to a lean body report - Basically a manual about how to use the program;
Ryan's top 5 workouts;
Complete done for you workouts by Mr. Lee.
Without much hesitation, I jumped into the program and started to fiddle around with it.
Basically, the program is a web based application that allows you to designed a totally customized workout. The first thing that I did was take a look at the exercises. If you take a look at the image below, you can see that on the right hand side, you have a category called Main Category. In this category you can choose from the following:
If you click on each of these categories, your brought to another page that shows the exercises in that respective category. Lets click on Upper Body. As you can see, the Main Category listing has changed to Upper Body.
If you take a look at the right hand side you can see that there are exercises. In total, there are about 29 different upper body exercises. If I go back to the main category page and choose the abs/core category, this is what youll see:
Now, in the main screen, you can see each exercise being performed in real time. That is, each exercise is performed by Mr. Lee in a dynamic fashion. You cant see it from the images above but each exercise is actually being performed by Mr. Lee. The cool thing about this application is that you choose the exercises from the right hand side and drag them to the bottom of the screen to form your personal workout. Check out the sample workout I did in the image below:
As you can see in the bottom category, my workout is complete and I can go forward with the next screen which is to choose your workout music. Basically, you can choose from 13 different kinds of tunes and it will automatically be added to your routine. Once youve finished choosing your workout music, the program will start you off with a warm up. The warm up is pretty basic and will prime your whole body for the workout to come.
The workout is done in circuit style meaning that you do one exercise one after the other with about 10 seconds rest in between each set. As you can see in the image below, Ryan is taking you through the workout. The cool thing that I like about this is that you are timed in the clock above the main image window. Also, you can tell which exercise you are on by the red line under each exercise in the bottom window.
Mr. Lee takes you through the whole workout and its up to you if you want to do another circuit. You can also change the routine anytime you want and you can do hundreds of different combinations with the exercises you are given.
Overall, I thought this is a cool program. However, there were some things about it that I wasnt too sure about. The first thing that I didnt like was the fact that you cant stop or pause the program once it starts. I mean, you could be in the middle of the program and for some unknown reason you may have to take off. Also, I dont like the fact that you cant save your exercise program. Lets say youve found a perfect program and you want to remember it for next time, the program doesnt allow you to save the routine.
I also didnt like the fact that the music is simply one song repeated over and over. You can actually hear the song being reloaded after each play. I thought this was a little sloppy. However, you dont have to listen to the tunes being played and you can skip this section and listen to your own music. There are about 13 different songs to choose from.
Now, there are 8 exercise slots at the bottom and each must be filled out if you want to proceed to the workout. What if I dont want to do 8 exercises but 5? The program doesnt allow me to proceed until Ive added 8 exercises. I didnt like this.
The deal breaker for me would have been the fact that there are only body weight exercises to choose from. Yes, there are a few dumbbell exercises but not the ones Im interested in. Unless I dont have any weights to work with, I dont have access to a gym, and I only have 20 minutes to commit to training, I will use this application. Now, Im not saying the concept of this application is bad because its not. I actually think its pretty cool and a lot can be done with it. However, this particular application is not for me. Like I said, I enjoy working with weights and I think more exercises could have been added that used weight training.
Now, keep in mind, that these routines are what Ryan Lee called Mini Workouts. These are not complete weight training workouts and he never said they were. These mini workouts do serve a purpose and thats to give you the chance to customize a body weight workout that can be used to 1) Lose weight and body fat; And 2) Get you on the right track to getting into shape. For this, yes, these workouts can certainly help you to achieve these goals. However, these workouts are not meant for building muscle and strength. You cant build huge legs doing no weight squats so if your looking to build muscle and strength, this application is probably not for you.
However, if you dont have access to:
Than this application is for you. Please keep in mind that you will need a computer and some space in order to use this application.
Also, if you do purchase the complete program for $87, you will get access to the complete done for you package and Ryans top 5 fat burning workouts. The complete package has over a hundred pre made workouts that include:
Six pack abs workouts;
Total body fat blast workouts;
Body weight workouts;
Advanced body weight workouts;
High octane workouts for athletes workouts;
Lose the love handle workouts;
Mini dumbbell workouts;
Swing into fitness workouts;
Like I said above, I think the body bot idea is great. However, I dont think this application is for me because I prefer working with weights. This application may or may not be for you depending on your current circumstances and goals.
I would recommend the body bot to those of you who dont have access to:
And want to 1) Lose weight and burn fat; And 2) Get into better shape.
I give the body bot application a 3 out of 5 rating.
All the best,
As the owner of Building Muscle 101, I am committed to providing you the best practical weight training advice. I've been training for over 24 years (and still train to this day!) and the advice and guidance I provide comes directly from my experience and knowledge.
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