I’m a Beachbody coach and I love it. I love helping people find a way to get healthy and reach their health and fitness goals. One of the ways I do that is to recommend Beachbody home fitness programs. I’ve done many of them myself and can attest to their effectiveness. Beachbody is the leader in home fitness programs for good reason! Ask me any day of the week to suggest a good program for you and I could rattle off several options with enthusiasm.
Today, however, I’m going to tell you about a program NOT to buy: Brazil Butt Lift.
Why? I hated it. I hated it from the very beginning to the very end and I don’t think it should be part of Beachbody’s repertoire. Why did I hate it? I’ll get to that. First let’s talk about what this program is and how it works.
Brazil Butt Lift Review: The “Science” Behind It
Beachbody calls it the “Triangle Training Technique.” This technique is designed to work the 3 muscles of the buttocks: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. When you work all the glutes, it lifts, supports and shapes your rear end better than if you only work one muscle or angle, as traditional exercises frequently do.
I don’t really have an issue with this technique. I’m not a scientist or a doctor. If you say it’s more effective to work all three muscles at different angles, that sounds good to me! Sign me up!
It’s not the science behind the workout program that I have a problem with… it’s the program itself.
Brazil Butt Lift Review: The Instructor
Let me introduce you to Leandro Carvalho. He’s from Brazil. He’s the creator of this program and his motto is “Don’t Settle For Less”. Fine. Good enough.
He’s hard to understand sometimes and he’s a little touchy feely for my taste… maybe it wouldn’t bother some people. But I get the feeling from most all of the workouts that these women are nothing but “his girls.” He honestly gives me the creeps when he talks to them like he does. They seem more like a piece of meat than real life people. Like those models from that “Addicted to Love” video by Robert Palmer. They’re just there to wear VERY short shorts, show off their booties, smile and move along.
And that’s a turnoff right from the get-go. I don’t care how great the workouts are. If I feel uncomfortable looking at the participants and watching how they act, I’m not going to want to continue with this program.
Brazil Butt Lift Review: The Workouts
One of the things I like about Beachbody’s fitness programs is the variety of different workouts that come with each program. Usually there are phases and the daily workouts vary from phase to phase. In Body Beast, for instance, you have the Build, Bulk, and Beast phases and workouts arranged accordingly.
So right off the bat I noticed with Brazil Butt Lift, there were only a few workouts and no phases. It’s just basically set on repeat.
It’s not a LONG program either. Most other programs tend to be 60-90 days. Brazil Butt Lift is only 30 days (4 weeks to be exact). But I figured, that’s fine… at least I won’t get too bored because it’s not a long program.
Here’s the thing… I don’t even know if there’s a fix for this. I didn’t like the workouts and wouldn’t want MORE of them even if they WERE offered. Sorry…just being honest here.
I want to give you a thorough Brazil Butt Lift review, so here is a breakdown of the workouts.
Brazil Butt Lift Review: “Bum Bum” Workout
This is a cardio workout. It’s a decent cardio workout. But I honestly feel like I’m in one of those 1970’s infomercials for Richard Simmons. The scene changes from the workout “room”, which looks like a cheap set in the back of some office building, to a beach.
But to be honest, I think the beach location looks like a set with a fake moving ocean and fake wind in the background. Okay, maybe it’s not. I can’t say for sure, but it’s not a good thing. The girls behind Leandro all smile, do the moves, and wiggle their butts… AND THAT’S IT. I feel kinda gross just watching them.
I won’t lie, I’m sweating pretty good by the end. But I just didn’t like it nor am I looking forward to doing it again.
Brazil Butt Lift Review: “Cardio Axe” Workout
I love dancing. I can’t wait to do Cize. I can’t dance to save my life and would never do it in public unless forced at gunpoint, but I love it and WISH I had the ability. Latin dancing is a genre of dance that I would love to learn. So I was initially excited to try this workout and maybe learn some things.
I will say that some of the basic moves are there and are fun. That said, I could never get past the overall feeling of frustration over not being able to keep up. Having to stop the workout numerous times to watch what they were doing and how to do the moves made the workout slow and time consuming. It certainly affected the amount of sweat I was producing and not in a good way.
Even towards the end of the program when I got these moves down pretty well, it still left much to be desired on the “get your heart rate up” side of things. It was definitely more fun once I mastered the routine… and made me want to continue to learn Latin dance. It just didn’t give me the workout I needed or desired and that’s kind of a big deal since it’s a workout and all.
And again… with the girls’ revealing low tops and their shorts creeping up their rear ends, it just felt inappropriate and made me uncomfortable.
Brazil Butt Lift Review: “High and Tight” Workout
Now THIS workout HURTS. And that’s a good thing. This is the ONLY workout in the program that I actually think is a quality routine. It works all the right places and does its job.
Unfortunately, the same uncomfortable feelings apply: a general lack of modesty. The booty shaking and degradation going on wasn’t as bad as the other workouts. Even then, during some parts of the “cool down” and stretching, I felt like I should look away.
Brazil Butt Lift Review: “Sculpt” Workout
This strength building workout isn’t terrible. It does move too quickly for my taste. I feel you gain more muscle and better strength by slowing down your movements and focusing on your form. Even still, at least it fulfills the role of working your muscles.
Part of the reason why it really works your muscles though, is that it’s 50 MINUTES LONG! Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Okay, okay, I’ve got time for it, but Beachbody has several other programs that can give you a higher quality strength workout that are way less time consuming, like P90X3 or the Gamma Phases from T25 or the Max:30 Strength or Power workouts or the …
Brazil Butt Lift Review: “Tummy Tuck” Workout
20 minutes of your typical ab stuff…crunches, bicycles, hip lifts, and planks. Also works your back a tiny bit. Decent core workout, but not one you couldn’t find anywhere else. I have no complaints here really. It is what it is.
Brazil Butt Lift Review: Conclusion
If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m not impressed with the workouts in Brazil Butt Lift. And I’m DEFINITELY not a fan of how the women behave and their lack of modesty in this fitness program.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude. It’s fine to show their fit bodies. But that could have been accomplished even if the women wore shorts that had about 3 inches added to them and none of the workouts would have been compromised. I seriously have to flip the instruction manuals inside out because I don’t want my teenage boys finding them… even the photos in them are inappropriate.
There are so many home fitness programs that Beachbody offers that will give your glutes a lift, tuck, and firming up. And they have higher production quality and are more effective. ChaLEAN Extreme is one of them. It’s got plenty of “booty-shaping” workouts in it and is a much more well-rounded program! Just read my ChaLEAN Extreme Review and see how it out-performs Brazil Butt Lift in SO many ways.
PiYo is another great option. Low impact. More modest. More effective.
As much as I love Beachbody and their home fitness programs, this one really should be taken off the shelves. Most of their programs knock it out of the park…but this one is a total strike out.Start My Coaching!