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Bodybuilding All Access Review

I always say that the hardest thing about working out is simply getting started. And I do stand by that. But if the hardest thing is getting started, the second hardest thing is maintaining that active life.

And, granted, maintenance is not nearly as difficult as dragging yourself out of bed before the sun has fully risen just to get a work out in, but it is an important part of your new athletic lifestyle.

While I am usually all for ‘winging it,’ having a plan to follow just makes the whole process here much less complicated for you. And at the end of the day, the easier it is for you, the more likely you are to do it.

In keeping with that notion of simplicity, it is time to introduce All Access, from BodyBuilding.com.

What is BodyBuilding All Access?

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At its most basic, Body Building All Access is a virtual fitness trainer. If you have heard about or used the Nike + Run App, All Access is similar, but much more involved.

The Nike + Run App is, for starters, focused specifically on running. And it does that well – with a multitude of plans, routines, and coaching available.

But Body Building All Access is a complete virtual trainer, providing recipes, nutrition plans, training advice, supplement guides, and step-by-step exercise instruction. All of this costs only $12.99 per month, but the results are almost guaranteed. 

Your average athlete doesn’t understand enough about the field of fitness to incorporate everything into their training plan. Most guys that go to the gym on a regular basis simply rotate the same four or five workouts, in order to hit each main muscle group.

But All Access is simply a smarter way to work out, and a way that involves all aspects of fitness. One of the most important (and most ignored) parts of a good training plan is the food you’re eating.

Put good in, get good out. If you eat poorly, or if your diet is not tailored to the amount and type of exercise you are performing, you won’t perform as well as is possible.

Combine that nutritional advice with general training advice from the experts, as well as supplemental advice, and this service becomes even more versatile.

And if you look at the expense involved in hiring a flesh-and-blood personal trainer, with All Access, you’ll be saving a lot of money. 

Supplement Guide

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BodyBuilding.com has worked extensively with teams of scientists to provide a variety of supplementary-based plans.

All Access suggests what supplements might aid in your quest for greater fitness, but they also give you a detailed plan concerning when and how much you should take.

And with all of these plans and recommendations come detailed analyses and explanations, so that you know you are following the best, most thorough advice.

This is a very useful feature, as the world of supplements is often complicated and a bit scary, especially for those who haven’t used them before. But they can most definitely be helpful in your training – this could prove useful.

Exercise Instruction

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Perhaps one of the best features of this app is the step-by-step exercise instruction. Through detailed explanation, video clips, tips, and demonstrations, you can be sure that you’re performing each exercise correctly.

This is especially important for beginners, as you are more prone to injury if you are not performing an exercise correctly.

And here, the combination of videos as well as thorough explanations make this second only to a personal trainer, but for a fraction of the cost. 

Recipes and Nutrition Plans

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Like I mentioned earlier, getting enough of the right fuel is imperative to the success of your fitness goals. And this part of All Access makes that whole process super straightforward.

By breaking down your food into categories such as carbs, protein, fats, etc., and by providing not only plans but also recipes, All Access makes eating for fitness, dare I say, easy.

All you have to do is buy the right ingredients at the grocery store and prepare your meals. You won’t have to spend hours hunting for the right recipe, or planning your meals a week in advance.

It’ll all be here – with detailed explanations and tips to make sure that you are getting the best and best-tasting fuel possible. 

Advice from the Experts

All Access includes the best pro-tips from the best trainers out there. This means that you get to incorporate the most tested professional fitness mindsets into your training.

With this, drastic improvement is almost a surefire thing. And again, with this additional aspect of All Access, you are getting the best version of a personal trainer without that ridiculous expense.

The Perks

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The subscription plans look like this: an annual plan amount to $7.49/month, a quarterly plan is $9.99/month, and a monthly plan is $12.99/month. All options come with a 7-day free trial, so you can be sure that you want it before you commit to it.

If you choose the most valuable version (the annual payment plan), you also get a bunch of perks. For starters, as an annual subscriber, you will receive 10% off and free shipping on Bodybuilding.com orders. You will also be subject to other exclusive offers.

If you are a monthly subscriber, you will receive 5% off Bodybuilding.com every day. This makes a variety of protein powders, drinks, shakes, supplements, vitamins, minerals, and gear even more accessible.

For all that added value, if you’re going to do it, go all the way, go annual. 

Should You Get It?

Like most things, that depends. There are many athletes that don’t really need to pay $90 a year to plan their workouts and their meals.

And there is the in-between phase where, with a handful of tailored Google searches and a book or two, you can get by completely on your own.

And, of course, if you have a personal trainer, there is no need for All Access.

I would say that All Access is designed more so for beginners – it is a great way to provide motivation, planning, advice, tips and tricks, all while making sure you’re working out in the safest and most efficient way possible.

If you think you are someone who needs the added help of a personal trainer but would rather a cheaper option, then I would look into All Access. 

All Access is a great option for many athletes – it prioritizes health, safety, and mentality. It does require some level of self-initiative, but it is an intuitive, easy way to improve your level of fitness.

Again, it is not for everybody, but if it is for you, the expense is definitely worth it. 

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Article by:

Daniel DeMoss

I’m a personal trainer based in Denver (Matrix Gym) and a true fitness nerd. If I’m not training clients or working out at my home gym, I’m probably skiing, cycling or hiking with my dog Rufus.  

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