Last week I discussed all of my many thoughts about the eating side of 21 Day Fix (read about it here). Today I wanted to chat briefly about how I found the workouts.
I’m generally picky about my DVD workout programs since working out at home is not my forte. I’m easily distracted, have a short attention span and have limited time to myself to get my workout done. I need a workout program that is quick, effective, enjoyable, and varied.
I think 21 Day Fixed successfully met all of my criteria.
- Quick: Each workout is 30 minutes. This is the perfect amount of time because I can squeeze it in first thing in the morning or after Liam goes to bed without feeling like I’m losing a huge chunk of my day. I can maintain my focus throughout the workouts because they go by so quick, especially since each of the movements are one minute long with a 15 second break.
- Effective: These workouts were damn effective. The first week surprised me as to how sore I was the days following a new workout. The workouts are split up to make sure you hit all of your muscle groups throughout the week and gave plenty of options for modifying, to increase or decrease intensity, as needed. I worked with 5 and 10 pound weights and could definitely feel some of the movements becoming easier towards the later part of the program. If I were to continue, I could probably push up to 12 pound weights for some of the exercises.
- Enjoyable: There was no jumping around like a crazy monkey. I really hate plyometric type exercises (I’m looking at you Focus T-25) and was so happy that there were no crazy jumping movements that I hated in this series (although I did not complete the cardio workout, that may have been where they were all hiding). I also really enjoyed the trainer, Autumn Calabrese. I didn’t find her to be annoying at all (like, coughPiyocough). I never once dreaded having to get my workout for the day done.
- Varied: With eight different workouts (Total Body Cardio, Upper Body, Lower Body, Pilates, Dirty 30, Cardio, Yoga, 10 Minute Abs), I did not get sick of any of the workouts. In fact, I never did manage to do the cardio or yoga videos. Over three weeks, you really only complete the workouts three times, unlike other programs that can repeat the same workout in the same week. I could have easily continued following this program for a few more weeks without getting bored. Even the movements within the different videos were different. My only complaint was so many crunch variations – especially in 10 Minute Abs. There is no part of me that wants to do that many crunch variations, ever. In my opinion, there are much better ways to work your abs then crunches.
I really did love this program, both the workouts and the eating plan. I think it set a good foundation to get myself back on the right track again. Both workout wise, balancing running, yoga and weights, and eating wise, balancing healthy portions and reducing the mindless, unnecessary extras.
I also have to give a huge shoutout to Brie here, who was doing the program at the same time as me. We used each other to complain about how sore we were from the workouts, to confess our slipups, congratulate each other on getting through the days, and just being an amazing support system. It makes it SO much easier to stay on track when you have a buddy to lean on.
I’m sure now you’re curious about results. Honestly, I almost didn’t want to track my progress because I was too afraid of failing. I only took my measurements (I don’t own a scale), but no photos. I lost 8 inches overall and feel like my clothes aren’t as tight (although I’m still in the same sizes). Regardless of the numbers, I feel like I have my eating habits under control again and that alone makes me feel so much better. Even though I don’t have any dramatic results, I am getting closer to finding confidence in my appearance again. I’m excited about continuing on this path instead of just going through the motions like I was before I started.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with BeachBody at all. I wanted to try this program and share my honest thoughts. If you’re interested in 21 Day Fix or any other BeachBody programs, contact Alison and she can hook you up!