One thing about Beachbody programs is that they are a quick and effective for me to fit fitness into my busy life. I enjoyed both 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme so was excited when 22 Minute Hard Corp was released. My criteria for home fitness programs are 30 minutes or under and minimal equipment and 22MHC definitely meets those. While I didn’t complete the program in entirety due to injury, I gave it my best effort and thought I would share some of my thoughts.
22MHC is an eight-week program that consists of both cardio and resistance workouts in a military boot camp style workout. Workouts are six days a week with one rest day, alternating with resistance one day and then cardio and core the next. As you progress through the weeks, the videos increase in intensity, ending with “Hell Week” which doubles up your workouts.
My first reaction to the videos was that they were incredibly cheesy but I quickly got over that because the workouts pack a punch in 22 short minutes. Working with weights or a sandbag and a pull-up bar if you have one, the three different resistance workouts go through five to seven different moves over three rounds. There are modifiers to show you how to increase or decrease intensity and how to perform the movements with the weights or the sandbag. My one complaint was that I found that it wasn’t always obvious what the alternative movements were if you weren’t using a pull-up bar, which meant I would end up taking an unscheduled break when it came to that move.
The three different cardio workouts also consist of seven different cardio moves over three rounds that will leave you dripping with sweat after. Finally, there is two core video that is half the time of the other and cycle through 11 reps of various abdominal exercises with Core 2 cycling through 22 reps of the same exercises. If needed, there’s also a Cold Start video to help you warm up before you get into the workouts, but I always skipped that one.
I originally thought that doing the same workouts on repeat for eight weeks would be a bit too repetitive, but I wasn’t bored with the exercises at all before I was done with the program. Unfortunately, I did not make it to the end of the eight weeks, as I fell off the wagon and did a couple weeks over again and then ended up with an inflamed tendon from repetitive movement. Womp.
I do think that had I stuck to the program better and was more diligent about eating properly, I could have had some great results. I did take measurements before starting and was happy that I was still at the same measurements as when I finished 21 Day Fix Extreme last year. I didn’t take any end measurements this time around though since I didn’t fully finish the program. One thing that was a noticeable result was my strength. While I stuck to weights over the sandbag, I ended up upping my weights after a couple of weeks and know that I could continue to build functional strength following this, or other Beachbody programs.
I do think that this is a decent program to build some strength and add some cross-training to your routine. Consistently following the workout calendar and eating guide (follows the same plan as 21 Day Fix) will surely get you some noticeable results. This is such a great option for busy parents without the option of joining a gym or without a lot of time to spend working out.
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!