It’s everywhere – ads on tv, posts on Facebook, friends were talking about it – so I had to make sure it was my first full workout when joining the Beachbody family. What am I talking about – 21 Day Fix.
Every Beachbody program has two components to it – nutrition / meal plan and the workouts. As with all of their programs, a third component does exist as part of the nutrition – Shakeology. For those who don’t know about Shakeology, I will only begin to scratch the surface of it as I could go on and on about the details and benefits. It is a nutritious superfood, that for me has given me more energy, curbed my cravings, provided me with a great source of all my daily nutrients and curbed the symptoms of IBS. That’s just to name a few! All each program asks it that you swap out one meal a day for a Shakeology Shake. It is not a weight-loss shake, although it does help you to lose weight.
With the 21 Day Fix and the 21 Day Fix Extreme, the nutrition is based off following a simple and easy to follow container system with step-by-step instructions. When you sign up for the program, along with the workouts and nutrition plan, you are sent a set of (7) color-coded containers. Each container is labeled for a specific food group – Red for protein, Yellow for carbs, Green for vegetables, Purple for fruits, Blue for healthy fats and cheese, and (2) Orange for seeds and oils. They lay out instructions for how you are to calculate how many of each container you are allowed to consume per day so there is no grey area. It’s all based off your current weight and lifestyle. Don’t worry, you will not starve! Just remember, this is not a diet but your next step to living a healthier life.
I did the 21 Day Fix Extreme so it was a rotation of 7 workouts, no rest day. Each workout is completely different so your body doesn’t have time to get used to the moves before moving on – Pliyo Fix, Upper Fix, Lower Fix, Cardio Fix, Yoga Fix, Dirty 30 Fix and Pilates Fix. Even though it’s called Extreme, they still have a modifier for the program so don’t feel too intimidated by the name. Here is a sampling of each workout, done by yours truly.
I found the workouts to be fun, engaging and Autumn a great motivator. You go through roughly 4 rounds of exercises so you are constantly moving and don’t have time to get bored. Because you only do each move 30 – 60 seconds it makes the time go by faster, so while the workouts are only 30 minutes, it doesn’t even feel like that long. Plus, you can do anything for 60 seconds!! All you need is a set of heavy weights, light weights, resistance band and yoga mat (optional).
Now for the part you’re really reading this post for . . .my results. In 21 days, I lost 6lbs and 8.5 inches. In 21 days, I have become stronger, fitter and committed to a healthier lifestyle.
As a sidenote, I am breastfeeding so I increased my nutrition plan to the bracket above what the plan suggests to ensure I was getting enough calories to feed my son properly!
Overall, I love the 21 Day Fix Extreme – the variety of the workouts, the easy to follow meal plan, the fact that I have a bad knee so I have to be careful about too much jumping and I didn’t have any issues and each workout is only 30 minutes. All in all, I will definitely be doing it again!
It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. What have you got to lose? Give yourself 21 days and see if it can work for you too!