Many of you saw my previous post with my 21 Day Fix results. I’ve had quite a few people asking more questions about it, and I had already intended to write a sort of final review of the system itself, so hopefully I can get some more helpful information out to you here.
I do want to throw out an important disclaimer. I am NOT a Beach Body coach (Beach Body is the umbrella organization that a lot of fitness programs come under, think P90X, 21 Day Fix, Insanity, ect) I am NOT selling 21 Day Fix or Shakeology. I want to throw that out there because I want you to know there is nothing in it for me to get you to try this, I am just letting it be known that I tried this program and liked it because someone out there might want to try it and also get results. I didn’t even know that the Beach Body workout programs are a multi-level marketing system because I first got P90x through Craigslist. Ha! I happened to look up “how do Beach Body Coaches make money” during my first week of 21 Day Fix and realized how it all works. I am just a customer who was pleased with the system I used.
**If you want more information on what the 21 Day Fix is, read this, if not scroll down to Review and Suggestions.
What it IS:
The 21 Day Fix is a workout AND eating program. The set looks like this:
There are two DVD’s that include 7 workouts, 30 minutes each. Two of those are more of an active recovery day,–pilates and yoga. The others are:
- Total Body Cardio Fix
- Upper Fix
- Lower Fix
- Cardio Fix
- Dirty 30 (an all over toning workout)
There is a schedule included telling you which day to do which workout. The workouts are all interval workouts based on high reps. You can use resistance bands or dumbbells, with a suggestion of one light and one heavy pair. For a woman they recommend 3-5 lbs for light and 8-10 lbs for heavy. I found weights on Craiglist that were really inexpensive so I had 3s, 5s, 8s, 10s, and 12s. For chest press exercises I felt that 12s were still a bit light, but for everything else I used 5s, 8s, and 10s and that was plenty!
The last week there is an option of doing a doubles workout week. I opted to do this. The schedule says to do them at two different times of day but there were several days where I just did them back to back because with what I had going on that particular day that was going to be the best way for me to get them both done.
The Eating Plan:
The big pull for me doing 21 day fix wasn’t so much the workouts, though I really enjoyed those, but the eating program. You get a package of colored containers, with each color corresponding to a food type.
- Blue—Healthy Fats
- Orange—Seeds & Dressings
To start the program you find your calorie target for your body size and how many of each container you should eat a day (the book guides you on how to find your target).
You also commit to eliminating processed food and sugar.
REVIEW AND SUGGESTIONS
I really liked doing the workout program. I like having something already scheduled for me so I’m not making it up as I go and I feel like I have something to complete.
As I said multiple times in my other summaries, I LIKED having only 30 minutes to work out. It made it a lot easier to get up in the morning and to mentally commit knowing I would be warmed up, worked out, and cooled down in about half an hour.
I do say “about” half an hour because one of my few complaints about this program is that the cool downs are WAY TOO SHORT. You really should spend a longer time stretching after these workouts, which I did, on my own.
Three more things I really liked about these:
- The cardio workouts actually felt like cardio. It seems like so many workout videos I’ve done that are listed as cardio are really a mix of lunges and squats and little else. I have nothing against lunges and squats, but I want to do those on my leg day and do something different on cardio day. My heart rate really did get moving during cardio.
- There were moves in the videos that I have not done before, making it more interesting and thus making the time go faster.
- These workouts are easily modified- to be easier or harder. She shows how to modify it to make it easier, and to make it harder you can always go up in weight or try to get more reps in within the timed interval.
There are workouts that are longer or harder, but at this point in my life I don’t need that. I also find it worth mentioning, that when you start doing much longer or much more intense workouts, while you will burn more calories, you will also then want to take in more calories. You get done with a 600 calorie burning workout and you feel like you can eat a cow, and most likely you will.
Set goals for yourself within the workouts. For example, my first week goal was pretty much just to finish every workout. My second week my goal was to do one extra rep every time the timer went off to be done with that particular move. My third week my goal was to do the doubles workouts.
The Eating Plan:
I really liked the container system. It made me pay close attention to HOW MUCH I was eating and realize how satisfied I was with these portions. It also helped me be aware of what types of food I was eating throughout the day.
Eating Plan Suggestions:
I have MANY of these!
- Be as ORGANIZED as possible. I really wish I had just prepped a bunch of meals at the very beginning, even freezing a bunch, to use throughout the whole three weeks and have ready to go. You can find lots of recipes on Pinterest- I have pinned some too. There is also of course a 21 Day Fix Recipe book if that floats your boat (called Fixate, you can find it on Amazon).
- Be on top of eating regularly throughout the day. This hearkens back to being organized- if you’ve got meals/snacks ready to go, it’s easier to eat every 2-3 hours (and set a timer for yourself in need be). The days that were harder were when I let too much time pass between meals and I found myself famished.
- DO NOT HAVE “CHEAT”FOOD IN YOUR HOUSE! I told a friend of mine today “If it’s in my house, it’s going in my mouth.” That’s just the sad truth for me at this point. I think it’s the truth for many of us. If you know that is your weakness, don’t even mess with it. Flee temptation 😉
- Use your smart phone to help you track your containers. I followed these instructions for using the Reminders app on my iphone.
- IF you happen to cheat (which you WON’T) do NOT give up! Just keep going!
- Take your measurements before and after! It is really motivating!
- TELL EVERYONE WHAT YOUR GOALS ARE! Set up as many levels of accountability as you can. It really helped me to know that I had broadcast it on FB and my blog and that I wanted to have a good report.
- GREEN SMOOTHIES! If you are like me and eating a lot of greens is a challenge for you (not a big salad lover over here) then make it a goal to down a green smoothie after your workouts! This has been a regular part of my morning for probably a couple years now. I used the containers though- filled the green container twice with spinach or a mix of greens (you can buy big bags at Walmart, cheap!). I would blend this with a scoop of greens powder and water. Then I would add a purple container of fruit- a half a banana and whatever I could fit into the rest of the container with frozen berries or a tropical mix. I’d blend it all up and drink it all down! My 18 mos old drinks this right along with me! That way I get one fruit and two greens (really, with the powder it’s probably much more than 2 greens) done right away!
A WORD ON SHAKEOLOGY
You have probably heard of Shakeology before. I had, though I did not know much about it. It is supposed to be a part of beach body’s workout programs and they really push this drink. I did not use it. I just couldn’t get myself to pay the high cost of it. With that said, every person that I know who has used Shakeology has raved about it. I think that for someone who really struggles to eat well, or who has a lot of food allergies, it is probably worth the cost. Of course Shakeology users would say it is worth the cost for anyone, but I can’t speak to that.
I did use some protein powders as well to make shakes to have each day. I used Tera’s whey and Sun Warrior, both in chocolate.
Feel free to comment or email me if you have any more questions. If you DO decide to do the program please let me know! I want to cheer you on! You can find it at beachbody.com but you can also find sets on craigslist!
If you have done or are doing 21 Day Fix and have more suggestions please put them in the comments!
***UPDATE AND DISCLAIMER TO MY DICLAIMER
So as you read, when I wrote this I was NOT a Beach Body Coach and I had NOT really tried Shakeology. This was several months ago and since then I decided to try Shakeology and completely changed my mind. In fact, I decided to become a Beach Body Coach. You can read about my Conversion to Shakeology as well as becoming a Beach Body Coach. If you are interested in doing the 21 Day Fix in a challenge group shoot me an email. I am doing the Master’s Hammer and Chisel in a beach body challenge group and it has been awesome (and another reason I decided to become a coach).