“Disclaimer: This is NOT an affiliated post, I am not a Beachbody coach or in any way affiliated with the company, this is my personal opinion.”
Hi Friends 😀
I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend!
When we first moved to London back in September I was in a huge fitness downfall. Moving countries and trying to find a new apartment and starting a PhD program was taking away all my energy and my motivation was floored. Our lunch and dinner options had to be fast and not always healthy… So after we finally moved in our apartment and we got settled I felt like I needed a push, something to seriously pull me out of this non – healthy rabbit hole.
A few months ago I read about this new exciting exercise training and weight loss program called “21 day fix extreme” from BeachBody’s Autumn Calabrese. I had looked into it at the time but unfortunately i couldn’t afford it neither had the space/equipment needed for it. Looking into it again I thought it might be a good idea to try and maybe that was the push i needed. So I ordered it.
Now before I go on, I really want to say that this is just my opinion and an honest review. I am NOT trying to bash or badmouth the program at all! Please know that even with my fitness downhill I was still a very active person (also a runner) and definitely not a beginner when it comes to exercising.
The basic outlay of the program is; 30′ minutes daily workouts and portion colour coded containers for the eating plan which lasts 21 days. Also though some basic calculations you are being allocated in a calorie bracket which corresponds to how many containers of each colour are you allowed in a day.
Here is what I (personally) think of the program:
- 30 minutes/day is not very long and most people can do
- the workouts are fun for the first couple of times
- depending on where you live it is cheaper than a gym membership
- you can work out at home
- very suitable for parents since it doesn’t take long and you can work out at home
- if you really want to stick to the eating plan you need to food prep four at least a few hours in the weekend
- there aren’t many recipes included (unless you buy the cook book) and things get to be boring food wise real fast
- (for UK costumers) they do sell the program in the UK but their costumer service is really (REALLY) bad! I don’t know about the US costumer sevice
- if you are a runner, even if you go up a calorie bracket bracket, you ‘ll still be hungry and feeling tired.
- if you don’t have a lot (more than 20-30 lbs) of weight to loose this is not the program for you.
- you need to have some basic equipment at home to complete the workouts, such as dumbbells, resistance bands and a yoga mat (optional).
To sum it all up, I think it depends on what you are looking for. If you have a lot of weight to loose and you are new to a healthy life style it is a great program for you. But if you are someone who is already quite fit and lives a healthy lifestyle I ‘ d say don’t bother and don’t waste your money or your time with this program. As for their success pictures on their website, please know that these people did try extremely hard but also even though they were on the same eating plan it was a very restrictive form of it with only certain foods allowed – they call it “competition plan” and it’s totally carb depleted. They also used most of the company’s supplements (which cost more $$$) and food replacements to get shredded.
My personal experience with their UK costumer service is also what completely put me off this program. The first set of DVD’s they sent me weren’t working, the second set they send me it never got to me cause they used someone else’s address and i finally got a working set 2 months after my initial order. Also they claim that if you buy the program you ll have access to it online which actually never happened to me since even though they do stream in the UK they require a US address and bank account!
All and all even thought I do agree with the programs mentality and i like the fact that they make it easier for beginners to exercise and follow a healthy lifestyle I would never recommended to anyone especially if you are anywhere but the USA. I don’t believ this program is suitable for people that already have a healthy life style and also I think that it is quite expensive for what they are really offering – which in reality is 1 week worth of workout and a portion control containers for ~$60 or $72 if you are based outside the US (~ £42 – £50).
Now that being, said for all of you fitness nuts out there, if you are looking for at home work outs I would recommend Fitness Blender! They have all shorts of workouts for any type of exercise and level and the best part is that 90% of them are FREE!! They also have a youtube channel if you don’t want to create an account with them. I am currently using FB a lot and I really like most of their workouts!
So how did I finally get out of my fitness rabbit hole?!?! I signed up for a marathon!!! Well that did the trick for me! Even though i am still figuring things out I have to say I am in a much better state right now than I was back in September 😉
Have a great weekend everybody.