When I posted this picture of my newly acquired workout outfit (A Wal-Mart Clearance special for $15.00) I didn’t realize the overwhelming positivity that I would receive.
This summer I took control of somethings in my own life and decided to work on my personal help. With the help of some friends and my personal wellness coach I was able to construct a workout program that worked for me. Whatever I chose to do it had to be easy to fit into my schedule and something that I could do that would not require me to hire a babysitter.
I know what you are probably thinking…not another Beachbody Coach. Let me reassure you that I am NOT a Beachbody coach (Nothing against them I have plenty of friends who are. It’s not something I have time to really do correctly). This post is not sponsored by anyone in any way. I’m just a busy mom of 4 kids looking to get in better shape and to feel a bit better about myself! I chose this program because it’s exactly what I was looking for when I was looking for a workout to accompany Flexible Dieting. Most reviews of the 21 Day Fix Workouts are by Beachbody coaches. I wanted to give an honest review from a busy Mom’s perspective. This is a review of just the workouts as I am using a different nutrition program that works for me. I am not trying to sell you anything—I am sure you know a coach who could if you are interested after reading this review. If you don’t know a coach email me and I will get you in touch with some really great ones!
What is the 21 Day Fix Workout?
Here is the Beachbody Websites answer:
“Ready for a major calorie burn in only 30 minutes? We made these workouts short so you can get in, get out, and get on with your day. The workouts will challenge you at every level to help maximize fat loss. And there’s always a modifier on screen to show you how to dial down the intensity without losing the benefits.”
My answer….. A kick butt 30 minute workout I can do in the comfort of my own home wearing my holey yoga pants and sweat my buns off without worry. Autumn the trainer who created these workouts is very encouraging. She says things that make you think..”yup get your butt off the coach and let’s do this. Stop with your excuses!”. I needed a workout that I could do without leaving my house or that required a ton of equipment. I simply do not have the time or extra money to work out for any more than 30 minutes. With 4 kids, someone is always having a kid-life crisis. I subscribe to the On Demand Beachbody program so I can work out in any room of my house from either my IPad or Amazon Fire Stick. Going on vacation…take your workouts with you. It really is that simple.
What equipment do you need?
First and most important, you need motivation! I have several accountability Facebook groups that I have joined to keep me going. It is nice to know that there are others at the same fitness level as I am having the same struggles. It is also nice to have someone reminding you to get your workouts in.
Two accessories that I recommend you have for your workouts are:
- Hand Weights- I was able to purchase sets of affordable weights at Walmart. I highly recommend getting two sets of different weights (I purchased a set of 3lbs, 5lbs, and 8 lbs at Walmart for not very much money). As you get stronger you can increase the weight used during a workout.
- Yoga mat- Having a good mat allows you to comfortably do the sets that require floor work. This includes pushups, crunches, and other power moves with weights.
What do the workouts look like?
There are 7 main workouts with a few bonus workouts included. Here are the workouts in the order the program suggests you complete them. The 21 day fix workout schedules are simple and easy to follow. The workout calendar is 21 days long, divided in 3 weeks of exercises, of 30 minutes routines for each day. It’s very simple to keep track of and make a routine of in your busy lifestyle.
- Total Body Cardio Fix
Keep your heart rate up and your metabolism revved high long after the workout is over.
I call this the “make my sweat cry workout”. This is an intense workout that requires stamina and grit. I can’t sugar coat this one.
- Upper Fix
Targeted resistance training helps shape your chest, back, shoulders, arms, and abs.
This workout makes me feel strong. I have been able to increase my weights after only 2 weeks and I feel great.
- Lower Fix
Firm and tone your entire lower body while you blast fat and burn calories.
Like Upper Fix , I feel strong after doing this workout. My legs are much stronger than my arms so I do enjoy this workout. Yes, you heard me correctly…enjoy and workout in the same sentence.
- Pilates Fix
Strengthen your core, elongate your muscles, and firm your hips and thighs.
This is a great change of pace workout. This does not mean that it is easy. In fact I will say I was sore the next day when I first did this workout.
- Cardio Fix
Get your heart pumping and your body moving as you melt away the pounds.
Another “make your sweat cry” workout by Autumn. There may have been moments where I told her to “shut up” or “come on man”. I get through it…but it is not my favorite.
- Yoga Fix
Improve your balance, flexibility, and strength as you help relax your muscles.
This workout fits in nicely when you need to stretch sore muscles. It’s a little too low key for me.
- Bonus: Dirty 30
A bonus workout featured in the 21 Day Fix. As the name might suggest, this routine features exercises that mix it all up and makes you work. It is actually my favorite workout of the series because I love the variety of arms and legs together.
What have I learned from this workout series?
I have learned that I am a lot stronger than I give myself credit for. When I first started the workouts I was in some serious pain. Every muscle hurt! After a few days of consistency and pushing myself through each workout, the pain went away and I felt amazing. I started to sleep better at night. I am also seeing a huge difference in my progress photos and measurements (I will share my progress numbers soon!!). Also I find that 30 minutes is a manageable time frame to fit in my very scheduled day. My plan for the school year is to get up a little bit early and knock my workout out before I begin my day. I know when I get home I am going to have every excuse to not press play.
What kind of workouts do you do? How do you fit workouts in your schedule?