I started out the summer saying I was going to be starting the 21 Day Fix and I was really excited about it. I really wanted to love it as my friend had just completed 21 days and had found great success.
Ultimately what I found is that the 21 Day Fix isn’t what I’m looking for in a fitness program. I completed one round of it but then was so frustrated and had so many questions that I just couldn’t bring myself to go through it again. Some fitness programs work better than others on an individual basis, and while I’ve seen many people who love the program, the 21 Day Fix just isn’t for me.
Before I get to the things I don’t like about the 21 Day Fix, here are the things I do like:
Encouragement to eat “real” food
The 21 Day Fix embraces the whole foods movement and encourages participants to give up processed food and eat fresh. This was a little harder than it should have been at first, but as a result I do find myself eating more fruits and vegetables and feeling good about those lifestyle choices. On more than one occasion I have even found myself ordering a salad as an entree at a restaurant, which is something I never thought I would do!
I have a collection of workout videos but prior to receiving The 21 Day Fix Workouts, the only workout I’d ever enjoyed was Tae Bo. I found that I really enjoyed the workouts that are included with the program! A few reasons for my love:
- The workouts include very little – if any – jumping. I live on the second floor of an apartment building and can’t jump around for fear that our downstairs neighbors will think a herd of elephants has taken over.
- There is one participant who modifies ALL moves. Generally if something is too hard for me I will just sit there watching until I can join back in, but thanks to the modifications I was able to do entire workouts. And yes, you will still get your heart rate up with the modifications.
- There’s a countdown clock with each video, so you know exactly how many more minutes of torture remain. 😉
- The trainer (and alleged developer of the entire program), Autumn Calabrese, has a lot of energy and I found her motivating.
Eating well AND exercising are all anyone needs to lose weight, so for the most part the 21 Day Fix does well be encouraging participants in those regards.