21 Dude Fix Extreme – Day One

21 Dude Fix Extreme - Day OneToday I started my latest workout program – 21 Day Fix Extreme. I’m calling this 21 Dude Fix Extreme though.

There’s a tendency for fitness companies (and people) to pigeon-hole a workout program as a guy program or a girl program. When 21 Day Fix came out last year it was certainly marketed as a girl program. And hey, I went right along with it. I can fairly say that I rarely recommend the 21 Day Fix to a guy who I was helping to pick a program. That was, frankly, stupid.

I figured out how stupid at Coach Summit last summer in Las Vegas. One of the features of the Beachbody Coach Summit event that everyone talks about is the enormous group workout. Last year we had over 8,000 people gathered in the MGM Grand backlot to do two hours of early morning workouts with the top Beachbody trainers. We got some Chalene, some Tony Horton, some Chris and Jericho and, of course, some Shaun T. But we also got 20 minutes with Autumn Calabrese, the creator of the 21 Day Fix program, and I can say honestly, hers was the toughest, most demanding 20 minutes of the whole group workout. When I came home from Summit I tried some of the other workouts in the program and felt like a huge dork.

So, when 21 Day Fix Extreme was announced I made a commitment to myself to do the program. Today was Day One – Plyo Fix Extreme.

Let me get something out of the way first – the labeling of things as Extreme was vaguely silly and already overdone by the time P90X came out… back in the late cretaceous period. At this point in time it’s a little embarrassing. That said, what else are you going to call it? 21 Day Fix Super? Please don’t get hung up on the name of any program folks. Marketing people are silly. Fitness marketing people are extremely silly. It’s the content that counts, and the content here is superb.

Plyo Fix Extreme consists of five rounds (and one bonus exercise) with a warm-up and cool-down bookending the whole thing. Each round consists of two moves, or exercises, performed for 30 seconds with about 30 seconds of rest between. It moves fast, and you’re grateful that the moves last no more than 30 seconds.

Most of the moves are done holding weights. That ought to clue you in right there. Plyometric moves with weights in your hands. Woof.

Plyo Fix Extreme mostly targets your legs, but you can feel your core and arms getting involved as well. I was drenched at the end of it. I took it relatively easy and only held a 10 pound dumbbell in each hand this time through. I’ve got an old knee injury that I have to be cautious with, so I didn’t want to dive in too hard today. Next time I will definitely grab a heavier weight.

The thing I could see that was a definite opportunity to dudify this workout was to go for pretty heavy weights. Some guys are going to want to have a 20 pounder on hand for each hand, but if you do, watch your form.

I used the food portion system from the original 21 Day Fix starting last summer when I was doing T25 and I was really impressed with it. I could (and will) write a whole separate post about what’s very right about the 21 Day Fix portion system, and I was very pleased to see that they haven’t messed with it at all for this edition.

Day One Done. Twenty More To Go. I will keep you posted.

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