21 Day Fix – Nutrition Is Baked-In

21 Day Fix – Nutrition Is Baked-In

Each of these programs is one I have personal experience with (as in, I’ve actually done the program, start to finish myself).

In my reviews I will tell you what I like about each, as well as what I didn’t like or struggled with. I will also give you my assessment of who each one might be a good fit for.

21 Day Fix¬†was the first program I used simply to be able to understand it and coach people through it. When it came out, I have to be honest, my level of skepticism was pretty well off the charts, and I was reluctant to recommend it for anyone until I’d put it through its paces.

I didn’t have an issue with the fact that it was an introductory level program. I was very much in agreement that Beachbody needed a program like 21 Day Fix in the catalog for people who need a starting point and aren’t ready for Insanity of P90X- type workouts. Where my radar went off was the portion control container system for nutrition.

These days I don’t hesitate to recommend this system to anyone.

The Good:

The workouts are, again, short. Each one is 30 minutes long, and over the course of 21 days you get a full body workout. Autumn Calabrese’s experience as a personal trainer and fitness competitor really shines through the design of the routines.

The portion system is also, in spite of my initial skepticism, brilliant. Once you have adjusted to working with the containers and planning your meals the system takes care of itself (there’s also a wealth of resources, from printed planners and trackers for sale on Etsy to a free iPhone app from Beachbody).

The real key to what makes the portion system work with 21 Day Fix is that it not only gets you to moderate your total consumption of food, but to broaden the quality of your overall nutrition. Most people will find they are eating quite a bit more fruits and veggies than they’ve ever eaten before. When you improve the quality of your diet in this way your body can’t help but respond positively.

The Bad:

Beyond one or two rounds the workouts can get repetitive, since there are only 7 routines. So for someone looking for a program to do for several months, this one can become a little tedious.

21 Day Fix is also a relatively easy set of routines. If you’re already athletic you’ll get more benefit out of the eating plan than the workouts. If you’re intermediate to advanced in your exercise skills you should probably go for a more difficult program.

The containers can be really difficult for people to embrace. The portion system has to be something you’re willing to trust the process on. If you’re not comfortable with doing at least some advance meal prep and planning the container system can be frustrating.

What You Will Need:

The workouts take a minimum of space and equipment. A resistance band and enough room to do push-ups in and move around a bit is really all you’ll need.

What’s the Best Way to Get It?:

21 Day Fix is included in the All-Access Beachbody On Demand package, however, if you go that route you won’t get the portion containers, which really are critical to the how and why of how this program works. For simplicity, if you’re just interested in 21 Day Fix and not other programs in the catalog, order the DVD kit and you’ll get the containers with it. Another option is to subscribe to Beachbody On Demand and order the containers separately, which can be done. But I would only go that route if streaming access appeals to you (and this is another great program for taking on the road, since it takes minimal space and equipment to do it) or if you’re interested in having access to the rest of the library.

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