After purchasing this program and actually following it to a tee for three weeks, I decided to share my thoughts on the 21 Day Fix at-home workout program created by Autumn Calabrese. Is the promise of losing up to 15 lbs of weight loss in just 21 days realistic? It depends.
Here is my maybe a little too honest 21 Day Fix review of what I loved about the program and what I didn’t care for.
Who the 21 Day Fix is Perfect For
The 21 Day Fix is a seven days a week, three-week workout program. It’s not only designed to get you looking as good as you could possibly look in 21 days, it’s also about teaching you how to eat healthier and make exercise a part of your daily routine not just for 3 weeks of the program, but for life!
It’s a really wonderful program for the beginner and/or for someone who struggles with less-than-healthy eating habits. If you are someone who struggles with diets and just wants to learn how to eat right, keep reading.
The 21 Day Fix workout program by Autumn Calabrese was created to help you lose up to 15 lbs in 21 days through simple fitness and simple eating. Its Portion Control eating system and seven, 30-minute workouts each week are designed to burn calories and eat the right foods and quantity of. The unique aspect of this workout program is not so much the workouts but the simple nutrition plan. If it doesn’t fit into the color-coded container or isn’t listed in the eating plan, you don’t eat it. Simple!
Basically, your daily calorie intake will tell you how many of each color container you can eat per day. It’s better than calorie counting, because if it fits and it’s an approved food, you can eat it.
The Kind of Results I’ve Been Seeing
Will you really drop the amount of weight that is promised in just three weeks? It will depend on many factors,. If you have a lot of weight to lose and follow the included 3 Day Quick Fix, you could do very well. The most weight loss I’ve seen with this program in my challenge groups are from a man who lost 14lbs in three weeks, and a woman who lost 11lbs in three weeks. Both of these individuals stuck to the plan exactly, never missed a workout, followed the doubles schedule during week 3, and followed the 3 Day Quick Fix the final three days of their first round. It should also be noted they had more than 30 lbs to lose.
Who the 21 Day Fix is Not For
I initially included this section in my review that if you hate the word yah, you will never get past your first workout. It’s one of the trainer’s favorite words. The good news is that the workouts have either been edited or re-shot as I noticed, or rather didn’t notice single yah, during my more recent following of the program online. I didn’t hear her saying it at all, and if she did, it was not obvious. Exciting!!!
This is one of those workouts that is as hard as you make it. If you find the workouts too easy, simply bump up the weight or amp up intensity of the cardio workouts. After all, if you’re not challenging your body, you’re not going to change your body. So, up those weights…you will not get bulky!
The Trainer Behind The Fix
The trainer responsible for the portion-controlled eating and the shorter, approachable workouts of the 21 Day Fix is Autumn Calabrese. This mother-of-one and fitness competition competitor brings her own unique style to the table. After experience with trainers from Shaun T to Tony to Leandro to Sagi, Autumn is calmer and always reassuring, she is like your bff offering words of encouragement. She’s not in your face, which some will love, but I like a bit more of drill sergeant type trainer when lifting. I have had the opportunity to meet Autumn at a book signing in person, and I can say she is exactly the same as in her workout programs…one of the nicest and most encouraging people I have ever met.
There is a great concept behind the entire program, which is worth every penny. I also receive a lot of great comments about her training style, so I may be one of the few who finds her style less-than-exciting. Some people put her in the same boat as Tony Horton.
I almost forgot to mention this, but I was completely blown away that the 21 Day Fix is full of new and unusual workout moves. This includes interesting spins on classic moves that are not always the easiest to do, like the one-arm row in plank position…who knew they could be so tough. But one of the most challenging for me was the side plank leg raises….yikes!!! These moves are designed to hit your muscles from head to toe. As you can see from the picture above, each move has a modifier (Kat, in the blue shirt) so you can start off easier and progress or jump right in with Autumn with weights or even use a resistance band.
Just be sure to listen to how she explains the moves when she first introduces them and watch her demonstration, because there are a lot of background people in the workout videos who are not in sync. You could become a little confused about whom to watch with many of them performing the moves in slightly different ways based on their fitness level and ability.
Think you’ll have a hard time keeping up with the 21 Day Fix? Don’t worry!!! There will always be someone who is doing a less intense version than Autumn. If you’re having trouble keeping up or have bad knees, make sure to watch how that move is done.
What’s Included with Your 21 Day Fix Workout Program:
When your program arrives in the mail, you will open up the package and be surprised at how relatively compact everything is – at least I was. You’ll soon see that the Fix is not a starvation-based diet. Yes, the containers look small but you will be amazed at the amount of food that hits your plate. In fact, one of the most common concerns I hear are those wondering what to do when they can’t finish all their food for the day. This is what happens when you start eating healthy and stop filling your diet with empty calories.
Here’s exactly what’s included:
- The Workouts: The seven workouts are all around 30 minutes long, which really fit well into your schedule no matter how busy you are. No excuses! They are:
- Total Body Cardio Fix
- Upper Fix
- Lower Fix
- Pilates Fix
- Cardio Fix
- Yoga Fix
- Dirty 30 – Bonus workout
- The Portion Control System: This is the series of some really great, dishwasher-safe, BPA-free containers that are color-coded for a foolproof diet plan. Whatever fits into the container from the specific food group is what you’re allowed to eat. Here’s the breakdown of containers you’ll receive and what they’re for:
- One Green—Vegetables
- One Purple—Fruit
- One Red—Protein
- One Yellow—Carbohydrates
- One Blue—Healthy Fats and Cheese
- 2 Orange—Seeds and Oils
- Shakeology Shaker Cup—Shakes/drinks (which was in the dishwasher when I took the photo – sorry!)
- 21 Day Fix Eating Plan: An easy-to-follow, portion-control diet plan with plain and simple recipes. Think make-your-own spices to put on top of chicken breast.
- 3 Day Quick Fix: To jumpstart your weight loss or end with a bang, this is a three day diet plan designed to maximize fat loss and get you well on your way to a leaner, sexier you.
- 24/7 Online Support: This is something useful that comes with any Beachbody product you purchase. It’s great for whenever you’re looking for support and/or motivation to keep you going when things get tough.
How Much Food You Get Daily
Though you are not counting calories on an everyday basis with the 21 Day Fix, you will need to a little math to determine your calorie level. As you lose weight, you drop down levels. This creates more sustainable weight loss in the long run. Often programs cut calories too drastically, which makes them not sustainable and makes keeping off any lost weight more difficult.
Here is the basic caloric calculation for you to get an idea of how much food you get:
⇒ Take your current weight in pounds and multiply by 11 = your baseline calorie number.
⇒ Take your baseline calorie number and add 400 (calorie burn from the 21 Day Fix workouts) = this is your caloric need.
⇒ Take your caloric need and subtract 750 (this is the calorie deficit) = This equals your target calories.
Your target calories then gets matched to the 21 Day Fix provided calorie chart. The chart then tells you how many of each the containers you get per day. Simple. :)
What Equipment You’ll Need for 21 Day Fix
You will need some weights or an exercise band and a yoga mat to do the 21 Day Fix if you want the best results. If you’ve been away from exercise for a while, you may be able to get away with using your own body weight as resistance, but if you’re not in terrible shape, then the added resistance will help tone you up more quickly without getting bulky.
For beginners, I would recommend:
3, 5, and 8 pound dumbbells or a resistance band
5, 10, and 15 pound dumbbells or a resistance band
A yoga mat will also be of use to you when you do the floor moves. It’s not a necessity, but it’s a great investment – especially if you bruise easily.
21 Day Fix Results
I think these pictures tell the story of what you can really achieve in just just 21 days – not that I was big to begin with, but you can see the definition and fat loss.
Sorry about the before pictures above not being the best angle and the German Shepherd at my feet! As you can see from the pictures, I definitely toned up overall, especially in my shoulders and my abs that came out and can see my oblique muscles for once. My thighs got more definition from the program, which is good for me since that is where I have a tendency to store most of my fat. In the end I lost 5.3 lbs which was more than I expected since I did not have much to lose to begin.
Final Thoughts About the 21 Day Fix
The 21 Day Fix is an at-home workout program that will definitely get you in the habit of eating healthier and recognizing how much food you really should be eating at one sitting. It’s not the most exciting workout I’ve ever done (other people love the workouts…just see the comments below!), although it is very effective at getting you in much better physical and cardiovascular shape in just 21 days. Amazing!!!
So, whether you’re getting ready for an upcoming event or getting on the right track to reaching your greater weight loss goal through a lifestyle change, the 21 Day Fix is definitely a program to consider. It was designed with every fitness level in mind.
The eating plan is also very family-friendly. So much so that there is now the FIXATE cookbook: 101 of Autumn’s favorite, family-friendly recipes that are even color-coded for easy tracking of containers while you’re on the program! If you have growing children in your family, you obviously won’t need to control their portions. The Fix diet does focus on clean whole foods, which we all should be eating more of.
Pricing Update for 2018 with a New Trial Offer
How to Get the 21 Day Fix
You can now stream any Beachbody workout program and download/view program materials in digital format with Beachbody On Demand. With the June 1, 2017 update to the service terms and conditions you can now try the 21 Day Fix without paying a penny for 14-days.
With this membership program you also get unlimited access to current and future program releases. Here is the sign-up link(scroll down to the bottom right) to take advantage of the Beachbody On Demand trial.
The 21 Day Fix essential kit(which is what is reviewed in this post) starting price is just $59.85. Here is the link to order through Team Beachbody, which offers the best price online and will get you the Dirty 30 bonus workout for at no extra charge.
“Special Pricing on the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack” –
Another option for ordering the 21 Day Fix is the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack. This includes the essential kit and a bag of Shakeology shipped on Home Direct (monthly auto-ship). The HD shipping is a discounted shipping charge of only $2 that you cancel at any time. The Challenge Pack price is normally $160 and can only be ordered through Team Beachbody. This equals about a $70 savings than if you ordered the two products separately. With the challenge pack, you are getting the 21 Day Fix Essential for $10. :) You can’t get much better than that, and Shakeology is an easy healthy meal to fit into each day.
Purchasing the items separately would cost:
- 21 Day Fix base kit – $59.85 (value)
- Shakeology flavor of your choice on HD – $129.95 (value)
- Bonus workout DVD Plyo Fix – $19.95 (value)
- Free 30-day trial to the Team Beachbody Club – $11.96 (value)
The challenge pack is the best value for those who are looking to go with Shakeology. Plus, there is a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied for any reason.
Have a question about the program? Leave me a comment below and I will try my best to respond within 24 hours.