Now for a topic that's highly controversial and generally shunned. No, not politics or religion. It's EXERCISE!
So far I am 12 days into my 21 Day Fix from Beachbody. I have to admit that while I enjoy moving my body, I didn't escape the creaks and groans associated with starting a new routine. Or should I say a more intense routine!
I'm accustomed to working out 2 or maybe 3 times a week at a fairly laid back pace. Thus, my work outs at the gym take about 1 hour. Honestly, I have not achieved close to the results in many months of this type of workout vs. 12 days on Beachbody. Yesterday I discovered a long long muscle, my Tibialis Anterior, plus a few spots on my arms that are not as wiggly as usual!
The exercises for the 21 Day Fix don't play around. You've got 1/2 hour. After that 1/2 hour you feel like you've done some work!
Plus, you get a different workout for each day of the week!
Beachbody 21 Day Fix Exercise
- SIMPLE FITNESS: 6 easy-to-follow workouts on 2 DVDs
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. But that's no excuse for taking it easy. 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.
- Upper Fix. Targeted resistance training helps shape your chest, back, shoulders, arms, and abs.
- Lower Fix. Firm and tone your entire lower body while you blast fat and burn calories.
- Total Body Cardio Fix. Keep your heart rate up and your metabolism revved high long after the workout is over.
- Cardio Fix. Get your heart pumping and your body moving as you melt away the pounds.
- Pilates Fix. Strengthen your core, elongate your muscles, and firm your hips and thighs.
- Yoga Fix. Improve your balance, flexibility, and strength as you help relax your muscles.
In addition, on the basic workout dvd you'll also get:
Dirty 30. 4 rounds, 8 exercises, and 30 to get in, get out, and get on with your day.
10 Minute Fix for Abs. In just 10 minutes, shape strong, abs to show off on the beach.
The Ultimate Package includes two bonus works outs. Barre Legs and Flat Abs Fix. I'm not quite there yet, but, I do plan on trying them eventually.
Equipment needed for the exercises are minimal. A mat, and either a set of light and heavier dumbells or a resistance band.
I enjoyed the majority of the routines. There was enough variety within each day's workout to hold my interest. I really appreciated the presence in each workout of one lady who gave you a modified form of the exercise to follow if you needed it. With the help of my coach, I was able to additionally modify some of the ab exercises until I was stronger. She also adjusted one exercise ("surrenders") that was just too painful for me personally into front lunges.
I can feel myself getting stronger. Plus I am beginning to be able to do more of the un-modified exercises while also increasing the dumbell weight amounts.
The only negatives for this WHOLE program is that I personally did not like the Yoga exercises and some of the outfit choices worn by the participants on the dvd. In spite of those two things, I will continue to use this dvd even after the 21 days are complete as the benefits outweigh these two drawbacks.
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