After having our baby in October of 2019, I knew I wanted to start working out again as soon as the doctor cleared me. I did some research and chose to start with 21 Day Fix.
What is 21 Day Fix?
This is a 3 week workout program with Autumn Calabrese. She has lots of workout programs. Her most famous one is probably 80 Day Obsession. I have not tried it yet, but would like to at some point.
Overall, I really liked this program. It served its purpose for me. It helped me ease back into working out slowing and safely. I would not say that this program is "easy" per se but very doable! I think almost anybody could do this program!
The workouts are 30 minutes long. Again, I am a busy mom with a newborn. Finding time to workout is not always easy. Having a good program that is 30 minutes or less is essential! It is the perfect amount of time for some self-care and doing something for yourself.
It is a short program, just 21 days. I liked that it was short so you could feel accomplished when you finish the program. There is a sense of pride when you finish anything! After working out with a program for 21 days, it feels good to cross that off and move on to something else. It also worked out really well for me to quickly squeeze this 21 day fix program into the calendar year before January started. If you are looking for a good place to start working out, this program is great for you!
I felt this program was repetitive. Autumn has 7 workout videos focusing on something different each day. For example, there is cardio fix, arms, legs, abs, pilates, yoga, etc. So each Monday you do the cardio fix video. Each Tuesday you do the upper fix, etc. It might not be a big deal to others, but I didn't like that. I don't like hearing the same jokes or phrases week after week. Part of this could be because Autumn has a workout video for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimester that I did throughout pregnancy so I got used to hearing her talk all of the time and continuously say the same thing :)
It is a short program. (This is a pro and a con) It is hard to see yourself physically changing and getting stronger with this workout program because it is only 3 weeks. I know multiple people that just repeat it over and over. I couldn't do that because I would get tired of this program. I like something with a little more variety.
No rest day. Because it is such a short program, there is no rest day built into each week's workout. It is fine for the three weeks, but I wouldn't want all of my workout programs to be this way. I enjoy not working out on Sundays.
When I went through this program, I lost 6 pounds and 2 total inches in just 3 weeks! Some of that was probably postpartum weight, but I was very encouraged! Along with doing this program, I did the nutrition plan that correlates called 21 Day Fix portion control. Overall, I did really enjoy this nutrition but it wasn't perfect. I have liked counting calories better.