21-Day Fix Day 5 The Ups/The Downs

Day 5 Report – read it and weep…the upside vs. the downside to the 21-Day Fix…

THE UPSIDE: Great Coaching PLUS Portion Control and Habit Change!

My coach is an athlete and clearly understand what athletes need to function well. She’s the highlight of this experience. She’s been there, done that, and her love of exercise shines through. She’s motivating and kind. (side note: I secretly plan to recruit her to Tabata Bootcamp…she would be an awesome trainer).

The shakes are delicious!! I could drink them all day…however due to sugar control, I only have 1 per day. So many shakes out there..so many powdered drinks…so many…it blows your mind.

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I am doing this with the Vegan Shakeology shakes, which are amazing! To this date, the best tasting shake on the market with the fewest crazy ingredients!

I’m now incorporating more veggies into my diet (green container be damned) and I’m less cranky and feeling more full.

I love that this program teaches habit change and portion control using a visual like the food containers. There is real value here and real-life application! It’s working for me and I know it has worked for many of my 21-Day Fix friends.

I’m 3 lbs. down in just 5 days…still guessing it’s water.

THE DOWNSIDE: The Workout DVD’s

I know should be considered a “Fitness Fussy”. I have been teaching fitness classes for too long and I know too much. So, I’ve been trying to put myself into the shoes of a person who is new to exercise or a non-mover.

Are these DVD’s appropriate for all levels? Absolutely NOT!

Half of the exercises serve no purpose (no functional movement) and present a real serious risk to a non-mover, seriously de-conditioned individual, or someone with a joint injury? Too many repetitions, and too much stress to hips, back, and knees.

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Is 30 minutes enough? Absolutely YES! Think quality of the workout, not quantity. A great 30 minute workout that incorporates HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) methodology is best for a shorter duration workout. Remember…shorter duration, higher intensity, better results!

Do these DVD’s offer HIIT Training? No…not in a way that would create enough of a post exercise increase in caloric expenditure…EPOC. Most of these are steady-state training methods, which is great, but nothing that will make a big enough difference for an athlete.

Do these DVD’s work for the non-mover? It depends. I would really caution a non-mover to consult with their doctor before attempting any of these workouts.

Now, I am doing the Fix Extreme version…not sure why…I think because I exercise for a living and absolutely love to move, so this is what my coach recommended. In other words, I am a freak of nature.

Crunches? Oh yes…they do…and oh no they shouldn’t! They clearly need to get updated on the fact that crunches don’t do anything for your abs and just aggravate your hips and cervical spine. When they start with the crazy abs, I grab my Bender Ball and do my own thing. Care to join me?

Pilates Fix? I was looking forward to this. I love Pilates. I am a science girl and not a yogi (although I love yoga), Pilates has always been my thing. Do I recommend this workout.. NO NO and NO!
Here’s why: for so many reasons, but let’s start with a totally out of date approach that leaves you feeling like you have totally killed your neck and hurt your back. With most exercises being supine/sagittal, this is not what Pilates is or should be in 2016. This is a sad attempt at best. Just avoid it and take a real Pilates mat or better yet, reformer class with a certified coach. Skip this one!

Upper Fix Extreme: Not so extreme, but it got better when I broke out the Kamagon and BOSU. For those that don’t know how to exercise..this is an okay place to start, but soon it will become redundant and even boring. Change it up!

Plyo Fix – So far, my favorite one! A short, but sweet combination of fun exercises that challenge the entire body. Add a BOSU or a ball…and Wow!

Strength Training is a must if you want to make real changes to your body. I love the body-resistance work, but I would like to see them preach more weight lifting. So..my friends, if you are doing this 21-Day Fix and have access to a great Body Pump class …for go the strength DVDs and get yourself into one of these classes STAT! Lifting light weights and using tubing are great additions to any well-rounded program…but not enough. Muscles need to be pushed.

Overall ranking 1-5 (5=awesome workout 1=totally ridiculous)

Plyo Fix Extreme: 4 – my favorite one so far!
Upper Fix Extreme: 2
Pilates Fix Extreme: -1 – for so many reasons, but let’s start with a totally out of date approach that leaves you feeling like you have totally hurt your back. With most exercises being supine/sagittal, this is not what Pilates is. This is a sad attempt at best. Just avoid it and take a real Pilates mat or better yet, reformer class with a certified coach.
Lower Fix Extreme: 2
10 min Hardcore: -1 So bad for the body…just skip it!
Cardio Fix Extreme: 2 – what if you have bad knees? Most of the exercises get the heart rate up, but move the body in an unhealthy way. There is no forethought here. I would rather just do Burpees for 15 minutes and call it good.

Today I am trying Dirty 30 and Yoga Fix. Due to a small stress fracture in my right foot, I need to hold off on the Fix Challenge until I’m walking without pain. All taped up and ready to rock today’s workout. We shall see.

I have 16 days to go and more to write. Stay tuned!

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