Autumn Calabrese's 21 Day Fix - Essential Package
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- Lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days
- Easy-to-follow 21-day portion control system with 7 color-coded food containers
- 7 total 30-minute workouts on 2 DVDs
- Includes helpful resources such as the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan and 3 Day Quick Fix
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Autumn Calabrese's 21 Day Fix Base Kit
Meet the Trainer - Autumn Calabrese
Autumn Calabrese is a celebrity fitness trainer, busy mom, and national-level bikini competitor. She came up with the idea of a portion-control container system after watching a client eat an entire 1,300-calorie salad in one sitting because it was “healthy.” Autumn realized that supersized portions were hurting her clients’ weight-loss success because they were eating too much without knowing it. So she developed portion-control containers to help people see how simple it is to eat the right amounts and lose weight easily. And as a single mother, Autumn understands how hard it can be to fit exercise and healthy eating into a jam-packed schedule. So she created short but effective workouts that take only 30 minutes a day, along with a simple eating plan that doesn’t require you to spend hours in the kitchen.
Autumn Calabrese's 21 Day Fix - As Seen on TV!
Simple Fitness. Simple Eating. Fast Results.
It's not another diet. In fact, it's exactly the opposite. 21 Day Fix lets you eat! Only in just the right portions, so you don't feel miserable and deprived—but you can finally start losing weight.
What's the secret? Our seven exclusive containers. Each one is color-coded for a different kind of food, and pre-measured for the precise portion. You'll never have to 'eyeball' your measurements again—if it fits in the container, you can eat it!
Combine this eating plan with one 30-minute workout a day. That's all. It's that simple!
- 7 easy-to-follow workouts on 2 DVDs
- 7 Color-Coded Portion Control Containers plus a 25-oz Shakeology Shaker Cup
- Start Here Guide
- Eating Plan
- 3 Day Quick Fix
Simple Portion Control - No more calorie-counting. And no starving!
Forget about counting, cups, and calories. When it comes to losing weight, simplicity equals success. These seven color-coded containers and Shakeology shaker cup deliver exactly the right portions every time, so you never eat too much or (too little). Fill them up as directed in the Eating Plan - and you will lose the weight!
Green - Veggies
Purple - Fruits
Red - Proteins
Yellow - Carbs
Blue - Healthy Fats
2 Orange - Seeds and Dressings
Shakeology Shaker Cup - Drinks
Yes. The containers do look small! Just remember, when you receive your kit, you will calculate your target caloric level and corresponding meal plan. Based on that meal plan, you will fill the containers multiple times a day and eat several portions of certain containers. Once you start preparing your meals, you'll see how much food you actually get. You may feel as though you won’t be able to finish all your food at times, but you should for maximum results.
7 Color-coded portion-control containers plus Shakeology shaker cup
No more guessing about how much you should eat. Fill up the containers with your choice of food—if it fits, you can eat it!
Portion Control Containers
7 Workouts on 2 DVDs
21 Day Fix Eating Plan
3 Day Quick Fix
In 21 days, you can be beach-ready for a vacation. Look drop-dead great at your upcoming reunion. Or be well on your way-REALLY well on your way-to reaching a major weight-loss goal. And all you have to do is decide. Then let 21 Day Fix do the rest.
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I ordered the basic set (the Essential Package) for this new system the first day it was available to order, and I ended up doing the workouts for a little over a week before I ended up selling it. While the program is great, the workouts themselves were a bit too easy for me; if you're a beginner or an intermediate-level exerciser, though, I would definitely recommend this program. Beginners will find that this set is a challenge you can grow with, and intermediate exercisers will find themselves also nicely challenged.
If you love circuit workouts (as I do), you will love the workouts themselves, but just be warned that they can start to feel a bit repetitious, as I'll explain more below.
As mentioned above, I ordered the Essential Package, which comes with the following workouts:
* Upper Fix - one minute of an exercise, followed by 15 seconds of rest; two rounds that have five exercises in each round; you repeat the entire first round before moving into round two; Round 1: bent-over rows, transverse twist; push-ups, forearm plank; hammer curl to shoulder press; Round 2: lat pullover, circle crunches, chest presses, scissor twist, front lateral raise; this one really gets your heart rate up since it uses a lot of compound movements that use many of your muscles
* Lower Fix - four rounds with two exercises in each round + a bonus round; one minute of exercise followed by 15 seconds of rest; Round 1: side lunge to back lunge + squat knee raise; Round 2: curtsey lunge + calf raises; Round 3: split squats + sumo squats; Round 3: leg lift + quad raises; Bonus Round: fire hydrant leg press
* Total Body Cardio Fix - one-minute cardio intervals alternated with 20 seconds of rest; each round is repeated twice before you move on to the next round; Round 1: surrenders + side shuffles; Round 2: woodchops + X-country skiers; Round 3: weighted jog + weighted knee pull; Round 4: frog crunches + oblique crunches
* Cardio Fix -- one-minute cardio intervals alternated with 20 seconds of rest; the focus is on bodyweight circuits and there are 4 rounds + a bonus round where you pair a set of cardio moves; Round 1: jacks + high knees; Round 2: skaters + mountain climbers; Round 3: reverse lunges + burpees (but at a nice slow pace); Round 4: side lateral lunges + oblique knee pulls; Bonus Round: up and down planks
* Yoga Fix -- yoga workout
* Pilates Fix - this is meant to be an active recovery workout; it consists of one-minute sets of Pilates-inspired exercises, including an ab series, a plank series, a C-curve series, a booty series (which is very reminiscent of Windsor Pilates' leg workout), a superman series, and another short plank series
* Dirty 30 -- one-minute toning intervals alternated with 15 seconds of rest; each round is repeated twice before you move on to the next round; Round 1: alternating side lunge + renegade rows; Round 2: slow squat with upright rows + chest flye with leg raise; Round 3: squats with lateral raises + triceps kickbacks; Round 4: side/oblique bends + side planks with leg raises
* 10-Minute Fix for Abs -- short workout focused on the core
* Plyo Fix - -- bonus workout -- six rounds of plyo moves
Since I ordered my set through the Beachbody site, I received the Plyo Fix workout as a free bonus. You also have the option of ordering a bonus DVD that has two workouts on it: Barre Legs and Flat Abs Fix. (I didn't order this DVD, so I can't speak to what the two workouts are like.) The rotation guide includes suggestions for how to use Barre Legs and Flat Abs, but not the Plyo Fix workout.
The included rotation has you working out seven days a week, and you do the same workout each Monday, Tuesday, etc. For instance, each Monday you do Total Body Cardio Fix, each Tuesday you do Upper Fix, etc. There is the option during week three to do two workouts a day (which they suggest you split up to maximize fat loss) if you'd like to tone up more quickly.
When Focus T25 came out, I know that many of us were disgruntled 1.) because the workouts were actually a bit longer than thirty minutes since that didn't include the cool down times, and 2.) because one day a week you were supposed to do two workouts, bringing your total time to over an hour. I had been wondering if this new set would be the same way, but it isn't. Each one really is about 32 minutes long, and that includes both a warm-up and a nice cool down and stretch.
~~THE STYLE OF THE WORKOUTS~~
The workouts also each have a countdown timers on the screen, which I personally love since it helps me know where I'm at in the workout and how much more is left to do.
Each of the workouts also really seems to target the legs, and I watched an interview with Autumn Calabrese online where she said she does that on purpose since leg-intensive workouts burn so many more calories and more fat than workouts that don't target them quite so much. As an hourglass, I appreciated this focus on the lower half.
The workouts are also not "dancey," so they definitely should appeal to both men and women.
Everything is also mirror-cued, which is fantastic since it makes following along so much easier.
The only downside is that because each of the workouts follows the same circuit format, they got a bit boring/repetitious to me pretty quickly. (I have the same problem with the JNL Fusion workouts, since they all use the same format, too.) I prefer circuits that mix things up more, where you're not repeating each set so many times.
To do the workouts, you'll need:
* A mat
* Various pairs of dumbbells
You can also use a resistance band or two if you don't own weights.
I've been using my 3's, 5's, 8's, and 10's for all of the workouts.
~~THE INSTRUCTOR AND INTENSITY LEVEL~~
As far as the intensity level goes, I think that these are useable for all levels. I consider myself an advanced exerciser (my favorite workouts include Shaun T's offerings, anything from Cathe Freidrich, Sylwia Weisenberg's Tonique workouts, and Fusion Fitness' Dream Body DVDs), and while these aren't quite as intense as those, they still pack a punch. In terms of comparing 21 Day Fix to other half-hour workout programs, I think it's not quite as hard as JNL Fusion or Shaun T's Focus T25, so I didn't see noticeable results after two weeks of doing the program and following the eating plan.
Autumn leads each workout, and she does some of the exercises herself and also walks around and gives form pointers and encouragement to the background exercisers. (I mention this because I know that some people don't like it when instructors like Jillian Michaels don't actually do the workout themselves.)
In each workout, there is also a modifier so you can follow along with her. (I'm not familiar with her, but, from what I've read on a fitness forum, the main modifier Cat is in many Weight Watchers workout videos.)
There is also a nice variety of background exercisers who come in all shapes and sizes. It's also not just targeted to women since there are men in each workout as well. Each exerciser is also mic'd up, and it's fun to hear their comments.
Autumn herself gives great form pointers and is very encouraging and motivating.
~~THE CONTAINERS/MEAL PLAN~~
The idea behind the containers is that you calculate your energy/food needs (based on your current weight), and then you're allowed to each a certain number of container portions each day based on your caloric needs. For instance, I'm allotted three green containers each day, two purple, etc.
The containers represent the following types of food:
* Green -- veggies -- 1 cup
* Purple -- fruit -- 1 cup
* Red -- protein -- 3/4 cup -- [NOTE: this used to include quinoa, beans, and lentils for vegans/vegetarians when I did the program, but it sounds like, as of September 2014, beans and lentils are now in the yellow category]
* Yellow -- starches and carbs -- 1/2 cup
* Blue -- healthy fats and cheese -- 1/3 cup
* 2 Orange -- seeds and oils -- 2 tablespoons per orange container
* Teaspoon - oils and nut butters; it doesn't come with a teaspoon since you're meant to use one you already own
* Blender/shaker bottle for protein shakes
For each container color, there is a corresponding page in the Eating Plan booklet that lets you know which foods belong to that group and how much of that serving size should fit in that container.
The Eating Plan booklet also comes with maybe 15 or so recipes.
Also, I had been worried about being able to use the containers/meal plan since I'm vegan, but they are definitely vegan- and vegetarian-friendly since you basically use your own foods to create your meals.
There's really not much I don't like about this set, except for the fact that the workouts weren't quite challenging enough for my level.
The warm-ups are also a bit too similar in each workout, but that's a minor annoyance.
The main annoyances are the usual Beachbody ads, which come at the start of each workout and the end. I have having to listen to these, so I skip over them, but they're still annoying.
As mentioned in my title and at the start of my review, this is a good set if you're at the right level. The food containers are also a nice way to manage your food and practice portion control.
If you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section and I'll do my best to answer them. '
EDITED ON 5-10-14: I added in the portion sizes to the information about the containers.
UPDATE ON 1-7-15: If you're looking for a more advanced program, the advanced version of 21 Day Fix is supposed to be available on February 2. From what I have read online, it's supposed to have more intense workouts and a stricter eating plan.
UPDATE ON 7-16-15: Beachbody just released a new cookbook that Autumn Calabrese wrote called _Fixate_, where every recipe is coded to let you know how many containers it uses per serving. It's supposed to be available here on Amazon on August 8. I've ordered a copy, and will be sure to provide a review once I've received mine. I'm hoping that it makes the meal planning easier!
Here are the pros and cons as I see them:
1) Teaches you about portion control and helps you realize what foods you might be eating too much of and those you might not be eating enough of.
2) Varied types of exercise that help you to not get too bored.
1) Annoying and constant ads from BeachBody.
2) Requires a lot of prep work for the food portioning
4) No rest days for the exercise
5) Not a realistic way to eat/exercise for a long time (it doesn't claim to be, however)
I'd say that my recommendation for the program is that if you are totally unfamiliar with portion control, clean eating, and exercise then this might be a good way to get started. This program might also be beneficial to those who are trying to jump start their motivation and get themselves back on track.
The thing is, you can't stay on the program forever. You could do another round or two, but even the instruction booklet states that you should not eat this way for too long as, "it can be unhealthy".
In the end, any program that has you exercise 7 days a week and eat balanced and portion controlled meals is going to be beneficial. There's nothing magical about the 21 Day Fix and you'll lose any benefits if you go back to eating the same way you did before you started the program.