My Fav At-Home Workout: A Review of The 21 Day Fix

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So around the 4th or 5th time that I had to be taken out of a class at the Y because Greenlea wouldn’t stop crying in tot watch, I knew something had to change.  I wanted to get back in shape, but….how?

A few of my friends were posting on FB about “The 21 Day Fix” and how great they looked and felt and blah blah blah and I thought to myself, “yeah yeah, they look great . . . but I’d never stick to it.  It’d be a waste of money,” and then I’d go back to my giant bowl of popcorn and glass of wine.  One night I realized I had eaten an entire bowl of popcorn by myself (we’re talking a HUGE bowl…..with tons of butter if I’m being completely honest) while Zack was putting G down and I ordered the 21 Day Fix immediately after.  HA!

I started the workouts the very next morning (using the on-demand feature because the DVD’s hadn’t arrived yet) and?

I loved it.  I could do a workout in the morning (get it over with while G was eating her breakfast), and then be DONE for the day.  Each workout is 30 minutes – that’s it.  Even better: each exercise is 30-60 seconds and they have a timer for you to watch as you’re doing them.  If the move was more difficult I’d be staring that timer down . . . but 60 seconds and it’s over!
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I just do the workouts in the middle of my kitchen.  It’s a small space, so you don’t need lots of room.  You do need weights and a mat (and if you’re like me, you’ll need access to a door so you can run outside to cool off because you’ll be sweating your booty off).

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Before I saw any visible results, I felt so much better.  I slept better, had more energy, felt stronger, healthier . . . I even ate better because I was working out.   (Full disclosure, I did not follow the included nutrition plan.  It involves portion-control containers, etc . . . but it was the holidays and my mom makes really good cookies . . . and I really like wine . . . what can I say? )

I ended up liking the 21 Day Fix SO much that I moved onto the 21 Day Fix Extreme (the same general set up as the 21 Day Fix but more intense) and now I’m doing their Hammer & Chisel program (my goal is to gain some serious muscle by summer!).

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So here are the obligatory before and after photos . . .

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After

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It wasn’t easy to share these photos…but I realized that if I want Greenlea to love herself and her body then I have to practice what I preach.  My body is not perfect, but my goal isn’t to have a perfect body.  It’s to be happy with my body . . . to be healthy and feel healthy and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished – “flaws” and all! 🙂

XOXO,

Scotti

PS – If anyone wants to try out a Beach Body workout, I’d love if you’d use my affiliate link here.  Click on “Shop team Beachbody” for all of the different programs and starter packs.  If you don’t want to buy through me, that’s totally ok – but try them through someone else!  I think you’ll love them – I’m totally blown away by the results I’ve seen (due to the fact that this is a workout that I can actually do…with a baby…at home…YES.)

 

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28 Comments

  1. Danielle Elyse on

    Scotti, you were beautiful before and your after shots are amazing. What matters most is how you feel. Thank you so much for this post. Cheers, lady! Thank you for the motivation!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I have been using the 21 day fix and I love it. Can you tell us more about the food you are eating, are you restricting anything?

  3. Both your before and after photos look great to me! How you feel is most important. You are a wonderful example for your daughter.

  4. Thank you for sharing your review! I’ve heard lots of great things about the program but didn’t know if it was realistic with little kiddos underfoot.

  5. My husband and I have been following 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme for the last year! That is the amazing thing about it, it is a lifestyle change that can be sustained. Keep it up lady!

  6. Scotti….you look amazing …before and after….This takes guts…and you have them..Greenlea is lucky to have you as a role model..you have inspired me.xoxox

  7. A huge fist pump to you for sharing your photos and your review. You look great! My husband and I have been doing T25 and P90X3 for the last 6 months and we love them. Well, that is to say the workouts are really good and they are only half an hour. We can get up before the kids, workout, jump in the shower together (brown-chicken-brown-cow), and then start the Two Parents That Work Outside the Home machine – get the kids up, eat breakfast, make lunches, dress kids, deal with meltdowns, clean up puke, get out the door by 8:00, etc. I don’t know if I look much different, but I feel better. My play is more physical now. You should see my interpretive dance to the Doc McStuffins theme song!

  8. Yay! Thanks for the review! I was actually just googling “21 day fix” a few days ago to try to decide to purchase it or not – though I am more curious about the nutrition aspect of it. It’s great that you are loving your results and feeling strong! I also just wanted to share another source for quick at home workouts for mamas that might not have the money to purchase 21 day fix. If you go to fitnessblender.com or check out fitnessblender on youtube they share tons of workouts that are all free. They vary in length, type and intensity so there’s lots to choose from; you can search by specific parameters on their website. I’ve been working out with them since about June and have been really happy. Hope that helps someone. 🙂

    • Also, I forgot to add this before, the fitnessblender workouts are really free from instructor’s comments like “gotta get that bikini body!” or “you want to look good in those jeans!” I have a 4 year old girl who does the work outs with me so I’ve been picky about DVDS that make those kind of comments since I don’t want her internalizing the “gotta look good!” message. Scotti, do you mind my asking, how is 21 day fix for those type of comments?

      • I have the 21-day fix (just the regular one), and she does talk regularly about looking good. She is a bikini competitor, so… I try to avoid that/comment over it when my kids are around. The nice part is that there is a wide range of bodies in the video.

      • Honestly, I don’t remember her saying lots of comments like that…although she is a bikini competitor like Emily said. She does say things like “you can do anything for 60 seconds” and “if you’re tire of starting over stop quitting!” She says things to the effect that this will help you feel good in all areas of your life…so in general I actually like her a lot. I don’t remember though if she talks about bikinis or jeans, looking good, etc. Sorry! I hope this helps though! 🙂

  9. Question- if we order from your site Scotti, do we get the on demand feature? And are all the workouts on demand? My DVD player is kinda fritzy. Thanks!

    • Yes, I’m definitely interested in this as well but I’d just want the workouts you started with, preferably with the downloadable/on demand feature to get started asap. There’s a lot listed under 21 day fix… which one to choose? Thanks for some much needed motivation, Scotti!

      • Yes! If you click on my link and then “shop team beachbody” it will take you to all of the “packages.” If you get 21 Day FIx OR 21 Day Fix Extreme Essential package it will come with the DVDs and portion control containers. You can either wait for the DVDs OR start doing the workouts from your member library online (I use my computer, phone, iPad to do the workouts). The on-demand feature is free for the first month and then $39.95 per every three months after. If you don’t like the on demand feature you can just cancel and use the DVDs. I like the convenience of it so much though and you get access to lots of other workouts. Let me know if you have other questions!! 🙂 I’m so glad to see you guys are interested!

  10. Rock on, Mama! What a great role model for your daughter! Such an inspiration to others… both for fitness and motherhood!

  11. LOVE the 21-Day-Fix! I am a 46-year-old mother of two boys, 8 and 4. I have always been a tiny person, but have never felt strong and toned until I did this workout plan. It has changed the way I feel about myself and made me stronger, more energetic, and happier. And, I’ve been told that I look better than I did in my 20s (always nice to hear!). Ready to upgrade to the “Extreme” workout this week! PS I don’t do the full-blown eating plan, but do watch my sugar intake and be more conscious of what I’m putting in my body. Also drinking lots more water – something I didn’t like to do until I added a drop of too of lime essential oil – now I can’t get enough!

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