Over the weekend, Scott and I finished the 21DFX program. I will be honest and say that I’m glad to be done with it. I liked the challenge but wasn’t in love with it like Insanity Max 30.
LIKED: The use of the containers. At first that seemed a little intimidating keeping track of them and making sure to get the right portions in. It was really eye opening because at first look, I assumed that these containers were too small and that I would constantly be hungry. They are actually the perfect size and most times I became full before evening finishing full portions.
DISLIKED: Being so restricted on what I could and couldn’t have. That is the point of this program and it’s geared towards folks who are getting ready for a big event (dinner, wedding, vacation) and want to tone up and lose a few extra pounds. Since I wasn’t in that category, limiting some portions (like healthy fats) left me feeling frustrated and cranky.
LIKED: The workouts that incorporate resistance bands and light weights. These workouts are not intense despite the fact that the program is labeled as “extreme”. Anyone at any fitness level will be able to complete these programs with no worries. I enjoyed the workouts, some more than others, but I liked the use of weights and that the workouts were only 30 minutes long. It went pretty quickly.
DISLIKED: I felt like there wasn’t enough time between sets to set up with the resistance band. Most times I fell behind on those moves. I also didn’t have near the calorie burn that is mentioned. I can see doing these workouts paired with a higher intensity HIIT or cardio workout.
LIKED: That the program is only 3 weeks long. It’s a great intro program for someone learning about portion control and getting back into the swing of working out.
I lost between 5-7 pounds on this program, it fluctuates. Scott lost 6 pounds. Both of us lost inches in our waist as well.
I was surprised with my results. Since the workouts are not that intense I really didn’t expect to see much movement on the scale. I’m pleased with my results!
Overall, I enjoyed the program more once I made some adjustments to it. A lot of the challengers in my group, along with myself, found the program too restrictive and not sustainable so we adjusted to how we live our lives. Still seeing results with the workouts and sticking with the portions shows that the program does work and you will get the results you’re looking for.
Would I recommend this program to someone? Maybe if they were looking to lose a few pounds before an event. Otherwise I would suggest someone try out the original 21 Day Fix first and see how they like that.
My next group challenge starts in April and we are going to be focusing on self-care. Like making sure to get enough sleep each night and taking time to unplug during the day. If you are interesting in joining this FREE challenge, let me know and I’ll send you all the info!
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