21 Day Fix vs 30 Day Shred: Which One Gets Results?

(Last Updated On: December 8, 2018)

When it comes to 21 Day Fix vs. 30 Day Shred, which one is better? You can get stellar results from either one if you’re following a healthy diet and consistently do the workouts.

The Trainers

Either one of these ladies will whip you into shape with their expertise, encouragement, and tough love.

21 Day Fix: Autumn Calabrese

Autumn Calabrese is one of Beachbody’s celebrity trainers. She’s created several programs with them, including 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, and 80 Day Obsession. She’s also a cookbook author and has her cooking show (Fixate) on Beachbody on Demand.

30 Day Shred: Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels is a personal trainer, author, and businesswoman. You may recognize her from The Biggest Loser, where she whipped contestants into shape on television.

To me, the trainers are relatively similar in 21 Day Fix and 30 Day Shred. I think Jillian’s more to the point while Autumn can be chatty, but both of them will push and motivate you. Both are going to encourage you and make you keep going even when you don’t want to. They don’t sugar-coat things, and they don’t have the perky cheerleader demeanor that some fitness instructors embrace.

Jillian has more of an intense presence, which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your preferences. I have a slight preference for Autumn’s slightly perkier demeanor but feel that Jillian is a bit better at cueing and giving instructions on the form. Beginners will be fine with either one, though.

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The Workouts and Schedule

With 30 Day Shred, you get three workouts. Each workout is considered its own level and each one is more intense than the last. My first thought was, “How boring!” but really, it’s just a little over a week before a new challenge comes along. Nothing you can’t handle.

Each 30 Day Shred workout is broken into three parts: strength, cardio, and abs (plus warm-up and cooldown). Each round is three minutes of strength training, two of cardio, and one of the abs. You’ll need a mat (if you’re working out on a hard surface), some dumbbells, and water.

With 21 Day Fix, you get more variety. There are several different workouts:

  • Total Body Cardio Fix
  • Upper Body Fix
  • Lower Body Fix
  • Pilates Fix
  • Cardio Fix
  • Dirty 30
  • Yoga Fix
  • 10-Minute Fix for Abs
  • Plyo Fix (when you order from a coach)

You’ll be working out every day with 21 Day Fix, though some days aren’t as intense as others. There’s an option to double up on your workouts during the last week of 21 Day Fix for maximum results.

With 30 Day Shred, some people do 10 days straight of each level, while others work in a rest day after every six days of working out. Listen to your body; if you want to go straight through for 30 days, do it. If you need rest days, take them.

Length

All of the 21 Day Fix workouts are 30 minutes long, except for a 10-minute ab workout. The 30 Day Shred workouts are only 20 minutes long.

Always short on time? Do 30 Day Shred.

Like working out for 30 minutes each day? Do 21 Day Fix.

Intensity

I would call these – medium intensity, with the 30 Day Shred scoring just a bit higher on that front due to the lack of rest time. Both are good for beginners who don’t mind pushing themselves and want to incorporate strength training and cardio into their routine.

Both are challenging, but they have to be to get you results.

The Price and Where to Buy

So…where do you find these fabulous workouts?

Buy 30 Day Shred

It’s definitely easier to get your hands on 30 Day Shred with no strings attached. You can just pick that DVD up on Amazon or any number of stores, including secondhand stores. You can expect to pay $10.00 or less no matter where you go.

If you’re not a fan of accumulating a lot of DVDs and like all things digital, Amazon’s Prime Video has you covered. You can purchase the workouts in the SD format on Amazon and still pay about the same price. Each “episode” is a level, and there are three levels. Check out the latest prices on Amazon.

Buy 21 Day Fix

With 21 Day Fix, it’s a little more complicated. You’ll need to purchase through Beachbody (unless you find it used online somewhere, like eBay). With Beachbody, you can purchase the DVDs as part of a package (two DVDs, an instruction guide, and portion control containers, plus bonuses) for around $60.00, plus shipping. Going through a coach gets you bonuses and extra support.

Another 21 Day Fix option is the challenge pack (prices vary by the pack and any specials they have going on at the time, but usually between $140.00 and $160.00). You could also go with a subscription to Beachbody on Demand (prices vary based on the duration of the subscription, but you can get a 14-day free trial). Check out the latest prices on Amazon.

Guarantees

With the Beachbody programs, you get a 30-day money back guarantee (less shipping and handling) and a free trial. That’ll get you through all or most of the program, so you can make an informed decision about whether you’d like to keep going.

With 30 Day Shred, there’s not really a guarantee outside of a store’s return policy, but you’re investing a whole lot less when you purchase that DVD. And while there’s no guarantee, a quick scroll through the reviews on Amazon alone will show you the results people have gotten from using these workouts.

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What to Eat: Meal Guides

If your diet’s not already pretty free of junk food, processed foods, and added sugar, you’ll need to clean it up to maximize your results with 21 Day Fix or 30 Day Shred.

Trial and Error

With 30 Day Shred, you’re pretty much left to do your own research and decide what to eat and how much of it you should consume, so some trial and error may be involved.

Step-by-Step Instructions

With 21 Day Fix, you get containers and a chart that tells you how many of each container to eat in a day. You’ll create your meal plan from that (you’ll get recipes, too—especially if you go the Beachbody on Demand route and get access to the Fixate show). The meal plans are based on your current body, goals, and the workouts you’ll be doing.

Side-by-Side Comparison

If you’re still debating between 21 Day Fix vs. 30 Day Shred, maybe this breakdown will help:

21 Day Fix

30 Day Shred

Trainer

Autumn Calabrese

Jillian Michaels

General vibe

Tough, but motivating, a little upbeat; music is nothing special but helps with the timing of the lifts

Tough, but motivating, more tough love than 21 Day Fix; music is nothing special but helps with the timing of the lifts

Intensity

Moderate

Moderate

Duration

30 minutes per day, 21 days

20 minutes per day, 30 days

Schedule

21 days straight

Ideally, 30 days straight, but if that’s too intense, take rest days when you really need them and then continue until you’ve done 10 days of each level

Variety

You get at least eight workouts, but bonuses (Barre Legs, Flat Abs Fix, Dirty Dozen, and Cardio Core Remix) are available if you go through a coach, buy the Ultimate Package, and/or sign up for Beachbody on Demand. Be sure to verify with the coach or representative which bonuses you’ll be getting.

Three workouts

Price

Varies based on challenge pack and/or subscription to Beachbody on Demand, but it’s around $60.00 for the DVDs

Under $10.00

Nutrition

Very detailed guidelines, but you still get flexibility in the meals you decide to create

No nutrition program is included

Where to Buy

Beachbody.com or through a Beachbody coach

Amazon, Target, Walmart, eBay

Beginner-friendly

Yes

Yes (limited modifications)

Options

DVD or streaming through BOD (with or without a challenge pack)

DVD or streaming through Amazon

Equipment needed

Light (usually 3 to 5 lbs) and heavy dumbbells (usually 8 to 15 lbs), mat (optional)

Dumbbells (usually around 3 to 5 lbs), mat (optional)

21 Day Fix vs. 30 Day Shred: Which One?

With consistency in workouts and special attention to your nutrition, you can get fantastic results from 21 Day Fix or 30 Day Shred. Here are some things to consider:

  • Do you want DVDs or streaming?
  • What are you willing to pay?
  • Which trainer will motivate you?
  • Do you need your meal plan carefully laid out for you and like the idea of using the containers?
  • Is it essential for you to have a community to back you up, cheer you on, and keep you motivated?
  • Do you like the idea of buying into 21 Day Fix but having other options for later (this is an option with Beachbody on Demand but not the DVD package)

With minimal equipment and serious commitment on your part, you can get results from either one.

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