The 21 Day Fix is one of the most popular weight loss regimens, ideal for practically anyone but mostly marketed towards women. The 21 Day Fix is a BeachBody program created by Autumn Calabrese, a celebrity trainer that is known for her simple yet effective take on nutrition and fitness.
The 21 Day Fix is surprisingly successful compared to other health & fitness regimens. Many find that the simplicity of the dieting portion of the 21 Day Fix is why this particular program tends to do very well.
What Does the 21 Day Fix Come With?
Beachbody really sets up followers for maximum results by providing almost everything needed in a kit that is mailed to you when you sign up. The basic 21 Day Fix Challenge kit comes with:
- 7 portion control containers
- 6 different 30-minute workout plans
- Beachbody Dirty 30 bonus workout
- The 21 Day Fix Quick Start guide
- The 21 Day Fix Eating Plan
- The 3 Day Quick Fix Guide
- A Shakeology shaker cup
- 24/7 online support
With the way this program is setup all you really need on your side is a way to watch the workouts and some weights.
What Do You Need to Provide?
Thankfully there are very few things you need to provide yourself.
First off, you should have a DVD player and a television. The workouts included in the 21 Day Fix are all in DVD format. That being said, Beachbody does have their BOD service or Beachbody On Demand, which is a streaming service for workout videos.
You can use this for your daily workout needs if you don’t have a DVD player. Technically even if all you have is a tablet or smartphone you could use BOD streaming from either in place of a TV altogether.
BOD is currently available online through vast majority of computers, phones, and a tablets. You can also access it through the streaming services like Amazon TV, the Amazon Fire stick, Chromecast, and Roku. There is little argument that it’s easier to watch the workout programs on a large TV screen, but the ability to stream from a phone or tablet is very useful if you’re traveling.
Once you have a means of reliably watching your workout videos, it’s important that you have everything you need to actually complete the workouts.
Most of the 6 workout programs require dumbbells, though you could possibly use resistant bands. That being said, dumbbells are more versatile and really aren’t expensive to purchase.
In fact, chances are you could find some dumbbells for quite cheap at garage sales or online via Craigslist or the Facebook Marketplace.
The weight of the dumbbells you will need come down to your current fitness level. You will need two different sets of weight – a Light set and a Heavy set. The Light set should be challenging enough that you are exercising, but not so heavy that you’re exhausted before the workout is over.
For most people the Light set should be in the 3lb to 8lb range while the Heavy set should be in the 8lb to 15lb range. Don’t take on a weight that is too heavy! This will only slow your workout progress and lead to potential injury.
It’s helpful to visit a store with dumbbells for sale to judge for yourself what each weight feels like. Even though 10lbs doesn’t seem like a lot, with repetitive motion you’ll be tired more quickly than you anticipated. Also, for personal comfort or if you worry about developing calluses, consider dumbbells that are coated in rubber instead of being bare metal. This will only prevent any hardwood or tile flooring from being scratched.
A recommended but not required additional piece of equipment is a yoga mat. This could be an inexpensive yoga mat purchased online from Amazon or bought in store at Walmart.
Yoga mats can be surprisingly pricey but for the needs of this program you really only need an elementary-level mat. You could also purchase the Beachbody Core Comfort Mat if you’d like. These mats will be useful anytime you’re working out on the floor and for the Yoga Fix workout as well as a good portion of the Pilates Fix workout.
Other useful items to make your experience a better one would be some soft towels on hand if you’re really working up a sweat and some comfortable workout clothes. Regular hand towels are a great size for grabbing and quickly wiping sweat from your brow between sets. As far as workout clothes go, there isn’t any right answer. Since you’re working out at home you could wear whatever you would like.
The workout included are surprisingly intense and therefore having sweat-wicking clothes designed for working out is a great route. You can find activewear for relatively cheap at places like Walmart and Target.
Women should consider purchasing one or two sports bra rather than working out in a regular underwire bra. Sports bras offer much more support which means less distraction and far great comfort when the workout get you moving. Having two bras is useful since one can be washed while the other is being worn.
Again, there is no need to spend a lot of money on sports bra. As long as you find one designed for medium- to high-impact exercise and the band is snug enough to keep your comfortable, it should be fine.
The Yoga and Pilates Fix workout could potentially be done barefoot, particularly for the former, but otherwise you should wear shoes. Shoes keep with maintaining good balance and stability, not to mention they keep your toes safer in the event you drop a weight. These shoes could be any type of comfortable, well-fitting active shoe.
To recap, for a great experience with the 21 Day Fix all you need to provide is:
- A DVD player and TV (or a means of streaming BOD online) *required*
- Two sets of dumbbells (pair of Light and pair of Heavy) *required*
- An inexpensive yoga mat *recommended but not required*
- Comfortable, non-restrictive workout clothes
- A pair of shoes/trainers
The 21 Day Fix is a great way to help you lose fat and get more active. The workouts are all very specifically designed to work for a wide range of people and each workout will have one participant showing an easier modified position.
Even if you are far from being fit and are concerned you won’t be able to follow the workout program, don’t stress yourself out about it. Just ensure you stick strictly to the dieting recommendations and follow the modified workouts whenever you can.
As far as the diet portion goes, the color-coded portion control containers make it incredibly easy. All you need to do is go grocery shopping and make meals. Naturally you will also need some kitchen space and a stove for cooking recipes. With the widespread success of the 21 Day Fix, there are literally thousands of delicious recipes out there that are only a simple Google search away.
If you aren’t into cooking at all there are still plenty of ways to make it work. The method of using color-coded containers is also very useful for busy individuals, whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a student, or your work in a fast-paced office with short lunch breaks.