As you know, I started my 21 Day Fix Extreme challenge group with over 50 other challengers on February 23rd! I joined up with Autumn Calabrese and Carl Diekler and other Beachbody Coaches for a Flab to Fab group at the same time for extra accountability. I am telling you that Autumn Calabrese has done it again! If you don’t remember, the 21 Day Fix was a HUGE fitness and nutrition hit when it was released in Feb of 2014. As one of the BEST selling programs that Beachbody has released to date, the 21 Day Fix sold out in 2 days and was on a back order/pre-order fulfillment process for over 2 months! I know I was raving about it with everyone I met and as soon as others starting seeing results and achieving goals left and right, more and more people came knocking at the door. If you haven’t read about this GENIUS system, check out my 3 posts about it – What is the 21 Day Fix?, Why I tried the 21 Day Fix, and 10 Questions about the 21 Day Fix.
21 Day Fix Extreme Review: Overview
This new extreme version of the program will use the same concepts that are formed in the original 21 Day Fix but takes it up a few notches for a more advanced, extreme workout and meal planning system. There will be NO CHEATS, NO TREATS, but there will be a whole lot of SWEAT! If you are interested in an in depth recap of the differences with these programs, check out my description of 21 Day Fix Extreme HERE!
Just like the 21 Day Fix, you will still get and use those lovely 7 color coded containers for your daily meals and portion control management. These containers are all different sizes and colors. What they’ve done is make it easy on you to determine which foods and how much of them you should be eating each day to reach your fitness goals. Your container allowance per day is calculated based on your weight and an average calorie burn of 450 calories per workout (oh… did I mention you will be working HARD for that calorie burn… wait until we get to the workouts!). This is what a typical “EXTREME” day looks like for someone on the lowest calorie plan (1200-1499). That equates to the following container allowance:
3 Green – Vegetables
4 Red – Proteins
2 Purple – Fruits
2 Yellow – Starch/Carbs
1 Blue – Nuts & Cheese
1 Orange – Seeds & Dressings
2 tsp – Oils & Nut Butters
The same, right? Where it is DIFFERENT, is what you actually get to put IN those containers. Basically, Autumn removed all the “questionable” unclean, high fat, or high sodium items from the original Fix. What you need to realize though is making those slight changes really fine tune your nutrition and take your results up a notch!
21 Day Fix Extreme Review: Meal Plan Options
There are 2 options that you can chose from when completing the 21 Day Fix Extreme.
Countdown to Competition
The Extreme plan is using the structure for all 21 Days. Several of my challengers did the Extreme plan and got incredible results! The 2nd option you have is to use the Countdown to Competition plan. Here’s an idea of what a “Comp” day would look like in terms of containers for someone on the lowest calorie plan (1200-1499):
3 Green – Vegetables
6 Red – Proteins
1 Yellow – Starch/Carbs
3 tsp – Coconut Oil (or 1 blue container of avocado)
On this plan, you will eat 8 times a day! I really wanted to test myself so I decided complete the competition plan. I won’t lie, it was hard on some days but the more I did it, the more I loved it, and eventually my body was craving smaller portions of food more frequently which sped up my metabolism and increased my results! I highly recommend this plan if you are looking to get a shredded more defined look with your body. If you can eat on a structure plan like this… I say go for it! If anything, you can always revert back to the Extreme plan which is also very effective.
A typical competition day looks something like this:
6am - workout
8am – Protein (Shakeology)
9am – Protein & Carb
10am – Veggie
12pm – Protein
2 pm – Veggie
4pm – Protein
6pm – Protein & Veggie
8pm – Protein
With the 21 Day Fix Extreme Competition Plan, you will have 2 carb deplete days (“comp days”) and then you have a regular “extreme” eating day and then you carb deplete another 2 days followed by another “extreme” day, etc. You do that for the first 18 days and then the last 3 days are all carb deplete days to really give you that chiseled look!
21 DAY FIX EXTREME REVIEW: SHAKEOLOGY & TREATS
SHAKEOLOGY is also included with your challenge pack bundle. It counts as a red container which is one of your proteins. This makes one of those meals on your plan super easy to plan for! The difference here though is that you will use water as your liquid base. It’s ok… just keep telling yourself it is 21 days! You’ve got this!
As for Treats?! There are NO treats allowed with the Extreme plan. If you are following this plan to a “T” which is what will give you maximum results then that means you will be removing all zings and treats from your meal plan for these 21 rewarding days!
21 DAY FIX EXTREME REVIEW: WORKOUTS & WORKOUT SCHEDULE
So, if you’re thinking there isn’t really a difference between these programs, let me present to you the workouts! While their naming convention remains the same, these workouts are just as described EXTREME! They are going to work your body from head to toe. You will be doing Plyo, Upper, Pilates, Lower, Cardio, and Dirty 30 all with the use of WEIGHTS!
This is where things get turned up a bit as compared to the original 21 Day Fix workouts. The use of weights with cardio routines like this really increases the intensity of your workouts and the calorie burn you produce because your muscles are engaged the entire time. With the exception of Yoga, you will have weights in your hands 90% of the time. The workouts were by far, my favorite part of this program. They are THAT good!
21 DAY FIX EXTREME REVIEW: RESULTS
So, we’ve discussed the plan, the workouts and Shakeology… let’s talk about the RESULTS you can expect. I love my Beachbody workouts. I’ve completed 21 Day Fix, PiYo, Brazil Butt Lift, P90 and not 21 Day Fix Extreme! If you are familiar with these programs, you know that that line up is no joke and means BUSINESS!
Let me be the first to tell you, this program will deliver more results in less time than ANY of those! Take a look at my result below. If you want something fast and effective, this is the program to go with without a doubt!