This post marks the end of day 2 in my quest to help answer the question: Is the 21 Day fix for men too? I am following the program and workout schedule exactly as it is laid out and intended to be followed. I am hoping to see a reduction in my body fat along with some overall weight loss. Men and women in the test groups have achieved amazing results, and some of my clients have too! Now it is my turn, I want to get my abs to make a more defined appearance!
Day 2 of the 21 Day Fix:
Today was day 2 on the 21 Day Fix Schedule. I slept really well last night. It didn’t hurt that I was really tired from the night before when I only got about 4 hours of sleep. I woke up today at 5:35 AM and immediately noticed that my legs were a little weak and tired from yesterday’s 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio Fix workout. Sore muscles are a great thing because it means they are building. If you are not sore from your workouts, you probably aren’t pushing hard enough.
Day 2 at home DVD workout:
The 21 Day Fix day 2 workout is the 21 Day Fix “Upper Fix”. This workout has a heavy focus on the upper body with a focus on the arms and abs. Autumn Calabrese instructs you to select a light weight and a heavy weight. I selected 8 pound dumbbells for my light weight and 15 pound dumbbells for my heavy weight. This turned out to be a good choice for me. You can also use resistance bands or b-line bands to do this work out if you don’t have dumbbells.
The workout was just shy of 32 minutes in length and started out with the same warm-up used in the Cardio Fix workout. You then move into 2 rounds of 2 sets of upper body and ab exercises. Each exercise is 1 minute in length. This workout worked the shoulders, bicep, triceps and chest as well as the abdominal region. My arms were tired when I finished so this was no joke. I think the 8 pounds I used for the light weight was about right, but I may consider upping my heavy weight from 15 to 20 pounds next week. Once again, this workout did not disappoint, and I appreciated the pace and the short 15 to 20 second rest between each exercise. Through 2 days of the 21 Day Fix, I am pleased with the workouts.
Today’s Fitness Stats:
- My average heart rate during Upper Fix workout: 130 BPM
- My max heart rate during Upper Fix workout: 163 BPM
- Calories burned during Upper Fix workout: about 345
- Steps on fitbit pedometer during Upper Fix: about 450
- Total steps count today: > 10,000 (it was a little cold and windy, so I was not able to walk as much as I would have liked to. Targeting 15,000)
Nutrition: Day 2 of the 21 Day Fix:
I ended up eating almost the same thing on day 2 that I ate on day 1. During a busy work week, this just seemed like a good idea to stay on track and simplify the process and planning. I started the day off by drinking my chocolate Shakeology blended with ice and water. I added a mini 100% wheat bagel with almond butter. I had an apple for my morning snack and made a salad with chicken breast and vegetables for lunch. It certainly helped that my wife made me 5 chicken breasts last night that I can now use throughout the rest of the week. I love grilled chicken with a light seasoning. For my afternoon snack I had some strawberries, raspberries and almonds. My supper was a steak with baked potato and vegetables. You can see more of how my foods fit into the program below.
Once again, I drank over 80 ounces of water to help me stay hydrated and maintain that full feeling. Finally, even though I do not believe in taking vitamins, I prefer to get my vitamins naturally from Shakeology and natural foods, I took a multi-vitamin and Lutein. I really like that this program simplifies the eating process and eliminates the need to count calories. Instead the 21 Day Fix includes color coded containers to determine your portions throughout the day. I find this to be much easier than counting calories.
Click on the image below to see what I ate on day two of the 21 Day Fix:
Day 2 Mood & Feelings:
Overall, day 2 was just as good as day 1. I got a good honest workout in and followed the nutrition plan as laid out. I had plenty of energy to get through the day, and the only time I felt any kind of hunger was about 30 minutes prior to lunch. Just like on day 1, I felt very satisfied just from eating good clean healthy foods.
In addition to the 21 Day Fix scheduled workout, I also took two 20 minute walks during my breaks at work and today I remembered to wear my fitbit pedometer.
I think it would be wise anytime you are trying to improve your nutrition if you would prepare some of your foods ahead of time and simply re-heat it, or eat it cold. We decided to make chicken breasts, quinoa, and hard boiled eggs to have on hand for the week to speed up prep times. We also made extra pork chops and steak that can be used throughout the week as well. The easier you can make your food prep, the better chance you will have at seeing success!
Check back tomorrow for my Day 3 experience!