This past Saturday I finished my first round of a new Beachbody program, 80 Day Obsession. Now, for those of you who haven’t heard about it yet, 80 Day Obsession is just that: 80 days of being obsessed with clean eating and solid workouts. It’s also a program that’s built to target the abs and booty specifically, although I feel like overall it was a full-body toning situation. Every workout is different, which keeps it interesting, and they’re all filmed live, so you see the struggle of the entire cast.
First off there are a few things you should know:
- I did every. single. workout. Even when I was sick I made it happen.
- I did NOT do the eating plan, although I did use the containers to get my portion sizes back in check. I didn’t do the eating plan because I have a past of disordered eating and I know that I could easily fall into that again if I get too stringent with food rules.
- You don’t need to join a challenge group with a Beachbody coach (I did not) to do the program; however, if you struggle with motivation to do the workouts or to follow the eating plan then it might be a good way to get that extra dose of encouragement.
- As such I did not use Beachbody’s whole line of supplements (Shakeology, Energize, Recover, etc) nor did I buy the sliders and bands required for the program from them either. I got my sliders from Academy (sorry, can’t find the link), and these are the bands I purchased from Amazon.
Because I know this is everyone’s favorite part – i.e. the “did it actually work?” part – I’m going to start here. I’m also not going to be sharing exact numbers outside of inches lost because I know that for so long it was a huge trigger for me with disordered eating and body dismorphia, sooooo…sorry if that’s what you came for. You’ll also notice that there’s no before and after photo, and that the picture at the top is just me in some clothes I wore on Saturday.
Before you ask what gives, you have to know that for me – and even what they preach in 80 Day Obsession – the non-scale victories are what matter the most. Those are things like being stronger in a certain move than the first time you did it, going up in weight, ability to carry my kids further or for a longer period of time, sliding into a new pair of pants. So while the photo above may seem dumb, the reality is that for me it represents going down two pant sizes (and even these pants being a little too big in the waist). I could just as easily have shown you a photo of me in a few pairs of my workout shorts that are now too big and practically fall off when I’m needing to run or jump.
Over the course of 80 days my final results were losing 13 inches all over my body, wearing pant/dress sizes smaller, do full-out pushups, and a huge amount of growth in my ability to lift heavy weights. In fact, by the end of the program, I really should have been lifting heavier…I just didn’t have the heavier weights available to do so. Pretty good problem to have! However, one of my biggest wins was the fact that I really did stick hard and fast to something for 80 days. I have friends who can tell you I didn’t want to, but I did it and that has taught me so much about the power of willpower! Non-scale victories are the best!
80 DAY OBSESSION PROS
- IF you do the program as it’s meant to be done, you will absolutely see results.
- As a former NASM and CI certified personal trainer, I really appreciated the programming in that it focused on a variety of moves: compound, balance challenges (so important), functional movement, cardio, etc. When you’re committing to 45-60 minute workouts, you want to get the most bang for your buck and I feel like overall it delivered on that.
- You will experience non-scale victories that will lead to a stronger, more motivated you from the inside out. That sounds cheesy, but I’ve found it to be true. It will be hard, but when you stick to it you will enjoy the way you feel!
- The containers will help you reign in portion sizes. I used them to do that, although I’ve been sticking with my intermittent fasting way of eating vs. the timed nutrition aspect from the program.
- The videos are filmed live and Autumn Calabrese (the trainer) does the full workout with you. This is HUGE for me because I absolutely cannot take a trainer seriously who doesn’t do the full workout. In this program she does, and I really appreciated that.
80 DAY OBSESSION CONS
- It does require a little more to start up (sliders, bands, a good range of weights) than a normal Beachbody program, and I don’t think that all of the supplements are necessary. Of course a coach and the cast of the program swear up and down that they are, but I disagree.
- Autumn gets a little annoying about 4 weeks in. The same old jokes, the same silly song references, etc. The way she corrects form is great, her instruction and motivation is great, but after a while it gets a little hard to listen to day in and day out. I muted her and cranked up the music a LOT.
- I would have preferred more cardio. I’m not a cardio queen and I don’t want to train for any kind of race; however, I just love the way cardio helps me from a mental standpoint and it was hard to not have the extra time after the workouts to do 20 minutes of jogging or something. Just my preference, but I really missed cardio!
- Some of the moves were hard on my joints, mainly my wrists. Luckily I was able to modify even more so than the modifier, but if you have major joint issues you’ll definitely want to check with a doctor before you start this program.
- This isn’t necessarily a con, but I will note that you really need to have some kind of a base of fitness before starting this program. It’s not one you can go from couch potato to just hopping into from nothing in my opinion. It would be safer to do another Beachbody program, like the 21 Day Fix or something, before jumping in with 80 Day Obsession.
SO WHAT AM I DOING NEXT?
I mentioned up there that while I have definitely seen results that I’m really proud of (and of course want to keep going with), I just can’t deal with 80 more days of Autumn at the moment. She puts together amazing programs and I really respect her work, but the personality while on camera really started to wear me down. So I’ll likely be doing another round in the Fall, but definitely not before then!
My plan is to do Shaun week this week (another program on Beachbody on Demand), which is really cardio-focused, and then start next Monday with P90X. P90X is an older program, but I have always wanted to do it and now I have the confidence that I could complete it and have more great results! A lot of my Instagram followers have asked for more fitness-related content, especially on my stories, so I’ll be working to deliver that for you guys there. If y’all have any questions that I didn’t answer, though, please just drop a comment below and I’d be happy to answer! Also, if you are looking for a Beachbody coach, I know a few that I’d be happy to recommend!