Welcome to my 80 Day Obsession "Live" Blog!
This is my real life, real world review and progression through the 80 Day Obsession program by Autumn Calabrese / Beachbody. Blogging it in this format helps keep me accountable and motivated to finish! I hope you enjoy, and I hope I get some great results! Cheers!
Full disclosure - I am NOT affiliated with Beachbody. I am NOT a Beachbody coach. I was not given early access to the program like some of the other reviews you may see. I was not given equipment, nutritional supplements.... I wasn't given anything. Just like most of you. And I'm ok with that. That's what makes this real!
The equipment - Bands (light, medium, heavy resistance), Dumbbell hand weights (light, medium, heavy resistance - I have 7lbs, 10lbs, 15lbs, and 25lbs), Sliders, and Yoga/workout Mat. You can order equipment from beach body if you want. You local sports store eg. Academy, Dicks etc. Or order online from Amazon/Academy/Dicks if you need to. I recommend going in person, that way you can get an actual feel for the weights and can do a set of 15 in the store.
If your a guy (or a girl) with hairy legs... pick up a set or two of tight workout pants. You'll thank me later when you start working with the resistance bands around your thighs, knees, and calfs. I bought a couple sets at Walmart for just $7.00 each.
The Diet - They have seemingly set up a great diet program that utilizes some of the containers from Autumns 21 Day Fix program. I however will not be using this as part of my 80 Day Obsession experience. I will be tracking my calories through the next 80 days. I generally do low carb breakfast and lunch with Atkins and eat in moderation what I would like for dinner with the family. I will incorporate a cheat meal here and there. I will post my diet updates every week or two. To clarify, If you stick with the set Beachbody program diet, I'm sure you'll see tremendous results (do so if you can). I however (realistically) won't stick with that long term (I don't think). I enjoy my food and drink too much currently. Moderation is my view point. My results will hopefully give the average person who can't afford the diet requirements a realistic look at what the program without the diet looks like.
A Little Obsessed
Prior to 80 Day Obsession being released, Beacbody released "A Little Obsessed". It stars Autumn and her "cast" (fellow workout team) performing a slightly modified version of what is to come and what is to be expected with the full version of 80 Day obsession. These workouts are just 30 minutes. Truly a stepping stone to prep you for what is to come with the 80 Day Obsession.
I completed all 5 days. These exercises were just enough of a challenge to get me sweating and not dreading what was to come. If you're not in the best of shape. This portion of the program is a great starting point. They are the perfect length to get anyone engaged. Great exercises to challenge someone who is already in some sibilance of shape or looking to start a general self wellness / fitness program. Don't fear if you can't do the reps or the exercises. There are modifications and plenty of grace.
80 Day Obsession
I started this program on the "official" release day (January 15th) as Beachboy intended. Below are some thoughts as I work my way to day number 80! Lets go!!!!
Day 1 Total Body Core (60 Minutes) - 60 minutes went by sorta quick. I got to experience some of the 2nd level little obsessed moves. Fun but a challenge. I really like the setup and how Autumn and her cast interact. Makes it feel like you are a part of the team. You engage and relate to everyones moans and groans as you near the end of the session. Looking forward to Day 2.
(Side note: There is no music during the workout. They offer a playlist if you insist on some music via Spotify but to be honest I like it better without the music.)
Day 2 - Booty Day - (60 Minutes) - Same cast which is nice. Some programs tend to change it up pending on days and I guess availability. I really liked Booty Day... I don't know if I am going to be able to walk tomorrow, but I liked it. My hips/glutes were on FIRE!
(Side Note: Each workout has started with the same warmup routine. It's fairly quick and just enough. On the back end, there is a little stretch and recovery period)
Day 3 - Cardio Core (40 Minutes) -Walking/sitting wasn't as bad as I was expecting after Booty Day. I can tell I've been working out. General stiffness, but resolves with the warmup. Cardio Core gets the heart pumping for sure. You get to work the core in-between cardio moves. A "working rest" I call it. A shorter workout which was nice, but just enough work that I was ready to rest.
(Side Note: Enjoying how fresh/real Autumn seems. Very engaging and dishes out the motivation needed to get the job done. "Jiggle now or jiggle later?")
Day 4 - AAA (49 Minutes) - Arms, Abs, and Ass. Really a total body circuit that targets these areas. I'm really feeling it in my shoulders after this one. Not pain, but fatigue and some stiffness. They have been working like crazy. Especially in the plank positions you have to get in.
(Side Note: Body is letting me know I have started something. More generally stiffness and muscle soreness. No joint soreness though which is nice. Taking two ibuprofen once or twice a day to help with the muscle soreness Still excited to press play the next day.)
Day 5 - Leg Day (46 Minutes) aka Lunge Day aka Leg Debilitation Day... Good workout. Not overwhelming at all and thats a good thing. No workout should make you want to quit or tap out. Not long after the workout my legs did (and still do) feel like jello. I thought Booty day was rough but leg day might top that.
(Side Note: I enjoy the pace of this program so far. Other programs I have done have been rush/fast pace type programs. Not intentionally but thats just how it feels. This is not like that. Autumn slows you down. Makes you more aware of your technique and keeps you safe. Very enjoyable so far!)
Day 6 - Cardio Flow (31 Minutes) First off.... Leg Day crippled me practically! The difficulty going form sit to stand and walking had set in. I was looking forward to Cardio Flow (...or so I thought). I assumed it would be similar to Speed 2.0 from T25 (another Beachbody program). I was going to warm these muscles right up. I was wrong... very wrong. It was incorrectly named Cardio Flow... It should be called Death by Pyramid. You don't stop. You just keep building block by block. No doubt, it gets your cardio going. Just not in the way I was expected (which is ok). It had a nice variation of exercises that break you down "brick by brick".
Day 7 - Roll and Release Day (19 Minutes) An "Off Day" that you can opt to "self treat" or follow Autumn and the cast using a foam roller to workout all of the soreness in the muscles you have. I do have the foam roller and joined in. I thought this would be an enjoyable experience but I was again wrong! I found sore spots that I didn't even know were sore with this thing. It was a hurt so good thing at times. Other times it just hurt and I had to do the trigger point release thing to help get the knots out. I do admit it felt better after and will cont. to do some rolling on the weekends and maybe after the sessions. If you don't have a roller, its worth getting one I think. Can find them at Walmart or your local sport store. Can also order off Amazon. I just got one from a Physical Therapy clinic. which is where you could pick up some of the resistance bands too.
Day 8 - Total Body Core (60 Minutes) Not as sore today as I have been. No medicines to address any of the lingering soreness. Autumn is a little faster getting to the workout today. We apparently have 3 circuits to work through in our 60 minute sessions. Shoulders feel it with the C sit position with bicep curl as well as with side plank with knee to chest using resistance bands (the hardest so far for me on my left. Shoulder gives out and balance is crap. I finger tip my coffee table to get through the last round of these). Triceps burnout on the last round of tricep pushups but I completed them all without going to half knee position. Yay!
(Side Note: Feeling a little stronger. Able to last a little longer with the weights and getting in positions is easier. Feeling a little more flexible.)
Day 9 - Booty Day (60 Minutes) I am starting to like this one until the last round. Will have to start doubling up on my bands. Still get a great burn in the hip/glutes. Have to back down bands in 3rd round for side leg raises/cross overs, clams, and kick back exercises.
Day 10 - Cardio Core (37 Minutes) I enjoy this one. Reminds me more of Speed type program from T25. Constantly moving but at a pace to slow your breathing and heart rate down some. Autumn has made it a trend to attempt to burn out my core and shoulders with two rounds of core work. She succeeds. I am able to finish, but needed a 2 sec. knees down break with the cross over tease exercise on the 2nd round.
(Side Note: I can feel it in my back a little as I bend over to load the dishwasher or pick up things off the floor. Took an ibuprofen to combat what was starting to feel like a lumbar strain. I suspect I started to compensate with these muscles due to both my core and shoulders starting to give out. Will have to pay more attention to form.)
Day 11 - AAA (55 Minutes) To be honest, I was not looking forward to working out. Either it was just a long day, or like Autumn says during the workout...the "newness" has worn off. However, after getting through the first part of the workout, I was back in the "zone". I notice was stronger today than I was last week with this workout. I was able to double bands and advance weights too. I didn't even have to hit my knees for the 3 round of pushups. Sure it was tough but I did it and I get great about doing it. I might even be seeing changes or the endorphins are blinding hindering my perspective! I am dreading Leg Day.... but onward and upward!
Day 12 - Leg Day (52 Minutes) Increase my weights with this program as a lot of the crew did. Was motivated. Jello legs set in afterwards. I thought I was dreading leg day, but I think it was because I was a day closer to Cardio Flow day.
Day 13 Cardio Flow (30 Minutes) aka Pyramid of death. Starts of nice and easy and breaks you down gradually (As I was expecting). I was able to make it through and finished a little stronger than last week. I suspect I paced myself a little or knowing what was coming made it a little easier to prepare myself.
(Side Note: Starting to like this one I think....)
Day 14 - Stretch Release Day (16 Minutes) I used my roller here again to stretch out some sore muscles. Especially after the workout days and a long day of yard work and putting together a trillion piece play set.
(Side Note: So ready for this "day off" so to speak. Body was ready for a little breather from the workouts. Can tell it's being challenged a little more and initially. A good healing/recovery day. Not sure if it was the heavier weights or the yard work, play set assembly but forearms and grip is sore.)
Day 15 - Total Body Core (60 Minutes) I don't know who pissed off Autumn today but she makes you pay for it. Almost immediately you are into the warm up and no chit-chat to start/prep you. No time to get your mat or equipment ready. Pretty much, "you know what the heck you need, have that stuff ready before you press play!" I thought I did well last week but this one worked me to the end. I don't know if it was the faster pace and maybe heavier weights. I was left in a puddle exhausted.
(Side Note: I'm thinking about buying a two more sets of weights to go with my current set up. Will ponder through the rest of this week.)
Day 16 - Booty (55 Minutes) Was looking forward to Booty day the most since most of it is on the ground. I was sore and sorely mistaking. The rep and intensity changes isolating muscle groups in threes burns you out much faster. A new twist on the exercises the prior weeks. Still fun, but boy does it burn.
Day 17 - Cardio Core (36 Minutes) I enjoy this one... maybe because its shorter. But don't be fooled. Its still tough and leaves you in a puddle of sweat...exhausted.
Day 18 - AAA (55 Minutes) Concentric and Eccentric focus again in burn outs (groups of three). More intention and control with this group of exercise. Feel the burn!
Day 19 - Legs (51 Minutes) So I think I hate leg day the most. Specifically the Buddha squats. My left leg is notable weaker and the mobility is different. I get a twinge of pain when returning to standing position. Working on my leg position to find the sweet spot still.
(Side Note: I have to make a trip out of town and opt to go ahead and double up my workout just after leg day verse doing it Saturday. Since I am staying with others, I don't want to wake them or disturb them with my workout/some of the jumping required in Cardio Flow.)
Day 20 - Cardio Flow (30 Minutes) Having JUST finished Leg Day (see above), this workout completed the breakdown of my legs. My mule kicks to frog jumps were so difficult. My legs had such a hard time propelling me into the air. I know I should have allowed for a little more recovery time but I still pushed myself and I am glad I did. I was glad it was over and I was able to complete it!
Day Off- Stretch / Roll Release Day (16 -20 Minutes) Or Tree Limb crashed through our truck windshield but thank God we are all ok day!
Day 21 - Total Body Core (57 Minutes) Back to 2 sets of 15 in a circuit of 3 exercises. Able to increase resistance and weights but get the burn out with the rep increase and shorter circuits.
Day 22 - Booty (53 Minutes) The muscle burn of this workout in the hips/gluteals is ridiculous...But.. In a good way. The burn is much more intense with the rep/circuit set up this go round. Enjoyed this one workout in particular because Autumn pretty much loses it (crying with laughter and even needing a towel to wipe her tears) with all of the noises her cast members make trying to work through the burn and exhaustion. A fun, but intense workout today.
(Side Note: Bands or Loops roll at times but it's really a non-issue. I might post some different positions to place them to prevent some rolling.)
Day 23 - Cardio Core (35 Minutes) Constant movement. Nice to not have to wear the workout pants with this since its a lot of cardio. I think one my least favorite exercise is the circle over teasers. Its where you are in a high plank and cross one leg over the other. You then draw in both knees. Its a good exercise, but by the time I get to it, my shoulders are exhausted and at the point of failure. Then the core starts to fail. I have to go to my knees briefly with this one. Able to complete all the sets which is a win, but its not without a fight. Glad this one is done.
Day 24 - AAA (48 Minutes) 2 by 15 by 3-4 sets are a killer. Able to finish and do more weight. Balance is a little better too.
Day 25 - Leg Day (48 Minutes) Can tell I am stronger, but get introduced to the first "Bonus Round". Went hard and so when Autumn sprung the bonus... I was toast!
Day 26 - Cardio Flow (27 Minutes) Good news kids! This one gets harder in the next phase! Excited to be done with phase one though! My mule to frogs are so difficulty by the last two rounds. Reps apparently increase from 4 to 6 next week. I can't wait.
PHASE ONE - Complete
Seem to go by quickly. I really enjoy Autumn and the cast energy and motivation throughout the program. Having a "new" workout everyday I think makes a huge difference vs the same old video on a different day. Each week was a challenge. Can tell that my body is changing. Endurance is up a little. The scale indicates I have lost 9 pounds at this point. Yay! On to Phase Two!
How many calories are burned? Well I have experimented some with my little FitBit and according to it, depending the exercise of the day, the average calorie burn is anywhere from 325+/- to 400+/-.
Day 27 - Booty Day (58 Minutes) The whole program has been changed up. Which is nice and keeps it fresh. New warmup, new day for the booty workout, and a whole new exercises. I like the new round of exercises for this one. Able to push myself early. Will have to get some new weights soon! I do miss some of the side lying exercises.
Day 28 - Cardio Core Day (43 Minutes) The new warm up is not bad, but I think I liked the phase one warm up better. Phase two has introduced more jumping / plyometric exercises. Not to an Insanity or Focus 25 measure yet, but more than phase one. This one in particular has some Burpees with a pushup and then a little jump on the standing portion. I'm glad Autumn allows time to demo the new exercises and gives you a much needed 30 seconds to catch your breath. She states, this will not happen in the weeks to come. I'm not sure how she talks and does all of this. It does effect her, and its evident. Nice to see we are all struggling no matter your current fitness level.
Day 29 - Total Body Core (60 Minutes) So this now round has a fair amount of twisting/torsion. You have to be really careful and watch your technique. I managed to get a nice muscle spasm in my left lumbar spine. After the first two exercises of round one. Not a huge fan of the twisting lunge, but I think its because I am on carpet. I made it through but did have to pay attention to my form and slow doing a little bit. Hopefully nothing a little ibuprofen can help me manage. The 1/2 turkish set ups will likely become get ups in phase three. Can't believe day 30 is tomorrow!
Day 30 - Coming soon!