Before 80 Day Obsession was announced, Autumn Calabrese (creator of 21 Day Fix) hinted to me that a new project was in the works and told me to expect an email soon. Always humbled by any opportunity presented to me by Beachbody, I was giddy with excitement. I knew something BIG was coming for sure, but I had no idea that it would be 80 Day Obsession!
My First Experience with Autumn
In 2013, I was selected to be a part of the 21 Day Fix Coach Test Group and it changed my life.
Autumn was brand new to Beachbody and when she spoke about the containers, the workouts, the change that could be made in 21 days, I leaned into my husband, Danny, and said “I NEED THIS.” A few days later, I had been selected for the test group and I said goodbye to the old me.
In 21 days, I lost 12 pounds and 5 inches. I didn’t even realize that I had 12 pounds to lose! More importantly, I learned how to eat, what to eat, and how much to each. I also loved the workouts, and well, the #girlcrush on Autumn began. HA! Not only because she is absolutely gorgeous and down to earth, but she understands how to get REAL results the right way. And I realized that my body simply responds well to her training style.
Fast forward to just 4 weeks before starting 80 Day Obsession...
I was in a precarious position with my body. Despite working out harder than ever with various of our programs, newly acquired Peloton and attending a weekly SoulCycle class (I love Spinning!), I wasn’t seeing much in terms of results. And in this climate that we are in where fad diets and crazy meal plans are popping up left and right, I began researching ways to lose weight quick.
GASP! The health and fitness coach was looking outside of what she KNEW worked?! What I failed to do is accept responsibility by looking in the mirror for the reason I wasn’t getting results. It wasn’t the programs or our nutrition plans, it was ME. Guilty as charged.
Enter 80 Day Obsession
I finally got that email that Autumn said to expect, my husband, Danny, and I were asked to be a part of exclusive coach Test Group for a brand new program—80 Day Obsession.
And get this, not only were we some of the first to try the program, but this was more than just a “test group,” we were actually providing feedback to the production crew and Autumn Calabrese herself!
80 Days. Holy shit you guys. How was I going to do this? It was certainly more than a quick fix, it was certainly more than the 21 Day Fix. No cocktails on my BIRTHDAY? I was curious whether I was being punished or blessed by the Universe. HA!
Blessed it is. Completely blessed. When the meal plan and equipment arrived, I glanced at our welcome letter, and dove in mentally first. Since Danny was selected for the Test Group as well, we decided as a couple that we would: 1. Make each other proud; and 2. Get the BEST results as a couple. I needed him and he needed me. This would be our first Beachbody program we would complete together, and while Danny has always been in shape, he had never committed to a meal plan. That meant I would have to cook for the both of us. Shit.
What Is 80 Day Obsession?
Only available on Beachbody On Demand, 80 Day Obsession is Beachbody’s newest program with Super Trainer Autumn Calabrese. This is a 13-week long program (Autumn's longest program yet) that focuses building a booty of your dreams and burning fat to reveal those abs you never thought you could achieve.
Let’s break down the program based on what I can share with you. We are under confidentiality for various aspects of the program but I can say a few things…
80 Day Obsession Overview:
- Available on BOD
- Difficulty Level: Intermediate/Advanced
- Program Length: 13 Weeks
- Workouts: 6 Days/Week (Rest Sundays)
- Time: Approximately 30-60 min/day
- Combines Cardio & Strength
- Required Equipment: Weights, Slides, Loops, & Mat
- Meal Plan: Timed-Nutrition using Portion Fix Containers
Workout schedule (Phase 1, 2 & 3 workouts)
Each "Phase" (month) has a different workout schedule, 6 workout days and 1 rest day on Sunday.
Phase 1 Schedule
- Monday: Total Body Core
- Tuesday: Booty
- Wednesday: Cardio Core
- Thursday: AAA (Arms, Abs, A*$)
- Friday: Legs
- Saturday: Cardio Flow
- Sunday: Rest
Phase 2 Schedule
- Monday: Booty
- Tuesday: Cardio Core
- Wednesday: Total Body Core
- Thursday: Legs
- Friday: AAA
- Saturday: Cardio Flow
- Sunday: Rest
Phase 3 Schedule
- Monday: AAA
- Tuesday: Cardio Flow
- Wednesday: Legs
- Thursday: Total Body Core
- Friday: Cardio Core
- Saturday: Booty
- Sunday: Rest
The workouts range from around 30 to 60 minutes, with the cardio days being your shorter workouts.
On Sundays there are also optional Roll & Release and Stretch & Release routines to help you recover!
Required equipment for 80 Day Obsession
You can purchase these individually if you already have most of the equipment, or there are a variety of Challenge Packs available at discounted prices! When you fill our the form below I'll help you choose the right one.
*I use 8 pounds all the way to 45 pounds, but yours might be much different! For example, Danny is using much heavier weights. But this show give you an idea of how wide of a range of weight sizes you'll need. The Bowflex weights have come in handy for sure!
Also, a quick note on the loops... we've had a couple of our loops POP during workouts, so you may want to buy extra just in case! Currently the loops are only available in an 80 Day Obsession Challenge Pack from Beachbody, but they should be for sale individually soon.
How are the workouts?
The workouts are TOUGH—definitely not a beginner program—you'll need some sort of fitness base before starting. (I've shared Autumns suggested prep schedule near the bottom of this blog!)
A major focus each day is the BOOTY! I have never been fond of butt and leg work. So, clearly, I had to get over that mental block to complete this program. Holy soreness, but SO worth it!
Most of the moves are brand new and have never been done on a Beachbody program before. So many compound movements, ex. Half Turkish Get Up with a Half Twist Push Up. They might be a little tricky to master at first, but you'll getting through them like a pro in no time!
And a question I've gotten is: "Are all the workouts really ALL different?!"
Yes and no... there IS a new workout filmed each day, so in that respect, yes! But many of the strength workouts contain the same weight lifting moves, what will change is the reps and number of sets. The Cardio Core and Cardio Flow workouts work the same way, similar workouts with variations in timing.
You feel like you have your own personal trainer!
Honestly, it feels as if you are working out in a group class with a world-class fitness trainer. Autumn is on point with her cueing, her explanation of the moves, and her motivation!
Each month progressively gets tougher as you get stronger—you're not doing the same workouts 7 days/week on repeat. Autumn progresses you through the program as if she were personally working with you through those 80 days... just like she would if you hired her as a personal trainer.
Seriously, it's like you're getting over $11,000 worth of personal training from Autumn for just $99 through Beachbody On Demand!
Premise of the plan is TIMED-NUTRITION.
The Portion Fix containers play a significant role, just like 21 Day Fix, but the meal plan will specify AT WHAT TIME you will eat specific containers. No more guessing about what foods you should eat pre- and post-workout and how long before/after. It will all be laid out for amazing results! Autumn makes every part of this nutrition plan EASY to follow.
You'll have SIX calorie brackets to choose from (Plan A-F), you'll calculate your bracket and find your meal plan using your current weight and whether you want to lose weight or maintain. No matter which bracket you fall into your meal plan will look pretty similar (just with more or less containers):
- Pre-Workout Meal
- Post-Workout Meal
- Meal Option 1
- Meal Option 2
- Meal Option 3
Each meal is laid out showing you how many servings of each food group you should eat AND when you should eat them. The time you eat will all revolve around when you plan to workout, so keeping a consistent workout schedule is really helpful when it comes to meal prep.
Plus, we get these magical "refeed" days, which you are going to LOVE. These are days you get to indulge in foods like burgers and pasta... basically the "bad carbs" we've been avoiding!
But I have news, unlike 21 Day Fix, alcohol is NOT allowed!
My experience with the 80 Day Obsession nutrition plan.
After completing our calorie/weight calculations, I fell into Plan B and Danny fell into Plan F. I created our Week 1 plans and got to shopping and prepping. Honestly, I hadn’t done this in a really long time and I finally felt in control again—I love that feeling! And let me tell you, it’s A LOT of food.
I decided to increase my calorie intake during Week 3 and begin eating from Bracket C. In fact, most Coaches in the Test Group went up a bracket (some two) during Phase 1, proving that you have to eat more to lose more. If you can grasp that concept with this program, you will definitely crush it.
We are BOTH using the Performance Line to boost our results. Learn more about those here. This was the first time I've committed to them full-throttle. Our pre-workout, Energize, is consumed 30 minutes prior to our workout, Recover is consumed 10 minutes after our sweat sesh, and then Recharge right before bed. With 100% conviction, they have helped tons in this process and curbing soreness and the sweet tooth at night. I am a believer—they're worth every cent!
COACH TEST GROUP
Before Autumn was announced to the group as the Super Trainer and program details divulged, one Coach described what was happening as a “weird social experiment.” One thing I learned very quickly, we are ALL so different and it is important not to be judgmental of others. Everyone has a different path. Some struggle a lot, some a little, and some not at all.
The conversation about living an 80/20 lifestyle and drinking alcohol became an early focus. WHY? Because we were ALL about to embark on a journey of no cheats and no drinks for 80 days. I will be 100% honest—this was giving me a lot of anxiety. Our lifestyle has always been one of balance and FUN. When we get together we like to have drinks with friends and I love a glass of Pinot while cooking dinner. It is a THING. So yeah, hard for me. But those first few days in the group made me realize, I was not alone in those mental battles. I was not alone at all.
And can I just say that during the Test Group we are working out with Autumn LIVE each day? It’s absolutely crazy but at 12:30 PM EST sharp, we are given a link to start a live stream of Autumn on the set with her crew as they film each workout daily. You guys, this has never been done before. No scripts, no do-over, no stopping. Both Autumn, her crew in the LA set, and we have to forge through NO MATTER WHAT. Insane, right?
Some will say you don’t need a “group” to be successful in a health and fitness journey, and for some, that may be true. For me, this group is my lifeline. I am not just the Coach anymore, I am the Challenger.
I was helping construct this program and build the excitement for its launch in January. So yea, I treated it like a JOB.
It's time for you to PREPARE for 80 Day Obsession!
This is NOT a beginner program by any means, but that doesn't mean that you'll have to sit this one out if you feel like you're not prepared. Not at all! What it means is that you need to start preparing.
Best workouts to prepare for 80 Day Obsession:
- One round of the 21 Day Fix
- One round of Chisel from Hammer and Chisel
- One round of 21 Day Fix Extreme
This is the suggestion that Autumn made, and having done each of these myself, I can safely say that the schedule above will definitely give you the foundation you need.
There is also a "sneak peek" program available on Beachbody On Demand called A Little Obsessed. This is basically a 5-day, slightly toned-down version of 80 Day Obsession—an AWESOME way to give you a taste of the program before fully committing yourself!
Here's a peek at Danny and I's 80-day results. See more in my final 80 Day Obsession update or click here to see ALL my blog updates on 80 Day Obsession.
And I was actually crazy enough to complete a SECOND round of the program! (Yes, I loved it that much!) You can check out those results here along with reviews from others!
Be Part of an AMAZING Group!
Each month I host new Challenge Groups where I'm there along with so many others to help you stay prepared and on track EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Having already completed the program, I promise, I have LOTS to share!
It doesn’t matter where you are in your health & fitness journey, what matters is that you’re READY to make a change. This group is open to EVERYONE in the US, UK, and Canada that is not already working with another Beachbody Coach.
Are you ready to make a change? Are you ready to get obsessed with your health & fitness? Fill out the form below and you're in! LET’S DO THIS!