Shift Shop was just released from BeachBody (through Beachbody on Demand – learn more about Beachbody on Demand here: 10 Reasons While I’ll Be Using Beachbody on Demand to Lose Weight – and DVD’s) and it’s a hot topic right now. There is a nationwide challenge going on for the program, that has me fired up more than ever before.
Shift Shop is a 3-week fitness program designed to be your “on-ramp to fitness.”
Disclaimer: I am now a Beachbody Coach, but only recently became one. I have been a lover of Beachbody for years, and love their products.
Here’s the lowdown.
The trainer is Chris Downing, who is new to BeachBody, but not fitness. This 3 week program is an agility style (think football) workout program. You start week one with 25 minutes of exercise, increase to 35 minutes in week two, and finally, 45 minutes in week three. The intensity is moderate. But yes, beginners can do this too! There is a modifier for EVERY move.
There are two workouts, essentially, each week: Speed & Strength. Speed is the cardio – the workout that gets your heart pumping and the sweat dripping. Strength is equally as heart-pumping and sweat-dripping as speed, but with the addition of weights. You will burn lots of calories with both.
The speed workouts are based around the agility markers. Your home base is blue, and each move has you “moving” from and to agility markers. With some moves, Chris calls out a color.
1. You will learn to hate the word “Bear”
It’s true. I know this doesn’t mean much to you now, but ask anyone that has completed the program – or even done one workout. They will be able to tell you all about it.
The word bear is associated with many moves within the program. However, they all involve getting on your hands and knees, lifting your knees 2 inches off the ground, and moving around somehow.
They are killer, no pun intended. Anytime Chris says, “bear dog, bear crawls,” etc, you will roll your eyes and let out a huge sigh. But, before you know it, the move is over and you are dripping in sweat.
2. The Shift Shop Meal Plan is Hard
I am not going to sugar coat anything here. The Shift Shop meal plan is hard. Carbs are a downfall for me – so when I saw this meal plan, my jaw kind of dropped. The first week, you get the most carbs (How many servings depends on the bracket you fall in). Then it drops off, and the last week you get none.
When you do get carbs, the allowed list is crazy. No rice, bread, waffles, bagels, not even corn. The only carb that I will actually eat on the list, (because I don’t eat beans) are potatoes. I saw so many potatoes in my future. I didn’t stick to this plan 100%, but honestly, I wish I had.
The scale showed my results, and I only lost 2 pounds during the three weeks. Other people dropped 6 to even 15 pounds. So yes, the meal plan is hard, but it is worth it.
3. You can do without the agility markers – but they are nice to have
The agility markers that are made for Shift Shop are rubber markers that serve as your “stepping stones.” Chris tells you which formation to put the markers in, and your Shift Shop “Speed” workout revolves around those markers. You might put them in a straight line, a triangle, or even a square. The workout is all about moving towards the markers – or around the markers.
They are not expensive, at around $20. However, they are not absolutely required. You can use anything around the house that you will not slide on during your workout.
I tried the workout with, and without the agility markers. I much prefer to have them, especially in the later weeks. During week 1, you only start out using 2 markers. It is easy to keep track and think to yourself, “this towel represents blue (home base) and this table leg represents yellow (where you turn around).” However, as the weeks go on, you start using three and four. It gets harder to think about where your markers actually are. Therefore, it’s easier to just have them.
Beachbody does provide a set you can print out for free as well. It is recommended that you use heavier paper, though, so you don’t slide. We don’t want any injuries! 😉
4. Chris Downing is Motivational
If you have ever done a Shaun T workout, then you will know what I mean. Right at the moment when you feel like giving up, Chris (and Shaun) tells you to not stop, that you can keep going, to reinvent yourself, it’s your mind not your body wanting to give up, etc.
I mean, seriously. Picture that moment when you are dripping sweat, huffing and puffing, tired as all get out – and someone is there to say, don’t stop, you can do this, let your emotions out on this move.
So, what else can you do, but bust out your best push-up, bear crawl, and other moves. It makes you go all out, letting it all out, and leaving nothing left. What results is a mindset SHIFT. (Welcome to the SHIFT SHOP).
5. Anyone Can Do This
Like all Beachbody workouts, there is a modifier for each move. These workouts are HARD – no sugar coating here. But, if you are even considering the idea of losing weight, Shift Shop is the place to be. I’ve seen people lose crazy amounts of weights in only a week (or three).
I am by no means saying this will be easy. In fact, it is going to be hard. You are going to sweat, get tired, and push yourself to limits you didn’t even know you had. But, if I’ve learned anything over this 3 month journey (so far) of mine, is that I can do anything. I just have to DECIDE first. Sometimes that is the hardest part – deciding that you can do this, deciding that you are worth doing this.
I am by no means in shape – I am still plus size, and far from my goal weight. The shift that happened within the Shift Shop, was just a reminder that I can do this, I got this, and nothing is stopping me – ESPECIALLY NOT ME.
I encourage everyone, of any fitness level, to give this program a try. If you are ready for a challenge, I’d love to show you how you can get access to this program for 2 weeks FREE!