What is 80 Day Obsession? 80 Day Obsession is a Beachbody program of online workouts. (Beachbody is a streaming service of unlimited workouts. I believe I pay $44 every 4 months; the company is an MLM but you can avoid that and just buy directly from the website). There are 80 separate workouts to be performed 6x/week for total of 13 weeks plus two extras (stretching/foam rolling videos) to add up to 80! They are filmed ‘live style’, so not a lot of editing and it feels more like you are attending a real workout class. The host is Autumn Calabrese of 21 Day Fix fame.
The focus of the Obsession is on building core & glute strength (and of course the physical changes that can accompany those things!).
Workout Details: The program is comprised of 3 phases, and each phase has its own rotation of 6 workouts. The order changes, but each time the components are similar:
AAA – “Arms Abs A$$” workouts 45-60 min (this is fairly easy in phase 1 but much harder in 2 + 3). Bands and a variety of weights are used. Sometimes it’s 3 x 10 reps, sometimes 2 x 15 – this is true of all of the strength workouts.
Leg Day – What it sounds like! These clock in ~40-60 min with many close to the 60 min mark. Usually more heavy-weight centric (my max was squatting with 2 x 25 lbs which for me is unprecedented!).
Cardio Core – shorter cardio interval workout. Similar to 21 DF TB Cardio (but maybe not quite as torturous?) with ab exercises interspersed throughout. About 40 minutes each. I always felt like these were easier days.
Booty – More heavy lifting on some of the phases. I seem to remember Phase 1 Booty not being too bad, but then 2+3 bringing more challenges. Again, 40-60 min but many up toward the 50-60 minute mark. Lots of bandwork but also squats/lunges in phases 2-3 especially.
Total Body Core – This one is long and hard at every phase (though the workouts are different from phase to phase!). The most memorable moves: Half Turkish Get-Ups with Pushup and Tricep Pushups – omg. I was always spent after total body core day.
Cardio Flow – Series of cardio movements that flow one to the next. The SAME repetitive sequence all 13 weeks but with variations (ie, you do more reps in later weeks). Not gonna lie – I started to dread this one! It got hard with the increased reps. Particularly the spiderman pushups . . .
Mat (I layered 2 yoga mats)
Weights. I had 2 each of: 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 25. I would have loved a 17.5 and 20 set (still need to find these!) but it was enough of a variety.
Stretchy Bands & Sliders. You can order them from Beachbody I think, but I just got mine from amazon. Example here.
Space. I used a fairly small space behind my desk. You do not need a lot of square footage to do these workouts!
Workout trackers. These are printed from the Beachbody website and I filled out every one. #upholder
Something to watch the workouts on. I just used my laptop! iPad would be fine too. Phone screen would be kind of small.
Nutrition/Diet: There is one. It’s very strict. I didn’t do it! I’m sure I would have had more dramatic results if I had, but you know. Pandemic. Also I like pizza and ice cream.
Pix. I am slightly self-conscious to post these types of pix but I also feel that workout reviews without pix are sort of . . . incomplete. (And I also feel it’s okay to admit you’d like some visible results for all of your hard work!! I know I do!).
PIX: Day 0 on left vs Day 80 on right. (I had just finished 21DF/21DFXT at the day 0 though so it’s not like I was getting up from the couch 🙂 )
I mean . . . not drastic. I honestly don’t think the front view pictures look all that different. But maybe some more definition in the 2nd pic particularly side view/arms?
Weight – unchanged (actually gained like 0.6 lb but that does not seem significant)
Measurements – also essentially unchanged. Slightly disappointing but it is what it is!
# of Pushups completed in the 21 DF upper – Increased! Before 80 DO I could do usually 15 full pushups in round 1 and 10 in round 2 (the rest knees). After I did 25 in round 1 and 15 in round 2! So I definitely had a noticeable improvement in strength.
Overall review: Maybe my results are not that impressive BUT I felt 80DO was a great workout routine to do over the summer. All indoors, challenging, varied enough, and (generally) somewhat fun! I might replace cardio flow with running + pushups if I do this again b/c the idea of repeating those exercises again sort of nauseates me. LOL.
Autumn has a great presence and is just a very positive trainer. I would basically try any program she offers.
I would do 80 DO again and I probably will next summer!
Feel free to post questions 🙂