There is a new trainer in the Beachbody house and he goes by the name of Chris Downing coming in with an explosive 3 week program called the Shift Shop.
How the program works
Simple three-week program (round 1). Each week are two new cardio and strength training workouts each progressing in difficulty and time. First week strength and cardio workouts are alternated 6 days a week/25 minutes a day. Second week ramps up same progressions of cardio and strength except slightly more difficult and 35 minutes a piece. Last week ramps up again with sessions lasting 45 minutes. Throughout the three weeks you will also occasionally add in an ab focused workout and stretching.
Cardio 25, 35, 45 – high intensity intervals at 60 secs a pop
Strength 25, 35, 45 – multi-functional weight training recruiting both legs and arms simultaneously for an added burn
Abs – work your transverse abdominals, rectus abdominals, obliques and back
Stretch – much needed relaxation and stretching of muscle fibers to get you ready for the next challenge
Debatable… so I tried it. I had not done an intense cardio based program in a while. I had spent time focusing on muscles and lower intensity cardio workouts so initially these workouts were a challenge but definitely strengthened my muscular endurance.
While I enjoyed the program where I have issues is in the results. Now I didn’t take it the whole nine yards and do the meal plan nor am I specifically talking about my results. I wasn’t in it to try and change anything significantly or lose weight etc. I just wanted to try out the new trainer. I like Chris, he’s funny, keeps you going and makes the time fly. I also love that his workouts include your whole body in training for agility and balance. By all means you are definitely in a pool of sweat by the end of pretty much all of the workouts in the program.
Where I go sideways is with results I am seeing posted online. I’ve browsed tons of before and after pics for the program and honestly, I’m not impressed. I mean I get that this is meant to charge you up and set up a pattern to keep you motivated to workout. However where I have a problem is the sheer volume of intensity these workouts pack with little to no difference in visible results when you are done. Why beat yourself up six days a week for little compensation? You know?
That said, I do think this workout program would be a great fit post holiday season after overindulging or as a way to increase cardiovascular efficiency. In fact I plan on saving the next round for those types of scenarios. However if you are looking for a program to kick your ass AND get fast results I just don’t think this is it. It really all depends on your goal.
To summarize, Shift Shop was fun. I made it through all three weeks and was a sweaty mess. Personally, I just feel there are quite a few better Beachbody programs for seeing results in the same time period. I will go into some of my favorite programs in future reviews so stay tuned!
Did you try Shift Shop? What did you think, did it work for you? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Remember, we are all in this together, one crunch at a time.