About 80 Day Obsession

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff Published on: Jan 12, 2018

Advertised as the latest breakthrough from fitness and nutrition expert Autumn Calabrese, the 80 Day Obsession program promises to help you achieve a total body transformation by sculpting your core, burning away fat, shrinking your waist, and lifting and rounding your butt—in a step-by-step method, all at the same time.

According to Beachbody, the program requires participants to adhere to a demanding set of guidelines involving an “obsessive focus on fitness and nutrition.” Like what?

First, your body will be subjected to a different workout every day to help prevent plateaus, which will be presented in exactly the right sequence to help you maximize results. In addition, a timed nutrition plan will deliver the perfect portions at the right intervals.

And as your “personal Super Trainer and nutrition advisor,” the 80 Day Obsession website advertises that Autumn will provide guidance, advice, and motivation to keep you accountable along the way.

Think you have what it takes to stick with 80 Day Obsession’s challenging workouts and strict diet guidelines? Even then, can you expect it to help transform your body into head-turning shape? Let’s start by taking a closer look at the program’s details.

How Does 80 Day Obsession Work?

According to Beachbody’s nutrition manager Paige Benté, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., “the ethos of this program is obsession, [so] there’s not a lot of wiggle room. It combines a strict nutrition program and intense workouts to get maximum results.”

Important: While one of 80 Day’s websites advertised that the program is “for anyone who wants a firm, shaped butt and the flattest abs of their lives,” based on what we just learned, they later clarify that it’s “best for intermediate to advanced fitness levels.”

In other words, they emphasize that it’s not a quick-fix plan, and even though each workout contains a modifier, it won’t lower intensity to a beginner level.

In total, the three-phase program involves 80 workouts, each of which is 30-60 minutes in length and focus on specific areas of the body, such as “Booty, Total Body Core, AAA, Legs, Cardio Core, and Cardio Flow. The website tells us that, while each new phase delivers totally different moves, some may be repeated, although Autumn will continue changing sets and patterns so that your progress is maximized.

While there aren’t any cheat days, there’s one rest day from working out each week, which occurs on Sundays and aren’t counted toward your 80-day total.

Worried that you’re not up to the challenge? Autumn offers a five-day introductory program called A Little Obsessed that can help give you a better idea what to expect. Let’s briefly talk more about this before continuing our discussion about the complete program.

What’s the Difference Between 80 Day Obsession & A Little Obsessed?

Available since 12/20/17, A Little Obsessed features five day’s worth of 30-minute (or shorter) workouts that implement many of the same moves found in 80 Day Obsession. However, compared to the full program’s whole-body focus, this intro option is said to place a strong emphasis on abs and glutes.

You’ll also use much of the same equipment as the full program, including light, medium, and heavy weights, strength slides, resistance loops, and a mat. You’ll receive a full five-day nutrition plan involving Beachbody’s portion-control containers, so you’ll need to purchase these as well.

Finally, access includes the ability to watch Autumn’s quick start tips and eating plan tips videos, as well as a starter guide and workout calendar.

How Does 80-Day Obsession’s Timed Nutrition Plan Work?

Beachbody explains that the timed nutrition approach featured in 80 Day Obsession helps supply your body with the specific macronutrients (fat, protein, or carbohydrates) it needs, at the specific time they’re required, in order maximize muscle building and fat burning.

In this instance, an emphasis is placed on pre-workout meals to help you power through the program’s intense workouts, with post-workout meals focused more on restoring and rebuilding muscle. The website assures us that you’ll receive “a detailed set of guidelines on how you need to schedule your meals for the week” upon signing up.

What Equipment Do You Need for 80 Day Obsession?

The website tells us that the cast of 80 Day Obsession uses weights ranging between five and 40 pounds, so depending on your fitness level, you’ll ideally want a selection of light, medium, and heavy options.

In addition, the program requires the use of Beachbody’s Resistance Loops, Strength Slides, and Portion-Control Containers for the eating plan. Nice to have (but not necessary) is a foam roller and a comfortable mat.

How Much Does 80 Day Obsession Cost?

Unlike many of the company’s other programs, which can be purchased on DVD, 80 Day Obsession is available exclusively on Beachbody on Demand in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. BOD memberships are priced as follows:

  • 3-Month Plan: $39 (or $140 for the Shakeology Challenge Pack)
  • 6-Month Plan: $59
  • 12-Month Plan: $99 (or $160 for the Shakeology Challenge Pack)

With your membership, you’ll receive access to every Beachbody Workout, additional fitness guides and workout calendars, meal plans and recipes, fitness and nutrition experts, and a free personal coach.

All plans automatically renew for the same price and applicable term, while Shakeology subscriptions involve monthly supplement deliveries.

New Beachbody on Demand subscriptions are risk-free for 30 days. In order to cancel, customer support can be reached at (800) 470-7870.

What Do We Know About the Company Behind 80 Day Obsession?

Beachbody, LLC is based out of Santa Monica, CA and has been in business since 1998. In that time, they’ve released dozens of ultra-popular fitness programs, including many we’ve written about here at HighYa, such as CIZE and Body Beast. This is in addition to Autumn Calabrese's releases like 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, and Country Heat Dance Workout.

Beachbody held no rating with the Better Business Bureau, with no customer reviews or complaints, as of 1/11/18.

Are There Other Timed Nutrition Fitness Programs Like 80 Day Obsession?

If you’ve worked out a fair amount (which you probably have if you’re interested in 80 Day Obsession), you know that a large part of staying on track is based on maintaining motivation. And with so many people looking for different kinds of motivation, this means there are workouts available that tap into just about every interest and genre.

As such, you’ll find perhaps hundreds of ‘extreme’ workouts out there that promise to help you achieve many of the same results as 80 Day Obsession, including fitness and nutrition plans focused on experiencing rock-hard abs, a firmer, higher butt, and whole body fitness.

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However, if you’re looking for an all-in-one program that literally hands you everything you need (except for the motivation and willpower, of course) and places a strong focus on timed nutrition, it’s currently your only option.

But it’s also important to point out that, individually, if you’re more experienced in the realm of fitness, you could likely put together a program on your own that contains many of the same components, including portion control, nutrient timing (“knowing when to eat and what to eat before, during and after exercise”), daily core and booty-focused exercises, and an intense schedule with different workouts each day.

How to choose between 80 Day Obsession, a competing fitness program, and building your own system from scratch?

According to Steve over at Nerd Fitness, “The best workout and diet plan is the plan that you actually follow through with.” In other words, as we discussed at the beginning of the section, the one that allows you to maintain motivation throughout the process. After all, motivation it what’s going to help you remain on track when all you want to do is make excuses and stuff your face full of carbs.

From there, Larry Sarokin, a 50+ Fitness teacher and author of “Mudwalking: Unleash the Power of Walking for Vitality, Rejuvenation, & Longevity,” recommends choosing based on your goals, whether this is whole body fitness, a tighter booty or abs, or weight loss.

You’ll also want to choose a program whose training fits within your everyday schedule, that can provide more than one benefit (why not maximize your training time?), and one that can also provide advantages in your daily life.

Does this mean you should activate your Beachbody on Demand membership to gain access to 80 Day Obsession?

Our Final Thoughts About 80 Day Obsession

As with any other fitness program, whether or not 80 Day Obsession is right for you is going to be based on your personal needs and preferences. But as frequently emphasized on the Beachbody website, it’s going to require a serious time and energy commitment, including meal prep and a “laser-focus on detail,” as well as the necessary willpower to stay on track.

Because of this commitment, we’re told it’s best for intermediate to advanced fitness levels.

Even if you decide to sign up for the A Little Obsession five-day intro, you’ll have to make an investment in weights and portion control containers, although it’s likely that you already own equipment like this if you’re at a moderate to advanced fitness level. On the other hand, 80 Day Obsession could represent a one-stop shopping experience if you’re looking to maximize your chances of starting out on the right foot.

Furthermore, all Beachbody on Demand subscriptions come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, which should be more than enough time to decide if 80 Day Obsession is right for you. Just remember that you’ll have to pay return shipping for any equipment purchased.

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