My Experience with Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping

Several people have asked me about my fitness plan, so since it’s a Feel-Good Friday, I thought I’d share about that today.

For the past year I’ve been a member of Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping, or FXB.  FXB is an intense 10-week body transformation program involving 3 days a week of kickboxing (with bags and gloves!!), 3 days a week of resistance band training (alternating upper body and lower body), and nutritional guidelines to follow. They call it “bodyshaping,” not weight loss, because although a lot of people lose weight, the main goal is becoming fit and healthy and improving your body’s shape. FXB is a chain with locations mainly in the midwest (IA, IL, WI, and MN), but they now have some locations in CO, NE, IN, and NC.

I signed up for the 5:00 a.m. class because that was the only time I could carve out in my day to exercise. In order to get there, I now get up at 4am. I never thought this would be possible–and don’t get me wrong, it was hard at first–but I’m used to it now. I do have to go to bed a little earlier, though.


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I started my 10-week challenge on April 10, 2015. Here are my results in that first 10 weeks:

Week 1:

  • Weight: 165 lbs
  • Body Fat: 34%
  • Chest: 37″
  • Waist: 33.5″
  • Upper Arm: 12.5″
  • Thigh: 24.5″
  • Hips: 43″
  • Push-ups in 60 seconds: 31
  • Sit-ups in 60 seconds: 13
  • Sit & Reach (flexibility): 19″
  • 1-Mile Run/Walk: 12:33 minutes

By the end of the 1st 10 weeks, I hadn’t lost a lot of weight, but I had gotten into really good physical condition and had lost some inches.

Week 10:

  • Weight: 162 lbs
  • Body Fat: 32.5%
  • Chest: 35″
  • Waist: 29″
  • Upper Arm: 12.25″
  • Thigh: 22.25″
  • Hips: 42″
  • Push-ups in 60 seconds: 70
  • Sit-ups in 60 seconds: 53
  • Sit & Reach (flexibility): 24″
  • 1-mile Run/Walk: 9:19 minutes

Not bad! In just 10 weeks I lost 2 inches from my chest, 4.5 inches from my waist (yeah!), just a quarter inch from my upper arm (but it jiggled a LOT less than before), 2.25 inches from my thigh, and an inch from my hips. My clothes were fitting a lot better, but even better, I FELT better. I cut 3 minutes off of my 1-mile time, more than doubled my push-ups, and quadrupled my sit-ups.

That was all last year. Now, just one week shy of a year from when I joined FXB, my stats are even better.

Week 51 (1 Year Later):

  • Weight: 154 lbs
  • Body Fat: 28.2%
  • Chest: 34″
  • Waist: 27″
  • Upper Arm: 12″
  • Thigh: 21.75″
  • Hips: 40″

I haven’t timed myself on push-ups and sit-ups, but I now do all of my push-ups from my toes (not “girl” style on bent knees as I did in the first 10 weeks) and I can do 50+ in one sitting. Sit-ups also come much more easily.

The FXB nutrition plan (that’s all it is–guidelines for your own DIY nutrition plan; I love that there is nothing to buy!) involves eating 6 smaller meals per day consisting of a certain ratio of carbs to protein with lots of veggies thrown in. I have one “cheat” day per week (usually Saturday!). I drink 100 – 120 ounces of water every day and haven’t had a Diet Mountain Dew in about 10 months (the last time I tried one, it tasted bad to me–I hadn’t been out to cut soda out of my diet, but I can’t stand the taste anymore so all I drink is water, matcha green tea, iced tea, milk, and an occasional hot chocolate.

But even though all of that is great, the best thing that I’ve found is I have so much energy, I feel good, I don’t get sick, and I have made a lot of new friends! My fellow 5am FXBers have become like family and it’s great to see them every day. When you work out with familiar faces, it holds you more accountable for coming every day.

And this will probably sound kind of shallow, but I love having an excuse to wear cute workout outfits every day! Aside from being a little shallow, it really does motivate me to think about what fun top or capris or shorts I’ll be wearing at class the next day. You can see more of my favorite fitness combinations in my Instagram feed.

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And, I’ve enjoyed my time at FXB so much I have recently become an instructor myself! I taught my first full class last week and really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend FXB to someone who is serious about wanting to become fit and healthy. It’s not easy, but if you are ready to go all-in and change your lifestyle, this is a great way to do it.

FXB is so much more than a 10-week transformation program: it’s become a lifestyle for me. That’s just it: it’s not like any diet plan or exercise program I’ve ever done before because it’s not just a temporary plan or program–it is just the way I live now,  my new “normal.” Like the KonMari method, this is another example of the concept that if you implement a positive lifestyle change the right way, it becomes your everyday way of doing things.

If you’ve been wanting to make any new positive changes, just remember: TODAY IS THE DAY! Nike was definitely onto something with that whole “Just Do It” thing.  🙂



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