A fitness DVD set that demanded my attention some time ago is the Fe Fit (pronounced Fay Fit) Workout, which also goes by the name of the Fe Fit Women’s Workout Program.
When I say demanded my attention, that was literally the case. I was browsing fitness DVDs on Amazon when I came across a set of bright pink discs that stood out. I stopped scrolling to read some Fe Fit reviews. In doing so, I found that this wasn’t smart marketing for a product with no substance. According to the overwhelming majority of purchasers who had left feedback, it was an incredibly effective fitness program that lived up to its promise.
I ordered it, and it arrived a few days later. That was several months ago now. I was doing other workouts at the time, so didn’t start the program until a few weeks ago. That’s long enough to know whether or not it’s worth doing, so I decided to write this review and give you my impressions so far.
In this Fe Fit Workout review, we will look at a general overview of the program. We will also look at what the workouts involve and my take on them, including the pros and cons.
Fe Fit Overview
The original Fe Fit is a 90-day program. This is the program I am following and reviewing. There’s a newer version with options to do a 21 day or a 6-week rotation. For faster results, you can follow the Fe Fit workout program 4 or 5 times a week, instead of the standard 3.
Created for moms, by moms, who know how hectic life can be with kids to care for, whichever version you choose to do, the workouts promise to burn fat and shape, tighten and tone your entire body.
The focus of the workouts is on we female’s typical trouble spots, including our glutes, abs, back, and shoulders. You will get results doing just 3 x 30-minute workouts per week. For faster results, you can do “Stretch Flow” on one other day and/or walk, run or partake in what they call “active relaxation” on two other days, but this is entirely optional.
With 28 different workouts in the program, every muscle group is targeted and, with so much variety, boredom should never be an issue. The exercises encompass a variety of styles including Cardio Circuit, Barre, and Stretch Flow. These focus on different areas of the body, including the core, lower body, and upper body, and some of the workouts target the entire body.
If the workouts aren’t suited to your level of fitness, by doing the suggested modifications, the intensity can be scaled down for beginners or scaled up for advanced level exercisers.
Fe Fit 14-minute core workout
What Equipment Will I Need?
To get the most from Fe Fit, you will need a resistance band, a Pilates ring and two light sets of dumbbells – I’m using 3lb and 5lb weights. You will also need a chair to assist with the barre exercises. A yoga mat is optional, but it will make your workouts more comfortable.
What’s in the Box?
Included in the Fe Fit workout kit are 8 DVDs containing a total of 28 workouts. There’s also the Fe Fit Quick Start Guide, a Health & Fitness Guide and a 90 Day Workout Calendar that comes with stickers.
Next, we will look at a brief overview of everything, starting with the so-called Fe Fit Essentials. The length of each workout is in brackets.
Fe Fit Essentials
The program is based on what is known as the Fe Fit Essentials. This consists of the following:
• Total Body Toning (14 minutes) – The total body toning workouts comprise high-intensity strength training that targets every muscle group.
• Lower Body (14 minutes) – The lower body workouts consists of exercises that will tone your legs and give you a firm, rounded butt.
• Upper Body (14 minutes) – The upper body workouts will focus on your arms, back, chest and shoulders, promoting a balanced shape and good posture.
• Cardio Circuit (14 minutes) – The cardio circuits focus on vigorous cardio interval moves that melt fat and improve endurance.
• Barre (13 minutes) – Barre consists of exercises that work on specific muscle groups for targeted toning
• Stretch Flow (11 minutes) – Fe Fit’s take on yoga, Stretch Flow will increase your flexibility as it strengthens and tones typical problem areas.
• Core (15 minutes) – Core focuses on building a strong back and flat abs with sexy muscle definition.
Fe Fit DVD Workout Breakdown
Following is a breakdown of the Fe Fit workouts, along with their run times to the nearest minute. The program is based on a 1-month rotation and the workouts for each week are on separate DVD. This is convenient, and it makes staying on track really easy.
You can choose to do the workouts to generic techno music, or turn the music off if you prefer.
• DVD 1/Week 1 – DVD 1 starts with a 2-minute introduction to Fe Fit. This is followed by a tutorial demonstrating the 7 Fe Fit Essentials. You will then move onto this week’s workout, which consists of Total Body Toning 1 (28 mins), Core 1 (29 mins) and Lower Body 1 (27 mins).
• DVD 2/Weeks 2 & 3 – DVD 2 contains the workouts for weeks 2 and 3. Week 2 you will be doing Cardio Circuit 1 (29 mins), Upper Body 1 (29 mins) and Barre 1 (30 mins). Week 3 comprises Core 2 (29 mins), Total Body 2 (28 mins) and Lower Body 2 (28 mins).
• DVD 3/Weeks 4 & 5 – DVD 3 contains the workouts for weeks 4 and 5. Week 4’s workouts comprise Cardio Circuit 2 (28 mins), Upper Body 2 (27 mins) and Barre 2 (29 mins). Week 5’s workouts consist of Total Body Toning 3 (29 mins), Upper Body 3 (27 mins) and Barre 3 (27 mins).
• DVD 4/Weeks 6 & 7 – DVD 4 contains the workouts for weeks 6 and 7. Week 6’s workouts are Core 3 (28 mins), Lower Body 3 (28 mins) and Cardio 3 (29 mins). Week 7’s workouts consist of Best of Upper Body 4 (28 mins), Best of Total Body Toning 4 (29 mins) and Best of Barre 4 (28 mins).
• DVD 5/Weeks 8 & 9 – DVD 5 contain the workouts for weeks 8 and 9. Week 8’s workouts comprise Best of Cardio Circuit 4 (29 mins), Best of Core 4 (29 mins) and Best of Lower Body 4 (30 mins). Week 9’s workouts are Upper Body 1 (29 mins), Barre 1 (30 mins) and Total Body Toning 1 (28 mins).
• DVD 6/Weeks 10 & 11 – DVD 6 contains the workouts for weeks 10 and 11. Week 10 you will be doing Lower Body 1 (27 mins), Core 1 (29 mins) and Cardio Circuit 1 (29 mins). Week 11 consists of Upper Body 2 (27 mins), Barre 2 (29 mins) and Total Body Toning 2 (28 mins).
• DVD 7/Weeks 12 & 13 – DVD 7 contains the workouts for weeks 12 and 13. Week 12’s workouts include Lower Body 2 (28 mins), Core 2 (29 mins) and Cardio Circuit 2 (28 mins). Week 13’s workouts are Barre 3 (27 mins), Total Body Toning 3 (29 mins) and Cardio Circuit 3 (29 mins).
• DVD 8/Optional workouts – DVD 8 contains 4 optional Stretch Flow Workouts. These include Stretch Flow 1 (20 mins), Stretch Flow 2 (20 mins), Stretch Flow 3 (19 mins) and Best of Stretch Flow 4 (28 mins).
Next, we will take a look at the other Fe Fit inclusions.
Fe Fit Quick Start Guide
The Fe Fit Quick Start Guide will quickly get you up to speed with everything you need to know to start the Fe Fit program.
90 Day Calendar
The 90 Day Calendar lists the workouts and the days you will be doing them. Included are some small pink circular stickers, that will enable you to track your workouts easily. This is done by placing a sticker on the relevant day and week listed, upon completion of each session.
* Fe Fit comes with 5 workout calendars. Use the one pertinent to the duration of the workout you choose to do and the number of days a week you work out.
Health & User Guide
The Health & User Guide that comes with the Fe Fit Workout provides nutritional tips and advice, information about the Fe Fit program and the exercises you will be doing while undertaking it. It lists the equipment you will need, and there’s a bio of the trainer. There’s also a section for noting how many pounds and inches you’ve lost.
You get a three-phase-plan containing suggestions for improving your health through better nutrition. This is done by adopting one healthy habit a week, for 13 weeks.
The first phase is about your food choices, the second your habits and the third centers around wellness. Because the changes are introduced gradually rather than all at once, they are easier to implement.
If you want to take things to the next level, there are options for doing the workouts more often.
My Opinion of Fe Fit so Far – the Good and the Bad
I started the Fe Fit program three weeks ago, and so far my impressions are very positive. The workouts are hitting the spots I want to tone. They’re challenging enough to let me know they’re working, but they don’t leave me totally spent. In fact, I seem to have more energy after finishing a session, than I did before starting it. I’m not left ravenous and reaching for food as soon as I’m done, either.
If you’ve undertaken fitness programs in the past and become bored, I don’t think that will be a problem with this one. Personally, I find the workouts fun to do, and there is so much variety that sticking to the schedule isn’t a chore. I love that I can get results doing just 3 Fe Fit workouts a week. I also like that the program is more flexible than some others I’ve undertaken.
While some jumping is required, overall Fe Fit is lower in impact than a lot of other fitness programs I’ve undertaken.
I like that there’s a countdown timer displayed on the screen. This shows how much of the workout has been done, and how much there is left to do. It also encourages me to put in extra effort towards the end.
I like that the cardio workouts also involve some strength training, including Planks and Push-ups. I’m not, however, so enthusiastic about spending 29 minutes working my core.
The “best of” workouts are made up of exercises from the other workouts. While I don’t have a problem with this, these contain less variety than the other workouts.
I like the progress chart. There’s a space to map how much weight and you many inches you lose. The stickers are fun, and they make it easy to track the workouts.
Though generic, I quite like the music. It does tend to be a little on the soft side at times, but that’s fine by me.
The main instructor is lively with a fun personality. While motivating, I think she overdoes the “mommy talk,” and it can become slightly annoying. For example, at one point she says, “We are strong mommies,” “Keep going mommy,” and the like. Not all of us are moms. Some of us never will be.
Fe Fit Summary
I like variety, so I alternate workouts, and I buy a number of new fitness DVDs every year. Some I like, some I don’t. Fe Fit is definitely in the former category. I can see myself rotating it with some of my other favorite workout DVDs, including my much-loved Zumba Incredible Results. (Click the previous link to read a review.)
I think Fe Fit would work well for any woman who wants to improve their body shape, fitness, and health.
If there’s a special mom in your life or just someone you know who wants to tone up, this would make a great gift. You won’t even have to wrap it. The set comes beautifully presented, with the DVDs slotted into a cardboard book and everything tied up with a sheer pink bow. There’s even a welcome note from Fe Fit founders, Renee & Melonie.