Are you ready to get back to that place where you feel confident, strong, and comfortable in your clothes again?

Let’s face it, our lives are busy. With so much on our plates, sometimes taking care of ourselves is the first to goBut here’s the thing. The longer we give in to the comforts of living our lives going through each day as creatures of habit, the further we stray from living in that place of confidence, strength, and true wellness

As I get older (soon to be reaching the big 5-0!) I realize the importance of respecting my body and my God enough to take care of my “temple”, as it says in 1 Corinthians 6:19. I also realize the reality that I may have to get a little uncomfortable in order to do it, so when Beachbody recently released their newest home workout program Core de Force, I decided what better way to get “uncomfortable” with my routine! The workouts looked fun, and of course the challenge pack came with the nutrition program and portion control containers I fell in love with after doing the 21 Day Fix, so I ordered it and gave it a go!

After only the first week, I can already feel soreness in all the right places. :) I’ve seen people posting some great results, and I can’t wait to finish out the program and get mine!

If you are eager to get “comfortably uncomfortable” to get back to loving the confident, strong self you see in the mirror again, and want to try Core de Force, keep reading because here’s the rundown:

Core de Force Workout: What you need to know

How long is the program?

Core de Force is a 30 day program of MMA-inspired workouts that focus on sculpting overall body definition. As the name implies, there is a lot of “CORE” work, but also cardio, legs, shoulders, back and abs. Plan to spend about 30-45 minutes for each routine, depending on the day.

What kind of workout is it?

The different workouts will alternate between boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai combinations (I didn’t even know what that WAS before this), and then you’ll have cardio “spikes” and bodyweight training to break it up, for a total workout that really makes you sweat (in a good way). Super fun and different!

Equipment needed?

None. Just give yourself enough space – next to your bed, in front of the couch.. about 5-6 feet should work.

How are the workouts structured?

There are a various number of 3-minute “rounds” with a bell at the end of each round (like at a boxing match) signaling your well-deserved break. This makes it go by really quickly. I loved learning all the combinations, though I must admit it challenged my brain on some of my early mornings.

Is there a modifier?

YES, and she is super helpful! Some days I just followed the modifier on the split screen until I got the hang of the combos. She’d go a little slower, or sometimes did the moves at a “lower-impact” (but still high-intensity). Side note: with some programs, I feel like the modifier is just “one of them” (super-buff-chick, just having to “dumb down” the routine for us regular folk). Not so with Core de Force. The modifier is completely a normal person, if that makes sense. :)

The Workouts

8 Workouts on 3 DVDs (or streaming on demand)
MMS Speed – Upper body, core-focused, boxing-influenced workout. Lots of jabs and uppercuts!
[Read the review]
(6 rounds – 27 mins) 

MMA Shred – Muay Thai-inspired head-to-toe workout with lots of elbow and kicks.
(9 rounds – 37 mins)
[Read the review]

MMA Power – Faster-paced conditioning with explosive and defensive-style movements.
(12 rounds – 47 mins)
[Read the review]

MMA Plyo – Boxing, Muay Thai, plyometrics combo designed to get a total-body shred. Major calorie burner! 
(12 rounds – 47 mins)

Power Sculpt – Designed to sculpt lean muscle and build next-level endurance with explosive power and interval training.
[Read the Review…]
(9 rounds – 37 mins)

Dynamic Strength – Low on impact but high on intensity, all bodyweight strength training.
[Read the Review…]
(12 rounds – 47 mins)

Active Recovery – A “rest day workout” that focuses on form and technique to fight muscle stiffness and soreness.
(21 mins)

Core de Force Relief – Do this quick 5-minute stretch before bed to help relieve tight and tired muscles.
(5 mins)

What about the food?

The meal plan provides recipes, suggested sample meals for each week, and of course all the food lists to correspond to the different colored containers for portion control. The plan works within a rough daily caloric range, but don’t worry about counting calories – you won’t be doing any of that. Just follow the container system and you’ll be in great shape to optimize your nutrition each week. The food lists make it SO simple to know what to eat, and the containers help you with how much, and all of it together helps you really stay on point – because we know that 80% of the battle is won in the kitchen, right?!

What kind of results will I get?

This program is geared toward shaping your physique, and if you work the program (including the nutrition), you should definitely see yourself getting stronger, more balanced, and leaner. With your one-time purchase of this program, it is yours forever, so you can definitely continue beyond the 30 days for as many repeated rounds as you feel you need to hit your target goals.

Here are just a few of the test group participants’ results! As with any fitness program, our results will vary based on individual effort and starting point.

Is there a Challenge Pack bundle?

Yes, and when you buy the challenge pack or the digital download challenge pack, it not only includes the workouts and containers, but also a month of either Shakeology or Pre- & Post-workout Performance supplements (and a cool shaker cup), and member access to Team Beachbody and Beachbody on Demand. The Shakeology is set up to be a recurring order, but you can modify that any time within the first 30 days.

How much will it cost?

You can purchase a stand-alone kit with all of the workouts, the calendar, and meal plan for $59.85 (US), which I thought was almost TOO cheap (coaches pay 25% LESS than that, hehe). You can also choose one of the other ordering options below, which come bundled with extras & bonuses.
The base kit comes with:

  • 4 MMA-inspired workouts, each with a step-by-step breakdown of all the moves
  • 2 bodyweight resistance workouts
  • 1 CORE DE FORCE Relief workout
  • 1 Active Recovery stretch workout
  • CORE DE FORCE Eating Plan with food lists, recipes & sample menus, so that figuring out what to eat is never a battle
  • Quick-Start Guide with 3 simple steps for starting CORE DE FORCE strong
  • 30-Day Calendar with daily workout schedule planned out for you so you just check it off each day to stay on track

The bundled packages come with even MORE, and at awesome discounts! Follow the links here to check those out and see what’s right for you (some are on sale this month in honor of the big launch!)

When ordering, if you’d like me to be your coach, make sure on the checkout page it lists Laurie Yogi as your coach. If not, you can search using ID#39758  (this gives you access to my coaching group online, reserved just for my clients).

Your support system

If you’re ready for a program that can help you get back on track with your fitness, and are looking for a cheerleader/coach/encourager to help you get through it (or even help you decide if another program might a better fit for your goals), I would be honored if you’d like to work together. Plus, when you purchase a challenge pack through my links, you’ll get access to our private accountability group with people just like you. Follow this link to complete a pre-registration form (no strings!) and I’ll get back to you asap!  Shaped for Strength pre-registration application

Whether we end up working together or not, I want to leave you with a scripture from Hebrews, that pretty much sums up the whole getting “uncomfortably comfortable” in this health and fitness thing…

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees” – Hebrews 12:11-12, ESV

So here’s to us becoming more disciplined, strengthening our “weak knees”, but most of all, cultivating strength in our spirits and our confidence, as we honor and care for the temple that God has blessed us with.