October 17, 2018
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Heads up! This is everything you need to know about Shift Shop (before you try it).
“What makes the Shift Shop different is that it’s a ramp-up rapid-build program for 3 weeks. Each week the workouts get harder—no matter how much you weigh, your size or your shape—it touches every fitness level. And we have a lot of fun.”Chris Downing, talking about the Shift Shop program
Shift Shop is a 3-week workout (and meal plan*) by Beachbody.
*This post is a detailed review of the workouts in Shift Shop (not a review of the meal plan).
Chris Downing is the star of this exercise program that combines cardio and strength-training routines into a total body calorie-killing masterpiece.
Chris Downing is an elite functional fitness trainer with a little-boy face and tons of charm and enthusiasm. (He strikes the perfect balance of spastic energy and genuine encouragement.)
I’d describe the cardio routines in Shift Shop as agility style exercises.
And the strength workouts are a blend of isolation and compound moves done using high reps.
✔The team of athletes in Shift Shop includes all levels of exercisers and there’s a modifier doing the routines at a beginner level in each workout.
Keep reading for a complete breakdown of every Shift Shop routine, what’s included in the Deluxe set, how many calories I burn when I do these workouts, what equipment you do (and don’t) need, my favorite (and least favorite) things about Shift Shop as well as where you can buy the Shift Shop program.
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There are 8 workouts (3 cardio, 3 strength, a core routine and a 20-minute stretch program called Shift Mobility) in the base Shift Shop set.
You can also purchase a Deluxe set of 3 additional workouts not included in the base kit. The additional workouts in the Deluxe set include one more cardio, one more strength and one more core routine (Super Speed 50, Super Strength 50 and Super Shift Core).
Chris Downing has a Shop Rule in each workout that helps you focus on a specific goal for that routine on that day. He calls out the Shop Rule at the start of every routine.
Workouts in the Base Set
Super Speed 50
Super Strength 50
The workouts don’t use all of this equipment in every routine.
Keep reading to see what’s used in each specific workout and whether I think you need to invest in the equipment or not.
But here’s a list of everything used by Chris Downing to do all of the workouts in Shift Shop:
Dumbbells (various sizes depending on your level of fitness)
*The PT sandbag is only used during the 3 Deluxe workouts. You can easily substitute the sandbag for one or two dumbbells (depending on the exercise). I don’t have one but you can buy a PT sandbag if you want one. The sandbag weighs up to 20 lbs. (depending on how much sand you put in it).
Here’s a breakdown of all of the workouts in Shift Shop:
Shop Rule for Speed 25:
“Try before you modify.“Chris Downing, Speed 25, Shift Shop
Speed 25 is a 30 minute cardio routine.
There are 15 exercises done for 1 minute each. There’s a 45-60 second rest after each cardio interval.
The Shift Shop team uses 2 markers for this workout but you don’t need them (more about this further down in this article).
There’s no warm-up in Speed 25, you start the routine immediately after the short pep talk.
Speed 25 is your introduction to the Shift Shop program and you’ll love it. This workout is short, intense and fun.
There’s a 3 minute cool down/stretch at the end of the workout. It’s a decent stretch. You’ll notice that Chris is in a full-blown flop sweat (I borrowed ‘flop sweat’ from Tony Horton) even though he doesn’t do the workout. (No, that doesn’t matter at all…but I notice stuff like that.)
Shop Rule for Strength 25:
“You need form to perform.”Chris Downing, Strength 25, Shift Shop
Strength 25 is a workout focused on getting muscle definition.
There are 15 exercises done in 1-minute intervals. Most of the exercises are isolation exercises (as opposed to compound exercises using more than one muscle group at a time).
You’ll be doing as many reps as you can during the 60 seconds.
If you want to build muscle then go with heavy weights and a slower pace.
If you want to get muscle definition and stay with the Shift Shop team then grab light weights and set a goal for getting in as many reps as you can during the interval.
Only go as fast as you can with proper form (remember the Shop Rule for today).
I use 10 and 12 lb. dumbbells to do Strength 25.
If you never (or hardly ever) lift weights and you’re female then start with 5 and 8 lb. dumbbells.
Guys can start with 12 and 15 lb. dumbbells (maybe heavier) depending on how often you lift weights.
Here are the exercises you’ll be doing (use this list to help you decide which dumbbells you’ll need):
Overhead Shoulder Presses
Alternating Back Lunges
Shop Rule for Speed 35:
“Don’t let the move finish you. You finish the move.”Chris Downing, Speed 35, Shift Shop
There are 2 rounds of moves in this 39-minute cardio routine.
Chris Downing uses 3 markers to do the exercises. You’ll move the markers to a different formation after the first round of exercises.
There are 6 moves in each round that you do in 2 sets. You repeat each move for 60 seconds in the first set. The second set is the same 6 exercises but the interval is shortened to 30 seconds.
*Speed 35 has some exercises where you travel in a circle. I get dizzy REALLY easy so if you do too, then know that you might want to modify the pattern of your moves so you don’t want to throw up halfway through the set.
Shop Rule for Strength 35:
“Go towards the burn.”Chris Downing, Speed 35, Shift Shop
Strength 35 is a 39 minute sculpting workout done in 2 rounds.
There are 10 (mostly compound) exercises done for 1-minute intervals in the first round.
Then you repeat the same 10 exercises for 45 second intervals in the second round.
Chris Downing changes the tempo and pattern of the exercises a little in the second round but it’s the same moves.
The recommendation is that you have at least 2 different sizes of dumbbells to complete Strength 35. I actually use 3 different sizes (8, 10 and 15 lb. dumbbells).
Here are the exercises and the weights I use to do them:
Curl squat overhead press-10 lb. DB’s
Pulsing lunges-10 lb. DB’s
Push-up rows-10 lb. DB’s
Side lunges with an upright row-10 lb. DB’s
Figure 4 Bridge-one 15 lb. DB
Staggered rows-one 15 lb. DB
Pull plank fly-one 10 lb. DB
Sumo circles-one 15 lb. DB
Hungry bear-no weights
Flying lunges-8 lb. DB’s
*Men will most likely want to use heavier weight than I do for every one of these exercises and women who never lift weights should start with lighter dumbbells.
Shop Rule for Speed 45:
“Celebrate the challenge.”Chris Downing, Speed 45, Shift Shop
Speed 45 is another cardio workout in Shift Shop.
Chris Downing introduces this routine as ‘the hardest program’ in Shift Shop.
You’ll have to decide if you agree with him or not.
The moves in Speed 45 are no more difficult than the other routines in Shift Shop. But the length of the workout makes it more of a challenge.
There are 3 rounds of exercises in Speed 45. Each round has 4 exercises that you repeat in intervals. The first interval in each round is 60 seconds, the second interval is 45 seconds and the third is 30 seconds.
The team uses 4 markers in Speed 45. After each round you’ll move your markers to a new pattern.
There’s no warm-up in this 49-minute routine but there’s a cool down/stretch segment that’s about 4 minutes long.
Shop Rule for Strength 45:
“Go bigger to get better.”Chris Downing, Strength 45, Shift Shop
Strength 45 is a 49 minute sculpting workout.
There are 9 exercises done in 3 rounds.
In the first round each exercise is repeated for a 60 second interval. In the second round the intervals are 45 seconds and the third round uses 30 second sections.
It’s recommended (by the Shift Shop gurus) that you have at least 2 different light to medium dumbbells for this routine.
I use 4 different dumbbell sizes when I do Strength 45 (8, 10, 12 and 15 lb. dumbbells).
Here are the exercises* and the dumbbells I use to do them:
*I realize the names of some of these exercises won’t mean much to you so I’ve included a few hints about what the exercise is like.
Pulsing Lunge Hops-8 lb. dumbbells
Push Row Piston (a renegade row combination)-12 lb. dumbbells
Floating Upright Row (side lunges with an upright row)-10 lb. dumbbells
Bear Dog (a bent-leg plank with a kick out)-no weights
Straight Leg Bridge (a hamstring exercise done on your back)-one 12 lb. dumbbell
Staggered Row Kickback-one 10 lb. dumbbell
Pull Push Reach (in plank position)-one 8 lb. dumbbell
Sumo Circle Chop (sumo squats with a dumbbell rotation over your head and a lunge)-one 15 lb. dumbbell
Shift Maker (this is several exercises blended together, there’s a push-up, rows, bicep curl, squat and overhead press)-12 lb. dumbbells
*TIP–Be ready for the 1-minute Burnout section at the end of Strength 45. You’ll think you’re done after the last set of Shift Makers but you’re not. Chris Downing calls out several more exercises like bicep curls, pulsing lunges and squat overhead presses that you’ll power through before the cool down and stretch.
Shop Rule for Shift Core:
“Breathe through it.”Chris Downing, Shift Core, Shift Shop
There are 9 exercises that you repeat for 45 second intervals in Shift Core. The routine is about 12 minutes long. All you need is a mat to do Shift Core.
The format is the same in this routine as the others—Chris demonstrates the exercises before you do them so you don’t have to miss any reps trying to figure out what’s going on.
This might not be the best core workout you’ve done in your life but there are some gems in here and you’ll definitely feel it. Also, the exercises are unique so you won’t be bored.
Shop Rule for Shift Mobility:
“Love yourself.”Chris Downing, Shift Mobility, Shift Shop
You find out why Chris is always wearing a hat in every workout in the opening scene of Shift Mobility. It’s like seeing someone who’s had a beard for 10 years for the first time after they shave it off (kind of weird at first but then you get used to it).
If you’re like me you probably won’t do Shift Mobility that often but when you do it you’ll be so glad you did.
The 20-minute routine is a slow progression of moves that stretches out your entire body.
Shop Rule for Super Speed 50:
“Anything is possible.”Chris Downing, Super Speed, Shift Shop
Super Speed 50 is a cardio routine.
The Shift Shop team uses 4 markers and a PT sandbag to do Super Speed 50.
I don’t have a PT sandbag. Instead, I use one 5 lb. dumbbell when I do this workout. There’s a girl in the Shift Shop team demonstrating how to use a dumbbell to do this routine.
There are 3 rounds of 3 different exercises that you repeat 3 times in this 50 minute workout.
I know that sounds confusing so here’s a little clarification…
In round one you’ll repeat 3 different exercises for 60 seconds, then 45 seconds and finally for 30 seconds. Then you have a short break and move on to 3 new moves. You’ll follow the same 60 second, 45 second and 30 second pattern for the new exercises.
That same cycle is repeated again for a 3rd group of 3 new exercises in round 3.
The second grouping of exercises is the hardest.
You’ll use the PT sandbag (or light dumbbell) for at least one of the 3 exercises in each round.
When you think the workout is over it’s not. There’s a 2-minute Burnout section after the last set of exercises in the 3rd round. Chris Downing calls out what you have to do. It’s hard.
There’s no warm-up in Super Speed 50 but there IS a 3 ½ minute cool down/stretch segment at the end.
Shop Rule for Super Strength 50:
“Push with purpose.”Chris Downing, Super Strength 50, Shift Shop
Super Strength is a 50 minute sculpting workout. The exercises are a blend of compound and isolation moves with a lot of rotational and up and down motion while holding weights.
There are 3 rounds of 10 exercises.
There’s a short warm-up, the main routine, a burnout section of squats that’s about 2 minutes and a cool/down stretch segment about 3 minutes long.
You do all 10 exercises for 60 second intervals in the round 1, 45 seconds in round 2 and 30 seconds in the last round.
Chris Downing (and most of his team) uses a PT sandbag to do all of the moves. The sandbag’s weight is adjustable so I’m not sure how heavy their sandbags are (they can hold up to 20 lbs. of sand).
I use 3 different sizes of dumbbells to do Super Strength 50—8, 10 and 12 lb. DB’s.
If you’re using dumbbells you’ll be tempted to go a lot heavier (than I do) but I’d caution against that until you’re familiar with the moves.
Chris encourages a fast pace and it’s not safe to move and twist quickly while holding heavy weights.
I recommend that you wait until you’ve done this workout a few times before you go up in weight.
Shop Rule for Super Shift Core:
“Just one more.”Chris Downing, Super Shift Core, Shift Shop
Super Shift Core is another core routine of 9 exercises (like Shift Core) but this time the exercise interval is 60 seconds (instead of 45 seconds) and Chris uses a PT sandbag to do the exercises.
This 16-minute routine is also slightly longer than the core workout in the base set.
I recommend that you use a 5 or 8 lb. dumbbell if you don’t have the sandbag accessory.
I have a membership to Beachbody on Demand so I stream all the workouts and don’t have any of the accessories. I use an 8 lb. dumbbell when I do Super Shift Core.
There are 8 workouts in the base set of Shift Shop—6 main routines plus an ab and a stretching program.
There are 3 more routines in the deluxe set (not included in the base kit)—1 more cardio, 1 more strength and 1 more ab workout that are all longer than the 6 workouts in the basic set.
Exercisers of every level can do Shift Shop.
There’s a modifier in each routine who does the entire workout using the beginner version of every move. You can follow him/her if you’re just getting started.
There’s NO complicated choreography or steps to master in Shift Shop.
The cardio routines use repetitive agility moves that you can do fast or slow.
Some of the exercises require coordination but if you can do jumping jacks without tripping then you can figure them all out.
The strength workouts use weights. If you’ve never lifted weights then do these routines without weights the first few times and then add light dumbbells as you master correct form and become familiar with the combinations.
No, you don’t have to have the 4 markers to do the Shift Shop workouts.
If you have a membership to Beachbody on Demand and you’ve been wondering if you have to buy those markers to do the routines I’m here to tell you that you don’t need them.
I do think it’s helpful to use something as a visual marker (4 paper plates, 4 washcloths, 4 markers that you create out of tape, etc.) but there’s nothing magical about the markers that come with the set of DVD’s.
I WOULD invest in some dumbbells* if you want to do Shift Shop. Those are required, in my opinion. (The deluxe workouts use a PT sandbag. You don’t need one of those either. You can substitute easily with dumbbells.)
*You’ll need at least 2-4 different sizes of light to medium dumbbells.
*Use my breakdown of each of the workouts above to help you decide what size dumbbells you’ll need.
Shift Shop is for anyone who’s looking for a fun total body workout series.
You need a space about the size of a 5 x 8 rug to do the strength routines but you’ll need at least twice that much room to properly do the cardio exercises.
This is about what I burn doing each of these routines.*
*I took my average calorie burn after doing each workout at least twice while wearing my heart rate monitor to get these numbers.
Speed 25-247 calories
Strength 25-223 calories
Speed 35-359 calories
Strength 35-238 calories
Speed 45-466 calories
Strength 45-382 calories
Shift Core-49 calories
Shift Mobility-50 calories
Super Speed 50-429 calories
Super Strength 50-304 calories
Super Shift Core-58 calories
A self-described Shrek, Chris Downing is awesome.
He’s not too demanding but makes you want to squeeze out that last ounce of energy in the final second of every interval.
I love how Chris demonstrates every single exercise before the timer starts.
And the Beachbody experts have done a great job including on-screen form pointers and instructions to really get you ready to do every move.
I love that anyone (of any fitness level) can do these routines. My kids (11 and 14 years old) have even done a few of the workouts with me.
Because the exercises are so easy to modify you can really push yourself to the next fitness level without switching to a new program. OR if you’re already an advanced exerciser Shift Shop allows you to maintain that status with these workouts.
Not much bothers me about Shift Shop.
But if I had to pick something I’d say that I wish Chris Downing did all of the workouts with you.
That’s my favorite thing about the Insanity workouts—Shaun T does the work with you.
The other thing I don’t like is doing push-ups on dumbbells.
You’ll see this is a few of the strength workouts and I don’t like it. Why? Doing push-ups on dumbbells bruises my palms.
This isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, though. I just modify these exercises and do the push-ups on the floor.
Speed 45 is my favorite workout in Shift Shop.
I like the design of the routine with 4 exercises in each round that you repeat 3 times and then move on. And the exercises in Speed 45 are the most fun (in my opinion).
*I recommend you buy the deluxe kit. The extra workouts are worth the money.
I’ll end this review with a quote that I love from Chris Downing.
He says this at the very end of the Super Strength 50 routine:
“Don’t like your picture? Go inside and re-paint it.”Chris Downing, Shift Shop
Well said, Chris, well said.
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