Not for me but would recommend
Sam is a very likeable and genuine guy. Great that he offers various levels of fitness level work outs but I didn't find them inspiring as same music every day. The diet didn't appeal to me as mostly salads and it's winter and most of the produce was out of season. I know a few people that have had amazing results with this program so would recommend - also the price is very reasonable for all that you do receive, just not for me.
Worst program of my life and i felt scammed
I've always used Youtube videos to workout but then i thught maybe i'll try the famous 28 day programe to see results and honestly i am so dissapointed , from day one not once did i receive communication from these people , on signing up they tell you that you get communication but only to end up talking to a robot , if you get stuck and get problems you can only access help through automated messages .
The exercises are absoulutely the bare minimum , I have done countless of home exercies on Youtube and they get me sweating way more than thi...
Fad dieting still exists
Thought I would give it a try during Covid-19. It was free through my health fund Bupa. I'm all for people who want to change their lives for a healthier way of living and if this program worked for you good but I would be surprised. I signed up, according to the ad, easy exercise, quick and easy meals, full supportive chat.
Meals are strange, they are no way quick and easy, salads in his recipes take roughly 1.30min to make, ridiculous for anyone who doesn't have that kind of time. They also are high Carb and sugar which is surprising for a ...diet also be warned they are mostly vegetarian. I won't lie I tried his meals mostly made me feel sick afterwards and hungry due to they use a lot of non starchy vegetables. He also believes in no snacking between meals so in my case I start my day at 5 I workout, breakfast, drive to work lunch at 12 work the afternoon home dinner at 6.30pm. So 7hrs no food. I did ask them about this they said they said follow the program as it has be designed to be beneficial to you". Starving yourself is not healthy, and it's a expensive diet. The exercise routines well they can be found for free on Darebee.com so no real value there. I do understand there is only so many ways you can do a routine before it is copied, but no point in paying for something that is for free. Just download prin. It also saves on bandwidth as his programs are all videos so extra cost as well. Now their online crew, well all answers are auto generated bots, not real people here. It takes roughly 2ish days from each email, yes email not live chat to get responded to. I was offered to reset my program to day 1 after a few weeks, as in their words "We know we didn't get of to a good start would you like to start again" I asked them if they could provide better training, information, nutrition and recipes. They replied with the program is designed for all walks of life. They said no once you get figure out the jargon. I changed my life over 12 months ago, I learnt proper nutrition exercise and lifestyle and I lost 21kg fitter than what I have ever been. No thanks to this Program. I want people to know it is possible and not to read this review and think no hope. There is hope and all is possible I just want people to know my thoughts on this let down of a program. I do hope that internet based programs like this will be a fad and disappear. Online you can find heaps of free programs and nutrition information and supportive groups.
Jury's still out
I'm not overweight, am a senior and have been working out since I was in my 20's so reasonably fit. I only do the low impact version as I like to look after my knees and ankles but not enough cardio for me and no real weight training and when weights are used they're used quickly, not controlled. Also one of the low impact workouts he has running in it - and yes, I know I can modify it but.... The exercises seem to just repeat themselves week by week. I thought they'd be different each week but not sure, maybe they'll change next month. Als...o food must cost a fortune as does most 'healthy' eating so being a retiree I'm not even going to attempt it but will try to limit the wine and sugar! I have a big library of exercise DVDs and online trainers that I follow and prefer as I can vary it more. Having said that - I do like his personality and will keep doing the program for the 3 months complimentary through BUPA and see if the exercise alone does anything as just need to flatten the old age tummy a bit! I think if people follow it religously with the diet program it would work and 28 minutes is definitely achievable for anyone. Just pricey with the health food.
Not a positive experience on any level
I found that the exercises are repetitive and boring. I cancelled my membership at the end of the first month, however they had already debited my credit card for the next month.
My request for a refund was bluntly refused and when I asked for them to reconsider given they had taken my money for a service that I obviously have no intention of using and they just ignored my email.
I would NOT recommend this program, it has not been a positive experience for me at all.
Put my neck out
My first workout, rookie level, and 4 exercises in I put my neck out. I can barely move it. There was no warm up and the first exercises are literally flinging yourself around. I have been doing yoga for years and am intermediate level. I should have known better. Also there is no vegan diet option, not even some vegan options under the vegetarian plan. I'm just glad I didn't pay for it. Guess I'll go back to yoga.
Watch your debits
Make sure you get confirmation if you cancel. I cancelled within an hour of downloading because it wasnt what i was looking for, they continued to debit and wont refund.
Best Program I have tried
K.I.S.S This program is the epitome of this principle, no fuss simple food to buy and easy to prepare, great swap feature if you are not feeling that food for dinner, not 1000 ingredients and 3 hours to make, tastes great ticks all the boxes. The exercise program is the same straight forward exercises that really hit the spot....all the spots. The educational videos are great I love the mind and body segments, self-sabotage was my key. Love your work, keep it up. I've tried them all, this by far is the best for me. Keeps you accountable ticking off your program as you work through it for the day. Day by day.
Never used the program - no time
I signed up for the 28 Day Sam Wood program, but unfortunately due to time and limited funds (shopping for specific foods etc) I never used the program. I am sure the program is great if you have time and money to put the effort in, unfortunately with school, children and work, I just didn't have any time for myself. I knew my renewal was coming up and went onto the app to cancel but there was nowhere on the app to do so. I then had to leave my location due to asthma issues with smoke and was out of reception to login to my account on my computer to cancel and there is no option to call to cancel, and have now been charged for another 3 months that I again won't use. Its ridiculous that when trying to get a refund you cannot get one.
Sam Woods program is life saving!
Has been great for me and hubby. 28 days in and already seeing results and loving that its more a lifestyle change than a strict diet.
Food is filling and all whole, real foods to keep us fuller for longer ans our bodies nourished!
Only regret is we didn't start earlier, but no better time than the present!
Good but not realistic or sustainable
The food is tasty, the workouts are good and the program is effective. Positives out the way the program is unrealistic in terms of cost and time. All food is fresh veg and herbs and gourmet ingredients. We normally spend $250 a week on groceries for a family of 5. Since doing 28 we are spending $450 a week. Completely blows the budget.
The other problem is time. We spend all our spare time sourcing, prepping and cooking food. A recipe thats says 20 minutes prep will be closer to an hour.
This may be good for a stay at home Mum with tons of money but for the rest of us it can't be maintained.
Can't use the program..
I purchased this program last year and didnt use it due to health and personnal challenges in my life. I was planing to use it when i am ready for it. My expectation have been that i can use it (for the first time) whenever i want to and thats what i understood when i did purchased it...
So i have been told, because I'm not an active member i have been taken out to permit to watch the videos and try starting to achieve my goals. I have paid good money and i should be able to start this 28 day challenge for the first time whenever i want to.
Very dissapointing to see that the understanding of this situation, care and suppport is not given at all.
I have not had a positive experience. I purchased 28 by Sam Wood to keep motivated; for something different. I was unhappy with the repetitive nature of the exercises. Into the second month, a few days after the money was taken from my account, I realised that it was not going to be any different in the second month. Most exercises are repeated but just in different orders. Unfortunately, given I realised this a few days into the next month, I was told there was no possibility of a refund. Despite my dissatisfaction with the product.
Do not p...
Its a lifestyke not a quick fix
So many yummy food options to suit everyone, exercise everyday for 28 minutes I love that the workouts are varied everyday. I find it is sustainable and easy to follow. 28 offers real results and I know it works when followed correctly. Their online support crew always friendly and available to help and a really positive encouraging online community, I have met some really lovely people thru arranged meet ups. I needed a change in my food and exercise and 28 helped me achieve that, realising that healthy food is delicious and the workouts are fun and challenging. The program also compliments my love of running.
It’s my life now. I’m on such a happy path I have reached my goal weight and have maintained for over two years.
When I think of how far I have come......Two knee replacements. Size18-20 clothes to 10-12 now. Im a mature age 28ers and I suffered with arthritis. Now I dont have pain and Im so fit and doing the top workouts. The meals are a good size and delicious. Everything is worked out for you. ONe of the most important thing. No low fat crap. All good wholesome tasty meals. No counting calories... Sam is unbelievable as a PT. He understands US!!!!He gives so much of his time to help us on EVERY level. I could shout about 28 from the rooftops. No...other program works like 28 The support from Sam and the Crew is amazing. The community is wonderful and so supportive too. There is so much on the program yoga meditation pre baby post baby. Gluten free vegetarian.28 have a wonderful nutritionist who gives us her valuable time to answer any questions live on a Tuesday night. What more could you want. 28 works. For the first time in over 20 years I can eat with no guilt with every mouthful knowing Im looking after myself. I was worried I could not do these exercises but I had nothing to worry about they are so doable. One thing that really blows me away is that it is just 4 x 7minutes of exercise......... 28 is an unbelievable program until you try it......
Absolutely brilliant program - don't put it off, please try it today
I have tried a few other programs and this by far is the best! The food is fantastic (including the GF options which I cook for my husband (you can adjust pretty much all the recipes to GF), customer service excellent but best of all Sam cares deeply for 28ers! He is a realistic and genuine trainer that understands the complexities of doing programs such as these for clients that have young families. Please do yourself a favour and try 28! It's life changing. Don't forget that research shows that it can take AT LEAST 66 days to create a habit, so try to commit to 28 for at least 3 months, and if you stick with it, you'll fall in love with the new you!
I joined 28 by Sam Wood recently as I have done 4 of the 8 week I quit sugar programs that use to be run by [name removed] and I was hopeful that it would be very similar as they use it to advertise a lot. Within 10 minutes of signing up I realised that it is not even close. None of the recipes have any thought or care what so ever. I have a gluten intolerance so selected the GF option (Most IQS meals were gluten free anyway) All of the recipes are either salads or meals with gluten free bread (gluten free bread is not nice). Within the 10...minutes I cancelled my subscription and contacted the support team straight away, where I was met with arrogance and 0 customer service. They would not even consider giving me a refund even though they can clearly see I had only been a customer for 10 minutes. If you are hoping it is similar to the IQS programs don't bother. If you want good customer service or have any issue at any stage (which I’m sure most will) Beware!!!
Great food and realistic program
The food in this program is real and delicious. You have the option to swap meals out if you don't like what's there, and it also caters for many general dietary requirements. I've tried a few different things over the years and so far, this program is the one that fits in the best with my lifestyle. Only 28mins of exercise a day - very achievable - and, once you get the hang of the meal planning/prep, cooking is easy as well.
Questions & Answers
Are there any subscriptions to pay and for how long?
Honestly I don't like to have to subscribe for products.
I think one should be given the option to continue say for six months or less
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