7 Things I Like About E2M Training

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Michelle and I recently signed up for the E2M fitness challenge. E2M (Eager to Motivate) is an 8-week online diet and fitness program that pushes you to make sustainable changes to your eating and exercising habits. Michelle and I weren’t unhealthy. We were both working out regularly and eating a mostly pescatarian diet. But the pandemic left us feeling in a bit of a rut and this looked like a great opportunity to get out of our comfort zones. With Addison’s, long term, even low dose, steroid use can lead to weak bones. I wanted to do E2M to get stronger. I can stick with cardio training but have never stuck with strength training for any serious amount of time.

A lot of the program is somewhat secretive and information is a little scarce prior to signing up. I’m not sure why. There is nothing ground-breaking or earth-shattering about E2M and that is part of the reason it is likely so successfully with so many. I won’t be giving away the meal plans or workouts here. You need to sign up for that, but after finishing my first 8-week chunk, here are my thoughts on E2M.

I like the cost

The total cost is $320 for the E2M 8-week program. But you don’t need to lay it all out upfront. This is paid $40 weekly via PayPal. Spouses or partners in the same household, and starting at the same time, are included. You only pay for one 8-week program, but once you’re in, you’re an OG and subsequent sessions are free. Not a bad deal. If you fall off the wagon, no problem, it’s a lifetime membership. You have access to the Facebook group with the workouts, meals, coaches, and community. Pick yourself up and try again at no cost.

 

I like the very supportive community

After you sign-up, just about the entire program (for better and worse) is run through a closed Facebook group and that group is very, very supportive. From what I can tell, E2M started small and locally in South Carolina but has since grown widely. You won’t be alone if you chose to join up and interact with the group. I don’t post, but I do enjoy reading many of the transformational stories for inspiration.

 

I like the nightly live sessions

The founder/head trainer, Jeff Spoon, does a nightly video that is part Q/A, part motivational pep talk, and part old-time tent revival. I initially found them a little too rah-rah for my taste but have now come to look forward to his talks. He truly believes what he says and why not, based on the community posts, he and his program are impacting a lot of lives for the better. They are a nice piece of positivity to end the day on.

 

I like the authenticity

The E2M training program includes many live video sessions each day both for workouts, motivation, and mental pick me ups. It’s hard to hide your true self on live video day-after-day and all the trainers come across as really wanting you to succeed even when they are yelling at you to hold that plank for another 10 seconds. The production values have gotten better over time but this is not a slick Instagram or YouTube fitness influencer hawking a product, relationships, or questionable science.

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I like the simplicity

I’ve always been an active person and never tried any other diets or big lifestyle changes (other than cutting out chicken and red meat) in the past, mostly because while I saw other people get results, very few struck me as sustainable for the long-term. I’m not sure a strict E2M lifestyle will be either but it would appear to be far more sustainable and healthy than anything else I’ve come across even if you only adopt 75% of it.

The core principles are intermittent fasting, carb cycling, no dairy, and 6 workouts a week (half cardio/half strength circuits).

The focus is on simple meals that can be prepared without a complex recipe and without tempting you to stay in the kitchen too long.

There is no food tracking or calorie counting. You can weigh things if you want but it’s not necessary. Two handfuls of this, a palmful of that works just fine.

In short, join this program if you want to be told what to do and when to do it. It’s sort of like joining the army. It’s not for the skeptical, curious, or questioning. Join up for the expertise and trust the process.

It’s flexible enough to accommodate pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans. There is a separate Facebook group for vegan/vegetarian participants.

 

I like the initial results

The first week of E2M training, going no carbs, no processed sugar cold turkey, was hard. I was a little naive. I thought I was in decent shape, especially for cardio. Pulling carbs took me down a notch. Or three. But I also have lost 10 pounds and can see some increased muscle definition in my upper body where I’ve always struggled to sustain any results.

And it’s not about the weight. I will say the coaches stress NOT to get on the scale throughout the challenge (I just like data) and focus on non-scale victories and lifestyle changes and small incremental improvements.

 

I like the cheat meal

This goes hand-in-hand with the sustainable part. Similar to Tim Ferris’s popular 4 Hour Body, E2M training includes one meal a week you can eat and drink whatever you want. Pizza? Sure. Box of donuts? Sure. Ok, maybe not a box. Ice cream sundae? Yup. Couple beers. No problem. Enjoy it. You earned it through a week of hard work. No guilt, just a mental break.

 

If you’re looking for a simple (but not easy), sustainable way to get out of a fitness rut or jumpstart a change to your body, I’d strongly recommend checking out the E2M training program. If you do decide to sign-up, trust the process, follow the plan, and enjoy that celebration meal. I know I will.

 

MIKE'S WINDOW

65 comments

  1. First of all, thank you, this was very informative. This may be an odd question, but do you know if anyone uses E2M just for the fitness part of the program? My husband and I are on our own meal plan and I’m not interested in switching to E2M’s diet. I just want to exercise more and get into shape. I only need to lose 10-15lb, so I’m not looking for drastic results. The main thing I need is motivation to workout and it sounds like the community is very motivational and supportive. Would you recommend E2M for anyone who only wants to do the fitness part and not the diet part?

    1. Yes, I get the feeling that people definitely utilize it this way. My wife and I, after two years, sort of do it. We follow the general food principals (fasting, lower carb) but we mostly use the program for the circuits and other weight workouts. The program is not all or nothing and since I wrote this review, they’ve scaled up different offerings. There’s a strict and a looser approach (to the diet) along with a lot more workout options and videos. The cost is more than worth the lifetime access, IMO. If you are clear in your goals (sounds like you are), then I think your approach will work. You might get in ‘trouble’ if you expected a certain thing, didn’t follow the program, and then sort of questioned it in the group.

  2. Not enough information is given before signing up for the program. I want to know about intermittent fasting, how much liquid do I have to drink (I have hypoatremia, low sodium), exactly what foods im allowed daily, etc. I’m interested in the program. Please email detailed answers to my questions.

    1. It’s basically meat and vegetables some fruit and the fasting you can choose when but say fast til noon and eat from 12-8 is an example and your drinking 1/2 to 1 gallon of water a day. It’s a great program!

  3. You should reach out directly to the program for detailed answers. I am not affiliated in any way, just a user and I haven’t been doing it religiously that past year, just checking in. I can tell you they now a nutritionist and have different “tracks” you can do which will affect the speed of your results. When I did the program, the recommendation was a 16 hour fast, about a gallon of water throughout the day, plus 2 or 3 meals that centered each centered around 4-6 oz of protein, a cup or so of veggies (the veggies changed per week), and some fat (typically nuts or avocados). A piece of fruit was cycled in on alternating weeks. There were vegan/vegetarian options, too. Hope that helps a bit.

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