So, Jillian and I have finally been introduced.
Surprisingly, I’ve never watched an entire episode of “Biggest Loser”. Since we have no television, that makes it kind of hard. I’ve watched clips here and there that family members have saved for me and I’ve gathered that Jillian can be mean. OK. Really mean.
In my stocking this year, the Doc, I mean Santa, lovingly tucked “Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred”. I was excited to give it a try since I would be on the road for two weeks and appreciated someone else telling me what to do for two weeks.
If you haven’t ever tried it, let me break it down for you:
There are 3 workouts, each at increasing levels of difficulty: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3. Each workout is 20 minutes with a quick warm up and cool down. Each workout has the same pattern: 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs. She basically cycles through a series of moves using this pattern.
Great for beginners to weight lifting.
I would recommend this video for beginners. Jillian’s explanations are thorough and easy to understand.
There are a lot of compound moves used.
This means more than one muscle group is being used at one time. There are squats being mixed with shoulder press. Moving pushups. Bicep curl with a leg extention. Static lunge with a row. Know what this means? MORE CALORIES BURNED. This is because more than one muscle group is being used. Adios calories!
Incorporates weight lifting and cardio.
The perfect formula for “shredding” fat. Period.
I am in love with plyo or jump training. It is a must for an intense workout and she dishes it out shamelessly. Good for you, Jillian!
There are 3 workouts.
This provides variety and there is room for progress.
WAY TOO SHORT.
Whoa! 20 minutes?!? I looked at my heart rate monitor and after the first workout I had only turned 150 calories. Ummmm…. Not enough for this momma, so what to do? I did what any self respecting Fit Momma would do: I did it again! Sometimes I did the Level 3 twice in a row, but after that got old, I started doing Level 1 and 2 back to back. Then Level 2 and 3 back to back. Anything to mix it up. That ended up being around a 50 minute workout and burned around 350 calories. Much betta.
One set of weights.
A set of dumbbells are used, but she never specifies what weight that should be. She looks like she’s using around 5 lbs. My frustration came because some of the moves need heavier weights than others (my chest press needs to be a lot heavier than my fast punches). I found myself stopping the DVD to switch out different weights throughout. A beginner would not know how to do this if not instructed.
Jillian recommends doing her workouts six days a week for 30 days. Really?!? I wouldn’t recommend doing the same durn thing day after day. Remember what our bodies love and respond to? CHANGE. I would say do this DVD 3 days a week and doing some serious cardio the other 3 days a week. Do this for 4-6 weeks, then guess what? It’s time to try something new. Our bodies are experts at adapting, so we need to keep things fresh with new workouts. Then, break it out again after it gathers dust for 4-6 weeks.
In order to “Shred”, you gotta pay.
Let’s get real and admit that in order to get truly shredding and lose body fat, the nutrition aspect is HUGE. Jillian directs us to her website for her diet plan, but after a free 30 day trial, you gotta pay $16 a month to access it.
In the final analysis, the question to answer is always: “Did I sweat?” The answer was yes (after doubling up the workouts). Another questions I always ask is: “Am I sore?” With this DVD, the answer was no. That does not mean it wasn’t effective, but since it is very similar to how I design my own workouts, this did not surprise me.
If you have never done any weight lifting, this is a great place to start. You could start with the Level 1 20 minute workout, then go for a 30 minute walk afterward. It does get challenging, and that is precisely what I love about it. Over time, you’ll be moving up to the Level 2 and 3 in no time.
If you are at an intermediate or advanced level, when doing two of these workouts back to back, this is a great option to have. I’m all about options and am glad it’s in my arsenal.
You can find the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred here:
Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred
How about you, Fit Mommas? I know many of you out there have tried the 30 Day Shred. What do you think? Comment below and tell us WHAT WORKS!
** Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred was purchased by the Doc. I was not compensated at all for this review in any way at all.