Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Exercise Dvd Review

by Annie on February 23, 2010 · 5 comments

in Exercise & Injuries,Exercise DVD Reviews,Product Reviews

This post is a review of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred exercise dvd.

I am not a fan of Jillian Michaels.  She is probably a nice person in real life, but her celebrity persona on The Biggest Loser is a big turn off for me.  However, after reading a few positive posts on the Video Fitness Forums before the holidays about her 30 Day Shred exercise dvd, I finally decided to give to add it to my Netflix queue.

Jillian Michaels workout

There are 3 27-minute workouts in the exercise dvd – Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.  Each level gets progressively harder.  The idea of each workout is that you do three circuits of strength and cardio.  In each circuit you do 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs.

You will need some dumbbells (I recommend a light set and a heavier set) and a mat.  I was lifting 15 pounds for my heaviest set in the Push phase in ChaLean Extreme, but my heaviest set for 30 Day Shred is 5 pounds. You are doing more reps in each set at a faster pace (aerobic weight training philosophy), so you will need a lighter set of dumbbells

The strength training exercises are mostly a combination of lower body (usually a squat, lunge, or plie) and upper body at the same time.  The 2 minutes of cardio are high impact like jumping jacks, jogging in place, jump rope, etc.  These two segments push your heart rate up while the 1 minute of abs gives you a chance to lower your heart rate.

Jillian Michaels workout delivers its promise of losing 20 pounds in 30 days?

30 Day Shred claims that you can lose 20 pounds in 30 days if you use the exercise dvd everyday and eat a healthy diet.  I have been using 30 Day Shred 3-4 times a week for the last three weeks.  I usually do Level 1 on Monday, Level 2 on Wednesday, and Level 3 on Friday.  I used ChaLean Extreme cardio dvds for Tuesday and Thursday.  Saturday I go walking with my husband when the weather is good.  Sorry readers, I don’t have any before and after photos of myself.

But here are some before and after pictures of other bloggers using the exercise dvd:  Kristen after 10 days and Christina after 22 days.  The results from the other bloggers are pretty amazing.

My results?  They are a little short on the amazing side.  I still feel mildly sore the next day after using 30 Day Shred, but I have not seen the shrinking inches other bloggers are raving about.  I think the reason is that I lift weights regularly before using this exercise dvd.  I believe the extreme muscle soreness some bloggers experience with 30 Day Shred is because they do not lift weights regularly.  Their painful descriptions are on par with how I was feeling when I first started exercising 5 years ago.

What I dislike about Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred

I think the cool down is a little short, but you can easily remedy that by stretching a little more on your own.  I personally do not think it is a good idea to workout every day using 30 Day Shred.  If you are sedentary, there might be chances that you can injury yourself (repetitive motion injury).

In addition, all the cardio are high impact with lots of jumping.  With my lower back issues and torn hip labrum, I find that I have to modify some of the cardio.  The exercisers on the exercise dvd do not show how you can modify the cardio at home.

Who should buy 30 Day Shred?

I think 30 Day Shred is a challenging exercise dvd for everyone.  As a beginner, you always have the option of doing all the strength exercises with dumbbells or using very light dumbbells (1 pound or less).  You can always hold a bottle of water or a can of soup in each hand to start if you cannot find dumbbells light enough.  However, if I have to put this exercise dvd in a category, I would say it is a beginner/immediate level.

Advance exercisers will like the challenge of upper and lower body moves.  Since the exercise dvd alternates between strength and cardio, it keeps the workout interesting.  The time passes by pretty fast.  I am surprise that I like this exercise dvd since I generally do not like Jillian Michaels workouts.

Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.

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ABDPBT January 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

I tend to agree with this — I did the 30 day shred workout for about 30 days, though not in a row. I saw decent results, though I was in OK shape beforehand. One thing I didn’t like was that for some of the exercises I was really demonstrating poor form when I would get tired, and I noticed my knees would hurt afterward. This is the problem with exercise DVDs for me, there’s just no way to avoid getting injured without somebody watching you to make sure your form is good.


asithi January 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

ABDPBT – I believe that is a problem with the exercise dvd instructor more than exercise videos in general. Jillian Michaels’ workouts do not spend enough time talking about proper form in general. That is why I usually recommend beginners start with for Dummies series to learn the proper forms before venturing into some of these other types of exercise dvds. Thanks for the comment.


Carl March 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm

If it is a 30 day shred then it should be done as instructed in order to really say if it is effective. So many people have blogged that they did not lose as much weight as what they would have liked, but when you look at if they did use the DVD everyday for 30 days, they have not. So effectively 3 days a week is a 15 day shred, so the results achieved will only be 50%! I’m not being picky, but you really should follow it properly to be able to give an objective view.


shan March 16, 2011 at 11:10 am

I think 30 days isa reasonable amout of time to try any diet t osee if the results come- is for me anyway. Thanks for sharing.


Hannah May 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Hey! i Love this dvd! i just got this one not that long ago and ive just finished the level 1 (10 days) and im down 6LBS!!! :) i defiantly recommend it


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