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.
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.
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