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I have been following Slimming world for 8 weeks and managed to lose a stone but my weight loss was slowing down. I used to go to the gym and swimming but now I am a single parent it is difficult to get the time to go as I am normally working so by the time I get home I need to sort out my daughter and spend time with her. I browsed on Amazon for a quick workout DVD and I came across this for just £5.
I have heard of this DVD before but I never really thought much of it mainly because workout DVD's bore me and I normally give up after a few days.
The main reason I chose this DVD is because the workouts take 20 minutes so I thought I would manage to fit this into my day with ease. The DVD is meant to be followed for 30 days straight.
Amazon were very prompt with this I ordered it on a Wednesday and it was there on Friday when I came home from work. I waited until my daughter was in bed before trying this out as I had read it was very trying and some reviews saying people struggled.
I wouldn't say that I am unfit, but I am certainly a little wobbly in places and I could do with losing some weight and toning up.
I watched this DVD first to get an idea of what I was letting myself in for. The only thing you need besides your TV is some hand weights at the beginning it is recommended you try 2lb weights, I have a set here from Argos and I started with the middle weight which is 1kg.
After watching the DVD I felt that it wouldn't be too bad and it all looked doable. In the past I have had DVD's that I really struggled to do the moves and I ended up throwing in the towel early.
The DVD is by Jillian Michael who is an American lady who was on the Biggest Loser. Her system is based on a 3-2-1 workout. For those of you who have never heard of this basically the workouts consist of 3 minutes of strength workouts, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs.
The DVD consists of 3 levels designed to be done over 30 days, you do 10 days on each level before progressing to the next if you feel ready. The levels are meant to get harder as you go through the DVD.
I started 32 days ago now on level 1, before you start you can if you wish weigh and take measurements, I didn't bother as I prefer to go by what my clothes look like, I find that weighing more than once a week or every 2 weeks makes me feel disheartened as my weight fluctuates a lot.
There are 3 people on the DVD Jillian and her two 'friends' Natalie and Anita, the purpose of the two girls in the background is to show you how to adapt the moves to be easier and harder depending on what stage you are in your fitness.
On level 1 I started by following Anita (doing the easy moves) I managed to follow the whole workout without taking a break. I have to say I underestimated this DVD as I have never sweated so much in my life! Jillian is a slave driver, you aren't meant to rest for more than 5 seconds and as she keeps reminding me if you want to work out for 20 minutes only you need to push yourself. The first level is a mixture of push-ups, squats and weights, some star jumps, jumping the rope and a few sit ups to name a few of the exercises. The day after level 1 on my first day I felt like I had been hit by a bus my legs were hurting and walking up the stairs in work hurt, even sitting down in my chair hurt, I wondered how I could possibly face it again the next day I was dreading it. However on day 2 as soon as I started the workout my muscles eased and I actually managed to complete it. By day 3 to 4 the aching had gone and I was able to breeze through this workout without feeling so hot and sweaty. I was amazed that in just 4 days how much I had improved physically. By day 7-8 I was doing a full press up and following the harder moves.
By the end of level one I was bored I found it a little repetitive. I was glad to start level 2. Level 2 in my opinion is the hardest of this DVD. It is mainly plank moves which are a killer but they work your core, arms, legs, chest and various other muscles. After starting level 2 the burn returned again for the first day or 2 then it eased off. There are some strenuous moves on level 2 which I did the modified version of for a day or two then I pushed myself to the harder moves.
Level 3 is like level 2 in many ways. I found that level 3 wasn't as hard.
After just completing half of this DVD I noticed that my jeans felt looser. I had taken pictures in my underwear at the start and halfway through there was a noticeable difference in my 'muffin top' and I didn't have a overhang in my jeans. I have only lost 7lb following this workout despite the fact the cover says you can lose up to 20lb that must be for people who are more overweight. I have managed to fit into a size 12 pair of jeans a pair I haven't worn for 6 years.
I am still carrying on with this DVD as I really enjoy doing it. I feel a lot healthier and fitter. I do this in the evening when my daughter is in bed and the whole thing takes about 25 minutes when you factor in the warm up and cool down which is included on each level.
I would recommend this DVD Jillian is a good instructor, there are a few Americanisms on here like she tells you to keep your 'tush' parallel to the floor but she is good at explaining the moves and she shows you the harder and easier version of the moves. I find her motivating and compared to other DVD's I have done this is by far my favourite.
The only negative about this DVD is that in level 2 and 3 Natalie the girl meant to be doing the harder moves is noticeably cheating! this is ironic when Jillian tells you that your only cheating yourself by not giving it your all.
I love this DVD it was well worth the £5 I paid and I have since ordered her 'Ripped in 30' DVD. I feel a lot fitter I look a lot more toned my clothes fit better and everyone comments on how much weight I have lost. This is much better than hours at the gym I have had better results than what I ever got swimming and gymming it daily despite having a trainer at the gym.
Top marks from me!
I have just discovered Jillian Michaels and I am a convert!
For those of you who don't know, Jillian Michaels is a trainer on American tv - The Biggest Loser (I've never watched it but similar premise to the UK version only Jillian is know for being a tough cookie)
I found her DVD when I was searching the internet for effective workout dvds - I'm fed up with paying gym membership and wanted to try a low cost option.
The DVD itself contains three separate work outs - level 1;level 2 and level 3. Each workout is twenty minutes long and basically is Jillian plus two other ladies. Jillian gives instructions and does some of the exercises, one lady does a beginner version and the other the advanced - so essentially you get six workouts out of this dvd - beginner level 1; advanced level 1 etc. Each twenty minute workout is split into a 1 minute warm up; three six minute circuits and a 1 minute cool down. Each of the six minute circuits consists of three minutes of strength training, two minutes of cardio and one minute of abs - so your whole body gets a work out. (you need weights for some of the exercises and also a mat)
I'm relatively fit (used to a bit of running and generally regularly gym going) but had been taking a break from exercise after recovering from an injury and to be honest I was expecting level 1 to be completely easy. It wasn't! The first exercise is full blown sit ups! Having cardio exercises as well as strength and abs training means that your heart is pounding throughout and its keeps it interesting as you know you only have to manage two minutes of cardio before you can lay on the mat and do some abs work. I do pilates before so found the abs work probably the easiest piece of the dvd although saying that its still challenging. The premise is that you do this dvd six days out of seven, and when you have mastered level 1 you move onto level 2 and then to level 3.
I really enjoyed the range of exercises - the dvd never gets repetitive and Jillian comes up with some interesting cardio moves that you can manage in a small space. Jillian's style is tough but motivational and I found myself really working up a sweat. Her helpers are teeny tinny with tight abs and sculpted bodies which I find strangely motivating as I realise how far away from them I look !
After trying this DVD I bought a few other Jillian Dvds including six week six pack and ripped in 30. This one is definately my favourite, as being 20 minutes long its easy to fit into your day. I have lost about 7 pounds in two months and my body is definitely in better shape - thanks Jillian!
My only criticism is that I don't think a 1 minute warm up /cool down is really long enough
***Why I bought it***
I'm going to Florida in October (I know, I can't wait!) and decided I need to get rid of the bulgy tum I have and tone up everywhere. After a bit of research, I decided to go for the Jillian Michaels four DVD box set and '30 Day Shred' was one of the ones in there. I got the set for about £15 from Amazon, or you can buy them individually for about £6 each.
The workouts are split into three difficulty levels, the idea being that you start on level 1 and work your way up when your strength and fitness improves. The first day I tried level one, I thought I was going to die at the end. This is the toughest fitness DVD I've ever tried. I'll be honest, I felt like the weakest and most unfit person on the planet. Jillian is relentless, she doesn't let you rest at all even for a second and, to start with, I hated her.
However, buoyed on by her comments saying that 400lb people can do these regimes, I thought "If they can do it, so can I" so I persisted. After a couple of weeks, I found the regime starting to get easier. Don't get me wrong, I'm still out of breath and tired at the end, but I don't feel like I want to die. This is great as it shows the DVD is really working. Not only am I feeling fitter, but I can definitely see improved muscle tone all over my body.
As I've only done level 1 so far, I can only review this one. It lasts for 27 minutes including warm up and cool down but, believe me, this is all you need because it's so intense.
There are three circuits and each circuit itself is split into three. You do three minutes of strength, two minutes of cardio and one minute of abs. This is perfect because, after three minutes of strength, your muscles are screaming at you for a rest so you move onto high intensity cardio. Again, after two minutes of this, your heart is about to burst so you move onto one minute of abs. When your stomach muscles are on fire, you move back to strength for the next circuit.
This way, it ensures you get a full body workout with all types of exercise but without over-tiring yourself too much which leads to decreased performance.
Do note that you need to provide your own weights for this. I'm using 1.5kg weights (3.3lb) which is quite tough but good for a workout. If you don't have weights, you could use a heavy ornament or a can of beans, although they don't weigh very much so won't provide too much resistance.
If you're a beginner, I can guarantee you will be dying and screaming at the TV the first time you try this but, believe me, if you stick with it, you will notice changes in your fitness and tone in no time.
I've been doing a combination of all four DVDs, four or five times a week and I think I'm just about ready to move onto level 2. I like the fact that there are different levels as it means you can improve your fitness gradually without injuring yourself and it also feels like a ittle victory when you're good enough to move up a level.
I highly recommend this DVD if you're glutton for punishment and you want excellent results in a short time. And considering I effectively paid less than £4 for this one DVD, it's cheaper than one single aerobics class!
Last year I decided to get off my flabby, lazy backside and attempt to get a beach ready body, but having been a couch potato since pre-adolescence and too self-conscious to go to the gym or go jogging in public, I was very stuck for workout ideas.
After browsing various healthy lifestyle websites and blogs, I noticed a lot of before and after photos were tagged with "30 Day Shred", so I went and researched it. I found Level 1 available (legally) for free on Youtube under the BeFit channel, got changed into my designated workout clothes and went for it. I was so impressed that I ended up getting the entire DVD, worked out everyday for 30 days, lost some weight and gained some toned biceps and buttocks!
The 30 Day Shred workout involves doing a 20-30 minute workout everyday for 30 days. There are three Levels (1, 2, 3), each one harder and more intensive than the last, and you do each level for 10 days. The Levels all follow the same formula: There are 3 circuits per Level, each circuit cycles through a cardio, strength and abs exercise twice and there is a warm up and warm down at the beginning and end of the video. The idea behind cycling through the different exercises (muscle confusion) is to make different parts of your body work throughout the 30 days because if one part continually does the same exercise, the muscles there stop adapting as there is no change, thus training becomes ineffective and you see your results plateau (no more weight loss, less muscle building, etc.)
The exercises vary from jumping jacks (cardio) to moving push ups (strength) to pike crunches (abs), each Level has something new to do and becomes increasingly gruelling to get through as it ramps up the difficulty to force your body to change in a short amount of time. It's advisable to have a bottle of water, a towel handy and no one to fight for washing facilities with afterwards. Hand weights are needed to complete the workout exercises and although I did end up with pretty nicely toned arms, I have knocked a star off for needing equipment as not everyone has a sister who never took all her stuff with her when she moved away.
There are a lot of squats and jumping (called pylometrics, great for toning the thighs and bum), therefore it's not recommended for people with bad knees or bad backs and it is vital to listen to Jillian Michaels on how to use the correct form in order to prevent injury.
Some of the movements are given alternative "easier" versions, such as doing push ups on the knees, but these aren't offered for knee breakers like the jump training. I felt my knees starting to go in Level 2 during the back and forth lunges with weights, with no alternative movement for that I had to either grit my teeth and hope my knees held or just stop and wait for the next exercise (mind you, I'm only twenty something with no prior physical problems), another reason for me to only give it 4 stars.
After the first day, you will wake up aching all over but you're going to have to suck it up and continue working out. The muscle pain will disappear toward the end of Level 1, reappearing after you begin tackling Level 2 and same thing again with Level 3. The pain is good, the pain means you've been working hard! Doing the same workout 10 days in a row does get boring around day 7 but stay with it, the next Level is due soon.
If you stick with it for 30 days and eat healthily (you can't out train a bad diet) all your hard work will pay dividends, not only in the form of fat loss and muscle toning, but being much fitter in general. You'll realise this next time when you aren't out of breath after running for the bus or feel just fine after climbing three flights of stairs because the lift isn't working. Best of all though, is when you revisit the first Level video and it isn't as difficult to get through as you remember, in fact you just breeze right through it and wonder if you should do another one simply because you aren't tired.
When I'm too busy to do a full Insanity video, I don't mind doing a quick Shred instead just to keep in shape. It's so quick yet I feel like I've done a good workout every time. I recommend this as a starter workout for those looking to begin their healthy lifestyle.
I should probably start with what motivated me to buy this particular DVD in the first place. I've always been more of a fitness DVD person than a gym bunny - I don't have the money to go to the gym nor the motivation to run on a treadmill for hours. I was, as Jillian would say, 'phoning it in'. I got some previous good results with a 10 minute solution dance DVD but I was a) Bored of it and b) Looking to kick it up a notch and become, in my own words, a bit less of a jelly baby. My clothes weren't fitting like they used to and something had to change.
I heard about this workout and checked out some before and after pictures online. They looked unreal. I went on YouTube and looked at some of the clips. They looked easy enough. Some lunges here, some bicep curls there. On to Amazon I go, fiver spent, this is gonna be easy! Now comes Jillian's voice in my head again - 'THINK AGAIN BUDDY'.
THE DVD AND THE PROGRAM
This system is split up into 3 levels, each of which consists of 3 circuits of the 3-2-1 system, meaning 3 minutes of strength moves, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute on the floor doing abs. You will need a pair of dumbells and possibly a mat. To break it down further, in the strength section you will do one move that focuses on a single area for 30 seconds, then a 'compound movement' where you simultaneously work your upper and lower body for 1 minute, then repeat. The cardio is two moves for 30 seconds each, then repeat. Abs can either be two 30 second moves or 1 killer minute. Recommendation is to work out 5 times a week.
These workouts are classic circuits, which combine use of dumbells for resistance along with cardio to elevate the heart rate. They start with a brief warm up of 'dynamic stretches' which seems to consist mainly of swinging your arms around (not a fan). Move wise, expect to see plenty of variations of lunges and squats, push ups, crunches, shoulder presses, and many others. For cardio, you will make friends with a jumping jack along with other calisthenics like butt kicks, jump rope and many other heart pounders. Jillian mixes up HIIT (high intensity interval training, where you work your ass off for a short amount of time then switch) and in level 3, serious plyometrics, which means jumping about everywhere basically. There are two impossibly toned ladies for you to hate, I mean follow. Anita does the beginner modifications for those who are just starting, not as strong or just to give you some relief when you feel you might die. Thankfully, at only 20 minutes for the workout, this is unlikely (excludes cooldown stretches).
I bought a pair of 1kg dumbells (I have spaghetti arms and seriously considered cans of beans...) and got to it!
Level 1: Seems easy enough to me now but back then I couldn't even do a single wuss push up. Tons of jumping jacks and a general sense of what have I let myself in for. But PUSH IT. You CAN do it. After about 3-4 days I felt it getting easier.
Jillian is a goddess. Some people find her immensely annoying but I like that she's a bit brash and isn't there to babysit you. She tells you to WORK, not to DARE STOP, and yes you might occasionally shout back at her or beg for mercy (NO JILLIAN NO SIDE PLANK PLEEEEASE) but I can't deny she gets the job done.
By the end of the week level 1 was EASY (I did cheat and work out every day). I went from no push ups to about 15 in the 30 seconds. I even graduated to proper push ups, of which I can now do about 4...jumping jacks on day 1 get you puffed and sweaty, by day 7 you can feel your cardiovascular system adapting. Problem: I've done the same 20 minute workout for the last week and I'm bored. I know the routine off by heart and I'm READY TO MOVE ON!
Level 2: LET ME GO BACK TO LEVEL 1 PLEASE. Seriously, this is quite a step up. Understatement of the year actually - I may have shed a few tears the first time I did this level. There seemed to be a lot of shoulder and arm work in this one, which is my weakness, and not that much squat work compared to the other levels. Ughhh. Didn't seem as easy by the end of the week as level 1 did but I put that down to muscle fatigue from my ignoring instructions to take rest days. Double jump rope is a byotch. Slightly dreading level 3.
Level 3: Strengthwise this was FAR more my style than level 2. If anything I personally found the strength moves a little easier, and I would say this isn't quite as big a step up as 1-2 was. The CARDIO however, MY WORD. Plyometrics (jump training) deserves to be illegal. Jump squats followed by rock star jumps? KILLLLL MEEEEEE. I was complaining that there wasn't enough thigh work in the last one wasn't I? Hello jump squats, goodbye walking upstairs for 2 days. Didn't like the proper sit ups (can't get my feet to stay still) so I substituted one of the other crunch types from levels 1 and 2 (this is one thing about this workout - I never knew there were so many different ways for your abs to feel pain).
I saw results in two areas - endurance and overall body weight.
At the end, for a treat I went back and did level 1 again. It was easy. I mean EASY. My fitness and endurance had increased by a ridiculous amount in just 30 days, through just 20 minutes of exercise a day. The scale also speaks for itself. I was watching my food intake while doing this and lost 10lbs over the 30 days, dropping a dress size and revealing abs and biceps previously lost.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
I can't recommend it enough. For me, this was a great entry level into the world of fitness, particularly resistance strength training which I had never bothered with before. It makes you work, and sweat, and sometimes cry and scream, but it is so worth it. For just £5 and giving just 20 minutes of my day I got such incredible results. I still use this DVD in rotation with all of the OTHER Jillian Michaels work outs I went out and bought after this one.
To end on a cautionary note, however, even though Jillian does emphasise good form in these workouts, they are tough and you could be putting yourself at risk of an injury if you push it too hard. There are a lot of jumping moves and lunge/squats that I imagine could cause or aggravate an injury. I had no problems, but be warned, this is high impact and not for everyone.
Having just had my 3rd c-section it would be fair to say that my stomach has seen better days!
I wanted to get back in shape for summer so searched the internet for a good dvd. I have done dvd's in the past and they have never worked so I wanted something a bit different.
I came across the 30 day shred and read a lot of good reviews about it. Many people had also posted before and after pictures which backed up the stories of it working. Having got a new baby it needed to be a dvd which I could do quickly and then get on with the rest of my day, this dvd claimed to get results in 20 mins a day and all within 30 days it sounded too good to be true.
I finally purchased this dvd from Sainsbury's for £5.99 including delivery which I thought was an excellent price.
I started on my 30 days immediately. You have to do the dvd every day for 30 days. There are 3 levels so you do each level for 10 days each.
I started the very day I got it and after the first day I was nearly dead. The dvd is hard and you are working for the full 20 mins none stop. It is broken down into 3 parts, cardio, weights and strength. The next day I knew it was going to work, my muscles ached like never before and the next 2 days were really tough but I battled through it. I had taken my measurements prior to starting and after the first week overall I had lost 5inch from my body!! I was astounded! I wasn't particularly fat to start with I only weighed 10 stone and am 5ft 8inch so within the BMI so didn't expect to lose that much.
I carried on and moved to level 2 after the 10 days. This was even harder but you just have to keep going and make sure you don't give up, the fact that you can clearly see the results does spur you on.
Level 3 I didn't find as bad as level 2 but not sure if that was just because I was just getting fitter. I can definitely notice changes to my body over the course of 30 days I lost 11 inch from my body overall and also lost almost a stone in weight.
I would definitely recommend this dvd if you want results fast without wasting hours at the gym!
- Background -
I feel rather qualified to write a review on Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred having completed it twice before and I am in the process of kicking my butt for the third time. I have owned this fitness DVD for well over a year and I have a lot to write about it, so if you're searching for an honest, indepth review on this then look no further!
How did I find this product? After I weaned my second child and found that the baby weight had not come off on its own, I searched online for a good fitness DVD. I'm a busy mum with no time and no babysitters to allow me to attend a Gym yet I also wanted a workout with the same intensity as a tough session on the gym equiptment. I'm a big fan of the Biggest Loser US, Jillian is a miracle worker. She bullies, hounds and pushes people to their very limits....and manages to do it all in a likable way. It's impossible for me to hate her.
I chose the 30 Day Shred because I liked the goal aspect that made it a little different to all the mountains of cliched fitness DVDs out there. The finish line firmly set, 30 Days. There's no need for a long-term committment, this is not a "do this DVD for the rest of your life" kind of thing. It's a "work out every day for 30 days, and you will look awesome".
As far as DVDs go, this one is cheap. You can grab a copy for less than a fiver.
Jillian uses her 3-2-1 system to put the body under extreme pressure and force it to change and adapt quickly which is why she is able to promise big results - and FAST.
It's 20 minutes; Warm up, 3 cycles of the 3-2-1 system (3 Minutes Strength, 2 Minutes Cardio and 1 Minute Abs) and a cool down.
The equiptment needed are just a couple of hand weights (I started with 0.5kg weights and slowly built myself up to 1.5kg) My floor is carpeted but if you work out on a hard floor you need a soft mat.
There are 3 levels. You start at Level 1 and progress as and when you feel ready ( which is usually when you no longer ache the next morning after a workout) Within each Level there are two women to follow - Anita is the one to look at for beginners or simplified versions of the excersises. Natalie is the girl to watch for advanced.
Is it intense? It is as easy or as intense as you want it to be. This workout requires you to give it your all. Push yourself and be honest about your abilities. This is key to getting results. Half-hearted jumping jacks are not going to get rid of those love handles. Having said that, it is important to note that you can certainly ease yourself into the routine. The versitile moves to follow in their varying levels of difficulty make this a DVD for the mass market. You might be getting back into excersise after an injury or (like me) having a baby! If you follow Jillian and give her everything you have, this workout will leave you a sticky mess on the floor.
And that my friends, is intense.
As I mentioned previously, this DVD was purchased at a time when I had just finished breastfeeding and needed to get some cardio in my life after failing to lose the extra 15lbs I had put on during pregnancy. I had my hand weights ready, an empty space in the lounge to workout in and put the DVD on. Jillian starts with a motivational speech telling you about her 3-2-1 system and how she is your personal trainer and she is dedicated to get great results.
Level 1 - This workout is all about the cardio. Jumping Jacks, Jump Rope, Butt kicks, Squat Punches (I think I just made up that name!) Your heart is pounding throughout the entire session. Strength involves squatting with weights - the idea is that you are locking your muscles in a balance whilst also using your biceps and triceps to lift those weights. The movement and the balance done simultaneously makes you burn more calories and -hopefully- become shredded faster.
Level 2- This workout is all about strength. Deep squatting whilst lifting weights, standing on one leg and push weights up to the sky while slowly kicking your leg out, all of the strength moves make you BURN. The cardio is faster-paced and have a higher impact (Double jump rope, high kicks and a move that I can only liken to blade running on ice...) and the abs are quite advanced (double crunches are a killer)
Level 3 - Possibly my favourite. This is all about....everything! The theme of this Level is Don't Stop, Keep Moving, Give me more, more more! Jillian yaps at the you through the screen like an angry dog. This workout has you broken into a sweat during the warmup! The plank moves are punishing. You are required to do full press ups. Seriously, this is the session to use to get maximum results. You will see that 6 pack in no time if you follow this routine.
Jillian reccommends you take two rest days a week. I did this and after 30 days of doing the 30 Day Shred, I lost 15lbs, went down 2 dress sizes, lost 4 inchs on my waist and 2 inchs on my hips! That is how hard I pushed myself with Jillian's help. She is a huge motivator and despite bullying you into pushing yourself, she throws positivity at you to help you get through the moments of panic or struggle.
The second time I did this workout I started doing it twice a day. It's addictive. It's all those happy endorphine hormones that are released after a good hard workout! I was stronger, fitter and I found myself applying the same determination and positivity into every aspect of my life. I now have an amazing can-do attitude and an enthusiasm for life.
I am 10 weeks post partum with my third child and today is day 8 of the Shred. I am on Level 2 and have been writing a blog to show others my progress and what it is really like to do the 30 Day Shred. The response has been amazing, I have had so many women start doing this and they are all experiencing the positive results that I have.
This DVD has changed my life. It should be in every household. I just can not reccommend it enough! Join the fitness revolution, buy Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred and keep shredding!
I'm always very skeptical when new 'workout' DVDs come onto the market, however this one has changed my opinion. The aim that Jillian puts across to the viewers is to literally shed pounds in weight over a course of 30 days, providing you stick to the routine. It wasn't until I saw the results of this on several of my friends Facebook status. They had taken pictures of before and after the shred and I couldn't believe what I saw.
The DVD helps you with the 'warm up' process, which you must adhere to otherwise you could cause damage to your muscles. It doesn't matter is your a beginner or an expert there is a level for you as there are 3 of them. I would advise anyone to start out on level 1. To get you started I'd recommend buying a cheap exercise mat and some weights, failing that 2 bottles of water to act as weights or maybe baked bean cans - nothing too heavy. The idea is to increase your heartrate for at least 20 mins without resting. I really did feel the pain the day after, but this as we all know, is a sign that the body had a GREAT workout.
If you do start to feel pain in any part of your joints, do not follow through with that particular exercise, swop it for something else, but keep that heartrate up - this is the key to losing those unwanted pounds.
I purchased this from Amazon for £4.99 and it's of course a fraction of the cost of going to the gym. Why not have a coffee morning and get your friends to join with you. Stick with it (along with a sensible diet) because I noticed a massive differents in the tone of my thighs, backside and arms. My tummy has improved too, yet I still need to work harder on this. Level 2 here I come!
Jillian Micheals is the renound trainer from the USA version of Biggest Loser and is famous not only for her ripped body but also for her ruthless approach to training. Seriously is no pain no gain with her methods, no frilliness but his is not always a bad thing.
This DVD appealed because as a working mum I am short on time (and energy) and cannot often fit in an hour gym class 3 time a week. But, with a few early mornings and some dedication I can fit in the 30-day shred exercise programme.
The basics of this DVD are you do the programme for 30 days, working your way through the three levels on a 10 day basis, if you ready to do so. Each level is 20 mins long and is split into Cardio, Strength and Abs - making it easy to commit the time into a busy schedule. The exercises themselves are very easy to follow and are shown at two different levels of progression. There is not major dance routines to follow, no jazzy outfits required, just good old fashion hard work. For example level 1 exercises include squats, lunges, back kicks, jumping jacks, reverse curls, basic crunch - all easy and engaging activities that are only done for a short duration of time. Jillian is both supportive and encouraging throughout the process but a handy music/commentry off function in available just in case it gets all a bit much after the 15th day!
Beware, if you are of average fitness these exercises really do hurt when you initially do them but then you do notice improvement quite quickly whicih is effective and spuring you on.
The only items you require are a set of handweights and a mat/towell etc to lie on whilst doing floor activities. I used bean cans in the absence of handbells for a period of time and they worked fine.
For the cost of the dvd, which can often be found for £4.99 on a number of sites, I think you really do get a good package, which if stuck to definately builds fitness levels, burns calories and therefore generally improves your wellbeing and health.
It might not be everyones cup of tea if they prefer the more dance based aerobic workout programmes but for those short on time I think its a winner.
Dedication and willpower is obviously required for any change of lifestyle to work but stick with it and you will see results.
This is an excellent fitness DVD for those who are time poor as it only requires a commitment of 30 minutes per day. While designed to be done at home, it can be done in the gym if you purchase the tablet based version.
The exercise programme is broken down into three parts, each one done for ten days. In each part, the routine has a warm up and a cool down and three sets of 3 minutes of strength work, 2 minutes of cardio work and 1 minute of abs. Throughout, easier and harder versions of each exercise are given. The exercises do work the knees a lot and regular jumping jacks can be difficult for those with lower back strain.
I felt ready to move on a level before the 10 days were up but there is a big leap between levels and I would recommend sticking to 10 days on each even if you feel ready. They are all good exercises and each routine has a good mix of pace.
I found this DVD very successful gaining an increase in general fitness and reduction in measurements without linked heavy duty dieting. It did exactly what it said it would do when I did exactly what it said to do.
Value for Money
Cost wise the DVD is well priced and is significantly cheaper than both her newer versions and other fitness DVDs. The tablet version is more expensive. The DVD does require additional equipment of hand weights and a non slip mat, both of which are a good investment for those doing fitness at home.
Jillian talks all the way through the DVD, either explaining the exercises or general motivational chat. I don't mind it but for those who do, there is a lovely switch to music feature that will cut out her chat.
The DVD is slow to start as there is no way to avoid the introduction each time you load it.
The routine changes every 10 days which means you don't really get the chance to get bored as you've a whole new set of exercises to learn. Within each individual part, the sets are short and varied again helping to keep you focused on the exercise.
I purchased this exercise DVD at the recommendation of a friend. I bought it on play.com for 4.99 and read the reviews on there, looked promising.
I received the DVD in a week and got myself ready. You don't need much equipment other than hand weights and a non slip mat. I hadn't quite realized who Jillian was until I saw the cover of the DVD so now I expected bigger things.
On starting the DVD its your usual home fitness get up, dodgy music and annoying chit chat. It begins with an introduction and then you get to chose out of three 20min workouts starting with 'easy' and getting harder. So starting at the beginning, level 1 .First few minutes she does get your attention, very encouraging as is looking at the very toned bodies. She explains that are two levels and that one of assistants will do a modified version of the moves for those less able or working into it and the other will do the more extreme version. I found that a big help.
The 20 mins is broke up into a circuit of cardio, strength and abs. A warm up and a quick cool down. Its an intense 20 minutes and at one point I did think I was going to die but its surprising how hard you can push yourself when you know you can collapse in just 20mins.
I have been doing this now for the best part of 2 weeks and although I have tried level 2 and 3 I feel I am not yet up to the standard so have returned to level one. Unfortunately to me I am now finding her extremely annoying but only through repetitiveness. I am however extremely more fit than I was two weeks ago when it hurt to walk for days with muscle ache and I found it difficult to breathe throughout the work out so it is stamina building. I have not lost much weight but have definitely toned up and I think with the right diet running by this it could have very very good results.
I got to know jillian michaels during her time on biggest loser. I love her no nonsense approach, I would love (although prob hate at the time) to have her as my personal trainer.
She has a range of exercise DVDs but I was attracted to this one as it promises to help you lose weight, up to 20lbs in 30days through 20minute workouts. Like everyone else these days I have a busy life and a promise like that which requires only 20mins of my time was definitely appealing. I am quite sceptical of such promises but that said this is a good workout.
It might sound hard to believe but this 20mins routine is actually rather hard work. Just to give the review context, I am by no mean fit and to be honest often lack the dedication to stick to a regular workout routine, so I did this DVD from an coach potato starting point. That said I was really surprised that in 20mins I could get that worked out hard feeling. Also by how much i ached the next day after my first go-jillian defiantly makes sure you feel it!
Jillian divides her workout with her 3-2-1 interval system. Which translates into a strength interval, a cardio interval and an abs interval which are repeated throughout the workout. Jillian packs it in during the 20mins, stating quite rightly you can't work out for just 20mins and slack off. There are 3 different routines which get progressively harder on the DVD, the idea being that you work through them as you progress. I have done the first and second levels but haven't been brave enough to try the toughest just yet.
Her routines are simple and easy to follow. The cardio involves the old classic of the Jumping jack- which I forgot can really tire you and in jillians hands becomes rather tortuous! About half way through you do wonder how you could only have been doing this for 10mins! I am not good with complicated routines so like (and hate at the time) her more military style.
Overall, I think that this workout is challenging and you def feel it the next day. I have heard others describe it as torturous and I would not disagree but then no pain no gain as they say. Also has it is only 20mis it is easier to get our head round and force yourself through. I would recommend this DVD to a friend with a warning to be ready for sore muscles the next day.
I heard absolutely brilliant reviews from friends about this DVD so while battling to lose my baby weigh I purchased it. It cost me a fiver from amazon. It claims that if you do 20 minutes each day for 30 days you'll lose a dress size. I can't comment on that claim as I give up after the first go.
I would describe this DVD as pure torture. As a new mum who went back to work 4 months after having my baby, time was at a premium for me. This DVD sounded ideal as it only takes 20 minutes, surely anyone can fit 20 minutes into their day. After the first 5 minutes of this DVD I could really feel the strain, I nearly gave up countless times but I did get through the first workout. All be it I was pouring with sweat and nearly passing out through exhaustion. I was proud of myself for doing it.
The trouble came the next day when getting my daughter up. I couldn't lift her. I couldn't move. Every part of my body had seized up and I was in complete agony with every step I took. Unlike previous excercise that had left me with aching calves the pain was in my thighs. Which made bending down, walking down the stairs even going to the toilet extremely painful. I found it quite amazing how much you actually use your thigh muscles through the day.
Now I'm under no illusions that this a problem with the DVD. It's a problem with me. I had 2 babies in 9 months so I spent e best part of 18 months pregnant and unable to excercise . I am extremely unfit. Obviously this DVD was working my muscles but the price I paid for the next week was not worth it.
I cannot recommend this DVD for this reason, it might do the job but you also might cripple yourself in the process. I actually think it's quite dangerous in that it sounds so easy, it's only 20 minutes right? The after effects were horrendous.
I'm a bit of a gym bunny and I'm never away from the place. Unfortunately, I also happen to love chocolate more than life itself. This sad situation gave rise to a bit of a belly over the years which grew to an even bigger bit of a belly. Something needed to be done. With a tear in my eye, I locked up the chocolates and stocked up on boring old veggies and started counting the old calories.
As I say, I go to the gym, anyway, but while trawling various online nutrition and fitness forums, I kept seeing the name of this DVD popping up again and again. Some people were posting before and after pictures of the results that they'd got with it and these people were totally shredded! At a mere £4.99 on Amazon, I decided it didn't hurt to give it a go in addition to my other gym classes. The people on the forums were saying that the workouts were killer even though they only lasted 20 minutes, so I decided I could spare an extra 20 minutes a day for a bit of extra work.
I waited with trepidation for the DVD to arrive and popped it in the DVD player clad in nothing but lycra and spandex (that last part may be a lie as I'm not sure spandex could cope with my belly). I pressed play, listened to the introduction and then.....realised I needed weights! Grrr! So I had to make do with tins of beans for the time being and headed out to Argos for weights the next day. Nice cheap DVD, to be sure, but I spent double the price of the DVD on a set of weights in increasing sizes.
But back to the DVD. Jillian Michaels is well-known as the tough talking trainer from The Biggest Loser although in this DVD she isn't very tough talking (nor, in fact, does she do a great deal of training...she's far more interested in walking around showing off her perfectly sculpted abs). She also has two other little svelte disciples with her, one who is taking the easy option of the moves you have to do and one taking the hard option (so you have a wee choice to go with depending on how fit you're feeling/naturally lazy you are etc.). Her theory with 30 day shred is that you do a 20 minute work out which breaks down as follows:
-A Warm Up
-3 Minutes of Strength Training (where those weights come in handy)
-2 Minutes of Cardio
-1 Minute of Abs
You then repeat the strength, cardio and abs three times and finish with a cool down.
The DVD contains 3 workouts, each lasting 20 minutes but each supposedly increasing in difficulty. You are supposed to do one of these workouts for 30 days (or indeed, move up the work outs from Level 1 to Level 3 over the course of 30 days if you feel you can). At the end of 30 days you're meant to magically turn into Kate Moss....or something like that.
The thing is, I wouldn't know. Despite everyone online saying that the workout was hardcore, I found it rather easy. Even when I tried Level 2 and Level 3, I didn't find myself sweating buckets and dying with every attempt to breathe as people had assured me I would. As I say, though, I do do lots of cardio in the gym and have been doing so for 5 years, so perhaps the DVD is aimed more at people trying to break into exercise from a completely exercise-free lifestyle.
The other thing I found (which, to be fair, I've found with every exercise DVD I've ever owned) is that it is so damn boring. Doing the same routine, every day for 30 days....I think I'd end up carted away by the men in white coats! There's no good, pumping tunes in the background to get you going, there's no crowd of skinny minnies in the same room as you eyeballing you to see if you and your big fat backside can keep up with them (which I find is a very good motivation at the exercise classes at my gym), there's no instructor who can see you and see when you're standing around pretending to tie your hair back or fix your shoelace. It's a woman on the telly. That's it. And yes, I should have realised that before I bought the thing but hey, we all make mistakes!
On the plus side, it is only a mere 20 minutes. Everyone can find 20 minutes to work out. And to be fair, I think that it would be quite challenging for people who aren't used to doing a lot of fitness. Plus, I know a lot of people prefer to work out at home rather than face the eyeballings of the skinny minnies. So, maybe I'm being too hard on it. Maybe I should do the full 30 days and see if the magic works and I wake up a lean, mean, fighting machine.
I bought this DVD after reading great reviews on every website I went on.
As I work full time, I wanted something that would fit easily into my daily routine and not take up too much time, and most importantly, something that worked!
I bought my copy of this DVD from play.com for about £5. It was worth every penny and more!
The DVD is split into 3 sections; level one, level two and level three.
The aim is to do level one for 10 days, level two for 10 days, and then level three for 10 days, thus completing the 30 day shred. However, you can quite easily go at your own pace and stay on level one for as long as you like until you feel ready to crank it up a notch.
Each work out lasts for around 25 minutes, including warm up and cool down. I thought, how hard can a 25 minute work out be?! The answer: very hard!!!
Gillian starts by warming you up for a couple of minutes, even the warm up is tough, jumping jacks and stretches and cardio. Then it's straight into the main work out, which goes by her 3-2-1 formula. It's 3 minutes of strength, followed by 2 minutes of cardio, followed by 1 minute of abs. Then this formula is repeated 3 times with different moves.
This still sounds pretty easy right?! WRONG!
It is so tiring! Gillian literally gives you no more than 3 - 5 seconds rest between each circuit, and sweat will be pouring off you by the time you are a few minutes in.
She claims that she can get the same results in twenty minutes, as "hours at the gym".
NOTE: You will need a set of hand weights (or tins of beans!) with this DVD. I got some 5lb dumbells.
An example of the strength exercises include press ups, weight exercises, lunges etc. Examples of the cardio are jumping jacks, skipping (without a rope), punches etc. Examples of the abs exercises are basic crunches, bicycle crunches and leg raises etc.
Even though it's a very tough routine, it's all over in just over 20 minutes. So it's easy to fit into your routine.
Do be warned, there are a lot of squat position moves, and for someone who suffers with bad knees such as me, it can be touch on the joints! Level two also involves a lot of exercises done in the plank position too, so be careful if you suffer from a bad back.
But it does WORK! I lost about half a stone in a couple of weeks (coupled with a good diet).