9 Jul 2011, Comments (7)

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 1

Author: Healthnuttxo

Not reviewing a food today, but, an exercise video I just bought! Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I heard excellent things about it, and wanted to try it for myself. I bought it, not for weight loss as it promotes, but because I love intense workouts. Seriously- I have friends that are convinced something is wrong with me because I’m one of those “go hard or go home” kind of people. I can’t help it!

Now, keep in mind I have a background with exercise. I kickbox 5-6 times a week, strength train, and bike ride as well. So I’m certainly not a beginner, and consider myself an advanced exerciser. I used 5 pound weights for most of the video, but also used 8 lbs for some exercises.

There are 3 levels to the video, and this review is of Level 1. The video begins with a warm up, of not really stretching, but loosening up everything. Arm swings, jumping jacks, etc. I actually liked this form of a warmup because I felt ready to go once it was over. I hate going into exercise when I’m not warmed up, as I feel like I am slugging through the whole thing.

As stated on the DVD box, there are “Three 6-minute Circuits Featuring Jillian’s 3-2-1 Interval System: 3 Minutes of Strength, 2 Minutes of Cardio, 1 Minute of Abs”.

The strength training moves were quick and effective, and left a burn. I think I may use 6 or 8 pounds next time I try this level instead of 5 pounders. The cardio moves were not complicated at all, and kept the heart rate up. They were hard, but not super challenging where I couldn’t catch my breath. Lastly, the ab moves were ok. I kept in mind that it was Level 1 and as the levels progress the ab moves will probably become more challenging, but I did not feel any burn in my abs for the moves I performed.

Overall, Level 1 of this video was a hit for me. I liked that it was pretty challenging, and the fluid movement of the video. It was very quick, about 20 minutes, so I ended up doing the Level 1 twice. It was actually pretty fun for me, which is most important for me in a workout. If I’m bored, I’m out. But this was fun, and I can’t wait to try Level 2 and Level 3!

Have you tried Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred? If not, what’s your favorite exercise DVD?

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Comments (7) »

  • I’ve been doing the 30 Day shred for a few months now and I love it! I always do it after at least 30 minutes of some cardio exercise which really makes the burn of 20 minutes of strength training/cardio a lot hotter. I really recommend it to really maximize your workout.

  • Healthnuttxo says:

    yea, that’s what I was thinking of doing too. Like a quick jog or some jump rope before hand. Great minds think alike!! πŸ™‚

  • Girl, you are going to be sooooore! I did this video a few times last summer and boy did my body hurt. It was total delayed soreness, but it lasted for a few days. (Unless I’m just really weak πŸ˜‰ )

  • Healthnuttxo says:

    hahha oh no! yea I probbaly will be sore. the squat/press and the pushups were hard the second time around, and my biceps are feeling a little weak right now. oh well, totally worth it if im chiseled!! πŸ˜‰

  • tea-bag says:

    i do like jillian michaels’ dvds – the cardio & yoga versions. however, i recently bought a bob harper cardio/weight dvd & it kicked my butt! i’m in really good shape so i totally wasn’t expecting the whooping i got, but a whooping it was, indeed! πŸ™‚

  • Healthnuttxo says:

    ah, I think I may have bought the same one. Was it like, pure burn or something? bc I thought it was pretty hard too!!

  • […] This review is of Level 2 of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I already reviewed level 1 HERE. […]

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