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3 Aug 2011, Comments (0)

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 2

Author: Healthnuttxo

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

Level 2 was the same format as level 1, but with more intensity. 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”.

What I noticed this time is that my core and balance were challenged a lot more than in level 1. There were strength moves that required standing on one foot, as well as a good deal of plank work. The strength moves were much more challenging than Level 1, and I felt a significant burn even using 5 pound weights for a few moves. One move toward the end, which was a simultaneous chair squat while raising dumbbells in a V formation was particularly challenging, and the first time I did it I took a brief rest during that segment.

The cardio moves also were bumped up a notch, and I felt as if I burned more calories during these cardio moves than the ones in level 1.  They were fun, yet speedy, and helped the DVD progress quickly.

Lastly, the abs, I found to be fair. They were not super challenging, but definitely not super basic either. My lower abs got a good workout, and I felt pretty satisfied.

I almost wish Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred had 4 minutes strength, 3 minutes cardio and 2 minutes abs, because I feel like doing the video just once isn’t enough for me. I ended up doing the Level 2 segment twice, as I did Level 1 the first time I tried it, for me to feel like I had a more complete workout. But then again, I’m an avid exerciser, and I live for the intensity. My family and friends swear I’m crazy, since I crave the intensity of exercise, and maybe I am, but whatever floats your boat right? =)

Overall, Level 2 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred is my favorite so far, and I can’t wait to try Level 3 !

Have you tried Level 2 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred? What are your thoughts?

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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