Tags: strength training

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?

17 Jul 2011, Comments (5)

Reebok RealFlex Sneakers

Author: Healthnuttxo

As I mentioned before, I’m one of those people that loves to exercise. My primary forms of exercise include kickboxing, biking and strength training, along with occasional walks. I happen to love Asics when it comes to sneakers, and I was using Asics running sneakers knowing that I probably should be getting cross training sneakers. Which makes sense, doesn’t it? If I’m barely running, why get running sneakers?

Well, the story behind that is that ever since high school when I did track, I loved Asics, so I kind of just stuck with a brand name I loved. However, I went to the stores today and saw these sneakers that caught my eye. When the cashier told me I could use them as cross training sneakers, I knew I had to try them. I looked on the website about these sneakers, and saw they were meant for running as well.

I thought it was cute that the website said the shoes had “76 Running Buddies”, or squares on the bottom on the shoes.

I tried them on at the store, and I really liked them. They were super light weight on top, but felt very supportive and squishy on the bottom. I believe I even said It “felt like walking on mini marshmallows”. Don’t laugh at me =)

I got them for $90.00, which I thought was a bit steep, but a good investment. I rationalized that I wouldn’t need a new pair for another 6-8 months, so it was kind of like paying 12-15$ a month. I mean, if you could rent shoes and all…

But ANYWAY. The real test came when it was time to work out. I laced em up and used them at my cardio kickboxing classes. At first, they felt kind of weird. I was afraid I was going to roll my ankle because the top part of the shoe is very soft and cloth-like rather than a tough and thick top of a sneaker, like one made leather or what not. I felt slightly unsturdy with the ankle area, but only when we did lateral movements, like lunges where we lean to the left foot and then quickly to the right.

As class went on, I realized the support elsewhere was actually pretty good. I felt absolutely no pain or pressure in my knees, which I really liked. I also liked that the shoes felt so light, so kicking the bag felt easier than usual. I had to adjust the shoe once (untie and retie the knot) because after the lunges I felt my foot was slipping slightly in the shoe. I’m sure I will get used to them as time goes on.

Another thing I liked (which I have heard several times from people are the main reason they buy a shoe)? They looked really nice! I liked the color scheme, and they were attractive to the eye. I’ll be using these only indoors, so whoever goes to my gym or lives in my house will probably only see these pretty shoes until I buy a new pair. Which, again, I hope will be 6-8 months from now.

Overall? A pretty good shoe. I haven’t tried them running as of yet, but I’d love to hear your thoughts if you bought these or tried them out! 4 stars

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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