I started using Jillian Michaels’ 30-day shred DVD last month, with high hopes that I would complete my 30 days by the time we went to New York. Guess what didn’t happen?
I completed level 1 and took a couple of days off (during that level) so the level took me about two weeks to do. Level 2 began and then we took a trip out of town and got busy. Level 2 took about three weeks to complete. I started level 3 tonight (I had hopes of starting it over the weekend.)
I ran 10 miles on Saturday. This workout should not have pushed me as hard as it did, but 25 minutes later I’m weak. A weak, weak person who feels like collapsing. (Instead, I’m blogging.)
I’m not a push-up kind of girl, yet Jillian makes me do them. I’m not a pike position-anything kind of girl, yet she throws you into a pike position multiple times throughout the workouts. Jillian is hardcore.
At the beginning of Level 3, Jillian promises that you’re on your way to having six-pack abs. Um. Notsomuch for this girl who likes carbs. I’m not a fan of the video claiming to help you lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days. The only way you’re going to lose that amount of weight is if you actually change your eating habits – I only did it slightly. I can tell you I have not lose 20 pounds, or even 10 pounds, in the past month.
If you’re a runner, a hardcore exercise fanatic, an occasional walker or the type that never exercises but you’re somewhat interested in working out, I do recommend the 30-day shred. With the warm-up, cool-down and circuits Jillian takes you through, it doesn’t go over 25 minutes. There are beginner modifications, as well as the advanced workout, and really anybody can do it.
This might have been the best $8.99 I’ve spent all summer.