Thursday, June 23, 2011

jillian michaels ripped in 30

How can you not want to purchase a workout dvd that makes that promise?

I recently purchased Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 dvd after reading a few great reviews on Amazon.

All you need for the workout is a set of handweights and a mat if you have a hard floor.

I also suggest a towel for wiping up the massive amounts of sweat that will be pouring off of you.

First off, let me say that I was a so-so fan of Jillian prior to this video.

I sorta-kinda liked her on the Biggest Loser (back in my much heavier days, when I would watch said show while eating a pint of chocolate chip ice cream) and so-so liked her on her own show...even if it was short lived.

I freaking love her on this workout video.


She has the right combo of humor, intensity, and overall amazingness that's able to carry you through each 24 minute workout.

The concept is really simple, she implies circuit training in a 3-2-1 method.

3 minutes of strength, followed by 2 minutes of cardio, and ending with 1 minute of ab work.

There are 3 circuits total, along with a warm up and cool down.

There are also 4 different workouts based on four different weeks...week 1, week 2, week 3, and week 4.

Each new week is meant to be harder, as well as different than the last.

She does this so it keeps everything new and fresh so you don't get bored.

I consider myself (at this point in the game) in decent shape....I tend to run (on average) anywhere from 25 to 35 miles a week.

While performing week 1's workout I thought that I was gonna pass out.


I had run for just 3 miles that day, but WOW this was intense.

If you're watching it for the first time, I do suggest that you either watch it all the way through, or use the dvd remote to pause the workout.

Each workout is only 24 minutes total, so she tends to go through each exercise pretty quickly.

Within the first few minutes of the workout, I started to sweat.

By the halfway point it was a full-on pour.

At the end, my shirt was soaked through.

I am not joking.

Jillian suggests that you only do her tape 5-6 days a week and take at least one day off.

Due to the fact that I run and I'm training for my second half marathon (philly bound this time!) I just used her tape three days a week and used the same week for about three weeks.

Does that make sense?

I'm glad I did because now I'm now on to week 2 and I can only say that it's waaaaaaaay more difficult that week 1.

Like night and day different.

After doing her week 1 workout for a bit longer, I really really noticed a difference all over.

My legs and arms are really improving and I'm seeing a lot more definition in my abs.


Remember though, I'm also running 5-6 days a week and doing the tape about 3-4 depending on my mood.

While I don't think that just doing the tape will make you completely "ripped in 30" I do think you'll get an amazing workout that will get you moving and burning some calories.

If you really want to see some improvement, I think it might help to add a little more cardio somewhere in your day.

For example, do the tape in the morning and then later on that day do about 30 minutes of cardio besides.

The 30 doesn't have to be insane, even walking will help.

Just get moving.

Combine the two along with a great eating plan (Jillian even provided a free download for one with her dvd!) and you'll be well on your way to losing some major weight!!

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1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Last year I was doing some of her workouts thru Comcast OnDemand and she really knows how to kick butt! Now I just think about working out every day but don't :( I need to get going again!!

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