I started Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred about a month ago and I’m loving it! I decided to try it out because not only have I heard a lot of good things about it, but I was looking for some kind of strength training exercises to spice up my boring workout routine (30 minute run 3x a week). Now that I’m almost done with the monthly fitness routine, I thought I’d share what I’ve enjoyed about it and why I’d recommend it:
It’s short and sweet. The DVD is only 30 minutes long (this includes the warm-up and cool-down, as well as the actual workout). Even though I have a busy schedule, I feel like sparing 30 minutes of my day for a workout is not too much to ask.
It’s feminine. About a year ago, I tried doing P90X. One of the things I didn’t like about it was it made me feel like I was working out with a bunch of dudes. In the Jillian Michaels videos, it’s all women, which gives it more of a “Girl power!” feel to it.
It’s in the comfort of my own home. Need I say more? I’m so much more motivated to workout when all I have to do is walk into my living room and turn on the T.V. instead of getting in my car and driving to the gym.
I don’t need a lot of expensive workout equipment. The only equipment the DVD requires is a yoga mat and a set of weights. I already had the yoga mat, so all I had to do was buy a set of weights at Target. Done and done!
It has varying levels of difficulty. In the video, Jillian has two women helping her demonstrate the moves; one woman does an advanced version of the move, and the other woman does a beginner version, which is usually the move I go with since I’m still building up strength.
It has gotten me in the habit of working out every day. Since the fitness routine requires you to do it every day for a month, I’ve gotten in the habit of working out almost every day, which is a habit I’ve been wanting to acquire! Before I was working out only three days a week for 30 minutes; now I work out for 30 minutes 5-6 days a week, and some days, I’ll workout for an hour by adding on a 30 minute run!
As for the physical results, I’ve definitely built up muscle all over my body. I haven’t lost a ton of weight (only 2 pounds so far), but I do think that has to do with the fact that I’ve 1) gained muscle and 2) still need to work on eating healthier. I plan on doing the JM fitness routine again throughout the month of May (with heavier weights), so before I start, I’ll have to take body measurements instead of relying on the scale to tell me my progress. Oh, and I need to eat healthier…
What workouts are you loving right now? Who is your fitness motivation?