Apr. 29

Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred

Category > Fitness

I can’t exactly pinpoint the time that I fell in love with Jillian Michaels, but it was love at first sight years and years ago…and not through her hit TV show, The Biggest Loser (because I don’t watch TV and have only recently started watching the last season so I could see what it was all about). I am pretty sure it was with her book “Making the Cut”. As noted, it was many, many years ago and I was on route to Dominican Republic with my boyfriend (now husband) and had been working hard in the gym leading up to that vacation (he ended up proposing while we were on this trip). I stumbled across the book while browsing through the book store and started to read the first few pages. It immediately caught my attention and I was at the checkout as quickly as I read this part of her intro:

“Wait a Minute! This book is not for the faint of heart. Over the next 30 days you are mine, and this is your bible. If you want to get real results from my program, and I mean incredible results, skipping any part of this book is NOT AN OPTION. Making the Cut is not some namby-pamby “lifestyle” book that’s going to waffle on about moderation for “better health” and leave you with the warm fuzzies. It’s about seeing how far you can go, getting a little crazy….You will feel strong. You will be strong. Making the Cut is about to make it happen…”

I think what I love most is her tough love, no BS attitude and approach. This book is a 30 day intense program that trains you in 3 essential ways; mentally, nutritionally, and physically. The first chapter takes you through a series of questions to identify your unique body type & metabolic makeup. There are meal plans to follow once you’ve determined what your special needs are, along with a comprehensive, detailed 30-day workout plan, complete with a full appendix describing each exercise in detail with pictures. 

Okay, well…now that I got that off my chest, what I was actually intending to do was talk about her exercise video called “30 Day Shred”. With all that’s been going on with me in the last 7 months, I barely had time to go grocery shopping, keep the housework up, visit with family & friends, or even hit the gym consistently. I spoke about it in my last post, but it is so disappointing that a lot of what should always be a main priority took a back seat. Not anymore! I recently bought Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred and have been intending to test drive it for a while now. I am sooooo glad that I did because the first few workouts with her have been intense. They’re perfect because they are over before you know it, but definitely do not forfeit intensity. I have been feeling PUMPED after each one. I do intend to do a follow up post in a month or two to share the results, but after taking a test drive this past week I couldn’t wait to share it.

The exercises feature, in rapid succession, short bursts of strength, cardio, abs, and a cool-down. There is NO resting between each short burst of exercise (which is part of why the results happen so quickly). Like in most classic fitness videos, she has some backup instructors. One doing advanced moves and another doing some modified moves for true beginners, but even for them, she doesn’t cut much slack. One of my favourite parts is that you do not need much equipment (I HATE having to use a lot of equipment with a home workout). The only thing you need is a set of small hand weights (I use 5 lbs), and, if you have a hard floor, a mat/towel for the floor moves. It promises that if you commit 20 minutes a day for a month, you’ll lose those last few stubborn lbs.

She is currently doing a “Maximize your Life” tour and my husband surprised me with tickets! It’s in May and I CAN’T WAIT – I even have a countdown on my phone for it (nerd moment)!

As mentioned, I’ll check back shortly to give a full blown review of her 30 Day Shred, but I wanted to invite any of those looking to whip into bikini season quickly to join me and share your thoughts below or via the comments section below, twitter or e-mail. Have you ever read any of Jillian’s books or tried her DVD’s? How about any other fitness personalities? I have a few more I follow and will blog about them later.

xxxo
Maja

15 comments
Anu Basy
Anu Basy

Ahhh i love jillian michaels 30 day shred i losted 32 pounds by doing this in 2 months and changing my eating habits and by drinking juice helped me alot...haven't done it in months but now i just started doing Zumba clasess loving it and goona start 30 day shred its reallly good. I am new to your blog Maza you are so pretty and so inspiring thanks for your time. Love you

Marie
Marie

Will you be posting a follow up tomorrow to this seeing that you are seeing her tonight!?!

Melissal81
Melissal81

I am excited to hear what you think.  I find it hard to believe that 20 minute workouts can lead to strong results.  There are only so many calories that you burn/so much muscle you can build in such a short period of time.  Maybe if I was combining it with the gym like you are...!!!

janet
janet

welcome back! I also started doing 30 day shred although I prefer level 2 much more than level 1 haha. I wanted to thank you bc through your blog i've started planning out my meals and bringing lunch every day to work now and combined with working out i feel so much better!

Lyndsay83
Lyndsay83

Welcome back. 30 day shred is one of my favorite dvds from her. It truly kicks my butt everytime. I have also read many of her books including making the cut. I am starting a program to get into bikini shape as well. I am doing a mixture of tone it up bikini series workouts and body building.com jamie eason workouts

mtrapold
mtrapold

Awesome! Are you doing it 7days a week??

JessM
JessM

Jiilian Michaels is AMAZING!!!!  I suggest checking out Jackie Warner and Tracy Anderson as well! They are both wonderful fitness guru's who have some amazing workout DVD'S and books!! I recently ordered Tracy Anderson's Metamorphosis work out dvd set, (she offers 4 different programs which are created to target specific body types) and I LOVE IT!! You can for sure feel the burn the next day LOL 

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Anu Basy WOW - congrats - that is AMAZING!!!!!!!!! What an accomplishment that you should be super proud of. Thanks for the kind words and look forward to hearing more from you. xo

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

Hi Marie - yes, I definitely should! Thanks for the idea

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Melissal81 You're right, it's not just 20 min of intense HIIT exercises - results are always combined with diet. So far - I definitely feel as though my cardio has improved significantly and I find it hard to skip a day when this is only 20 min :)

xo

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

@janet thanks Janet! I agree with you on level two! Also, the fact that you're packing and bringing lunches makes me SOOO happy!!!!!!!!!!! xo

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Lyndsay83 Thanks Lyndsay - I also love Jamie Eason, plus how cute is she with her little baby belly?! I tried to get into TIU in the past, but it just didn't work for me and I couldn't get into them for some reason. 

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

@mtrapold - I'm only doing it 3 x per week because I am still going to the gym and just don't want to overwork. If i wasn't hitting the gym, I would definitely do at least one a day each day of the week :) Do you plan on doing it along with me?

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @JessM Ohhhh I am so excited that you've tried out Tracy Anderson! I have heard so much about her and never actually looked into it - I am definitely going to try it. Thanks a TON much for the recommend! xo

Anu Basy
Anu Basy

 @hautepnk  @Lyndsay83

 me either tried to do tone it up but i feel like its justnot for me but i love those girls and i am addiceted to thier protein...:))