Friday, July 18, 2008
30 Day Shred Review
Ahh, the 30 Day Shred! Lately it's been a hot topic. The reason? It kicks your butt, and really works!
The premise of the shred is this, the DVD is divided into 3 levels of workouts. Each workout is about 20 minutes, and is 3, 6 minute cycles. Each cycle contains 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of ab work.
For example, in workout 1:
3 minutes of strength - Pushups alternating with Squats and Arm Presses
2 minutes of cardio - Jumping Jacks and Butt Kicks
1 minute of abs - Crunches and Reverse Crunches
Jillian leads you to believe that she expects you to shred daily if you want the best results, so that is what I did. For the month of June, I did 10 days at each level. For the first week, I was so incredibly sore! Now keep in mind, I also run 2x per week and elliptical, so my muscles hadn't been dormant. If you're going from not working out at all to the 30 Day Shred, expect to be SORE!
I didn't want to quit though, and I didn't want to take any days off, I was committed, so I carried on and pushed through the pain. I made sure I stretched extra and took walks with Pumpkin (my dog), but it doesn't matter, you'll still be sore.
My advice: Work through it. It won't go away, if you take off a few days, you'll still be sore, so just keep going!
At the end of workout 1, I felt like ok, it's still a hard workout, but I can take more pain, so on June 10, I started workout 2. It is so much harder than workout 1! This time though, I wasn't sore, so that was a plus! Then on June 20, workout 3. I think it was much easier to go from 2 to 3 than from 1 to 2, but it's probably different for everyone.
So the results? I lost 7 pounds, however I'm sure I converted some more fat to muscle because I dropped a whole pants size and that usually takes me about 15 pounds.
I absolutely love this workout system because:
1. Jillian is SO motivational
2. It's very quick
3. You see results right away
4. You feel so much stronger
5. It's simple - no crazy steps to learn, it's all basic fitness moves and all you need are hand weights, I use 5 lbs.
I am currently integrating the shred daily with my other workouts, which I'll blog about later, but my current rotation is
M, TR, F - Level 3
T, W - Level 1
Sa & Su - Level 2