Full disclosure: This is a biased review because I have already tried the 30 Day Shred and I am obsessed with Jillian Michaels. I had a dream last night that she was my personal trainer at the gym. The only thing (besides low water pressure) that I don’t like about my new apartment is that the floors are creaky and I’m pretty sure I will be an asshole if I do the shred, so I haven’t been able to do it.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way. The 30 Day Shred – That workout is no joke. Yeah it’s only 22 minutes. But the combination is killer. I am not in amazing shape, but I do work out pretty regularly. So it seemed like the exercises, taken individually, were going to be pretty easy. Jumping jacks? No sweat. Curls? Pssh I do curls in my sleep. But my the third circuit, if you’re not dripping sweat and screaming “I hate you Jillian Michaels” at the TV, UR doin’ it rong. Jillian Michaels calls it her “3-2-1” system – it’s 3 minutes of strength which is one more intense strength exercise and one easier one, alternated twice. Then 2 minutes of cardio – again 30 seconds of a harder one, 30 seconds of an easier one and then repeat. And finally one minute of abs. This circuit is repeated 3 times, with different exercises each time.
One of the things I like about the shred is that it really shows you what your weak spots are. It turns out I have abs of steel, the crunches are nothin’…aaand the upper body strength of an infant. So I started doing some more arm exercises at the gym and maybe one of these days I’ll be able to do real pushups.
I have to admit, that I kind of fell off the 30 Day Shred wagon and I never made it to Day 3. The goal is that you do 10 days in a row of Day 1, 10 days of Day 2 and 10 days of Day 3 and then you will end up totally shredded. I can’t vouch for that, but I did notice some changes and that the exercises were easier after several days…just in time for you to move up to the next level and get your ass kicked again. But after you’re done screaming “You can go to hell, Jillian Michaels,” you may end up making a t-shirt that says “WWJMD – What would Jillian Michaels Do?” on it, and wearing it for your next round of torture.
It’s a complicated relationship.