Sometimes a fitness fad comes along that’s too intriguing to ignore. When I started seeing advertising for Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, at first, I shrugged it off. Then, I started hearing about people I knew (ok, read about on Twitter) who were seeing results with the program. The DVD came out in 2007, and I purchased my copy in 2009.
The formula behind the DVD is simple — it’s a 20 minute workout that includes cardio, strength and abs, in three six-minute circuits. The DVD features three levels, and as you become more fit, you are to challenge yourself with the next level. When my DVD arrived in spring of 2009, I shredded faithfully for about two weeks. I’d check in on Facebook everyday, and assorted cheerleaders would “like” my status as reinforcement. I started seeing results– I felt stronger, my clothes fit better, and I was losing inches. Then somewhere around week three I lost interest/overslept/stopped making it a priority. I never made it to the thirty day mark and the DVD got stuffed to the back of the closet (the hand weights, though, have been sitting next to the television for two years, faithfully waiting for me to pick them up again).
Then this past weekend, some Twitter friends (also they are friends IRL, we just discuss amongst ourselves via Twitter) started making plans to start the 30 Day Shred today. I decided to jump in, for two reasons. A) They are a fun group of motivated people B) I want to see what kind of results I get in the full thirty days.
Today was day one. The workout went by fast, I kind of remembered it from when I did it day in and day out two years ago. The question is, how will it feel tomorrow?
Have you tried any popular fitness DVD/method/routine? Does group accountability motivate you?