In January 2011, I decided to do something about my increasingly large writer's bottom, and the 30 Day Shred seemed the ticket. I could give up an hour of writing for 30 days. So I ordered it, vaguely recognising Jillian's name.
To my surprise, the dvd only lasts 20 minutes per level. I didn't need to give up any writing time. I started with Level 1 (beginners) and giving a little more each day, I gradually progressed up to level 3 (advanced) by the end. I was very impressed to see my over all fitness improve and really enjoyed the buzz from working out. There is a certain amount of satisfaction in being able to do exercises where you died before!
It is a Boot Camp style workout -- so squats, lunges, jumping jacks, planks etc. (I have two left feet so the format suits me) Jillian combines several exercises in one to give a maximum burn. However, do not be afraid to step touch until you are ready to progress further. The important thing is to give it your all. It is about YOU and your fitness.
I didn't lose 20 lbs in 30 days, but I did go down a dress size (which is more important). At the end of the 30 Days, I went jeans shopping and was able to easily fit into a pair of skinny jeans as well as jeggings without looking like the back end of a bus. I also tossed away 3 bin bags of fat clothes. I am not going back there. If you are on twitter, a number of people use the #30dayshred hash tag to report their progress in case anyone feels the need for accountablity.
I found Jillian Michaels throughly motivating (tough but with a lot of heart) and have progressed to doing her 6 week six pack flat abs fast which is a definate step up from the 30 Day shred. And look forward to doing her other dvds. I have continued to see my fitness improve and my measurements decrease.
It is not easy, but it is rewarding. In order to combat flab, sometimes you have to SWEAT and this dvd inspires you to do just that.