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Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred [DVD]
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1,608 of 1,680 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2010
But I mean it in a good way! This is, without any shadow of a doubt, the most intensive workout DVD I've ever tried (and I have a good few, including Davina, Nell McAndrew, The Firm etc etc...) Jillian and her two helpers (one advanced, one 'normal') take you through three 20 minute workouts - Levels 1, 2 and 3. Each workout is made up of three circuits which comprise of 3 minutes of weights, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of ab work.

Like me, you may well be thinking this sounds reasonable, quick and easy. It isn't! Even Level 1 is an intensive workout - lots of jumping jacks, squats, bum kicks etc., and Jillian doesn't let up for a second, constantly keeping you moving. I found I had to use lighter weights than I would for a Davina workout; the exercises are so quick and intense that I couldn't keep up with my usual ones. The exercises have a real 'military' feel and change quickly, and you are given plenty of instruction and encouragement. The music isn't great, but then you probably won't have the energy to think much about it while you're doing this workout!

Levels 2 and 3 contain harder exercises (such as burpees, mountain climbs, jumping jacks from the plank position). I've got a passable fitness level, but on finishing Level 2 I was in a collapsed screaming heap on the floor, thoroughly worked out! Jillian screams at some point in Level 2 "I want you to feel like you're gonna DIE!" - and if you're anything like me, you will! On the plus side, if you can do Level 2, I don't think you'll find Level 3 too much of a difference in intensity, unless you have weak abs as this section pushes them to the limit.

This is a fantastic workout to try if you're looking to push yourself hard, but it is NOT for the faint hearted. Jillian and her helpers are very toned, but also quite bulky - to avoid this it might be a good idea to alternate this DVD with some less intense workouts (as I intend to do!) But the fact remains - there is absolutely no doubt that if you did this DVD every day, even doing just one of the three levels per day, you would lose weight and get results very quickly.
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290 of 307 people found the following review helpful
This is the Jillian Michaels fitness routine to help you shift some weight during a 30 day period. I started following her programme on 1st January 2015, when I weighed exactly 14.75 stone. It was a New Year's Resolution to get myself back into shape.
The DVD includes 3 different 20 minute workout routines, Level 1 (a gentle getting started routine), Level 2 (a moderate level, slightly more challenging), and Level 3 (you'll need to be reasonably fit to keep up with this one). Jillian has two assistants helping her, who give you much easier options for some of the more exacting physical moves.
Level 1 includes arm thrusts back and forth, arm windmills, jumping jacks (not too many of them), knee bends and circles, push ups (with an easier option), squat and press with hand weights, skipping (without ropes), sit ups, reverse crunches, dumb bell pulls, static crunches with bicep curls, and so on and so forth. There's a relaxing cool down routine at the end of the 20 minutes.
I followed Level 1 on a daily basis, at more or less 6.00 p.m. each day, throughout the whole of January. To be honest, I found it exhausting in the first week or so, but by the fourth week, I was coping pretty easily. My weight dropped to 13.75 stone.
Level 2 takes things up a gear. A lot of the exercises in Level 1 are repeated, but speeded up a bit. This routine includes backwards arm windmills, jumping jacks, high kicks, neck circles, push ups with walking back, half squat rowing with hand weights, walk out push ups, running on the spot, static lunges, and so on and so forth. There's a useful cool down routine at the conclusion of the twenty minutes.
I followed Level 2 on a daily basis throughout the whole of February, again at roughly 6.00 p.m. each day. It was quite hard going for the first 10 days or so, but then it started to become much more manageable. My weight dropped to 12.8 stone.
Level 3 is even more of a challenge, but actually very effective if you persevere, and that does take the determination to see things through to the end! Some of the exercises are the same as previously, but accelerated still further. The routine includes the double jump rope (no rope required), high kicks, butt kicks, knee circles, walking plank moves (with a much easier option for you), squat thrusts (fairly nasty!), sumo squats, sit ups, and so on and so forth. There's another cool down routine at the end of the 20 minutes.
I followed Level 3 throughout the whole of March. It was a bit of an ordeal for the first week, but gradually my body strengthened, and the routine was quite manageable by the end of the month. My weight dropped to 12 stone dead.
I combined a disciplined approach to this workout regime, with a very careful diet for 3 months. I had Special K for breakfast pretty much each and every morning, drank lots of bottled water, had all sorts of soups for lunch (along with vitamin tablets), and lots of salads, fish and chicken dishes for dinner. I strictly forbid myself from eating any food after 6.00 p.m. - no exceptions. That was hard to do. I had a really unflattering photo of myself stuck to the fridge door, showing me when I weighed nearly 15 stone, and I found that a highly effective deterrent to any binge eating.
At the start of 2006, aged 38, I reached a weight of 15 stone, my heaviest weight ever, my doctor told me that I had very high blood pressure, put me onto Ramipril tablets, and advised me to lose some weight. I basically followed the diet described above for 6 months, and went to a gym 3 times a week. I dropped right down to 11.5 stone and people started asking me if I was eating properly!
However, during the next 8 years, I slowly but surely put most of the lost weight back on, and last year I ending up nearly dying from diabetes ketoacidosis, spending a week in hospital to recover. This emergency in my life prompted my second major diet and exercise regime at the start of this year, and having got back down to 12 stone, I've managed to stay there so far...
The backing music for this DVD is a little bit annoying and repetitive. After about the first week of training, I turned the volume off and just listened to my own music collection on my iPod.
This keep fit DVD really works, but only if you use discipline and stick with it. I had a very big personal incentive to do so, because I'd spent a week in hospital getting over diabetes ketoacidosis, and frankly all I could think about during my hospital stay was that I might never see my 12 year old daughter graduate from a University, or fulfil her dream of being a paediatrician, or get married, or have children...
All in all, I can highly recommend this DVD, even though I think that the "30 day shred" timetable is perhaps on the optimistic side, which is why I spread it out over a full 90 day period. If you're already fit enough to run two or three miles without stopping, you could probably do this "30 day shred" within a month. Conversely, if running one mile would be difficult for you, and two miles impossible, I think that you'd need to work at this shred routine for longer than 30 days, just like I did.
Finally, if you think that the routines on this DVD might be a bit too demanding for you, I can highly recommend the Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown DVD, which I've been using over the last month or so, and which I've found is great for an all-round cardio workout and general body toning - Jillian Michael - Yoga Meltdown [DVD].
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review.
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on 24 August 2015
I bought this DVD about a year ago & I've tried it a few times since, never being properly dedicated. I've now completed 10 days of level 1 and will be moving onto level 2 tomorrow. I'm going on holiday in a month- my main reason for suddenly being so committed. I'm a size 12/14 (leaning more towards the 14- would rather be a 12, so hopefully the DVD can help me achieve this!!)
Anyway I thought I would keep adding to this review as I go along.

Level 1- it's hard, but when you get into the routine of it it gets much easier (especially around day 6). I found that my knees were a little bit achy, which is why I've only given it 4* (it does put a lot of pressure on the knees) however I'm sure for most people this would be fine, it's just that I have to wear insoles and my knees can often ache anyway.
I've only done 10 days of this, but I still wake up feeling so much better & I can feel it working (just hope it doesn't disappoint!) It does take a lot of commitment and effort - it ISNT easy. However I've been working a 40 hour week on my feet every day (e.g. a 9-6 shift & then having to come home & do the DVD) but if this is something you really want to do it is achievable!

I will just say that my parents have both been doing this (not for the full 30 days but in addition to the
other sports they do- and they both loved it! They're in their 50s and I'm 22, which I guess emphasises that anyone can do it! I'm not sure how really unfit people would cope- would definitely have to take it slow & possibly not try to tackle it in 10 days (it's not a race really)...
I'll post feedback after levels 2 & 3!
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on 26 August 2015
Well what can I say about Jillian? I bought this for my friend as an introduction to the Jillian Michaels work out. I have got other DVD's by her purchased on Amazon and would definitely recommend them. They are prompt on delivery and well packaged. The DVD is well priced and if you are looking for something to help in your daily routine? This is this woman. I was introduced to her through a friend and do her work out every day. The reason I like her is because she is American but not false or condescending. She gives you the chance to improve without you killing yourself, pulling a muscle and chucking this to the back of your cupboard to collect dust. She is encouraging and cannot bend like a gymnast- she is like you and I, 'Normal.' Yes she has a sculptured body and yes she has very little fat around her waist, but I can honestly say that after a few months of her being my guide in my front room I am also becoming defined and more sculptured. This 20 minute work out has 3 levels and the 3rd is hard, but achievable after you have built yourself up. Little and often is better than full boar, pulled muscle, recovery then nothing. I know I have done this with other work outs. If you start to feel a little fitter I suggest you look up her body combat DVD, this has become a regular with me and my friends. We are all approaching 50 by the way. So start today with Jillian she's great!
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164 of 198 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2013
Bought this DVD for my wife. With the diet and the workout, she's lost 11lb in 5 weeks. So proud of her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2012
This is such a simple but effective workout. I like Jillian's no nonsense but encouraging approach and her levels 1 - 3 can all be modified to be as easy or as intense as you require. In summary, if you want results fast, prefer straightforward unchoreographed moves are loking for a challenge then this is for you!
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on 28 August 2015
This dvd is tough - but if you keep at it, it really does work. I have been on this now for just over 12 weeks. Started off so unfit and honestly felt drained, dizzy, gasping after the first go. I stayed with level 1 for around 8 weeks as wanted to feel I could do it properly and not just follow Anita for the whole thing (the girl doing easier versions of the moves). Level 2 definitely cranks things up with harder moves with the weights and plank moves. Still on level 2 at the moment as again, I want to be able to do it properly before moving up to 3. Jillian is very good at motivating you, lots of reminders that you can do it!

You feel great after finishing and as soon as you start seeing results (which you will really quickly) you'll be spurred on to keep going. Legs will BURN the day after you first start but don't be put off - it eases after a day then disappears.
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414 of 523 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2012
I was very nervous about this... However I am 5ft2 and did weigh 16.9 stone!!! Not a healthy size and needed to "shred" the fat!

I had learnt about the programme via a community health group I joined several months ago however the class was 1hr a week and was seeing results, as well as eating less crap! I decided that to have more impact with weight-loss I needed to do more and knew I had 20 mins at the very least once a day, even though I do need another 20 to recover its a positive recovery period and feel every ache and pain as that step closer to losing weight and inches!

Jillian for me is very motivational direct, to the point (see her on biggest loser Us!!) and for some like me who has used every trick and excuse in the book for the reason not to exercise or that I am big boned, or too unfit to exercise etc I need someone who is harsh, not fluffy and just speaks facts!!

This is not easy, had a very low fitness level and still sweat a hell of a lot with Level 2, but I am getting better, stronger and more importantly slimmer!! I do not stick to the strict diet but do think more about what I eat, especially before and after!!

As you can do this in your house it is OK not to complete the 20 mins whilst you get used to it, no one is looking, its OK to fall over or lose your balance... no one is watching your in the comfort of your own home and you WILL pick it up and get stronger... little dramatic maybe but I am down to 14 st 6 lbs in 2 months.... MEGA!!! It has been a very long time since I have lost weight, felt better and less concious but also keep it off an actually enjoy my 20mins of brutal torture with Jillian...

I can not recommend this DVD enough and looking forward to mastering it and then looking at other Jillian DVD's to mix it up!

I would advise you may need a mat and I used tin of beans to start and then invested in pretty pink dumbbells so I could gradually mix it up & enjoy my new strength!!

I would advise if you have 20mins a day for one week and cut out the crisps / chocolate / sweets etc and drink water you will see a difference, maybe not on the scales but you will feel it in your clothes!!

HAPPY SHREDDING!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Just to add my grateful thanks to the enormous list of other successful shredders!Am going to buy again as Ive given mine to a friend, she was that impressed by how I'd shaped up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2015
Brilliant!
Tests your willpower with visable results!
So far I have lost 2 stone in a month.
Recommended to all.
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