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on 31 January 2011
I'm a massive fan of Jillian, I love all her other dvd's but I really don't enjoy this one.
It's pure cardio, no equipment needed. It consists of 5 mins warmup then 7 x 6 min sessions of cardio 'drills'.
6 moves run through for 30 seconds each, then repeated.
The first session is kickboxing, jabs, side kicks etc, which is nice!
Then plyometrics, lots of jumping, burpees, 180 jumps etc. Not too bad but we're only at the 2nd circuit...
No 3 is callesthenics, jumping jacks, standing oblique crunches etc.
4 is on the floor, mountain climbers, lots of plank moves, engaging your core.
5 is a welcome return to kickboxing, swing kicks, back kicks etc.
6 is plyometrics (again, argh!), jump squats, cross country skiing & scissor kicks etc.
Then 7 finishes you off with standing pikes, knee crunches etc.
Then a 5 minute cool down.
Honestly, when I do this dvd I think I'm going to die, or faint, or throw up, or all 3 and I'd class my fitness as Intermediate, I've done the 30 day shred programme & found that hard but weirdly enjoyable, done some P90X, The Firm, Davina etc etc.
It's very challenging and if you are already fit you may like this but I just dread it and it doesn't get used anymore, I really hate the plyometrics. I have a Ki Fit calorie monitor & burn 400 cals doing this workout, but when I can dance on the wii for an hour & burn the same amount less painfully, I know which one I choose! As for losing 5 lbs a week like it says on the cover, I would take that with a pinch of salt. If you do this 3 x a week with a toning/weight routine & a diet then you'll see results, but isn't that always the case?