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Simple but effective
on 15 June 2017
Lots of good stuff here - clear, straightforward moves, plenty of variety and a format that allows you to push yourself.
I've had this dvd for a year and do it regularly, often alternating with its sister workout, No More Trouble Zones. I also use Six-Week Six Pack and Ripped in 30, plus the occasional bit of 30-Day Shred. This is my preferred option for a longer workout.
It's a simple format: the workout has a short warm-up, seven circuits of approximately six minutes each, followed by a brief cool-down. You can run the whole lot - about 55 minutes - or choose individual sections. Each circuit has five moves, repeated twice. There's no "easy" and "hard" version here, but there are occasional modifications where things are challenging.
Here's the line-up:
- Circuit 1 ("Kick-boxing - Round One"): squatting side-kicks, alternating punches, squatting side-kicks, boxing combination, front kicks
- Circuit 2 ("Getting Serious"): burpees, plie hops, punch-hop combination, 180-degree jumps, single-leg hops
- Circuit 3 ("Old-school Callisthenics"): butt-kicks, high knees, jumping jacks (star jumps), oblique raises (each side)
- Circuit 4 ("The Core Killer"): mountain climbers, supermans, pike crunches, twisting planks, walking planks
- Circuit 5 ("Kick-boxing - Again"): swing kicks, uppercut punches, back kicks, alternating punches, knee crunches
- Circuit 6 ("The Nasty One"): squat jumps, cross-country skiers, scissor jumps, skaters, standing mountain climbers
- Circuit 7 ("The End is in Sight"): mogul jumps, standing pikes, knee raises (each side), single jump rope
I find this challenging but not dishearteningly so. I'm fit - partly because of Jillian's workouts - and I can do this at the start of the day and then exercise again later in the day, but if you're newer to exercise this may tax you. Here's some encouraging thoughts:
- You don't have to do the whole lot, or all of it in one go. Jillian won't know if you pause between circuits to mop up, or have a drink.
- You can push yourself, or you can just get to the end. It may help you to watch Saleemah, the girl in the pink top. In pretty much every circuit, at some point you'll see her phoning it in.
- You'll be amazed at how quickly you improve, if you keep going. Give your body the time to recover if you need it, but then have another go.
I enjoy this workout and find that I can work up a satisfying sweat. I reckon my cardio capacity and overall tone and strength are a great deal better than they were prior to starting Jillian's workouts, so I'll be carrying on.