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Effective if you're committed
on 4 January 2018
I'm a Jillian fan: I have half a dozen of hers and rotate them around depending on what I fancy working on, how long I've got, and which bits of me currently hurt. This one's a favourite for a longer workout and makes me feel like I've really worked without the need for lots of bouncing around.
NMTZ is the companion workout to Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism and follows the same format: seven 6-minute circuits, with a 5-minute warm-up and cool down. Total run time is around 55 minutes, and you'll feel every one of them. This one does what it says on the tin - it concentrates on toning and strengthening muscles, whereas BFBM is much more cardio-orientated. Jillian's two demonstrators generally do the same thing, but there are occasional modifications to make life fractionally easier.
The circuits target different parts of the body, usually combining several muscle groups for efficiency. Here's the line-up:
Circuit 1: squat with shoulder-press, backwards lunge with lateral raise (both sides), chair squats with front raises, "press-outs"
Circuit 2: crunches with chest press, pike crunches with chest fly, bicycle crunches, "squirms" (heel-reaches), push-ups
Circuit 3: deadlifts with hammer curls, static squat with concentration curl, forward lunges with lateral bicep curl, sideways lunges with bicep curls
Circuit 4: tricep kickbacks in chair pose, tricep dips with sumo squats, "surrenders", triceps pushes in crescent pose (both sides)
Circuit 5: double crunches, oblique/plank twists, "toe taps" in plank pose (both sides), "windscreen wipers"
Circuit 6: plank rows, supermans, scissor kicks in hollowman pose, glute raises (both sides)
Circuit 7: side plank raises, inner thigh raises, outer thigh raises, donkey kicks, round kicks
Jillian and her girls are using three-pound weights, which is roughly equivalent to 1.5kg dumbells. I wasn't going to buy a third set so I switch between 1kg and 2kg weights. For some sets 2kg is light but for others it'd make my arms fall off, so try it and see what works for you.
Credit where it's due: Jillian's workouts get results if you put the effort in. I have oblique muscles you can see because of this lady, and I'm a normal person, not a fitness model. Admittedly the music is not inspiring and there's not much banter to lighten the mood, but if you do the whole workout you should know about it - "feel those muscles getting tighter, getting smaller!" I try to work out most days, but start with what you can - the more you do, the easier it gets (up to a point - then you need heavier weights).
Oh, and if you're in need of distraction, watch out for Saleemah cheating. Circuit 4 is a good one for that.