Day 146 of OUR 365 Day Odyssey
I usually post Biggest Loser quotes and a recap today, but I didn’t get to watch the last hour of last night’s episode so I don’t know what happened once the final four started the marathon – I also don’t know how it ended so be sure not to tell me if you know :). So, in lieu of the usual “It’s a Biggest Loser Thing” I have a tribute to JM.
I haven’t always loved Jillian Michaels, but I have grown to both respect and appreciate her. When I was first introduced to Jillian on the Biggest Loser, I found her methods and ways a bit harsh. I wasn’t so sure that yelling at contestants was the way to get them to change, but after watching 10 seasons of the Biggest Loser I definitely see there is a method to her madness. My new found appreciation and, dare I say, love, for Jillian was driven by the success she has helped the contestants achieve and prompted by my experience with the 30 Day Shred.
Erica of Fashion Meets Food posted about doing the 30 Day Shred and I was curious. I found it on iTunes (for $8.99 you get Levels 1-3; see my note at the end about downloading), but you can also order it at Amazon.
The 30 Day Shred is the “bomb” (yes, I realize I am using rather antiquated terminology, but no other words adequately describe how I feel about this workout). The first time I did, “The Shred”, as I like to call it, I had the “smart” idea that I would try it after an hour-long boot camp class. At the time, I didn’t fully understand how hard I had worked in boot camp class and that doing the 30 Day Shred after boot camp was sheer madness. You could definitely say that I found Jillian’s workout VERY challenging that day. I didn’t do the 30 Day Shred again for almost a week because I was so sore.
The next time I attempted to do “The Shred” I thought, “This is going to be so much easier.” Wrong. It wasn’t easier. It was hard, but still, I find that there is a lot to like about the workout. According to Michael’s exercise philosophy, you need to incorporate cardio and strength to get the most out of your workouts and see the biggest results. I used 5 lb weights, but you could easily use heavier or lighter, or no weights, if you are just beginning. The weights and combo movements — using small and large muscles made for one butt kicking workout…and speaking of butt-kicks — there are plenty of them, along with jumping jacks and jump ropes (which I have a special thing for) in the cardio portion. I found Jillian to be encouraging and highly motivating. This workout dvd is well worth the $8.99 price, but don’t take my word for it, here are reviews from other bloggers: Review 1, Review 2 (this blogger calls it the “30 Day Dead”), Review 3. I think you will get a kick out of their reviews 🙂