Review: 30 Day Shred Workout

Every now and then, something comes along and sweeps through the entire blogging community – I have seen this particular phenomenon written about on beauty, lifestyle, fashion, food and fitness blogs alike. It could only be…the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Workout.

30 Day Shred Workout

I arrived rather late to the party – I am a huge exercise fan, but had been stuck in a routine of doing dance-style workouts online. In my heart of hearts I knew I needed to step things up a notch, and until I stumbled across the 30 Day Shred DVD in HMV, I didn’t realise how much.

In case you don’t know, the premise of the DVD is to get ‘shredded’, i.e. look much more toned and lean, in 30 days. Jillian Michaels (the slightly scary but totally awesome trainer from the US Biggest Loser) has developed a 3.2.1 training system – 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, 1 minute of abs – which you complete in three circuits per level (of which there are also three).

30 Day Shred Workout

As you can imagine, Level 1 is the easiest (but let me tell you, it’s no walk in the park) and the intensity builds up through to Level 3. The circuits are hard, there’s no doubt about it, but when the sweat is pouring from you you know that something is definitely working! I did each circuit for a total of 10 days, making sure I took one rest day per week (usually a Sunday).

All you need for the workout is a mat (if you’re working out on a hard surface) and some hand weights. The ones I used for the vast majority of the DVD were by USA Pro, which you can find in Sports Direct, and were 1.5kg each. During the last few rounds of Level 3 I stepped it up and used 2kg weights:

30 Day Shred Workout

So, how did I get on?

I’m sorry to say that I don’t have any Before and After photos – I decided not to take any, as tiny changes in things like lighting and camera angle can make you look totally different. Instead, I recorded my Before and After measurements, and kept a note of my weight.

Inches Lost:

  • Waist: 0.5ย inch
  • Hips: 0.5ย inch
  • Thighs: 1.5 inches in total
  • Chest: 1 inch
  • Arms: 0 inches

Total Inch Loss: 3.5 inches

Total Weight Loss: 3lbs

Ok, so you’re probably thinking that all that doesn’t sound like a lot. This is why I’m now regretting not taking photos – I look TOTALLY different to before! Although I haven’t necessarily lost loads of weight and ridiculous inches, my body shape has transformed and I look much, much slimmer.

Prior to starting the workout, I had already lost 16lbs, so the bulk of my weight loss journey was already complete. If I had started the 30 Day Shred at my heaviest, I have no doubt that my results would have been dramatic. All of my clothes now feel looser, and I’m fitting into dresses that I haven’t worn since I was 16.

Plus – I have abs! I’m seeing real definition, which I’m going to continue by doing the Ripped in 30 DVD (which I started today). I still have 8lbs to lose to reach my eventual goal, but I’m not in any particular rush. I’m enjoying seeing my body change gradually, feeling stronger by the day and knowing that I’m healthier than ever before.

In terms of diet, I didn’t follow Jillian’s plan as I’m a picky vegetarian (diet plans formulated by other people just don’t work for me). Instead, I’ve been being sensible but still enjoyed my life – everyone needs a Corona and a bit of pizza every now and then! I’ve been eating tons of fresh fruit, vegetables and salad, as well as protein and carbs in about the right proportions. It’s just common sense, really.

My verdict of the 30 Day Shred? If you want a challenge, go for it – I am thrilled with my results, and love exercise more than ever. Jillian is my hero!

Have you tried the 30 Day Shred? How did you find it?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. June 28, 2013 / 2:30 pm

    I love this DVD – I saw her on The Biggest Loser ages ago and immediately ordered this off Amazon. Would love to see a review of Ripped In 30 – I was thinking of getting the six week six pack one but I’m still undecided.

    • June 28, 2013 / 5:22 pm

      I will definitely do a review of Ripped once I’m done ๐Ÿ™‚ loving it already! I’m the same about the Six Pack one, might look up a few reviews. xox

  2. Shannon
    June 28, 2013 / 6:07 pm

    Wow! That’s amazing! I think I might try it ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve been trying to be healthier and have just started going on the elliptical again

  3. June 28, 2013 / 8:24 pm

    I’ve also heard of it but as I can’t have a tv or a computer to watch it alone (without people around me, I mean, which would be very embarassing…), I decided to buy one of her book. I took the “Making the cut”. She writes about food and exercises. It’s very interesting but the exercises seem quite complicated because you need things that you only find at the gym… And I’m a mom, so I don’t really have time for that. At the end of the day, I’m just so tired that I just want to go to bed… So it’s kinda hard to stick with a real programme…
    But I’d like to try it one day. For now, I just inspire myself with the exercises and the recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. BestDamnSmile
    July 3, 2013 / 7:25 am

    HAHA! I laughed out loud at the “slightly scary trainer” part, that is so true! I love this dvd, it’s so much better than other 20 minute workout dvds ๐Ÿ™‚

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