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.
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).
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:
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.
- Waist: 0.5 inch
- Hips: 0.5 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?