Thursday, 19 February 2009

30 Day Shred

I've been getting frustrated at my lack of progress with the Push Up Challenge (still can't move past week 4), so I've decided to shake things up a bit. I had heard good things about The 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels (Biggest Loser fitness guru) so I decided to give it a whirl.

People - I have exercised at least 4 days a week for the past 10 years - and I found this TOUGH! You can tone it down a bit (there are 2 girls showing beginner and advance versions of the exercises) - you're just not allowed to stop! Well, maybe if you pass out you can stop for a few seconds. This is a very short workout - not counting warmup and cool down it is 18 mins of pure torture! She does 3 minutes of strength, then 2 minutes of cardio and then 1 minute of abs - and then does that same circuit over again three times in total, changing up the moves each time. There are 3 different workouts on the dvd (3 different levels). I have tried both level 1 and 2 so far.

I will keep you updated on how things are going, but I have a feeling this is going to get some results. This has got to be one of the most time effective, tough workouts I have ever done.

She is tough, no nonsense and brutally honest. Here are a few of her phrases.....
"I want you to feel like you're gargalling your heart"
"I want you to feel like you are going to die"

And, yes..... you do!

Edited to add: Just thought I should add on a little more info about the types of exercises performed during the workouts.

Strength moves: these usually incorporate lower and upper body moves simultaneously - such as bicep curls while doing lunges, or shoulder presses and squats, or front lateral raise with side squat, etc - and pushups of course!

Cardio: not for those with knee problems as there's a lot of jumping going on. Jumping jacks, butt kicks, high knee runs, "fake" jumping rope, etc - yep, brutal I tell ya.

Abs: pretty traditional moves - crunches, reverse crunches, both together, bicycles, ab moves from the plank position, etc.

There ya have it!


andrea said...

i was going to say sounds fun! but a short awesome workout is a good thing. I've looked into this one too a while back. But i'm still on Power 90 with 3 miles on the treadmill a day...kinda time consuming! it was between that and P90X...
great review!

ValleyGirl said...

My, my ~ cheerful and upbeat, too.

I think I may need to resort to workout DVDs ~ my elliptical is just not doin' it for me. This sounds like a good one.

Jobina said... not for me right now but I can cheerfully say, "go Tammy go! Feel the burn!"
Have "fun"!

Jody said...

Wow - sounds fun!! I've been doing Turbo Jam for awhile and they are borrowed so I need to return them soon. I was not interested in paying for the whole set, so I might have to pick this workout up and give it a go! Love to work hard in a short amount of time like that. Get those calories burned and on with life!

Pamela said...

I like Jillian on the biggest loser but I know I could not do this workout, good for you for doing it! I saw she has a wii version too, I wonder how that would be?

Roo said...

thanks tammy! I got your comment and sent an email to andrea....i appreciate your help in helping me bless the people at agape house! shalom friend.

Roo said...

tammy! andrea got me the stuff...THANK YOU SO MUCH! xo

Jody said...

How's the 30 day shred going?? Just ordered a copy from Amazon, can't wait for it to get here!!!

TammyIsBlessed said...

Really well! Except I'm currently on a 4 day break due to the stomach bug. Blech. But I'm hoping I can start again tomorrow, Thursday at the latest! Too bad weight lost during illness doesn't usually stay off :)

Jessica Morris said...

haha... love it. The quotes from it made me laugh - sounds like a great workout!!

I have been frustrated with the past two weeks being so hectic with the new house... I had been working out 3 days a week and doing cardio 3 days too... but for the past two weeks I've done nothing. And I am really missing the gym!!

I'm stoked tho because our new house is only a block away from our gym!! So hopefully next week I'll be back at it. I truly miss the burn!


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