Those who follow this space would know that I’d been doing a home workout called Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I’ve nearly finished the workout (I took nearly 45 days to do it, still have a day left!) but its the right time to tell you my experience with this workout.
What is The 30 Day Shred ?
Its a 30 Day exercise program which has 3 levels, 1-2-3, and each Level is to be done for a period of 10 days. You can either purchase the DVD of the workout from flipkart.com or any bookstore or get the video on Youtube HERE. The workout itself is roughly 25 minutes only but it is intense! The instructor is Jillian Michaels who demonstrates the exercises herself with the help of 2 girls – Anita and Natalie. Anita does the modified moves for beginners while Natalie does the same exercises for the advanced crowd. I mostly stick to Anita’s workout since they felt hard enough once I started out though once in a while I am able to do the advanced moves too.
Now each 25 minute workout has 5 stages – Warm up, Circuit 1, Circuit 2, Circuit 3 and Cool Down. Each Circuit starts with 3 minutes of Strength Training targeting the muscles which is followed by 2 minutes of Cardio-vascular exercises targeting the lungs/heart and the circuit ends with 1 minute of Abs. According to Jillian, this combination is the fastest and most effective way to bust fat and tone the body. Now the absolutely awesome thing is that even in those 3 or 2 minute of Strength/Cardio, the exercise changes every 30 seconds so there is no chance of getting bored or feeling tired of the same move. Before you begin to really realize that the move is really hard and is beginning to tire you out, she moves on to the next move.
What do you need for this workout ~
- A Yoga Mat (for the floor exercises), you can manage without it as well like I did for some time though its nice to have one.
- A pair of dumbbells ~ I started Level 1 without the weights but after 5-6 days, I started doing it with 2 pound ones (for each hand). Some of you may find even 2 pound ones heavy if you’ve never worked out before, in that I’ll recommend you start with 1 pound ones. I purchased mine from flipkart.com.
- Exercise gear ~ This is not an essential but I always wear my exercise gear while working out. It makes me feel good and in mood for exercise. I skip the shoes since my floor is tiled and a little slippery so doing the jumps etc. isn’t safe in shoes. But I do wear my fitted track pants and top, it always energizes me. I’ve heard a lot of people say that its a home workout, who’s watching etc. you could do it in your pajamas as well but I think that defeats the whole purpose of a workout. Plus, this is a workout that is quite energetic so it always helps when you’re dressed in something that makes you feel fit and athletic.