Sunday, 4 August 2013

The 30 Day Shred...

I recently bought Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred as I had heard a lot of good things about it and I've been on a little bit of a health kick lately so I thought why not give it a try! 

I don't particularly want to lose masses of weight I am more aiming to tone up and strengthen my muscles (and secretly hoping for a six pack... ha)

The DVD consists of 3 levels, for the first 10 days you do level 1, followed by level 2 for the next 10 days, then level 3 for the final 10 days, each level gets progressively more difficult.
The workout itself is 20 minute long and is based around Jillian's 3-2-1 interval system (3 minutes strength, 2 minutes cardio and 1 minute abs) this is apparently the best way to start seeing results quickly! 

The workouts are supposed to be completed everyday for 30 days, but I also like to go to the gym so I just do this on the days in between the gym (that's not cheating, right?), but I guess if you were really hardcore you could do both in a day?!

What will you need?

All you need is the DVD (obviously...) I bought mine from Amazon for £5
A set of hand weights, I use 2kg weights, but if you are a complete beginner I would maybe opt for a lighter weight, such as 1kg, as the workout includes quite a lot of repetitions. 
Lastly an exercise/ yoga mat, I bought my weights and mat from Argos so it worked out quite cheap!
But if you are on a tight budget I guess you could manage without using a mat, as long as you're not on a hard floor, and you could substitute the weights for two tins of beans or something?! Be imaginative! 

First Impressions...

I've only done 3 days worth so far and alternated the days with the gym! But I am really liking it and I tell you what it must be working because I'm aching all over! God help me when I have to move on to the next levels! 
I also really like how the workout is structured and I think Jillian is really motivational so it makes you want to push through even when you feel like you just want to collapse in a heap on the floor!

So, I would definitely recommend this to anyone, no matter what your fitness levels are, the good thing about it is that each of the exercises can be modified depending on your ability. 
It's also great for fitting into a busy lifestyle as it's pretty easy to find 20 mins in your day, and it can be done in the comfort of your own home!

Hope some of you have found this helpful/ useful, I've had quite a few people ask me about it lately so I thought it would be good to pop it into a blog post...
I'll keep you updated :)

P.S. I am also trying to eat a little bit healthier too as I think that is going to be the best way to see results, as your diet and exercise do go hand in hand. For me this is more of a lifestyle change more than anything, I think it's best to commit to eating healthier in general, rather than doing Fad diets, as they're rarely effective long term and it can't be good for your body to crash diet!

A x

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