Keeping You in Shape
Ok, if you’re like me (overweight and unmotivated) and watch The Biggest Loser and wish you could be one of the contestants and have Jillian train you then you’re in luck! Buy this DVD! I just received the dvd today and did the First Level today. It’s been 2 and 1/2 hours since I finished and I’m still shaking and finding it hard to go up and down stairs. I can’t even imagine what she puts those poor contestants through..LOL!
I have knee pains and feet pains and usually just walk at 3mph on my treadmill. Well, suffice to say I’m not seeing any weight loss. And let me be honest the real reason I have knee and feet problems is because I weigh too much. So I did the full on jumping jacks..no modified jumping jacks in this workout…Jillian tells you straight, she has 400lb people doing full jumping jacks, you can too! And she was right. I sure as heck can’t really do the push ups but I’m sure that I will be able to eventually if I keep doing this dvd everyday for 20 minutes.
And she’s right, you can’t do a workout for 20 minutes and expect it to be easy…you want easy, don’t get this dvd. You want to sweat and really workout get this dvd!
I’m 5’4” and 168 lbs. I will let you know my progress in my comments as time goes on. Good luck to everyone!
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I had never purchased a Jillian Michaels DVD before b/c of the hit or miss reviews. So when I heard raves about this one, I decided to give it a shot and I am so glad I did. This is an absolute butt-kicker workout. I am an intermediate/advanced exerciser (I work out 5-6 days a week) so I figured I could see what Level 1 was all about and move onto Level 2 right away. Listen to me folks–these workouts are HARD. Level 2 was VERY difficult–a good difficult though, very challenging. When Jillian tells you to start at level 1, listen to her she knows what she’s doing. I’ve been at this for about 5 days, and I already feel a difference in my body.Jillian is tough–absolutely NO rest in this workout (not even for a sip of water) but that’s what makes it go by so quickly, and it makes your body change, according to Jillian. You’re done before you know it–but by the end you’ve gotten a kick butt workout and feel like you’ve really done something. She bases her workout on the 3-2-1 method: 3 mins strength, 2 mins cardio, 1 min abs. Her strength circuits remind me of Jari Love–compound exercises that work the upper and lower body simultaneously. The cardio is good as well: a lot of jumping, so watch those knees (she has a modifier for beginner and lower impact) And the abs is straight up ab work–a variety of crunches and twists on the floor.This is a great workout and I find Jillian to be tough but she’s pretty likeable. Be warned though: she’s no-nonsense. I think it’s funny when during the stretch she admits she’s not flexible and struggles to reach her legs on the floor. I thought “Ha, Ha, finally something I’m better at than Jillian!” lolIf you really want to get a good workout and to jumpstart your weight loss get this DVD you will not be disappointed. It’s great for those who are short on time too and want to try something new; every workout is just under 30 mins!
First off, I would give it 3 1/2 stars. I’ve only done level one but it is a good, very intense work out. I felt great afterwards. Also, I really like the trainer. She motivated me to push my hardest to try and finish each exercise, which sometimes I couldn’t do (and I consider myself to be in good shape). My biggest complaint about the DVD is that you are told to start with level 1 and then progress up to level 2, then level 3. But there is only one level 1 workout, one level 2 workout and one level 3 workout. As a result, you are doing the same workout every day until you can move up a level. This can get boring. In addition, you are working the same tired and sore muscles that you worked the day before. My other complaints are a bit petty: the music is terrible and you can’t skip through some of the beginning stuff. As stated above, the workouts are great and extremely challenging but I wouldn’t use this DVD alone.
I would now give this video 5 stars. One of the comments to my review suggested that I don’t wait to move up in levels, rather, I could do each level so that I am not doing the same workout again and again. THANK YOU to that person. I am now switching around levels and I love it. Level 2 and 3 are harder but I follow the “easier” version of most of the exercises and make modifications to some of the aerobic exercises that may be too hard (or that I just may not like). This is now my favorite DVD. I love it because it is hard enough to actually replace the gym… and in only 25 min.