When it works, it works.

January 13, 2014

Hello lovelies!

It seems to be a common occurrence that when the season changes, so does my interest in whatever exercise regime I’m up to at the time. This fall was tough, temperatures have been super low and work has been very insane. Finding the time to exercise is always a priority in my life but when it’s hard, it’s hard.

About a month ago a friend introduced me to Jillian Michaels. OK, so I knew who she was…but I had never explored any of her work. I was skeptical at first but let me tell you, her programs pack a punch! Long story short, the program I decided to try out was her 30 Day Shred and it consisted of three difficulty levels (you’re meant to do each level for ten days spread out over a month).

Each level is just under half an hour and it works you hard. Jillian has a great sense of humor when it comes to fitness (no fake smiles or gloating) and she knows just what to say to keep up the motivation. It’s only half an hour, so I can sneak these in daily with no problem. She also offers different intensity options for each exercise in case you’re a beginner or injured.
You might be thinking “hey, half an hour isn’t long enough!” In certain circumstance, you’re right…but the aim of this program is to gradually get you up to a decent fitness level and it’s been a great maintenance routine for me. Each level includes strength, cardio, AND core work. Nuff said.

Without getting into too much detail, I can say the program does focus on high reps/low weight, which is associated with being strong and slim. I definitely noticed areas of my body that were strong and bulky gradually become more defined without losing the strength. In fact I feel stronger and quite agile and I’m totally cool with that!

Here’s a great pro/con article written about the program:

http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2013/06/26/30-day-shred-the-pros-and-cons/

I recently finished the 30 days and wowsa, I feel great. Now I’m continuing the workouts (starting over) but I’m also doing my own, self-built strength routines here and there to keep things interesting and to make sure I don’t become complacent with the same thing over and over. My self-built routines tend to be more low rep/high weight, so alternating the two gives my body plenty of challenges.

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“I know you feel that little knot in your stomach, that is your body getting stronger. That is fear leaving the body right there.” – Jillian Micheals (during a core exercise)

SO GROOD. MUCH QUOTE. VERY INSPIRE.

If you’re looking for a follow along exercise program that is time-efficient and a little different, I highly suggest this one. And stick to it! So many people give up after 5 days but trust me: keep going! If you’re struggling at first don’t be afraid to alternate a day on and a day off (I did this for level three because it was intense). Even if it takes you more than 30 days to do all of the levels, it’s better than not doing anything at all!

Here’s a link to level one. Take a look! If this is your style, the 30 Day Shred dvd is something crazy cheap like $10.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pc-NizMgg8

tl;dr: I really recommend Jillian’s 30 Day Shred if you’re looking for something cost/time efficient but still works you hard for amazing results. Although it focuses on slimming down, the strength exercises in the program won’t disappoint when it comes to building muscle.
Just remember: Stick with it, work hard but within the limit of your abilities, and have fun. Fun is the most important part IMO…which is why I change things up all the time!

Till next time!

P.S. This program does seem quite female oriented, but I need to say that I have a few male friends who loved and got great results from it. Like I said, this isn’t a regime you’d follow to pack on the Kenshiro muscles…but for cutting weight efficiently and building muscle? Bang on.

To Be Continued

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