I got bored with Level 1 so I thought I would do the "easy" version of Level 2.
When she said "you should be screaming" i had to laugh... at one point during one of those squat weight moves, i had no idea how far through them I was and I screamed at the tv:
Good thing we live in a freestanding house so I can scream...
Please tell me this is going to work!! its HARD.
@Penelopeee: THANK YOU! I am on a work hiatus right now and I started to think that I was just spending too much time in the house alone! LOL. I'm glad other people are screaming at the tv too.
Sometimes I wish she would tell you how many are left earlier than she does... it seems eternal.
At least I know i'm not a total wuss...
I found that level 2 was the worst of all of the levels. So if you can just get through it, level 3 is a bit more fun!
no wonder this DVD is collecting dust unopened. You all have me scared.
Level 2 is definitely worse than Level 3- good job and keep up with it! I think JM is awesome
@justvonne: It's tough but worth it. It made me feel good about myself when I got better at it and moved up a level.
lol, I was planning on doing Level 2 tonight! But I cannot do that opening move, the mountain climber or whatever it is... I have to a modified version where I'm on my knees and then I walk out. It sucks but you will see results!
Ha level two sucks. Level three is better IMO. I don't know why 2 is so much harder than the other two!
I think Level 2 is worse than Level 3...I have weak wrists so all those plank-based moves KILLLLL me!!!
Bleh, I didn't think level 2 was that bad except for the pendulum lunges (I have bad knees). I kept reading that there were "so many" plank moves, but there are, what, 2-3? and she doesn't even have you do them properly (sorry, THIS is a plank jack, not that weak ass downward dog hop around that Natalie does--and that's a proper plank position, NOT on your hands). Level three is more work, more plank-intensive, and more fun. I won't lie, I was swearing at her the first day (FI was amused), but I like it way more than the first two.
It's like a sign that I just found this post! I thought I was the only one still doing this (I know it was popular a few years ago, but not now). Then I stumbled up on this! Yay! Support!
I just completely day 6 (my second day of level 3). Hoping for great results to come!
I have to say, I feel really great after each workout. I love how hard she works us! I'm miserable during those 20 minutes...but it all feels so worth it at the end! :)
@SupermarketGirl: Whaaat? Day 6, which is your second day of level 3? Each level is supposed to be done for 10 days (hence 3 levels for 30 days).
@vorpalette: I can't stand Natalie. Its like she was trying to show up for work on a soft-core porn and wandered into the wrong soundstage. Her movements are sort of wild and sloppy.
@BookishBelle: I hate the plank moves! I like the situp stuff better.
@justvonne: I know what you mean... but the thing is because it is hard, you feel like you can actually get away with a 20 minute workout! the end is always 20 minutes or less away. and jillian really is likeable. Nothing is worse than working out and thinking it might not be effective... so give it a try, dont let us scare you! ;-)
@littlebear2171: I really like her too! She sort of knows exactly when you need some words of encouragement.
Funny this popped up. I was just thinking about how good I was doing with this DVD til I got lazy. Been thinking of making a big push to restart the DVD. Guess this is a sign. :)
@Waitingtoexhale: I don't like either girl, tbh. Or the fact that Jillian wears that thin, thin-strapped sports bra and her boobs bounce SO. MUCH. that it hurts to look at. I have to wear a sports bra with an underwire AND a workout top over that to hold mine down.
does anyone else have trouble doing a "correct" squat?
@Waitingtoexhale: the best trick for good form is to make sure you are putting your weight on your heels, not your toes. Your toes will even pop up a bit with good form.
Poor Nat -- I agree she kinda wimps out a bit on 30 day Shred. But you should see her body in Killer Buns. Damn.
Keep up the good work. You will get great results with Jillian's workouts if you keep doing them regularly and watch what you eat.
@bluegreenjean: that's a good tip, i will try making sure i am back on my heels more. i feel like i just can't get it right. i do feel my knees are not what they used to be these days, so i wasn't sure if it was that or something that could be solved easily. luckily there is a mirror in my living room so i can at least make sure my knees are not over my toes. ;-)
@Waitingtoexhale: your joints will start to feel better once you get stronger. Stronger muscles make for less stress on your joints. Keep it up!
Uggh my knees hurt again just thinking about it. I need to get back with the program.
Proper squat - sit as if you are sitting on the toilet with a straight back, weight on your heels, thighs should be parallel to the floor (or close to it), feet should be shoulder width apart. When starting it and descending, arch your back and stick your bum out and put the weight on your toes. Practice makes perfect!
@the boss of you: haha! jillian is hard on the knees...
I seriously have been slacking on 30 day shred. I tell myself each week I am going to do it and push myself but I am so out of shape I get out of breath and have to take a couple seconds here and there to catch my breath. I jiggle in places I shouldn't jiggle and I feel super self concious. My feet hurt super bad too! I think mainly because I am flat footed and probably don't have the best shoes for the proper support.
@MrsDPal811: it is really hard! There is a giant mirror in our living room, which is good for some aspects but.... My stomach does not look good while doing the plank jacks!!!!!
I bought this and never had time to use it, so I let my FSIL borrow it post-baby. Sounds like I should ask for it back!
@vorpalette: Eh, I figured if I can handle the stronger workout, why not do it? And I can handle it! I didn't feel pushed to my potential on the first two levels.
I started this thread and about 20'hours later... I am feeling those lower ab moves... Sore!!!
When I do the punching moves in levels 1 and 3, I imagine I'm punching Jillian in the face. I love the effect her videos have on my body and I think she's a great trainer, but the visual helps me really punch it out!
I meant weight on your heels, not toes. Oops.
I know, level 2 is crazy!! Keep it up, I got amazing results when I did 30DS.
It will work. I love 30 day shred! I felt level 2 was harder than 3, so at least you have that to look forward to. :)
@Waitingtoexhale- hmmmm... I might consider getting a mirror and prop it in front of me while I do it. It might motivate me more... maybe...
@SupermarketGirl: Good point. I like level 3 a lot, though I find all of the levels challenging because I'm pretty out of shape.
I had to stop and ask FI last night if I was doing something wrong for the weighted cardio stuff, because she says you should feel the holds in your biceps, but I can only feel them in my forearms (and it doesn't feel right). He said it's probably because my biceps are pretty strong, but my forearms aren't, and that's why. I'm just worried that I'm hurting myself, since FI has tendonitis from lifting, and I worry that, even with my 5 pounders, that'll happen to me (unlikely as that may be).
I think I'm going to switch it up when I finish 10 days of level three and get a different DVD of hers, but I can't decide.
@vorpalette: i cant comment on that because i feel like everything hurts!!
I tried one of her other videos before the 30 day shred... "banish fat boost metablism". i only did it once. it was intense and at 40 minutes, just too long. when i heard the shred was 20 minutes, i thought that seemed more do-able and for me, that was the right choice. i guess if the shred is not enough as you get in shape the longer one might work but... man.
as she likes to say "you should feel like you're going to die"... yes, yes i did.
@vorpalette: I was thinking about doing the same. It's not that I mind doing the same exercise day after day (I'll put skinny over my boredom any day! Ha). But I also know you're supposed to mix things up so your muscles don't get used to the workout. Yet I don't want to go back to the easier levels...I want something equally as challenging, just different!
@Waitingtoexhale: I hurt for the first three days of level one, but I haven't felt like that since. I am a little sore today, though. But yes, whichever video I go with next has to be ~20 minutes. I have no time to work out any longer--I know people say that that's an excuse, but I only get 8 hours of sleep (and that's with going to sleep at 10PM), and I am not willing to sacrifice any more of that. I get up at 6, eat breakfast, get ready for work, work from 8-5 (well, 8:30-5 right now), come home, eat dinner, spend a little time with FI, work out, take a shower, and get ready for bed. I don't have enough time in the morning to work out, and if I did, I'd have to make time to shower and dry my hair, too--I'd end up having to get up at 4AM to get to work on time. :\
@SupermarketGirl: I just want to be toned. I'm already small, but my metabolism is slowing down, and I want to balance that out, as well as work up my strength and stamina. Working out is just good for you in general, too. But I get bored easily, and yeah, you're supposed to switch it up for the best results.
How is everyone doing? Update me! I just finished day 11, and I'm already seeing toning all over - legs, bum, thighs, those awful lovehandles, shoulders, and arms!
Lemme know how you girls are doing!
@SupermarketGirl: I got SO sore from level 2, I just couldn't deal and took a break from the shared. I am jumping back on tomorrow. I do feel like I notice toning, amazing for how few times I have actually done it!
If there are any curious lurkers around, the JM Shred is on Groupon for $25, which seems like a pretty sweet deal: https://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-jillian-michaels-workout-dvd-set?utm_campaign=UserReferral_pp&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=uu13971817
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