(Closed) Just started the Shred, Review

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did my second day of level 1 today…and I think you’re right on with your review! I’m starting out doing it 3x/week because I am definitely not in shape. Yesterday (my off day) I was SO sore. I agree that the cool down doesn’t really cut it.

From what I read, most people combine the Shred with some other workout – cardio, pilates, yoga, etc. I’m not doing that just yet (seriously…out of shape!) but plan to add at least one more routine when I feel more capable of handling that.

I’ve also read that a lot of people find Jillian annoying. I don’t. I’ve only done level 1, twice, so my opinion of her may change eventually. I also haven’t ever watched any of the shows she’s on or done any of her other videos, so I have no previous exposure. 🙂

As for my goals…I’d really just like to tone up. If I happen to lose weight, that will be a bonus. I’m 5’7″ and about 140-ish. I’m certainly not overweight, but I don’t ever work out so I feel kind of flabby. My stomach and arms are the areas I’d like to see the most improvement.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

As a fairly in shape, “fit” person, I usually alternate between levels 2 and 3 when I do the shred, so I definitely agree with your approach.  Now that it’s summer, and I’m outside running a lot, I only really do the Shred occassionally — if it’s raining or I don’t have time for a long workout…

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I totally agree that her warm up/cool down periods are way too short. I usually do her stretches, and then do a bunch of my own. I hate level two (I hate push ups and planks, I have no upper body strength and I’m perfectly fine with that!). Today instead of the plank jumping jacks, I just did jumping jacks, my arms were too tired!

However, on the results side of things, I’m really happy with mine! I’ve gone down from a size 10 to a size 8 in the last couple months. I don’t do the Shred every day, and I have been *trying* to eat better, although I’m a sucker for baked goods. I’m hoping if I keep it up over the next two months I’ll tone up a bit more to feel AWESOME in my honeymoon bikini.
I totally regret not taking good before/after photos, but every time I see this photo from our engagement shoot I say a silent thank you to Jillian and smile 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have owned and been a fan of the shred for a couple years now, and I think your review is perfect….particularly the cons! Last week I did it for the first time in awhile (I had been running instead) and WOW I forgot how sore you get if you follow Natalie and don’t do anything extra to cooldown. I am still in pain three days later.

Also should mention to all shred newbies, if you decide to do it and are a daily weigh-er…don’t get discouraged if you gain a pound or two at first. Whenever I start doing this video, I always retain water for a couple days afterward (I’ve read it is caused by muscles trying to repair themselves – ouch).

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@musthavedietcoke: I totally agree. I’m at the highest weight I’ve ever been due to the muscle I’ve been building, but am down a dress size and am fitting into clothes I haven’t been able to get into for three years. I never weigh myself, I go by clothing sizes 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yup, Shred works. I would add it’s not the best for weight loss unless you really watch your diet, rather it helps with toning overall and strength improvement.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hey date twin!!! I have the video, too , and use it on the days I don’t feel like going to the gym. My Con- cannot fast forward the intro!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I looooove the Shred… I actually lost my DVD and just re-bought it.  I hate working out and hate leaving the house to work out, so for me 20 minutes in my living room is a godsend.

I mute it at this point and turn on my own music.

I also have No More Trouble Zones, which is longer and a bit more difficult.  I don’t like it as much overall, but I do like that you can choose which areas to target.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m curious – how did the rest go?

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did the Shred almost 30 days straight and my knees did take a little beating – nothing too bad, though. When I finished, I was much trimmer (belly no longer stuck out further than boobage) and had lost 12 pounds.

I did, however couple it with eating healthier. I think it’s a great workout for those who are pressed for time – especially if done at least 5 times a week. It’s 20 minutes (30 with all the stretching) – which means the length of a TV show. If my happy ass can sit and watch the TV/surf the web for half and hour, I have no excuse, right?

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