Post # 1
OK, I just started the 30 day shred today. I was a little nervous, I see a lot of people talk about how hard it was, etc…. I was also nervous because there’s not a lot out there of before/after results. Most people are like, “I only did it 3 times a week” or “It’s day 3!” and you never hear from them again….
My background: College Athlete, Surfer, active lifestyle. Heart condition/deformity. Only looking to loose about 8-15 lbs, or loose about 2-3″ waist/hips/thighs. 5 days shy of 4 month mark to wedding.
Day One, Level one, part of Two…. yes, this will play in 😉
- LOVED how fast it flew by. Kept me going. Def. felt it working me.
- B/c of my heart issues, I really loved the 3,2,1 approach. The cardio was just to my threshold and with the strength training combined it kept my heart rate up but didn’t push me over into Danger zone (over 200).
- The abs while working me, gave my heart the “rest” period it needed.
- Loved the burn of the side lunges in my shoulders. I can see how this helps the arms for sure!
- I can def. do this everyday!
- Too Short! While I like how fast it flew by, I wasn’t ready to end after the workouts were done. I felt wimpy giving up at that point. Those who are already sort of + physically fit may also find this con. It was like I really started having to push myself and it was over 🙁 So, I did a few of part 2…
- Worst… cool down…. EVER! I totally understand now why so many people complain of being too sore to continue the next day. For a trainer, she really should know better and at least give the suggestion of continuing your stretch. I’m sorry, but a 5 second hamstring stretch is not enough for all the squats and lunges done! I think she’s too caught up in making the “20 min.” mark than really doing what needs to be done. I would HIGHLY suggest stretching for a good time each muscle and doing more arm stretches. (for level 1 and I imagine it’s similar in the other levels.)
- Doesn’t give hints or suggestions on how many reps or what you should be working up too. Also doesn’t give good suggestions for the 3 levels… although, I guess you can’t expect much for $9.99.
I’m thinking I may do 2 a day or back to back, or really have to combine with other workouts. I did some of level 2 and I’m really excited for levels 2 and 3! I like what I saw! I however LOVE planks and what not 😉 It’s better than doing nothing. It’s “fun” yet pushing. I’m curious to see results…. Hopefully. If I don’t loose “weight” I’m fine, but I hope I loose some inches! I figured for $20 it’s worth a shot…
So, Anyone else want to add to the list? I think it would be great to get reviews from people that also mention their current fitness level at the start and personal goals.
Post # 3
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 # 4
Day 2 Level 2 Review
For day 2 (Saturday) I did level 2 of the Shred. I had done Level 1 and the first circuit of level 2 Friday… and I wasn’t all that sore. So, I went straight to level 2.
The reviews I’ve heard; “Level 2 is so hard!” or “I saw results so just stick with it!”
Pro’s: Definitely keeps your heart rate up even if your already somewhat in shape. Great exercises which is def. help the arms and mid section. 20 min. is probably about good. Didn’t feel the need to go into level 3. I loved the high kick warm ups and I love the walking push-ups 🙂
Cons: Still insanely short stretching in the warm up and cool down. One thing I forgot to mention in my day 1 review, is another pet peeve of mine is how she doesn’t mention the PROPER way of doing neck rolls. You need more space for Level two, and I’m going to need to find another room to do it in. I was sliding (Along with my matt) all over the wood floors… I’ll need to go into a carpeted room. There’s a lot of jumping and side to side jumping skaters, etc…. (these are great exercises, I just need a better room for it, apparently.)
I had a wedding to shoot yesterday, which meant I was also doing a lot of squats, lunges, lifting and supporting my 5+ pound camera, etc. I actually felt great all day after starting with level 2. Sunday, my body was exhausted. Not so much from Level 2 as it was from the wedding, as always. So I took Sunday Off.
I’m going to do Level 3 today. I liked what I saw while fast forwarding through it. I think I’m going to alternate levels 2 and 3 and then level 1 on “Off” days….
Post # 5
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
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
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
@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
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 # 10
I’m so glad to hear people loose sizes! I’d really love to drop 1-2 sizes… I’m appalled at my waist and hips at the moment…. not to mention my thighs… yuck! lol
I’m also really happy to hear that other “fit” shredders concur with my review! (AND lost a size 🙂
Post # 11
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 # 12
Day’s 3 and 4 – Level Three
Oh Shred – I can’t wait to turn the volume off and start my own play list!
Level Three Review
- Definitely a work out! Whoever invented the walking planks or the plank with the kicks and weights was insane, but oh does it feel good! My core feels great this morning. Tighter in a good way.
- BURN baby BURN. i had to take some breaks. It pushed me way past comfort. The squat/punch with WEIGHTS, OMG, my shoulders wanted to die (and kind of did 🙂
- Jump Squats, brought me right back to my volleyball day’s….
- The poor warm ups and stretching are leaving me tighter than I used to be, even though I supplement with my own.
- Knee city. Very high impact. My knee is not feeling great. I can’t really do lunges so I’m still trying to find a good supplement exercise. I’m currently mainly doing jumping jacks… Doing it two days in a row is killing my knee.
- When your doing I think the squat/punch thing with weights (or it’s something else really hard) You really do want to quit. JM goes on like a 20 second “Your tired, you want to turn off the DVD, you can’t hold it any more….” It takes her so long to get to the motivation part that she pretty much talks you into quitting! lol
- At the end of the video, she makes a really awkward face as she’s trying to tell you how good you’re doing. It’s like it’s trying to be a sexy face/friendly face/I’m not a bitch but it just comes across creepy.
I’m sure I’ll remember more. I’m feeling great and loving it all cons aside 🙂 For $9 it’s not bad! I’m trying really hard to keep my diet in control as well. Cutting back on the margarita’s and mexican is the hardest! 🙁
Post # 13
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
I’m curious – how did the rest go?
Post # 15
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?