For the last 5 weeks, I have been working my way through the Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD (it’s only $8 on Amazon?!?). It’s been challenging to fit in all the workouts + trying to get my running game back but I think, overall, it was a good addition to my week. If for no other reason than that I didn’t have to make a daily decision on what of the millions of workout options I would choose. Here’s my mini review on the DVD:
(* I bought this DVD on my own and have had zero contact with the company so these are just my thoughts on a new workout routine I tried these past few weeks!)
Week 1: The first week, doing this workout felt really challenging but after re-doing it following the completion of week 4, it felt slightly LESS challenging but still pretty much a butt kicker. The first week focuses a lot of the workout on moves that more people would be familiar with compared to all the super complex/new to me moves that came in the subsequent weeks. (i.e. basic plank vs plank walk, etc.) I feel like you really can’t be completely new to exercise when you begin this program or you will probably hurt yourself. Week 1 jumps right in with pretty dynamic moves and without many options for modifications (“because 400 and 500 lb people do these moves so why can’t you?”) I really got annoyed every time she said this because I choose to modify moves to make them less impact to save my legs for running, not because I’m a lazy good for nothing sloth…
Week 2: I think this week might be the most challenging of all! The cardio seems more intense and that makes everything seem more difficult I think? The moves start to get a little more complex this week and your balance is tested a lot more. I really could do with out Jillian “wanting to bounce a quarter of my ass” and “wanting to bite the one girls butt.” I just don’t see how that’s necessary…
Week 3: Legs, legs, legs, legs! I feel like this week was all about the legs. And with running too I recall being just plain tired and sore those few days. If you are not familiar with the “duck walk” you will hate this tremendously by the end of week 3… I really liked the small upper body circuit at the end this week and I will try to remember that for doing in hotel room or quickly when I need some arm exercises that don’t require any weights (downdog pushups, side one arm pushups, and tricep dips). Really good combo! Still could do without the stupid “bouncing quarter” references…
Week 4: Ready to be done with this. Jillian’s personality was starting to get on my nerves by this week. I appreciate her ability + want to push people, I really do but the “my way or no way” attitude is just plain annoying
somemost of the time… Also, the 2+ minute empowerment speech at the end was kind of not necessary. If you listen to it once, it’s awesome but 3-4 times, not so much. For some reason though, I really started to feel these moves in my knees – and not in a good way. I’m just weak apparently since I shouldn’t have to modify by this point in my exercise career but…whatever, Jill. I’ll just do what I gotta do to not hurt myself! I can’t really complain when a 30 minute workout kills me!
Overall Pros and Cons:
- All the workouts are just about 30 (+/-) minutes.
- You will get a dose of strength, cardio, abs x3 rounds throughout the entire 30 days.
- Most moves offer a modification to make them a little more doable for those new to exercise (still not something I would send to a person completely new to exercise, maybe new to strength training through!)
- Very wide variety of moves; some of which I had never heard of before.
- I felt more toned after 4 weeks (no formal measurements or anything + now it’s my birthday/thanksgiving week so that will end )
- You don’t need many props (only small hand weights + maybe a yoga mat – a sweatshirt on the ground works just as well)
- You work all muscle groups in every workout.
- Easy to bring with you on vacation/weekend away from home
- Very repetitive if you do each workout 5-6x per week!
- Not very conducive to someone new to working out
- Lots of high impact moves
- Sometimes Jillian’s “motivation talks” just pissed me off… and then to have to hear them for X number of workouts per week? Annoying.
- No guys as part of her entourage. I thought this was weird and almost made it seem less legit because it appeared to be a “woman’s workout” or something. But the moves still were tough, just seemed to be alienating to any guys who would want to try it.
- Not enough cool down. It was the same, very basic sequence in all the weeks.
- Lots of dynamic moves right from the get go…(could be a positive in some lights too, I suppose!)
- Did I already say it was very repetitive?!?
- Ended up being not very good cross training for running because the focus was more overall fitness vs weight training which was my main hope.
- Not what I would call strength training per se. No muscle fatigue for most of the moves. Maybe it’s just me being lazy but I never had DOMS after.
All said and done, I think this is an awesome options for someone to have to do in the comfort of their own home, especially if you have limited time and exercise know how. It was easy to follow what was going on and knowing I only had to do 30 minutes of working out helped me push play instead of pushing snooze at least a few times. I’m glad I got this DVD for the occasional workout but I don’t know if I will ever attempt this 5-6x per week for 30 days to ever really test the body changing abilities of it because it was too boring for me (although I am a huge never do the same workout twice freak lately ) For $8-12 bucks this DVD will clearly earn its keep in your collection though!
Question for you: Does anyone know any good, at home, more focused weight/strength training DVDs? I know about P90x but I am looking for something with 30-40 minute weights routines…