30 Day Shred
I'm one of those fortunate people who actually enjoys exercising. It is never hard for me to get my workouts in, and I regularly exercise 5-6x a week doing kickboxing, running, cardio machines and spinning. Aside from pushups, I don't do a ton of work with weights. I kept hearing about 30 Day Shred, so I thought I'd try it out as a way to add more strength training.
I had a pretty intense kickboxing workout this morning, followed by a brief run on the track. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to handle another workout, but I was feeling fine enough after I ate lunch so I decided to pop in the DVD and do level 1 while my kids were taking their nap.
It starts with a 2-minute warm-up which felt pretty nice. I liked swinging my arms and loosening up my body. Then we went into pushups. I've been doing pushups for months now, so I was able to do all of them no problem. (talk to me back in September and I probably would have laughed at the TV instead of doing the pushups!)
I liked how she added arms and legs together in the strength sections, but I think the 3lb weights that I used were a bit light. It felt like a good enough workout, but I think I could have pushed myself more. Next time I'll try 5lb weights.
The cardio sections were ok. I was wearing my HRM and nothing got my heart really racing. In fact, I didn't break much of a sweat. Next time I'll try to step up my intensity level a bit or I might just move onto level 2 to see if that makes a difference.
The ab stuff was fine, but again I never got to the "OMG I can't do this anymore!" point.
So my conclusion is that I like Jillian Michaels, and I really like the format of the 3-2-1 Interval System, but I need to experiment with it a bit more to find a level that is more challenging. Tomorrow I'll try level 2 and go from there :)