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December 13, 2011 3:06 AM
I started at 269 pounds when I did 30DS at the beginning of November. It was difficult, but doable. I would recommend a few things before starting.

1) If you have hard floors, you definitely need a yoga mat.
2) Stretch out a few minutes before you start.
3) Wear a REALLY supportive bra
4) Don't be afraid to modify - and my suggestion: when you get to the circuit that has the jumping jacks followed by the jump rope, modify the jumping rope to running in place or something. At least until you get adjusted to that.

You can totally do it! Take as many breathers as you need to.
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December 13, 2011 3:10 AM
I'm considered obese as well and I'm on day 5 level 1 of the shred. The hardest thing for me is pushing through the cardio sections (especially the jumping jacks with my bad knees.) On days where my knees are hurting too much for the jumping jacks, I just do punches to keep my heart rate up until the next section starts. Oh and the push-ups were hard to start as well, even the modified version, so I did wall push-ups for the first few days. My biggest recommendation is good shoes, good bra, and keep hydrated!!!
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December 13, 2011 3:11 AM
EDIT: Sorry, double post.
Edited by Katerbuggs On December 13, 2011 3:15 AM
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December 13, 2011 3:13 AM
I'm obese. I did it :) It was great. It seems daunting and I didn't think I'd really get into it but I loved it. She does actually have a time when she says "don't tell me you can't do jumping jacks, I have 400 pound people who do jumping jacks!" Like everyone says follow Anita, you'll get there and you'll find yourself pushing through that.

good luck. I'm probably going to restart it in January too
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December 13, 2011 3:20 AM
I'm morbidly obese (bmi 49.0) and I had a tough time. But im not going to quit.
December 13, 2011 3:44 AM
I tried 30DS for one day and nearly collapsed! The strength training and ab work isn't the problem, although they are very challenging...it's the TDJs- Those Damned Jumps! I don't care what Jillian says about 400 pound people being able to do them, because I can't. If you have boobs and/or a protruding stomach it's going to hurt. A lot.

I found it too challenging for me so I started doing strength training with Petra Kolber instead. Also, I'm in the 100 Mile Challenge this month so all I've been doing is cycling...I would love to start 30DS again with people in January, as long as I jog in place instead of the TDJs!
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December 13, 2011 3:50 AM
At 237lbs I am considered morbidly obese but I love the 30ds, I've been mixing it with the Biggest Loser workouts and noticing changes in my weight and my shape. Even through the fat I am starting to see muscle definition.
One tip though, buy biggerweights. I didn't really start to notice any change until I picked up the 3kg weights and used those instead. I'm still doing level one but I have asked Santa for wrist and ankle weights to maximise my time working out with a 4 year old and 3 year old triplets time management has been my biggest issue but with the 30DS its a 20 minute fix.
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December 13, 2011 4:44 AM
I am doing it, i am up to day 7 of level one, had to take a few days break as have a stinking cold.

I am obese and i struggle with some of the moves, but rather than stopping or waiting for the next move in the cardio i would do as many jumping jacks as i could (which i hate, big boobs - get a good bra, or forget swinging your arms above your head and hold the bits that bounce too muchlaugh ) and once i think i am going to die, i will jog on the spot or do grapevines or something easier to keep moving. I also struggle with the reverse crunches, but again do a couple and then just do normal crunches instead. After 7 days i can nearly get all the way through, will be a quite a while before i can get through level one doing everything perfectly without swapping some moves. I will move onto level 2 soon and hopefully by the end of level 3 i will be able to go back to the beginning and find level one easy. It is worth it. It is only 20 mins and makes you feel you have had a good work out.

i do not beat myself up because there is a move i cannot do, i just dream up something else until i have practiced that move or got fitter.
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December 13, 2011 4:49 AM
I'm do it now. I can finally complete level1 following Anita but I can do all the moves w/o putting the weights down or stopping through the push ups. If you can't do the move with the weights put the weight down but still do the move. DON'T STOP moving if you can help it. If you can't do the butt kicks march in place that sort of thing. At the end of the 10 days you will be stronger for it. I love the DVD.
Edited by SafireBleu On December 13, 2011 4:50 AM
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December 13, 2011 4:53 AM
I was obese when I did the 30DS (started at 260 pounds) and I didn't think it was undoable. There were times that I only lifted the weights every other rep, but kept my squats or lunges going. I also had some trouble keeping the jump ropes going after the jumping jacks, but the key is to keep moving. Just keep telling yourself that you can do anything for 20 minutes!
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December 13, 2011 4:53 AM
I'm the same. I'm currently doing Leslies Sansones walk away the pounds i have two that I alternate and i go to Curves 3x's a week. I tried the 30 Day Shred and just didn't feel ready. So I am going to restart the first of the yr. :) Hopefully I'll be in better shape then. Good luck to you. Friend me if you like and we can help motivate each other!! :))
December 13, 2011 4:54 AM
Jillian yells that modified moves are not allowed. Well, I do modify them. For some of the cardio I march in place, I do my push ups against the wall, etc. To me, it is more important to finish the DVD, rather than to push myself beyond my ability and have to quit after 5 minutes. I am still sore, sweaty, and exhausted at the end!
December 13, 2011 4:57 AM
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Hi, I'm pretty new to this so if you would please fill me in on Ms. Anita and this whole shred thing(giggle). I'd like to jump aboard so pleassssseeeee respond(smile)


On the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred workout video, there are three people doing the moves; Jillian, Anita and.. um.. the other girl whose name I can't remember. Anita does the modified version of each exercise, making them slightly easier and more doable for us newbies, those with injuries or people who are looking for a lower impact workout.

I haven't done the 30DS consistently but it's my go-to video when I can't get to the gym. It's definitely challenging, no matter whose moves you follow! Good luck to you all! drinker

Her name is Natalie
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December 13, 2011 5:01 AM
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Jillian yells that modified moves are not allowed. Well, I do modify them. For some of the cardio I march in place, I do my push ups against the wall, etc. To me, it is more important to finish the DVD, rather than to push myself beyond my ability and have to quit after 5 minutes. I am still sore, sweaty, and exhausted at the end!
^^^ This is exactly how I feel. I start with the Anita modified move do what I can then switch to my modified move. At the beginning did last of pushups on the wall, now can do them all on the floor half modified and on my knees like Anita does them but I am doing it. You will get stronger as you . Modify what you have to but keep moving. Can't do the jump ropes after the jumping jacks do as much as you can then march in place. You will be fine and you will get through it.
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December 13, 2011 5:02 AM
I have the 30 day shred & have been doing it pretty consistently for well over a month but I've only lost 3 lbs. I don't "phone it in" either. I really do work out & I don't stop early. It's great everyone else seems to lose weight right off the bat. Wish I knew why I can't! Lately, I've been switching between the 30 day shred and her No More Trouble Zones (which is 40 minutes) because of shin splints. Until then, I was doing 30 DS 5 days a week. I do feel better & have more energy now. I just can't seem to lose the weight!! It's very frustrating for me...but I'm not giving up. It HAS to happen eventually!
December 13, 2011 6:01 AM
I bought 30DS last week. Prior to this I was getting in pretty good shape so I thought I could hang with Jillian. I WAS WRONG!! She is a special kind of EVIL!! lol. But, I do notice a huge difference already. Yes, some of the moves hurt my knees and back but I modify them to accomodate my needs. She even says the most important thing is that you keep moving. If you can't do jumping jacks, do modified versions of them (no legs, only arms). Can't do pushups? Try wall pushups? JUST DO SOMETHING! The reason why this works is because she is using several different muscles at the same time. Its burns more fat than regular cardio or strengh training. You can do this!!! Just beware: I couldn't walk for two days after my first workout. Seriously, she's evil!
December 13, 2011 6:13 AM
I read this post more out of interest than anything (I had no idea as to the correct answer) but I just want to say big UPS to the people in this situation who give it a go. I found the DVD challenging and I've worked out in gyms for 20 years, so don't be upset if you find it hard, it's hard for everyone!!!
Personally if I had a lot of weight to lose I'd probably try to work in a 30 minute brisk walk after the workout as its quite short . Just an idea as a way to get more out of it.
good luck!
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December 13, 2011 6:29 AM
Sorry, I also meant to say good luck to you all, I love this DVD xx
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December 13, 2011 6:47 AM
QUOTE:

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Jillian yells that modified moves are not allowed. Well, I do modify them. For some of the cardio I march in place, I do my push ups against the wall, etc. To me, it is more important to finish the DVD, rather than to push myself beyond my ability and have to quit after 5 minutes. I am still sore, sweaty, and exhausted at the end!
^^^ This is exactly how I feel. I start with the Anita modified move do what I can then switch to my modified move. At the beginning did last of pushups on the wall, now can do them all on the floor half modified and on my knees like Anita does them but I am doing it. You will get stronger as you . Modify what you have to but keep moving. Can't do the jump ropes after the jumping jacks do as much as you can then march in place. You will be fine and you will get through it.

^^^ I second this. Also wear one of those tummy trimming underwear for your stomach along with a supportive bra. Believe you me, just like another MFPer pointed out in another post, for obese people like us with floppy bellies and chests they do get tossed around like pizza dough.
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December 13, 2011 6:55 AM
i'm obese and i love 30ds ..!!
December 13, 2011 6:55 AM
Yep, follow Anita because she offers modified moves. The first time I did the Shred, I also did Level 1 the entire time because I was new to exercise and it was still kicking my butt. This month, it's becoming easier, so I'm switching levels.

Also - the first go around, I didn't use hand weights. I just mimicked the moves with my arms. Once the workouts became slightly easier and I wasn't dying the entire time, I added in the hand weights.
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December 13, 2011 7:06 AM
I'm obese with about 80 pounds to lose. Just a bit about my experience. The first time I attempted level 1, I could only do 9 minutes of it before I shut the dvd off. My next try, I could only do 15 minutes or so.

BUT the third time's a charm--I made it through the whole workout. Here's what I realized and changed:
1) MODIFY - Even though Anita is doing beginner moves, I had to futher modify things. (For example, my shoulder couldn't support me during push-ups or even "girly" push-ups. I had to have my knees directly under my hips. Also, jumping jacks KILLED ME. But the point is two minutes of cardio. So, I used other cardio movies from other circuits or other levels to switch for the jumping jacks.)

2) I had to stop worrying about keeping the perfect tempo/pace as them. It doesn't matter. If you need to slow it down to get the correct form. Jillian can't see you and she can't yell at you if you do 8 squats (at a slower pace) while they do 12.

Hope that helps!
December 13, 2011 7:09 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Jillian yells that modified moves are not allowed. Well, I do modify them. For some of the cardio I march in place, I do my push ups against the wall, etc. To me, it is more important to finish the DVD, rather than to push myself beyond my ability and have to quit after 5 minutes. I am still sore, sweaty, and exhausted at the end!
^^^ This is exactly how I feel. I start with the Anita modified move do what I can then switch to my modified move. At the beginning did last of pushups on the wall, now can do them all on the floor half modified and on my knees like Anita does them but I am doing it. You will get stronger as you . Modify what you have to but keep moving. Can't do the jump ropes after the jumping jacks do as much as you can then march in place. You will be fine and you will get through it.

^^^ I second this. Also wear one of those tummy trimming underwear for your stomach along with a supportive bra. Believe you me, just like another MFPer pointed out in another post, for obese people like us with floppy bellies and chests they do get tossed around like pizza dough.


Love this thread. Glad to know I'm not the only one who had to modify those things. ^^
December 13, 2011 7:09 AM
I did the 30 DS when I was 289. I tried to do it everyday for 30 days (10 days per level) and ended up with pretty bad pain in my knees and back. I even did the modified versions that Anita demonstrates (Natalie is one tough girl!). I found through some reading that Jillian Michaels has said that this video should only be done 3 times a week with cardio workouts in between. I now do Walk Away the Pounds 2x a week, cardio kickboxing (Violet Zaki) 2x a week, 30DS 2x a week and light yoga on my off day. This has been much easier on my joints and I am still seeing great results. I think the hardest thing about level 1 in the 30DS is the first circuit where you go from jumping jacks right into jump rope. I modified it further by doing jumping jacks then jogging in place and have worked up to being able to do both as intended on the video. You will see great results, but you have to stick with it and listen to your body. I also agree to definitely do additional stretching before and after.
December 13, 2011 7:11 AM
I'm not obese but it doesn't matter. It 's the voice in our heads that makes us doubt ourselves, or beat ourselves up or think what we do isn't good enough. I found the 30DS challenging and I've run marathons and played college sports. During the first week I pulled my calf muscle. My advice is YOU CAN DO IT--just believe in yourself and take care of yourself. Modify Modify Modify but keep going. If you can do 1 minute of the DVD great, try 2 the next day. I switched everything to low impact once I hurt my calf and added weights to it. I was discouraged in the beginning when I couldn't pump out push ups but then I just relaxed and did as many as I could and as time went on I kept improving. The whole key to any of this stuff is to look for the good and keep going. My ego is my biggest problem. To squelch that voice that says you aren't good enough or too fat or whatever is the hardest thing for me. I finished 30DS and I'm on the last week of Ripped in 30. I love the results. I love the fact that I kept going even though I wasn't perfect. I'm just going to to keep going and think positively. Good luck to you! Day by day whatever you can do is perfect!!!
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