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TOPIC: Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred

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March 29, 2012 7:12 AM
I'm thinking about starting the 30 Day Shred. If you've done it can you give me any advice and the 411 on how it works? Any information is appreciated. I have two young kids and this looks like the route to go with working out in home.
  1167652
March 29, 2012 8:28 AM
I am thinking of going to get the DVD today. I watched some of Level 1 on YouTube....and honestly..I am scared to death. Looks pretty hard.
March 29, 2012 8:31 AM
Im on level 1 day 8. For me it is really hard because im way out of shape but im getting to the point now where i can get through it with only stopping like once or twice to catch my breath. It gets easier as you go. Ive lost 4 pounds so far. I dont know about inches im not going to take my final measurments till im done with it. But it is a really good workout...i totally recommend it! happy
  18237600
March 29, 2012 8:34 AM
I love the workout! It's a rough workout, but at only 22 minutes, it goes by fairly quickly. All you need is a pair of weights and a mat (if you're working on a hard surface). I use 3lbs dumbbells. It works REALLY well even in just 22 minutes a day. You may be hating it on day 3, but beyond that it gets easier! I'm about to move on to level 2, as I've been doing level 1 off and on for quite a while, waiting for my wrist to heal so I can do more planks and pushups!
  1710900
March 29, 2012 8:36 AM
I just sent for it thru Amazon.com - I should have it by next week... I am looking forward to getting my a*s kicked...
  13949341
March 29, 2012 8:36 AM
Theres 3 levels to it and each level gets harder (ive heard that level 2 is the hardest) you stay on each level for 10 days then move on to the next. Jillian says to do it 2 days 30ds 1 day cardio 2 days 30ds 1 day cardio and rest day...but a lot of people just do it straight. I recommend stretching your legs out more then she does in the video my thighs are just now starting to not hurt. i couldnt sit for 2 days lol...i have a 9 month old and a 5 years old and this dvd is perfect for when they're taking there nap. sometimes i get a burst of energy and ill do it twice a day./..again after bedtime. If you buy this dvd 2-3 pound weights would be more then enough. i have 5 pound weights and it makes it really hard my arms burn so bad...but this is a really great workout!!

hope this helps..smile
  18237600
March 29, 2012 8:37 AM
I finished it a few months back. Maybe sure to take pictures/measurements before you start - you will see a big difference! I lost 8 lbs and a bunch of inches (I can't remember exactly). My advice would be to do it first thing in the morning. That way you get it out of the way. Also, after the first day or two on each level I would mute the DVD and play my own music. Jillian gets really annoying!

Good luck!
March 29, 2012 8:37 AM
I loved it. Got through level one and started level two and saw good results. Unfortunately I hurt my shoulder and can't do the plank poses on two so I had to go back to level 1 (minus the pushups) until my should gets better.
  11047991
March 29, 2012 8:38 AM
Take a peek:

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/groups/home/117-30-day-shred
March 29, 2012 8:39 AM
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March 29, 2012 8:40 AM
I started it last week and love it! Its hard, but do-able and only 22mins. You do need a pair of weights and a matt.

(Copied below from another post!)

Jillian had a question in a podcast about how often to do it and her answer was...
2 days of 30DS one day cardio 2 days of 30 DS and one cardio then a rest day. She said the name was more so what her marketing people came up with since each level is meant to be 10 days (just not 10 straight) thats marketing for you!
Not saying not to do 30 days straight if you want but she was very adamant about how important it is to have a rest day. Just thought I'd let you all know :-)
March 29, 2012 8:41 AM
QUOTE:

I finished it a few months back. Maybe sure to take pictures/measurements before you start - you will see a big difference! I lost 8 lbs and a bunch of inches (I can't remember exactly). My advice would be to do it first thing in the morning. That way you get it out of the way. Also, after the first day or two on each level I would mute the DVD and play my own music. Jillian gets really annoying!

Good luck!


Agreed! Once you get to the point that you can mute it....do it! The workouts seemed to start dragging on, and then I muted Jillian and started listening to my own music and the workout seems like it's done so fast again! I for sure recommend getting it. I got mine from Amazon for pretty cheap.
  12463456
March 29, 2012 8:41 AM
Go for it. It is an effective little workout. It is only 20 minutes long ... not counting the warm-up and cool-down parts. There are two women and you can either do the advanced moves or the beginners. I lost 1" each from my chest, hips, waist, thighs, and arms. I am 61-years-old and I thought it was very easy to do. I did a double workout daily and did the advanced moves with Natalie. I am currently doing it for a second round, but only once daily as I do not want to lose more weight. Pay attention to form so that you do not injure yourself (twist a knee, ankle, etc.). I recommend it!


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March 29, 2012 8:41 AM
I am really enjoying it. I'm about half way though. It is quick and doesn't take a lot of space. I make a couple of minor adjustments here and there, but I think that's okay. I think as long as I don't eat a donut instead of doing plank jacks, my modifications are fine!

Level 2 is kicking my butt a little. I haven't weighed or measured since I started. I am going to do that on the last day...the day before I go to Hawaii!!!drinker
March 29, 2012 8:44 AM
I did it for 30 days straight. I lost 13 inches on total and 1.4lbs. Level one the first 3 days are hell, you're sore and tired and kind of feel like an idiot trying to figure out the moves. Day 3 was the worse!!! I actually yelled at the tv. By day 4 you start thinking hey I can do this! I moved up after 10days to level 2. Now level 2 is a whole new beast, it by far is the hardest level and if you have weak knees I would highly suggest to do the lower impact part of level 2. Now level 3...congrats!!! You made it through without giving up! Level 3 is easy as pie compaired to the other two levels. I also did extra cardio 2-3 times a week and followed a good diet. Make sure to take measurements!!!
March 29, 2012 8:44 AM
I finished 30 day shred 2 weeks ago and am now doing ripped in 30! I have 3 kids and cant afford a gym membership and for 20 minutes it great so here is my low down of the dvd!

Level 1~I hurt allot in this level I was so out of shape on days 1, 2, 3, 4 I coulld barly walk let alone sit down but by the end of the 10 days I wasnt hurting as bad!

Level 2~this was the hardest level 2 me because the cardio is so intense!! In this level I dropped 4 lbs in 1 week!

Level 3~I cant remember this level to well to coment on it sorry... All I remember were the dreadful rockstar jumps and juumping lunges!!!

The way i did it was the first few days I did all modified then moved to advanced moves so that I could have proper form so i didnt injure myself. I did it all the way through with 2 rest days and had great results. I used 3lb dumbells through the whole workout... Good luck
  7009135
March 29, 2012 8:56 AM
I did it in January (I started on December 27) and what everyone is saying is true. Day one you feel like you are going to die, day two you are sore from day 1 and Day three not so sore but still feeling you can't continue...but...by Day 4...you think that you just might be able to do this...and then you move up to the next level when you are ready (I moved up after 10 days) and you go through the same thing. I noticed I was stronger and my endurance was better. I've since been using it to cross train with my running to keep up my strength. I'm finding I'm getting a bit bored of it so will look for another short (20-30 minute) DVD so I can squash it in to my crazy busy schedule. I lost 3lbs but didn't change my eating habits and I didn't measure myself but I can tell I lost inches as my clothes fit better ;)

Good luck with it!
  18416394
March 29, 2012 8:57 AM
I completed L2D7 today. I did Level 1 without a break - didn't find it too hard. With L2, I have taken a day's break. I realized that combined with three days a week strength training, it might be a good idea to take a break to rest a bit. But after I have gotten to L2, I have done both L1 and L2 back to back twice and I quite like that. It is almost like L1 is a warmup to L2 for me. Now, my plan is to do 30DS four times a week (three days when I am already doing strength training and one day during the weekend). That way, I think I will be able to give my muscles a rest. I haven't weighed or measured but I have definitely seen my endurance go up.

I agree that it is best to stretch/warmup more than what she suggests. Otherwise, my knees and hamstrings don't like it.
  16855240
March 29, 2012 9:20 AM
Gosh... Thanks so much for the responses and advice! I'm in! I'm going to order mine today with some weights. smile

Can't wait to get started!happy

Hopefully I can make it threw... Wait let me rephrase that... I WILL MAKE IT THREW!

I'll try to take pictures and measurements too!
  1167652
March 29, 2012 9:26 AM
Hii, i started this yesterday using Youtube! Only thing is i dont have any weights and used bottles of water, is this any good or do you think i should buy some weights??
March 29, 2012 11:08 AM
QUOTE:

Hii, i started this yesterday using Youtube! Only thing is i dont have any weights and used bottles of water, is this any good or do you think i should buy some weights??


You might want to go for something a little heavier like weights. But it's still better than nothing! smile
  1167652
March 29, 2012 1:42 PM
I completed the 30 day shred as a Pre- Vacation workout, and it was awesome! I have 3 kids and it was easy to fit in the quick workout 5 days a week. I did not lose any weight but lost inches and toned like I have never before. I even wore a bikini on the vacation!! I am 41- that says a lot!!
I am onto the Ripped in 30 and it is great too. It is all challenging, but you want a challenge or else you are wasting your time. I actually used 8 pound weights when I could ( some of the moves were impossible with this weight, so I switched to 2 pounds for the tricky moves). I think the success I had with firming up could be attributed to the use of the heavier weights. Over time, I got much stronger and it was the first time in my life I saw definition in my abs and arms and my but "lifted"wink

I love that the workouts are only a half hour max. I honestly dont think I could stick to anything longer.

Highly recommended!
  18696627
March 29, 2012 3:27 PM
Hi - just getting back into MyFitnessPal, and have never posted before, so bare with me. =)

I just did Day 1 of the 30 Day Shred, plan on doing it for 30 days straight, and sticking to a mostly natural diet.

The box says that you can lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days - I only need/want to lose 10-12, but I so don't want to get into this (I felt like dying today, and I'm a runner) if I'm only going to lose a couple pounds. Will taking pictures, and losing inches really show in the long run? I would feel so defeated if by the end of this, I only lost a couple pounds.
March 30, 2012 10:07 AM
QUOTE:

Hi - just getting back into MyFitnessPal, and have never posted before, so bare with me. =)

I just did Day 1 of the 30 Day Shred, plan on doing it for 30 days straight, and sticking to a mostly natural diet.

The box says that you can lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days - I only need/want to lose 10-12, but I so don't want to get into this (I felt like dying today, and I'm a runner) if I'm only going to lose a couple pounds. Will taking pictures, and losing inches really show in the long run? I would feel so defeated if by the end of this, I only lost a couple pounds.


Most people I've seen who have done this have lost only a handful of lbs. JM says in the 3rd level "If you are following our diet plan and completed levels 1 and 2 you should be seeing that six pack right around now". It is a great workout and especially if you are limited on time. I have no idea what the JM diet plan is as I didn't want to pay for it. You will become stronger and a lot more toned but don't count on this exercise video making you lose 10lbs or more.

You will need to make other changes as well to your diet. I think yes, do the 30DS and you will love the results but it may be more shape than weight. Good luck!
  18416394
March 30, 2012 10:12 AM
I am on Day 8 Level 2- It basically fast paced circuit training- Warm up then 3 circuits (3 min strength, 2 min cardio and 1 min abs: repeat) level 2 is much harder then level 1- at least for me lots of planks noway sad

In 18 days I have lost over 16 inches however! Take pics and measure before you start, then I take pics at end of level and measure!!

I am in much better shape, my endurance is doing great happy
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