When I saw Jillian Michaels had added to her suite of cool fitness DVDs with the Jillian Michaels One Week Shred, I pre-ordered it immediately. I’ve been a long time fan of hers since I lost 12 lbs doing the 30 Day Shred and I’ve tried every single one of her workouts with great success. But then, I always wonder if any new fitness DVD will really work.
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If you’re wondering whether One Week Shred is worth the money–and the pain–I did it for the full seven days and I can help you, first-hand.
The whole concept behind pretty much all of Jillian Michaels’ workouts is that they are high intensity over a short amount of time, which is really great for busy moms. The One Week Shred, however, is two short workouts per day–one 30-minute strength routine in the morning and one 30-minute cardio routine in the evening.
Like her other workouts, all you need is a couple of 3-pound weights–or in my case, two large tomato sauce cans–and a pair of good sneakers. Jillian has two helpers behind her demonstrating easier harder variations of the workout, so you can tailor the routine to your own ability. There is also a meal plan recommendation, but I just decided to stick to my general low-carb, relatively healthy diet, and perhaps lay off the dessert.
The two workouts contain pretty common whole-body exercises, both high and low intensity, combined to give you maximum results in a short amount of time. I’m fairly coordinated and in decent shape, and I was able to complete the movements…for the most part. If I ran into any trouble, I just dropped back and followed the easier variation until I could pick up the regular one again.
I do like that the routines are challenging but not super hard; it’s nice to feel like you actually did something other than lie on the floor breathing hard.
Compared to her other DVDs, like the 30-day Shred, I wasn’t as sore as I usually am after just one day, but I could definitely feel the burn right away. By the second day, it hurt to walk and laugh. By the last day, I was feeling pretty strong and toned, if a little bored with the same routine for seven days straight. One tip: mute the DVD and work out to your own music.
Also be aware that the two workout a day thing can be pretty inconvenient, and not just because I want to be done exercising in the morning. That’s two showers I’m taking (or should be taking) instead of one, and a pretty heavy time commitment overall.
I didn’t lose seven pounds as the DVD suggests you can, but then, I didn’t follow the meal plan. In fact, I got really hungry around Day 5 and started to crave carbs and sugar, probably because I was burning so many calories. And if you’ve got bad knees, this is not the workout for you. That said, my pants and clothes do fit better after just a week, and I can see a little line in my abs that I’m not sure I have ever seen before. I also feel so much stronger.
Bottom line: If you’ve got an event coming up–party, wedding, vacation–and you want to tone up pretty quickly, I’d say give the One Week Shred a try. If you’re looking to change up your workouts, you could always alternate between cardio one day, strength another.
For a longer term exercise plan, I’d recommend Jillian’s other workout DVDs which offer offer great results–and a bit more variety.
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Yesterday was my first day and i did 2 workouts back to back without break. After i finished strength i thought – not bad, it had few moves which i am familiar with and few which were new to me. I didn’t feel tired. However after second one i definitely felt like i had a very good workout. Lets see how would i feel after day 7. I won’t be able to do all days in the row as i also do long runs so it will take me little bit longer to complete this program.
All i can say – i like this new dvd.
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