Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred DVD

Last night (after our Easter celebrations) I started Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred DVD. It’s a workout program that allows you to pour 100% of your efforts into a 20-minute workout.

Jillian offers three levels to the workout DVD and asks that you start at level 1 and work your way up to levels 2 and 3 as you are ready.

The DVD has a “recommendations” clip to watch before starting your workout. You just need a pair of hand weights and a floor mat (if you are on a hard surface).  So I grabbed my yoga mat (yup, had to dust it off, since it was rolled up in the basement) and grabbed two sets of weights: pair of 5 pounds and pair of 10 pounds.

Since Little Dude weighs over 20 pounds, I thought I might want to work up to the 20 pounds (combined weight).  But today I started with the level 1 workout and a 5-pound weight in each hand.

On top of the hand weights and floor mat, you definitely need a good, supportive pair of workout shoes.

I would also suggest, to the ladies out there, supportive sports bra (since a portion of the workout is jumping or running in place).

There’s a short warm-up, a short cool-down – and I’m happy I did my first workout at the END of a tiring day.  It just goes to show it is possible to fit 20 minutes into a full day and this challenge will not allow for excuses.

There are three ladies to follow in the DVD: Jillian, a “beginner girl” and “advanced girl.” Of course Jillian did the advanced moves.

Was the workout a challenge? Yes. My biggest challenge was not to tweak my bad knees. Which, I admit, held me back from following the more advance example of “advanced girl” of level 1.

I’m sure I’ll notice a different in other areas, but I really want to see results from this workout: obliques, abs, arms.  The final push to get rid of the rest of the baby belly is really, REALLY difficult for me.

I’m sharing before pictures to keep myself accountable.  I should offer a disclaimer that my thyroid levels are still out of whack and I don’t suspect they will be under control 30 days from now.  But I’m here to give it 100% anyways and feel better, then look better.

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Amanda - April 25, 2011 - 11:48 pm

So, how late at night do you do the workout. Baby K doesn’t go down until 8-ish and I worry about working out that late. Also, have you talked to J P-D (little sis) about thyroid issues? She went through some rough times but seems to have things evened out.

Heather - April 26, 2011 - 7:41 am

Last night I put Little Dude to bed around 7:30 and worked out right after. I figure, at this point, late workout is better than no workout.
I used to be able to get up early (like 5 a.m.) to workout, but with my thyroid being off, I opt for the extra sleep. I hope this will soon change. I’ll have to talk to J P-D! Sorry to hear she’s had rough times with it… 🙁 But it’s great things have leveled out for her. 🙂

Kate - April 26, 2011 - 1:17 pm

I’m on day 27 of the shred and I hurt my knees around day 8. I wore knee braces for a while and iced after workouts as well as taking ibuprofen before hand. I finally bought a pair of cross-trainers for $30 at Famous Footwear and they have made a huge difference. The new pair of running shoes I had just didn’t have enough support. Good luck with your shred! It’s so worth it. I also do mine at night a lot after the baby is in bed but I prefer to do it during her first nap.

Heather - April 26, 2011 - 3:10 pm

Thanks Kate! 🙂 It looks like I’ll be doing the shred after he goes to bed tonight (again) – but I am looking forward to sneaking it in during nap-time one of these days! How are your knees now compared to the beginning? Stronger?

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