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06 February 2012

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Exercise DVD Review

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 exercise DVDJillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Exercise DVD

If you're looking to lose weight and tone up ready for the summer season (or just because you want to improve your body confidence and general well being) then this workout will help you to get the results you want. Fast.

You know you won't have an easy ride with Jillian Michaels, the coach from The Biggest Loser, and this workout DVD is no exception. But the saying 'no pain, no gain' is so very true and if you put the hard work in you will get the results.

This DVD is split into 3 sections; level 1, 2 and 3 which increase in difficulty as you go through each stage. Don't be fooled and assume level 1 is therefore easy however - it's far from that! Id advise you to begin at level 1 regardless of your ability, you could be an athlete or 500lb, to enable you to get used to the moves and to prevent injury. It's definitely best to build up and when you feel ready, move on to the other sections.

The first time I completed it I felt pretty exhausted but my determination to lose weight for our upcoming  holidays spurred me on, as well as the great sense of achievement you gain upon completing it. I had tried The 30 Day Shred and Killer Buns and Thighs which I enjoyed, despite them both being tough, and this DVD has an identical layout with the 3, 2, 1 system. There are just different moves involved to focus on fat burning.

Each 20 minute workout consists of three lots of three minute strength sections, three lots of two minute cardio sections and three one minute ab sections, with a warm up and cool down. 20 minutes may not be a long time to exercise but you can definitely feel it afterwards, especially the following day when you first begin. It also means you have no excuse as it's a lot easier to find the time to complete the DVD.

Jillian teams smaller muscle exercises with bigger muscle group exercises to ensure you are working hard and burning as many calories as possible in a short space of time. She is joined by two women Shelly and Basheera for the workout. If you are a beginner you can follow Shelly for slightly easier, modified moves but if you really want to push yourself you can follow Basheera. Their slim and toned bodies encouraged me to continue - they look how I want to!

You will need a drink to hand, a mat and hand weights for the workout. If you don't have any for now then the carpet and bottles of water or tins can be used as alternatives. I would invest and try to make sure exercising becomes a part of your life style. Too many times I've moaned about my weight, spent a few days eating better and increasing exercise to just give up when I've not lost a stone in a week (as a lot of us have I'm sure). With this having 20 minute workouts it keeps you focused and feels more realistic to get done, even for a novice.

Hand weight workout

I've only been doing it a few days and I feel stronger and fitter already. I'm looking forward to feeling super confidence come July when the sun is out and so are my legs! 

Which workouts do you do at home? Are there any you would recommend?

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