2,420 of 2,561 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2008
First off, I would give it 3 ½ stars. I've only done level one but it is a good, very intense work out. I felt great afterwards. Also, I really like the trainer. She motivated me to push my hardest to try and finish each exercise, which sometimes I couldn't do (and I consider myself to be in good shape). My biggest complaint about the DVD is that you are told to start with level 1 and then progress up to level 2, then level 3. But there is only one level 1 workout, one level 2 workout and one level 3 workout. As a result, you are doing the same workout every day until you can move up a level. This can get boring. In addition, you are working the same tired and sore muscles that you worked the day before. My other complaints are a bit petty: the music is terrible and you can't skip through some of the beginning stuff. As stated above, the workouts are great and extremely challenging but I wouldn't use this DVD alone.
I would now give this video 5 stars. One of the comments to my review suggested that I don't wait to move up in levels, rather, I could do each level so that I am not doing the same workout again and again. THANK YOU to that person. I am now switching around levels and I love it. Level 2 and 3 are harder but I follow the "easier" version of most of the exercises and make modifications to some of the aerobic exercises that may be too hard (or that I just may not like). This is now my favorite DVD. I love it because it is hard enough to actually replace the gym... and in only 25 min.
55 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2008
Let me start by saying, I love Jillian on "The Biggest Loser". She obviously has a big heart and wants to see people succeed and she knows how to work the fat off. For that reason, I was really eager to start this workout. Being a very regular exerciser at my gym for years (5-6 days per week), but still needing to lose weight and growing tired of the old gym routine, I thought I would try this at home. I knew this workout would be hard, but I thought it would also be good for me. It's a "boot camp" style workout and will definitely make you sweat, but if you have bad knees then beware! (I have progressive arthritis in both knees after years of dance, skiing, and being generally very physically active.) I don't recommend this workout for you. The workout involves a lot of jumping (jumping jacks, jumping rope motions, jumping kick-backs, etc.) alternating with squat-like movements. After doing the beginner workout one time, my knees are shot and I've been put on a "no exercise for minimum of 10 days" order. So far it's been 8 days and I'm still far from recovered. What a bummer! I have no doubt this is an excellent workout for someone with healthy knees and I'm passing the DVD on to a younger friend who I think will love it. But if you have knee issues, you may want to look elsewhere -- or at least don't do the jumping (but that's a huge chunk of the workout so what's the point?). My jumping days are, unfortunately, over. Still looking for that challenging workout that will not stop me from walking. If anyone has suggestions, please pass them on in the comments!
54 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2009
The 30 Day Shred is basically 3-20 minute progressively more difficult workouts. Each workout is basically a circuit (this could be why some have criticized it as repetitious): One part strength training (3 minutes,if I recall), one part cardio (2 minutes), one part abs (1 minute). There are 3 participants: Jillian, a person who does the more advanced versions, and a person who does the lower intensity more modified versions. The footwork in the cardio segments is NOT difficult so for those with 2 left feet, don't worry about tripping over yourself. The strength training exercises are also straightforward (I wouldn't say easy, because you will feel it).
HOWEVER, lower intensity does not necessarily mean your feet won't leave the floor. So, for those with bad knees or other joint issues (like myself) you may need to further modify the moves or just skip them altogether.
Some reviewers stated that Jillian provides NO instruction as to form. This is simply not true. Numerous times she warned not to extend the knee too far over the foot, maintain proper back alignment, etc. But, for complete novices to all things fitness, it may be difficult to remember to keep your back straight/abs in/knees not over the foot/upright row/ all while maintaining a squat position. Now that I think about it, even some more advanced/experienced exercisers might have difficulty.
Other reviewers commented on Jillian's personality. True, she is not your perky, twinkle in the eye instructor, who bounces all over the studio spreading sunshine and rainbows. For those who prefer that sort of instructor, Denise Austin, anyone? Jillian IS tough. She is NOT there to be your friend or make you feel all warm and fuzzy. She repeatedly says throughout the video that you have to want it. That this is your time, your workout and if you want to be a better you, fitness-wise you WILL have to push yourself. It's up to YOU.
The ONLY exercise that really gave me pause is in the most advanced workout: The straight-leg sit up. I am not a personal trainer or a medical professional, and maybe current sit up research shows otherwise, but I have always understood that straight leg sit ups can seriously strain a person's back.
Overall, I think this is a decent workout provided that a person understands and can maintain proper form and knows how to modify exercises that might be difficult for that person.
34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2011
I'm finding that the workouts on this DVD are excellent and do really help you lose weight. My biggest complaint is in how the DVD was mastered. This is a DVD that is designed to be played every single day, yet has an unskippable intro which takes a couple minutes to get from starting to play DVD to actually starting the workout.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2009
I read the reviews here before I purchased this dvd, and saw the opposing viewpoints regarding the safety of jumping jacks. I am only about 25 pounds overweight and I'm 30 years old, pretty young I figured, so I thought that my body would be able to handle anything Jillian threw at me. I was wrong! I did the level one workout for two weeks, every day as well as 30 minutes on a treadmill. No doubt it is a good, solid exercise program. It made me sweat buckets and truly feel the exertion in keeping up with her. Unfortunately, my knees became increasingly strained and painful until a couple of days ago when I just decided to stop. I've returned to a program that has worked well for me in the past, Slim in 6.
I can tell the difference between sore muscles that are a sign of progress, and the pain of a jammed or hyper-extended joint. Maybe I have improper form when I'm doing all those jumping jacks and jumprope moves and its my own fault, but I don't know how to do it differently. Jumping jacks aren't rocket science. All I can say is that I'm disappointed at having to stop halfway through the 30 days, but I'm just trying to lose weight and tone up. Not cause permanent, painful damage to my knees that impedes daily life, not just strenuous exercise.
One more thing - my dvd ran through several minutes of introductory material upon every start-up before getting to the top menu. I was not allowed to skip to the workout menu or even fast forward through all the talk. Pretty annoying. I would start the dvd and then go change, get a glass of water, roll out the mat... and THEN it would be ready for me to select my workout level and start.
32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2009
I purchased this DVD from Amazon.com several months ago. I should really preface the following review with my stats:
Age: 24 (23 when I began this routine)
Weight: 110 lbs
Work-out level: Advanced
I had read several reviews that said this workout was a killer for knees, but I discredited them because of my excellent condition and the rave reviews that outweighed them. I LOVED this workout for about a month, and then I noticed that I had extreme knee issues after using it. I stopped and cut back to determine whether or not this DVD was the cause, sure enough, I always experienced severe pain after the routine... even after replacing this workout for an entire month, the next time I used it my knee started giving out again. I wasn't idle during the time I wasn't using this DVD (I have several others, including the shape ultimate bikini body workout, which is excellent), so I'm sure that it was only this DVD which caused the issues. If you even THINK it's possible that your knees could be damaged, go elsewhere. It just isn't worth it when there are so many other effective products to choose from.
Also, as with most DVDs, the workout is about 27 minutes, not 20.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2008
I like this work out for when I'm short on time or as an add on workout. One downside is I don't like how Jillian constantly stops to make pointers. It can be distracting. Some of her comments are cheesy, but the workout itself is decent. Not as tough as Cathe Friedrich's DVDs, which are still my favorite workouts---she does the entire workout with you. For 3 short 20 minute workouts though, you can't beat the price on the Shred workout.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2009
Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred does deliver 3 solid workout.
PRO's: There are 3 different workouts which is a good value. The workouts are very challenging! You can get in a good workout in 26 minutes. Jillian gives good tips on form. There is someone doing a modified version which is good for beginners. These workouts can really change your body in a short amount of time.
CON's Jillian uses profanity in these workouts. If you work out while your kids are around, don't get this dvd. I took off one star because I do not consider this a family friendly dvd. With some excercises, specifically the strength work, there are uneven reps. The music is Boring and out of sync with the exercises.
Personal experience: I did have good success with this dvd. However, I must say that I did not look forward to it everyday. I really dreaded it. I wanted to reach a goal and used this dvd to help meet that goal. I did not lose a lot of weight, but I did lose a lot of inches. Regarding the music not being in sync, whenever I read this same comment from people prior to my review, I thought they were being silly. I WAS WRONG! I have several exercise DVD's and haven't really "loved" any of them. The only ones I actually like were winsor pilates. I needed more cardio though. So I tried Turbo Jam and LOVED it. What was the big thing that made it so fun for me and made me look forward to it everyday? THE MUSIC! The music is great and the exercises are synced with with the music.
Bottom Line: If you want to change your body in a short amount of time, don't mind boring music and cussing, this may be the dvd for you!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
The interval training is effective and after a few sessions I was definitely sore. The DVD is terribly formatted and makes me go through the entire introduction every time I want to do the workout. It takes 5 minutes just to get the workout started after popping in the DVD. The disk will not allow me to fast forward or go to the menu. For me it almost negates the fact that I like the workout!
41 of 54 people found the following review helpful
I have three other Biggest Loser Instructor DVD's--The Biggest Loser Season 1, The Biggest Loser Cardio Max, and The Power Sculpt. This is my least favorite of all.
First, I think a 2 minute warm-up is not sufficient for the workout (6 circuits of 2 minutes strength, 2 minutes cardio, 1 minute abs) that follows. Personally, I wish the the ab work was a standing ab type circuit only because after the cardio circuit, your heartrate if fairly high and then you pop right on your back for abs...I'm not a fitness expert, but I have about 100 exercise DVD's and most allow your heartrate to decline before doing floorwork. It's too much strain on your heart.
I also think that the circuits are too short to really burn enough fat to lose weight. If this DVD were customizable (like the Cardio Max and Power Sculpt) then the viewer could do 2 circuits in a row (excluding the warm-up in between) and get a good workout.
There are good points to the DVD--good instruction, using upper/lower body moves at the same time to raise the heart rate, and no annoying chatter, but when compared to the other Biggest Loser Series Instructors, this is the least useful for me.