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Jillian Michaels for Beginners - Frontside / Backside

Jillian Michaels  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jillian Michaels
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Jillian Michaels
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J10KN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The first step in fitness just got a little easier. Join Jillian Michaels as she takes you through beginner circuits of cardio and strength exercises that will help to melt away the pounds and build muscle. The 43-minute FRONTSIDE workout focuses on the muscles in your chest, shoulders, triceps, abdomen, and quadriceps. The 54-minute BACKSIDE workout targets your back, buns, hamstrings and biceps. Join former contestants from The Biggest Loser - Kimmi Dove, Shane Giles and Pete Thomas - as they workout along with you and provide limitless motivation with their inspirational interviews.

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283 of 284 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you ready for Jillian? Start here! April 8, 2012
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A friend of mine said I needed to try one of Jillian Michael's DVDs, 30 Day Shred. I wanted to start working out and needed a place to start. So I got that DVD, and it KILLED me but I did it to my best ability and have worked myself into doing it and a couple of her other DVDs. This just came out, so I thought I'd grab it and see what I thought.


A lot of the moves in this are similar to those in level one of 30 Day Shred, Ripped in 30, No More Trouble Zones, and Banish Fat Boost Metabolism, just slowed down so you can get the form right. If you want to start somewhere, it's here. Work with these workouts for the first month, then pick up the 30 Day Shred and start on level one. You'll have more confidence and endurance! To this day my favorite Jillian DVD is Banish Fat Boost Metabolism. It has the best calorie burn for your time, but I had to work up to it. You can do it! Good luck!
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126 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is more like it! February 10, 2007
I LOVE this workout! Jillian is MUCH more encouraging in this workout than in her previous ones. I also love the clean white set - no clutter to distract me from a good, solid workout. The exercises on both workouts are circuit style, incorporating both strength training and aerobic movements, and both workouts give you a nice full body workout - but the exercises in each workout are different: FRONTSIDE targets the muscles in the chest & shoulders (also works abs and triceps); BACKSIDE focuses on strengthening your back and firming your butt (it also hits the biceps!) The instruction is excellent; this one's a keeper!
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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I got this one mainly out of curiosity. I have many dozens of workout tapes. In fact, I have one of Jillian's that is too tough for me. I wanted to see if this one was more my speed.

Jillian is highly instructional and encouraging in this DVD. There is a friendly, helpful atmosphere. She's a regular chatterbox, talking us through each move and giving suggestions and recommendations. The workouts are in sections, each demonstrated by one of the contestants from past episodes of The Biggest Loser. These are not people with 'perfect' model bodies, so it was less intimidating. They were once unable to do these, so there is hope for me. Jillian "assigns" several short exercises and then they do them several times, often demonstrating (with a sense of humor) several options viewers can use as they get stronger.

I took advantage of the sections using weights, since I haven't used them for a long time and wanted to start again as a beginner. I don't do jumping jacks or push-ups, but after seeing them demonstrated here in such a non-threatening way, maybe I might try the push-ups one of these days.

I like this DVD. It isn't overwhelming. It's do-able.
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85 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good :-> June 15, 2007
I love doing this dvd workout. Jillian is no nonsense and this will give you results if you stick to it and do it three, maybe four times a week.
There are circuits here that go from cardio to toning. This really is for beginners because she explains to you (in easy to understand way) why you do a particular movement and exactly how to do it. It makes you feel like you are in the gym with her. You need an x-ertube and weights; anything else is optional. So this makes this easy to do. You don't need heaps of space, but to make it easier still, probably best to alternate these (unless it's a weekend day where you may have lots of time to put them together - that would be a fantastic workout). One thing that experienced home workout exercisers will notice big time, is that there is no music. I can see how that's beneficial for the beginner, but for someone who knows what they are doing, likes to have some music going on to keep them going. I do like this, and while I'm more experienced than this is aimed for, I saw my friend do this and for a beginner like them, it was perfect.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a work out with no music March 31, 2008
By S. Rose
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I love this tape. I am a fan of the biggest loser so that helps too. But most of the time I don't end up doing exercise DVD's because the music annoys me. I try to do them with the sound off and lose track of things. This is the first tape I have ever seen with no music in the background.

I have some restrictions on exercises from my doctor and a couple of the things she does is on the restricted list but that is an uncommon situation. The exercises are basic and not advanced and most people could easily do them.

The other thing I like about this tape is that being very overweight, the exercises are such that my weight does not make them too hard to do. Sometimes my belly gets in the way. Jillian did a great job of setting this up for those of us who really need a beginner work out.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good circuit training workout set for beginners August 18, 2007
This two-DVD set consists of two circuit training workouts (weight training sets interspersed with cardio intervals to keep the heart rate up) that work the whole body. Jillian divides the weight training exercises by 'front side' (chest, quads, shoulders, etc) and 'back side' (back, glutes, etc). Both workouts have ab segments. Each DVD consists of 6 sets of workouts; 'Frontside' totals 40 minutes, and 'Backside' is about 50 minutes.

Contrary to what one reviewer said, the Biggest Loser participants who demonstrate the exercises usually have good form, though sometimes they seem to rush through the exercises a bit (Jillian does make them slow down occasionally). All three Biggest Loser people seem to have maintained their weight loss since leaving the show, to their credit (and unlike many other show participants). Jillian generally instructs them, and the viewer, about correct form and modifications and only occasionally does the exercises with them.

I had been doing cardio exercises several times a day for a few weeks, but not much weight training - so I wasn't totally out of shape but was pretty weak. I've been doing the DVDs for 3 weeks now, and already have seen and felt results. My legs feel stronger when I'm out walking or doing daily tasks, and my arms feel firmer. I've always had a bad lower back, and was a bit afraid of lifting weights, but the increased strength has actually helped to alleviate my back pain. I've also lost a few pounds (though I also do about 5 cardio sessions/week in addition to 4 Front/Backside sessions.) I have to do a few of the exercises with modifications, but I'm sure I will gradually progress (Jillian says that in 3 months you should be able to do all the exercises at the 'advanced' levels).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing to see how quickly my body gains strength with each workout
Okay, let me preface this with the fact I am completely and utterly out of shape, and that's an understatement. I'm also 50lbs overweight and 44 yrs old. Read more
Published 6 days ago by A. Garza
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by Denaye
3.0 out of 5 stars This is probably just fine for beginners under the age of 50
This is probably just fine for beginners under the age of 50. For us older, super out of shape types, not so much. If you're already working out give it a go. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Diane D. Zener
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Way too slow
Published 21 days ago by kanimha williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more...
I love that Jillian is supportive throughout the workouts..but it was so plain and somewhat boring after the first few days. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Kristin
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time
I really don't know what I was expecting, but this was not it.

Maybe its because I have tried the 30 day Shred, NMTZ, and a few other programs of hers. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Still Searching
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
What you would expect
Published 25 days ago by Ogiee08
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it
It get you sweating good...good work out good pace. I break down the circuits and also change a few things that work better for me like the marching vs the jumping jacks.
Published 2 months ago by Jarina
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect workout!!!! (:
I'm usually skeptical about workout dvds but Jillian Michaels is absolutely amazing! I am already seeing results with this dvd and a good diet. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jessica hannan
5.0 out of 5 stars good workout for strength training
I read a lot of these reviews and as it does say for beginners; the heavier the weight the more intense
the workout you get. Read more
Published 3 months ago by alisa sarris
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