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Jillian Michaels for Beginners - Frontside / Backside (2007)

Jillian Michaels  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 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 (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J10KN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,702 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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251 of 252 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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118 of 123 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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48 of 54 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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83 of 97 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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41 of 46 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 An excellent exercise video for beginners
The step-by-step way of teaching is very good. The user can gradually increase their fitness using this video. I would recommend this.
Published 9 days ago by shaila patankar
5.0 out of 5 stars Jillian Is the Man!
Though I am a HUGE fan of Biggest Loser, I KNoW I realistically couldn't pick up and leave my life to go to the ranch so I bought this in hopes of feeling like Jillian is right... Read more
Published 22 days ago by La Rita Phelps
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it was going to be
This is more about circuit training than the cardio/dance moves I thought I was ordering (my fault). For a beginner, it's ok. If you intermediate or advanced, it's perfect.
Published 23 days ago by Julie C. McMillian
5.0 out of 5 stars I actually feel like I can keep up
About 2 years prior to making this purchase, I bought 4 other Jillian DVDs. I completed level 1 on 1 DVD, got about half way through the first workout on another DVD and shut it... Read more
Published 24 days ago by ncr515
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners
This video is excellent for beginners. It also shows ways to intensify the program as you build up. It divides the exercises into frontside and backside segments. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Janice R Holmes
2.0 out of 5 stars No No no
this workout was not at all what I thought it was. I do like that she has some people who were from the biggest loser on there and she does go at a slower pace but it was way to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I have been using this dvd for over 3 weeks now. I cannot say enough good things about it. If you are new to training with weights or getting back into it after years away (me! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lori Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Workout!
I love this workout! There are modified exercises that let me advance with the DVD, and it keeps me sweating the whole time without being discouragingly difficult. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Danielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great warm up DVD
This DVD is great. It is more of a warm up then a workout but it's always good to warm up before working out anyways so if you want something to warm up with before going to a gym... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tanya
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT....LOVED IT....
Excellent....Great Work Out.....Now on to the next DVD...Jillian is just what I needed..... Can't wait to start the next dvd
Published 2 months ago by Carla M. Purdome
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