236 of 250 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2014
"If you want to fight for your limitations, you get to KEEP them!" This is not The 30-Day Shred. This is the One Week Shred. The program is completely different. The time it takes is completely different and there are tons of new more intense/targeted moves from Jillian's previous dvds. This dvd is unique, and it is what it says it is.
I did the full 7 days (plus a bonus day of the strength workout since I simply couldn't fit the cardio portion in the day I received this dvd in the mail). I definitely saw a difference in myself at the end of the week. I could see differences after the first couple of days. I'm in shape (thanks to Jillian). When I'm spending my time to workout I work out as hard and as heavy as I can. My thighs were slimmer, my waist was smaller, and my muscle tone was more defined after the first couple of days. After the full 7 days I see that these changes are sticking which is awesome because I had kind of plateaued as far as weight loss and working my various muscle groups. If you are looking to change and see noticeable improvements in your body (regardless of what kind of shape your body is in now) in 1 week.. Buy This. It does exactly what Jillian designed it to do. If you love Jillian Michaels' workouts.. Buy This. (It's $13. How many other things do we waste $13 dollars on? You can get a great workout that lasts forever and not just throw away your money on piddle-y purchases.)
I have worked out with Jillian for almost 5 years now (beginning after our second child was born... we have three now). Because of Jillian and the results I got I am very dedicated. I started with The 30-Day Shred. If you are new to working out, don't have a lot of time to devote (who does!), or need to lose a lot of weight you should start there. I own all of Jillian's dvd's, and they are all fantastic! As the person working out you just have to decide what you want. What do you enjoy doing? What do you HATE doing? How much time do you have? Jillian gives you everything you could want in her dvd's and tons of variety. (I do wish she would come out with a more advanced kettlebell dvd as well as a second kickboxing dvd.)
With three kids I don't have a lot of time to workout, so I use Jillian's dvds as a library of resources. I have done all of them as time or need-for-change permits many, many times. There are some that I enjoy more than others. There are some that I think are more effective than others. (I suppose one day I will make a list of those..) Since my time is very limited I use her 30-Day Shred video as my template. (I absolutely love the 25-minute workout time. In and out!) I incorporate moves from her other workouts to replace the moves that I find too easy in the 30-Day Shred, and voila! I have a kick-butt, extremely-effective workout in less than 30 minutes! I purchase every single one of her dvds not because I constantly have the time to do them (the longer ones) but because I love to take her more hardcore effective moves out of the dvd and incorporate them into my amended 30-Day Shred sessions!
First, I loved Jillian in this workout. This was the most passionate, directed, focused, and the most "Jillian" I've seen her since her earlier videos. She's not there to be cool or "hardcore". She's there because she loves what she does, and she honestly wants to help people with/get through her workouts. This workout is fast and motivated.
Second, I love the way both workouts ZOOM by. Wow. Seriously. I was shocked each time I reached the last circuit in both workouts because it seemed I got there very quickly. I always did both workouts back to back because I can't take two time zones out of my day to workout, but everything still went by very quickly.
Third, I was very excited to see all of the new moves. They will definitely be incorporated into my self-made 30-Day Shred sessions.
Fourth, I think the idea of using 3-pound weights throughout this workout is only realistic if you are brand new to working out, and you just want to get crazy by adding weight. If you are in shape or rather-in-shape you need to adjust the weight to your ability to do the move. I use 10-pounders for the first two moves as well as for a few other moves throughout the workout. I use 8's for the majority of the moves, and I use 5's on the fly's. There is no way you could get a really great workout out of this dvd if you are already in shape unless you push harder. Push harder on the weight..on how high you lift your legs or your pelvis..on how deep you sit..on how fast you go, etc. I am constantly changing weight throughout this workout.
Fifth, this is a great workout. If you are willing to work out for 7 days with the plan that Jillian provides (I did not follow the meal plan), you will see results as long as you don't gorge yourself on crazy food and eat yourself out of the workout.
My husband is a very happy man. I am happy with myself although I constantly try to improve. I wouldn't be here without Jillian Michaels. Thank you, Jillian.
87 of 98 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2014
I am a huge Jillian fan, I have 12 of her tapes. I do them 5-6 days a week and am very happy with the workouts. That being sad, this workout made me pause the DVD and ask myself if this was real or not. The moves are hard, but very effective. The strength workout consists of 4 circuits, a warm-up, and a cool-down.
I knew I was in for trouble when the warm-up had side lunges and running man. This DVD will get you results if you can do the moves, it is NOT for beginners at all. I had to modify half the moves and I am used to Jillian workouts. Overall, I love her tapes and this one is no exception; if you're up for the challenge, buy this DVD!
138 of 167 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2014
When it comes to DVDs and workouts, there is a lot of personal preference. I am a certified fitness instructor and I prefer high-rep interval workouts like Jari Love and Angie Gorr. I just feel the burn more with high-reps. However, I realize that it is good to mix it up. Each instructor has their own style, and Jillian is great at what she does. I don't agree with the marketing of losing 7 lbs in 7 days, as I don't feel it is safe to lose more than 2lbs per week, but it is really marketed as a crash one-week shred. I actually think it is a great workout. I like to do the DVD all at once because I don't have time to work on in both the morning and the evening, but from the research I've studied, the old research thought that cardio was better in the morning and weights at night, but the research is now showing that if you are going to do a split, weights are better in the morning and cardio at night, and that our cardio abilities peak between 5 and 7 PM. If I am going to mix it up, it is easier for me to do weights in the morning because I don't have enough energy to be bouncing around that early in the morning. However, I typically only have time to do it all at once, so you can actually use the DVD in multiple ways. You can do 1 hour cardio followed by weights, or do weights followed by cardio or split it up. I REALLY loved the cardio portion, so for cardio days this will be a great 30 min workout to do.
I would say this DVD is a blend between her Burn Fat Boost Metabolism and Hard-Body The weight portion combines weights and body resistance. I personally don't like body resistant moves, but I know they are good for me, so I do them. I am very advanced and had to use 8lb weights, but could probably even go higher next time. I really prefer high-reps for weights as opposed to switching it up every 30 seconds, but this is just Jillian's style and it is good to mix it up. The weight portion did have some unique moves, and you can always modify. I did prefer the cardio to the weight section. I like Jackie Warner’s time saver training 30 min weight section where you do each exercises for 1 min, so I would prefer the weights to be done a little longer; however, the weight section was good and there were some unique moves that work different muscles. Each weight circuit has about 6 -8 exercises each done for 30 seconds and then you do it again and move on to the next circuit.
The Cardio section was great and I love this athletic style of cardio. I agree with others that the cardio moves aren't unique, but they don't have to be, it is all about the flow of the moves, getting your heart rate up and getting results, and these athletic style moves are great, and you only do them for 30 seconds, so time flies by!
I like Jillian in this video. I think she talks just the right amount, motivates and encourages you. She also does a good job explaining the form and encourages modifications if you need it. Some of the moves are hard, so modification is easy. There is one move where you twist and kick your leg out and this can be hard for anyone with back pain. I just did jumping jacks during this portion and I kept my heart rate up.
It is a more advanced workout (the cardio is similar to insanity, but maybe not as intense, but it can be depending on how hard you work). However, for beginners you can always march it out if it gets too tough.
Some people mentioned the lights and the studio, and I agree but it really didn't bother me. Is this a good workout, YES! Will this burn a ton of calories, YES! Does Jillian motivate you, YES! Are there modifications, YES! Does she explain good form, YES!
Therefore, the workout is good. Someone also mentioned they prefer 30 day shred to get a total body workout all at once. I like the 3-2-1 format of 30 day shred (and ripped in 30 which is a little harder). However, this DVD is just a different program, and it is great to switch it up. I've done over 200 DVDs and I would say this is one of my favorite of Jillian’s. Here is a list of my favorites: 30 day shred, ripped in 30, Burn Fat Boost metabolism and the One week Shred.
Also, I really liked her hair color in this video…whoever did her hair did a really good job!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2014
I am an avid Jillian Michaels fan, and I love the way her workouts are structured. I own 30 Day Shred, Ripped in 30, Shred It With Weights, 6 Week Six-Pack, and now this DVD. (Just to give you an idea of who I am, I'm 5'6", 170 lbs, and I hate cardio.)
There are two workouts on this DVD: a morning weight-based routine, and an evening cardio routine. You're supposed to do the weight workout in the morning and the cardio in the evening, although I did them back to back the first time. You only need one set of light weights for the first workout (I used two 5lb weights), and none of for the second (although if you really want to make it harder, try doing some of these moves with light weights).
The weight workout is FANTASTIC - by far Jillian's most challenging and intense, at least of the videos I've done. Don't be fooled into thinking you're not going to get a cardio workout also; my heart rate averaged 155 during this 37-minute routine. If you're a real beginner, or if you've never done one of Jillian's workouts before, this probably isn't the place to start. The moves are often complicated and the pace is fast, so if you're not used to her style you'll be pausing to figure out what the heck she's doing. I consider myself to be pretty well versed in her workouts and even I had to stop and watch a couple of the moves. Overall, you're going to get a killer full-body workout in 37 minutes, which beats the heck out of an hour on the elliptical at the gym. (My heart rate monitor said I burned about 345 calories doing this one.) This is also a good weight training video to travel with, since you only need light weights - and really, it would be almost as effective without any weight at all. You could easily substitute two full water or shampoo bottles and get the same basic effect.
The cardio workout....I'll be honest, I kind of hated it. But in the spirit of full disclosure, I hate pure cardio anyway (a spin class is my personal hell). This one is like taking every cardio circuit from 30 Day Shred and Ripped in 30 and mashing them together into one 35-minute cardio torturefest. There are a couple breaks here and there (like plank-jacks, lucky you!) but for the most part you're jumping around like a maniac for half an hour. However, it is a surefire calorie burner - it was slightly shorter than the AM weights workout, and it burned about 30 more calories according to my heart rate monitor. So if you're a cardio junkie but you get bored on the treadmill/elliptical, this is probably a great workout for you. You can also modify it if it's too intense - especially if your knees are bad - so you can give yourself some relief if necessary.
Overall, this is a fantastic new release and definitely one I will use regularly. And honestly, it's about half the price of a movie (I live in NYC) so it's worth the investment. Happy sweating!
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2014
I love Jillian Michaels and have been buying her DVDs for years. The strength circuit was great but the backup dancers in the cardio circuit were all over the place and made it difficult to take their workout seriously. Other than that it was a rad work out...I vote for Natalie and Mattie as backup dancers next time.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2014
I don't normally write reviews of anything, but I certainly wanted to with this video. After two days of working out to this program, my clothes, down to my underwear, are all looser. Two. Days. And this with no great change to my diet, other than to increase my intake of veggies. I'm happy.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2015
I own nearly every Jillian DVD, and have loved most all of them. I am in fit shape, healthy BMI and have been doing intense JM workouts for 4 years (I also run decent distances)...with that said, this DVD STILL challenges me! Which is what I needed/wanted, so once again I am glad Jillian delivered! In fact to be honest, when I got this and did it the first time, I was so tired and challenged, I didn't do it again for a while...it's one I kind of dreaded to do, but lately I've decided to face that fear and have been doing it consistently and I have been actually enjoying the challenge and am happy to see results!! I feel so accomplished when I finish.
I would say this is harder than the 30 Day Shred, as well as Ripped in 30, I compare 7 Day Shred to these since they are the most similar. Hopefully this gives potential buyers an idea of what they are getting (in for!). If I was starting fresh, I'd do 30 Day, Ripped THEN 7 Day. It is that much more challenging.
The format is also the same circuit routines as before, you do each circuit twice. With the morning strength it is 35 mins long (including warm up) and is 4 circuits. The evening cardio is 30 mins and 3 circuits total. Both have some moves you'll have seen on other DVD's like rock star jumps, circle runs, plank jacks in the cardio portion...strength has among other things deadlifts w bicep curl, pendulum lunges with bicep curl and plie hops with calf raise/arm weights. There are also newer moves or variations of moves. One armed burpee's are a challenge, so are side to side push ups and pike crunch with Russian twists, but Jillian also mixes in some moves that are a *tiny* beat easier to let your heart rate come down for a minute in between. I think it's a nice mix of traditional moves and moves with a twist! I honestly don't mind some of the repeat moves, because they get results! It's hard to improve upon lunges, squats, plank, crunches, other than adding weights which is what she does.
Overall I've **already recommended this DVD to friends as I would to any buyer who is looking to step things up. It is hard work, but well worth it! If you are still finding your fitness and a bit of a beginner, I'd recommend instead 30 Day Shred or Ripped in 30.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2015
Let me first say that I come from a country in Europe where everything related to physical activity is looked down upon - while I was growing up, working out was just a waste of time for someone who needed to study in order to succeed in life. The only type of workout I used to get in my teens and 20s was walking to and from school. So here I was, in my early thirties, getting pretty heavy after my moving to the US, saying that I missed my walks, but happy to drive everywhere, totally miserable in my body, unable to send my newest photos to my mom because I knew she would judge me. That's when I decided that things needed to change. It wasn't easy - I started with stationary bike and light exercise, I lost about 30 pounds (I was about 50 pounds overweight), then I reached a plateau and then I decided to try Jillian Michaels... That's when everything started to change. And I can't believe that was not even 2 years ago.
First, I did the 30 Days Shred about 3 or 4 times. It was amazing to see how much my body improved, and how exciting it was to overcome the challenges and soreness and eventually to see myself getting in shape. I continued with Ripped in 30, Banish Fat Boost Metabolism, and No More Troubled Zones. I love how Jillian speaks, how she explains every exercise, I love how everything is designed for beginners and for advanced potential users, I love how she keeps you alert and motivated throughout the entire routine. I even started at some point to use the same approach to help my students stay motivated before the exams... Useless to say that thanks to Jillian I got my body back and more, I got my confidence and self-esteem back as well. My mother didn't even notice when she came to visit that I used to be 50 pounds overweight. She was shocked to see the photo on my driver's license issued just 9 months before.
The story doesn't end there though... Soon after that I got pregnant. I thought the pregnancy would make me gain a lot of weight, but it wasn't the case. I never "managed" to even get close to my heaviest self, even though I was not doing any of Jillian's high impact workouts anymore. I did do some Yoga Meltdown in the first months of my pregnancy, but then I just returned to the stationary bike. Two months after my baby was born, I restarted the 30 Days Shred. I was about 15 pounds heavier than before the pregnancy. It wasn't very much because I'm a tall person, and I can't say I had to miss my pre-pregnancy clothes for too long, but after doing the 30 Days Shred twice, I still felt I needed something new. That's when I found this new workout. And OMG - I just love it! It's true that it includes exercises that I found on other of Jillian's DVDs, but the way it is organized - strength and cardio separately - does the trick in my opinion. I did not follow the meal plan because I'm a vegetarian, but I started to see the results after 3 or four days. After 6 days I managed to get back to my fit self - I can see the results in my arms, legs, abdomen, and face. Even though some of the exercises are still hard for me, as I'm still recovering from the pregnancy and I'm still breastfeeding, I'm determined to start it over again and master them. If Jillian has managed to turn someone like me, who never did any kind of workout until her 30s, into a fit person, she can do it for anyone. Try this workout and ignore those who say they're bored, or that it's too hard. Working out means routine and dedication. Jillian helped me overcome my limitations. I can't thank her enough!
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2014
I started the One Week Shred immediately after completing Jillian's 30-Day Shred, and this work out drenches me in sweat every time!! Love the two segments! They are JUST hard enough to give you something to work towards, but not so impossible that you get discouraged.
If I only have one block of time in my day to work out (and not 2 separate 30-minute blocks), then I can complete both segments for one brutal (but effective!) hour.
I am into intense workouts, and I appreciate trainers who want to push you to your best potential. Having also completed Insanity, I would like to point out that Jillian makes you understand WHY you're going through the workout. You feel the muscles Jillian is targeting, you understand the range and variety of moves she introduces. I totally appreciate that she'll target one muscle group, move onto the next, and by the time you repeat the circuit you still have energy to keep going and repeat. With Insanity, I felt like all reason was out the window and I was just scrambling the whole time and sometimes I forgot why I was even working so hard.
Jillian is very motivating and has a good sense of humor. Her assistants are on-point and she always illustrates the safe way to do the exercises. I love the combination of body resistance and weights, and the killer 2-weight-in-one-hand moves too!
As mentioned, I was already in shape when I started this week of exercises, and I am 5 days in, and am noticing a difference. My arms feel hard and my butt has lifted. Jillian - bravo! Thank you!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2014
This workout will no doubt kick your butt, but I would highly recommend also purchasing stick-e wrist savers here: http://www.amazon.com/Stick--Knee-Wrist-Saver-Blue/dp/B005Q45Y4W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400029932&sr=8-1&keywords=stick-e
Because doing these workouts twice a day every day is VERY hard on your wrists. But the Stick-e's helped me a lot for all the plank-based moves.
The DVD itself is great though. Great music, great motivation as usual, and kicks your butt as promised.