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The Biggest Winner - How to Win by Losing: Jillian Michael's Shape Up-Front (2005)

Jillian Michaels , Unkn  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jillian Michaels
  • Directors: Unkn
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • 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: Genius Products
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,329 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Topics: Abs, thighs, shoulders, triceps, chest, hips, nutrition
  • 6-week bikini workout
  • Diet and exercise logs
  • Nutrition tips and recipes
  • Behind-the-scenes photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Jillian Michaels, the trainer from NBC's The Biggest Loser and self-proclaimed "TV's toughest fitness guru," runs through circuit training like a drill sergeant on caffeine. Her theory is to keep moving in between exercises to burn twice as many calories, so she cycles her team through sumo squats, mountain climbers, jump ropes, shoulder raises and bicycle moves without taking a breath. If she doesn't think one of her comrades is picking up his knees high enough, she makes everyone do 30 more, with a sadistic grin. As a result, you can almost literally watch the muscle burn. Michaels' Shape-Up Front DVD works out the chest, shoulders, triceps and quads. It also requires two props: a bench-style exercise step and light dumbbells. The DVD features include printable diet/exercise logs, nutrition tips and recipes. Despite a lower-level option, it isn't for anyone looking for a low-impact aerobic workout. --Ellen A. Kim

Product Description

Shape Up -- Front is the first of five fabulous DVDs in the Jillian Michaels' new fitness collection, The Biggest Winner, How to Win by Losing. Shape Up -- Front gets your body moving and your blood flowing with a lower and upper body workout to make your body burn twice as many calories - so you'll melt off the fat and lose the weight. You can win by losing with Jillian Michaels, TV's toughest fitness trainer and life coach.

This DVD is packed with tactics to help take it off and keep it off, including Diet and Exercise Tracking Logs, Nutrition Tips, Recipes plus a Special Workout Article from *Fitness RX Magazine and a Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery!

6-Week Bikini Workout
Diet & Exercise Legs
Nutrition Tips & Recipes

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283 of 288 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thirty Minutes of Booty Kicking Hard Work January 2, 2006
By Namaste
I am happy with my purchase. Each workout is roughly 30 minutes each. They are broken down into a warm up, two different routinues using upper and lower body together with cardio, and a cool down/stretch. The cardio is a lot of jumping (think jumping jacks, etc.) What I really like about the workouts is that they are time efficient. I feel like I got a workout in 30 minutes and she combines upper and lower boday together. Maybe I'm crazy but I am starting to see a difference after 7 workouts. If you liked Jillian on the Biggest Loser, you'll like her on the DVDs. Her personality is the same.

Why I gave the DVDs 4: There are no demos of the exercises, so if you are not familiar with the exercises in her book (Winning By Losing) you might want to watch the DVDs before you do them or to see what the modified version of the exercise is. I believe she mentions that in the intro as well. Also, there a lot of jumping. I read in another person's review that that can be bad for joint problems, so something to consider.

Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase. I would recommend this to a friend and I will probably buy it as a gift for someone in the future.
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223 of 233 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough/Effective Workout January 1, 2006
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I like many enjoyed the Biggest Loser show; that is why I bought these DVD's. I must say I am delighted with the results I am getting by doing these workouts, even though they push me to my limits. I can not see a beginner doing these, without modification you start where you are and work up to it. I am a workout animal but Jillian puts me to shame. This has been the only workout that has taken my fat percentage down.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whipped into shape -- FAST! December 28, 2005
I have never done a workout from Jillian Michaels before, and I have to say it: she totally kicked my butt! I've been bored with my workouts, and this is just what I needed. It's a short workout, but very intense. You don't stop for 30 minutes! In conjunction with a 30 minute cardio workout, you have the perfect routine. If you are a beginner, however, you might want to try Jillian's "Shape-Up" DVDs first.
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207 of 233 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected but definitely a challenging workout! December 15, 2005
When I first read the description of this DVD, I thought it was going to be a weight training workout. When I actually got the DVD, I found a very different workout than I expected. It is a very intense cardio workout during which you do some upper body weight training. However, because of the pace and how the weights are used in some parts of the workout (i.e, overhead), I had to go down from the usual 5 lb. hand weights I use for home workouts to the 2-pounders in order to keep up. Now that I've done the workout once, I know that I could keep my 5-pounders nearby and switch to those for standard weight-training exercises such as tricep kickbacks, but keep the 2-pounders for aerobic movements with weights.

I exercise 5 days a week and do a combination of cardio, weight training and toning, so I'm in relatively good shape. However, I am still about 35 pounds overweight (not to mention over age 50), so I found some of the cardio movements (mountain climbers, plyos, etc.) either too tough or too fast to keep up with. I got through the entire workout, which was a half-hour I believe, but I had to do some alternative movements here and there. (P.S. You need an aerobic step for this workout--she uses it as an aerobic step and also to lay on to do some weight work, etc.)

No doubt about it, Jillian is tough. I truly believe that, if I was physically able to do this workout exactly as offered, I would see results. However, that unfortunately isn't the case. As a result, the workout had the effect of making me feel like a failure instead of inspiring and motivating me. That's not Jillian's fault--I'm just saying that it makes sense for me to spend my money on workouts that energize me and lift me up instead of making me feel like I'm not good or strong enough.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
A short workout that packs a punch and will whip you up in shape!

If you like endurance weight training with short cardio bursts then you will enjoy these workouts! I have all 4 of Jillian's endurance strength training DVDS and they are very good especially when combined with 30-45 mins. cardio. The Maximize Full Frontal DVD is a little more intense than Jillian's Shape Up Front DVD; it has more core work, more one-leg moves and the cardio segments always use dumbbells. The Maximize Back In Action DVD is also a little more intense than Jillian's Shape Up Backside DVD; it has more core work, harder exercises and additional power moves. All 4 DVDs are an excellent buy and since they are all short workouts, you can easily combine them with cardio for a well-rounded 60 minute workout. Note: You will not like Jillian's workouts if you prefer to go heavy with weights.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Workout X2 October 4, 2006
I have been a Tae Bo fan for years. To introduce some variety into my workout routine, I tried Jillian's Cardio Kickbox Workout. Because I am used to working out for at least 40 minutes, I go through Jillian's Cardio Kickbox routine 2X. By the end of the first run-through (about 25 minutes), I am sweating. After going through the routine twice, I am soaking wet and feel like I've had a great cardio workout. There are a few things I had to get used to. First, the music serves merely as background. You do not match your moves to the beat and this was a bit annoying to me at first. I got over it. Second, I find some of Jillian's stances awkward ( roundhouse kicks beginning from a stationary position), and find myself much more comfortable using the Tae Bo form for some of the moves. What I really LOVE about the workout is that Jillian always lets you know how many reps you are going to do and she always does exactly what she says. (Tae Bo fans will know that Billy isn't always that reliable!) When I start to get tired, I tell myself I can do anything for 10, 20 or 30 reps, and I make it through every time. Jillian incorporates a lot of jab-cross punching, and I can feel it in every muscle in my abdomen. With a Tae Bo background, I find all of Jillian's moves easy but very effective. When I run through her routine twice, I sweat a LOT more than I do with ANY Tae Bo video, and feel a lot more tired when I'm done. An excellent cardio, muscle-toning, challenging, fun workout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by andrea c dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. A little strong
If you want to lose weight and have your metabolism boosting, this is the video.
Some exercises are a little hard but, you can use modifications.
Published 2 months ago by Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Big fan of Jillian.
Such an awesome workout! Jillian never fails! You definitely get your money's worth! Quick yet super effective! Love it and love her!
Published 3 months ago by Krystal C
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cardio Video
I ordered this video because I love kickboxing. However, this is not your like neighborhood gym's kickboxing class. Jillian Michaels will make you work. Read more
Published 3 months ago by nca111
4.0 out of 5 stars Jillian Michaels
I received this really fast and in perfect, new condition. BEING ABLE TO ACTUALLY DO IT... well, that's another story all together. Someday I will conquer this...
Published 3 months ago by LilWoolf
5.0 out of 5 stars get your sweat on with Julian once again
the DVD came as described the DVD itself I thought it was excellent and you definitely do get a huge sweat I love it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pami B.
4.0 out of 5 stars workout your body
Its a great workout i was impress on how much it cost it was a great deal and I will buy more workout DVDs soon like the zumba dvd
Published 6 months ago by angela
4.0 out of 5 stars Good workout
These videos are great. My wife used them for a few months. The workouts are difficult but reasonable. My wife is a big fan of the Biggest Loser.
Published 9 months ago by FCC
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I would recommend this dvd to anyone who want to put a effort in to lose weight. don't think is easy. but it works
Published 9 months ago by June Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome workout
My husband bought this DVD for me and I love it! I can't say enough positive things about Jillian Michaels. Every DVD I have ever worked out to has really worked me out. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Trixy
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is this set closed captioned or subtitled for the deaf?
Unfortunately the set is not closed captioned nor English subtitled.
Oct 1, 2008 by Steph B. |  See all 6 posts
Yes! She seems really nervous. I don't get the awkward laughter. Was there some joke I missed? I did this workout after 30 day shred which is much more polished and professional. However, I did really enjoy the workout :)
Oct 23, 2008 by G. Windle |  See all 5 posts
I don't know what your fitness level is, but I bought SLIM IN 6 by Debbie Seibers a few years ago and I still love it. It has 3 different levels of workouts along with a section that focuses on the ABS called Slim & 6 pack, and a section that focuses on stretching Slim & Limber. I find The Slim... Read More
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