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40 Pounds in 3 Months,
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This review is from: Jillian Michaels Killer Buns & Thighs (DVD)
I'll start by saying that I've never been a fan of workout videos. I'm 23 years old and realized early this spring that I was not in the type of shape I should be for my age. So, I started working out at the gym and got less than favorable results. While shopping around a local Target, I saw Jillian's Shred It with Weights on sale so I decided to give it a go because I love kettlebell training. I immediately meshed well with her style of training. After completing that video, I started Ripped In 30 towards the end of July. With that said I've lost 40 pounds in three months by working with Jillian 5-6 days a week and eating a low carb diet.
I was excited to receive my preorder of the Buns and Thighs DVD yesterday because I had just finished Ripped. I intend to do this DVD for a month, probably 10 days each level as you would with her Shred video. Level one was DIFFICULT, but I got through it with ease because I was primed by working with Ripped in 30. (If you've done this video you'll find a lot of the same moves, with a good mix of new ones.) I generally mute the dvd and play my iTunes in the background, because I find the music choices in the videos to be a little cheesy and not motivational. I also find myself in moods where I don't want to hear Jillian blab about random stuff while I'm sweating my butt off. However, I did complete this dvd without having to mute it this time, which was a great sign. The music is MUCH better, and Jillian is funny and personable. She does go on a rant about messages left on her facebook and twitter, but its rather funny.
My one complaint is that Natalie who models for the advanced moves in levels 1&3 tends to slack off (she returns from the original shred video). She's inspirational to watch because her body is totally sick, but I watched the rest of the levels just to see what I would be in for, and she definitely cheats it out at times. I understand these moves are incredibly hard, but I'd imagine that someone who's supposed to be advanced could be a little more dedicated to completing sets. There are times when the beginner model, I think her name is Anita (also from shred), seems to be working harder and with more intensity! Jillian catches Natalie multiple times and while its not a big deal it didn't go unnoticed. Note to Jillian---Bring back Basheera!!!
All in all that one criticism is not enough to downgrade the rating. I'm writing this review with my legs propped up on my couch in pain. I haven't felt sore in weeks so this is a good sign. You WILL see results with Jillian but you can't eat back your calories and completely negate the work you put in. I'd also encourage you to take measurements before you start, because you may find that you only lose 1 or 2 pounds through the process--while dropping 1-2 pant sizes. Don't live by the scale, and good luck!
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Initial post: Sep 7, 2011 3:14:15 PM PDT
Alyse Summers says:
I remember Natalie cheating a bit in 30 Day Shred, too. I can't wait order this one, I haven't yet.
Congratulations on all that you've accomplished, losing weight AND getting strong. I always obsessed about the weight, but the first time I noticed I had a bicep, that completely overshadowed losing weight. haha.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2011 6:11:28 AM PDT
Thank you so much!
I'd never seen my arms and shoulders look so amazing until Ripped in 30. Thanks to all that plank work!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2011 8:46:57 AM PDT
Way to go on your fitness accomplishments!! I started with JM almost 2 years ago and haven't stopped loving everything she puts out there, including her free podcasts. Which I highly recommend if you don't already listen. I had a laugh at your comment about Jillian rattling on. I found my self yelling at her to Shut Up! in RI30 at some points. I was dying and she is just rambling on not watching the time. Haha, oh the things I do for her! Good luck with this one!
Posted on Oct 29, 2011 12:22:19 AM PDT
yeah Nat was a big cheater in Shred too. I thought she was slacking in that DVD also- kinda disappointed that she's back!
Posted on Mar 5, 2013 9:26:52 AM PST
C. J. Stark says:
thanks for your encouragement about not living by the scale. I lost 12 lbs with Jillian a year ago and within the last 6 months have gained it back. my husband says maybe it's muscle gain ~ who knows? It's hard to be objective about my own body. One good sign is that I can wear jeans I never could wear before, so I guess that's a good sign. I work out 5-6 days/wk.
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