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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jillian with a twist, March 1, 2011
This review is from: Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 (DVD)
Ripped in 30 is a comprehensive 30 day diet and exercise plan that kicks butt! The main menu has Workouts, Workout Recommendation, 30 day meal plan, English/Spanish, Subtitles on/off, and More from Jillian. There are 4 workouts. All you need 1 set of light handweights, 1 set of heavy handweights, and a mat. You do one workout level each week. You start with workout 1 in week one and move to workout 2 the second week, or as soon as you are able, and so on. There are two exercisers with Jillian in each workout. You follow Shelly for beginner modifications and Bashira is back as an advanced modifier. Jillian promises that you will never see the same move twice across the 4 workouts. Unlike some of her other exercise videos, you only do each segment once. Each segment has 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs. She recommends working out 5-6 days/wk. Always take one day of rest. I downloaded the meal plan from her website, and the recipes seem pretty easy to fix. They only contain a few ingredients. You eat a breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. A sample breakfast is Cheerios and a banana. A sample lunch is ordering a veggie delight from Subway. A sample snack is a protein bar. A sample dinner is Turkey kebabs.

Most of the moves here I've seen in her other videos, but she has some new moves too. Each workout starts with dynamic stretching with moves such as arm circles, forward bends, squats, sledgehammers, and leg stretches while stabilizing. In the body of the workouts, Jillian focuses on compound moves, or ones that work multiple muscles groups. The moves get harder and more creative as you go through the different levels or workouts. Level 1 focuses on building up muscles/skills so you are prepared for the other levels. Sample moves in level 1 are squats with arm presses, fast feet, skaters, and planks. Some sample moves from level 2 are circle kicks, pendulum lunge with arm push outs and pull backs, chest press with single leg press, crescent lunge with rows, planks with leg taps or jumps, and mountain climbers. The difference I see from level 2 to level 3 is that there are more stabilizing moves. Some sample moves from Level 3 are s sledgehammer with a big arm rotation down and around with weight, forward fold towards one leg with the other leg stretched towards back so balancing on one leg and then bring same knee up to stretch, crab walk, and duck walk. Those are just the warm up! She has you do different moves with each arm like one arm palm up and other palm down. Single leg squats with corkscrew curls (so you touch ground with hands and then bring up to chest high) while you bring leg up. Stand tall, roll back onto ground without looking and bring up pelvis. Pump arms while you do a split lunge. Arm press in downward dog position. According to Jillian week 4 is the "mother of all workouts." The big change from level 3 to 4 seems that you are always in motion from one move to the other. Sample moves are from power yoga - move from downward dog, crescent, plank, downward dog, Military presses with static squat, dynamic Suma squats, jumping jacks with under the leg claps, Burpees with jumps, scissor kicks, and pendulum legs for lower abs.

I like the fact that there are four 30 minute workouts on one DVD and a meal plan. However, the meal plan may not be for everyone I wish that were more new moves, rather than what I've seen in her previous videos. However, those moves work for me to lose weight, and I feel that she is trying to present them in a new way with the different levels. So I would say if you are new to Jillian Michaels this is a great DVD to start. If you don't have all of them, then this is also a great choice. If you do have all of Jillian Michaels DVDs, and you are getting sick of her other videos, don't buy it. However, I'm not sick of them yet! So for me this DVD is 5 stars.
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Initial post: Mar 2, 2011 4:58:40 AM PST
Cara Stone says:
I'm with you! I have ALL of her DVDs and I'm not even CLOSE to be sick of them! REALLY looking forward to trying Ripped out! Pre-ordered it and should receive it tomorrow. Thanks for the great review! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2011 3:02:02 PM PST
Kathy says:
Is this appropriate for someone who does exercise but due to some problems with my knee am limited? I can and do modify with partial squats.

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 6:21:37 PM PST
Mr Wuggles says:
This isn't so much a comment on the workout, but I have to say, I'm very disconcerted by the diet samples you listed. That's not a very healthy way to eat at all. I'm hoping there's more to it than what you found.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2011 10:42:21 AM PST
Amy Henley says:
I'm not sure. What other forms of exercises and exercise DVDs do you typically do?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2011 10:48:01 AM PST
Amy Henley says:
It is a very low calorie diet. It may not be for everyone, or people may want to pare down to it slowly. People may want to check with their doctor and/or a dietician/nutritionist to set up a plan for them or bring the plan to them to check.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2011 12:47:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2011 12:47:56 PM PST
Mr Wuggles says:
My concern actually didn't come from the amount of calories, as I didn't go through calculations to see what daily totals would look like, but where the calories are coming from. For example:

a) The sample lunch has you going to a fast food place. Even if you're ordering one of the "healthier" options, I guarantee you its nutritional composition will be way different (in a bad way) than if you made something yourself at home. I don't know of any diet that would actually recommend eating fast food as part of a healthy eating plan.

b) The snack has you eating a supplement rather than real food. Supplementation may be a good idea depending on your goals, but whenever possible, always opt for true food sources.

3) The "food pyramid" aspect of the sample menu seems to be fairly skewed. Of course, this last point is a matter of opinion more than anything, and as I'm a strong follower of the Paleolithic diet, most people would try and argue with me.

The bottom line of it is, the quality of your calories matters as much, if not more, than the quantity. I would recommend exploring some healthier options than this, but that's just me.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 3:55:47 PM PST
mfgab says:
What kind of weights would I need for this video?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011 6:48:51 PM PST
Amy Henley says:
I use 5 lbs - 8lbs.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2011 4:20:00 PM PDT
Amy says:
Liana, are you familiar with Subway and LARABAR? Subway may be categorized as a fast food joint, but it is not at all what the term "fast food" has come to mean. It is basically a salad bar. Same thing with LARABAR. It is real whole food. Each bar only has 2-9 ingredients that are readily recognizable by children. Basically, they take some fruit and nuts, mash them together, and seal it. There's nothing processed at all.

Posted on May 9, 2011 12:27:48 PM PDT
Chris Rattay says:
Hi, Great review! I am into the 3rd week and noticed something in the first cycle that seemed amiss. In the 1st strength cycle after the bear crawl and duck move, she does a squat with low/wide rows with weights - but then in the 2nd cycle she skips that last part and moves straight into the cardio from the duck move. Do you think that was intentional? I ended up rewinding it to switch sides for the row, and then forwarding it to the cardio section. This is my first JM dvd and was wondering if that is common... Thanks!
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