I just want to get something off my chest right up front — I hate workouts with names that talk about “banishing” fat. That’s not what it’s about for me and it’s partially what stopped me from posting on this blog so often. Plus you *need* fat to survive.
That being said —
I freaking love this workout. Like many other Jillian Michaels workouts it’s a total killer, but if you’re looking for something to get your blood flowing in the middle of the winter, this is it.
The Format of the Workout
Jillian splits this workout into seven circuits, each six minutes long, plus a warm-up in the beginning and stretching at the end. All in all, it runs about 45 minutes, devoting about 30 seconds to each exercise and repeating them twice in each circuit.
I’m not going to list all of the exercises, or we’d be here forever. But to give you an idea of what the workout’s like:
It has two kickboxing circuits with kicking and punching (these are some of my favorite circuits), old-school calisthenics including butt kicks, jumping jacks, and oblique crunches, and floor work including mountain climbers (this was absolutely killer for me).
Other common exercises include plie hops, high knees, jump squats, side skaters, standing mountain climbers, cross-country skiing, and jumping rope (without an actual rope).
The Positive Side of this Jillian Michaels DVD
In addition to the awesome workout that this DVD provides, which should be a reason to buy or rent it alone, it has a few other positives.
For one, it requires zero equipment. All you need is the workout itself and a device on which to play that workout, and you’re golden.
It also requires little space. Although there is a lot of jumping, you generally stay in one area, making this work out great for a small apartment or small bedroom.
Compared to the other Jillian Michaels DVDs I’ve seen, which is not all of them, Jillian hits just the right mood. Sometimes she can border on obnoxious, but in this workout she is encouraging and tough without being condescending. She makes you feel good about yourself.
The Drawbacks to this Workout
For someone who is just getting back into shape, or getting into shape for the first time, this workout might just kill you (I’m only sorta kidding).
It was the first workout I tried when getting back into shape and it took me days to recover. I felt like I had accomplished something, but at the same time I felt totally dead.
Plus, the “backup” ladies? Yeah, they don’t look like they’re working at all. Toward the end of the workout, I wanted to strangle them (irrational, maybe, but I was suffering).
It’s not impossible, however. Unlike the 30 Day Shred, which is a short and intense workout, this one alternates intense exercises with less intense exercises. It’s all hard, but at least Jillian lets you catch your breath.
This workout is also a little bit hard on the knees. It contains a lot of jumping, so you have to be careful to protect your joints if you have a problem with them.
All in All
- It’s a tough workout.
- It’s about 45 minutes long
- It’s hard on the knees
- I Would definitely do it again