Hi everyone! Hope your summer workouts are going great and that you’re not falling too off track between parties, vacations and whatever else I didn’t account for!
I’m currently training for a half marathon, but in order to get some strength and hopefully run better, I started doing Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30 DVD. Today, I finished the third day of Week 2, so I’m a bit behind in reviewing Week 1. I will go ahead and do that for you now!
If you’re familiar with the 30 Day Shred DVD, the format of Ripped in 30 will be very familiar. It follows the 3-2-1 structure: three minutes of strength, two minutes of cardio and one minute of abs. Jillian promotes this as a 20-minute workout, but the time for warm up and cool down brings it closer to half an hour or 35 minutes on my heart rate monitor.
(Note: I could not find a full video of Week 1 that didn’t require payment. This teaser will just have to do!)
There is a beginner modifier as well as another exerciser showing the advanced versions of the workout. In Week 1, I was able to do advanced versions of the push-ups for the most part and also got some good reach on my skaters and side lunges. On the squat and press, I used my five-pound dumbbells, and it still felt relatively easy. I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve been running or if my body remembered them from when I did the 30 Day Shred.
As you can see if you know about both DVDs, some of the moves from the 30 Day Shred made their way to Ripped in 30. I also had to butt kicks, the side planks with a hip raise (I cannot do the advanced version; I did the beginner one where you keep one leg extended and one knee on the ground) and crunches. However, I did have a chance to challenge myself with some new moves.
The second cardio circuit included fast feet, a football drill where you lower into squat position and move your feet in place. It was easy enough; I didn’t have a hard time keeping up and am hoping the results will show in my running pace at some point. In the last cardio segment, there were single leg hops. I had difficulty with this move because I’m not too coordinated, and it required moving your arms in tandem with getting your leg off the ground. I mostly just stuck with the beginner version because it was easier for me to follow.
I also struggled with the hollow man, which is similar to a boat pose in yoga. You raise your shoulders and feet off the ground and sit with your hands palm side up. (Jillian explains this as “Give it to God.”) I could feel my abs working but had a hard time holding myself up, which is the same problem I had in yoga when we went into boat. I will have to keep working at this.
I will weigh myself on Thursday, but I will say I weighed in during the first week of workouts. I was down from 201 to 199.6 as a result of running, being more consistent with my food log and trying to drink more water.
Stay tuned to hear how Week 2 went and my results!
What workout DVD is your favorite? Do you do Jillian Michaels’ workouts?