BodyShred is my workout of choice these days. I started after Ripped in 30, 3 weeks ago. It’s 30 minutes, 6 days a week. It kicks my butt every single day.
From amazon: Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED is a high-intensity, holistic resistance and endurance-based 60-Day fitness plan, involving synergistic 3D body dynamics that explore the scope of movement possibilities to maximize athletic performance and metabolic potential in just 30 minutes. Using Jillian’s S.H.R.E.D. Method, you’ll shed fat, define muscle, transform the look of your entire physique, and dramatically enhance your overall health and athletic performance!
If you want to start this, be ready to work for 30 minutes. It’s the same warm up every time (except for cardio days, which have no warm up). The transitions are the fastest I’ve ever experienced. You move from each exercise in almost no time. There is no time to get water either so make sure you’re hydrated. The first few times I did each workout I paused and went back because I missed 2 or 3 moves because it goes so fast.
I just finished dvd’s from BodyShred weeks 1 (Launch) & 2 (Rise) today. Now I’m moving on to weeks 3 (Amplify) & 4 (Escalate) even though techinically it will be my week 4 starting Sunday. I stayed with Launch and Rise for an extra week because I wasn’t feeling strong enough to move on. I’m starting week 3 on Sunday and I have to say I’m a little nervous. I am feeling so much stronger though! I thought it would be fun to share my favorite moves from Body Shred Launch and Rise just so you can see the pain I’m being put through. The moves in these two dvds are not insane, but they are really tough. I’ve heard that once you move on, it gets pretty crazy. In this program there are MEGA SETS, not even super sets that just work the same body parts for 3 moves in a row. Are you sore yet?
5 Favorite Fitness Moves from Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED
- Wide Push Ups
- Donkey Kicks (these are cruel. Especially cruel because you just hammered your arms in the strength circuit with renegade rows before it and then have to stay on arms to get your legs up!)
- Uneven push ups – I think I love these so much just because it was the first time I’ve done push ups on my toes in months! I still did the wide and chatarunga push ups on my knees.
- Chair Squat with front raise
- Hero: get into plank; push back, bending knees until they are a few inches off ground, then push forward back into plank.
Thoughts of Weeks 1 & 2: I’m so happy I’m seeing such great results with this program. I really think the majority of the reason is because I’m sticking to it and not doing any extra cardio. I’ll take the girls for a walk a couple times a week, but it’s very leisurely and it’s not long. I’m absolutely in love with the 3-2-1 method of strength, cardio and core/abs….and the fact that this is 30 minutes. I should also note that there are 4 circuits in each workout! It is slightly longer than 30 minutes with warm up and cool down, so figure just under 35 minutes, but then you are DONE. It’s such a comprehensive workout and you really feel that results. I used 5s and 8s for both of these strength workout. By week 2 I was using primarly 8s except for side lunges with serving biceps, those still needs 5s!
To get back to this level of fitness I really have to take care of myself. I have to foam roll, stretch and ice everyday. I have also been going to the chiropractor once a week. My left IT band has a history of getting tight, so I’m very careful to not over do it…and that means lugging the car seat around. I know I’m going to have to preview the next two workouts because I need to learn the moves before I can do it smoothly. I didn’t really do that this time, but I paused a lot the first time I did it to make sure I was going it correctly (and because I felt like I was dying…)
Since I’m starting on a Sunday, I’ll have the time to do that, but as for Monday’s workout I’ll have to make sure I don’t hit snooze on the wake up! This workout series I would say is NOT for someone starting from scratch. I would highly recommend going through Ripped in 30 before you do this. After being confident with level 4 of Ripped in 30, you’ll be ready for this. The moves in bodyshred are high intermediate I would say. There are modifications, but if you need to modify the whole workout, I would say get stronger before you do this.
As for the diet, I’m not following it. I’m trying to just honor my body by eating when I’m hungry and not over eating. I also try to stay balanced and not over do it on sugar. That’s good enough for me. I stay away from processed food most of the time, so that’s good enough for me. I have a hard time with lunches because I don’t really have time to prepare anything…but that’s a post for another day.
I’ll be sure to write more about my experience with BodyShred as the weeks go on!
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