I'm sure most of you have heard of Jillian Michaels, if not she's a fabulous personal trainer and made an appearance on The Biggest Loser helping people lose weight and has over 15 workout DVD's available to buy. I think Jillian is a huge inspiration and I love her attitude, she really motivates you to keep going and push harder in her workouts. I own 6 of her DVDS but this is the second one I've tried, firstly I tried her 30 Day Shred which is her most popular workout but I quickly got bored of it. I purchased Ripped in 30 from Amazon and have set myself a challenge to complete the full 30 days! I also go to the gym and do classes such as Bodypump and Spinning so this DVD won't be the only exercise I'll be doing throughout the challenge.
For this workout you will need some light weights and some heavier ones, I use 2kg and 4kg for reference. Make sure you have a towel close by too because you WILL sweat like mad doing these workouts but that's a good thing right? Jillian recommends you do this DVD 5-6 times a week and you start off with level 1 for the first week then level 2 for the second week etc. There's also a beginners and an advanced version of each move so don't feel ashamed to do the beginners until you get stronger because nobody can go straight to advanced unless your really fit, you can work your way up and you'll notice how stronger you get each week. It's the same as the 30 Day Shred doing a few circuits of 3 minutes strength training, 2 minutes of cardio then 1 minute of abs so it goes really quickly as you're constantly moving but doing different circuits working on different parts of the body.
My goal is to get rid of that awful 'armpit fat' and lose inches on my waist and upper thighs. I'm not following a strict diet during this challenge but I'll certainly be eating healthier, eating fresh foods, snacking on fruit and drinking more water. I've eliminated alcohol too as it contains too many calories and slows down your weight loss, no vodka or wine for me! I'll write daily throughout my challenge for the full 30 days and do a full review at the end. So lets begin...
WEEK 1, LEVEL 1
Day 1: So it's Monday and the first day of the challenge, I've already done a Bodypump class at the gym today but I was fully determined to start this. I found it better than the 30 Day Shred and I was sweating like crazy all the way through even though I couldn't do all of the advanced moves I gave it a shot and just gave it my all, I did have to pause a couple of times but made sure I kept on going. It was over within 25 minutes and it just flew by, I felt really good after doing it so I had a nice shower and relaxed in bed. I also took my measurements (in inches) so I can compare once I've completed the challenge to see how much of a difference it's made to my body.
Day 2: I was expecting to wake up in pain but I wasn't that bad, my arms ached but I think that's down to Bodypump class. I worked harder on this day and could use my heavier weights for most of the moves and I managed to do the advanced version of each workout unlike yesterday (except push ups of course, those are killer!) I felt really good again after completing day two and had a shower and chilled out for the rest of the evening.
Day 3: Today I could REALLY feel some pain especially in my thighs, butt and shoulders so I used this day as one of my rest days but I did a Bodypump class in the evening and done some sit ups whilst watching Keeping up with the Kardashians so I don't count this as a proper rest day just a rest from the DVD.
Day 4: This morning I did another Bodypump class (can you tell this is my fave?) then went home straight back to Jillian and completed another workout feeling great! I can feel some pain in my butt and my upper arms today but it's not a big deal. I honestly do find this DVD much better than the 30 Day Shred and can feel it working after only the first few days.
Day 5: I used this day as my second rest day as I stayed at my boyfriends and lazed about all day (also watched the Big Brother final I'm so glad Charlotte won!) I've used up my two rest day allowance so that means I must do the DVD tomorrow and Sunday.
Day 6: Almost there! Did another round with Jillian again today and was sweating like crazy, I love how it makes me feel like I've done an hours gym session in under 30 minutes. My body must be getting used to this now as I'm not feeling much pain like the previous days.
Day 7: The last day of level 1 is here... Sunday is usually my 'lazy' day chilling in my pyjamas and eating a big sunday dinner but I don't have any more rest days for this week as I've already used up the 2 day allowance so I got up off my butt and did my final level 1 with Jillian. I felt amazing for completing my first week doing this challenge as I usually only stick to these type of things for a few days and feel crap for not pushing myself. I'm totally ready for level 2 tomorrow and will do a whole new post for week 2...