June 2, 2010

The One Where JM Works for Me

Well, I'm pretty sure she's my bff. 
Ok, not really. 
But I do feel like I know her. 
Which may be kinda creepy, but you're just going to have to deal with it. 
Between being a HUGE Biggest Loser fan (no pun intended), 
exercising with her almost every day this winter, 
reading (slash "skimming") her books, 
seeing articles about her in magazines, 
or watching interviews with her on Ellen, 
I'm certain we're friends.

Only we're not.

Ok, not that we've got that cleared up.
The one thing I am certain of is her workout dvds totally rock. 
I started out with Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism.
Holy crap, I thought I was going to die.
Which is, apparently, exactly what she wants you to feel like.
She's says as much during the workout. 
Thanks, Jill, love you too. 
This is the most intense cardio workout I had ever experienced. 
And I run 3 miles regularly. 
Yeah, intense stuff.

I then branched out and purchased the No More Trouble Zones--
because who doesn't want to get rid of their "trouble zones"?
Wait, what's that? You don't have any trouble zones?
Ok, then. We're not friends anymore. 
This workout is focused more on toning then on burning fat with high powered workouts.
I was still out of breath. sweaty. 
My pulse was racing, but in a different way than with BFBM. 
This one makes muscles burn.
Muscles you didn't know you had. 
Yeah, she finds them. 

After I felt like I had those two dvds down pat, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about over this 30 Day Shred business. 
I thought to myself, 
"Self, if you can handle two different 45 minute workouts with JM then this set of three 20 minute workouts will be a piece. of. cake."
Not so much. 

What's that you say?
Pride comes before a fall?  Hush, you. 

But in all seriousness, the 30 Day Shred is ridiculous.
Somehow she comes up with a hundred and eleven new moves that weren't already used in NMTZ and BFBM.
I loved that these workouts accomplished the same results the previous dvds. 
These save some serious time and kick some serious booty. 

But let me tell you, after doing the 30 Day Shred I could handle
No More Trouble Zones and
Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism 
with ease. 
I think it's because the 20 minute workouts are THAT much more concentrated. 

Alright, so I owned the JM complete collection.  
But then she had to go and come out with Yoga Meltdown
This came out days after I fell in love with yoga.
I did some research and discovered this workout is not about peace and relaxation and focus like traditional yoga.
This is, in true Jillian style, a complex workout focused on toning AND burning calories.
You know what that means, right?
That equals intense muscle-focused poses held for 15 seconds
preceeded by repetitions of the movements to keep the heartrate pumping.

There are some pretty hardcore poses in this workout.
I would recommend starting with a more traditional yoga workout to get used to the practice first. 

So whether or not we're friends, Jillian Michaels workouts totally works for me.
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  1. I am a Jillian fan too! I have the same approach to things: "this is how it is, get it done" so I enjoy getting yelled at on a daily basis. And her research on how toxins in environments and food affect you is great!
    I started the 30 day shred 3 weeks ago. I haven't lost any weight yet (dang) but I do feel stronger and more fit. I want to graduate up to the PX90 next.

  2. I don't watch The Biggest Loser, but I started with The 30 Day Shred and it almost killed me!! I didn't finish but I'm trying to make myself start again!

    Jillian has a new show coming out this fall.

  3. I second your love for Jillian. I just need to get my "Shred" video back from the friend I lent it to. I'm 100% she hasn't even popped it into the DVD player yet, but I'm in the mood for more Jillian.

  4. I've noticed her workout videos in the store lately and been tempted to try one out. It sounds crazy intense but I could use a boost in my workout schedule. Thanks!

  5. I love your blog! I subscribed! And I love the term 'adorkable'

    Clever, you are.

    I heart yoga!

  6. I love me some JM! I too work (die) with her DVD's! I just love your blog... glad I decided to jump back into my blogger and see what was new and read Adorkable with my morning coffee!!

  7. Her workouts ARE intense. *understatement*
    Great post!


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