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BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (31,282)
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2/11/13 5:08 P

Just wanted to agree with everyone who has recommended the 30 Day Shred - if you stick with the modified versions of the moves, and stick to level 1, it should be accessible to a beginner. The program is structured so that you're supposed to spend 10 days at each of the 3 levels, but I'd recommend holding off on progressing to level 2 until you're able to get through the whole level 1 workout without any modifications.

She has a relatively new kickboxing DVD (I forget its name, but I own and like it) that I think might work for a beginner as well (there's a lot of punching and kicking, but you don't have to keep up with the fitness models to follow along, so you can slow down the moves to meet your own abilities).

Personally, I'd avoid the Yoga Meltdown and Ripped in 30 (both of which I own) for beginners, because she employs some more advanced moves in those DVDs, and if you don't know how to do the moves, you could hurt yourself while attempting them without the supervision of a trainer.

JILLP124 SparkPoints: (1,008)
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2/11/13 4:38 P

I love her yoga meltdown- there is a beginner and intermediate workout. Good luck!

MZNAYLUV SparkPoints: (4,179)
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2/11/13 2:43 P

That's true!! I have a bad knee and have been instructed by my doctor not to do squats or lunges. I have to modify my exercises when doing 30 DS.

35BYMAY SparkPoints: (1,477)
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2/11/13 2:22 P

my knees hurt the first couple of days with 30 day shred, but after I corrected my stance on the exercises requiring knee bends (lunges etc) my knees stopped hurting... I think correct positioning is everything when it comes to these home dvd's... really listen to what they are saying in them about how to stand :)

KERI414 SparkPoints: (3,861)
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2/11/13 1:51 P

I will say that they tend to all be really rough on the knees (I'm 27 with no pre-existing knee problems). Jillian favors lots of squats and lunges that can leave your knees hurting the next day and for weeks afterwards. Don't be afraid to modify exercises for your needs.

MATHMANDA Posts: 55
2/11/13 12:56 P

I think 30 Day Shred is much easier than Ripped in 30.

FITLITTLEMISS Posts: 103
2/11/13 11:32 A

I am in the 3rd week of Jillian Michaels Body Revolution and I love it!!!! Any level can complete this program. Throughout it she shows you how to modify and even tells you to modify if you need to. The workouts get increasingly more difficult as you progress, but you can modify as needed to your fitness level. This is my first time completing this program so I am having to modify right now, but I know each time I complete this program I will get stronger.

Plus I love that the workouts are only 30 minutes and she motivates you throughout the entire workout, espeically at times when you need it the most. I really love it and would recommend the program to anyone I know.

ANGELAFAITH27 Posts: 219
2/11/13 8:56 A

Thank you. I think I have 30 day shred, and I will start there.

MZNAYLUV SparkPoints: (4,179)
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2/11/13 8:54 A

I only have one DVD of hers and that's the 30 Day Shred. Level 1 is challenging but doable if you keep working at it.

ANGELAFAITH27 Posts: 219
2/11/13 8:29 A

Thanks I have a few of Jillian's videos already, and I am aware of CollageVideo.com. I just haven't been successful in getting through any of her workouts (Planks scare me!) and I'm thinking about buying the Body Revolution thing as that has phases and each workout is 30 minutes each. I was just wondering if someone had found the best way to work into her routines and which was the best for beginners - other than that frontside/backside DVD which I didn't care for at all.

CHERRYLYNN18 SparkPoints: (586)
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2/11/13 8:25 A

I started Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 about a week and a half ago. I will be honest, I am 208lbs and do not expect to be ripped in 30 days. I do know that it has been an excellent workout, she motivates you when you need it most and the work out is only 20 minutes long. It can take me a full hour to complete one workout because I have to stop, catch my breath and talk myself into finishing what I started.

Tip* Do week one for at LEAST two weeks. The first week don't use weights. Just do the moves without the weights. Trust me, you will still feel it. The second week on week one add the weights. I started with 2lbs. I am so unhealthy that it was all I could handle.

Good luck!

MISSRUTH Posts: 3,734
2/11/13 7:17 A

There is a website (and I'm not affiliated with them in any way) called collagevideo, where you can do a sort on videos by experience level. So you could plug Jillian Michaels into the search box then when the results come up, sort by experience level. They also will show you a sample of the video so you can see some of the moves and judge whether you think it's something you want to try.

HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,377
2/11/13 2:06 A

I wouldn't do a whole one of any of them. Just start doing one, stop as needed, simplify exercises as needed. Use them more for inspiration and guidelines then to kill yourself. emoticon

ANGELAFAITH27 Posts: 219
2/10/13 9:30 P

What workout DVD by Jillian Michaels do you recommend for beginners?

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