Sunday, July 17, 2011
Jillian’s promise: "Say goodbye to saddle-bags, muffin tops and wobbly arms with this heart-pounding, 40-minute circuit workout that targets trouble zones like never before. Transform your body from flab to firm in no time."
The workout: The entire DVD consists of a warm up, Seven 6-minute killer combo moves’ circuits that target the shoulders, chest, arms , abs, back, legs, hips and glutes and finally a cool-down.
My opinion - I actually love NMTZ. It is a great 55 minute workout that in my opinion, targets the entire body even though Jillian promises to target our trouble zones. I did the workout twice including yesterday and I am still sore!!
After doing 30 Day Shred, I was worried about what NMTZ would bring…who can forget those anterior raises in Level 1…ugh! But I was pleasantly surprised. While most of the moves were not easy, Jillian does excellent cuing in this workout and the team that she uses is better than the ladies in 30 Day Shred. However, there is almost no recommended modifications so this is not a workout for beginners who are not comfortable determining their own modifications. All you need is a pair of dumbbells – I used 3lbs for most and 8lbs for a few - and a mat.
The warm-up included marching in place, jump rope, arm circles, skaters, jack jumps gets you warmed up for the next 40 plus minutes of circuit training. The circuits included:
Circuit 1 - Shoulders and Legs includes lunges, squats, and presses
Circuit 2 - Chest and Abs
One exercise that stood out for me was squirms. This was interesting – with bent knees, lift head and shoulder blades off ground and alternate bending to the side and tapping the inner ankles with palm. Excellent core workout! I also liked chest press with a crunch.
Circuit 3 - Biceps and Butt
I used 8lbs for the static squat with concentration curl. This was the exercise without the chair! Damn!!!
All the workouts in this circuit were great!
Circuit 4 - Thighs and Triceps
The killer workout in this circuit was surrenders! OMG!!! You hold your weights in the air, then kneel with one leg first and then the other and then stand up with one leg and then the other…all with your hands with weights in the air! Seriously Jillian?? It was brutal! But I stuck with it and did all of them! There was also the crescent pose with a tricep push-back which works quads and glutes.
Circuit 5 - Core
This workout included double crunches, twisting plank which I learnt in 30 Day Shred, plank with toe tap – left and then right and windshield wipers where you hold you hands up in a V position and then lift your legs and move from side to side.
Circuit 6 - Upper Body and Core
Plank rows with dumbbell, ‘superman’ and the dreaded scissors!
Circuit 7 - Lower Body and Core
This last circuit was brutal on the lower body and included side planks and dog lifts (that’s what I think she calls them…lol) Side Planks are brutal!
Cool Down – so delicious because you are done but adding Stretch 10 from TurboFire really helps at the end of this workout and cant hurt.
My next Jillian Michaels’ workout will be level 1 of Ripped in 30. I hear this is more difficult than 30 Day shred so I am looking forward to it…I think….gulps!