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Review of Body Revolution's Workout # 5...The Old Jillian Michaels is coming back

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

So we have been enjoying the new bubbly Jillian for the past month...still a tough trainer but a little fun, dance and jabs inserted in the workouts and we experience and appreciate a 'softer' Jillian. Of course, we have seen the intensity increase with each workout (which reminds me, I am yet to write the reviews on Workouts 3 & 4). After doing the first month, you do expect things to 'tun up' as we say in Jamaica which means intensify but seriously Jillian, so quick?? In Workout 5? So are are you planning to kill us in Workout # 9 if we make it there?? (side bar - Because I am doing both Insanity and Body Revolution, I am having nightmares about Shaun T and Jillian creating a program together *gulps*- a combined Jillian/Shaun T would be the end of me!! emoticon)

Anyways, here is my review! Workout # 5 is approximately 36 mins including warm up and cool down. There are 4 circuits that are repeated twice.

Jillian decides to start the workout with a yoga move that took her a WHOLE minute to demonstrate - she started with a sun salutation, exhale, fold down to the ground, raise half way with a flat back and exhale, then palms to the ground, jump back into a plank pose, move into a chaturanga pose, then into an up dog, then a down dog, bend the knees and jump back up to the top! Repeat 3 times. Seriously??? Who does that for a warm up? OMG! This was when I knew I was in for a challenging workout!

Circuit 1:
1. Push Ups with a side plank rotation (I actually did all the reps with military style/"boy pushups" Yay!)
2. With light weights, in a nice deep crescent pose, triceps pulses to the back (thank God, she said light weights)
3. Jumping Squats (can use weights to make it harder)
4. Repeat exercise 2 on opposite leg.
5. Cardio Interval - mountain climbers.
Can you imagine how your triceps are killing you now with all this focus and this circuit is repeated with the exception of the cardio interval.

Circuit 2:
1. With a heavy weight, wood choppers - I like this one because it works your core, quads, is like you are chopping a tree with an axe. I have done the move before but not with a rotation.
2. With light weights, drop and hold sumo and do arm presses
3. Repeat exercise 1 on opposite leg.
4. Scissor abs
5. Cardio Interval - High knees
Repeat the circuit with the exception of the cardio interval (By now, my heart rate is really up and I am really sweating!)

Circuit 3:
1. Using the cable, create a loop to put one foot through, step through with the other one into a deep crescent pose and arms to side; pull cable in and back to a "T position"
2. Crab exercise with one leg raised ( I really feel this one)
3. Repeat exercise 1 on opposite leg (now your arms are crying and the sweat literally drops off)
4. Repeat exercise 2 with opposite leg raised (your triceps officially hate you now)
5. Cardio Interval - Cable Punches (oh yes, Jillian is baaaacccck!!)
Your triceps are now officially in malice with you! emoticon But then Jillian says she wants you to be able to have sex with the lights on and you tell your triceps to suck it up!
Repeat the circuit with the exception on the Cardio interval.

Circuit 4:
1. With a medium size weight, do a single leg squat ending in a raise.
2. Line tricep press
3. Repeat exercise 1 on opposite leg.
4. Repeat exercise 2 on opposite side.
5. Cardio Interval - Speed rope (Jillian reminds you she didn't say jump rope..haha)
Repeat the circuit with the exception of the cardio bit.

Finally the cool down! OMG, Jillian!!

Tip of the night:

Oh, Jillian was on the cover of Health this month; check her out:


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STEVIEBEE569 11/7/2012 4:44PM

    Okay, I have something to look forward to! Ouch!

I'm currently doing BR, Workouts #1 & #2 Week #2. Thanks for giving the update on the upcoming workout!

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FEELINGFITERIN 10/16/2012 12:27AM

    That would be something! Jillian and Shuan T in one workout! Would definitely need an energy drink for that one emoticon Great job with your workouts!

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LOVELYDOES 4/3/2012 10:39PM

  Did Jillian Michaels 2011 on the Wii this weekend and got my ass handed to me. The circuits were similar to what was described here. In 50 minutes, I was exhausted and sweaty (drenched really)! So I think it was effective.

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SHERLYNN43 3/27/2012 6:24AM

    I can't even imagine Workout 11. We might be dead by then! ha ha! Thanks for the post! I start #5 next Monday!


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GENEVIE5 3/26/2012 8:25PM

    Awesome review. I should really consider getting this! ( too funny also! )

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MSKIZ69 3/26/2012 7:38PM

    I want I want I want!! Why can't this week go faster, I will be doing this next week! emoticon Thanks for the review!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOTALREDO2013 3/26/2012 7:28PM

    Love that you are enjoying it and detailing what it is like with even your Jamaican flair. Miss that.

The whole sex thing was funny too!! You are doing great.

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SLIMMER25781 3/26/2012 5:52PM

    Thanks for the Review! I'm on day 4 of week 1. Wish me luck! emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 3/15/2012 7:48PM

I am so leaning at getting this!

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TIFFY0906 3/15/2012 5:17PM

    I am one of the few people who is not a Jillian fan but I saw the Body Revolution informercial and liked what I saw.

Thanks for the review.

You go girl doing Body Revolution and Insanity at the same time.

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MSSTM1 3/15/2012 3:59PM

    LMAO at the goal being to have sex with the lights on. I'll be starting workout 5 next week. Thanks for the warning!

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VYVIENN 3/15/2012 3:30AM

    Hehe, sun salutations as a warmup - I remember that from P90X! Sure does sound like a kick in the behind, this one. emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 3/15/2012 1:46AM

    Okay now, I am officially scared but hey, I have not watched all of the biggest losers for nothing!!

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LAMOURA 3/14/2012 11:46PM

    AWESOME!! Now thats a workout!! emoticon emoticon One more dvd for me and I'll be doing phase 5 as well. I want to get to her phase that kills me and I need to work on it for awhile and that sound like phase 5 just might do that!!

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BUTTERCUPP76 3/14/2012 10:59PM

    Great blog Len! You weren't the only one being beat up by Jillian today. I did Killer Buns and Thighs for the first time today and OMG!!! My legs are already sore and it has only been a few hours since the workout. I guess I am jumping on the Jillian Michael's bandwagon, LOL because I also bought her newest (I believe) DVD called Kickbox Fast Fix. Previewed it tonight and ohhh wow is all I can say.

Enjoy your blogs! Have a great day!

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