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FMATHEWS20 Posts: 71
2/12/11 10:58 P

Biggest Loser has a Yoga dvd that I absolutely LOVE!! I've never done yoga before, but this was such a great workout! I only spent $7.00 on it a the wholesale club, BJ's. Bob leads the workout & he's my favorite :)

On the other hand, the 30 Day Shred is AWESOME! It really kicks my butt (in a good way!)

Edited by: FMATHEWS20 at: 2/12/2011 (22:59)
TAINTEDGIRL SparkPoints: (0)
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2/12/11 9:10 P

Hey! I just posted a topic but wanted to note that I tried her Yoga DvD and was not too impressed. It was not that she came across as bossy or anything in the DvD but I felt the poses were too fast. Yoga is meant to be slow because you want to focus on your breathing. She REALLY speeded the yoga up and I strained my lower back the first time I did it. I probably did not have the best form either since I did not have a mirror. Highly recommend a mirror when doing yoga! But at the same time found moves to be extremely jerky. Will be trying DvDs by someone else next !

CALAEB Posts: 57
2/12/11 8:53 P

I love Jillian Michael's, I have all her DVD's. I've had great success using her DVD's. The 30DS is great for days you dont have a full hour to workout. I've lost almost 30lbs "using only her & Bob's DVD's"... You should try some of the Biggest Loser videos, they are all fun to do.
Hope this helped.

LADY.ELEA Posts: 74
2/12/11 11:18 A

Thank all of you so much! This is just what I needed. Honest opinions. Amazon reviews are tricky because you never know if the negative reviews are from people doing the workout wrong,inconsistently,or they had unrealistic expectations. Hearing "reviews" from other people on this site gives me more confidence in the product. I think I will go ahead and make the investment. I really hope this helps any other hesitant buyers.

Thanks again everyone!

2/11/11 3:01 P

I have 30 Day Shred, and I quite like it. It's a good workout and I find Jillian very motivating. She is a no nonsense, no gimmick kind of gal. She just tells you how it is. Nor does she scream and yell like she's portrayed on The Biggest Loser. I thought I wasn't going to like her, but I really do. But, this is the only dvd of hers that I have.

As far as doing it every day for 30 days with no rest, I think that is rubbish. I work HARD when I do it, and I use weights that by the time the circuit is up I can't do any more. So I am working my muscles to fatigue. And I do it every other day.

In fact, nowhere on the dvd does Jillian say "do this for 30 days straight with no rest." and nowhere on the package does it say that. There is a begining slide called "recommendations" on the dvd that says "Work out with Jillian 20 minutes a day" but that is open to interpretation. I think the notion of 30 days with no rest is one that consumers of the dvd have set up, not one Jillian or any other trainer would really recommend.

So get it. It's a great workout. And just do it every other day.

CJO222 Posts: 9
2/11/11 1:42 P

I have the 30D shred and those workouts are ROUGH. Takes a bit to work up to the 3rd level even for someone who is in decent shape. I agree about not doing them 30 days consecutively in a row.

HEYBUTT Posts: 769
2/11/11 1:39 P

Lady.Elea: You're right that you should let your muscles rest after doing a strength routine that fatigues your muscles (meaning you lift heavy weights to the point that you can't do one more). The way 30DS is set up, you don't really do that (since you only do 3 minutes of strength training, 2 of cardio, 1 of abs in rotation--and you're using lighter weights).

But you don't have to do 30DS 30 days straight to see results. So if you were worried about your muscles not getting enough time to rest, you could do it every other day (and would be fine). I know I never did 30DS 30 days straight but still saw great results.

The only "harmful" comments I've read concerning Michaels' dvds were for her kettlebell dvd. You can seriously hurt yourself if you use a kettlebell improperly and JM doesn't teach proper technique (according to the experts).

For 30DS, NMTZ and Banish Fat (all of which I've done a lot) it seems like JM gives good advice but sometimes doesn't practice what she preaches (she'll tell you to keep your back flat--and the helper women will--but when she does the move she doesn't keep her back flat--things like that).

With any exercise dvd, if you don't understand what is being asked of you you should do a bit of research to learn how to do a move (I've done that with another dvd I have that has some complex moves) and you should talk with your doctor to make sure you're not undertaking a dvd that's too hard for you (especially if you have medical issues like back, knee, or joint issues).

As for how harsh JM is on her dvds? She's not like she is pictured on The Biggest Loser. She doesn't shriek or carry on. Yes, she does tell you to keep going and you can do it and all that and sometimes has a bit of tough love (she'll say things like "remember why you decided to do this" and "you have to get uncomfortable to see results") but nothing mean or off putting. If anything, I think she's most guilty of using the same lines over and over (she says "don't phone it in" quite a bit).

I have 4 JM dvds and of them the only one I actively don't like (and don't recommend) is her Yoga dvd. I find it too fast and just not that great of a workout (overall) and the use of the term "yoga" is almost misleading. You don't hold poses long enough to get good stretches and JM doesn't explain moves enough and moves from pose to pose too fast. It's also very short. Honestly, I think she made it purely to get in on the yoga market (the whole dvd really feels that way). She also shows some very advanced moves that intimidate beginners and you probably could hurt yourself if you try them (fall over and injure yourself).

Before you buy anything, I recommend you check out your local library. Most have exercise dvds you can check out. That's what I did with 30DS before I bought it.

LADY.ELEA Posts: 74
2/11/11 12:56 P

I've been researching the Jillian Michaels DVDs and I am not sure if I want to try it. Yes they have a lot of good reviews, but some of the stuff I have read about seems very counter-intuitive if not down right harmful as far as workouts go. You are supposed to go 48 hours between strength training to allow the muscles time to rest and rebuild. If you do intensive strength training every day you will experience muscle fatigue and water weight gain at the least. Anyone else have an opinion on this? I really am trying to deliberate and weigh the pros and cons of investing in these DVDs. I should also mention that I don't do well with negativity when I'm trying to work out, and I've read that she is very...harsh? I would really appreciate hearing the pros and cons from people who have used these workout DVDs

Many thanks!

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2/11/11 12:48 P

I just started the 30 day shred this week and am loving it so far! Took me some time to get into it because my body did not want to do it! But now I enjoy it and feel so great afterwards! I also still try to head to the gym 2-5 times a week to do 30 min. of walking on a treadmill.

Like CUDA440 mentioned do what works for you and what you enjoy! I thought of working out as "work" before and didn't want to do it. Now that I found something I like I cannot wait to get started!

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2/11/11 12:22 P

Currently I am mainly using Jillian's Banish fat boost metabolism and the No more trouble zones. I do the NMTZ on M, W, F. SO far since Jan 1 I have lost 7 lbs, and 1/2" on arms, 1" waist, 1/2" hips.
You have to find something YOU enjoy. Or it will be more like work, and not fun. It will end up being long term if it's something you like to do.

I am waiting for next month when Jillian comes out with a new Ripped in 30. There are 4 workouts all 30 min each. Intermediate to advanced. Something for me to switch it up again.


HEYBUTT Posts: 769
2/11/11 10:13 A

When I first started using exercise DVDs I used JM dvds only.

I used 30 Day Shred the most then mixed in NMTZ and Banish Fat. I noticed changes in my body (meaning clothes getting loose) in about a month. I noticed changes in my endurance quicker than that.

After a few months using just JMs stuff I added in some new dvds, too. But even now (months later) I still use at least one JM dvd once a week. They have great replay value.

Good luck!

SAMROBERSON SparkPoints: (0)
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2/10/11 4:54 P

Hello everyone! Lately I have been doing Jillians NMTZ and the 30 Day Shred. I wanted to know if anyone has had success with these DVD's alone? I love the workout and feel that they are alot better for me then going to the gym and not knowing what to do. Let me know if anyone has any sugestion... And if youve had success using just these workout thanks!

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