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30 Day Shred

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I am trying to decide if I want to do the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. For the longest time I thought no way would I do that....too hard, too advanced, too much. But last night for whatever random reason, I decided to try it out on YouTube. I really liked it! It is definitely one that I will do from time to time, but do I want to do it for 30 days straight? I have some reservations. I have bad knees, and one of them is really bad. I am afraid to do a lot of squats and lunges because I don't want to cause more pain or problems with my knees. But I do really need to strengthen my lower body and squats and lunges are good for that, so I am not sure. Also, she suggests working out for 30 days straight. I find that I need some rest days in there or I start to wear out and then my performance goes down. And doing the same workout for several days consecutively? From everything that I have read or heard, we need to let a muscle group rest and repair for a day or two before exercising them again. The program gets rave reviews, so I might just try it for a few days and see how I feel. If I experience pain or difficulties, I can stop for a few days and cross train. Then I can try again. I haven't really decided yet, but I am leaning toward doing it.
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    Nothing wrong with using it when you are tired of your normal regimen. Gives your body a little kick! But I definitely understand about questioning doing it for 30 days straight.
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    1806 days ago
    I think you should do what you want to without pushing your joints too much. I DO believe that you should have rest days though. So 30 days straight would not be for me if it involved doing lunges and squats everyday.
    1807 days ago
    I'm going a physical therapist because of arthritic knees. I have issues with lunges/squats. But I need to do them to keep the joints flexible. it's a catch-22. That said, you can modify exercises to put less stress on the knees - squats against a wall using a stability ball, lunges that aren't as deep. That's a lot of what my PT is doing with me.
    1807 days ago
    If you have bad knees, I'd suggest setting up an appointment with your doctor or go to a local walk-in clinic if you have one in your area. Talk to a doctor about your knee issues and tell them your fitness goals. Ideally the visit won't require much work on the doctor's part and shouldn't be too hard on the pocketbook.

    If you can't afford it and you still have doubts, error on the side of caution and try something less harsh. You need to care for your body if you want it to work for you after all!

    Have you tried out (I haven't visited your sparkpage yet so maybe you're already doing it) the bootcamp they have here on Sparkpeople? I've heard great things and I did a week or two of it and found it to be pretty tolerable with alternate workouts for those with physical limitations.

    Best wishes to you and keep moving towards your goals!

    1807 days ago
    My DD wanted to do the shred also but she also has bad knees so decided against her - at least for now
    1807 days ago
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