30 Day Shred: a review of the DVD workout

If you are looking at options to lose weight or keep your belly area free from flabs, try Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. It is a diet and exercise plan that aims to shed pounds in a short time. 30 Day Shred is a workout DVD by one of the trainers of ‘The Biggest Loser’, a reality television show concentrating on contestants who lose the most weight for a cash prize.

All about the fitness video

The 30 Day Shred video is made up of three levels with each lasting up to 10 days. When you first start out, your ability to go to the next level depends on how well you have managed the previous one. Level 1 is the least difficult and as you work your way up the scale, the intensity increases. In a nutshell:

* Each level has 3 circuits and each of these has 3 different levels divide into: strength training (3 minutes), cardio (2 minutes), abs (1 minute). All in all, roughly 25 minutes is devoted to the workout.

* A warm up and cooling session are included in the workout.

What you need

To do the 30 Day Shred, you need the video which costs £5 on Amazon UK. You might want to get yourself a pair of hand weights or dumbbells (5 lb) but they are not essential to doing the workout.

The review

Overall, the review of the DVD workout has been positive with users reporting significant loss of weight in a month. Followers of the workout can shed off an impressive 20 lbs in as little as 30 days.

The strength of the workout lies in its short but intensive bursts of fitness training. Jillian Michaels is also instrumental in pushing weight losers to do more and follow a tough yet effective workout. Although starting a session is pretty difficult with most people feeling excruciating pain, one gets used to it once the body is accustomed to certain movements. Doing flapjacks, sit-ups and push ups, crunches, butt kicks and punches sound easy and they are, once your body gets used to it.

In addition, there is always the possibility of modifying some of the moves. Remember, this is your personal trainer so if you can’t for the life of you do a push up a la military style, you can alter or simulate a similar move.

Diet plays a crucial role

The 30 Day Shred is a great and short workout plan you can use to lose weight, get in shape and maybe fit in your old dress size. However, a little modification to your diet is also essential. Your food and calorie intake per day should not be more than you can burn. Otherwise, there is a slim chance you will see results around your waistline, arms, and thighs.

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