Wednesday, 23 April 2014

30 Day Shred Challenge: Level 1 Review



30 day shred challenge level 1 review

I've recently finished Level 1 of Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred challenge and thought I'd let you know how I'm getting on so far and share some information for those thinking about trying it for themselves.

The Motivation

 As many of you will know in less than two months I'm heading to San Diego for a marketing internship through The Saltire Foundation so I was really keen to get myself bikini ready before heading over. I'm already quite into the healthy lifestyle and eating well really isn't a problem for me, but exercise seems to be one of those things that I've just never managed to consistently commit to. Enter the 30 Day Shred challenge. Just 20 minutes of intensive exercise a day, next to no equipment (weights and a mat) needed, how hard could it be?


The Workout

With 3 levels of varying intensity workouts in just 30 days (not including rest days) Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred challenge promises to have you 'shredded' in next to no time with seemingly simplistic exercises like basic crunches and jumping jacks. Operative word there being seemingly.


The Experience

Flash forward to the end of day 1 and I was feeling less shredded and more ready to give up and die. Anywhere with air con would have sufficed. Day 2 I learned from my mistakes and kept the window open. By day 3 and 4 I was having real pain walking, and actually went as far as rearranging a date to somewhere closer to home so there was less crawl distance. Don't let me put you off here, pain is good, because pain means change (listen to me turning into Jillian already!)


Jillian (yes, we're on first name basis now) claims the days get easier but I think for me it didn't necessarily get easier, I just became more motivated to succeed and prove to myself I could do it. By day 8 I'd already taken two rest days and sought motivation from a friend as it does get pretty repetitive - 'If you feel like you're gonna die, stick with Anita' is becoming a favourite of Jillian's catchphrases. To combat this on my last few days of level 1 I played some music over the top of the video as I was pretty familiar with the exercises.

The Results
30 day shred challenge level 1 review
Finishing level 1 I had a real sense of achievement, probably fuelled by the encouraging words of flatmate who has taken great delight poking me at random intervals and trying to tempt me with assorted fast foods. Only 10 days in I have already noticed a few changes (aside from the state of my room, apologies!) Most noticeably my posture has improved, my stomach is a little tighter and also beginning to look a bit more defined at the waist. I have started level 2 and it's a killer but fingers crossed for even more results!

What about you guys? Have you tried the 30 Day Shred challenge or and other workout DVDs? Let me know!


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15 comments

  1. I have been on level 1 of this for about two months! I am so unmotivated and things just keep getting in the way. However, when i get over this horrid sickness bug I will be back on it and onto level 2 in no time. Your body looks great.
    N xo

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  2. I've done the DVD a few times and love it! I'm currently doing a mix of Banish Fat and 6 weeks six pack. She takes no prisoners does Jillian!

    Honey Go-Lightly

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  3. I did this last summer, and I now have a Love/Hate relationship with Jillain. Once you finish this DVD try Killer Abs... It is exactly how it sounds.

    Madeline | Ring-a-Round a Rosey | Bloglovin’

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  4. Wow u go girl. I neglected my dvd a long time ago, but it is gold! Level 3 is a killer!
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  5. You can visibly really see the difference! I've been meaning to do something about my body for a while. Maybe I should try this! I'm hopefully going to kick-start my fitness in Amsterdam this weekend!

    You look amazing. If I had your stomach, I'd be happy!

    Katie <3

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  6. precious olubiyi30 April 2014 at 01:15

    You look amazing. All I'm going to say is you've given me huge motivation. Keep it up girlie

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  7. Thank you! I'm now half way through and can notice such a change - it's so worth it. If you do decide to do it be sure to keep me posted on how it goes!


    Efia x

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  8. I'm the same always meaning to but never quite getting round to it! Thank you!


    Efia x

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  9. I'm dying at Level 2 so dread to think how I'll handle the third level (pray for me!)


    Efia x

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  10. My motivation definitely goes up and down - maybe try doing it with a friend and you can motivate each other? Thank you!


    Efia x

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  11. We have that same relationship. Ooh this definitely sounds intriguing, but I think after this I'm going to do exercise that's a bit less intense - I need a break!


    xxx

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  12. 2 DVDS?! You're a braver woman than I!


    Efia x

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  13. Your body actually looks unreal. www.kamilahmcinnis.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  14. Love the 30 day shred - done it a few times! Ripped in 30 is great too :) xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  15. Ahhhhh your figure is TO DIE FOR. I would definitely say you are already bikini ready mrs!! xxxx


    whatabbyloves.blogspot.co.uk

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