My thoughts on 30 Day Shred

Yesterday I did level one of 30 Day Shred (the Jillian Michaels workout DVD) for the first time.

I don't know how I feel about it. I keep reading reviews on Amazon, some people give it 5 stars while other people give it 1 star.

The five star reviews talk a lot about how it's an intense/great work out shoved into 20 minutes and the 1 star reviews say it's hard on the knees. A lot of them do at least.

However, my roommate bought the DVD so I decided to borrow it from her. 

During the school year my normal fitness routine is about 30 minutes of strength training a day plus 30 minutes of cardio a day. In the summer it's more like an hour of strength training plus 30-45 minutes of cardio a day. So I'm already in relatively good shape. Relatively.

I bought 8 lb weights for the DVD cos I do 15 pound bicep curls and stuff like that. I would recommend buying two sets of weights though - a lighter set and a heavier set. Maybe that's just me.

Here's my list of pros and cons:

Fast work out
Intense cardio given the short amount of time
Good shoulder exercises  

Lots of squats and lunges
Easy ab exercises 

I don't like all the squats and lunges because they can be hard on the knees and also because my legs are already very muscular. It's not my focus at all but I think a lot of women want to slim down their legs. I'd like mine to be slimmer but not more muscular. Seriously when I look at pictures of my legs I can very much see my quads. 

Also I want to know why the ab exercises were so easy?? I push myself way harder than that and I was kind of upset at how easy she makes the ab stuff.

Meanwhile I do like the shoulder presses and all the jumping jacks cos that jacks my heart rate up and I need to work on my shoulders/back.

I'll keep doing 30 Day Shred and let you guys know in 30 days how I feel about it. I feel like it's worth trying out but I feel a little silly in my bedroom doing all these exercises.

Also, it's worth noting that I don't ONLY do 30 Day Shred. I do 30 Day Shred in the morning (well, not this morning cos I was exhausted haha but I'm going to do it when I get back from class) and then I do strength training and cardio on my own time at night for an hour.

It might just be that level one is too easy since I'm already in shape, but going from 2 minutes of jumping to strength training is hard for me. I might try level two today to see if that's more of a challenge.


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