Jillian Michaels Workout DVD Ripped in 30 Review

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD
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A Review of Ripped in 30 Workout DVD by Jillian Michaels

The Workout and Meal Plan Reviewed

I do not own many workout DVDs. In fact, I only recently began exploring the market when I was searching for an alternative to endless hours on the treadmill. It is better to 'surprise' my body with a change in fitness routine anyhow. At least that what they say will keep me from hitting that dreaded 'plateau' and stop losing weight.

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 begins by promising to deliver a tough workout but also to get you into 'the best shape of your life'. This is all true. Jillian also states that you can 'eat your way through any amount of exercise'. This is also true. That is why she includes the 30 day, downloadable meal plan - so that you are not putting in the effort with workouts but stuck in the habit of unhealthy eating.

Ripped in 30 is divided into a 4 week program that gets progressively more difficult.

Week 1 focuses on 'the basics' - push ups, crunches, planks and lifting light hand weights with proper form. You will do the same workout for 6 days in a row and then take one day off to rest. You will need it. Even week 1 is challenging.

The meal plan is organized by meal type - breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner. You can mix and match and swap meals but not meal types. For instance, you may eat the same breakfast all month if you want to , but don't eat a 'dinner' in place of a snack. Each day serves roughly 1400 calories - 400 each for breakfast, lunch and dinner and another 200 for your snack. This is a very reasonable calorie goal and after the first week you will find that it is all the food you need - even with all the exercise. When you consume a consistent diet of healthy, nutritious foods then your body will not crave junk and you will eat less. You won't be hungry either. Sound like a miracle? It is. It's your body responding as it should to healthy eating and exercise!

Week 2 is another set of challenging workouts. Each follows Jillian's 3-2-1 mantra; 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minutes of abs. In each workout, there are 3 sets. The total workout time is 30 minutes including warm up and cool down which is a perfect amount, I think, to spend working out each day and still getting great results - which I did.

Week 3 I found to be the most difficult. It all depends on what types of moves are most challenging for you, I guess. The moves build on each other so the plank I learned in week 1 would be combined with hand weight pulls at the same time. Each week shows you new moves. There are many that are in combination so while they are repeated, they are not exactly the same as previous weeks. I think this helps combat boredom that I find in most DVD at-home workouts.

Week 4 - Still difficult. Yet, I think Jillian knows what she's doing because my body adapts and grows stronger over the course of each week. Reps I thought would be impossible on day 1 are possible on day 6 and then it's time to move on again - perfect timing!

I would recommend this workout to anyone looking for that 'missing piece' for losing the last 10 pounds, or even more, in 30 days. Stick with the Ripped in 30 workouts and meal plan and you will see great results in 4 weeks.