What is Jillian Micheals’ 30 Day Shred Workout?
Losing weight is tedious work. Finding the right workout plan to suit your life and goals sustainably is even more so. It’s hard for many to find time to go to the gym with work and other things taking up priority in their schedule. Which is why many will agree that it is so much more convenient and accessible to find workouts on DVD or the internet. Being able to work out in the comfort of your own home without feeling conscious or worrying about gym memberships is a real blessing. Many personal trainers and fitness gurus have apps, videos and other paid content that is only accessible to members or customers. Jillian Micheals is one such fitness guru with a workout plan on video. This review will help you find out if this is the right work out plan for you.
What is 30 Day Shred?
Jillian Micheal’s 30-Day Shred is a workout program that is meant to be high intensity and promises to help lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days. The 30 Day Shred features three videos of different levels each workout lasting just under 30 minutes. The workouts use short bursts of exercise with no rest periods between exercises to help increase the heart rate and help burn fat more effectively. You only do the exercises for a short amount of time before switching to the next one, but the rapid succession of pace means you never stop and your body is working hard for a full 30 minutes.
Who is Jillian Micheals?
Having her name attached to the workout videos, it is important to give due attention to the woman behind the 30 Day Shred. Those who know her will know that she became famous after her stint as a trainer on the show The Biggest Loser. Jillian Micheals is well known for being tough and getting results from the people she trains. She motivates by pushing and encouraging and can sometimes come across as brash, but she is far from it. She is involved in many charities and juggles motherhood along with keeping up to date on her fitness videos among other things. She has been quoted as using phrases like “I have had a 400-pound woman do jumping jacks. If she can do it, you can do it” as a way to help motivate. Admittedly, it is a great motivator, especially watching her work with contestants on The Biggest Loser, it proves that with hard work, anyone can turn their life around dramatically.
She has a podcast and a log on her website and other workout videos that can be purchased on Amazon.
How does the 30 Day Shred work?
The 30 Day shred workout follows a pattern of 3-2-1. This means 3 minutes of strength exercises, 2 minutes of cardio exercises and 1-minute abdominal exercises, it is pretty much covering all the bases. Its high-intensity format couples with lack of rest periods for the duration of the 30-minute workout means it is a good way to jump-start any weight loss program.
There are three levels, and it is wise to start from level one, even if you are an intermediate or regular with your workouts, this is so you can adjust to the pace and get the most out of the 30 Day Shred. The moves in the videos are fairly basic but tried, and true. Therefore, they are also very effective. The lack of rest period helps contribute to fast results. After all, everyone on any fitness journey always wants to see results as soon as possible, especially if they are putting in the hard work of following a high-intensity work out successfully.
Let’s take a closer look at how the video is laid out. For the sake of brevity, we will only delve into the level 1 video. While the whole video comes to just under 30 minutes at 28 minutes, only 22 of those minutes is the real main work out. The remaining is warm up and cool down. There are two extra trainers in the video. One demonstrates the beginner version of a move, while the other demonstrates the advanced version of the same move. Jillian Micheals demonstrates the intermediate move. Starting with a warm up to get the blood pumping, the video moves on to the main work out which consists of three 6-minute circuits. These circuits follow her signature 3-2-1 interval training system, which consists of 3 minutes strength training, 2 minutes cardio and 1-minute abdominal exercises. The strength training moves do mostly require hand weights, but not necessarily heavy ones. There are absolutely no breaks provided, and no rest is allowed. You MUST keep moving. If you ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO take a break, Jillian suggests no more than 5 seconds.
Interval training uses a mix of high and low-intensity exercises while avoiding rest periods to help maximize the effects of the exercise. Interval training is famously a short work out usually lasting no more than a 45 minutes but normally 30 minutes or so. Low-intensity exercises are used as recovery periods and alternated with high-intensity exercises to help burn more calories in a short period while keeping the heart rate steadily up. Jillian’s method provides interval training for the whole body every time you work out for 30 days.
Each level is to be followed for ten days before moving up one level.
What kind of exercises and interval training circuits can be expected?
As mentioned before, the moves in the video are pretty basic, but they do show advanced, intermediate and basic versions of every move. Below is one such interval training 6-minute circuit from the program to give you a better idea of what to expect when doing the 30 Day Shred.
- 30 seconds pushups (beginners may do knee pushups)
- 1 minute squat and press
- repeat above
- 30 seconds jumping jacks
- 30 seconds jump rope
- repeat above
- 30 seconds basic crunch
- 30 seconds reverse crunch
After this, you would move on to the next two circuits that have a few different moves before commencing cool down and ending the workout.
The 30 Day Shred certainly has some great things going for it. Three different levels at different levels of difficulty and upping the ante for each level will challenge when the most experiences fitness freaks.
Interval training is a proven method for fast fat burning. This means that if you follow the 30 Day Shred diligently and keep your body moving without any breaks as is intended, you will definitely see a change in your body.
The videos are cheaply available on Amazon for your devices. You can choose to buy just one level and work it for 30 days, or challenge yourself and do all three over the course of a month. You can also buy it on DVD or Blu-ray for a reasonable price, making these videos definitely more affordable than going to the gym. The flexibility of having the workout with you anywhere you go and being able to work out anywhere as long as you have 3-5 pound dumbbells is pretty great
Things to watch out for
Even though the videos are advertised as being accessible to everyone at all fitness levels, many people said that it was not ideal for beginners and more suited for intermediate fitness level due to the high intensity. If you’re up to the challenge and you just keep moving, this is a problem that is easy to work around.
The interval training and high-intensity exercises might not be ideal for people with joint trouble and exercises such as jumping jacks will definitely put some pressure on those already troubled joints.
No diet plan comes with this, only the workout videos, and while they will work, it is vital to have a healthy diet to go along with any workout program to ensure best results. You cannot expect to eat normally and only work out; the results will likely not be satisfactory.
Many people using this program also found that it was not ideal for a continued long-term workout plan, because of fitness plateaus and boredom, the 30 Shred might be great for a quick tone up fix, or a jumpstart to weight loss, but is most likely not sustainable over a long time. To avoid plateaus, it is important to mix up what you do for fitness.
This last one isn’t truly a limitation, but it isn’t an advantage either. Many users of this workout did not report a lot of weight loss per se but saw a dramatic change in the body; this is most likely due to loss of fat and gain of muscle mass, which will not show on the scale, but will show on the body.
Jillian Micheals’ 30 Day Shred will deliver results if you manage to follow it and make sure to control your diet, but it doesn’t provide any help or tips on the dietary front. There are fitness plans offered by celebrity fitness gurus that include nutrition guides and meal plans as well as workouts that would be more suited for beginners. Those programs are more long-term however and tend to cost more. At $10 for access to all levels of 30 Day Shred, it is a great option for people who want to tone up.
Ultimately, there is no harm trying out the 30 Day Shred, it is affordable and will help you see some changes in your body, but if you’re looking for a fitness plan that is more long-term and will help support your long-term fitness goals, this might not be the right work out for you.
Alexa Bauer has a Master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Maryland and works as a full-time researcher at Swol Headquarters. Alexa Bauer spends her spare time blogging about cardiovascular health and nutrition. She’s specialized in weight loss.