Can Jillian Michaels' 30-Day Shred Help You?
As the demanding trainer that helps “The Biggest Loser” contestants lose massive amounts of weight, Jillian Michael is unquestionably making great TV. But can she get you in shape in your own home in just 30 days? More than simply getting in shape, Jillian Michael promises to shred you.
Jillian Michaels' 30-Day Shred
In 2008, Jillian Michael released her best selling DVD, Jillian Michaels' 30-Day Shred. The fitness DVD currently holds Rank # 13 in all of Amazon Bestsellers in Movies & TV. Calorie Count members have had lots to say in the Forums over time about the 30 Day Shred.
Jillian's DVD contains a mixture of cardio, strength-training and abs done in three 6-minutes intervals: 2-minutes of athletic-style cardio, mostly kick-boxing, 3-minutes of strength training with dumbbells and the weight of the body and 1-minutes of classic ab moves. The entire workout takes roughly 25-minutes, including warm up and cool down.
Not for Everyone
With Jillian’s help and your perseverance, you are meant to advance to Level 3 level in 30 days. But Level 1 is actually made for someone who gets any regular exercise 2 to 3 times per week or is active in sports or dance. College Video rates the 30-Day Shred as ‘Advanced’ and customers at Amazon.com say the DVD is not for anyone who is out-of-shape and injuries have been reported. And even if you are in-shape, expect to feel muscle pain and stiffness in the first 24 to 72 hours. That Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS, is due to the "shred". After all, Jillian is now your trainer.
“Lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days”
The DVD promo language claims, “You can lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days.” Perhaps Jillian saw that happen on The Biggest Loser, but it is unlikely – and unhealthy - to aim for that at home. The Clinical Guidelines published by the National Institutes of health advises a maximum loss of only 2 pounds a week. Obese newbies, like The Biggest Loser contestants, may lose more, but then this DVD is not for them.
But fit users who want to shed pounds while they shred, should count calories aiming for no more than a 500 calorie deficit. That's only 500 calories less than one burns in a day, an amount that should spare protein from being used for fuel and may provide some extra protein for muscle building To build muscle while selectively burning fat, it's wise to eat a source of protein and carbohydrate immediately after the workout. To log the calories burned in the 30-Day Shred, use your judgment and consider logging some combination of kickboxing, high impact aerobics, calisthenics, weight lifting, or circuit training. Choose the level of effort that matches your vigor and Calorie Count will adjust the calories to your weight.
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