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Jillian Michaels 30 day shred - toning?


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So I started using this 30 day shred DVD from Michaels two nights ago. I'm pretty sedentary in general, I walk around a bit around the office, but I mean nothing more than usual. So yeah, I used to not be active at all.

But I've decided to do this DVD's workout (level 1 for now) every day (or 6 days a week if I need a rest). I really feel it burning and like other people have said on here, I have to grab something to sit down and lift myself up, ha.

Thing is, I don't know if I thought this purchase through haha. I weigh 118 lbs and I'm 5'6". I don't necessarily need to lose weight (even though 5 lbs or so would be fine with me), but I really need to tone (a tiny tummy, and some big thighs and saddlebags and cellulite on the back of my thighs). However, I don't want to look muscular per se (I don't want to have a six pack, I just want a flat stomach and nice legs. Pretty much like a model's curvy body without looking anorexic or like a 12 year old)..

 

So, I'm just wondering if you guys think using this video enough will give me the results I want? I've got no set goal date or anything, but I don't think it would take too very long to tone up and not just seeking to lose massive amounts of weight. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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I suspect people are confused by what you want.  You say you want "tone" but what do you mean by that?  "Tone" usually means "lose fat over top of the muscles so that they become more apparent" - but that doesn't sound right since you're very light for your height and say you don't want to lose weight.  "Tone" could also mean "build up a small amount of muscle" but then you say you don't really want that either.

The DVD is great cardio and will help you get healthier on that front.  It burns calories so would help with fat loss if that was the goal.  There's not much ab work, so I can't see it helping to create a six-pack - and the "strength" part of it is more about muscular endurance than actual strength so is unlikely to contribute to muscle building.

I think that the DVD is great but, without knowing what you plan to do on the food front, it's hard to say what your results will be.

Thanks for the reply.

 

I just mean I don't really want, well, Jillian's body type. She looks a bit too muscular and not as curvy as I personally would want. Last time I checked my measurements were about 34-26.5-37. I want to just be trim and toned, not muscular/masculine-looking. I just want to tighten up, get rid of my saddlebags, cellulite, and the little bit of tummy I have left.

Food-wise, I try to be healthy. I'm not super strict with it, but I avoid bad stuff whenever I can, and I don't overeat anything. I'm trying to eat more fruit. I really only drink water, no sodas at all or anything like that. I'm not a paragon of healthy eating, but I also know what to avoid and eat decent portions of things and try to limit desserts and breads and stuff like that.

if you honestly want to "tone up" and by that I think you mean firm up a few jiggly parts...use weights. Women can't build big muscles like men and honestly if a woman has a little muscle it looks better then looking like a human hanger. Doing some cardio (elliptical or jogging on the treadmil) plus some weights, squats, lunges, ect... should help you to get the results you are looking for

Original Post by sossamonster:

I just mean I don't really want, well, Jillian's body type. 

She didn't get that body by accident, or even by doing her own DVD, I can guarantee you that much!  I agree with bikini_in_december.

I know what you mean by not wanting to look like her.  Right now I'd trade bodies with her in a heartbeat, but I agree with you, I want a little softer feminine look.

I love Jillian workouts, I do the shred a little, but mostly her other two longer workouts.  My stomach has gotten flatter and there is a hint of muscle but far from a six pack and my legs are firmer.  But I'm 5'2 and 131, my goal is a pound heavier than you are now, so we are at different places.

I would say do it and if you see that you are getting more muscle than you want you can quit.  But I don't think it will make you look ripped by any means. 

Original Post by bikini_in_december:

if you honestly want to "tone up" and by that I think you mean firm up a few jiggly parts...use weights. Women can't build big muscles like men and honestly if a woman has a little muscle it looks better then looking like a human hanger. Doing some cardio (elliptical or jogging on the treadmil) plus some weights, squats, lunges, ect... should help you to get the results you are looking for

 

 

I just wanted to comment on the statement that women "can't" build big muscles.  That's not entirely true.  Of course we aren't going to compare to men (who would want to) but I know that if a female lifts heavy and hard they can put on substantial muscle (for example, a lot more than Jillian Michaels) just from heavy weight training.

I'm simply pointing this out because many women say "I don't want to get big or muscular" and other people tell them "you can't," which is untrue.

Obviously you wouldn't want to go the heavy weight route, so lots of light weights...and cardio.

BTW, the DVD is really good....it's hard!!  The weight training portion is very light so you won't get too muscular by any means from it, but the combination of weights and cardio, is no joke! And I'm really active (I use it whenever I run out of time to do my cardio at the gym...and honestly it's way harder than the treadmill).  Good luck :)

 

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