RIPPED (sort of)

I completed the Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 three weeks ago. I worked out Monday-Friday for a month following levels 1-4. each level per week. I enjoyed that there are 4 levels to the DVD and after just one week you can move on. The one thing I didn’t like about the 30 Day Shred was that it was 10 days of the same work out over and over again. It got a little boring after day 5 or 6. I also liked that there were a lot of new moves, and some were much more difficult than others as the weeks advanced.

I didn’t like all of the jumping. I have really bad knees and I found some of the jumping moves were just too hard on my knees. Plus, I work out at 4:30 am in our living room, which shares a wall with our master bedroom. I try not to be too loud while my husband is sleeping. It is hard to be quiet when all the cardio moves involve jumping. I found myself modifying what I was doing for cardio a lot. I would run in place, do jumping jacks or jump rope instead of some of the other jumping moves to give my knees a break.

Overall, I think the DVD provided a great work out. Am I ripped? No. While I didn’t see any results on the scale, in fact, I have gained 4 lbs over the last month…I do notice that my abs are more defined and the muscles in my arms have gotten to be pretty awesome. Perhaps the 4 lbs gain was muscle? My honest opinion, it was a great work out and I will probably rotate it back in at some point, but I like the 30 Day Shred better. I had better results and it wasn’t as harsh on my knees. I liked the girls in Ripped better than the girls in 30DS. Well, I didn’t mind Anita in the 30 Day Shred, but Natalie cheated a lot and didn’t do the advance moves all the time when Jillian wasn’t watching her.

I have started the 30 Day Shred again. I am on my first week of level two already.  I will let you know how my second run at it goes. I completed it the first time from mid-July to mid-August of this year. I want to try out Jillian’s 6 week abs program, but I want to wait until after the holidays to give it a fair go. I know I will eat my weight in casseroles and pies on Thanksgiving and that I wont refuse sugar cookies or Peppermint Mochas at Christmas, so I will probably start the 6 weeks abs in January after we come back from Gatlinburg and are eating super clean and I can really hone in on those ab muscles. I can finally say ab muscles again because I can clearly see where they are coming back and I am so excited! I gotta keep it up and chisel some more. I also am planning on trying the Advocare cleanse after the holidays as well. I have read soooooo many great blog results on the cleanse to not give it a try! It sounds safe and works for a lot of people. It isn’t too drastic, I think it will be perfect. (Minus the whole not having caffeine for 10 days. Yikes)

I have been working out nearly every weekday day since July of this year. It has become a habit that I have missed of my younger fitter self. I try to eat healthy 75% of the time, with weekends being a real test. Especially during football season, am I right? I wont completely deprive myself, as I feel you gotta live and enjoy a little. I want to be able to have a beer or two on the weekends or a cookie or chips and salsa now and then without feeling completely guilty for it. It is all about a maintainable lifestyle not just a diet. Diets have an ending.

Are you doing any fitness programs right now? Tell me about them. I am always looking to try something new!

Linking up with Skinny Meg for WOW and Heather, Bailey and Ash for Weigh In Wednesday.

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  • Reply Kaitlyn October 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I workout at least 3x to 4x a week. I sometimes do more if I don’t have a long week at work.

    I also have my warrior dash on Sat. Eeek..

  • Reply Ashley October 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    For some reason your comment on my post got lost in cyberspace, but I completely agree with everything you said!

    And YAY FOR YOU for working out so much!!! I just started working out with a friend of mine who is a personal trainer but hates to work out by herself. It’s pretty fun. And sometimes I’ll follow-up with the Tone It Up workout of the day, just for a little extra fine toning. 😉

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph October 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I rarely lose weight via exercise, especially when I’m building muscle. Over time yes, but not at the muscle building stage.

    Great review.

  • Reply kathy @ vodka and soda October 30, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    i’ve done a lot of programs including the ones you mentioned but i LOVE beachbody programs! my fav programs (not only beachbody) are GSP rushfit, body beast (seriously gave me THE BEST muscles), p90x, insanity, insanity asylum 1 and 2.

    Vodka and Soda

  • Reply Lauren October 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I did 30DS before my wedding and it was killer. You are so right though, it works but man is she annoying. I laughed out loud over your comments on the woman cheating when Jillian wasn’t watching. Glad you had some results! And damn, 4:30! If I ever get back on the working out early train I will have to see if you will be my virtual workout buddy to keep me accountable!

  • Reply Ashley October 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I have a few of Jillian’s dvds. I also have the “10 Minute Solution” workout dvds. Jillian definitely kicks my butt the most and I find myself really cursing her out. I should probably start working out again since I plan on eating my weight in Thanksgiving food too, hehehe 🙂

  • Reply Desiree' October 31, 2013 at 12:01 am

    I have Jillian’s 30DS but honestly I have never made it through it! Bad, I know, but I get sooo bored with it. I did also pick up The Biggest Losers Cardio Max so I may give that a try one of these days. For the most part, I walk, elliptical, run and tennis as my main exercising.

  • Reply Ashlee @ A Step in the Right Direction October 31, 2013 at 6:37 am

    I think I found someone who likes Jillian as much as me 🙂

    I agree Natalie does cheat! I am currently doing the 30 Day Shred again. I love the hurt that it causes the next day.

    Great job for doing these workouts – It is tough to follow through, but the results are worth it!

  • Reply Trisha November 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I have a bad knee too. I refrain workouts that involves lots of jumping. Coming from Workout Wednesday

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