As promised, here is a review of the first workout in Jillian Michaels’ “Ripped in 30” DVD. First, a preface. I didn’t really research this too well before I bought it. It was $10 on Amazon (I could have gotten it at my Target for $9, but they were out). I watched the little Amazon preview video which showed you a glimpse into the workouts and read a few of the reviews, but I didn’t really read up on it.
The DVD has 4 workouts, one for each week. They (apparently) get harder as the month goes on. Each workout is only 20 minutes (much shorter than the 1 hour every 4 days I’ve been doing with little results).
You start out with active stretching (moves that warm you up and keep you moving while stretching important muscles). Then you work circuits of what she calls the 3-2-1 system. Three minutes of strength (with weights), two minutes of cardio (getting your heart rate up), and one minute of abs.
She has two assistant worker outers. The one on the right is an easier modifier. If the basic move is too hard or you haven’t exercised in a while, you follow the lady on the right. She does more low-impact cardio and shallower strength. The assistant worker outer on the left is the harder modifier. If your a “badass” as Jillian says, you can increase your workout’s difficulty by following the girl on the right.
In week one’s workout, B is the harder modifier and Michelle is the easier modifier. B looks like she gets pretty tired halfway through.
There are some moves where I followed B because I’d done the original before and wanted to challenge myself, and there were some moves where I followed Michelle because, even if I had done them, they were still hard.
I felt like I could increase my weight because I knew each chunk would be short. For the three-minute strength sections, she does 3 moves, each about 30 seconds, and then repeats them once. For the cardio sections, she does 2 moves for 30 seconds and repeats. Same for abs. Therefore, if you want to go from 5lbs to 8lbs, you can be sure that the set will be quick. It’s a good format for pushing yourself a little harder, especially since you know it’s only 20 minutes.
There were some exercises that I knew I was doing wrong, 1. because I didn’t feel anything or 2. because my back started to hurt. Jillian quickly yells out tips on form–“Butt back, heels down, back straight–” but if you don’t catch them, too late. I would have liked to have a real person present to tell me how to do those couple of moves right so I 1. could get the benefit of the move and 2. not injure myself.
She says some weird things and I feel like she’s acting like she’s cooler than she thinks she is. “Isn’t this so disco.” Oh, really? Well, I didn’t know I wanted to look disco, but I guess I do now. “You want to make every ex you’ve ever had jealous.” Are we all man-eaters? How many exes do we have? “Oh, gimmie some of that good loving.” Here, Jillian? Now? In front of all these viewers? “I have one job, and that’s to make you look crazy, ridiculous, sick, insane amazing.” Hope that job pays well. Oh, wait, it must because you’re a zillionaire.
At 1:15 is the exercise that really hurt my back. I just couldn’t get it to work anything other than my lower back. Ouch! 1:32 also hurt my back. I wish I had a 3lb weight for that one. I’d rather do a chest fly lying on the ground and a leaning row to work my back.In the video, 1:45 starts a workout past week 1, so I don’t have a review past that point. But from the video, you get an idea of the two-person modifiers in the back.
On the first video she recommends that you work out 5-6 days a week and “make sure to take at least one day for rest.” I don’t foresee new worker outers going a whole month exercising 6 days a week, but maybe I just have little faith in the American people’s ability to get active.
She also gives you the website address to download the 30-day diet plan that goes along with it. It’s pretty basic and easily customizable. For example, Day 1 looks like this:
Breakfast: 2 eggs and toast
Lunch: Turkey and avocado wrap
Snack: Apple berry banana smoothie
Dinner: Turkey kebabs
After the 30 day plan are the recipe guidelines.
I made cookies last night, so obviously I didn’t follow the diet plan. I don’t know if I will because it’ll be a hassle to get Sean to follow along. But there are some easy ones. One breakfast is just Cheerios and a banana.
Overall, I did sweat during the workout. I felt tired afterward. But I don’t feel sore right now. However, that was my first day. I did take things a little light, and I was also trying to make dinner at the same time. The 20 minute workout is convenient for things like that. My vegetables roasted while I did the DVD. Simple!
I wouldn’t recommend it to people who are already doing super-hard workout plans (like CrossFit or TRX). However, if you want to mix up your weight routine, it might be a good addition to your repertoire. That’s what I’m doing–combining it with what I already do and cutting out the lame weight lifting classes I’ve been taking.
I obviously haven’t seen any results yet. I haven’t taken “before” pictures or measured my biceps or anything, but I’ll let you know if I can tell a difference in toning and definition.