I've become a fan of work out DVDs since becoming health conscious. It's nice to wake up in the morning or get home in the evening & just pop-in a DVD. Sometimes the hassle of going to the gym discourages me: packing a gym bag, dealing the crowds, not getting a "good" spot in a class, having to get ready in the locker room, additional driving time/less sleeping time, etc. That being said, I'm a lover of the DVD. I only have two fitness DVDs that I use on a regular basis.
Almost a year ago, I
It took a long time, but I eventually finished the shred. I continued to do the shred on and off when I wanted something to use at home for toning up.
The details: Jillian focuses on the 3-2-1 methods. This is 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs. In the shred, there are three circuits. There are three levels in the DVD. I decided to do each level for 10 days.
Pros & Cons: This shit works. I felt like I could see a difference in my abs & I definitely shed some pounds back when I did it. On the flip side, lots of specific exercises are repeated. Also doing each level for 10 days can get really boring.
I finally moved on to Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30.
I've started Ripped a few times but have yet to follow through completely. With Mexico on the very close horizon, I made the commitment to finally get this shit done! I'm currently on Week 3, so I can only comment on where I am so far.
The details: Same thing. Jillian's 3-2-1. There are four weeks of workouts. I'm not too sure how Jillian's math adds up in this one. She recommends working out 5-6 days/week for four weeks. Obviously, this does not add up to 30 days (Personally, I'm doing 6 days/week for five weeks and plan to repeat week 3 & 4 work-outs for the fifth week). Intensity increases as the weeks progress.
Pros & Cons: I like Ripped much better than the Shred. Ripped does not repeat any exercises. You don't repeat within a circuit, a week level or the entire program. The variety definitely has me on my toes & interested in what each new week will bring. Ripped is also more intense, so I feel like I'm getting more out of it than I did the Shred. Conversely, the intensity & variety makes the exercises a bit more difficult. I find myself closely eyeing the models and wondering if I am doing some of the exercises correctly.
All in all, I'd recommend both DVDs! Beginners should start with the Shred. If you're a bit more in shape (although I certainly wouldn't have said I was toned or "intermediate"), go for Ripped!
The other things on my plate that I am so excited about are...
[I'll be giving weekly updates on this awesome idea that Meghan introduced me to]
[I came across Commitment Day via Allie & am thrilled! Seriously check out the deal on the day & sign up even if it's not in your city. Our New Years plans are in the air, but I totally want to participate since there is one in Raleigh. It's an amazing cause that I definitely want to get behind.]