Since I’ve finally done all the workouts on Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD (affiliate link), I thought I’d review it and share my thoughts about what I thought about it. In short I really liked it.
First off, just like a lot of her workout DVD’s, Ripped in 30 follows her three minutes of strength training, two minutes of cardio, and one minute of core work circuit. Although you’d think it would get boring, I kind of like knowing what’s coming up. She also varies what moves she does so they don’t repeat, which is nice. With this DVD, the idea is that you do one workout of the four for a week before continuing on the next, harder one. So by the end of the month you’ve progressed through all four workouts from easiest to hardest. Jillian also has both easier and harder modifications demonstrated for each move, which is pretty handy.
Workout One While this was supposed to be the “easy” workout, I didn’t think it was too easy. By the end of the 35 minutes I was a sweaty mess. My favourite move from this workout was the squat press. When squatting and coming up to straight legs, you press up with weights in your hands. I like that Jillian is constantly working more than one body part in most of the exercises.
Workout Two Personally I didn’t think that this workout was much harder than the first one. I was a little disappointed in that. It’s not that it was a bad workout, I was just expecting a step above the first one. I really liked the creative core work in this 35 minute workout.
Workout Three The only slightly shorter workout on this DVD, this one clocked in at 30 minutes. I definitely felt like this one was tougher than the first two. This is nice because if you’re doing Ripped in 30 as Jillian as designed it, I’m sure you’ll be seeing some progress by now, three weeks in. the single leg squats with bicep curls were my favourite move from this workout, while the toughest exercise for me were the bear crawls.
Workout Four Since this is the final workout on this DVD, it’s also meant to be the toughest. It doesn’t disappoint in that regard. This is probably the hardest Jillian Michaels workout I’ve done so far. I really liked the chest fly with bridge on the floor. I felt like I was working my entire body. This one left my arms and legs sore for a few days, so I know I got in an intense workout. At the end Jillian gives a pep talk. Most of the time these can be pretty cheesy, but I actually liked this one.
All in all I really liked Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD (affiliate link). I’ve actually owned it for about a year now but it took me this long to do all the workouts on it. I’d definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for a more structured series of workouts. You don’t have to really think about which one to do, and because each workout is only done for a week, I don’t think you’d get too bored with them.
Have you tried Ripped in 30? What’s your favourite Jillian Michaels workout?
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