Jillian Michaels Body Revolution is a bit different from other DVD’s from Jillian Michaels. First off, there’s quite a few people in the background doing the workout with her. Usually she only has two other people. I have to admit that I kind of like having more people. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m i like it.
Second, this is also the first DVD of hers that I’ve done that uses a resistance band. While it’s only used for a couple moves in two or three of the workouts I like that she changed it up a bit. Since I didn’t have a resistance band at home I was able to use a pair of dumbbells with a little bit of a modification. In other words, the workouts are definitely still doable if you don’t have access to a resistance band.
Workout 1 I liked that the first workout on this DVD was easy for a Jillian Michaels one. Instead of working multiple body parts with each move, this workout involved focusing on just one body part per move. It was great to get reminded about proper form. I think it’s a great beginner introduction. I found Jillian the most motivating in this workout. Maybe it’s because it’s the first workout on this DVD and she wants people to follow through on the other ones. I felt pretty good by the time I was done, even though I was super sweaty. This workout focused mainly on the quads, core, shoulders, and triceps.
Workout 2 I found this 35 minute workout also great for beginners. It was easier than I was expecting, but I still got in a great workout. This time the body parts worked were the hamstrings, butt, and back for the most part.
Workout 3 This is the first workout on this DVD that uses compound moves. It was nice to get back to the typical Jillian Michaels workouts. She built on the single moves from the first two workouts so you have the confidence to know that you can do it. My favourite move from this workout was the sumo squats. The first couple times you do it, you think they’re easy, and then they somehow get really tough. This workout was also 35 minutes long.
Workout 4 This one was on par with workout 3 in terms of toughness. It was harder than the first two as it included compound movements. In 35 minutes I managed to work up quite a sweat. Lunges are tough for me, so when she started doing side lunges with bicep curls I knew I was trouble. I was so sore the next day from them!
Workout 5 This workout was different from the all the other ones. It was pure cardio. Each move was done for one minute at a time and repeated throughout the workout. They were spaced out perfectly though because the 25 minute workout held my attention. The mini suicides were the hardest of everything in this workout. I can see this workout being thrown in between the other four workouts on this DVD to break up the strength training a bit and add in something a little different.
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