Dear Shredheads – Favorite Jillian Michaels DVD; Is 30 Day Shred effective?

Dear Shredheads – Have you done all of Jillian Michaels' DVDs? Which do you like the best? Which do you feel are most effective?  Being only 20min long, how effective can Shred possibly be? – @BOREDmommy

I've done all the available Jillian Michaels DVDs (I haven't done any Biggest Loser ones because "regular people" don't motivate me as much as super-fit instructors, and she has at least one video that's no longer available), and while I like No More Trouble Zones the best, each has its own advantages.

30 Day Shred (30DS)
The classic.  This one is a great "go to" video because it has strength, cardio, and abs…all in about 20 minutes.

No More Trouble Zones (NMTZ)
It focuses primarily on strength and abs, and is about 40-45 minutes long.  It's the same style as Shred, but without cardio.

Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism (BFBM)
The complement to NMTZ, BFBM focuses on cardio and abs.  It's also about 40-45 minutes long.

Yoga Meltdown
I recently reviewed this one.  It's definitely my least favorite of the four, but it is less strenuous than the others and can work in well with running programs, or on rest days.

Now, on to the question of how effective the 30 Day Shred can be since it's only 20 minutes.

The short answer is VERY.

For proof, take a look at Kristen's before/after pics and a recent submission by a reader (I'll spare you my pics, but they're around).

Now, this doesn't happen by just doing Shred.  Unless you've already done so, you need to make some dietary changes. I can't work out in the morning and then eat 2 Big Macs at lunch and expect to get ripped.  But when you combine the diet and exercise, it works.  Especially if you are relatively new to working out.

Just remember that as you get more fit, you may find that Shred doesn't do as much for you.  At that point, you might want to start doing some longer workouts, or you can always add more weight to the Shred workouts.  The nice thing is that because you're more fit, they don't seem so daunting!  And the more changes you see, the more you'll be willing to do to get them!


3 comments for “Dear Shredheads – Favorite Jillian Michaels DVD; Is 30 Day Shred effective?

  1. March 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Very very very effective, IMO. I lost inches, gained confidence and GUNS!
    I think it’s also great because it gets you in the mindset to fit in at least 20 minutes of activity every day, even if it’s not always The Shred.

  2. March 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Hubby & I are doing 30DS every-other-day, and definitely seeing results. We’re on Day 3 of Level two – I’ve changed my diet more + have been running, so I’m seeing more results – but I have DEFINITION IN MY ARMS. What the heck. I’m 25 and have never had definition in my arms!
    We’re both pretty overweight, so we’ve seen belly & arm fat disappear and are just now beginning to see weight loss enough to move holes in our belts.
    After we wrap up Day 10 of Level 3, we’re going to start again and follow Natalie. (Don’t know how many times I’ve told Natalie where she can go with her 90 degree squats in Level 2 thus far….)

  3. Lindsay Stevens
    March 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Does anyone feel like their arms are getting too bulky? I started 30DS level 1 and 2. After level 2 my arms started getting bigger and my t-shirts were real tight around the sleeves. My arms are small and fairly toned to begin with (I’d like to keep them that way) and I’m only using 2 lb weights. Any thoughts?

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