WE LOVE THIS DVD.
Seriously, I can’t begin to explain how much I like it…but I’ll try. Level 1 was great, but Level 2 is GREAT. In fact, Kristen and I both happened to do it the same morning and we chatted for a long time, both of us simply raving about it.
The workout begins with a warmup that’s more like one of the cardio circuits in 30 Day Shred. No slow arm circles here, you jump right into it. Then suddenly the warmup is over and you’re grabbing your weight.
That’s right, even Maddie, the modifier, uses weight. There are twisting lunging chops, there are twisting lunging passthroughs (like pendulums but with a weight you pass under your leg), there are twisting side planks with kicks, there are twisting planks…did I mention there are twisting moves?
It’s pretty amazing how many new moves – or twists (heh) on familiar moves – she brings in. Yet nothing seems too unfamiliar to do (the passthroughs are the hardest for me to coordinate). She brings some familiar moves in – bicycle kicks, double crunches, and mountain climbers – but because they’re thrown in the middle of the other exercises it doesn’t feel like a boring workout.
And it really feels more balanced than Level 1. There are more lunges in Level 2 (and the twisting really works new parts of my glutes and hamstrings), along with shoulders, chest, and triceps from all the plank work, so at the end I feel like I’ve gotten more of a full-body workout as well as a lot of cardio. Seriously, I’m sweating like a madman at the end of it. At one point she says that one of her goals is to put one of the dancers in the hospital, and I believe she might.
In fact, at one point Basheera, who smiles through EVERYTHING, stopped smiling and actually looked like she was grimacing. It’s that good.
But the exercises she’s putting me through are only part of it – what I love most about this DVD is that the old Jillian is back. She’s kicking butt on the moves, giving just the right amount of information you need, yelling at you to keep going, motivating you to keep going…she was even “more Jillian” than in Level 1, if that’s possible. A great combination of funny, tough, touching, and completely intent on getting you to give your all and stick with it.
If you like Jillian, get this DVD. It’s a great sequel to 30 Day Shred if you’ve already done that, and if not, Level 1 (with some of the beginner modifications she shows) is a good workout for beginners. For those of you who are more advanced, Level 2 is by far the hardest 30 minute workout I’ve ever done. The one thing you should be aware of is that it isn’t a typical ab workout (like these, which I also love). Despite having a focus on abs, it’s much more well rounded and should help you lose some of the fat covering your abs as well. I love it, so GET IT NOW. :)
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