Jillian’s recent DVDs, while decent, haven’t lived up to her “classic collection” (in my mind) of 30 Day Shred, No More Trouble Zones, and Banish Fat/Boost Metabolism. Yoga Meltdown and Shred-It with Weights both felt a bit “jump on the bandwagony” for my taste and, while it was obvious she loved yoga and kettlebells, it didn’t really match up (for me) with her style of teaching.
But in 6 Week Six-Pack, Jillian has moved back toward what I love about her. She’s hardcore, a little bit “yell at you,” a little bit funny, and totally there to kick your butt.
The DVD has two workouts, Level 1 and Level 2. She says to do Level 1 for 3 weeks, then move to Level 2. I’ve only done Level 1, and it was a lot more than a traditional ab workout!
But then this isn’t an abs DVD, it’s a workout designed to get you ripped abs. And that means abs AND cardio. No slow warmup like in Shred…Jillian starts out fast and it really surprised me.
From there, she goes into the workout, which is made up of two longer circuits. There were a lot of ab moves in here that I’d never seen before, and not once does she have you do a regular crunch, a traditional side plank, or practically any other ab move I’m used to. Everything seemed new, and it wasn’t as predictable as Shred (a good thing).
One downside is that some of her transitions are so quick that I missed the first move of the next exercise. The second time through was even faster, and I had to slow some of the moves down to keep semi-decent form. Of course that’ll get better as I get used to it.
Now, if I’m remembering correctly, every one of the exercises has at least SOMETHING to do with abs, although there are some squats and lunges in there for legs, and planks for chest and shoulders. Yet somehow, I ended up sweating like crazy and quite tired at the end.
She’s got B and Maddie as her backup crew, and they do a good job of demonstrating the “easy” and hard moves. Kristen and I are going to have a fistfight next time we see each other about who’s abs are sicker, Maddie’s or Anita’s, but there’s no doubt that they’re great. And B is a machine…her flexibility and strength is amazing.
The whole thing ends up with a VERY short stretch (Jillian, please put more stretching in these!) and then you’re done after about 35 minutes.
- I was sweaty and tired at the end.
- Definitely felt it in my core, and cardio-wise I thought it was better than Shred.
- Some completely new ab moves, some variations on familiar ones.
- Fast paced, unpredictable (not boring).
- Jillian was being Jillian again.
- The music. Lord. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Jillian DVD without bad music. It would have been nice to speed it up during the 2nd circuit.
- A bit frantic at points. Obviously it’s doable since B and Maddie keep up, but I had to slow down at times, not because I was tired, but because I simply couldn’t move my body that fast.
- Not as well rounded as Shred (which should be obvious since it’s called 6 Week Six Pack, LOL). Kristen thought it wasn’t much of a leg workout, I thought the squats and lunges were pretty good though.
- The stretching at the end is too short.
- No hints on how often to do it. Jillian says “workout 5 days a week” but does she mean this workout?
I think 6 Week Six-Pack is a worthy replacement, or sequel, to Shred. If you’re very fit, or have done Shred for a while and don’t find it too challenging, you might find that it’s not enough of a cardio workout since it’s only 35 minutes long. But for beginners, those who have just finished their 30 days of Shred, or more advanced people looking for an “off day” workout, this is a great addition and much better than her other two recent DVDs.