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DVD Review: Jillian Michaels — 30 Day Shred

I know that many of you share my admiration for Jillian Michaels of Biggest Loser fame, with her no-nonsense approach to exercising and her ability to get the contestants up and moving. So I was excited to check out her workout DVD, Jillian Michaels — 30 Day Shred ($11).

As the title implies, the workout promises visible results in a month, if you do it every day for 30 days. (“Up to 20 lbs. in 30 days!”) Though that may seem like a big undertaking, the commitment is small — just about 25 minutes a day. Between the short workout sessions and Michaels’s motivation, I was feeling amped that I had a winning DVD on my hands.

To hear more about the 30 Day Shred,


Sure, I got a hint of Michaels's hardcore ways when watching The Biggest Loser, but it did not prepare me for my first day, as I was completely worked over. Don't be alarmed — as with most fitness DVDs on the market, Michaels makes sure to include workouts aimed at the beginner, intermediate, and more advanced viewers.


The 30 Day Shred is a nonstop, heart-pounding, super-intense cardio workout based on Michaels's "3-2-1 method," which combines a repeating cycle of three minutes of cardio, two minutes of strength, and one minute of abs into a single routine. The exercises and instructions are clear and straightforward, and as seen on The Biggest Loser, Michaels is incredibly motivating. I like that the workout stays at a fast pace and doesn't get boring since Michaels changes the exercises in each six-minute set.

If you're looking for a short and sweet workout, this is a great DVD to pick up. It won't steal a huge chunk of your day and has the big plus of burning fat and toning muscle simultaneously. Have you tried this DVD? Tell me what you thought about it in the comments section below.

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Love love love this DVD. Been doing 30 DS twice, in the morning for the past couple weeks. My sisters say I look more toned in the arms and back, and I have managed to fit into my sisters size 4 jeans. Though I just got a noise complaint from the neighbor downstairs to stop using my treadmill at 6am. I don't own a treadmill. Apparently my cardio moments from 30DS shake the apartment downstairs. Boo. Can't do 30DS without the cardio. :\ I won't give it up, but will have to move this workout to the afternoon, though I love waking up in the morning and working out. I feel so energized afterward. . .
courtney3 courtney3 7 years
OH and she's hilarious! "i've got 400 lb people that can do jumping jacks, SO CAN YOU!"
courtney3 courtney3 7 years
i LOVE this video! i usually pair it with another workout, but it's good enough to be done on it's own! the workout is quick and she kicks my butt every single time! i've done it a few times and i'm still on level one, with no intention of moving up any time soon, as i still get sore! it's quick and effective, and i've noticed results after about two weeks! the only thing i would change though, is the abs. it could just be that i'm not doing the moves correctly, but i don't feel them...
fishmeister23 fishmeister23 7 years
I bought this today at Target, and I can't wait to start it tomorrow!! I'm unemployed, I may as well be in shape!! :)
Sugar_Rush Sugar_Rush 7 years
Just flagging up for people in the UK/Europe that this is due for DVD release at the end of the month on Region 2... I've been waiting an age for this to come out so I can give it a go! currently a penny cheaper than too :)
Advah Advah 7 years
My reply's a bit late, but thanks for the advice guys! I don't have a tv or dvd player so I'm stuck with playing DVDs on a European laptop, hence the DVD zones issue. I'll look into that though, I def want that dvd!
stephanie13186 stephanie13186 7 years
ive been reading up on the exercise dvd n i think this is the one for my ill be happy to just tone up my body with this dvd
evlove evlove 7 years
i absolutely love this DVD. most workout DVDs barely hold my attention, but this one really works! for the first time in my life, i have biceps, all because of jillian! my body has never looked or felt better.
jennyleigh1021 jennyleigh1021 7 years
I agree with everyone else... this is an amazing workout DVD! I do it 6 days a week and I just started doing level 3! My only warning is that it really "pumps" you up... which means when you are doing toning exercises with the legs, your legs swell. If you are doing the 30 day shred in preparation for a special occasion or bikini season, I suggest starting about 40-45 days ahead and switching to cardio-only for a week or so after the 30 days. I'm having a hard time fitting those pumped up thighs into my jeans, but my back and abs are definitely shredded and I feel GREAT! Thanks Jillian! =)
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Love, love, love this workout. I was so sore after the first time I did it that I skipped working out for 2 days to recouperate. I'm on Level 2 now and I love how strong and toned I feel.
OneBodytoLove OneBodytoLove 7 years
soooo hard
jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
I also got turned on to these via the free Comcast On Demand versions. I am also curious to hear more about people's burnt calories/ results. I do these workouts and feel great, but I just cant tell if I'm getting results or not. I just ordered a new pedometor and scale so I will know soon and will report back!
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
I tried it today, and liked it a lot. I will definitely add this to my regular cardio routine. I really needed something to tone me up in addition to just cardio. I have flabby arms and a flabby middle, so this will hit the spot. Anonymous, this workout doesn't seem to burn more than 200 calories, so you can easily compensate for that by eating something high in protein afterward to help you build some muscle.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 7 years
Advah, I live in South Africa and had no trouble getting this DVD - ordered it from shortly after it came out. I ordered her two latest DVDs from her own site (No More Trouble Zones & banish Fat, Boost Metabolism) & had no trouble there either. If you're referring to the difference in region codes, most new DVD players can play all region DVDs. We're Region 2 (same as UK & Europe), and I often order Region 1 DVDs. I have also copied the DVD to my iPod so I can have it with me all the time. Anyway, it's really great & I also recommend her other DVDs. No More Trouble Zones is about 3 times as difficult, lol.
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