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Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30

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Fitness & Yoga movie directed by Andrea Ambandos

Features 4 levels of workouts over a four week period. Each level incorporates Jillians s best-selling 3-2-1 interval system: 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs.  The 3-2-1 system is repeated three times in each workout … see full wiki

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Director: Andrea Ambandos
1 review about Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30

Four intense, effective, and amazing workouts!

  • Mar 19, 2011
Jillian Michaels has a reputation for being an incredibly rough and tough trainer that will push her students to the limit, and this DVD is exactly that. Jillian has created a workout based on her 321 system that people first saw in her "30 Day Shred" workout. The 321 system is a circuit that intervals strength, cardio, and ab exercises to give you the ultimate workout. What she does is do strength training for 3 minutes: 3 exercises done 30 seconds each then repeated. She then does 2 minutes of cardio: 2 exercises done 30 seconds each then repeated. She finishes off with abs: 2 exercises each done for 30 seconds. After she has finished this first circuit, she moves onto 2 other circuits with different moves but the same structure.

There's no denying it; the workouts are tough! There are 4 workouts on this DVD with Level 1 being the "easiest" (even though it is still very intense) and Level 4 being the hardest. The plan behind the DVD is for the viewer to do each level for a week before upgrading to the next level for a week and so on.

There are usually modifications for beginners to do if a certain exercise is too tough for them, but Jillian is very firm in that these are only to be done if it is impossible for you to do the moves at their most challenging level.

Jillian is actually an excellent trainer despite her roughness. She jokes around with her backup girls and really makes the workout fun. She talks a lot throughout the workout, making sure you understand the technique behind each movement and what you should be working, so don't think she remains silent the entire time. Overall, I really like her and find her snarling motivation to be effective on me. Note that she does use some mild, coarse language in parts of the DVD.

Jillian says that you need a light and heavy set of weights, but I find using one set of heavy weights that challenge me is sufficient, so don't worry if you don't have two sets.

As an example as to the type of workouts on this DVD, I'm going to break down Level 1 (which I found very effective on my upper body, not so much on lower body or abs):

Warm Up - Jillian believes in dynamic stretches as a warm up, so the moves here are big swinging motions. The moves included are: arm swings around in a circle, straight kicks forward with arm swings, leans forward into squats and standing up, swinging a weight around your neck, knee pull ups with squats, and more arm swings.

Strength 1 - Push-ups, squats with press up with weights, crescent pose (basically holding a forward squat) with tricep kickbacks with weights
Cardio 1 - Football feet (fast running), skaters
Abs 1 - Plank, coming up into a half crunch and holding it with feet lifted

Strength 2 - Stiff leg dead lifts (a lean forward with straight legs and weights) and upright rows with weights, squats with swings with weight, leans forward with legs spread out and weight held behind head
Cardio 2 - Running mans, punches in a squat
Abs 2 - Side planks with pulse (both sides count as two exercises)

Strength 3 - Chair pose with reverse flies (basically lifting arms to the side) with weights, side lunge with forward raise with weights, lunge forward with bicep curls with weights
Cardio 3 - Butt kicks, one leg jumps
Abs 3 - Basic crunches, reverse crunch

Cool Down - Stretches for shoulders, triceps, side, back, hamstrings, and quads.

And that's it! Also included on the DVD are some advertisements for Jillian Michaels equipment, a 30 Day Meal Plan link to her website, subtitles, a Spanish option, and a workout recommendation. This is definitely a workout to challenge yourself with and get in fantastic shape with. I highly recommend it.

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