Last year was tough for me, I went through a lot and as a result put on some weight. Not a huge amount but enough to make my skinny jeans a little to skinny and make me feel uncomfortable. I was reading the Sunday Times Style magazine and seen an article about 'fit being the new skinny', it had a picture of a girl with an amazing body and the caption was something about how women rarely get to see there bodies full potential, which for some reason just stuck with me.
It sparked something within me and made me ready to make changes. I started looking for new workouts to try and came across the 30 Day Shred everywhere, so I gave it a shot!
The program is divided into three, intense twenty five minute workouts (that includes warm-up and cool down). These workouts consist of 3 circuits, which have a 3-2-1 formation. Three minutes of strength, two minutes cardio and one minute abs...with no rest in between.
The levels get harder as you go on, although I personally found level two more challenging that level 3.
There are modifications to make the moves slightly easier or harder, but with Jillian's quick, perfectly cued words of motivation, like 'I have 400 pound people that can do this move, so can you' (or something along them lines) you really strive to push yourself.
Jillian isn't every one's cup of tea but her style works for me. She's tough, more like a personal trainer than the fun friendly mister motivator types that host some work out DVDs. And more importantly, her methods works.
I first start noticing changes after just 5 or 6 days of doing this DVD. That's amazing like! By the end of my 30 days I had noticed a huge change in my stomach and some definition in my arms and legs.
I didn't slack when doing it, I did it 6 days a week. Its only 25 minutes so its very do-able.
After the 30 days I kept up my fitness regime, alternating between Jillian's other DVDs, 'No more trouble zones', 'Banish Fat Boost Metabolism', 'Killer bums and thighs', and 'Six week Six pack' and the 30 Day Shred. And my body is looking pretty good. In fact its the best its ever looked, ever. I'm so proud of how much I've achieved and feeling so motivated to carry on.
I've just started Ripped in 30 this morning so will let you know how that goes.
So if your looking for a fast and effective way to lose weight and tone up I 100% recommend the 30 Day Shred.
I stupidly, didn't take any before or after pictures, but here's a picture from when I'd finished the shred when I was on holidays. You can see the definition in my stomach. Makes me so happy :)
p.s: All 3 levels are on YouTube. :P
All images, except the last one from Pinterest.