Today was Day 30 of my experiment with Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. After a pleasant 5 mile run, I did my final Level 3 workout today!
When I started the Shred, it was more because I was curious than anything else. So, I am sure you are all wondering how it turned out, right? Well, I’ll tell you… in Q&A format.
What did you expect from the 30 Day Shred? I expected to get a little more toned, maybe lose a couple of pounds.
How often did you do the 30 Day Shred workouts? Almost every day. I skipped 3 days over the course of 30 days. 5-6 days a week is the recommendation, but the more you do it the better your results.
Did you diet along with the workouts? No. It’s also worth noting that I am on a medication (Avonex) which is known to cause weight gain, which I started the same week that I started the Shred. I don’t know if I would have lost more weight/inches had I dieted or had I not been on the meds, but both are worth noting. I also don’t know how much the running I did in addition to the Shred might have impacted my results.
So… get to it! What were your results? I should start by saying that I didn’t take measurements, photos, or even weigh myself on day one. I did weigh myself and measure a few areas on day 2, though.
How much weight did you lose? 6 pounds.
How many inches did you lose? 3 inches off my chest/back, 2 inches off my waist, 2.5 inches off my hips, 2 inches off each thigh. My clothes fit better, and I’ve had to dry some of them on high to attempt to shrink them.
What is the biggest visible difference? When I stand with my legs hip-width apart, my thighs no longer touch at all. (I am willing to bet that at least a few of you who are reading this will now stand up with your legs hip-width apart to see whether they touch.)
To whom would you recommend the 30 Day Shred? I would recommend the DVD to anyone who is looking for a good way to jump-start a workout regimen that includes strength training, cardio, and ab work.
Who would you advise to stay away from the 30 Day Shred? People with bad knees would probably have to do too many modifications to enjoy the workout. I would also advise you to stay away from it if you hate sweat and working hard.
Was it worth it? Absolutely. For the minimal time commitment of 26 minutes a day, I definitely got the results I expected (and then some!).
Next month, I’ll be checking out:
Got any more questions about the Shred or my experience with it?