Sunday, 14 April 2013
After much dilly-dallying, I finally finished the 30 Day Shred. I managed to do Level One and Level Two consecutively, but then took a break for my holiday and temporarily reverted to a couch potato state before bucking up and completing Level Three. I have to say, I am glad I have finally finished!
As expected, Level Three was definitely a lot more challenging than the previous two levels. I found I had to do a mix of the beginner and advanced moves throughout all ten days, whereas in the previous levels I progressed to only doing advanced moves. For the first few days, I had to take a rest in the middle as I thought I was going to throw up. I don't know if it was because I was finding the moves too difficult or because I was working myself too hard, but this passed after day three. In this level, I really hated the 'Mountain Climbers' (Circuit one: Cardio) and 'Walking Press Ups' (Circuit three: Strength). However I really liked the 'Walking Plank' (Circuit one: Strength). Each time I did the workout, I would try and remember how many reps of each I had done and tried to beat that the next time I did the exercise so that I would stay motivated.
I started listening to the radio alongside the 30 Day Shred. I put the volume of the radio station (Capital, in case you're wondering) on a bit lower than the DVD so I could still hear what I was supposed to be doing, otherwise I would end up getting distracted and miss the change in exercise. I wish I had done this earlier, as some of the things Jillian Michaels says in the DVD makes me cringe and I find the music played on Capital more motivating and more interesting.
Overall, I can definitely see a difference in my body, especially on my arms as they feel more toned. I still didn't change my diet drastically, which is something I definitely need to work on as I read somewhere that 'Weight loss is 70% kitchen and 30% exercise'. I think if I had changed my diet, I may have seen more results. That being said, I am happy with my results and am looking forward to continuing down this exercising path.
I would do this programme again, as I saw some good results over a relatively short period of time. I think for my body, I need something with a bit more cardio, however this is great for toning and I think it would be a good programme to do leading up to a holiday, wedding, prom, etc. I liked how the workouts were about 20 minutes and I could easily fit that into my day, whether it was in the morning or evening, and I didn't have to spend time getting to and from the gym. I also liked that I could wear an old t-shirt and leggings and do this in the comfort of my own home.
Now I have to consider what to do next. I am having a toss up between starting the Insanity 60 Day Workout, as people seem to have amazing results with this programme or carrying on down the Jillian Michaels route and doing 'Banish Fat Boost Metabolism' or one of the ab programmes, such as Ripped in 30' or '6 Week 6 Pack'... Does anyone have any recommendations?
Have you ever completed the 30 Day Shred?
Thank you for reading. xoxo, Joy