I finished Ripped in 30! It was pretty intense, but actually those four weeks flew by.
The fourth week of workouts is, no surprise here, really hard. I have to say, looking back over the entire DVD, every week of workouts is difficult. I could throw on week 1 right now and be huffin’ and puffin’ (here are my thoughts on week 1 and week’s 2 & 3).
To me, this DVD is not for beginners. She does show modifications so that helps a bit, but the pace and moves are challenging. I personally like that. In the past, I’ve always shrugged off DVD’s assuming they won’t be hard enough. I was definitely wrong about that.
It seems there has been an uprising in extremely challenging DVD’s like p90x, Insanity, Jillian’s hard core workouts, etc. They all focus on high intensity interval training which I am a big fan of. That being said, they can involve a lot of jumping which can be hard on the knees so if you have knee issues, be cautious.
Anyway, back to week 4. Luckily, this week didn’t involve so many planks; I don’t think my shoulders could handle it! Don’t get me wrong there were a few…just less than week 3.
One example of a strength move we did was pushups with renegade row.
So, I really need 5lb. weights. I have 3 pounders and 8 pounders. I need that in between!! I tried the three pounds weights with this at first but they’re so small my knuckles kept rubbing my mat and it hurt :(. So, I switched to 8lbs. which were better in that regard, but definitely harder.
So, after you row one arm back and are back in plank position, just perform a pushup, then row the other arm. After a couple reps this gets pretty tough.
The cardio’s were painful (like usual), but one in particular was pretty rough. First, we did burpees then immediately went into scissor hops.
So, burpees are burpees. Just straight up torture. Scissor hops were new to me so I’ll try to explain them the best I can. Basically, you’re in a sumo squat position (legs wider than hip distance, feet turned slightly out), squat down, then jump up criss crossing your feet in the air-one in front of the other, then land back down in the sumo squat position.
Going from burpees to scissor hops, or any kind of hop, is rough! I had to take a couple breaks to catch my breath and grab some water. This chick does not mess around!
The last strength circuit was pretty painful too. We ended with tricep pushups.
I try to do as many of these as possible with my knees off the ground but eventually put them down. They’re really hard (at least for me). The key is keeping your elbows close to your body. There’s a huge difference between these and regular push-ups.
So, overall, I really liked Jillian’s DVD. I thought each week was extremely challenging. The pace she moves at is pretty fast but I paused it and took a water break if I needed one. She gives you access to a diet plan too when you purchase this DVD. The diet plan is basically 3 healthy meals a day with 2 snacks. I’m more of a 5 smaller meals kinda gal so I ignored her suggestions in the diet department.
I don’t think I necessarily lost any weight (maybe 1 pound) but I do feel stronger. My arms (especially shoulders) feel and look stronger so I’m pretty happy. I’m going to keep the DVD in my rotation from now on and maybe even try other DVD’s of hers.
She does have an in-your-face style so if you’re not into that, maybe there’s another instructor out there that’s a better fit. I did have the urge to punch her in the face a few times but I held myself back. I don’t think my husband would be thrilled if I socked my Mac right in the screen.
She definitely follows through with her claims though. She claims she will whoop your butt and she will. So if you’re lookin’ for a beat down type of workout, give it a try! (You do need some dumbbell weights but that’s it. I’d say either 3-5 pounds would be fine).
What do you think…love Jillian or hate her?
By the way, I just started watching The Biggest Loser (as in, the first season) and it is a major tearfest. Jillian and Bob are no joke!!