Things have gotten crazy with my home based business, so I haven’t posted anything about my results with the latest Jillian Michaels DVD!
What do I think overall? Levels 2 & 3 are WAY more challenging than the first level. I LOVED these levels so much more. As always, Jillian mixes strength, plyometrics, HIIT and cardio all into one workout. I got a little annoyed that the girl who was supposed to be showing the advanced versions of the workouts couldn’t keep up half the time…Jillian did mention that they had been recording for HOURS, so I can understand that to some extent. There were a couple of moves I had never done… one being Squat-Jacks. The other? Single Leg Burpees. Yep, I said it. Single Leg Burpees. That is HARD work, but it pays off!
Calories burned? This all depends on how hard you work and your weight. You can burn between 400-600 calories with Levels 2 or 3. Get a calorie monitor to wear while working out to get the most accurate amount of calories burned.
My results? I’m not posting pictures, but here are my measurable results: I lost 1/2 inch around my hips/butt (I didn’t have much to lose here, I don’t have much of a booty to begin with!) and I lost 3/4 inch off of each thigh. Total inch loss = 2 inches! My favorite part of my results is the tighter, toned more muscular thighs and lifted booty. My husband noticed a difference, and he is my ultimate results calculator 😛
I am certainly keeping this one in my workout rotation!
I finally started Jillian Michael’s KB&T today. There are 3 levels of difficulty, each level is about 30-35 minutes. I’ve looked up how many calories are burned doing this workout. It varies by how much you weigh as well as how much intensity you bring to the workout. I’ve seen anything from 200-600 calories burned from various people doing this DVD.
I am going to do each level for a week, for a total of 3 weeks. I have my “before” measurements and pictures and will remeasure and take after pictures. I dunno if I’ll be posting pictures (lol), but I’ll definitely post about the results at the end of the 3 weeks.
Okay, so Level 1… I literally JUST finished and my initial thoughts are that level 1 is very much for beginners. It DID get my heart rate up a little with the cardio and it DID cause some burning in my quads… and it also challenged my balance with the single leg exercises. I skimmed through level 2 and it looks much more challenging. Don’t get me wrong! Level 1 is a GREAT starting point & is good for toning up & getting the heart rate up. If you’ve never done a JM workout or are just starting to work out, definitely begin with level 1. But personally, for me, I’m looking forward to level 2 right now!
And who knows? I might be feeling a LOT more sore than I think I will in the morning haha 🙂 If you’ve done this workout, post below letting me know what you think!
In the meantime, I’m pumped enough to get some mat pilates in! Until next time…
[9/17/2011] EDITED TO ADD: Level 1 leaves me out of breath & my legs shaky, but I still would LOVE more of a challenge. So I’ve been doing Level 1 of KB&T, and then adding THIS POP Pilates Glutes video as well. This combination has been awesome! If Level 1 is not challenging enough for you, but you want to do it for a full week, I would add something like this pilates video to it. Feel the burn!!! 🙂
I can do strength & resistance training aaaalll daaaayy loooong. I love it! I love the burn & building strength!
Cardio, on the other hand, I loathe. My endurance is generally NOT my strong point. But cardio is a VITAL part of staying fit. I’ve been skimping on doing any cardio regularly lately, so I’m going to incorporate Jillian Michaels DVD’s into my workouts. She generally has had a good combination of cardio & strength.
I’m starting 30 Day shred again–doing that DVD for a week, then on September 6th I’m getting her latest DVD (Killer Buns + Thighs) to check it out…as long as it has some decent cardio circuits I’ll do that for 30 days.
I’ll take some before and afters, like I did with 6 week 6 pack…and I’ll review KB&T after I’ve completed it, in the meantime here is a 4 minute preview!