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 promised before and after pictures, well here they are! (I had a random “during” one too, and I forgot to take the side “after” picture until after I had showered and changed clothes, that’s why I’m wearing a light blue shirt in the 2nd “after” pic, LOL!) 😛
I am a mama to 2 baby girls, so I know it’s gonna take me a LOT more work to have a fully visible set of abs someday (aahhh perfect eating habits, where art thou? 😛 …yeah right!) But with this Jillian Michaels DVD, I HAVE noticed more definition. Keep in mind I also incorporate pilates and pole dance/fitness into my week on a regular basis, which is also a lot of core work.
The photo quality and lighting isn’t the best…sorry! But hopefully you will get an idea from them. I still have a lovely layer of post-pregnancy fat and some loose skin & stretch marks over the bottom part of my tummy. Drinking much more water and having a close-to-perfect (clean!) diet would help get rid of that last layer of fat. Which is hard for this italian chick to do! What can I say…I LOVE food! 🙂 I’m also using the body wraps that I sell (well, I hog them all and rarely try to sell any to others hehe….) to tighten and tone the loose pregnancy tummy skin. Those have helped a LOT. I really wish I had before and after pictures from the wraps to post as well…I love those things!
As far as the workouts themselves… I really liked the first level much more than the second level. I felt like the second level incorporated a LOT of other things into the workout, which is good due to the cardio and burning more fat–which is needed to DEFINE what abs you do have…but I just think it’s more of a preference for me, I would do pilates-style mat work ALL DAY if I could. I hate cardio, haha. Overall, it’s another great DVD from Jillian! I recommend it for anyone looking to for a DVD workout that focuses on toning the core!