April 23, 2013

Training Tuesday: Jillian Michaels DVD's

Cross training is an important part of your running base.  I recently picked up two (new to me) Jillian Michaels DVD's at Target.  They are actually older DVD's, 2007 and 2009, but if you ever watched the TV show, Biggest Loser, you know Jillian Michaels can inflict pain no matter what year!  Sunday I tried the 30 Day Shred, level 1 and yesterday the Yoga Meltdown.  Both are fun, but as everything with Jillian, tough and to the point.
Ready to be hit by Jillian!
When I purchased the 30 Day Shred tape, I did not realize it was meant to be weight loss tool.  It is a serious workout of 20 straight minutes with not one second of rest time.  The moves are all basic things we know, but when you combine them together, it gives you a nice sweat.  Doing jumping jacks, butt kicks and squats with hand weights are never my favorites, but since the DVD moves so quickly you hardly notice those exercises that you do not like. Frankly, I am always thrilled when my routine is done.  It was a good workout, but I would include something in addition to it on the days that I do not run.  Since I was also playing golf (walking and carrying my bag 9 holes) that completed my day!

The Yoga DVD is very different than the very few yoga classes I have taken.  It has much more movement with the poses, and was a very good workout.  I started with Level One and felt that it offered some challenges, plus additional work for those with experience.  One note is that there are alot of plank poses, which would be very hard for someone that did not do those regularly.  The two sessions are just 30 minutes each and that was very appealing since it can be used in addition to a short cardio workout.  Lulu decided she wanted in on the action and enjoyed all of the workout and I got extra doggie smoochies!

Lulu loves to play yoga!
Do you use workout DVD's at home?  Can you recommend some to us? We would love to add to our collections!

Disclaimer: I purchased these DVD's and chose to review them for the blog.  As always, the opinions are my own.
(Pam)

20 comments:

  1. OMG your dog is so cute! I get the same thing from my kids and my dog when I try to do workouts at home. :)

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    1. Thanks Angela. Someone always wants attention when I am at home!

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  2. Jillian DVD's are my favorite! I also like the Biggest Loser ones with Bob/Dolvett. Oh my goodness your puppy dog...mine are the same way and love to get in my face when I'm trying to work out! Too cute!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion of Biggest Loser DVD's. I do like having the option of workouts at home and it is nice to have variety! Yes, our little Yorkies are cute. Too bad we can't arrange a playdate!

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  3. The pic of you and your puppy is so adorable..I struggle with making time for cross-training.

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    1. Thanks Caroline...cross training is sometimes hard to fit into a busy schedule.

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  4. Haha my cat does that to me when I'm working out at home! I like her Six Week 6 Pack DVD, she really opened my eyes to the greatness of high intensity interval training!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I will check those out!

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  5. I love Ripped in 30 from Jillian! She kicks my butt every time :) I also have Yoga Meltdown, but do not utilize it like I should. Better remedy that :)

    Oh my goodness, your little Lulu is ADORABLE! If only we lived closer so she and Sparky could meet!

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    1. Thanks Megan! Yes, we could have a little love fest going with your little boy Sparky and Princess Lulu!

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  6. I also love the Jillian dvds and the biggest loser ones with bob and dolvett.

    I laughed a bit as I saw the picture of you doing yoga with the puppy on your face - my dog has the same reaction when I try to stretch or anything along that line.

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    1. Sarah, I think all dogs take it as a sign to interact with their humans when we are on the ground!

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  7. I have never tried a workout DVD but am thinking I need to! All I've been doing lately is running + yoga and I really want to mix-up my routine. Jillian scares me though! haha.

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    1. Jen, I know what you mean about Jillian being scary. However, she can't see you through the DVD thank goodness!

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  8. http://tinythunder-running.blogspot.com/2013/03/birthday-weekend.html?m=1
    this is my post where I talk a little bit about an awesome dvd set I got about a month ago... great for core and arm definition :)

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  9. Oh my goodness, Lulu doing partner yoga with you is just too cute! I have 2 of the Jillian Michaels DVD's, I really should start using them!

    I know I'm always pushing Sage Rountree on my blog (I should seriously be getting a commission!), but I like her Yoga for Athlete's DVD : )

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    1. Thanks Danielle, I will check out that DVD you mentioned. I may be off of running for awhile with a hurt foot....

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  10. What a cute dog! My cat loves to get up on me whenever I'm on the floor foam rolling or doing ab work.

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    1. Thanks April. I think all pets think when we hit the floor it is their time for playing and pouncing on us!

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