Wednesday 28 March 2012

30 Day Shred

Okay, this isn't my normal kind of post but the beautiful weather has made me long for a more toned bikini body. I found the 30 Day Shred through Emma (milkteef) tweeting about it. So I've done a little research and looked at people's reviews and before and after pictures. 30 Day Shred does exactly what it says on the tin, 30 days to shred your fat to muscle and tone.

Anyone watched America's Biggest Loser? Well Jillian Michaels, the fitness expert for the programme, takes you on this fitness journey. The programme consists of 3 levels. Level 1 is the easiest, you do this for 10 days, then move to Level 2 for another 10 days and finally the most hardcore workout comes with Level 3 for the final 10 days. Level 1 works on sections, cardio, strength and abs, Jillian makes you exercise these sections out in short, sharp bursts, apparently it's meant to shock your body into building tone.

So here is my experience with day 1 and 2:

Day 1
I watched the Level 1 video first, so I knew what was coming. I haven’t done exercise in so long, so it was a shock! I was huffing, puffing and sweating most of the way through. Afterwards I got that post-exercise buzz and felt confident I could carry on doing it.

Day 2 
I woke up a little sore but it wasn't as bad as some post-workout aches I’ve had. I decided to be productive, so I had my breakfast and set about doing the video. I swear that day 2 was harder for me than day 1. 

Obviously after 2 days I haven't seen any results, but  according to reviews by the end of Level 1 you notice changes and your fitness improves. I can't quite do all the moves as smoothly as they do and I can't do a push up for the life of me, but hopefully it will come with practice!
I think Level 1 itself isn't too strenuous, the hard part will be working out on sore muscles. You can't have a break in between either it has to be 30 days solid and even during the 30 minutes of exercise Jillian only recommends a 5 second break to catch your breath. I've also been doing it without weights, if I like doing the workout I think I will invest in some, if not cans of soup or bottles of water will have to do!

I haven't found Level 2 or 3 but I'll have a search and let you guys know.

If anyone is interested in the diet part of this fitness kick, I'm using FitnessPal to measure my intake, and I'm aiming for 1,200 calories a day. Note that you must each more after a work out otherwise your body goes into starvation mode and stores fat. If you need to know how much calories you personally need etc, get the FitnessPal app, it's really handy.

Love Kat


1 comment

  1. I also started doing it, I'm on day 2 today. 6 month ago I done it and went up to day 7 and gave up. I got the DVD. I always aim to do this after breakfast so my muscles would be working for the whole day. Can't wait to see effect. x


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