30 Day Shred Challenge

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This post will follow my progress as I complete the 30 Day Shred Challenge.  Shoot me an e-mail at seebriderun@gmail.com if you will be joining me for the 30 Day Shred Challenge!  I’m going to create a mailing list so we can motivate each other.  You don’t have to start the challenge on my Day 1 (March 4) to participate.


I’ve added a 30 Day Shred Challenge widget on the right hand corner of the blog. If you click on this image, it will take you directly to this post, which I will update on a daily basis as I complete the 30 Day Shred.


Many of you have recommended I take before and after photos and measurements to compare my progress.  At first, I was hesitant to do this.  I don’t normally post my weight or measurements because I feel each woman is different, and we should not compare ourselves to others.  But since this challenge requires a comparison of my own improvements, I decided it’s truly the best way for me (and you!) to tell if the 30 Day Shred really works or if the improvements are just in my head!  Basically,  I like  measurable results.


Note:  I am not doing this challenge because I feel like there is something wrong with the way I currently look — I am completely satisfied with the aesthetics of my physical appearance.  I do NOT want to lose any weight.  But I’d like to increase my strength and tone up  to make me a better runner!  I notice my arms get tired and my abs often feel sore after running very long distances — signs that I am weak in those areas.


30 Days Challenge Progress Report


  • Day 1 – I was SO excited to try the 30 Day Shred today!.  I began at Level 1, and I must say… it is really hard, and I know I’m going to see results after 30 days of this workout! I was panting and sweating after only 5 minutes.  Also, I can tell I need to be very careful with the lunges and be sure my knee stays at a 90 degree angle.   I love how Jillian breaks the workouts into 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs.  It made the 20 minute routine fly by!  However, I need to invest in light hand weights — I think the maximum I could use in this routine is 2 lbs. I used soup cans today because all I have are 5 lb. dumbbells.  


  • Day 2 – I woke up SORE AS ALL HELL. Jillian Michaels,  you are a crazy woman.  Luckily, I did the "Warm Up" and that got my blood moving.  The areas around my knees were the most sore, so I switched the moves I knew would irritate me the most (the static lunges), and I did a static squat instead.   Also, today was the first day with real hand weights (3 lbs) and boy oh boy… I felt the difference! 


  • Day 3 – I coupled the 30 Day Shred with a 10K run this morning.  Many people have asked if the Shred is going to replace my normal workouts.  NO!  I have a 15 mile trail run in 1 month, and although I do believe this is a great workout, I also know it does not replace running 20 – 25 miles a week.  So, I view the Shred as a "supplement" to my training.  However, I think it could be an excellent stand-alone workout for others!  I had a great time this morning "shredding."  Jillian, you are truly growing on me…I just love the "You can do it!" attitude.  However, the fitness models irritate me.  :)  Anita, you make it look too easy.  I can’t even breathe during the modified workouts and there you are, bouncing around like you’re on crack.  Oh, Anita!!  I’m still doing modified push-ups for most of the push-ups, but I’m trying to slowly switch to the real thing.


  • Day 4 – I woke and my knees were KILLING me this morning.  All the squats and lunges in the 30 Day Shed are hard for me because I never do that type of exericse — it irritates my knees.  I’m trying to build my knee muscles and slowly work my way into doing squats and lunges.  But today, I was just too sore.  So I did a modified version of the 30 Day Shred Level 1 — no squats or lunges.  I just kept my legs in a soft knee bend position and focused on abs and arms.  I was proud of myself for doing the video even though I wasn’t 100%  — after all, something is better than nothing!


  • Day 5 – Today I did Level 1 of the Shred following a 14.1 mile bike ride.  My legs were still pretty sore so I did the modified squats and lunges again.  I also listened to my iPod while watching Jillian on the TV — it made the work out so  much faster but I did have to pay attention!  I feel like my abs are already stronger, as are my arms!  This is probably all in my head, but it feels good regardless. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Day 6 – My shoulders were killing me this morning (due to yesterday’s bike ride, methinks!) so I skipped shredding in the morning and did it after my 5K run tonight.  I was pretty excited the Husband wanted to do the Shred with me.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen him do a jumping jack (he’s so BOUNCY) and it was fun to have a workout partner.  He used my 3 lb hand weights, which were WAY too light for him.  I used soup cans instead.  Husband said he thought Level 1 of the Shred was wayyy too easy for him (I hate how he hardly works out and finds the Shred easy).  He said that using 15 – 20 lb. weights would make it harder.  I think his legs are burning, though! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Day 7 – I woke up early to shred.  I’m really loving the morning workouts.  I’m not typically a morning  person, but Jillian’s Shred gets me going and I feel so much more awake at work.  Plus, it’s only 20 minutes, so it’s over before I know it.  I did the Shred to music again, and it’s really fun that way.  I can feel my arms getting stronger!!!


  • Day 8 –  I skipped Day 8 of the 30 Day Shred.  I did go for a 5.0 mile run, though.


  • Day 9 – Like the good Shredder I am, I woke up a little early and did Level 1.  I contemplated skipping the Level 2 today, actually, but I do feel like I’m getting stronger.  And I swear — I also think my abs look a little tighter.  Look — someone caught me shredding this morning!  Jillian, you are a QUEEN.


  • Day 10 – Today was my last day at Level 1. I am excited and nervous to move onto Level 2.  I think I have every word Jillian says from Level 1 memorized.  She’s really motivating, but I have to admit that I HATE it when she says, "This is going to take the place of hours of phoning it in at the gym!" UHHH… NO! Sorry, Jillian! :)  At the of Level 1, I must say… my arms and abs feel and look stronger.  My friend Harry even commented that my triceps look stronger yesterday!  If someone else is noticing, it must be working.


  • Day 11 – WHOA! Level 2 is WAY harder than Level 1! It was so fun to do something different — The walking plank push ups were especially hard.  PS – Jillian’s sports bra sucks in Level 2 — why didn’t someone tell her???


  • Day 12 – No Shred.  But I did run a 5K!


  • Day 13 – Shredded again at Level 2. So HARD, but it’s fun to do something different after 10 days at Level 1.  I think the walking plank/push up move is definitely the most challenging, and I also like the one-leg military press combo because I can feel it working my abs. 


  • Day 14 –  Nearly halfway through with the Shred challenge.  I did Level 2 again this morning.  I really did NOT feel like shredding, but I reminded myself it is only 20 minutes… and before I knew it, I was done.  The walk-out plank push up is the hardest move, as are the plank squat thrusts!  Killer. 


  • Day 15 – Traveling to North Carolina – No Shred


  • Day 16 – No Shred


  • Day 17 -  After running 4.0 miles on the hotel treadmill, I came back to our suite and shredded in our room.  I packed the DVD plus my hand weights and used a hotel towel as a mat.  Level 2 of the Shred is SOOO hard.  I was sweating my butt off!  I have to admit, after my 4.0 mile run I felt really drained.  But after the Shred, I feel invigorated!


  • Day 18 –  I did Level 2 in my hotel room with my mom.  As you can see, I can’t squat very far down because of my crappy knees.  It’s still a killer workout and I was all sorts of sweaty when I was done.


  • Day 19 –  No Shred… driving back from North Carolina.


  • Day 20 –  I attacked my training schedule by doing a 4.0 mile run and Level 2 of the Shred after work — and now I feel STRONG and PROUD!  After I came home, I popped in the 30 Day Shred and completed Level 2.   I literally scream at Jillian when I am shredding sometimes!  Stuff like, "Jillian! YOU ARE A CRAZY LADY!"


  • Day 21 – Level 3 is SOOOO much harder than Level 1 or Level 2.  I was literally SWEATING all over my yoga mat by the middle of the 2nd Circuit.  Nutso!  I looked like I had just sprinted a 5K.  Although I cannot do most of the squat- or lunge-based exercises fully, so many of the moves are creative verisons of a plank and they KILL my arms and arms.  Work it out, Jillian!


  • Day 22 – No Shred… I did skip Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred.  I didn’t slack out of laziness though — my arms and abs were totally sore!  I do the 30 Day Shred multiple days in a row as long as my muscles don’t hurt.   But Level 3 crushed me yesterday… it’s crazy hard!


  • Day 23I actually woke up on time to do Level 3 of the Shred.  Level 3 is truly a killer, everyone!  But it’s  a great workout and I’m so glad I’ve managed to stick with it pretty consistently for the month.  Only a few more days to go of the 30 Day Shred.


  • Day 24 -  As I mentioned a few days ago, my life is getting busier and busier and I have less time to dilly-dally in the mornings.  I’m making a real effort to just wake up and get it done instead of lounging around. With bleary eyes and bed head, I popped in the 30 Day Shred.   I must’ve been shredding within 10 minutes of waking up!  Level 3 is such a killer, but there are so many unique moves I (and my knees) love…. like walking push-ups and the up-and-down planks.


  • Day 25 – No Shred – After a 4.0 mile run, I came home and popped the 30 Day Shred into the DVD player… but the 1st circuit DRAGGED on and every time I jumped up and down I could feel the blood throbbing against my temples.  I turned off Jillian 5 minutes into exercise.  Maybe I’ll try again later.


  • Day 26 – No Shred – 13 mile run


  • Day 27 – I did Level 3 of the Shred after work + washing the car.  Is it OK for me to admit that I am SOOOOO over the Shred? I just want this challenge to be over!  Plus, I like Level 2 the most.


  • Day 28 –  After my run I did some shredding (Level 3).  I didn’t actually do the whole workout, I just did some of my favorite moves for about 5 minutes.  Loads of crunches and walking push-ups (gulp!)


  • Day 29 – No Shred.


  • Day 30 – Last day of the shred! I ran a 5K and then came home to do Level 2.  I wanted to end on Level 2 because I really love this Level.  ๐Ÿ™‚


To summarize my feelings about the challenge:


  • My initial plan was to shred everyday for 30 days. I ended up shredding 21 out of 30 days, which I think is pretty good.  For a girl who NEVER strength trained on a regular basis, 5 days per week is a miracle.
  • I did each level of the shred for a 10-day period and then switched to the next level.  I used two 3-lb hand weights for the strength moves.  If I were to do the shred again, I would buy a variety of weights (a set of 5 pounders would’ve been nice) so I could challenge myself more on some of the moves).
  • In general, Level 1 was too easy, Level 3 was too hard, and Level 2 was juuuuust right.  (I’m like Goldielocks, what!)
  • If you have knee issues like I do, you will not be able to do ANY of the levels in their entirety, even the modified moves.  There’s a lot of lunges and squats, which are simply out of the question for me.  I substituted lunges or squats with jogging in place or doing sit-ups.
  • Jillian is crazy.


The big question on everyone’s mind is, of course, did the 30-Day Shred WORK?  Well, here are my before and after pictures and measurements (there is no sucking-in involved, I promise):


Front View Before:


Front View After:



Side View Before:


Front View After:



Back View Before:


Back View After:


Body Part Before After Difference
Hips 35 inches (at widest part) 34.25 inches – 0.75 inch
Waist 26.25 inches (at narrowest part) 25.75 -0.5 inch
Biceps 10.25 (at widest part) 10.75 +0.5 inch
Thighs of Steel 22 inches (at widest part) 22 No Change


Honestly, I cannot believe that I lost 1.25 inch from my hips and waist AND I gained a half inch on my biceps (that’s a good thing!).  Interestingly enough, my weight did not change at all.  I just got more "shredded!"  I think the measurements speak more to my improvements than the pictures do.


The one area I can see a difference is in my arms — dozens of push-ups each week will do that to a girl!  I also feel a lot stronger when running.  Running used to be very tiring on my upper body, but lately my arms do not hurt when I run at all.  Also, I asked the Husband last night if he thought I looked any different, and he said the one area where he can really tell is my arms as well.  Woo goo!  Biceps of steel, here I come!


All in all, I think the 30 Day Shred is AMAZING.  It WORKS!  And it taught me that strength training doesn’t have to be this big "thing."  I will definitely stick to shredding in the future.


Have you shredded?  Do you love it?



  • Katie March 4, 2009, 10:19 am

    Love it! Hubby got me this for my bday and I too used soup cans! My 5lb dumb bells would have been too much. And I didn’t do so good keeping my knees at 90 degrees the first time, so I took a couple days off and did it a second time last night. Less soreness but I was still sweating by the middle of the first circut!

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday March 4, 2009, 10:21 am


    Do you have any recommendations for something lower impact for the jumping jacks/jump rope? It really kills my knees to the point that I can’t exercise at all today. My knees are killing me!

  • Rose March 4, 2009, 10:22 am

    Good luck with the challenge!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 4, 2009, 10:28 am

    Ow owww. You look hot.

    Good luck with the challenge!!!!

  • Erin D. March 4, 2009, 10:29 am

    Good luck!! You look great already – can’t wait to see what happens after 30 days!

  • talieworld March 4, 2009, 10:29 am

    So motivating Caitlin! I’m about 99% sure you will be getting an email from me to join in a little while. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Victoria March 4, 2009, 10:29 am

    Good luck! My mom has been singing the praises of this video… well more like panting becasue she can barely breathe after, but you know, she likes it.

  • Gina March 4, 2009, 10:30 am

    Good luck! I just did level 1 on Monday with 5lb weights and I was nearly killing my arms using those! So, in order for me to have use of my arms during the day, I’ll be getting lighter ones this weekend.

  • Shannon March 4, 2009, 10:32 am

    i love this. i really want this video. totally ordering it right now.

  • Beth March 4, 2009, 10:35 am

    I’m excited for you. I have had awesome results with Jillian.

  • Audrey March 4, 2009, 10:35 am

    i tried this for the first time on Monday, since i was buried under a foot of snow and couldn’t make it to the gym and it was harddd. i consider myself to be in good shape, i run 20 miles a week, do other cardio, and do abs a couple times a week and my thighs are still burning today. not sure if it was the 45 mins of shoveling i did or the workout but i figure it’s definitely worth trying it out.

  • lauren March 4, 2009, 10:36 am

    I used soup cans too because all I have is 5 pounders. cant wait to see the after!

  • Run Saraah March 4, 2009, 10:39 am

    You look awesome already! Don’t you love how fast
    The workout flies by?

  • Leah March 4, 2009, 10:45 am

    How exciting! I would love to try the 30 day shred…. it sound so awesome!

  • Amanda March 4, 2009, 10:45 am

    Hooray! So glad you got started! You look smokin already, but I bet you will be surprised on the subtle body changes after a few weeks!

  • Sammie March 4, 2009, 10:50 am

    This DVD looks great – Jillian is a kick butt trainer. I hope you enjoy the challenge. I’m definitely going to check out this workout – it would be nice to have something different to add to the mix.

  • kirsten March 4, 2009, 10:51 am

    yay good luck! I love Jillian and TBL too, I swear every week makes me cry, especially last nights episode!

    Can’t wait to hear how all of the workouts are! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • VeggieGirl March 4, 2009, 10:53 am

    FABULOUS!! You know I’m rooting for you all throughout this challenge, girl!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Runeatrepeat March 4, 2009, 11:07 am

    I totally planned on doing a 30 challenge (with myself) when I got my hands on that DVD. I am so excited to get it now.

  • Runeatrepeat March 4, 2009, 11:10 am

    p.s. – You look amazing already ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Meghann March 4, 2009, 11:15 am

    I just ordered 30 day shred from Amazon! I’ll start the challenge next week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • dailygoods March 4, 2009, 11:20 am

    i use 5 lb dumbells and its hard! but its a great burn ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brandi March 4, 2009, 11:21 am

    i can’t wait to see how you like this and how the challenge goes!

    My husband and I have been going to BodyPump once a week, and we’re about to up it to twice (hopefully). That has made a big difference in my strength/muscle definition that you just don’t get from running. I can actually see thigh muscles now from all those squats I have to do in class ๐Ÿ™‚

  • aron March 4, 2009, 11:24 am

    SUCH a great challenge and I love 30 day shred! If I werent in the middle of peak marathon training I would take you up on it ๐Ÿ™‚ maybe it’s what I will do post marathon! I do it a couple days a week, but can’t keep up with everyday ๐Ÿ™‚

    The trail race sounds so fun!!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) March 4, 2009, 11:26 am

    I felt so ridiculous while doing the butt kicks! ha!

  • Anonymous March 4, 2009, 11:29 am

    Caitlin, what are the knee braces that you use and where did you find them? I know you talked about them on your blog, but can’t find the info.


  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 4, 2009, 11:30 am

    beadie – what about running in place or doing the squat/box combo??

    anon – here you go: http://www.rei.com/product/704436

  • Danielle March 4, 2009, 11:31 am

    What a great challenge, you’re going to do awesome!

  • Adi (oatonomy.com) March 4, 2009, 11:40 am

    The thirty days will fly by and you’ll definitely see a difference! Strength training is such an awesome stress reliever too.

    By the way, I’ve added you to my blog roll – hope that’s okay! My site is http://www.oatonomy.com

    You’re going to destroy this challenge!

  • Bionic Girl March 4, 2009, 11:45 am

    You are too cute! I so would like to do this, maybe I will have to order the DVD. I have her book from last year and found it pretty useful!

  • Missy March 4, 2009, 11:45 am

    I am ordering the dvd now! I can’t wait to see your results!! Good luck!

  • Dori March 4, 2009, 11:46 am

    Thanks so much for the note about the weights – I JUST bought 5 lb weights (unopened) so I think I will buy a lighter set and return the 5 lbs for now.

  • Nicci March 4, 2009, 11:51 am

    I was about to sne dthe dvd back to netflix, but I’ll keep it and join in!!

  • Betsy March 4, 2009, 11:53 am

    I’m so glad you’re doing this and being 100% honest and open about it… I’ve been so intrigued by this program. Can’t wait to see the results after 30 days!

  • redheadedjournal March 4, 2009, 12:03 pm

    Good luck!

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) March 4, 2009, 12:46 pm

    That’s it, I’m so getting this. Everybody’s doing it so I might as well jump on the train too. ๐Ÿ˜€

    And oh my goodness about women and running. It amazes me that it wasn’t that long ago where women had no freedom. Good lord.

  • fitforfree March 4, 2009, 12:52 pm

    It’s only 20 minutes?? I should check this out!

  • Justine March 4, 2009, 1:13 pm

    I did this workout once on my Exercise TV on demand and from what I remember it kicked my butt!
    Just wondering, but aren’t you only supposed to do weight training every other day? I guess since you’re using lighter weights that it may not be much of an issue, but just wondering what you thought!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 4, 2009, 1:15 pm

    justine – im not a personal trainer but these are my thoughts. i dont think the 30 day shred really counts as “weight training” — its more “strength training” (i just made up that distinction). LOL. if i was lifting enough weights to be resulting in serious muscle tears that required days of healing, it would be different. i think. ?

  • Kailey (SnackFace) March 4, 2009, 1:22 pm

    Now this Shred thing looks like something I’d actually enjoy! I’m pumped for you!! Also, you look bangin’ already… Hello, beautiful calves!

  • ksgoodeats March 4, 2009, 1:23 pm

    Good luck with your challenges! You are a machine, girlie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Meg March 4, 2009, 2:35 pm

    Can’t wait to see your progress!!!! You already look awesome!

  • Bec March 4, 2009, 2:38 pm

    Can`t wait to see how it goes!

  • Jess March 4, 2009, 3:05 pm

    Quick question for you: What equipment, if any, do you need to do the 30 Day Shred? I really a want to try it, but can’t afford to spend too much on workout equipment like weights and stuff.

  • Sally March 4, 2009, 3:23 pm

    You are in such great shape! I, too, have muscular thighs and it makes me feel bette about myself to see other gorgeous, fit, women whose thighs I would never say are large, have thighs that are the same size as mine. Good luck with the challenge!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 4, 2009, 3:36 pm

    jess – you can use soup cans instead of dumbbells – i think you would eventually want to invest in slighter heavier hand weights (like 2 – 5 lbs) but thats it!

    sally – thank you! thighs rock. who wants chicken legs when you can have THIGHS OF STEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL.

  • fodie818 March 4, 2009, 3:55 pm

    you have such a flat tummy! good luck, girl!

  • Erika March 4, 2009, 3:56 pm

    hey caitlin…so cool that ur tearin it up with the 30 day shred!!! I wonder if this would help me in gaining some lean muscle mass, do you think so? I do weight training classes at my gym and i also do pilates, cardio , and a little bit of everything trying to switch it up, but I don’t want to lose any weight..I just want to gain and have it be muscle if it can be!


  • Sally March 4, 2009, 3:57 pm

    Well I wouldn’t mind having slimmer thighs but I’m learning to love my thighs of steel!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) March 4, 2009, 4:16 pm

    I’m excited to follow your progress and see your after pictures. Best of luck!

  • HangryPants March 4, 2009, 4:35 pm

    Sexy! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I used soup cans for the first week, but then I moved up to 5 lbs. If I can do it, you definitely can!


  • angelcubbie March 4, 2009, 5:23 pm

    I am definitely with you on this! Like you, I’m a diehard runner, but always skip ST. I ordered my video today, thanks so much for the recommendation!

  • redheadyellowdog March 4, 2009, 5:28 pm

    awesome post!! you’re going to get some guns in this challenge!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 4, 2009, 5:33 pm

    erika – yes i think it would help you gain lean muscle mass without losing weight. the “cardio” sections are quick spurts (only 2 minutes), and there is a total of 4 minuts of strength training for every 2 minutes of cardio. give it a try!

  • julie March 4, 2009, 5:40 pm

    I totally agree about not compareing yourself to other people.You have a great body! good luck on the challenge

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 4, 2009, 5:41 pm

    Why are you trying to lose weight? Are you unhappy with how you look?

    Just kidding. I wanted to see if you were paying attention. I was ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Mica March 4, 2009, 5:42 pm

    Yay! I can’t wait to see your progress and results!

  • kristine :] March 4, 2009, 5:43 pm

    when you mentioned the 30 day shred it your last post you inspired me to try it out myself! so i went to target at got it today :]

  • Rae March 4, 2009, 8:07 pm

    I’m in! I did day 1 today just to try it!!

    FYI, for everyone that wants to try this but doesnt have the DVD yet, Exercisetv (online and on cable) has level one and level 2 for free ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thinspired March 5, 2009, 3:13 am

    It’s inspiring to me that you are already so fit but you still want to get stronger! I hope you don’t get any flack for this post (I’m sure it will bring out the haters). You’re gonna rock the shred DVD!

  • Hillary March 5, 2009, 5:35 am

    caitilin – how many of the workouts are different? I’m a fan of the biggest loser workout videos and that has 4 different workouts to change things up. Is this one similar?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 5, 2009, 5:37 am

    there are three levels. each level is comprised of 3 circuits: 3 minutes of strength training (2 moves), 2 minutes of cardio (2 minutes), and 1 minute of abs (1 move). all the circuits and levels are different. so there’s lots of variety!

  • dailygoods March 5, 2009, 9:03 am

    i took my measurements too! i cant wait to see the results! thanks again for hosting this, its giving everyone a huge push! and i love the newsletters, they will help out so muchhhhhhh ๐Ÿ™‚ you are awesome girly

  • Brooke March 5, 2009, 9:24 am

    You’re so inspiring! Good for you for working out today even though you were sore…

  • Lisa March 5, 2009, 10:30 am

    I just recently discovered this dvd! I’m so glad i found your blog! Last week I did level 1 for the first time and it kicked my a**. I was so sore the next day! i did it again this week and i wasn’t a fraction of how sore i was last week. Did you do level 1 2 days in a row or move up to level 2 on day 2? If not, do you plan on moving to level 2 after you’ve ‘mastered’ (or get bored with) Level 1? Good Luck! i’ll be ‘shredding’ along with you!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 5, 2009, 10:36 am

    lisa – im doing the program exactly as intended. 10 days at level 1, 10 days at level 2, etc. i’m going to try to do it everyday for 30 days straight. thanks for reading!!

  • Lisa March 5, 2009, 10:45 am

    Thanks for clarifying. I have the dvd from netflix so i’m not sure it includes the same instructions as the ‘store’ version.

  • Elina March 5, 2009, 12:47 pm

    I think I need to join this. I’m going to email you soon, I think ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous March 5, 2009, 2:15 pm

    I work out pretty regularly so when I started this about 3 weeks a go the first time I used 12 lb weights. Haha. Now I am using my 10 lbs but I need to switch to 8 lb for the lateral raises and a couple others. I am midway through the 2nd video in my own challenge and definately see results. And FYI, for those of you with on demand on your cable the first two videos are under exercise tv for free.

  • eatingbender March 5, 2009, 4:42 pm

    Awesome!! Good luck with this, Caitlin. I am doing P90X for the same reasons – to tone up and increase strength, not to lose weight. I’m excited to read about your progress!

  • Ingunn March 5, 2009, 5:59 pm

    I’m sneaking out of lurkdom to tell you I’m in (except for the days I am doing strenuous hikes)! I just finished the first workout and it is obvious that my upper body needs work…I can barely lift my arms!

    Thanks for always being such an inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

  • dailygoods March 6, 2009, 8:12 am

    ooh last night i really didn’t feel like shredding it up… but i did thanks to this motivation right here ๐Ÿ™‚ i completed day 2 and felt great after. i did the first set of pushups regular style then the second set on my knees. my arms are so weak! this shuold help ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Holly March 6, 2009, 8:46 am

    What makes ME laugh is that Anita is doing the “easy” moves and Jillian says to look at Natalie if you want to look like her… nooooo, I want to look like Anita! THOSE ABS!!!! Hahahahah.

  • Jenn March 6, 2009, 10:49 am

    Caitlin, I was wondering – do you wear your heart rate monitor when you do the video? I’m just curious how many calories it burns. Obviously it would be different for everyone, but just trying to get an idea.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 6, 2009, 10:58 am

    jenn- my HRM is currently broken, but i would guess i’m burning about 140 – 150 calories in 20 minutes. pretty decent!

  • sarah sundae March 6, 2009, 12:23 pm

    WOW! You re totally inspiring me to get my butt in gear and try this.

  • Meaghen March 7, 2009, 6:18 am

    I did my first day of 30 Day Shred yesterday and boy was it hard. I totally thought because I work out I wouldn’t find it hard, but level 1 totally kicked my butt. Just when I was totally exhausted, it was over. Yay for it only being 20 minutes. I’m about to start day 2 now!

  • Ruby March 8, 2009, 3:16 am

    “there you are, bouncing around like you’re on crack” hahahaha! Hilarious stuff!

  • Amy March 9, 2009, 5:36 pm

    Yay, I just put this on my netflix! Now have to finish my other movie so I can get it soon. Can’t wait.

  • bhealthier March 10, 2009, 7:27 pm

    hello darling!

    I wanted to add the 30 day shred widget you put up so that it would link back to your site… but it only posts the url and not the photo etc.

    Do you know what I can do?

  • Dori March 12, 2009, 6:18 am

    Love the picture of you shredding — you look awesome! I’m thinking I should get the knee sleeves too, I suffer from patella femoral injury that rears its ugly head whenever it so chooses…

  • sarah March 12, 2009, 7:13 am

    Jenn, I just noticed your comment. I wear a heart rate monitor and typically burn between 200-250 calories doing the Shred. Last Saturday, it was 277 on level 3, so I must have really been into it ; )

  • megan March 13, 2009, 5:30 am

    I just started doing the 30 day shred (I’m only on day 2) and I really like it. My arms feel like jello! but to me it seems like the cardio parts are so much easier than the lifting parts. I feel like I already could move ahead to level 2 cardio-wise, but i definitely need to wait strength-wise. i was wondering if you noticed anything similar, since I know you are a runner.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 13, 2009, 6:55 am

    megan – i agree with you, which is why im not having the 30 day shred replace my normal cardio. its more of an “addition” to my running. basically, we are hardcore ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer March 13, 2009, 10:57 am

    I’m doing the challenge too! Have you noticed the dark girl (Natalie?) take a rest during the lunges/bicep curls? When Jillian walks over to the blond chick you can see Natalie skip her lunges…makes me laugh.

  • Hallie March 15, 2009, 11:27 am

    Ok, I’m convinced. I’m getting this DVD next week. SHRED, here I come ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah W. March 16, 2009, 7:01 am

    ok I think I am going to start shredding now…..LOl in addition to my running! thanks caitlin for the reviews you’ve been doing on your daily dose of shredding!

  • Holly March 16, 2009, 7:17 am

    Level 2 makes me SWEAT by the end, it’s crazy huh? You’re doing great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • healthy ashley March 16, 2009, 1:32 pm

    I’ve been doing the video here and there and it is TOUGH! I can’t wait to see if it changes your measurements. (It will! Hello, muscles!)

  • Casey March 16, 2009, 2:05 pm

    Okay so I think I was just violated – and it was by Jillian Michaels. I’ve been doing Level 1 of The Shred on and off for a few weeks in addition to my workouts and decided it was time to mosey on up to Level 2. Although I actually found some of the moves easier – I thought the cardio was A LOT more intense than Level 1 and caused every other exercise to be a little bit harder. What can I say, I hate you Jillian, but I love you for it.

    P.S. Natalie is such a bad-ass, she is constantly taking breaks and even tells J.M. the workout “better be” over! I feel like I’m living vicariously through her!!

  • Fast Food Detox March 16, 2009, 6:49 pm

    Thanks for posting about your Shredding. After reading about it for a week and a half, I made the leap and bought it last night. I took your advice and bought 3 pound weights and am so glad. I’m surprised by how much my shoulders hurt after the side lunge shoulder raise thing (okay that’s not what it’s called but I’m forgetting it right now). Again, thanks for the motivation and advice!

  • Dori March 18, 2009, 5:49 am

    Level 1 is GONE from exercise on demand — oh nooooooo! Did level 2 today – and I am not ready for it!

  • Erin March 18, 2009, 10:47 am

    I did Level 1 with 5 pound weights on the 15th…I was so pumped after doing it that I went to the gym right after for 30 min cario and 30 min weights…I think that was a bad idea! I could hardly walk down the stairs the next day (calves?!!), and when I tried to do the 30DS for 2nd day it felt like I was ripping my shoulder muscles !!! Went to the gym instead. Yesteday I went to the gym and did turbo sculpt because I still couldn’t do a push up. Completed Day 2 (2 days late!) this morning.

  • Dori March 25, 2009, 8:58 am

    So Level 1 is back on Time Warner OnDemand, but I am on Level 2 now. I chose to do it from OnDemand and found out the hard way that it has a “10 minute run time” – WTF!

  • Hallie March 25, 2009, 10:22 am

    OK I have a question. 2 actually. The first one is a little dumb. So I popped in the DVD last night to check it out (intention was to do it this morning but the bed won that battle) and I saw where you could pick level 1,2, or 3. So I take it there is only 3 different sessions, right? I guess I was expecting there to be Level one, day one; level one, day two, etc. That’s ok that it’s not like that, in fact it makes sense of course, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

    Also, I currently weight train about twice a week (all major muscle groups) for about an hour at a time. Should I NOT do that and ONLY do the Shred, or is it ok to alternate? I thought you were supposed to give your body time in between workouts to repair and build muscle, but obv the Shred is meant to be done every day. Opinions??

  • megan March 26, 2009, 5:25 am

    Wow – I just did level 2 of the 30 day shred for the first time. Forget what I said about the cardio being easy – this a definite challenge! I was breathing hard the whole time and had to follow Anita a lot. and I just kept yelling to my husband (who was eating breakfast in the next room) “Oh my gosh this is so hard!”

  • Caitlin March 26, 2009, 6:02 am

    hallie – there are three selfcontained workouts in the shred (levels 1,2,3) and you are suppose to do level 1 until you can move to level 2, and level 2 until you can move to level 3. i have been doing 10 days of level 1, 10 of level 2, etc.

    my theory is that you can do the shred everyday unless your muscles are sore. if they are sore, you have torn the muscle (microscopicly) and it needs time to heal. otherwise, youre fine.

  • Dori March 26, 2009, 7:25 am

    The spreadsheet to track my days is now blocked here too!

  • Jen March 28, 2009, 12:05 pm

    I started this five days ago. I did Level One the first day and was kind of disappointed, I normally do Cathe Freidrich workout videos and she’s a demon. Anyways, I started level two the next day and HOLY MACKEREL! It is so freaking hard! I think I’ll be on this level for a while – my arms are weak! And the cardio is so much harder! I love it! I am sweat, sweat, sweating by the second circuit and it’s great since we’ve been having terrible rainy weather for the last four or five days. I’m so glad I got it and can’t wait to get even stronger!

  • Anonymous March 28, 2009, 5:58 pm

    I saw the 30 Day Shred DVD being advertised in my Today’s Parent Magazine. I have been trying to lose my last 20 pounds after having my baby girl. I bought this DVD and have already lost 10 pounds and it was so easy! I can’t believe how strong I feel and I have muscles that I have never seen before. I usually do the Shred workout every other day and on the off day I walk/run on my treadmill for at least 45 minutes. I feel great and my results have made many of my friends buy the DVD. I saw Jillian on the Biggest Loser for the firt time last week and I yelled out “I love you!” The only problem I am experiencing right now is very, very sore knees. I don’t know if this means I am doing the exercises incorrectly or that my body is just not used to the many squats, lounges, etc. I am working on losing my last 10 pounds….can’t wait!!!

  • DLap March 31, 2009, 9:38 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! Sounds amazing! I have been going through a stage where I rather do work-outs at home, and I am running out of yoga and pilates dvds!

  • Shannon April 2, 2009, 6:39 am

    I did Level 1 for the first time yesterday and i am in so much pain today. love it tho.

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) April 2, 2009, 6:00 pm

    Wooo! Way to go on the biceps!

  • Oh She Glows April 3, 2009, 7:04 pm

    You DEFINITELY look more cut and defined in the back view picture! You really do look healthier and more fit. Only 30 days too…wow that is great!
    I have 30 day shred but I havent done it since before my injury. I am a bit concerned about the cardio intervals because as you know its lots of jumping and springing back and forward. If anything the strength part is very worth while and I will be doing it soon.
    GREAT JOB!!! You look awesome (well you did before too obvi, but ya know)


  • Single Mom in the Suburbs April 5, 2009, 7:11 pm

    Thank you for your 30-day shred journal! I’m starting tomorrow – my goal is to advance to ChaLEAN Extreme, then P90X. I’ve lost 90 lbs so far, but still have way too many jiggles, rolls and lumps ๐Ÿ™ Keep up the great work!

  • jack+alli April 6, 2009, 8:43 am

    great job! you look more lean and i can for sure see the difference between the last two pictures! i love the shred! i’m on round 2 right now. i noticed changes in the same areas as you…shoulders and biceps. i’m also doing jillian’s making the cut program-i love it so far…it’s worth checking out it you like her style.

  • Beezus April 8, 2009, 2:01 pm

    Nice work Shredding! As far as the results, I weight trained with a professional tri-athlete/physical therapist and he informed me 5 weeks through our training that you really start to see significant strength gains after 7-8 weeks.

    I noticed changes in musculature within 5, but after 8, he was not lying! So keep it up and see what other kick ass muscles might show up!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous April 13, 2009, 11:02 am

    I love this recap of the 30 Day Shred… your review coupled with Meghann’s review I think has definitely convinced me that I need to try this before my upcoming wedding! When I tried on my wedding dress the other day I was very self conscious of my arms, and I think this is just what I need to make me feel that little bit better! Thanks so much for this! I think I just may do the before vs’ after photos as well!

  • HeatherBakes April 15, 2009, 2:58 pm

    I love this! I bought the shred a few weeks ago but have not been consistent with it at ALL. Your photos have inspired me to pick it back up again ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Emily April 19, 2009, 4:56 pm

    I just started shredding, and I’m on day 2… I love it! And you’re right… Jillian is CRAZY. That woman is INSANE… but I need insanity to get me going ๐Ÿ™‚


  • RissyKay April 21, 2009, 1:44 pm

    This is so motivating for me! I have a love/hate relationship with Jillian and the multiple DVDs of hers that I own. She kicks your butt for sure.
    I have done level 1 and 2 of the shred but not on a consistent basis. I was thinking about trying the whole daily or maybe weekly shred regimen. I have an 8K Saturday and after that I need a new goal, maybe this can be it!

  • aofa May 10, 2009, 11:37 am

    I just finished day two! I woke up really sore this morning, but I love being sore from a good workout because I know I’ve worked hard. I’ve taken my measurements, so I can’t wait to see how much I “shred”! thanks for the post!

  • healthyfitmama May 24, 2009, 9:56 am

    I just started this today. What a great workout! I’m going to take measurements too so I can see my progress.


  • Debz May 29, 2009, 6:47 pm

    Just bought the video and tried Level 1 this afternoon..AAAHHh!! Jillian is TOUGH!…Level one with 5lb weights was brutal! Screamed at the TV and everything. Think I am going to be at level 1 for awhile =( You look great BTW before and after =)

  • Anonymous July 31, 2009, 11:43 pm

    Just started using 30 Day Shred as a supplement to my walking 4 miles per day, ie, raining or a busy evening. I want to yell at Jillian too! Natalie and Anita make it look soooo easy not to mention Jillian talks while she's working out and it doesn't even affect her! Level 1 made me nauseous after the 1st couple of times, but I've built my endurance some now and after about 7 days I'm thinking of braving Level 2.

  • Michelle August 11, 2009, 9:55 am

    Great summary of your experience! I just found your blog and I really enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I'm at Day 24 of the 30-Day Shred and I have had great results too. I was in what I thought was great shape. I work out with a trainer once a week, take a few exercise classes each week (Zumba, try it if you haven't, it's a BLAST!) and hit the gym on the remaining days but this workout kicked my butt. I definitely see more definition in my abs and shoulders. It's great!

    A few observations… I think Anita is more of a badass than Natalie. She never falters and her abs! Holy crap, that girl has a body!

    I laughed when you wrote that you knew every word to each workout. Me too! I found myself reciting it with her and then I took your advice and plugged in my iPod.

    I use 5 lb weights for all of the exercises.

    I agree with Jillian's assessment that this workout *can* be more effective than hours at the gym. I see women all the time just walking on the treadmill or barely challenging themselves on the elliptical. The body is never going to gain muscle that way. And more muscle=greater calorie burn throughout the day.

    Great blog!

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, Healthy living blog :) October 2, 2009, 11:08 pm

    Well done for sticking to the Shred challenge for 30 days! I’m so keen to try it now. Your arms look AMAZING in the after shot ๐Ÿ˜€ congratulations!
    I’m going to try order the 30 Day Shred in to New Zealand now ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nandie March 25, 2010, 1:26 am

    You definitely look great and a lot more toned. The difference is clearly visible. Wow! I am going to start it soon…. Borrowing it from my library.. Want to tone up before we head to the beach vacation for our 1st anniversary …

  • Jane July 27, 2010, 1:40 am

    I have been doing this for 14 days and lsot 2 pounds… ONLY 2 pounds. My clothes feel the same, I look the same ๐Ÿ™ very discouraging.

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 9:07 am

      2 pounds over 14 days is a healthy amount of weight loss ๐Ÿ™‚ trust me – slow and steady wins the race! you can also up the amount of cardio you’re doing by going on a long walk or slow jog afterwards!

  • Jean September 10, 2010, 9:59 am

    In the before and after pictures, one big difference is that the strength training made your breasts perkier – they’re looking great! I just started the shred today and I’m excited for it

  • tammy bigelow March 25, 2011, 8:12 am

    Is the 30 day shred designed to do it everyday? I always thought that you were not suppose to do weights everyday if you are working the same muscle groups. I normally workout 4 to 5 times a weeek.Should i do this alone or with other cardio?

    • Caitlin March 25, 2011, 8:28 am

      I ended up doing it 21/30 days ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madeleine June 14, 2011, 7:44 pm

    I can see a huge difference in your abdomen from the profile view! Just bought this can’t wait to see my results.

  • 30 Day Shred November 2, 2011, 10:41 am

    Great post! Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm going to share this post along with some other success stories Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขve found on my 30 Day Shred results page. I hope to inspire others to try it out.

  • Pete February 6, 2013, 2:39 pm

    This better work cos 1 day in I’m ready to set fire to the DVD…………if only my legs would move

  • britney taylor April 23, 2013, 4:13 pm

    I have heard some mixed results on the 3o day shred diet so I read your blog with interest, From your photos you look pretty toned already but your measurements at the before and after stage speak for themselves. Great to follow your journey from start to finish and certainly gives me the encouragement to start my 30day shred diet. Thnk you.

  • Jennifer May 23, 2013, 1:25 pm

    I know this is a REALLY old post, but I felt like I had to leave a comment saying how glad I was to find it! I am a strength-training-averse runner who just decided a few weeks ago (and like 4 or 5 years late…) to undertake the real 30-Day Shred. It was so nice (and humorous) to read your perspective. I’m trying to still keep up my running while I do this, and every day a new part of my legs hates me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s hoping the upper-body benefits outweigh the aches. Thanks for sharing this all those years ago!

  • Dianne May 25, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Thanks for documenting your experience with Julian Michaels 30 day shred. Im a runner and know that strength training can only help my runs but for some reason I keep shying away from it. After reading this, I think Im going to do the 30 day challenge as well.

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