While at the grocery store this morning, I got sucked into the workout DVD section. Apparently, I was feelinâ€™ motivated at 8 AM.
Iâ€™ve outgrown my at-home strength routine and had been thinking about ordering a new Jillian Michaels DVD. After all, I saw pretty fantastic results when I did her 30 Day Shred Challenge way back in 2009 (my review of the DVD remains one of my most-Googled posts).
After reviewing my options, I decided to go with Ripped in 30.
I chose Ripped in 30 for several reasons:
Heeeello, Jillian. You are lookinâ€™ mighty awesome on the cover.
The DVD includes four different workouts (30 Day Shred had three), a new one every week. Hopefully, this will minimize boredom.
As with the 30 Day Shred, I really like the idea of a â€˜deadlineâ€™ with this workout. 30 days? I can handle 30 days (realistically, Iâ€™m just going to do this whenever I feel like it, but itâ€™s nice to know itâ€™s not going to last forever unless I want it to).
The workouts are only 24 minutes long. I totally waste 24 minutes a day on Twitter. I can find time for this DVD.
I own all the necessary equipment (Iâ€™m using three pound hand weights).
Henry naps in approximately 30 minute segments, so this is perfect to do while hanging out with the bebe.
The format (3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs) was intriguing. Again â€“ I can do that. 3 minutes of strength? No biggie (hah â€“ famous last words).
I rocked Week 1 of the workout this morning. It was typical Jillian Michaels â€“ very challenging and sweaty. I did pretty much all of the modifications, especially for the push-ups and ab work. Iâ€™m not looking to pass out on the first day, thank you very much.
Alsoâ€¦ itâ€™s only been four hours, and my arms are already showing signs of soreness. I may not be able to brush my hair tomorrow morning. And that, my friends, is the sign of an excellent Jillian Michaels workout DVD.