Over the past four weeks, while sidelined from running, I completed Jillian Michaels' Ripped in 30.
Here's what I liked, and what I didn't like...
I cannot speak highly enough of the 3, 2, 1 system: 3 minutes of multiple-muscle strength exercises, 2 minutes of high intensity cardio, 1 minute of core.
Even with a less-than-30-minute workout, I would be drenched in sweat and noodle-armed by the end.
The strength exercises are intense, and just when you think you can't do one more rep, you switch to another exercise.
I also appreciate the brevity of the workout. I can crank out a session before my morning classes on busy days.
There were a few exercises that raised my eyebrows.
Full sit-ups and leg lifts are notoriously bad for your back. I often found myself modifying the core work to include equally-tough, but less controversial moves (planks, hollow-man, crunches).
While we're talking about modifications, I am a fan of JM's plyometric cardio exercises, but with nagging plantar fasciitis, I had to modify some of those to lower-impact options for this go-around. Fortunately JM provides several low-impact cardio moves over the course of the 4 weeks. Whenever a jumping routine would come up, I'd either substitute another of her lower-impact options, or I'd add a set of squats or static lunges.
Also I really enjoyed weeks 1 and 4, but week 2 was a workout that I simply "got through" rather than a workout that I "liked."
I should have Hubby write this section... I think he has noticed more change in my muscle definition than I have. He keeps poking my biceps and calling them guns.
From my perspective, I had to stop stepping on a scale while doing Ripped in 30 because my weight was going up, not down, even though my clothes were fitting better. (Another reason to kill the bathroom scale!)
The program was highly effective for me, and I am sure I'll go through the circuits again.
What's your favorite at-home workout? Least favorite?
What's your take on the "Ripped," "Shredded," and "Insanity" naming phenomenon?