Wedding Day Fitness | Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred

19 Jan

One of the first items that new brides love to tackle on their wedding checklist is the search for the perfect gown. Once said perfect gown is found  and a bride can see how the dress fits, then comes the search for a workout program that will help her get into tip top shape for her day. All eyes will be on her and that stunning Vera gown deserves no less right??

I will be the first to tell you that obsessing about your weight and every little thing you eat is not a good idea and odds are, it will only add stress to your already hectic life. On the other hand, maintaining your health and taking time for yourself is something you must do. This can be one of the busiest times of your life so you have to carve out some “you time” even if it’s just a few days a week. Choosing some type of exercise or activity that suits you and your schedule can be challenging, but there are lots of good programs out there.

One little workout gem I have found in the past few months is the 30 Day Shred workout series from Jillian Michaels. “Wait, isn’t that the mean, loud, tough as nails trainer that used to be on Biggest Loser”? Why yes it is! But let me tell you, this woman knows how to work you out. I was initially attracted to the 30 Day Shred workout because each session is only 20-25 minutes long. Wooo hooo!! My days are pretty busy so the possibility of just working out for 20 minutes was amazing to me. But on the other hand, I also didn’t know if you could really get a good workout in a 20 minute time span. I was used to working out for at least 45 minutes to an hour a day so I wasn’t sure if I’d feel like I actually did anything. But as soon as I finished Level 1 {red faced and soaked in sweat} I knew that you could definitely get a good workout in 20 minutes. The key is that Jillian doesn’t let you take breaks…you are constantly working out for the full time so you get a great cardiovascular workout and burn a ton of calories.

On the dvd, there are 3 Levels and each level gets progressively harder. You do need hand weights but no heavier than 5 lbs. In each level you do a warm-up, and then 3 different circuits, which consist of 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs. Then you repeat that 2 times. And sheesh does it work!! I did the workouts for 30 days straight {each level for 10 days} and could really tell a difference in my body and in my endurance. Here’s a little peek of Level 1:

This is a great solution for brides who don’t have a ton of time to exercise but still want to do some “shredding” and feel great on their big day. Of course I’d recommend trying to eat healthy as much as possible and drinking tons of water along with your work out….but at least with some exercise you can sneak in that occasional slice of pizza and go to more cake tastings!!

Yay for finding a great, quick workout!! Now as Jillian would say, “that’s enough talk, let’s get to work”.

Side note: I have also fallen in love with her “6 Week Six Pack” workout. Great for a little ab toning!

Have you ever tried 30 Day Shred? If so, what did you think??

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2 Responses to “Wedding Day Fitness | Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred”

  1. Katie January 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    I lost all my baby weight after having Lilly with the 30 day shred. Also love her metabolism boost video:)

  2. Misty January 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Love it! I get a good workout and don’t feel like I have an excuse not to workout since I can fit in 20 minutes!

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