I do think I need lighter weights than the 8 lb. ones I have because I was struggling with some exercises and form is more important than the amount of weights being lifted.
I like how Jillian talks to you, and found her encouraging, not annoying like some fitness instructors are. I genuinely felt like I didn’t want to (ha!) let her down.
And what I like best is it’s under 25 minutes so I can do it start-to-finish three times a week without necessarily needing to go to the gym at the crack of dawn.
That said, I only burned 125 calories with the workout (Mon and Tues) per my HRM, so not sure how one can “lose 20 lbs in 30 days” doing it as the DVD cover claims. I mean, it’s definitely not something I see myself personally doing as a stand-alone workout since I do love the gym still and don’t have little ones at home demanding attention.
But combined with my usual cardio, it could be a nice complement … and because it’s a total body workout, it will probably be more effective than my trainer’s super-setting routine.
In fact, soon I’ll be doing P90X (once it arrives, “on or around April 27” according to the estimated shipment date), so I won’t be doing Cristi’s training routine anyway, which is quite time-consuming and means I need to be at the gym to do it.
Now that it’s getting nicer out, it’ll be nice to do these workouts at home whenever/wherever I want to, plus still have the freedom to work out outside biking/running/walking and/or the gym (where my beloved Precor lies). And when my hubby doesn’t have class, he can join me.
In the meantime, I’m excited to do a few more sessions of shredding at Level One, and then bump up to Level Two and, eventually, Level Three.
I don’t see how anyone can “lose up to 20 lbs in 30 days” on her plan — like I said, I only burned 125 calories doing it — but I do think it dovetails nicely with the cardio I already do.
All I need now is some lighter hand weights, which will probably come in handy anyway for P90X. 😉