The Biggest Winner – Shape-Up Backside (2005)

Posted: April 17, 2012 in DVD Reviews

Here’s another one of those Jillian Michaels’ DVDs from that 5-DVD set I’ve mentioned. It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed one, so I’m getting back to them. I’ll finish the reviews for the rest of them this month!

This one has a specific focus (backside) and is broken into two circuits with two sets in each. The cardio moves average 20-30 reps, while you only do 10 reps of the strength moves.

The Biggest Winner – Shape-Up Backside (2005)

A 5-DVD set that is totally worth it.

Where I Got This DVD: Amazon
Length: Approx. 30 min.
Jillian Michaels
Misty (modifier), Nick, Matt, and Erin
*Note: You need a step and a set or two of weights (lighter, like 3s, and heavier, like 5-10s).


  • Two rounds of 30 reps each of: butt kicks, high knees, side-to-side jumps, and jumping jacks
  • Good stuff—I like how it’s more than step-touches, but it’s not too jumpy.

Circuit 1:

  • Moves include: wide-grip rows, deadlifts, butt kicks with hammer curls, medium-grip rows, wide-grip curls with alternating front lunges, jumping jacks with wide-grip bicep curls, low rows, one-leg pelvic thrusts, legs-up crunches, tick-tock abs
  • This is the longer of the two circuits and definitely tiring. I like this circuit a lot, but think I would challenge myself and go heavier than 5lbs. for the strength moves.

Circuit 2:

  • Moves include: alternating step-ups, supermans, alternating leg raises in plank, mountain climbers, reverse alternating back lunges with bicep curls, kickbacks, hollowman
  • This is shorter, but still challenging. I especially get shaky in the plank leg raises!

Cool Down: Stretch

: Jillian was good in this DVD—not too annoying, but still her semi-silly, semi-trying-to-be-a-badass self. The team is good, too; they have to be to put up with her.
: As usual, a great combo of standard moves and tougher, not-as-usual combinations.
Intensity Level
: Intermediate to Advanced
Buy It?:
The thing I like about this DVD is that you get everything in one 25-minute workout—cardio, strength moves with weights, and moves using your body-weight. My only complaint is that Jill goes really fast and even as an experienced exerciser, it’s hard to keep up sometimes. I really do like this workout though—I’m sweaty and a little shaky after it’s done and if I choose challenging enough weights, I actually feel okay being done for the day after doing it. I would recommend this if you are short on time, need help fitting cardio and strength together, and/or need to spice up your routine. If you’re newer to cardio and/or strength training, though, I would save this until you’ve been at it for a month or two.


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