Jillian Michaels Extreme Shed & Shred (2011)

Posted: November 28, 2012 in DVD Reviews

Jillian Michaels Extreme Shed & Shred (2011)

Extreme? Eh, kinda. Shed & Shred? Eh, kinda. Mind-blowing? Not really. A good workout? Yeah, not bad.

It’s Jillian. Looked new and different. I was intrigued by how it claimed to include “everything from kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to yoga to weight training.” And I needed something different while I was at my parents’ for Thanksgiving. So, why not?

Where I Got This DVD: Amazon
Length: Approx. 100 minutes
Workouts: Two 45-minute workouts (or, if done together, it’s about 1 full hour workout)
Instructor: Jillian Michaels
Team: Bashira (sp?) (advanced) and Haley (modified)

Level 1

  • The warm-up includes two rounds of the following: arm circles, jump rope, arms hugs, jumping jacks, and alternating hand-to-foot taps. I liked this—it was a good, simple, somewhat relaxed warm-up.
  • There are four circuits and each includes about 5 moves (either cardio, kickboxing, alternative (Jiu-Jitsu), weighted, ab/core, or yoga).
  • They range from decently easy (sidekicks) to mediocre (lunge + swing/chop) to tough (one-leg mountain climbers).
  • Each circuit includes around 10 reps of each and 2 sets.
  • Haley always does the modified version and I was happy to see that it was indeed easier, but not static. She worked. And Bashira always showed the “normal” move and then the “advanced” move.

Level 2

  • Same warm-up.
  • This level has 5 circuits, but they are the same style—about 5 moves per circuit and 2 go-thrus (sets) of each.
  • The moves got tougher—more plyos (jumping lunges, squats, mountain climbers, etc.), more weighted moves (statue of liberty, bridges with overhead presses, renegade rows with leg raise, etc.), and tougher yoga moves (bird-dog, warrior II to warrior III, full bridges/wheels, etc.).
  • This workout definitely made me sweat and worked me more, however, it was pretty shoulder- and wrist-heavy.

Instructor: Jillian Michaels did a good job of being intense, explaining why we were doing each move, and didn’t talk too much. However, she didn’t always explain how to do the moves long enough before she just started doing them and counting. I got a little lost on a few.
Moves: I liked the variety—from ones I knew, to ones I didn’t, to new twists on ones I use and like. The transitions were definitely quick, so it made each move and workout intense.
Best Workout: Level 2—go big or go home.
Intensity Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Buy It?: Actually, overall, I did like this workout. It’s not often to see moves like those in workout classes and you don’t need much equipment—just one or two sets of weights. Is it going to get you shredded? No, prolly not. But if you’re an at-home exerciser and getting bored, then this could be a good DVD to throw into the mix because it’s challenging, but not over-the-top, Jillian has enough motivating words to keep you going, and the modifications make it customizable.


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