JILLIAN MICHAELS (Shred/Ripped and all the rest) Part 3: Bringing our A-game [cheesy smile]

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Here is a new thread for Jillian Michael devotees!

Whatever JM DVD you are doing, come and check in here...
Any Insanity and Turbofire lurkers, come and join too!

Hello to all from the old thread and big welcome to anyone new, come and join us smile

Greedygirl Mon 13-Aug-12 22:06:24

Thanks for the new thread threesteps. I love Miranda!

Well. Just wrote a rambling post for last thread which was then declined as got to one thousand posts so I will try and be more brief! In a nutshell I said;

Yes it definitely gets more easy as you get stronger. I can now give my 4 yo ds piggybacks on long walks, no sweat. He is solid and previously it hurt my back and arms.

To the kind person who offered to be virtuous with me - yes let's do it! I am giving up booze in September to try and avoid some calories (and a hangover like the one I had yesterday!)

I started RI30 today smile, 29 days till I am ripped!

3monkeys Mon 13-Aug-12 22:43:19

Having finally seen some improvement after 4 weeks of shredding, am going away for 10 days tomorrow. So will probably come back bigger than I started!! What should I do next - ripped or something else? Need a change when I get back

SoftKittyWarmKitty Mon 13-Aug-12 23:18:47

Thanks for the new thread. I got completely sidetracked by the Olympics the last two weeks and only shredded twice the whole time. Getting back on track now - decided to start at the beginning with L1 for a day or so before moving onto L2. L3 doesn't work on my DVD - not sure if it's the player or the DVD itself - it jumps and freezes so that's no good. I may have to buy it again so I can do L3. Very annoying.

What size weights is everyone using? I use 1.5kg and they feel a bit light during some of the exercises but the next size up I have is 3kg and they're too heavy.

notyummy Tue 14-Aug-12 08:33:47

Thanks Threesteps!

Softkitty- why don't you just use different weights for different exercises? Put them within easy reach and then quickly swap over. You are right- one weight is not usually challenging enough so this is a good way of getting round it. Most people can probably do a squat and press with more than 1.5kg- but equally a fair few will struggle squat and v raises even at a lower weight.

Dh has very rudely gone away with work and taken the laptop. Because I got my Insanity workouts via a friend copying them, they can only be played on a computer. Therefore it is back to Jillian for me until he is back. I thought I would try something quite tough and see if the Insanity has toughened me up! L3 and L4 of Ripped this morning it is then.

fretfree Tue 14-Aug-12 08:49:47

Great - found the new thread smile.

Day 4 of 30DS this morning. Not sure that it feels easier yet, but I don't think it feels harder IFKWIM.

I did weigh myself this morning, but have decided that it is not a good idea as my weight fluctuates so much (breastfeeding / expressing and not dieting). Greedygirl - I'm alcohol free but don't know if that would work for support as it has been about 16 months now for me, and I have vowed no alcohol until I reach my target weight (12 kg less). To be honest, the fitness and firmness is more important than the weight. I'm just worried that I can't fit back into any work clothes yet!

fretfree Tue 14-Aug-12 09:06:48

Softkitty (love the big bang reference smile) - I'm only using 1 kg for the moment. Mostly ok, but I still struggle on the front raises with the side lunges in the third set of L1 30DS. Good idea about different weights for different exercises though.

gypsyfloss Tue 14-Aug-12 09:37:15

Morning all. I do the weight swapping thing - often mid exercise. I start with the the heavier one and then when I really can't do anymore I drop down . Each time I find I can do more reps at the heavier weight.

I'm back Shredding until I decided what I want to do next exercise wise. I'm all 6w6packed out ATM ; at least this gets me back into daily exercise without having to think too much about it. It doesn't quite cut the mustard on my abs anymore though. I need to have a mooch around YouTube to check out NMTZ and BFBM I suppose. I'll also like the sound of Turbofire but not the cost nor am I convinced that I would stick to it tbh .

Hope everyone has a good day smile

Glad people have found the new thread smile

Gypsyfloss, if you're looking for something that targets abs, turbofire might not be the best. She does a lot of 'crunches' while you're rushing about on your feet, but they seem to target the sides of the abs rather than the front. (She does have a core DVD though too). You are right it is v £££ and only worth the money if you know you are going to go the distance with it.

Having said that... I'm not really following the schedule they devised, and am picking and choosing my favourite workouts <naughty>!

NMTZ is good for abs, but no cardio in there.

Great idea to get yourself a selection of weights Softkitty so you can chop and change throughout a workout as you need to. I think the heaviest combination I can use is 5.5 kg, and the lightest 1.5 kg. We have a cheap sports shop in our shopping precinct that sells weights of odd combinations at odd times!

Marking place as I plan to start shred in a couple of days

sweetkitty Tue 14-Aug-12 14:07:25

Hello everyone can I join?

Am on Day 2 of 30DS and am in pain grin am an exercise phobic, my BMI is about 22 so I'm not overweight but the weight has starting to creep upwards and I am definitely wobbly so trying to tone up. Plus get more energy so looking at eating less junk. My problem areas are my hips and bum, so out of proportion with the rest of me.

Haven't got any weights apart from DPs huge ones, going to get ome at the weekends been using bean cans blush

notyummy Tue 14-Aug-12 14:11:46

Hi Sweetkitty. Pain at that stage is not surprising at all. Dont stop though! It does get easier and once you get started the aches and pains go away after the first 5 minutes - although sometimes when you struggle to get out of bed you think 'how I am supposed to squats with muscles like these?' grin

Greedygirl Tue 14-Aug-12 18:24:29

Day 2 of ripped completed today. After a couple of weeks of mainly running, my muscles are aching, had to really steel myself to do it this morning! Must send off for the DVD, only got level 1 recorded off the tv.

Fretfree - I really didn't mind being alcohol free when I was preggers/bfing so I am hoping that a month will be relatively straight forward. How do you find it?

Not yummy - how did you find your JM workouts after insanity?

Well I am shattered after a day of looking after my friends 2 ds' alongside my ds, am pooped! Hope you are all ok.

Greedygirl Tue 14-Aug-12 18:25:33

Sweet kitty - yes keep going, it gets better!

fretfree Tue 14-Aug-12 18:33:06

Greedygirl - not a problem really. Going totally without is definitely easier for me that just say having a glass once or twice a week. I do drink non-alcoholic beer - based in Switzerland and there is one called Buckler that is really nice. Very hoppy. But as barley is good for milk production I'm quids in!!

Gottalovecosta Tue 14-Aug-12 18:56:52

Hi,
I'm day 12 of 30DS. Also doing slimming world. I've stuck to the plan this week and only lost 1lb, yet I feel I've lost inches as my top which was once tight is now baggy? Have to admit to being dissapointed with small weight loss but my sister said you can actually retain weight as you gain in your muscles but lose inches from your body, is this right? Might have to invest in a tape measure!

ihatethecold Tue 14-Aug-12 19:01:19

Gottalovecosta. The same thing has happened to me. Have lost 2lbs in 2 months but deffo lost inches everywhere. Can really see a difference.
Have been using mfp and logging all calories. I would have thought I'd have lost more weight but hey ho ! angryconfused

Hello everyonesmile
Thanks for the new thread Threesteps
Today is day 13 of 30DS for me and my arms are so much stronger (actual visible muscle) and my abs are solid although under a layer of flab that doesn't seem to want to budge no matter how hard I trysad

Am thinking about getting ripped in 30! is it any good?

xelliex Tue 14-Aug-12 19:18:30

Hi, I'm on day 17 of 30DS, day 11 of doing L2. I don't think I'm ready to move up to L3 yet as I'm only just managing to do it using 2.3kg weights - although I started out using tins so maybe that's not so bad!

I've ordered no more trouble zones as I heard there was no cardio in it so hope it's easier on my knees? I've not been shredding daily but hope it's still having some effect...

ILoveLemonCurd Tue 14-Aug-12 19:53:33

Ooh I've found you all grin

Greedy girl, it was me wanting to be virtuous, I so want to lose this last half stone! DS is 17 months now and I lost 1.5 stone in the first year after his birth and nothing since. I am stuck. No alcohol in September is good. I'll reorder Ripped and get started on that too. Just a two week holiday in France to put on some weight then the new me will arrive. Jessica Ennis will be sooooooo jealous of my abs hmm!

Bad start today, couldn't find any time to do Jillian, but tomorrow is another day!

Evening everyone and welcome to new peeps on the thread smile

Greedygirl, that's a bugger about L3 and Ripped! Might be worth checking ebay too to see if someone is selling?

Re the drinking, I've been pretty much t-total since last November for various reasons, give or take a few occasions like my birthday! From my experience, I think you'll find one month very do-able. And when you tot up the calories in a bottle of wine say (am I right in thinking about 800 cals?), you'll defo lose weight too, and save money, it's all good! You may even want to extend it once you get to the end of the month!

Alcohol free beer like fretfree said, is nice (becks blue, not quite zero alcohol but close, and Bavaria, which is zero). Low-alcohol wine tends to be a bit bleugh I find...

Re the weight loss / inch loss, I think loads of people have found they haven't lost that much on the scales, but have visibly reduced in size. Lean muscle weighs more than fat so that could for the small weight loss? I think as long as the measurements are going down, and you're feeling good,
it's all good news smile

I did a Turbofire 45 today. Wow, basically! I'd done it before but knew the moves better this time around and I was a puddle on the floor by the end, it's just so fast...and busy!! I really couldn't recommend a better cardio workout, it's just such a pity it's so bloomin' expensive.

Doing a HIIT 20 tomorrow.

Hope everyone's doing well...

GeekLove Tue 14-Aug-12 20:44:29

Hi! I've been shredding on and off since ds2 was born last year. I am also on the MFP thread but am more a lurker.
Food wise I am not dieting but am using MFP to pay attention to snacking and the like and am aiming to reduce sugar and increase protien.
I aim to do shred 4-5 times a week and have kept this up since July.
No had a weight loss AF is visiting now but definately feeling stronger. I am up to 5kg for some of the exercises but drop down to 3kg when I can't go any further?

Anybody find they feel weaker when on your period? This is only my 3rd cycle but it seems to take it out of my system more these days.

Invisible, Ripped is a great workout. Similar format to Shred. Level 1 is quite easy but don't let that fool you, Levels 2, 3 and 4 are quite tough! I like it better than Shred because there is one more strength exercise in each section than the Shred, so shorter time on 3 different exercises, rather than what feels like neverending time on 2 exercises in Shred.

Be prepared though, Jillian is very SHOUTY in Ripped!! She's gone more 'bad cop' in her recent DVDs I think. They must have had endless management meetings and decided her shoutyness should be her USP grin

That's excellent Geek!! And yes, definitely, I always feel very under par exercising when I'm on. I always use it as a valid reason to phone it in!

chocolateshoes Tue 14-Aug-12 20:56:40

have been away for a month so no Jillian!!! eeek. have done Ripped every day since I've been back & found it sooo hard. Before I went away I was often doing RippedL4 back to back with Shred3 plus some NMTZ core. Can't believe that a month with nothing has made it so hard. Arrrggh!

GeekLove Tue 14-Aug-12 21:25:32

I have Shred NMTZ, 6w6p, and BFBM and like to mix it up. I am intrigued by Ripped and Killer buns. Are they more like 30DS or NMTZ for instance?

GeekLove Tue 14-Aug-12 21:33:17

This is the first time I've done Jillian when on AF. I only have 45 mins tops between coming home and an onslaught of boys so sometime i just do three circuits from NMTZ and BFBM. I am aiming for at least 4 times a week but find going away a challenge.

dawnpreview Wed 15-Aug-12 08:46:52

Can I join you?
Just done day 5, level 1 shred. OMG, I think I am going to die!
I am seriously unfit, but I am just about managing to get through it each day.
It is made harder by my 4 year old twins trying to join in and telling me off if I don't do any of the moves right! 'that's not right mummy, you're supposed to do it like this'!

DawnOfTheDee Wed 15-Aug-12 08:50:31

My copy of 30 day shred arrived several days ago. It's sitting there judging me as i haven't taken it out of its wrapper yet. I'm a bit scared of discovering just how unfit i am. Please can someone give me a big boot up the backside and make me do it....

notyummy Wed 15-Aug-12 09:00:57

Keep going Dawn and soo you wont be seriously unfit!

DH has returned with his laptop, so back to Insanity for me this afternoon. Pure cardio and abs. Did Ripped Ls 3 and 4 yesterday. I found the cardio easier (although that has never been the bit of JM stuff that I found hardest.) I found that tricky cardio bit in L4 (circuit 2 I think) much easier - all of Insanity cardio is pretty much at that level for 20 minutes at a time, so unsurprisingly it seems easy in comparison. Most of the strength still felt tough. I think my press-ups have improved (there are a lots of these in Insanity) and i can push them out a lot quicker now - DH commented when we were working out together on Saturday. Not sure I can see any difference on the rest of the strength stuff, apart possibly from jumping lunges. There is a LOT of plyometrics in Insanity so perhaps finally they are not quite such the nemesis to me that they have been in the past!

GeekLove Wed 15-Aug-12 10:18:06

So what is Insanity like compared to JM? I must admit I a interested. The fact it doesn't need weights makes it attractive with respect to travelling.

notyummy Wed 15-Aug-12 11:11:17

Geek - It is tough. The cardio is properly, properly hard. Lots of consecutive exercises back to back that really challenge you (press-ups, burpees; mountain climbers;sprints; jumps squats; moguls; power jumps - like cannon balls in Ripped for those who have done that etc etc.) Most of them are designed as interval training sessions so you do 3/4 minutes and then get a 30 second break and re-start. None of the ones I have done so far have been more than 40 minutes, but I know a couple of the later ones (there three ones I haven't done yet) are 50/60 minutes. That does include quite a bit of stretching though - probably more than 10 minutes of it.

Ooh good new thread!

Haven't posted for ages.
I love NMTZ. I think it is my favourite of all. Although I haven't tried Killer or BFBM
Out of all of them it has made the most difference to my stomach. But it is so long, my whole evening is gone by the time I've done it and then showered! I still can't do all the proper press ups but doing them on my knees still hurts!

I have realised however that, despite purchasing a nifty electronic pelvic toner and using it daily for 6 months, that my pelvic floor is still crap blush.
So I have gone back to my cones. I seem to have lost half of the smaller one grin but since I can't even hold the larger one in with no weight for very long, I think it will be many months till I would need it!

I was 8st 6 and 3/4 this morning, So I have lost just about a stone since March! However I am on holiday for a couple of weeks now and I can't see myself doing a workout at all more than 2 or 3 times, so I will probably be back up to 9st by the end of my hols!

I feel so much better when I've done a workout although I often have to force myself to start it!

notyummy that sounds horrendous! grin

My (lightweight by comparison) Turbofire HIITS have 1 min on and just under 1 min off and I really need that recovery time! I like her HIITs though as the cardio elements change quickly, that and the weird electronic sound effects!

Hi Youvecat!!

I totally agree. I feel really good after a workout, but working myself up to doing it is often more exhausting than the workout itself!

BalloonSlayer Wed 15-Aug-12 12:52:30

Hello! Found the new thread - I just thought the old one had gone a bit quiet . . . hmm

Well done everyone! I am glad to see some new people as I sometimes feel I am the only one struggling with the basics.

Just checking in to report my "diligence"

Shred Level 1 Day 5 completed - 30 points!!
Day 6 completed - 29 points
Day 7 completed - 29 points

And I am now pain-free (woo hoo!) and have dropped back below 9 stone (double woo hoo!) which is probably not due to the Shred as it doesn't make me lose weight (I sneer at the "Lose 20lb in however long" sticker on the front.)

So am pleased with myself.

fretfree Wed 15-Aug-12 13:53:36

Hi all and welcome to the other newbies smile. Day 5 of DS today. I didn't feel tired in my muscles this morning before starting, but now my upper body muscles seem to tire the quickest. Still only on 1kg. Am in awe of those of you bandying around figures like 5kg!

Dawn - I find that it really helps my motivation signing in here each day to update on progress smile

dawnpreview Wed 15-Aug-12 19:03:23

I definitely need motivation, so will be here each day to update smile

xelliex Wed 15-Aug-12 19:10:24

Day 12 L2 30DS, still don't feel ready for L3 yet. Did L1 afterwards with heavier weights to try and push myself a bit as I have no upper body strength!

I caught killer on the fitness channel this afternoon. I tried to do it but I have no co ordination and usually have to watch a dvd first before I can pick up the moves so I was pretty rubbish at it. Was still shaking afterwards though so it might have had some effect.

gypsyfloss Wed 15-Aug-12 20:04:23

Just caught an ad for Body Revolution on the fitness channel which looks just what I need to move on to . More shredding today...it's like an old friend now smile

Greedygirl please have my copy of Ripped. It's just sat here doing nothing and it might as well go to a good home.

sweetkitty Wed 15-Aug-12 20:42:46

Day 3 of DS still in a lot of pain especially my calves. Arms are fine probably as I'm using bean cans still. When does the pain stop?

Anyone tried any Bob Harper?

His ripped core workout is ace.

gypsyfloss Wed 15-Aug-12 22:45:49

Sweetkitty I found at about day 5 it was much better; certainly the groaning when I sat down and the sideways walk down the stairs began to ease by then. Make sure you do all the stretching at the end and drink plenty of water.I know at the moment it's bloody hard but honestly it does get better, much better smile I love Jillian and that's coming from <expression nicked from a poster who's name I can't remember on an old Jillian thread> a complete sports refusenik.

BalloonSlayer Thu 16-Aug-12 09:17:03

Sweetkitty I found Day 5 too!

I shall never forget the crying out in pain when I sat down on the loo in the middle of the night!

Have just done Shred L1 Day 8 - 30 points! < knackered >

If I carry on I should be on Level 2 (my fave) by Sunday.

Now off to have bath and make myself presentable. I have had my hair cut and am really pleased with it but it doesn't tie up properly any more and so after shredding I now look like the Frizz Monster of Doom.

mrssmooth Thu 16-Aug-12 10:04:21

I'm on Day 9 of 30DS and am still enjoying it although getting a tad bored of it now. I've decided I'll do one more day of Level 1, and as I'm doing it 5 out of 7 days, will start Level 2 on Monday. Had a sneaky preview after I finished my workout earlier and ... I'm a bit scared!! Looks much harder so I'm (kind of!) looking forward to going up a level.

Have been wondering about the weights - I've got an extremely old set of hand and ankle weights but the hand weights are very light so I'm thinking of getting some heavier ones. Does anyone have any recommendations?

ILoveLemonCurd Thu 16-Aug-12 11:01:34

Was just about to Shred after a week of NMTZing, and DD just vomited everywhere. Oh god we're on an overnight ferry tomorrow night. All squished into the same cabin. Please don't let this be a bug we'll all get shock

Greedygirl Thu 16-Aug-12 11:24:28

Oh hi, it is so difficult to keep up with you all! Unplanned rest day yesterday but back on track with day 3 of RI30 L1 today.

Ilovelemoncurd - oh no, hopefully just a one off! Sometimes my ds is sick but then no-one else gets it and all is well, they bounce back so quickly so fingers crossed for you. Thank you for offering to join me in being virtuous in September! HAve a lovely holiday.

Gypsyfloss - thank you smile. Very kind of you and saved me £8.

DamnDeDoubtance - I keep hearing about Bob, might try him after ripped.

Quite scared what some of you have said about ripped being a lot harder after level 1 - I am finding level 1 is really making me ache the next day, taking me back to the early days of shred! Gonna treat myself to a massage a the weekend!

gingercat12 Thu 16-Aug-12 13:12:31

Just marking my place. Our holiday is over and I missed Jillian and you very much. Although swimming a lot was fab, too. It means I am not starting all over again.

gypsyfloss Thu 16-Aug-12 15:12:42

Welcome back Gingercat and you're welcome Greedygirl.

Damnde I think notyummy does Bob Harper sometimes (fnar fnar!)

mrssmooth have a look on argos or amazon for weights, or do you have a local sports shop? If you can, and your budget stretches, try and get a selection (say a set of 3) as you'll find you quickly want to move up in weight as you get stronger (maybe ranging from 1 kg to 3 or 4 kg?)

Ginger, welcome back! Glad you had a great time. Ilovelemon, oh no sad. Keeping fingers crossed it's not a lurgy just before your hols...

I did my 15 min HIIT yesterday and have just done my 55 min Turbofire.

Rest day for me as I'm at a wedding tomorrow. Registry office do with a nice lunch afterwards smile. My newly 40 head is putting me in a panic that my dress is not age-appropriate (it's not hot pants or spandex or anything!) - it's really quite nice, bit above knee, a-line-ish with a collar, quite 60s looking, with tights (bare/nude legs never, my legs look like walls sausages). But I've convinced myself I've seen very young things in similar get-up so now fretting <frets>

Have a great rest of day everyone smile

Greedygirl Thu 16-Aug-12 16:53:49

Threesteps - sounds lovely, don't think you need put on a nylon smock just yet! Have a lovely day.

sweetkitty Thu 16-Aug-12 17:15:29

Day 4 level 1 of 30 DS not getting any easier smile stairs still killing me

Big DDs back at school today, DD3 at nursery so loads of rushing about am hoping to fit Jillian in in the afternoons as I'm too knackered in the evenings.

aw thanks greedygirl <puts blue rinse back in the cupboard> Trouble is I rarely dress up so I always struggle with what looks right, as nothing feels right as I'm normally in jeans. I work at home often in my pjs so don't even have to dress up to go to work. When I usually go out, it's always pubs etc, so casual.

Sweetkitty is it your calves that hurt? I can't remember if mine hurt initially, i think it was more my quads.

I'd really recommend doing a longer stretch at the end - I don't think the warm-down our Jillian does after Shred is extensive enough. If you google pilates 10 minute solutions, have a look, she does a really good 10 min stretch which I always use after Jillian'ing (especially Shredding). (The rest of her DVD is good too if you're interested in pilates).

xelliex Thu 16-Aug-12 19:18:54

Day 13 of L2 shred, made myself do L3 afterwards and I'm suffering now!

sweetkitty I struggled with the stairs to start with - it was my knees with me - I found it helped to do alternative cardio moves and have the odd rest day. It got better around the 10 day mark.

ihatethecold Thu 16-Aug-12 20:42:55

Did level 3 of 30ds tonight. Am knackered now. blush
Have been doing mostly ripped in 30 recently but fancied a change.
Still can't do a full press up. Never mind a travelling one!
I really can't do the jumping lunges in L3.
Will have a day off tomorrow cos I'm at work all day. grin

SpringGoddess Fri 17-Aug-12 08:57:08

Am loving ripped in 30 level 2. Jillian is a bit scary in ripped. Managing most of the moves except the push ups, decided to keep working on the basic push up before attempting to lift my leg. Can see muscle development around my shoulders but still no where near doing a proper push up and may be getting a little obsessed with the challenge of trying to achieve it.

gypsyfloss Fri 17-Aug-12 08:59:42

Today....later 'cos I am being lazy right now...I'm starting Body Revolution. DH kindly treated me to it and then did magic so it's also on my ipad smile I'm just taking it easy right now and reading the instructions whilst I have another cuppa.

BalloonSlayer Fri 17-Aug-12 09:00:43

How hard is ripped in 30 compared to the Shred? < timid >

Did Day 9 Level 1 Shred today - only scored 28 sad

However, I have had chicken and salad for tea three days in a row (yawn) and my stomach has gone so much flatter, 1've lost 2lb, and I can feel the stomach muscles again so pleased overall.

GeekLove Fri 17-Aug-12 09:04:32

At the risk of sounding dumb what is this point scoring system in Shredthat some are quoting?

BalloonSlayer Fri 17-Aug-12 09:15:31

Oh Geek I think it's only me . . . blush I put it on here for my own record.

To motivate myself to actually finish each exercise rather than give up near the end, I give myself one point for each one completed. Each Shred circuit has 4 strengths, 4 cardios and 2 abs, so that's 30 in all. If I can get to 30 I feel very pleased with myself. I think when I first started doing this I only got 24.

It has really helped me do better as I was constantly wimping out of the last few seconds of exercises, now I push myself much harder. Also, I am not sure why, it stops me getting so bored, I think because it has altered my focus.

I need to think of a treat I can award myself for getting, say, ten 30 scores. But I can't think of one, apart from going out for a massive curry which rather defeats the purpose grin

SpringGoddess Fri 17-Aug-12 09:41:58

I think ripped and shred are pretty comparable....I just like the moves and the music better. Also I think the stretching in the shred is pretty awful in that it does not last long enough, and it kills my back. I prefer to stretch for longer in a standing position.

Greedygirl Fri 17-Aug-12 10:08:30

Ah, now I understand about the points! Good idea geek!

Day 4 of RI30 done, was really, really tempted to phone it in this morning and my DS wittered and whined throughout the whole thing so I didn't really enjoy it but never mind, one more day of level 1 then bring on level 2!

Spring, I find press ups quite hard too, my entire body shakes throughout! I don't like the sound of leg raises on top.

Greedygirl Fri 17-Aug-12 10:09:46

Sorry, I meant balloonslayer not geek blush x

gypsyfloss Fri 17-Aug-12 12:13:16

Greedygirl dvd went 1st class this morning so you might even have it tomorrow smile

Off for a dog walk and then I'm going to tackle my first strength session of Revolution.

Greedygirl Fri 17-Aug-12 13:06:49

Brilliant thanks! Good luck with revolution. Maybe that will keep you motivated through the winter months? If not, you may have to book a winter sun/spa break or similar wink.

gypsyfloss Fri 17-Aug-12 14:32:12

Oh don't tempt me with holidays. I've already provisionally booked the same place for next year and could easily be tempted away to somewhere hot in the depths of winter.

gypsyfloss Fri 17-Aug-12 15:59:27

Week 1, Workout 1 of JM's Body Revolution done. Well that was great fun. All very old school basic stuff and quite swift progression through the exercises so the 30 mins flew by. It was interesting to see her work a large mixed group and thankfully ( she could be lulling me into a false sense of security) she's not too shouty nor too touchy feely with the demonstrators. Plenty of correct technique/wrong technique explained, which helps me. I've got super shakey thighs now...I think I'm going to enjoy this smile

MamaBear17 Fri 17-Aug-12 16:16:17

I have just bought the shred and will be starting it tomorrow. I dont have a lot of weight to lose but I am wobbly. Has anyone been in a similar situation and got good results? My hubby is going to do it with me and has a little weight to lose x

gypsyfloss Fri 17-Aug-12 16:29:09

Welcome ... the shred is great for wobbly bits. I started it in Dec , wanting more tone especially in my thighs & with only a couple of pounds to lose and it did the job.I also used 6week 6 pack pre holiday. Grab your weights and go for it; be prepared to do the walk of doom down the stairs for a few days and to groan when you sit down- other that that it's fantastic.

Can you tell I've been Jillianed today ? ;)

sweetkitty Fri 17-Aug-12 16:29:55

Day 5 30 DS here, my BMI is about 22 but I'm wobbly too, could probably lose half a stone off my hips and thighs I'm so pear shaped.

It's my calves and front of thighs that hurt the most. Probably better than day 2 though.

Greedygirl Fri 17-Aug-12 18:31:56

Mamabear - I think that JM is particularly good for toning wobbly bits! More than for weight loss. I have lost an inch off my waist hips, bum and back since starting about 2 - 3 months ago. Go for it! You will walk like a crab to begin with but it is all part of the fun!

Gypsy - I thought body revolution was a turbo/insanity type thing, will have to check it out, sounds good.

Oh I am knackered, I am actually looking forward to starting work again next week, me and my ds have just bickered like siblings today! Not clever. Anniversary break away tomorrow. Taking gym gear but fully intend to enjoy the food and wine!

gingercat12 Fri 17-Aug-12 19:22:11

Body Revolution is tempting, I agree. Although I have just started BFBM. Quite proud that I could finish it. I cannot stress enough how much I despise cardio. 45 minutes of it is my idea of hell, but now I am full of endorphins. Hope DS goes to bed early...

gypsyfloss Fri 17-Aug-12 19:51:10

Greedygirl I thought it would be more full on than I saw today but in fairness she did stress that she was just warming us up and building up core muscles to start with. I liked the fact that she was very specific about form ie where exactly to put your hands for press-ups and gave 2 modifiers/improvements for each exercise.
I haven't read through all the diet info that came with it, just the workout schedule and I opted for the "easy" start...there's a crash start that involves a.m. strength and p.m. cardio. I thought that might possible kill me today in the heat!
Hope you have an enjoyable break away.

Sweetkitty see it is getting better grin

sweetkitty Fri 17-Aug-12 20:02:56

Mamabear - I'm on Day 5, I'm totally exercise phobic I've done nothing for about 8 years seriously. In my defence I've had 4 babies in that time and suffered bad SPD throughout, I was worried about my pubic bones but they're fine it's the rest of me that's aching, I don't have proper weights yet as DP threw them all out apart from the 4.5kg ones!! I think arms will ache once I stop using bean cans. Stairs will kill you the next day and you'll wonder how you'll ever manage to do it all again but you will.

MamaBear17 Fri 17-Aug-12 22:45:53

I am excited to get started - haven't done any proper exercise since I had my baby a year ago. Hope my dvd arrives tomorrow!

dawnpreview Sat 18-Aug-12 08:58:05

Have just done day 6 of 30ds smile
Had a day off yesterday as my back was a bit sore. I have the beginnings of arthritis in my lower back and hips, and find anything that requires me to jump around very hard- the cardio moves in 30ds kill me!
I am pleased though, I didn't have to stop as much today smile

fretfree Sat 18-Aug-12 09:05:18

So impressed with how motivated people are. I agree with what you are saying re the stretches for 30ds though. Definitely not enough.

I had a physio appointment yesterday and thought I would feel much better afterwards but my back hurt more than ever! I have, however, seen an improvement since starting 30ds - must be my core muscles reawakening smile. I decided to take a day off yesterday, which will give me a week long rythym of 6 days shred and one day rest. I think I am starting to see a difference. Even though I still can't fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes yet I feel I am getting closer (except anything around the chest. Not a hope in hell there).

gypsyfloss Sat 18-Aug-12 11:52:40

Body Rev week 1 workout 2 done, followed by a spectacular arse over tit moment in the bathroom. Now that's going to hurt tomorrow....and tomorrow is a full on cardio session. Oh joy grin

I agree about the stretching...it does seem be lacking in quite a lot of Jm stuff. The ones at the end of Body Rev are really short so I have been adding my own in.

Hope everyone has a lovely sunshiney day. Did your dvd arrive Mamabear?

notyummy Sat 18-Aug-12 12:21:49

Hi all! Some great work going on here. I did NMTZ yesterday with DH and went for a 6 mile run first thing this morning. Had to get it in before it got too hot. Was mostly lovely- blue skies, running through woods etc......until I fell in the mud and coated myself! Ah well.

xelliex Sat 18-Aug-12 12:51:17

Hi, I didn't do the shred yesterday but did an hour of cardio at the gym and caught L1 ripped on the fitness channel so attempted that.

I got weighted today and I've lost just over a pound since I started but my body fat is less than 20% for the first time in ten years! Was going to have a day off today but now I feel like I want to carry on - if I write it on here I'll have to do it!

gypsyfloss Sat 18-Aug-12 12:57:54

Good news xelliex it's great to see a change to encourage you to keep on going.

Oh dear notyummy sad glad you got your run in before the heat though.

MamaBear17 Sat 18-Aug-12 14:37:41

Its arrived!! Watched level 1 with hubby this morning and he said that he thought that it looked 'straight forward' which is hubby talk for easy. I agree that the exercises look fairly simple but I can see that it is going to be tough! Will be breaking it out tonight once dd is in bed - will let you know if I survive!

fretfree Sat 18-Aug-12 15:08:23

Good luck mammabear! Not yummy - well done on the run. I can't wait to get to the stage where I can add in bike rides and runs and not totally overdo it

gypsyfloss Sat 18-Aug-12 16:27:52

Good luck Mamabear - enjoy smile

sweetkitty Sat 18-Aug-12 16:33:34

I've finally bought some real weights, not used them yet but nearly pulled a muscle reversing out the car park as some kind person had parked really close to me, I have a parking disability and a huge car (4DC).

Mamabear - I found Day 1 ok, cardio was a bit hard but it was ok, the next day I was in agony though.

SpringGoddess Sat 18-Aug-12 18:41:29

Have pulled a shoulder muscle, so I'm taking a rest from Ripped and consentrating on running for a week or so. Just bought heavier weights too, slightly peeved that any meagre progress I've made on my push ups will start to erode.
How's everyone coping with exercising in this heat? I'm off for an 8k run first thing otherwise I think I might die!

ihatethecold Sat 18-Aug-12 19:51:18

No DVDs for me today. Took the kids to thetford forest and cycled for hours.
My dd nearly keeled over with the heat.
Fun though. grin

MamaBear17 Sat 18-Aug-12 19:56:25

Just completed my first workout - leve 1 The Shred. I LOVED IT!!! I am shaky and I know I will ache tomorrow but it felt manageable - tough - but I managed to complete all of the moves except the second set of push ups (which I did the beginners way). I am now quietly confident that I will be able to give it a bit more ooomph tomorrow as I held back to start with fearing what was to come. Ooomph that is, if I can move! My legs feel like jelly but this is the first workout I have done at high intensity since I got pregnant 20 months ago! Im sweating! I think im on an endorphin high! grin

sweetkitty Sat 18-Aug-12 20:59:49

grin mamabear glad you enjoyed it!!

Day 6 here first day with proper weights so expect the bingo wings will ache tomorrow, calves don't ache so much side of knees still sore though.

fretfree Sun 19-Aug-12 09:37:13

Well done mammabear!! What a great feeling. Sweet kitty - how did it go with proper weights? Spring goddess - poor you. I've also over done it with the shoulder raises (final strength exercise from L1 30ds was the culprit for me). I already feel better compared to yesterday evening so hopefully just one day off might do it. I plan to go for a bike ride instead. I just hope I haven't left it too late re the heat!

WoodlandHills Sun 19-Aug-12 09:42:46

Have been doing 30DS for about 5 weeks now, I definitely look slimmer and a bit more toned....yet despite dieting and sticking to no more than about 1700 calories a day I haven't lost any weight, in fact I am about 2lbs heavier than when I started, so I wanted to ask if its possible to gain weight with the shred while still losing inches?

I should have measured myself at the start but I didn't sad really wish I had now.

fretfree Sun 19-Aug-12 12:52:43

I think that muscle is supposed to be 30% heavier than fat, so yes you can tone up and still stay the same weight.

sweetkitty Sun 19-Aug-12 15:36:51

Day 7 L1 30 DS I still struggle a wee bit with the first round of cardio, arms not too bad, I'm only using light weights though, DD2 done it with me today, she's only 6.

Went down the park and walked for over an hour, half of that carrying DS, arms hurt now, he's a big chunky 2 yo .

notyummy Sun 19-Aug-12 16:59:23

Yes you can lose inches and gain weight. Time of the month? Tbh it is unlikely in that amount of time you will have put in 2lbs in muscle unless you are lifting 20kg weights and drinking lots of protein shakes!! Are you using MFP? I know a lot of people recommend it.

I went for another run this morning at my parents and got lost so did 1 hr 15 mins instead of 45 mins shock. At least I justified my piece of cake thus afternoon!

gypsyfloss Sun 19-Aug-12 17:12:32

Body Revolution phase 1 cardio done this morning. I hate fast feet and I'm beginning to hate Jillain as well grin .I think I might need to schedule in 2 breaks a week. I'm finding this fun but very intensive and my left hip is slightly uncomfortable ; I shall see how much I ache in the morning .

MamaBear17 Sun 19-Aug-12 18:58:30

The second day of 30ds was so much harder than the first! I wasnt too achy this morning but I am now!! I can see how you get results in thirty days - no time for recovery! Feel very virtuous now that I have done it though. Thanks for all of the support, this thread is very motivational x

Good evening all!

Welcome mamabear! The aches over the first few days are completely normal! Stick with it and stick with us, we'll keep you motivated smile

Gypsy keep us posted on Body Revolution, I love hearing about new stuff, programmes etc.

I took Friday and Saturday off and was supposed to do something today but I slept weirdly last night and I've done my neck in. I have to turn my whole body round to look behind me, like an old lady! I'm hoping I'll be better and ready to go tomorrow...

Went to a bbq last night and while I came off relatively unscathed, DP has about 50 massive mozzie bites on him... They are unbelievable! I made a special trip to boots today to stock up on repellent, little buggers!

fretfree Mon 20-Aug-12 02:12:30

Hope everyone is doing ok. Mammabear - keep at it!!! Not yummy
- cake definitely justified.

My shoulder is still playing up. I am really angry about it. It's not like I was being stupid: only 1kg weights!! I'm planning on going up into the hills today to go walking with the LO in a sling and escape the heat. He weighs about 6kg so that should help the campaign!!

BalloonSlayer Mon 20-Aug-12 08:56:36

Oh Blimey . . . !

Finished Level 1 on Sat, did first Day of Level 2 this morning.

What's happened?

Level 2 used to be the easiest one for me . . . 'twas my favourite. Am knackered! And I was "doing Anita" if you pardon the expression.

Only got 28 out of 30 too sad

Am hoping it's down to the humidity . . . ?

< totters off to the bathroom >

mrssmooth Mon 20-Aug-12 10:21:22

Me too Balloon. My arms feel like dead weights now!! But I did enjoy it though, despite getting so hot and sweaty! BTW, how does the scoring system work?

I am expecting 30 day shred to be delivered tomorrow and am very excited to find this thread so will let you all know how am doing!!

You lot are clearly devotees, I'm really inspired by your comments and look forward to joining in.

I'm trying out fasting too, first one today and already feeling hungry. Been on holiday though so have been enjoying myself. gonna be a tough week nut I'm up for it!!

haha i mean i'm BUT i'm up for it

gypsyfloss Mon 20-Aug-12 11:10:28

Threesteps hope your neck is a bit better today.

I went to bed in agony last night , swearing that I wasn't doing any Jillian today but have woken up feeling a good bit better so will probably stick to the plan and do Body Rev workout 1 again today . I feel like I have thighs of steel ATM...reckon I could crack walnuts ;)

Hope everyone has a good day , I think the heat has made exercising a more challenging so hopefully a cooler week will be mean slightly more enjoyable Jillianing.

ihatethecold Mon 20-Aug-12 14:05:00

Someone recommended the biggest loser dvd.
Have to say it was the most uninspiring dvd ive ever done.
Did the old faithful 30ds after. grin
Am quite pooped now. wink
My legs are permanantly really tired.

sweetkitty Mon 20-Aug-12 16:36:09

So far I have been to gymnastics class with DS which involved the Mummies jumping up and down a lot, day 8 of Level 1 of 30 DS and walked to school and back (30 mins) legs are very tired now.

Am scared about Level 2, do all of you wear trainers? I haven't been doing so as I'm indoors on my rug but maybe thinking I need some cushioning.

gingercat12 Mon 20-Aug-12 17:30:33

sweetkitty Not all of us wear trainers, but l2 of the shred involves a lot of plank thrusts, mountain climbers, etc. and I personally feel safer wearing shoes while doing them on a wooden floor. Good luck!

My current favourite is BFBM, but I am completely spent by the end of it. Fancy myself as a bit of kickboxer, haha.

Tried Bob Harper's ripped core. Very good work-out, but some of the moves were too complicated for me. I get more out of simpler exercises.

sweetkitty Mon 20-Aug-12 17:33:45

Plank thrusts and mountain climbers eek

gingercat12 Mon 20-Aug-12 17:35:52

I will need to buy heavier and less cumbersome weights as well. 4-year-old DS did a few minutes of bob harper with my 2kg weights, and DH wants me to buy him 5kg weights. I feel so weak compared to them.

gingercat12 Mon 20-Aug-12 17:41:45

sweetkitty and plank jacks....

Yoinks, 5 kg ginger! I can just about do that much weight for 1 or 2 of JM exercises, but most of the strength stuff I find a challenge with 2.5 kg!

Neck is a bit better today thanks gypsy! I did a 15 min HIIT today as it's still stiff when I turn it and that was the least twisty option grin

Sweetkitty, I'm a non-trainer wearer, but if you have some I reckon you should try them out - it could be the calf pain you've been having will be alleviated by trainers? Worth a try? Good luck with Level 2!

Hello to everyone else, hope everyone's doing well and wishing everyone with injuries and niggles a speedy recovery smile

xelliex Mon 20-Aug-12 20:37:06

Just done day 4 L3 shred and really struggling with it. Hate the mountain climbers and I'm still doing a modified push up. If I try to do a proper push up I can't get low enough to really feel it in my abs. I think I'll be working on this level for more than 10 days...

I tried NMTZ for the first time today - not sure how effective it was as both dds were being very distracting and it was constant stop/start/pause/rewind!

SpringGoddess Mon 20-Aug-12 21:36:05

I'm trying to do pushing ups using a raised platform - back of the sofa currently, rather than doing the knee push ups - I'm up to 16 atm any day now I'll manage 1 proper one, they'll be no stopping me. xell Are you sure you are get the correct form - can you get your dh to video you doing a push up to check.

gingercat12 Mon 20-Aug-12 22:38:02

My autumn challenge is push-ups. Try to do some every day, but just like xelliex I cannot go low enough. Raised platform is a super idea SpringGoddess, thank you.

Threesteps I think the boys / men in my house are real show-offs.

ihatethecold Tue 21-Aug-12 07:12:33

We will all end up with shoulders like swimmers once we can finally do a proper press up. grin

notyummy Tue 21-Aug-12 07:40:13

Stairs are great for press ups. Start quite far up them and work done towards the horizontal as you get stronger. I am firmly of the idea that everyone can do proper pressups (barring those with medical issues) if they persevere. There were lots of pressups in my Insanity (Cardio power and resistance) yesterday! I think it us probably the one that has made me feel least like throwing up, so that probably means it is my favourite grin. Calves a bit sore today though. Day off today, although I will be walking a over London going to meetings. After 2 long runs, Insanity and NMTZ, I feel like a rest day is called for. Back on it tomorrow though!

mrssmooth Tue 21-Aug-12 08:42:26

Oops .. Bit of slow start this morning - dh brought me cuppa in bed at 730, where I've stayed mnetting ever since! Time to get up and get on with day 2 of level 2 30 ds .. Legs ever so slightly achey from yesterday.

mrssmooth Tue 21-Aug-12 09:42:01

Workout now done, phew! Don't mind me lying in the corner quietly moaning that I've lost the use of my arms and I can't walk wink

ihatethecold Tue 21-Aug-12 10:03:53

I've posted a question about the insanity workout in sport.
If any of you do it can you take a look at my questions?
Thanks

fretfree Tue 21-Aug-12 10:13:51

Notyummy - definitely a rest day earned there.

Couldn't agree more with the press ups. I am also looking forward to being able to do them properly. That said, my shoulder is still hurting, and my physio cancelled my appointment for tonight. Very frustrating. I did a long walk with LO in the sling yesterday (he is 6 kg) and will go for another today (3 hours-ish) so hopefully I'm not losing too much of the gains from Jillian.

GeekLove Tue 21-Aug-12 10:24:23

I so want to be below 25% body fat but according to mine I am at 35%, 1% less when I was 11st 7 and EBFing! It can't be right considering I am 8kg lighter and 6cm smaller round waist and hips!

GinniferAndTonic Tue 21-Aug-12 10:27:13

Hi, may I join you ladies?

I'm on day 21 of the Shred, moving up to level 3 in a day or two. This is the first exercise program I've done, ever. My BMI is 21 so I'm not looking to lose a lot of weight, but I do need to lose a bit to be comfortable in myself. I'm very tall with a slight frame and currently my mid-section is too big and flabby compared to the rest of me. I can live with thighs and bum having some extra, but the muffin top is horrendous...

I see from your posts that you all use what seem to me very heavy weights! I'm using 0.5 kg (yes, that's 0.5 kg, feel free to mock) and even so I struggle with the strength part. Abs I can do quite well and cardio is mostly ok, but the strength is where I feel I'm going to die.

dawnpreview Tue 21-Aug-12 10:28:22

Wow, everyone is doing so well smile
Coming here is definitely keeping me motivated to carry on. Day 8 of level 1 shred today. Found it very tough today, my legs were all shaky! Think I am going to stay on level one for the rest of the week, and then try moving up to level 2 next week- I am terrified of what is going to be in level 2!
Can't wait until the kids start school and I can go back to swimming every morning as well.

WoodlandHills Tue 21-Aug-12 10:36:24

Got another question if someone wouldn't mind answering....I know you are meant to do it every day for 30 days at first (hence 30 day shred) but after that, what do you do then? do you still do it every day? confused

As I am sure I have heard you are not meant to do the same exercise every day, you should have a break to allow your muscles to repair (or something blush )

fretfree Tue 21-Aug-12 11:01:20

Hi ginniferandtonic - welcome! Nothing wrong with 0.5kg weights. I was on 1kg and they were too much for some of the exercises sad. No point in getting an injury.

Woodland - I always found that my % body fat changed a lot depending on how hydrated I was because of the way the machine works. Could be the case with all this hot weather?

So busy on here, it's great!

<drags mrssmooth from corner and plonks her on sofa>

Ihatethecold, notyummy is the person to ask about Insanity...she sounded like she's rushing round London today but sure she'll respond later. (It sounds proper 'ardcore!)

Welcome to all new peeps on the thread smile

Giniffer 0.5 is absolutely fine!! As long as they are challenging you they're doing the job... I find the strength/weights stuff much harder than cardio generally, so you are not alone!

Hi Woodland! I think very few people actually manage 30 days back to back, there's usually a rest day or two somewhere in the week. As for when you finish, well the world of Jillian Michaels is your oyster!

You could go back through Shred with heavier weights, or you could move on to something different. Ripped is the same length as Shred and has 1 more level (levels 2, 3 and 4 are generally a step up from Shred so it would be a good progression). She's got loads of other DVDs too, depending on what you're looking for (toning, cardio, abs, buns 'n' thighs grin).

Not sure what to do later today. Neck still rather stiff so may rest again, although I don't want to as I'm on holiday from Friday for a week so will be doing a fair bit of resting then!

Have a good day all smile

ihatethecold Tue 21-Aug-12 11:11:41

Thanks 3steps smile

chocolateshoes Tue 21-Aug-12 11:16:29

hi Woodland, once I'd finished Shred I went back to L2 but with higher weights, and then L3 with higher weights. I then bought Ripped and started on L2 still with the higher weights. . having completed that I now do RippedL4 most days, 3 times a week add ShredL3 back to back & also add some extra core exercises from NMTZ. I usually have a day 'off' and do a quick tabata.

SpringGoddess Tue 21-Aug-12 11:44:18

geeklove how are you measuring your body fat percentage? I ask because quite a few of the online calculators are malfunctioning - you can check by reducing your measurements/weight and seeing the impact on the calculated result. I was getting around 30% fat on quite a few, which is clearly bollocks as I'm size 8-10 and fairly fit and 30% fat meant about average on their interpretation tables...there is no way that a person who is fit and a size 8-10 with a BMI of 20 is of average body fat. The machine in Boots faired no better. I suspect quite a few of them may be trying to sell dieting products.
I have given up with body fat measurements - they are just to hard to get right, the best thing to go on is a tape measure or your clothing.
woodlandhills I don't think you should even do the shred 7 days a week, your muscles need time to recover and build, overdoing it can leave you more vulnerable to injury, suggest 1 or 2 rest days a week, you could walk or swim on the rest days if you wanted to do something active.

GeekLove Tue 21-Aug-12 12:07:08

I'm using a handheld measurement device for bodyfat. I might try online one if anybody has a good one.

As for rest after last week when I was focusing on doing 2x2 circuits from NMTZ I so needed a day off after 4 days on as the fatigue is cumulative. If you don't fancy a complete day off do more cardio. I think it is best to mix things up exercise wise.

GeekLove Tue 21-Aug-12 14:49:31

Hi ginnifer! Don't worry about the weights others are using, you start where you start. Keep up and it won't be long before you do heavier weights. What you could do is introduce a heavier weight to some of the moves like shoulder press or hammer curls or use a heavier weight and switch to a lighter weight when you reach a limit.
For 30DS you should be using a weight that's around 15 Rm ie 15 reps before failure I reckon.

BalloonSlayer Tue 21-Aug-12 16:14:37

Hi Ginnifer my weights are 1kg because that's the lightest I could get and they are much too heavy for me. I am so feeble! I don't think I shall ever move on to a heavier weight!

sweetkitty Tue 21-Aug-12 16:18:30

Day 9 L1here getting there. I'm using 1.3kg which I find ok, I've just started started so don't want it ramp it up too much.

My birthday today have already had some Green & Blacks, curry for dinner and birthday cake, diet out the window. I have been bad the last week as well need to get back on it.

Greedygirl Tue 21-Aug-12 18:38:56

hi everyone and welcome to the new posters.

Well our anniversary weekend away was a bit of a disaster, ended up having to take our DS with us due to babysitting issues - not the most romantic having a 4 yo little boy with you! Worse still, the two day break from exercising seems to have sent me off on a downward spiral. I haven't done anything Monday, Tuesday and all I want to do is eat! I feel really crap sad. Hopefully is just a passing phase!!

Your birthday tea sounds yummy Sweetkitty!

gingercat12 Tue 21-Aug-12 19:41:34

Greedygirl Left to my own devices I would do nothing but eat on any day sad Can you be expecting? wink

Ginnifer I use 2 kg weights but started with 1 kg weights in January, and for things that put pressure on your back like superman, etc. I do not dare to use anything. I always had problems with my lower back.

notyummy How do you do it?!

I had a lovely day at the beach. Away-day with a long walk. I felt very smug, as I could not bring myself to even touch the chips from the chippy (a few years ago I was sick for days after having chips from a chippy and ever since then I am quite wary of them). I got home an hour early so decided to do BFBM. Similarly to MrsSmooth I cannot move now [waves to MrsSmooth while munching on imaginary Green and Blacks]

Gingercat your day sounds lovely smile

Aw greedygirl, I know exactly how you feel... My downward spirals with food were pretty well documented on a past thread, long-standing 'ishoos' that chose to rear their head again recently. What really helps me is to say well that day is done and dusted, and try not to dwell, think ahead always! Also, getting back into exercise mode really helps too. Hope you are feeling more chipper x

Did my turbo 55 this afternoon. Neck was still stiff and sore so I downed a couple of ibuprofen and whizzed through it...and now it's absolutely fine hmm. I've done that once or twice before and it always seems to have done the trick, maybe letting go and relaxing? Not a course of action I'd always recommend of course wink

Hope everyone is doing well smile

Did 20 min level 1 today & love it!! I see why you're all such fans!

dawnpreview Wed 22-Aug-12 09:15:40

Day 9, L1 shred done!
Actually got through most of it today without having to stop smile Considering I only had about 4 hours sleep last night after another big row with 'D'H, I thought I would find it really tough.

Greedygirl Wed 22-Aug-12 10:47:15

Well done Dawnpreview, impressive on that little sleep, hope you have sorted things with DH.

Gingercat - um, I hope not grin! Nah, just greedy and grumpy, the worst combination for me.

Thanks for the encouragement Threesteps smile, I have decided to ban myself from thinking about weight and food and just concentrate on how my clothes feel and feeling happy and healthy. Have been feeling a bit sorry for myself and knackered !

Well I broke the spell and started week 2 of RI30 today. Feel much better for doing something. Found parts if it quite hard going e.g two minutes of plank jacks and mountain climbers but there were bits that I definitely could not have done two months ago. Watch out newcomers it is addictive!

SpringGoddess Wed 22-Aug-12 11:16:25

notyummy great idea for learning to do proper push ups by using the graduating difficulty of stairs. I'll move from the sofa back to arm to stairs acheiving 20 reps before moving down - I reckon I can do at least one extra rep a day. Being able to do proper push up will be such a boost to my fitness confidence, it's something I never nought I'd be able to do.

Hi ladies, how many calories do you burn doing L1 shred? Have started using myfitnesspal, so helpful thanks how ever tipped me!

Completed L1 again today, find legs & abs very do-able [wouldn't say east] but arms tough so think I need to drop my weight tmrw.

notyummy Wed 22-Aug-12 12:08:30

Jollygreen - calories are variable depending on your size and how hard you are working (i.e heart rate throughout.) My friend who has a heart rate monitor that calculates calorie burn found it came out at 187 for her. She ia about 9 1/2 stone and was probably working at about average level.

gingercat12 Wed 22-Aug-12 12:42:34

What do we think about the P90X workout? It is all over the US news, as Paul Ryan does it. (I am quite happy with Jillian, just curious.)

sweetkitty Wed 22-Aug-12 12:50:41

Thought I was Day 9 of L1 but looking back I'm actually Day 10! Don't feel ready to move onto Level 2 yet, maybe I'll do another day of L1 tomorrow then start L2 on Friday.

gypsyfloss Wed 22-Aug-12 13:22:48

Glad you're feeling brighter Greedygirl.

Sweetkitty You might be surprised at how good L2 is....I love it.

Well done to all Shredders/Jillianers. I did nothing on Monday as I ached all day and then nothing yesterday as I walked the whole of London with DD instead and had a last minute theatre trip in the evening instead of coming home. Today I am procrastinating but will do wk 1 strength 1 of Body Revolution later. I think I might do alternate day sessions as they are so full-on I ache like mad for days after.

GeekLove Wed 22-Aug-12 14:58:51

Just curious whats turbo fire like? How does that compare to JM?

GinniferAndTonic Wed 22-Aug-12 19:30:36

Thanks, very good advice, it makes sense to use different weights for different things. I struggle so much with some of the strength moves that as soon as something feels less difficult I tend to think I must be doing it wrong!

About pushups, which do you think is better: deep but modified (knees), or a less deep but otherwise proper pushup?

Hmm ginnifer, I'm not sure! I mainly do them on my knees, but I think if you can manage 1 or 2 proper ones in a batch that's good going. Although I use my knees, I make sure I can feel both my core and my arms being worked. I've always been useless at proper pushups!

Geeklove, Turbofire is a lot of fun and does cover things like core etc. but not really on the same DVDs. JM is more comprehensive in that strength, cardio and abs all gets worked in the same workout (for Shred, Ripped etc.).

Turbofire is a fantastic cardio workout, and actually I guess the core is worked a fair bit with lots of knee raises and standing crunches. What I really like are the HIITs in amongst the workouts - which are 1 minute drills where you go all out cardio, then rest for a minute. HIITs are apparently really effective for calorie burning.

It is very choreographed and it took me quite a few gos to get the hang of it... and it is of course very expensive!

I would say it might be a bit iffy if your knees give you problems, as there is a lot of twisting and jumping.

That's a bit of a vague description but ask me anything else you want to (or wait for CHST to come back from holiday and ask her as she has turbofire too and may well explain it better!)

Didn't fit anything in today but did cycle 6 ish miles very slowly

Need to get some more in before I head off on holiday so am thinking of a double JM session tomorrow, if I can manage it, as I haven't done her stuff in ages!

xelliex Wed 22-Aug-12 21:47:51

Just did level 3 shred tonight, day 5. It felt easier once I got the first circuit out the way but I'm still struggling with it. I don't think I'll be 'doing Natalie' by day 10, far from it.

I read somewhere that Jillian originally intended that the 30DS should be done for 2 days, followed by a day of cardio, 2 days shred, one cardio, then a rest day? I might try doing that when I finish the 30 days

gypsyfloss Wed 22-Aug-12 21:50:07

xelliex that's the format her Body revolution takes; 2 days strength working on set areas followed by a cardio day and repeat with one rest day.

Thanks not yummy

dawnpreview Thu 23-Aug-12 08:32:54

Woohoo! Day 10, level 1 shred completed. Have lost 2 lbs and about an inch off my waist smile I am very pleased with that. Level 2 here I come!

gypsyfloss Thu 23-Aug-12 08:37:14

Excellent news dawn - what a great result. Enjoy L2 smile

notyummy Thu 23-Aug-12 09:27:25

Well done Dawn!

I did two of the shorted Insanity workouts last night - core cardio and balance (which is one of the easier ones) plus cardio abs. I will either be doing another Insanity or going for a run today - depends on how quickly the plasterer who is here finishes doing our kitchen ceiling. It has a window in to the conservatory where I do all my exercise and I dont think either he or I could cope with him watching me!!

BalloonSlayer Thu 23-Aug-12 09:37:26

Well done Dawn and everyone else!

Day 4 Level 2 done this morning. Still haven't managed to do it all - only completed 27 out of 30 of the exercises this morning sad

But I can feel my stomach muscles like a band across my lower abdomen, like I am wearing a low belt. And my waist looks really small! I have been eating low carb dinners though, which are boring as fuck, so the waist bit is mostly down to that. Not lost much weight to speak of though. Ah well!

I do love the Shred. It's the only exercise thingy I have ever done where I have been able to see the results in my body - and so fast!

ihatethecold Thu 23-Aug-12 11:14:56

Does anyone find that after finishing your jm dvd that you are completely knackered. Not just after but 1 hour later. Say once youve had a shower etc
Sone days i feel so drained after. Not full of energy At all sad

CHST Thu 23-Aug-12 12:10:12

ihatethecold what is your diet like? I have felt like that in the past but I think it was because I needed more fuel. Also, I have been incredibly under stress recently (bereavement) which doesn't help things either.

Am back from holidays. Did not exercise every day. I did walk a fair bit but also relaxed a lot, drank cocktails which is surprising as I am virtually tee total at other times, ate ice cream and still even lost 1 lb. go figure? Either the relaxation has done me good or maybe I lost some muscle mass.
I did ripped level 4 last night and found it hard. So I clearly need to get back into the swing of things. Sweated loads and hate the second cardio circuit as always. Did up the weights though so that could be it. Toying with the idea of being gentle to myself today and picking an easier Jillian. I am really at maintenance now so I need to figure out the balance of food vs exercise to see what works best. Thinking of going for a second round of body revolution again on monday...

gypsyfloss Thu 23-Aug-12 12:25:16

Glad you had a relaxing holiday CHST. I've just started Body revolution...did 3 days then had a 3 day break and have just done workout 1 again this morning. Did you stick to it 6 days a week? Is there more ab work as you get further in? I'm toying with 3 days of it a week and then 2 days of 6w6p. I am struggling to keep weight on atm so don't want to overtrain ; it's finding the balance with time and diet too.

sweetkitty Thu 23-Aug-12 12:35:29

Day 1 of level 2 30 DS Argh!!!!!!

Spent half the time trying to get it and the other half trying to do it, I have no upper body strength so all the plank wotsits are soooo hard, pulled a muscle in my inner thigh half way through too. Can tell why it gets results though.

In my defence (kind of) I have my period so am crampy and generally urgh today plus I have been an absolute pig in the last few days and eaten all my birthday chocolate.

My main trouble zone is my bum and thighs they are huge compared to the rest of me, ok my stomachs not great either (4 babies in less than 6 years).

Dawnpreview - hope you enjoy it too

dawnpreview Thu 23-Aug-12 12:47:10

Sweetkitty- I am scared now! Hope your pulled muscle recovers soon

CHST Thu 23-Aug-12 12:47:58

gypsy there is more core work later on. I did not find the workouts challenging till I got to about workout 5 and 6. I did do it 6 days a week at first but towards the end, did just one cardio a week as I didn't want too much cardio as I am at the weight I want, else I subbed a cardio for another cardio.
I hope you enjoy body revolution as much as I have. I really want to do it again. It is probably my favourite programm of all hers, no scrap that, it is my favourite

ihatethecold Thu 23-Aug-12 12:48:24

My diet is ok. Eggs for breaky. Salad but no carbs for lunch. Then normal dinner.
Will snack aswell. Bit of dark choc fruit. Maybe some toast or nuts
Am eating all my allowed cals on mfp. 1200 plus my exercise cals. I never have any left over.
Dont have caffiene or alcohol!
Nit sure what else j can do to maje my diet better for energy levels.

CHST Thu 23-Aug-12 13:01:04

more protein maybe? Aside from the eggs, how much protein are you getting? How about some wholemeal bread with that salad or are you on really low carbs? I can't live without carbs, seriously couldnt but I eat wholemeal bread and pasta although not every day, I have subbed white potatoes for sweet potato and I have achieved good weight loss with this and must have quite a low body fat %

gypsyfloss Thu 23-Aug-12 14:19:33

Cheers CHST I am enjoying it so far and none of it is too hard yet,however it does make my hips and left knee ache. The stretches are poor I think, so I am spending longer doing those. I think form is v important too and have had DH spend some time with me correcting my position. I think I need a mirror I can ponce about in front of smile

ihatethecold Thu 23-Aug-12 14:23:44

I do have protein in my lunchtime salad. Mostly ham and cottage cheese or a tuna wrap. For dinner i will have somthing like spag bol but very little pasta or chicken with cauli mash. I eat the same as rest of family but try to reduce the white carbs.

BalloonSlayer Thu 23-Aug-12 14:51:27

ihatethecold at what time do you do the Shred?

I find if I do it within an hour of eating I have no energy whatsoever, I can't do a thing. Presumably all my blood is in my stomach helping carry away my food so it sticks two fingers up to my muscles' desperate requests for help. grin

I know your energy slump comes afterwards, but perhaps it is worth doing it at another time of day to see if it makes a difference?

I get up, have one cup of tea, then Shred, then have another tea and breakfast. The rest of the day I am fine - I wouldn't say I feel full of energy because I never do grin but I don't feel knackered.

I just think maybe we all have an optimum time of day for exercise and you need to find yours.

ihatethecold Thu 23-Aug-12 15:13:33

I usually do it about 10am during school hols. About 1.5 hours after breakfast.
If I leave it to do later like the eve then I run out of time or energy sad

CHST Thu 23-Aug-12 15:34:46

gypsy that's what I like about Body revolution, the first stage really focuses on form so that come the later stages form and balance are tremendously improved to take it up a notch eg lots of one legged balancing

gypsyfloss Thu 23-Aug-12 15:45:16

Oh joy...one leg balancing ...with added hard stuff smile

CHST Thu 23-Aug-12 16:07:41

I promise you will be ready for it when the time comes ;) Are you on your first or second week?

gypsyfloss Thu 23-Aug-12 18:38:38

Technically still week 1 as I had a 3 day break after my first 2 strength and 1 cardio sessions . I might pretend it's the second week though and move on to week 3 so I don't get bored.

A very good evening all smile

I'm liking all this talk of Body Revolution, can't wait til it comes out over here...

CHST good to see you back, glad you had a good holiday, sounds like just the ticket smile

Well, I have had a long flirtation with Charlean and Turbofire, but today I went back to my first love Jillian, and loved it grin I just did L1 Shred (not the double session I was contemplating), but really enjoyed it. I wasn't really sweaty at the end, but enjoyed the strength stuff and the bits I'm missing by doing just turbofire. Was feeling that my arms and abs were not quite as tight, and my buns less steely, so felt good to do some JM again!

I think I will do another Shred tomorrow and then that will be it until the 4th when I'm back from bonnie Scotland and London.

When I get back, I'm thinking I will be mixing up JM and Turbofire, perhaps out of 6 sessions a week: 4 x JM and 2 x Turbo for my cardio blast (it really is a fab workout for that). Does that sound like a good plan?

Will check in tomorrow before I head up to scotland to be devoured by midges!

gypsyfloss Thu 23-Aug-12 22:04:01

I think that sounds like a good plan threesteps. Have a lovely holiday smile

Jellybellyrbest Fri 24-Aug-12 00:43:34

Hi there! Posted ages ago; had started shredding, but with small baby/holidays fell off the wagon. Have lurked ever since though & am proud to say am well & truly on my way to being shredded ;-)

Having peaked at 9st 1lb mid July, am 8st 10 tonight! I've lost a total of 6.7 inches!!!! Had my final Bridesmaid fitting this evening & am way happier about following my sister down the aisle next Friday.

Despite fully BF an 18wk old & having my 6 & 4 yr old with me constantly, & a week's holiday, I've managed to Shred 18 days out of the last 24. Am proud of myself. Many days I could quite easily have phoned it in, but didn't! Mostly though am so so grateful to you lot for being so inspirational & making me believe that I CAN do it!! Love love love this thread. Thank you all!

Quick question; have now done 10days at L2 & have seen most change since I started it. Does L3 have the same results?

gypsyfloss Fri 24-Aug-12 08:57:40

Well done Jelly- am very impressed that you kept it all going through the hols with the kids in tow & what an inch loss! I'm sure you'll look fab in your dress smile

Perhaps you noticed a big change on moving to L2 as your body was getting used to L1 exercises and the new ones challenged your body again. So in theory you should notice a difference again when you move on to L3.

dawnpreview Fri 24-Aug-12 09:01:12

Wow jelly, that's a fantastic inch loss smile
Just done day 1 of level 2 shred- oh my good god that was hard! I did manage most of it though, but really struggled on the last circuit. Can barely lift my cup now!

Greedygirl Fri 24-Aug-12 10:06:47

Hi guys, just on train so can't do a proper post, enjoying reading all your posts though. Well done Dawn and Jellybelly!

Going to see Foo Fighters later today so just did a 3 mile run this morning, really, really enjoyed it, legs feeling strong (JM lunges!) breathing great, thanks all for keeping me going smile!

gypsyfloss Fri 24-Aug-12 12:11:37

Ohhh the Foos, how fantastic. I do love a bit of Dave Grohl. It's particularly good music to run to as well. Have a brilliant time...am just a little bit envy

notyummy Fri 24-Aug-12 12:53:25

I am also 'well jell' of the Foos concert! On my running iPod list along with acdc and the Prodigy. Ran out of time yesterday so only fitted a short run in- was planning to do Insanity but plasterer foiled that. 6 mile run this morning. Great weather for it- not too hot or too windy!

We are going to dinner at friends tonight and I think quite a bit of wine may be drunk..., Depending on quite how much gets drunk, dH and I may do NMTZ tomorrow.

Keep up the good work all.

sweetkitty Fri 24-Aug-12 13:00:35

Greedy girl - enjoy FooFighters

Dawnpreview - you must be fitter than me then level 2 killed me

Jellybelly - well done you should be proud of yourself.

Well Day 2 of Level 2 here, was dripping with sweat, I am rubbish at plank position, I pulled the same muscle on my left inner thigh when I did the first set of abs, strange one there, it stings like its on fire but then is ok if I keep going. think I will be Anita for ah long while.

dawnpreview Fri 24-Aug-12 14:17:42

Sweetkitty- I don't feel fit at all. I was barely keeping up with Anita, and did have to stop a couple of times for a few seconds. I am still sore now, my arms and legs are absolutely killing me!

sweetkitty Fri 24-Aug-12 14:34:06

I start with Natalie but resort back to Anita! Yes to aching arms, not as bad as Days 2 & 3 though.

dawnpreview Fri 24-Aug-12 17:03:19

What size weights do you use sweetkitty? I have only got 2kg ones, and I think I need something smaller for at least some of the exercises.

sweetkitty Fri 24-Aug-12 17:40:00

I think mine are 1.5kg! They are tough enough just now. I've not done any exercise in abut 10 years so am finding it tough but am enjoying it. Might even be able to do a minute of plank jacks one day grin

Ooo greedygirl, I am also envy, have a fab time!

I got an MP3 player for my birthday and have been listening to my entire CD collection on shuffle, a very nostalgic pastime! I love technology!

I did a double shred today, levels 1 & 3 with highest weights 2.5 kg and lowest 1.5 kg.

OUCH! I haven't Shredded/Ripped for a few weeks and ow, it really hurts! Everything is aching in a good way, I'd forgotten that feeling!

I am signing off now until around the 4th so happy JM'ing everyone!

See you all in a week or so smile

Threesteps x

MamaBear17 Fri 24-Aug-12 20:43:07

I hate Jillian. Weigh day on Sunday, hoping that the scales are kind to me!!

Gah, had to come back as I meant to congratulate Jellybelly and Dawn on their inch loss, fantastic!!!!!

Was too caught up in my Shred aches and forgot to say!

Mamabear good luck on Sunday, sure the readings will be good smile

Right, really off now grin

x

<closes door firmly>

trumpton Sat 25-Aug-12 08:58:46

I have just done level 1 day 2. I still have my note book from 2 years ago when I worked all my way through and aim to do the whole damn thing again.

My inches lost the first time were
1 inch from each upper arm
1 inch from bust ( I would have liked more )
2 inches from waist
3 inches from hips
1 inch from each thigh

This is spurring me on.
I found keeping a note book and writing down how each day went was a graet motivator.

Good luck to all who are doing it .

I am going to a wedding in 4 weeks and feel so out of condition and there will be a huge ceilidh so need to get my energy levels up so I can keep up with the young one ( by which I mean under 30s )

dawnpreview Sat 25-Aug-12 09:17:38

Aaaaaaargh! Just done day 2, level 2 shred. I was already sore when I got up after yesterday's workout, now I can barely move to type this! Had to stop during some of the cardio, but did manage to follow Natalie in the plank jacks- although probably a bit slower than her!
If anyone wants me, I will be curled up in the corner groaning to myself smile

dawnpreview Sat 25-Aug-12 09:19:54

Meant to say, trumpton- that sounds like good inch loss from your last time shredding. Good idea to keep notes as well.

mrssmooth Sat 25-Aug-12 18:03:05

Have had to take some time out of shredding as we're moving house. Hope to get back into it next week tho, have to say i have missed it but just dont have the time (not to mention the space coz of all the boxes!) Catch u later ladies, keep on going!

notyummy Sat 25-Aug-12 20:43:53

Hope you have recovered now Dawn!

To my shame DH and I were too hungover to contemplate anything more than a 2 mile stroll with dd blush. So NMTZ tomorrow instead then.....

sweetkitty Sat 25-Aug-12 21:38:13

Day 3 of Level 2, stopped a fair bit, am hating all the plank positions, my arms are so weak. Hoping I do better when I'm less hormonal.

GinFilth Sat 25-Aug-12 22:07:25

Hello to everyone! <waves>

Ok. I have the Shred DVD, 9 weeks until my wedding, and really shit knees. Every time I've shredded in the past my knees have become agonisingly painful after doing those bloody jumping jacks. I bought knee braces, which helped me do another week before they became agonisingly painful again.

What can I do that doesn't involve impact but is oh so cardio? In the time that the jumping jacks take?

McPie Sat 25-Aug-12 22:08:09

I have been out of this shred game for a very, very long time! The kids are back in school and I have been able to fit in 4 of each of the levels this week and next week I will do my 60 second promise dvd.
I am now on a Counterweight plan with my nurse and for the first time I have actually lost weight, 3lb in my first 2 1/2 weeks, and I am eating more than I ever did before. I have loads of energy and I can make the plan fit in with my stupid body's dislikes so feel like Im not missing out on anything.

McPie Sat 25-Aug-12 22:17:32

GinFilth I do one sided jumping jacks as my knees cant handle the proper ones or before I used to just jog on the spot for the 30 seconds, my theory is that if I keep moving all's good.

fretfree Sun 26-Aug-12 11:14:51

Hi everyone - well, after a gap of about six days due to injury (but I did do some exercise during that period smile), I went back to 30DS yesterday and today was day 2. All ok, although I am only using a weight in my left hand for the final strength exercise (front raises whilst going side to side). So glad to be back in the saddle.

McPie - I have the same philosophy: just do what you can and it does get better / easier. Just make sure you don't overdo it (like I did sad), as injury can really mess up your plans.

Dawn - we started on the same day originally, so I am looking at you now for inspiration, as well as slight horror at the exercises ahead smile. I have just finished day 9, so in theory one more day of level 1 before i move to level 2. However, I have physio/osteo tomorrow and should not really do much the day after so I think I will wait a while before moving up. Sweetkitty - I am also watching your progress with interest. L2 sound hard!

Well done Trumpton on the inch loss! I haven't taken measurements, but i have a wardrobe of pre-pregnancy clothes to act as my guide (i also have pre-trying to conceive, which means about an extra 5 kg to lose)

Notyummy - remember that rest days mean you come back stronger (as well as reassuring us you are human after all grin)

trumpton Sun 26-Aug-12 13:12:11

fretfree Thank you on the "well done " but that was 2 years ago and I fear I have slipped all the way back up hence starting again ! I hope to get down and stay down this time .

gypsyfloss Sun 26-Aug-12 15:37:48

Back to my real love of 6wk6pack today with added weights on the lying down exercises; followed by a very,very small run. I haven't run for years but felt inspired by the music I had on whilst Jillianing and Greedygirl's trip to see delicious Dave smile It all felt great and more importantly didn't make my knees and hip ache like Body revolution sadly does each time.

sweetkitty Sun 26-Aug-12 20:10:12

day 4 level 2, shoulders aching, still can't do it all even Anita!

Will keep on going though, do you just go up to level 3 at this rate I'll never get there if level 2s anything to go by.

gypsyfloss Sun 26-Aug-12 20:26:07

sweetkitty it'll get better I promise. I started doing the the Shred in Dec and it took a good while for my shoulders to gain some muscle. I used to feel like I'd trapped a nerve and would wake up with a dead arm on a regular basis. Keep going...each day you're getting stronger. And the consensus seems to be that the leap from level 1 to 2 is greater than that from 2 to 3. You can move on up whenever you feel ready- which might be when you're bored of L2 rather than when you can do it all easily.

GinniferAndTonic Mon 27-Aug-12 09:33:34

Wow, some amazing results you have there!

I didn't really measure myself properly when I started, only hips and (high) waist. Weight according to unreliable scales at my parents. I have lost a little from the waist, but jeans etc. feel the same as they did before. However, something quite funny happened the other day: my fingers found a hard bump against my ribcage, and me being me, I freaked out, immediately imagining some unnatural growth or tumor. But then I felt the opposite side, found the same thing and it dawned on me it's the beginnings of a sixpack! The lower parts are still hiding under the muffin top, but... I have abs! It's definitely happening!!

Day 27 today and I went back to level 2. For me it's the best level to get really satisfyingly sweaty - I sweat very little normally so for me it's a sign that things are happening. I have some lower back issues that haven't really bothered me for a long time, but it seems level 3 is bringing out some warning signs, I suspect it's the superman. Also my puny weights are so small that my hands do not fit under them in that leg lift wotsit towards the end. Must get some new ones, I think I'm ready for them... smile

fretfree Mon 27-Aug-12 11:41:20

Hi all. Sweetkitty hang in there. I am guessing I will know exactly how you feel in the not too distant future. Ginniferandtonic - I'm the same on the shoulders. Very weak - and I've had to drop the weight on my RHS after injury. But managed L1 again this morning - even felt like I'm getting better at (modified) press ups. I also went for a 3 1/2 trek through the forest yesterday afternoon carrying 6.2 kg LO in a sling smile.

Moving up to L2 soon smile

notyummy Mon 27-Aug-12 12:13:12

Agree that the leap from 1 to 2 is the hardest!

Aching slightly from NMTZ with DH yesterday. Used mostly 5kg with some 3kg, and modified circuit 6 to make it a bit harder- pressups into plank rows instead of plank rows, and used weights with the supermen. Just come back from 7 miler and feel good!

gypsyfloss Mon 27-Aug-12 14:41:55

Sounds good notyummy . I'm amazed at how much my abs ache after running only a mile yesterday. I intend to work on the distance bit but need some new trainers first. Not today though 'cos a) it's raining and I'm going to be a fair weather runner only and b) the sportswear shop and indeed town in general will be full of BH shoppers.
How long does it take you to run 7 miles?

notyummy Mon 27-Aug-12 14:47:37

7 miles= around 54 minutes.

gypsyfloss Mon 27-Aug-12 15:22:29

ok thanks; that'll help me plan a rough route.

notyummy Mon 27-Aug-12 17:28:44

Not sure how fast you are btw before you start route planning. Compared to the majority of my friends I run quite fast (not boasting - certainly not County level runner or anything, just not bad for a 40 year old that runs for fitness.) Runners world website good for idea of how fast you are/could be. Depends on how fast your mile pace is I suppose.

dawnpreview Mon 27-Aug-12 18:14:53

I have had a couple of days off as we have been doing other stuff over the bank holiday. My dog was also taken into the vets on Sunday, so have had the worry of that as well- hopefully he will be coming home tomorrow.
I am not looking forward to getting back to shredding tomorrow, my body has definitely enjoyed having a rest!
Fretfree- L2 is hard, but I am determined to get through it. I have got some slightly smaller weights, and found that made it a bit better.
Lucky you Ginnifer finding your abs, I am very jealous!

gypsyfloss Mon 27-Aug-12 19:23:13

I'll check out that website notyummy; it was more to get a rough idea in my head of how long approx to the next village and then on to the town.

sweetkitty Mon 27-Aug-12 21:03:08

Right Day 5 of level 2 done cannot believe I've been exercising every day for 15 days, never done that in my life before.

Still having to stop and mostly being Anita (I wish). Am in awe of all the exercise that your all doing.

mirai Tue 28-Aug-12 09:47:41

Sweetkitty well done smile Have you noticed any changes yet or is it too early?

BalloonSlayer Tue 28-Aug-12 10:09:01

Hello everyone and well done all!

Day 8 Level 2 done this morning! Still can't do it all . . . first set of jump rope defeats my knees. But am changing to Level 3 after 2 more days. Although I can't do a lot of Level 3, that bit where you are in plank position holding the weights I just can't do . . . it's agony for my hands to balance on the weight - so I do it without the weights wink

fretfree Tue 28-Aug-12 11:29:10

Hello everyone - very impressed with how everyone is getting through L2 and 3. I did L1 again this morning. I'm definitely getting better at press ups. I'll be moving up soon but I'm travelling over the next 10 days. Do you need any extra space for L2?

Jezabelle Tue 28-Aug-12 11:48:52

OK, I'm sold. Am just ordering Shred off Amazon, but I don't have any dumbells. What weight should I order. I have no idea! I have an OK level of fitness, (started a spinning class a month ago, go running or on a bike ride a few times a week). My arms are pretty weak though! Any advice?

sweetkitty Tue 28-Aug-12 12:27:14

Do you know I did think my stomach looked a bit flatter this morning, I have a wee bit of a flabby overhang and it looked a bit shrunken grin

I'm going to do 10 days of level 2 then go onto level 3 just for something different, I might do Ripped in 30 then go back to level 2 of the Shred or something

gingercat12 Tue 28-Aug-12 12:57:55

Congratulations, sweetkitty! I had the same impression, a less flabby tummy (with more stretchmarks never thought I'd be so hapy to have them) this morning.

I managed to set aside £100 from my birthday money for my next exercise dvd. I am thinking Insanity / Body Revolution / Turbofire or something like that, so I will try to make up my mind while reading these posts. But first I would like to do a full round of Ripped, BFBM and Killer. Possibly 6W6P as well. They just work so well for me.

gingercat12 Tue 28-Aug-12 12:59:11

BTW is Body revolution a dvd or one of these wii or whatever thingies?

gypsyfloss Tue 28-Aug-12 13:38:31

Body Revolution is a series of dvd's with a manual to accompany them. It is very prescriptive- you do strength 1, 2 and cardio for 3days (one per day) and then repeat, with 1 day off in 7. You do this for 2 weeks and then move up to the next sets. You need weights and a stretchy band thing and a bit of space 'cos some of it is running about.
I thought it was fab but tbh it hurt my knees and left hip almost immediately . So I have been back doing 6w6p which I love and works.I have even run and my knees and hips are fine. I've decided atm I'm going to stick to what I know and also increase my running as I'm starting full time uni with placements on Mon and I don't really know what time I'll have to commit to Jillian.

xelliex Tue 28-Aug-12 14:44:55

Jezabelle I started level 1 using cans then switched to litre bottles of water. Once I could do that I got some 1kg and 2.3kg weights which I use most of the time. You'll probably find your upper body strength improves quite quickly.

Just done day 9 of L3 and having hated it to start with I now don't want to finish it! I'm amazed how quickly my fitness seems to have improved. I honestly think I've had better results doing this then I have doing hours of cardio in the gym.

sweetkitty Tue 28-Aug-12 16:57:24

I started with cans and the bought 1.5kg weights, have bigger ones but happy with the 1.5 kg ones for now.

Day 6 of Level 2 for me, still struggling.

notyummy Tue 28-Aug-12 20:02:57

Thighs are killing me! Combination of NMTZ with quite heavy weights on Sunday, 7 mile run yesterday and Insanity plyometric cardio session today has crippled me. Supposed to be another Insanity tomorrow and rest day Thursday. Will see....

3monkeys Wed 29-Aug-12 00:10:09

OK. have just bought 6W6P and some heavierweights. Am bored of shredding now so looking forward to something new!

gypsyfloss Wed 29-Aug-12 07:33:54

Have fun 3monkeys. I love 6w6p ... Only Ll1 though, L 2 is a killer. Once I could do all the moves I increased the weight on the upright exercises and added in a smaller weight to the floor stuff which, for me , makes it a really decent session.

BalloonSlayer Wed 29-Aug-12 08:22:31

I love 6W6P Level 1 too! I tried Level 2 once and it made me cry grin

I shall move on to that again when I have finished the shred as TBH my arms and legs are fine, it's my tummy that's my disaster area.

About to start Day 9 Level 2.

gypsyfloss Wed 29-Aug-12 08:52:18

grin BalloonSlayer

twinkle1010 Wed 29-Aug-12 10:15:39

Hi, hope its ok to join. Ive just started the Shred DVD. Today was day 3 level one. Apparently im very unfit smile

Im also joining slimming world next week and returning to my weekly zumba class. I have done absolutely no exercise during the summer holidays and I am paying for it now!

notyummy Wed 29-Aug-12 11:28:29

Welcome Twinkle - you wont be unfit soon!

Balloon - L2 6W6P is hard. I really should try it after I have completely finished Insanity as it probably should feel a lot easier - the speed and cardio that make it tough are a lot like elements of Insanity.

Thighs feel a lot better. Day off work and dd is at a playdate so I am about to do Cardio Abs and Pure cardio....wish me luck!!

gypsyfloss Wed 29-Aug-12 12:18:03

Have fun notyummy smile

sweetkitty Wed 29-Aug-12 12:43:02

Welcome twinkle - I haven't done any exercise in 9 years so The Shred has been difficult for me

Notyummy - well done doing all that, especially the running, I tried running a few years back, hated it for a number of reasons, DP runs marathons about 3 a year, well not this year as he's damaged his knee after the Edinburgh one and is now waiting on a MRI scan, he's desperate to run again.

Dragonslayer - how you finding Level 2? I'm on Day 7 now, have to admit its getting easier, well a little, I can even do one push up now, notice the one!

Am returning to fitness pal too as I've been pigging out so not seeing any results from shredding.

Greedygirl Wed 29-Aug-12 15:13:42

Hi! You all sound so busy and like you are making good progress! Love it.

Last week only managed 3 workouts (David was amazing btw wink) so I am doing level 2 of ripped again this week. My upper arm strength is rubbish but I can now do sit ups grin!! I am a bit worried about fitting everything in next week when my DS starts school.

TellMeLater Wed 29-Aug-12 15:21:46

Wow notyummy 7 miles in 54mins is fast! Do you always run at that pace?

sweetkitty Wed 29-Aug-12 15:25:54

What's Ripped like compared to the Shred? Quite fancy it once I've done the Shred?

notyummy Wed 29-Aug-12 15:41:14

Sweetkitty - I would say Ripped is slightly harder than Shred - although that isn't the case with L1 Ripped which is easier than any of the Shred levels. There is a big step up from L1 Ripped to the other levels! In particular I think the cardio is harder, and some of the upper body stuff (nasty tortuous versions of press ups for example...)

Tellmelater - I seem to be around a 8 miles an hour pace regardless of how far I run! I can only run slightly faster than that when I do a shorter distance IFSWIM. My best 10k time is around 45 minutes, but that was on a treadmill so doesn't really count - and was after 2 weeks running up lots of hills when on holiday in Oz so was probably in better running shape than usual. Best Half marathon time is 1 hr 45, but I haven't done more than about 8/9 miles tis year as fell out of love slightly with running - but I think it is gradually coming back!

Did my double Insanity session, as per the Insanity timetable I am following courtesy of a friend from another thread. 40 minutes Pure Cardio, followed by 20 minutes Cardio Abs - not actually quite as awful as it sounds, because probably 15 minutes of it in total is stretching, and only about 5 minutes of the Cardio abs is actually cardio - the rest is various forms of v sit and plank torture.

Greedygirl Wed 29-Aug-12 20:11:15

Notyummy - I used to think that the insanity stuff sounded, well - insane! But now I found myself thinking hmmm, maybe that's what I need to do eventually!! You are a fast runner.

Sweet kitty - I did shred then a bit of 6w6p and am now doing ripped. I really like ripped, it is compact like shred and gets me sweating and aching nicely. I am only on level 2 though!

Just been to running club so I now feel like a proper fitness fiend - two workouts in one day! Off to eat some biscuit to celebrate!

sweetkitty Wed 29-Aug-12 20:37:30

My disaster zones are my bum, hips and thighs, whilst I would say no to a 6 pack I want to shift weight and tone my thighs, all excess weight just goes there. Jeans can be a nightmare as to get them over my thunder thighs they gape at the waist. bottom of thighs hurt tonight really went for the lunges today and it was sore leaning the windows today, hurty shoulders.

Jellybellyrbest Wed 29-Aug-12 21:37:47

OMG: L3 Shred.....jumping lunges?!? What Sadist invented those? Plyometrics are an absolute killer....
Due to Bridesmaid commitments I've only managed to shred once since Saturday. :-(
Oh well; my time will be my own again after Friday. School Monday too, so maybe I'll have MORE time to shred & this time I'll put the effort in on the diet front too. Have been told one too many times now how like my mum I'm getting. Great; except she's 58 & has had 7 children. I'm 37 & have had 3! Does anyone follow Gillian's diet plan? Am assuming it's lots of protein & v boring. I HATE diets. When I try to limit myself I usually think about nothing but food & eat more......

notyummy Thu 30-Aug-12 07:46:43

Jelly- I too hate jumping lunges. They are in Ripped and Killer Buns and thighs as well and they get me every time. They are also in Insanity, but he only does 2 at a time and then sprinting. Harder on the cardio but easier on the thighs!!

I haven't done the diet plan but have heard good things about Master Your Metabolism. Quite sensible and sustainable apparently. I don't diet, but have gradually cut down the amounts of certain food I eat (bread, potatoes/pasta). I had been doing that over some time anyway since I read about low GI principles and realised what a portion of pasta/potato/rice should look like. It means I have worked out what I don't feel deprived when I cut out, but I keep cake because I need that!

BalloonSlayer Thu 30-Aug-12 08:49:36

I've just gone off to Amazon to order Ripped after reading the last few posts but it's £24.99 !! shock

Was it always that expensive or have they run short and stuck the price up d'you think?

< fans self >

I always tell people the Shred was the best fiver I ever spent . . . I guess I would have paid £25.00 for it, retrospectively, but I am not sure about coughing that amount up, up-front. confused

notyummy Thu 30-Aug-12 08:53:37

£24.99? Really? It certainly wasnt that when I bought it.

I just had a quick look - there is a boxed set with both Ripped and Killer Buns for £13.99. Perhaps that could be worth it?

ihatethecold Thu 30-Aug-12 09:01:29

I paid a fiver for ripped about a month ago on amazon smile
Maybe try eBay?
I like ripped more than 30ds. It's a bit longer though.

GeekLove Thu 30-Aug-12 09:07:02

Hi folks!

Your right about the jumping lunges. Those and the plank moguls are my least favourate!
Note to others - jumping lunges at 8 weeks post partum are a BAD plan no matter how energetic you are feeling1!

Am really pleased as yesterday I did L2 30DS with 5 kg weights all the way through! Was knackered at the end though.
Anybody else find getting really sweaty sort of satisfying though?

GeekLove Thu 30-Aug-12 09:18:28

Sweetkitty and twinkle

The first week is the hardest if you have been away from exercise but even after a week I felt 'tighter' even if there was no weight loss or appreciable inch loss.
In the past 3 months I have lost about 1 inch from my hips and waist but then I have only about 7 kg in total to lose. If you have more you will lose more so keep up if you can.
Best to have at least one rest day or a day without weights once a week. I am noticably more tired on day 4 compared to day 1.

trumpton Thu 30-Aug-12 10:03:08

End of first week on shred and the trousers I bought are definately looser. I will stay on level one for a few more days trying to be more Natalie than Anita then move on.

GeekLove Thu 30-Aug-12 13:07:56

Would the Shred, NMTZ, BFBM or KB be best for humungous thighs? They are definately slimmer than 3 months ago but there isnt so much fat on them. It is just a case of pushing on. Its just I have lost inches from hips an abs but not so much thighs.

notyummy Thu 30-Aug-12 13:35:43

I reckon a mixture of BFBM and KB could help there...

ihatethecold Thu 30-Aug-12 15:50:22

Whats kb?

gingercat12 Thu 30-Aug-12 18:49:31

ihatethecold I think it is Killer Buns. It is super.

sweetkitty Thu 30-Aug-12 21:07:30

Haven't managed to Shred today, DS hasn't been well, he's just wanted cuddled most of the day and I've been on my own too, homework, dinner and baths took ages too and I'm too tired now. Maybe it'll help to have a rest day (clutches at straws).

twinkle1010 Thu 30-Aug-12 21:14:47

Thank you for the warm welcome. Redaing everyones post makes me determined to carry on.

Forced myself to exercise today, found ripped in 30 on the excerise channel. (Cant remember what the channel is actually called! Thanks to whoever it was on here that mentioned it Ive sky+ a few different things.) It was easier than Shred but I feel glad that I actually did something and I did some extra sit ups and repeated some of the exercises with weights so not too bad.

ihatethecold Fri 31-Aug-12 07:09:47

I'm finding that ripped is giving be a bad lower back. It really aches.
I know it's because these muscles are not used to being exercised sad
Does anyone know any really good stretches for my lower back.
I do the usual like laying down and putting one leg over the other at 90degrees then put my head the other way.
Any others?wink

sommewhereelse Fri 31-Aug-12 07:29:28

I often have a stiff lower back (it's a muscular problem not a spine problem) and I add a movement to the warm ups. I don't know what it's called but you go on all fours, then repeatedly make your back dip and then arch like a cat.

HTH

GinniferAndTonic Fri 31-Aug-12 10:46:56

Day 30! I am shredded!!

As for results, I have definitely lost fat and gained muscle. The muffin top is still there, but according to my DD my tummy is not as "lovely and soft" as it used to be and she's a bit upset actually. My posture has also improved and given that I'm tall and work hunched over a computer, it's a result I'm very happy with.

Now I wonder where to go from here. Work is picking up already and I know I'll have my hands full two weeks from now at the latest. I would still like to do something about the remaining ring of fat around my middle... 6w6p or Ripped? Or just stay with the Shred? I'm a single parent, doing a full-time master's degree course while freelancing as a record and events producer, so during term-time my me-time is very limited. I think I might fit in two workouts per week, and I really want them to be quick and effective.

ihatethecold I have a history of lower back problems (structural, an odd combo of hypermobility and stiffness) and I find that warming up the small muscles around the spine before exercise really helps. I sit on a chair with a stick across the shoulders, holding each end with my hands. Then I move very slightly from side to side twisting the spine. Small movement, not big and dynamic. After this, still sitting with the stick, bend sideways, back and forth, also very small movement. This will pump some blood into the area in just a minute or two, and helps prevent injury.

ihatethecold Fri 31-Aug-12 11:00:20

Well done gandt
Try ripped in 30. It's like shred but I prefer it. Takes slightly longer though.
Thanks for the hints on back stretches.
I'm going for a sports massage this arvo grin

twinkle1010 Fri 31-Aug-12 11:02:26

Just completed day five of SHRED and ordered ripped in 30/killer buns and thighs (£13.99 on Play with free delivery if anyone is interested.)

I think the test will come next week when Im back at work, going to try and get up at 6am to do it before work. Im already dreading it!!

BalloonSlayer Fri 31-Aug-12 12:03:40

Well done Ginnifer!

I've just finished Level 2 and did all of it for the first time. (well, I did "Anita" squat thrusts cos I just can't do 'em)

Start L3 tomorrow or Sunday. gulp. I seem to remember doing jumping jacks with the weights which nearly killed me. I think I might employ a couple of tins for that bit [puny emoticon]

sweetkitty Fri 31-Aug-12 13:01:47

Well done Ginnifer

Good luck with level 3 balloonslayer

Back to it today day 8 level 2 not really into it today think its because I have the cold. Feel dog rough.

xelliex Fri 31-Aug-12 19:27:32

Officially finished level 3 shred yesterday, I'm getting ripped in a few weeks but I'm not sure what to do in the meantime. I've been trying to do NMTZ every few days and I think I'll just keep on shredding and hope it still has some effect.

I did all three levels today and for all level 1 seemed alot easier I could still only manage about 5 pushups before I had to switch to the modifed version....definitely need to work on my upper body strength.

sweetkitty Sat 01-Sep-12 20:54:32

Well done xelliex

Day 9 level 2 here, much better than yesterday, totally over on my fitness pal though courtesy of a birthday BBQ & chocolates.

GeekLove Sun 02-Sep-12 09:55:29

Have been doing more BFBM: went out last night and am appalled that Jagerbombs are more than 200 calories each shock
Still I just about burnt them off dancing like I was a student again
Will do NMTZ today.

Greedygirl Sun 02-Sep-12 16:44:42

Well done to those of you who have just completed Shred! A good milestone. I recommend Ripped.

I have had a lazy weekend apart from a very leisurely 3 mile walk (everything takes 3x as long with a 4yo boy!). AND I went to cinema and ate an entire bag of aero bubbles to myself! Oh well, back to work/school next week so hopefully will be too busy to graze and will just have to get workouts in early in the day - I never manage to do it later. Am contemplating going for a run...

Greedygirl Sun 02-Sep-12 16:45:39

Geek love grin at the jagger bombs and dancing, sounds like you had a good time

ihatethecold Sun 02-Sep-12 19:30:04

I did level 3 of ripped on Friday. It nearly finished me off. It's really starting to hurt my back.
Even in the warm up my back is twingeing.
It's not good. sad

3monkeys Sun 02-Sep-12 19:46:18

Did level 3 shred tonight whileI wait for 6W6P to arrive. Really hard work!! Looking forward to a change

xelliex Sun 02-Sep-12 20:53:00

Did level 3 shred yesterday and NMTZ tonight. Aching nicely now!

ihatethecold Sun 02-Sep-12 21:04:36

Whats NMTZ like?
Is it similar to shred and ripped?
Thanks

xelliex Sun 02-Sep-12 22:05:09

Not really, it's all strength training/toning. There's no cardio apart from the warm up. It's about 40 minutes long, there's 7 circuits so you can choose to do as much or as little as you want.

I like it as I only do cardio at the gym so it gets me doing something I'd otherwise never do. At the gym I'm just far too lazy to adjust all the machines to do any sort of weight training!

notyummy Sun 02-Sep-12 22:45:53

Loving the jäger bombs talk!

On long weekend break. DH and I did NMTZ together before we left on Friday. Did a long run yesterday morning and then we dud L1 6w6P plus skins pilates this morning. Another run tomorrow morning. Lots of eating and drinking going on, but also lots of walking so fingers crossed not too much damage...

GeekLove Sun 02-Sep-12 23:07:46

It was a good night out thank! Partying like it was 1995!
Still managed 3 circuits of NMTZ today - am aiming to do less NMTZ and more BFBM this week for a bit more cardio. It is depressing how much calories booze has though.

ihatethecold Mon 03-Sep-12 08:10:32

Ok. Can any JM experts do a list of the DVDs and what they are like
Eg. Shred= 20 mins of cardio/strength and abs
Thanks I know it's cheeky grin but I want to get more DVDs and lose track of what people are taking about

BalloonSlayer Mon 03-Sep-12 09:12:21

Uuuurgh just did Day 1 of Level 3.

I never liked it so I haven't done it for aaaaaages, so I had forgotten most of it.

But by using tins instead of weights at times and "doing Anita" I did manage to do it all except one set of scissor things - which I would have managed if I'd done them Anita-style, I had my legs too low sad - so 29/30 for me.

I was pleased though that thanks to 6W6P, I now know how to do mountain climbers properly. I remember when I first did L3 I couldn't manage them and was sort of doing those spotty dog things from aerobics while in the plank position, making terribly heavy weather of it and exhausting myself. Now I've cracked them they are a lot easier grin

Totallycluelessmum Mon 03-Sep-12 11:23:30

Newbie joining you all, hope that's OK smile
Am just 3lb off my target weight but my body doesn't look ANYTHING like it looked when I was last this weight confused ...too many dimples, bulges and wobbly bits...age and sloth are terrible things, sob!
Anyway I did Day 1, level 1 today and I kept up (just) although not sure my knees and the floorboards are up to it!
In another 29 days I WILL be shredded.

sweetkitty Mon 03-Sep-12 12:49:03

Hello all

Day 1 of Level 3 for me today, spent most of it trying to coordinate myself into what they are doing, I am doing a mix of Natalie ans Anita. Think my thighs will be sore tomorrow though.

trumpton Mon 03-Sep-12 16:16:10

Day 1 level 2. Eeek. Sweating hard but didn't stop. Did easier level of plank jacks .

salemsparklys Mon 03-Sep-12 18:33:41

Started last night and although it kicked my ass after an hr at the gym i loved it, day 2 tonight, just back from the gym so will see how i do

catgirl Mon 03-Sep-12 18:38:04

hello - another newbie.... have been reading these threads for ages and have finally ordered the dvd - am going to have to get up at 6am I think otherwise I won't find the time.... will I be able to work afterwards?? Seriously, will I?

twinkle1010 Mon 03-Sep-12 19:26:55

Im now on day 8 of Shred level one and still really unfit although I can feel myself getting a little bit better. Still crap at press ups though!!

catgirl Mon 03-Sep-12 20:32:59

Twinkle - how bad did you feel after doing day 1?

BalloonSlayer Mon 03-Sep-12 21:43:21

I can tell you how bad I felt, Catgirl.

I was exhausted after the warm up. Could hardly do Circuit 1 at all ( and I have done the whole Shred through and I STILL think that Level 1 circuit 1 is the hardest).

When I came to do the "Butt Kicks" in circuit 2 I was so knackered that I was totally unable to run on the spot and nearly careered into the bookcase. grin

For a couple of days I was in PAIN. Nearly woke the household up by screaming in in the middle of the night, because I needed a wee and it hurt sooooooo much to bend my knees to sit on the loo . . . but it got better!

It got easier and I got stronger. I saw and felt the difference in my body. No other form of exercise I have ever taken in my LIFE has done that.

Shred is definitely worth doing, IMO.

sweetkitty Mon 03-Sep-12 21:46:56

I have not exercised in over 9 years, I'm am so unfit, after day 1 & 2 walking was painful well stairs and getting up was but you get through it.

I won't say I enjoy doing it but it's ok-ish I do swear a lot at at Jillian though.

catgirl Mon 03-Sep-12 22:07:03

oh my, thanks for your honestly (I think grin ) so I shall let you know when it arrives and maybe I should aim for Friday morning to do first one, so I can hobble at the weekend, rather than at work......

Greedygirl Mon 03-Sep-12 22:23:58

You'll be fine Catgirl! The stiff legged walk and problems lowering yourself into a chair/toilet seat are a rite of passage on this thread! After the first week you won't experience that level of ache again, but yes , you may want to tell Jillian where to stick her plank on level 2!

I have just done Week 3 of Ripped for the first time - it is fabulously horrid! Bear crawls! My knees are going to be jiggered at the end of this week. I have had a really busy day at work but I think JM has helped with my energy levels, it's true it does transform every facet of your life hmm!!

ihatethecold Tue 04-Sep-12 07:18:15

Greedygirl I'm on level 3 of ripped
I don't mind the bear crawl. But I can't do the one where you roll back on the mat then forwards and jump up. sad
Also the jumping squats in the cardio section are a killer. wink

Walkingchloe Tue 04-Sep-12 08:22:24

Hello, newbie here, I am going to shred for the first time ever today!

Could any of you experienced bods answer me a couple of questions? How long do I do each level for? Does 30ds mean I'm supposed to do each level for 10 days? Do I take a day off each week? And what weights does everyone use? I don't have any so intend to buy some today.

TIA!

trumpton Tue 04-Sep-12 08:32:46

I try to do every day
My weights were from a set on Amazon and are 1kg,1.5k and 2.5 in a natty carry case (! ) but the case does keep them together and stop small people wandering off with a weight. *HERE*
I do anything between a week to 10 days on each level. But take it easy .

ihatethecold Tue 04-Sep-12 12:30:53

Walkingchloe. You will be achingcantsitdownonthetoilet Chloe gringringringrin by tomorrow.
Make sure you stretch for 3 times as long a jillian. wink

Walkingchloe Tue 04-Sep-12 14:41:06

Trumpton thanks for that, have ordered those weights so will use tins of beans or something until they arrive! Will definitely take it easy, been a while since I've done hardcore exercise as had DS so may have to ease myself in to it a bit.

Ihate oh god I remember that awful sensation when you have to drop on to the loo as its too painful to lower yourself down from when I used to do boot camp classes, not looking forward to that!

sweetkitty Tue 04-Sep-12 15:42:51

I started with tins of beans too!

Day 2 of Level 3 probably about half Natalie, half Anita. What I did notice today was there's a gap at the top of my thighs shock. The tale of the tape will tell in 8 days no doubt.

Had a McDs breakfast this morning though Fitness Pal is fuming at me, pasta for dinner

BalloonSlayer Tue 04-Sep-12 16:21:39

Ooh I did day 2 of level 3 today as well sweetkitty.

I can do some Natalies and some I have to be Anita. I have also got some tins of beans out as I remember from last time jumping jacks with my 1.5 kilo weights is too much for my sparrows-kneecaps muscles.

My lower stomach is really aching, hurts if I cough. I wondered what particular exercise had hurt it yesterday, thought I would find out when I shredded today - turns out it's bloody all of them! grin

Walkingchloe Tue 04-Sep-12 16:21:55

Ooh one more question, I'm using my fitness pal and I know it depends on body weight etc but how many calories burned does everyone put down when shredding?

trumpton Tue 04-Sep-12 16:29:03

I think about 200 calories but might be nearer 150 as some movements are fairly static. Please let me know if you think any different .

sweetkitty Tue 04-Sep-12 16:48:13

I googled this as well and it said about 150 cals but obviously depends on how erm large you are, fitness pal says 20 mins of circuit training is 152cals do I just use 152 cals for each Shred, if it's more that's a bonus right?

Walkingchloe Tue 04-Sep-12 16:57:51

Didn't think of logging it under circuit training, think I will put 150 and see any more as a bonus too.

GeekLove Tue 04-Sep-12 19:23:59

I remember my first Shread back in May 2011. Lvl 1 with 1.5kg and the next day I felt like I'd gone down stairs in a barrel.
Now I can do lvl 2 with 5kg and a mix of NMTZ, BFBM and 6w6p. Keep up and I swear you won't ache as much next time and by next week you will feel the difference.

catgirl Tue 04-Sep-12 21:06:37

ok what on earth is 'NMTZ, BFBM and 6w6p' - I am at a loss!! DVD still not here, hoping for tomorrow so I can look at the box for a day before getting my nerve up - but I really must do something my clothes are getting too uncomfortable and I have neither the money nor desire to buy new.....will that get me up and exercising in the morning???

Walkingchloe Tue 04-Sep-12 21:47:29

Level 1 of Shred done! Can feel it in my legs already. Had to pause between circuits 2 & 3 for a couple of minutes to see to DS and I was very glad of the breather! Hoping in a way I'm sore tomorrow so I feel like I worked hard but also dreading the soreness at the same time!

RandomUsername Tue 04-Sep-12 21:53:09

Hello folks, may i join?

Ive done the 30 Day Shred twice (never ever got past level 2 though) and have lost 3 stone in the last 5 months

I have 1 more stone to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but have lost all motivation, im eating more than ever and am not exercising at all. I need a kick up the backside!

So im thinking of doing the Shred again, starting tomorrow.

Right, well im going right back to page 1 to read this thread from the very beginning!

notyummy Wed 05-Sep-12 08:42:29

6W6P - Six Week Six Pack: 2 levels. 30 mins each. Mixture of cardio and weights, but only only one lighter weight. Mainly works core and lower body. L2 is TOUGH.

NMTZ - No More Trouble Zones - Weights only. 7 circuits of 6 minutes each. Excellent all body work out. No cardio but you def sweat if your weights are big eneough!

BFBM - Burn Fat Boost Metabolism - cardio only. 7 circuits of 6 minutes each.

Ripped - Ripped in 30 - 4 levels of a mixture of cardio/strength/abs. Each level just over 20 minutes. L1 is pretty easy tbh. All the rest are not!

Killer - Killer Buns and Thighs - 3 levels at about 30 minutes each. Mixture of cardio and lower body with some weights added (not often.) Cardio not that hard, but some tough stuff on the lower body.

I did 5 circuits of BFBM yesterday on the final day of holiday, which means I did something every day! Back home last night and intend to do an Insanity session today and have a day off tomorrow. Weather forecast is great so planning a long run on Friday now DD is back at school - I get to have some exercise time back on my day off!

Re calories - my 9.5 stone friend uses a heart rate monitor and it measured L2 Shred at 187 calories.

3monkeys Wed 05-Sep-12 09:13:55

Getting so disheartened. Have not done anything past 2 days, too busy. Feel like I haven't lost anything. Think I'm going to have to diet aswell, was hoping to get fit without!! Wish 6w6p would hurry up and arrive, bored of shredding now

Nolda Wed 05-Sep-12 12:20:00

Very excited as I have received an email from Amazon saying that my Extreme Shed and Shred is on its way!! Hopefully it will get me back on track as have been in a bit of limbo exercise wise since completing Ripped.

Hope your 6w6p arrives soon, 3monkeys.

gingercat12 Wed 05-Sep-12 12:56:27

I phoned it in yesterday (the first ever day of school for DS and work was too much for me). So today I got up at 6 snd exercised before work. Feel much better, although I hate Ripped L2.

Nolda You'll have to let us know what Extreme Shred is like.

VenetiaLanyon Wed 05-Sep-12 14:17:04

Hello all, haven't been around for a while, and am picking up Jillian again after a 1 week holiday break. Extreme Shred arrived in the post today - thoroughly over-excited grin

Nolda Wed 05-Sep-12 14:37:47

Venetia, are you doing it today? Let us know!

Nolda Wed 05-Sep-12 14:38:33

I see from Facebook that Jillian is going back to Biggest Loser.

McPie Wed 05-Sep-12 17:05:53

I was at the nurse for my weigh in yesterday and was sure I hadn't lost much as I have upped my excercise since the kids went back to school and in the past thats worked against me.
I lost 2.6kg in 3 weeks woohoo smile and hit my first goal in 6 weeks.
Since I started with my food plan on the 24th july I have lost 4kg and 5kg since I first visited the nurse on the 30th may which is a massive surprise to me as I am eating way more than ever before.
I have done 1 week of double shred (x6) then a week of 60 second promise (x5) and this week I am doing all three shred levels one day and 60 second promise the next.

3monkeys Wed 05-Sep-12 20:17:04

Did some Bob programme that I recorded from fitness channel tonight and really enjoyed the change. DD was fab and cheered me on!! And 6w6p arrived today so will try that tomorrow

sweetkitty Wed 05-Sep-12 20:48:13

Extreme Shred now that's scares me

Day 3 of Level 3 here managed to squeeze it in despite v busy day. Trying to be a bit more Natalie and less Anita, sumo squats ouch, rock star jumps cannot do them at all, travelling push ups. Where does that woman get these things from?

Nolda Wed 05-Sep-12 21:58:51

Well done on the weight loss McPie. That's one exercise regime you've got going there!

notyummy Thu 06-Sep-12 08:15:39

Am pleased that Jillain is rejoining BL!

Well done on that weight loss McPie! That is a hard core regime - don't do yourself an injury. What is 60 second promise?

I did Insanity - Cardio Power and Resistance - last night. Tough as usual, but not the hardest of the routines. Soon I will finished all of the month one workouts (which I have taken more than a month to do as I am still doing NMTZ and running as well.) I then move on to month two, which I think is even harder. <Gulp>

Walkingchloe Thu 06-Sep-12 09:23:13

Did day 2 of level 1 shred yesterday and can feel it in my legs and shoulders today. Enjoying it though, let's hope it makes a difference! Definitely more Anita than Natalie, particularly the press ups which kill me!

What is Insanity?

McPie Thu 06-Sep-12 10:22:04

60 second promise is 4 10 min workouts where you do one move for 60 seconds then another harder one for 45 seconds then get a 15 second rest and repeat for the 10 mins.
I can do the 1st one and be dripping in sweat and drowning in it by the 4th one grin.
I am being careful with my warm ups and cool downs but its not really that much different time wise than if I was in a class or at the gym and I dont have to feel stupid in front of others if I cant finish a full section.
I find it no problem doing all 3 shred levels as I enjoy them. I am over the moon to have it all working for me as have been trying to shift weight for years and have normally stayed at the same weight even when I was doing 4 shred levels a day!
The fact that I have been told what I can eat has made a huge difference to my energy levels and I have to be eating twice what I was last year and I was getting nowhere. So I'm an eat more, move more sucess so the nurse tells me smile and if the weight loss stops she can review my allowances and her charts tell her what I have to drop.

notyummy Thu 06-Sep-12 10:45:33

60 second promise looks good! Have bookmarked.

This is Insanity... I was lucky enough to get it free.

Happypiglet Thu 06-Sep-12 11:09:01

Right.... I have not been on this thread since July as I have totally failed to do any JM (except for one session) while the DC were off school. blush
I am too ashamed to read the rest of this thread as I will feel even more inferior.
However....surprisingly it has not done me too much harm. 2pounds on and still look ok ish. I was quite active with the kids except when I sat on my arse for nearly two weeks glued to the Olympics .... Plus there are some passable shots of me in a bikini in France!!!
I did Ripped L1 today when I had dropped off kids to their first day back. I need to get back to what I was doing pre hols ie 5 times a week with at least 2 longer sessions but I can already feel my thighs tightening up!
Hi to everyone it feels good to be back!

Walkingchloe Thu 06-Sep-12 12:49:34

Wow notyummy Insanity looks hardcore but good though. Might see if I can stick to shred and maybe ripped too and then treat myself to Insanity as a reward if I prove to myself I can stick to a programme at home and make a difference. Thanks for the link!

xelliex Thu 06-Sep-12 12:55:34

Checking in as I feel like I've been slacking off since I officially finished shred. I did levels 2 and 3 yesterday after doing nothing on monday and tuesday, and eating terribly the past week!!!

sweetkitty Thu 06-Sep-12 15:33:35

Day 4 Level 3 here, this had better be doing some good. Been good on fitness pal as well, I only need to lose 7 little pounds, why is it so hard?

GinniferAndTonic Fri 07-Sep-12 10:11:50

Ended up doing nothing for a whole week and incidentally I fear this is indicative of what the coming months will be like now that work is picking up. I also haven't got round to ordering another dvd so today I went back to Shred. Did Level 1 just in case I had to start from zero again, but luckily that was not the case - it was mostly easy-peasy. smile I added weights to jumping jacks, punches etc. and did Natalie for everything except the pushups, and even there I managed a couple of proper ones before switching to Anita. So different to how it was just five weeks ago.

This is all so worth it. I don't think I have been super hard on myself either. I push myself but not too hard, if I can't do something then I don't. Likewise with diet, I make conscious choices but don't feel guilty for the odd treat. This approach works for me: it doesn't feel too difficult yet I can see results that keep me motivated.

Happypiglet Fri 07-Sep-12 10:16:32

Well aching badly from yesterday this always happens when I have anything longer than a week off!
Pushed through it and did L1 Ripped again felt harder than yesterday but that is because of my achy muscles!

Hello all!
Back from Scotland on Sunday, had a fab time smile
But, not done a thing since being back as we've had people in doing damp repairs. The hard work starts today!

Will be running through Shred again and then mixing it up with some Turbofire and 60 minute promise I think (thanks for recommendation McPie - great to see you back smile)

Only skim read but everyone sounds like they are doing fab!

Will check in later after my first Shred after a long break...

MegBusset Fri 07-Sep-12 12:50:54

Hello, I am back on the Shred after having a break over summer (and putting on half a stone in chips and ice cream!). Have started back at L1 but think I'll be on L2 after a week.

Those who use MFP, what do you put Shred in under exercise?

sweetkitty Fri 07-Sep-12 13:34:03

Day 5 of level 3 and also weigh in day, have lost a bit fat zero, that needle refuses to budge from dead on 9 stone. I know 9 stone seems ok and it's a BMI of about 22-23 but I don't feel right. It's where I carry it, I'm barely 5 foot4 and have tiny skinny shoulders, arms and calves, all the weight is around my bum and hips, bit on stomach. My legs look like two peoples spliced together. I know people say its muscle turning to fat and it weighs more but I can't see any huge differences in my body shape, maybe a bit less tummy and thighs, I have another 5 days before the tape test.

I'm trying to stick to 1200 cals on MFP, oh I add Shred under circuit training general 20 mins, that gives 152 cals.

Welcome back to all the returners, I'm a Jillian virgin, never did any exercise until I started shredding 25 days ago!

Happypiglet Fri 07-Sep-12 20:43:19

Can Not Walk..... OMG I was a JM 'pro' and after 6 weeks off I am incapable!!! Argggg

Greedygirl Fri 07-Sep-12 21:21:44

I am like you Ginnifer - worried that work is going to take over. First proper week back at work and only managed 2 Ripped level3 and one run. Better than nothing I suppose. I really need to do it first thing.

Level 3 if Ripped is HARD!! My triceps have been really sore (that was after one time!). I was sweating buckets tonight. And then I have had a bucket of red wine and some pizza. Dry September is not happening! Threesteps - I need to borrow you name I think!

ihatethecold Sat 08-Sep-12 07:20:21

Greedy girl.
I think level 3 is hard but it's seems to go quicker than level 2.
Top of my arms really feel it though afterwards.
I also having to adapt it a little cos jillians DVDs have really done my lower back insad
Can't imagine doing L4blush
I'm
Also back at work so not doing as much as the hols

trumpton Sat 08-Sep-12 09:14:54

Did 6 days on level 2 and have moved up to level 3 for 6 days as we are going away next weekend. Really hard but seems to go quicker than level 2. Feeling happy with the way clothes are beginning to fit now.

BalloonSlayer Sat 08-Sep-12 10:14:25

sweetkitty you sound very like me and we are at much the same stage of shredding. I am just over 5'4" and I have been trying to get back to being just under 9 stone these holidays. That's my goal - anything under 9 stone! I have been shredding first thing in the morning. By the end of the holidays I was about 9 stone still and a bit fed up after all my efforts, even though my stomach looks a whole lot better.

This week I have been back to work, someone brought cakes as it was their birthday etc. I have shredded twice after work (didn't do it yesterday though) and dropped about a pound and a half! Now 8st 12 3/4. I don't know whether it is:

- shredding at different time of day
- work using more calories (unlikely!)
- shred finally working for me

or what? But very pleased.

Keep at it, it will happen!

McPie Sat 08-Sep-12 11:01:17

The voice of reason that is my Dh has talked me into having a day off today (although I do plan on a nice long walk later but have not told him that yet wink). I have done 120 mins of 60 second promise and 6 shreds this week so I suppose a couple of days off wont hurt though the wine I plan to consume tonight may just grin.
I have lost another 1lb since the start of the week and am only 4 lb off where I was at the start of last summer. If I can get below 14 stone I will be over the moon as I think its been at least 9 years since that has happened. Im at the nurse on the 18th for my weigh-in so I think I will have to work a bit harder next week to make up for tonight's night in with the school mums hmm.

sweetkitty Sat 08-Sep-12 12:45:03

So Day 6 today of level 3 trying to be more Natalie.

Balloonslayer - thanks for the encouragement, sometimes you feel you shouldn't be moaning as technically I'm not overweight but I am flabby. I don't work but have 4 DCs of 8 and under so am always on the go.

I'm off out for a meal and wine but have already shredded, that might cover a glass of wine.grin

notyummy Sat 08-Sep-12 17:29:40

Hungover today after too much to eat and drink last night! Dh and I usually do NMTZ on a Saturday but neither of us could face it today. Did L4 Ripped which I actually quite like and was quite enough on its own for two hungover people! Did 8.5 miles yesterday and in this heat it felt hard. The last mile I got a calf cramp and my lower back started twinging.

NMTZ tomorrow!

catgirl Sat 08-Sep-12 21:27:42

my dvd finally arrived yesterday - I planing on getting out of bed at 6am Monday morning .....is it really 20 mins or does I need to add warm up/cool down to that - never been good at sticking to dvd exercise (or any exercise to be honest!) .... I am telling you all so that if I don't get out of bed I will feel really guilty - does that make sense?? so tomorrow evening really organised about packed lunches, clothes set out etc.... wish me luck! I have to say that reading all your posts is very encouraging to a newbie like me - thank you smile

jan2011 Sun 09-Sep-12 08:01:25

im ashamed to say i haven't done my dvd for a month now, or been to the gym, or done any form of exercise. things have been hard with my dd (lack of sleep) and ive been stressed and exhausted. i was using that as an excuse, but i figure if i get fit anyway even though im so tired, it will help me cope with it all. so even if its awful the first few weeks ill feel much more able to cope with the lack of sleep and stress because ill be fitter...does that make sense, or should you leave getting fit til you are more rested?

anyway i am fed up of feeling like a slob, so when baby goes to her ex a few hours today i am planning on getting my dusty ripped in 30. and i have a bike so before i put it away for the winter, i want to be fit enough to go for a few cycles!

jan2011 Sun 09-Sep-12 08:01:58

catgirl did you get out of bed and do your dvd? lol

catgirl Sun 09-Sep-12 08:57:47

tomorrow Jan tomorrow lol - can put it off for another day!

sweetkitty Sun 09-Sep-12 09:31:53

Catgirl - I am so not a morning person, there is no way I could get out of bed and do a DVD at 6am, my body does not function at that time. I tend to do it after nursery run/before lunch, I'm a SAHM though so that's helps. DD3 and DS usually do it with me too, they have tiny weights too.

I've never timed it but would say its about 25 mins all in. I do a few extra stretches at the end though.

I had a huge 3 course meal last night and cocktails, feeling stuffed this morning now. My thighs and knees ache a bit from the jumping lunges and my shoulders too. I seem to be achy most days but then still have to do the Shred, the plan is another 3 days of the shred then a day off then start Ripped. DH is going to try Total Abs.

MegBusset Sun 09-Sep-12 15:37:28

Sweetkitty I am the same height/size as you and also really struggle to get below 9st. I have accepted that's my natural minimum weight and will be happy to stick at that. I had crept up to 9st 9lb over the summer, and my clothes weren't fitting comfortably. I have been using MFP and got down to 9st 3lb, now the kids are back at school I'm hoping the extra time to exercise will shift the last 3lb.

Done Shred L1 D2 today. Am starting couch to 5k tomorrow so will prob shred 3x week, run 3x week and 1 rest day. That's the plan anyway...!

ihatethecold Sun 09-Sep-12 17:05:59

megbusset and sweetkitty , can i ask?
if you are on MFP, what the calories you are allowed each day and are you eating your exercise cals.

im 5ft 3 and weigh 10st. before my second and third child i was alot lighter (prob due to being skint and having no car)

i have been shredding and ripping for 6 weeks now and have lost body fat and look a lot slimmer BUT i cannot lose a single pound in weight!
im on 1200 cals a day and always eat my exercise cals as im hungry if i don't.

sorry for waffling but was curious as id love to back at 9 st

BalloonSlayer Sun 09-Sep-12 17:50:04

Day 6 Level 3 done. Phew!

I don't do the jumping lunges the Natalie way as last time they buggered my knees . . . but my knees are starting to hurt anyway sad

I think this is why I didn't like Level 3.

Re the weight thing - are any of you still breastfeeding?

pickofthepops Sun 09-Sep-12 17:53:41

Just bought 30 day .. Doing a Bootcamp twice a week and boxing on a weekend ... Think Gillian does similar to our Bootcamp which is a toughy. Keen to get on better shape for it as literally cannot
Love after the summer holidays away from Bootcamp. Do burpees get easier?

MegBusset Sun 09-Sep-12 18:02:52

I am on 1200 and no I try not to eat all the exercise cals. Are you active the rest of the day - I walk to school (20 mins round trip) 3x a day and that helps too, I am about to start running too as although fab for toning, I don't think it will shift loads by itself.

I have also drastically reduced alcohol consumption which I think is making a big impact.

MegBusset Sun 09-Sep-12 18:23:38

*don't think Shredding will shift loads by itself

xelliex Sun 09-Sep-12 20:54:45

Feeling guilty as I've not done any exercise for two days now and unless I get up early tomorrow that'll be another day off.

Worse I've put on nearly 3 pounds so I should be more motivated not less! Weird thing is though my scales are saying my body fat has gone down - I'd like to think I'd put on some muscle but realistically I have not put on 3 pounds of muscle...I'm annoyed with myself as I only had about 5 pounds to lose and just as I'm getting there I go and pig out!

sweetkitty Sun 09-Sep-12 22:30:55

I'm on 1200 cals and have to eat my exercise cals too as I'm always hungry.

I'm also very active never really sit down during the day, always doing something housework wise, walking or playing with the DC.

Really struggled with getting motivated today was very tired after a late night out but did Day 8 of Level 3.

notyummy Mon 10-Sep-12 09:01:29

Well done for overcoming the tiredness and doing L3 Sweetkitty.

I am bit achy after a long run Friday (followed by lots to drink in the evening...), a Ripped on Saturday and NMTZ yesterday. Plan to run today, but probably only a 5 miler as my calf is playing up, and have a day off tomorrow.

xelliex Mon 10-Sep-12 11:12:02

Did level 3 shred this morning, and changed MFP cals to 1000 per day. Think I need to be stricter with myself.

catgirl Mon 10-Sep-12 13:13:49

well I got up at 6am and did my first day grin - how chuffed do I feel?! legs achy but I can live with that. Just as I thought I couldn't do anymore the exercises changed.... phew! only thing is I don't have any weights so when I get those my arms will probably ache too!

jan2011 Mon 10-Sep-12 13:55:33

well done catgirl! im going to start this afternoon promise!

sweetkitty Mon 10-Sep-12 14:26:22

Well done Catgirl, I starting with soup tins smile

Think I'm day 8 or maybe day 9 will have to go check. Actually felt lightheaded afterwards but I had only had a cereal bar and 2 stolen cookies from DS all day so would have been calorie negative. I so struggle with dieting.

sweetkitty Mon 10-Sep-12 14:27:44

Think I'm actually day 8 only two more days then I can have a rest (for a Day)

Happypiglet Mon 10-Sep-12 14:44:18

Well done cat girl! I did Ripped L1 again today after having to have the weekend off to recover from doing it on Thurs and Fri last week. My hamstrings were in agony. Let's hope it is not as bad tomorrow.

catgirl Mon 10-Sep-12 16:22:04

thanks ladies - so is 'ripped' after 'shread' then? will see how knackered I am tonight once kids in bed, but hope to do same tomorrow and soon it will be habit - although slept very badly last night, kept waking up thinking my alarm hadn't gone off!! Soup tins a good idea - hadn't thought of that - will give that a go tomorrow.

catgirl Mon 10-Sep-12 18:19:20

sweetkitty - I struggle with dieting too - have very little will power.....

gingercat12 Mon 10-Sep-12 19:26:35

Why is it that I can do BFBM from beginning to the end (although not very gracefully), while in Ripped in 30 - especially mountain-climbers combined with plank jack, and the plank thrusts - I just have to rest. Aaaaaargh.

I am dieting, but not really losing weight. I can see my thighs getting much thinner though. My exercise shorts are a bit baggy now and they were tight-fitting.

DS recently proposed to me (he is 4). He was quite crest-fallen when I told him I was married to his Daddy. He thinks it is wrong. Anyway, his chat-up line was "Mommy, your arms like the Hulk's!" grin I think it was meant to be a compliment, as he can see me exercise every day. Jillian would be so proud...

xelliex Mon 10-Sep-12 22:36:00

Gingercat I would love to get slimmer thighs, I think if you can see your are getting smaller it doesn't really matter what the scale says.

catgirl I started with soup tins then switched to water bottles when they felt too light, you'll be surprised how quickly your strength improves.

VenetiaLanyon Tue 11-Sep-12 10:01:45

Hi all,

Reporting back on level 1 of "Shed and extreme Shred", which I started today. 30 mins long, and some good new exercises (burpees plus side jumps, side crunches on your hand) , plus some old favourites with weights (running man, butt kicks with weights high above your head etc).

I didn't feel done in after L1 though, either by the cardio or the weights, and she encourages you to do the whole thing (L1 and L2) together. Will try L2 tomorrow, and see how it goes...

notyummy Tue 11-Sep-12 10:24:40

OOh -thanks for the Extreme Shred and Shed report! I have it I(and 60 sec promise) on my amazon wishlist at the moment.

I have an injury - calf strain - which is REALLY annoying me. I think I did it at the ned of my long run on Friday but still managed Ripped and NMTZ at the weekend ok. Went to do a shorter run yesterday and had to pull up nearly straight away. I am resting it today and have retrieved the cross trainer from the garage show will have a go on that tomorrow as it is relatively low impact in comparision to JM/Insanity/running. Fingers crossed....

notyummy Tue 11-Sep-12 10:27:04

And another one who would like slimmer thighs.....

I am a pear shape naturally so my thighs are one of the hardest bits to tame. They are def firmer than they used to be, but still not that small in all honesty. I am more in proportion compared to what I used to be, thasnks to Jillian though. Nearly an hourglass, rather than a pear....if I wear a padded bra grin

dotty2 Tue 11-Sep-12 12:34:37

I haven't done any exercise DVDs since I started running and did C25k in January. Used to use the 30 day Shread regularly, mixed with a bit of Davina. I have decided to start shredding again as although I also swim I've noticed my arms aren't as toned as they were when I was shredding (am 5'9 and 12.5 stone, so clearly losing weight would help with that, but it has defeated me for 20 years since my first diet. Sigh. So am determined to get fit rather than slim for my 40th next year.)

Did my first Level 1 this morning and found the cardio easy because of the running but the other bits a little more challenging. Last time I did the Shred I got really bored with Level 2 (but Level 3 always seemed too hard). What's good to mix it with - at a similar level to Shred Level 2?

sweetkitty Tue 11-Sep-12 12:51:48

Day 29 here so measured myself as I don't think I'll be able to Shred tomorrow.

Weight loss 2lbs
Hips - 2cms
Waist - 1cm
Thighs -1cm

A bit disappointed with the loss TBH I can see a difference in my waist and thighs, I have huge thighs as well compared to the rest of me.

Until I can afford Ripped I'm going to go back and start again at Level 1 but this time use heavier weights and be Natalie more.

MegBusset Tue 11-Sep-12 13:23:49

Just done Shred L1 D3. Did day one of couch25k yesterday so had aches in new places!

dotty2 Tue 11-Sep-12 14:02:02

Hello Meg - just seen you on the C25k thread. I have to say that when I started running I couldn't face doing both so admire your dedication. Think it's good though - you are less likely to get injuries if you mix running with exercises that strengthen other muscles too.

ReneandGeorgetteMagritte Tue 11-Sep-12 15:01:29

Hello, I am on day 2 of 30 day shred and just searched on here to see if it's normal to be in this much pain!

Oh my, it hurts coming down the stairs!

I don't come on here very often, but I hope it's ok if I join you now and then for a bit of inspiration? You all seem to be doing so much!

sweetkitty Tue 11-Sep-12 15:28:29

Yes quite normal I couldn't walk for about 4 days smile

Nolda Tue 11-Sep-12 17:10:49

Venetia, I didn't feel completely done in after level 1 of Extreme Shed (and was feeling a bit disappointed actually). However, My legs are aching today so must have done some good. Haven't done Level 2 yet. It feels a bit more like BFBM than shred in its format and suspect that it will be great if you have enough time to do both levels.

catgirl Tue 11-Sep-12 20:34:24

I am on day 2 too - stairs tricky (and how many times at work did I have to go up and down....) and getting onto the loo...... thought my arms weren't affected until I started the exercises this morning and realised that they ached too! All good though (I think/hope), soup cans good - thanks smile, can't believe I have done 2 days!!

catgirl Tue 11-Sep-12 20:35:18

sweetkitty: silly question why can't you shred if you have done 29 days?? am I missing something?

Nolda Tue 11-Sep-12 20:36:04

I'm back again, having just completed Level 2 of Extreme Shed. OMG, I can hear Jillian laughing her head off all the way from America. Eat my words Jillian? What ever you say. [Crawls off into a corner to die quietly]

sweetkitty Tue 11-Sep-12 21:40:55

Catgirl - I have a very busy day tomorrow visitors etc so might not get time. Well done on 2 days. I can't believe I've done 29 days.

gingercat12 Tue 11-Sep-12 22:13:45

Venetia and Nolda Extreme Shred sounds like something I need to get.

I would like to clarify that my thighs (sadly) are not slim, just slimmer. Still huge though.

Hope you are feeling better notyummy.

Meg and dotty What is C25K?

MegBusset Tue 11-Sep-12 22:41:16

It's the couch-to-5k running programme - you start by doing intervals of running and walking, and gradually build up over 8 weeks (running 3 times a week) until (in theory) you can run 5k without stopping.

I am mixing it in with Shred because I would get bored doing the same exercise every day, and it's nice to get outside to exercise.

VenetiaLanyon Wed 12-Sep-12 09:05:22

Nolda, please make room for me in your corner. Level 2 ESAS is a bit of a nightmare.....

Some really cruel moves; one-legged mountain climbers, press-up squat jacks, 6 x high knees and collapse onto the floor, the reverse plank push-ups, the ab hold in plank push-ups, the rolling over and twisting one-legged press-ups....I could go on but don't have the muscle strength.

Won't be doing L1 and L2 back-to-back for a while, I can tell you...

Nolda Wed 12-Sep-12 11:21:20

Nor me, Venetia. I couldn't even do the last move (leaning over thing) as I felt physically sick. Do you have a big room to work out in? Mine is tiny and this workout uses more space than her others. I also clonked the weight on the ceiling doing the statue of liberty thing!

Nolda Wed 12-Sep-12 11:29:00

I think there should be a special thread award of biscuit thanks and may be wine for the first to complete Level 1 and Level 2 of ESAS. I suspect it will be Notyummy (hope your calf gets better quickly).

Extreme shred? Is that new? Should I get it?

I have been back from my hols for 10 days. I didn't do any exercises whilst I was away. We were in the caravan and the awning floor was too soggy to exercise on that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
Anyway I got straight back into NMTZ when I got home but now DD has been home for 2 weeks and joined me on the workout so we have gone back to 6W6P as she finds NMTZ impossible too long.

Have just skimmed the thread but sounds like everyone is doing well!
I have lost a stone since March from just Jillianing, don't think I will lose anymore as I have been around the same weight for about a month now but as it was my target weight I am very pleased. Keep going sweetkitty I didn't notice much weight loss for ages but it eventually crept off pound by pound.

VenetiaLanyon Wed 12-Sep-12 12:41:29

It is brand new, and you should def get it, Kitten; could you bear there to be a Jillian DVD out there that you didn't have? I know I couldn't, which is why all the tantalising US-only DVDs are thoroughly annoying grin

VenetiaLanyon Wed 12-Sep-12 12:42:15

PS, also agree with Nolda that Notyummy will prob be the first back-to-backer of Level 1 and 2 of ESAS!

There are another couple I don't have. Killer (don't really need thigh and bum targeted) and BFBM (my pelvic floor is too weak for all that cardio blush )

I do quite like the idea of a new challenge though!

MegBusset Wed 12-Sep-12 13:37:03

Shred L1 D4 done. Will be C25king tomorrow and having a well-earned break on Friday. I am 2lb off my target weight and it is TOUGH to get rid of those last two but I am feeling good about exercising anyway smile

ReneandGeorgetteMagritte Wed 12-Sep-12 14:33:45

Day 3 of shred done, needed paracetamol today as I knew I would be squatting down lots at work (I was with small children) and didn't think I would be able to get back up again!

I didn't realise she had so many dvds! I am not looking to lose weight paticularly, but really need to tone up especially all over thighs, and maybe be a bit fitter too, hope I have chosen the right one?

ILoveLemonCurd Wed 12-Sep-12 14:46:22

Hello I'm back! Hmm I seem to have been a bit slow getting back to Jillian after holiday. But I have just completed Level one of Ripped. It's a new one for me and it wasn't too bad. I might try level two tomorrow for more of a challenge. (I had got to level 3 of Shred before holiday so I know how tough it can get..!)

Hope you're all having fun. I am determined now to lose a stone or thereabout so will be combining this with the 5:2 diet (see other thread) so I hope to see some results soon!

I've just got Killer too, variety is the spice of life and all that! grin

notyummy Wed 12-Sep-12 17:26:42

Did someone call...? wink

My calf is still a bit sore so I am trying to be sensible so did 40 minutes on the crosstrainer today and that was it. Will obvious have to try the double Shred/Extreme challenge. I shall blame you all when carried into the ambulance.

I have just spent an absolute fortune at the running shop after deciding that I needed new trainers - apparently old ones are one of the causes of calf strain. I may have got a hold load of new running clothes as well!! Nice man was very knowledgable and showed me a load of different stretches. It was a proper running shop, and they did some gait analysis etc. None of sulky your teenage shop assistants at JJB sports!

catgirl Wed 12-Sep-12 19:43:47

sweetkitty - aha ok, sorry I was obviously being dim!!

Day 3 done - it was harder to get out of bed at 6am, but I did it! I actually quite like the feeling of being the only one awake! am slight scared at reading about exercises in the future 'extreme planking' or something.... so my mind kinds of skips over them in a 'lalalala not reading' kind of way. How do you know that you are ready to move onto level 2?? Because at the moment I can't ever see the time that Level 1 would feel easy! anyway, that's it - here's hoping 6am is slightly easier tomorrow morning!

chocolateshoes Wed 12-Sep-12 19:46:04

Extreme Shred????!!! Didn't know it existed! Oh goodness....off to look on Amazon

chocolateshoes Wed 12-Sep-12 19:51:22

why is it called extreme shred & shred - does it have the original shred on it again or is it something different?

sweetkitty Wed 12-Sep-12 21:15:13

Thanks for the motivation. Rest day today well did do about 3 hours cleaning, including pulling out furniture etc so exhausted after.

Extreme Shred sounds very scary.

My plan is to go back and do a few days of Level 1 but Natalie this time and heavier weights before doing levels 2 and 3 again.

CHST Wed 12-Sep-12 22:42:35

I actually like extreme shed and shred. It is two workouts that you can either do separately or together. It has some moves I am familiar with and some new moves. Completely different from the original shed.
Tip of the week workout with someone. I just did killer level 1 with my sis and did advanced all the way through. On my own I phone it in a bit. I definitely pushed myself to the limit. She was watching me the other day and I really pushed myself so as not to disappoint her. She commented on my jumping lunges and how good they were so that made me smile

chocolateshoes Thu 13-Sep-12 09:14:49

thanks CHST......will order, no excuses!

I know what you mean about improving when working out infront of someone. When DH is around I make much more effort to do the moves properly and to do all of them. Often I miss the last 1 of an exercise off...

dotty2 Thu 13-Sep-12 10:06:13

The only people I ever do the Shred in front of are my kids. They sometimes join in but more often loll on the sofa and point out my lack of 'good form'!

VenetiaLanyon Thu 13-Sep-12 11:11:11

Reporting back on aftermath of Extreme Shred; I have never had such muscle pain in my upper arms (the underside, bingo- wing bit), and am aching all over. I shred usually 5 days a week, so am not unfit, but something different is being worked hard here...

Nolda, are you suffering in the same way?

BTW, Level 2 takes about 40 mins excluding warm-up and cool-down, not the 30 that Jillian mentions!

Hello everyone. I am back from my Shred holiday. I took off all of August and meant to start on 1st September but for various reasons didn't get Jillian out again until this Tuesday. I've done BFBM two mornings and did Level 3 Shred today. I thought I was going to throw up on the first morning of doing BFBM and had to phone in a few exercises. Managed to do the Level 3 Shred today, though I have definitely gone a bit flabby in my few weeks off and I'm not as strong as I used to be.

I am feeling motivated though and off to google Extreme Shred.

Happypiglet Thu 13-Sep-12 13:12:35

Hi all... Have managed Ripped L1 three times so far this week and it is starting to get easier after my 6 weeks plus off.... So I may have to move on to L2 which I hate....
When I was doing really well with JM before the hols I was considering getting Extreme Shred .... Maybe I should order it anyway to push myself.
Think I will do L1 once more and then start next week to push myself further on. At least the being unable to walk thing only lasted two days I am back to being fine now!

ILoveLemonCurd Thu 13-Sep-12 13:16:57

OMG!!this morning I fancied a change and did Killer level one for the first time and crikey it is a killer! Has anyone actually managed to get past level one?? I have a feeling I might be in pain tomorrow!

Ouchy ouch!

I think I might give extreme shred a miss for now hmm

notyummy Thu 13-Sep-12 14:57:28

Am scared by the description of L2 Extreme Shred! I still have some calf pain which is most annoying. I am going to try the Insanity stretch and tone session today which is quite long and hard but without jumping and running so hopefully achieveable with a slightly dodgy calf.

Nolda Thu 13-Sep-12 15:48:03

Venetia, yes, I'm definitely feeling it in the old bingo wings. Also the backs of my thighs. Interesting what you say about the time. It did feel very long. At one point she says that we're nearly finished and I felt very encouraged to keep going but it turned out there were still 2 more sets to go!!!

CHST Thu 13-Sep-12 19:26:25

Lemoncurd I did killer 1 with my sister yesterday. She said how hard it was for a level one and her eyes popped out of her head when I said we were still in the warm up grin. I love killer actually. Level 3 is my favourite. I love the rock star jumps into cannon balls. I love the dialogue between her and Natalie throughout, makes me giggle.
Did Ripped level 2 today with my sister. I have come a long way since I did it the first time around. Before I couldn't do the ab hold at all and now find it pretty easy. Can do both sets of crow unmodified where I couldn't do one before etc etc. Happy with that. Not sure what I will do tomorrow but have a wedding at the weekend so will enjoy that

sommewhereelse Thu 13-Sep-12 20:24:53

LemonCurd stick with it. I've done both Level 1 and Level 2 Killer. I find Level 1 okay now but Level 2 I find really hard so I haven't progressed to Level 3 yet.

CHST is it actually harder or just different?

catgirl Thu 13-Sep-12 20:45:24

sweetkitty - you were right with four days of aching legs! Am on day 4 and they don't feel nearly so bad smile.

am feeling slightly wimpy reading about all your extreme things and whatnots, but am quite chuffed to have made it this far to be honest - am taking comfort in the fact that we all start at the beginning and clearly it does get better/easier!!

CHST Thu 13-Sep-12 21:10:12

hmm somewhereelse I think the thing with Jillian is that you can make it as hard as you want it. Of course it gets harder if you do advanced everything including weight to movements. The hard things in level 3 are frog jumps, jumping lunges (these can be made easier if you do jump switch but if you increase range of motion, it becomes more difficult. I like to get as low on the back leg as possible.) Rock star into cannon ball because there is like a little jump between the two also so you are in constant motion. Squat jacks and the boat pose at the end. Boat is another that can vary in difficulty depending on range of motion. If you push as high as you can in the move, of course it is a lot different than if you just grab your leg. You get out of the workouts what you put into them IMO

ILoveLemonCurd Fri 14-Sep-12 09:29:40

Ha ha, thanks CHST. I was shocked to still be on the warm up too! In fact I was confused the whole way through as to what circuit I was on. A good laugh though, in a weird way. Might try ripped again today or NMTZ as there's less jumping about.

I AM IN PAIN!

PS has Natalie had a boob job? <shallow>

sweetkitty Fri 14-Sep-12 12:05:32

Bit down in the dumps today, did Level 1 of Shred again yesterday, doing all Natalie and using heavier wights and weights with the star jumps etc and I ache today!

Also was weigh in day, apart from the huge meal out lat Saturday I have even very good under my allowance all week and haven't lost a thing again. Am fed up had a cake today sad

MegBusset Fri 14-Sep-12 17:04:34

SK sad Tough when that happens. What's your cal allowance and what kind of thing are you eating? Could easily be time of the month or water retention, I can put on 2lb overnight without doing anything!

sweetkitty Fri 14-Sep-12 17:30:06

Cal allowance is 1200, I've been adding 152 for shredding.

I have things like weetabix for breakfast, low cal cereal bar as a snack, omelette for lunch then a decent dinner. It's the curse if that last half stone.

Greedygirl Fri 14-Sep-12 19:02:59

Hi everyone, just checking in, been completely rubbish this week, only managed 1 run. Been racing around like a mad thing all week so hopefully burned some calories. Planning another couple of runs at the weekend, not feeling the love for JM at the moment but I'm sure I'll get back on track next week.

I haven't had time for a proper catch up but just wanted to say to those of you despondent about lack of weight loss - I have been JMing since the end of May. I have given up on the scales cos they just depress me and knock me back. I did my measurements again this morning though and I have lost 2 ins off my waist and bum, an inch off my hips and back and half an inch off my biceps and thighs. When I held the tape around my waist at my starter measurement and I could see how much difference there was it really gave me a real boost. How are your measurements? My bicep and thigh measurements didn't change for ages btw.

xelliex Fri 14-Sep-12 21:18:42

I'm another one who has been a bit rubbish lately. I don't feel very focused, I've shredded 3 days, had a day off, and done NMTZ tonight. I'm supposed to be getting Ripped for my birthday next week so I'm hoping that will get me motivated again.

I've not had any significant weight/inch loss yet - started July - and for all that I feel fitter I still want to lose that elusive half stone...

HalleLouja Sat 15-Sep-12 08:11:33

I have doing couch to 5k and pilates. Have started shred before and am tempted to do it again. Well now DS is going to be in full time school I could do it when DD is napping.

I don't think I could do it everyday though. Otherwise I would be trying to fit too much in. I also work. Has anyone done it on a part time basis?

HalleLouja Sat 15-Sep-12 08:12:17

What is the difference between all the dvds?

notyummy Sat 15-Sep-12 10:16:49

Halle- if you look back a few pages I have done a summary of all the DVDs.

Shred would work part time up to a point. If you are also running/pilates then prob 3 shreds a week would work. If you are only doing shred I would say realistically 4/5 shreds a week would be needed to see visible results in a few weeks.

I am still struggling a bit with sore calf and am pissed off!! It felt better so I put new trainers on and did just a 3 mile route yesterday to be on the safe side. It got really sore by about halfway through do I had to stretch it off and walk for a while. Hadn't broken a sweat by the time I got home so I joined in with DH who was doing L4 Ripped. Didn't do it all because of time constraints, but did first 2 circuits. I can do most things other than running so at least that is something. Did one of the 'easy' Insanity work outs on Thursday and DH and I are planning NMTZ for later this morning.

Keep it up all!

ILoveLemonCurd Sat 15-Sep-12 11:01:02

Notyummy you're going to hate me for saying this, but you must rest that calf. I had a similar problem with my quad and I kept running on it and surprisingly it got worse. So I rested for three weeks. Well three weeks of no running at all, then I did a week of cycling and shredding/NMTZing but didn't do any jumping about and two weeks total rest. And now it's fine (touching every available bit of wood).

I know it's frustrating but it has to be done. You could swim instead. Your fitness will return in no time smile

MegBusset Sat 15-Sep-12 12:10:59

HalleLouja I am a 'part-time' Shredder as I am mixing it with couch25k so doing each 3x a week. I don't expect ever to have a body like JM! But find it still helps with toning and calorie-burning.

gingercat12 Sun 16-Sep-12 19:17:07

I looked into couch to 5K, and it looks fab. Thanks for explaining it to me.

HalleLouja Sun 16-Sep-12 20:06:43

Couch to 5k is fab. I did the first run of week 5 today. Now I just need to dig out / buy a new shredding dvd. I might try a different one.

ILoveLemonCurd Sun 16-Sep-12 20:08:44

Well I tried level 2 of Ripped today, straight after level 1.

I now officially hate strongly dislike Ms Michaels. She is a bitch horrid lady. I can do level 3 of the Shred (minus rock stars) but this was something else. And who invented crow push ups?

I DID PHONE IT IN SO THERE! angry

<sulks>

<trying to convince myself I love my muffin top>

(might try again tomorrow though)

catgirl Sun 16-Sep-12 21:30:20

what the... are crow push ups?!! I am planning on my 6am alarm tomorrow to carry on with whatever it is I am doing! My mind has gone blank trying to figure out what crow push ups are!! confused

ILoveLemonCurd Sun 16-Sep-12 21:34:23

catgirl They sort of involve trying to bring your knee to your elbow as you press. That woman is evil, I tell you.

ILoveLemonCurd Sun 16-Sep-12 21:37:13

Oh and don't bother getting up at 6 am, sleep is great, muffin tops are great <lovingly pats flabby bits >

Can you tell Jillian broke me today?

Movingforward123 Sun 16-Sep-12 22:29:40

His everyone, I am thinking about shredding again! I did it in January but I only got upto day 11 and I'm sure my belly looking better and my hips and legs looked more Shapley! But I also think my thighs got bigger! Did this happen to anyone else?

I tend to build muscle on my legs very easily which is not good as my thighs are big!

I have just started couch to 6 k which I think will be great for fitness but will not change my busy as quickly as I would like.

KTP Mon 17-Sep-12 04:18:16

Hello everyone. I'm a new starter to Shredding. After reading these JM threads, an offer for her DVD popped into my inbox, which I took as 'a sign!' and ordered it straight away.
I'm on day 3 and what feels worst are my elbows and knees <ouch> I'm only using 1kg weights but am convinced arthritis must be lurking in my body.
I do a Zumba class weekly and a yoga class but was surprised by how crap I was in the cardio sections......onwards and upwards. I'm off to do day 3, as I'm in Oz and my day is well under way!

BalloonSlayer Mon 17-Sep-12 06:51:52

Finished Shred at last!

I look lots better . Just like I did last time . . . note to self: remember that fact!

My Next jeans - and my new work trousers not from Next- fit fine everywhere except round the waist, I could fit a large bonkbuster-style novel inside the waistband with me!

Trouble is so many clothes at the moment seem designed to hide a muffin top and I want to flaunt my new trim tummy.

Weight? 8st 13, which is fab, but probably was only 9st 1 when I started so not astounding, but then I am too old to get too thin.

New target Continue being careful with diet and do 6W6P. And try level 2 this time!

notyummy Mon 17-Sep-12 09:48:26

Well done Balloon! Realy inspirational.

Ilovelemoncurd (So do I BTW!) L2 Ripped is a LOT harder than L1. Everyone finds that, so don't get too down hearted. In fact I think the contrast is more marked because L1 Ripped is realtively easy (for JM, anyway...) Easier than anything else of hers that I have done - almost like an intro to show you how to do the exercises properly. That lulls you into a false sense of security....and then you move up to L2 and it hits you like a ton of bricks. If it's any consolation, the step up to L3/L4 is nowwhere near as marked IMHO.

I know what you are saying about resting the calf. I really am terribly naughty. I have been assiduously doing the stretches that the man in the running shop showed me specifically for the lower calf, and I will steer clear of any running for some time. I couldn't resist a NMTZ on Saturday, which hasn't seemed to cause me any problems. I then did L1 Killer yesterday, which again was absolutely fine as there isn't really any running or jumping. I substituted something else for the high knees. Not sure what to do today. I may try Insanity Cardio Abs, as I think it doesn't have anything dodgy in. Will see. Rest day tomorrow.

Movingforward123 Mon 17-Sep-12 11:33:47

ballon well done smile

What was your belly like before shred? Would you say that's the area that it worked the most on?

I'm worried that my thighs will get bigger if I do the shred! As last time I thought they did!

MegBusset Mon 17-Sep-12 12:55:23

Just shredded L1 day, er, 5? (Losing track a little!). I didn't shred over the weekend as I ran on Sat and was out with the DC all day yesterday so too knackered by evening.

My thighs are definitely getting a little more muscular but seem to be a little slimmer too. I would have thought you'd need loads more strength involving the legs to get seriously muscly?

notyummy Mon 17-Sep-12 14:41:23

Did L1 Shred in the end as I couldn't get my Insanity (dodgy) disc to work! hadn't done L1 for ages and always good to try something different. Used 1.5kgs for the cardio sections. Used 5kg weights throughout the strength (apart from the side lunge and shoulder raise where I can just do with 3kg - and that was HARD.) Think my upper body will feel it tomorrow. Decided that the one level was enough as I haven't had a rest day for a week. Still a good workout, although the cardio does seem more 'relaxed' compared to some of the other JM and Insanity - even with weights!

Fifi1979 Mon 17-Sep-12 19:31:27

Hello all, I'm new to mumsnet, joined today as been doing 30DS for a few days and thought your thread would help to keep me motivated. Gave birth to second child 13wks ago by c-section, i've been doing weightwatchers since the birth but have a stubborn 10lbs to go until I reach my goal, also desperate to tone up my c-section overhang- it is so much worse than I ever expected it would be!!! So fingers crossed jillian will help to sort me out, finding it ok so far but only done it twice!!!!

sweetkitty Mon 17-Sep-12 20:50:09

Right I've phoned it in too much the past few days!

Been very low just couldn't find he motivation. Had a mega baking order today so have literally just sat down, back to Shredding tomorrow.

VenetiaLanyon Tue 18-Sep-12 08:59:06

Welcome Fifi, and enjoy the world of Jillian! 13 weeks would be v v early for the c-section overhang to go; took mine a couple of years, but then I didn't discover Jillian until last year...

Notyummy, I often come back to L1 Shred, assuming it will feel easy, and actually it never does, although like you I use weights for cardio and pimp up the basic abs moves.

L2 Ripped today; the 2 minute plank circuit is still a killer, and I still don't think I do the crawling up the leg ones properly; I can't get very high and subsequently find them too easy, but am not flexible enough to get up like Shelley and really feel the benefit...

McPie Tue 18-Sep-12 09:49:04

Ouch! I had a go at NMTZ yesterday for the first time in ages and my legs and bum ache so I think it will be my go to dvd for a little while. I even managed to do the surrenders properly for the first time EVER grin.
I have a 1 hour total body workout class (cant be any worse than body combat last week, what a way to pick my first ever class) at 10.30 the dentist at 12.35 and the nurse at 3.35 along with picking up the kids at 2.45 so I am enjoying a cuppa before things start to go crazy!

Happypiglet Tue 18-Sep-12 14:06:26

Progressed to L2 Ripped this week, so done it twice so far. And it's as hideous as I remember (except the last circuit which I find OK).. It's all those plank CV moves. I just cannot do a full two minutes my arms cannot do it. And then in the second circuit another minute of plank CV stuf.... Yuck.
Ilovelemoncurd I would never attempt L2 Ripped with anything else! So don't get disheartened.

CHST Tue 18-Sep-12 17:13:32

popping in. Have been rotating Jillian for a while now and felt like a new challenge so have started Insanity. I feel like I did the first time I started out on this journey...scared and not very motivated! I did the fit test yesterday which wasn't as bad as I thought actually as I was familiar with most of the moves thanks to Jillian. Today did the first "real" workout and it was tough. I didn't push myself 100% but then I always start out trying to find my feet a bit. I hope as the time goes on I will be addicted. I have always been too scared to push myself too hard and hope this will change that. Notyummy how did you find insanity in the beginning? did you have a favourite workout?
There, I said it so I have to keep at it!

catgirl Tue 18-Sep-12 20:57:03

Ilovelemoncurd - ok thanks for the description, not sure I'll be trying that anytime soon!
Day 7 done, couldn't manage 6am yesterday so did it at 8:30pm instead, was impressed with myself tbh as I am not known for sticking to exercise and any excuse to give it a miss!! still cannot figure out how I am going to get to Level 2 - does it just happen that you find yourself skipping through L1 and you realise you can progress, or do I have to take a deep breath and go for it at some point?? hope y'all are still shredding/ripping/crowing/whatever it is.....

notyummy Tue 18-Sep-12 21:01:06

Hi CHST. My favourite is cardio and power (at last I think that is what is called.) I am struggling a bit with Insanity because of a calf strain bit I have completed month one although not quite in the way they want you do it as I was doing at least one run and one NMTZ a week as well.

I now have Extreme Shed and Shred. It arrived today!

3monkeys Tue 18-Sep-12 21:18:37

Have got 6w6p and don't like it!! So I went back to to Shred level2 today. Haven't noticed much change in size but am definitely fitter than when I started. What else is more like Shred?

ILoveLemonCurd Tue 18-Sep-12 21:48:29

3monkeys - Ripped is like shred but has four levels instead of three. It's tough, I find it harder than Shred but it makes a 'nice' change. I've only got up to level two. Jillian is quite annoying though and the music is terrible!

Catgirl - I just move up a level when I get bored and lose motivation. That's probably the wrong answer, but it works for me!

Extreme shred sounds hardcore.....

CHST Tue 18-Sep-12 22:07:41

notyummy I think you'll love extreme shed...one of my favorites.

There is a new Jillian DVD out..only region 1 for now but WANT! called killer abs and there is a clip on you tube

xelliex Wed 19-Sep-12 10:34:43

Have got ripped and will probably start it on friday - it's a birthday present so I probably shouldn't unwrap it before then!

I'm getting a bit bored with shred. I'm fitter but I've not really noticed any change in weight or size, I'm hoping ripped will make more of a difference.

Hi all
I have gone back to 6W6P as some evenings I just can't face the whole hour of NMTZ although I do like it, it is soooo loooong.

However I am getting a bit bored and as before I often have difficulty balancing during the faster half of 6W6P. I am thinking of getting BFBM but am worried that my pelvic floor won't cope, I've read some reviews of Extreme Shed and they're not great so I'm now pondering whether to get it or not. Extreme Shed makes me think of a Grand Design project grin
Can't even remember Ripped now, it's so long since I've done it, I just remember I didn't like level3. I might have to go back to it to spice things up a bit! i can't do Shred again since i gave my DVD to DD when she went back to Norfolk.

So my next purchase is either
BFBM
Extreme Shed
Killer

Which does everyone prefer?

Like the sound of Killer Abs. Hope it comes out here soon.

CHST Wed 19-Sep-12 12:23:00

youvecat love your name by the way, always makes me smile smile
I'd go for either killer or extreme shred. Killer there is a lot of lunge/leg work, not so much cardio. Extreme shed only has two levels though

MegBusset Wed 19-Sep-12 14:01:47

Level 1 day 6 done. One more day and I think I'll move up to L2. Youvecat the Shred is on Youtube.

notyummy Wed 19-Sep-12 16:21:57

Just finished Extreme Shred L2 - I just had to jump in and do it seeing as everyone was going on about L2!

In general I enjoyed. Not as hard as I had feared, but I think that is because I have done Insanity and some quite hard core yoga and pilates. Cardio wise, not tough at all. So stuff like the push up jacks I had already done (but faster) in Insanity - the same with stuff like high knees into burpee. Things like crab/belt I have done in yoga. I found the triangle with weight hard (was using 3 kg for that one and would probably drop it down next time.) Also the shoulder stand into plank one. Next time I will probably add weights to fair few of the ones where she doesn't to begin with. I think I will probably ache in places tomorrow, which I guess is the real test grin. Might try L1 tomorrow just to see what it is like. If you did the 2 together I have absolutely no doubt it would be tough, but I wouldn't have the time. I think you would be better off doing a 40 minute Insanity than a 70 minute double Extreme Shred. Probably about the same amount of pain!!

notyummy Wed 19-Sep-12 16:23:50

Youcat - BFBM is entirely cardio - no strength. Killer is a mixture but not that much at all for upper body. Shred a bit of a mixture - depends on how cardio fit you are as to whether it would be a cardio workout. Plenty of strength and you will def sweat!

Thanks CHST and notyummy

Don't think I'll get Killer then. My legs have got quite thin from Jillianing already. Its my upper body I'd like to concentrate on. I don't want to look like a tellytubby with stickman legs grin

Might get BFBM and do that till the price of Extreme Shed goes down!

Has anyone tried the Blast off Belly Fat DVD? Is it Jillian or someone else? it has very good reviews on Amazon

GeekLove Wed 19-Sep-12 20:26:47

Grrr I hate you people! Yet more things on my Amazon shopping list for pay day!
Like the sound of extreme shred although ordinary shred feels like that at about 11 mins in.

Can I have a little boast. I managed to complete lvl 2 Shred on 5kg yet I'm on AF. Anybody else feel weaker when on their period?

notyummy Wed 19-Sep-12 20:40:26

Geek- can you do squat and v raises with 5kg? I can do the rest of L2 with 5kg, but those v raises are my nemisis!

GeekLove Wed 19-Sep-12 21:53:35

I can do v raises but the last ones really are a struggle and have
E gasping. She's not kidding when you go back to the military presses!

ihatethecold Wed 19-Sep-12 21:53:57

After 2 months of doing 30ds and ripped in 30. I tried NMTZ
Never again. My butt is killing me. And it's do long.
I'm going back to my old faithful. wink

Happypiglet Wed 19-Sep-12 22:05:29

Did L2 Ripped again. Still find CV in plank tough....in fact I did plank jacks and then butt kicks instead of mountain climbers... blush my arms are just not really getting stronger. I weep at the thought of 5kg for anything. I manage 3kg for dead lifts but 2 kg for everything else.... Not sure even after nearly a year of JMing that I could do anything with 5kgs!
geek love I really struggle at the time of the month too so hats off to you.
Off to a wedding on Friday and having two nights in a hotel without DC so will not be exercising again until the in laws go on Monday.
Will do a few more days of L2 as if I remember correctly L3 has the dreaded jumping lunges which loath!

ihatethecold Thu 20-Sep-12 08:06:18

I actually dreamt of JM DVDs last night. How sad am I grin
I couldn't find my ripped in30 so I was gonna have to do the really long NMTZ. Arghhconfused

GeekLove Thu 20-Sep-12 20:41:16

IHTC
If you haven't time for all of NMTZ you could do say 4 of the circuits. I intend to do some weeks where i do 2x2 circuits (eg shoulders and abs) and change the circuit each day.
Ps weight train g does have a cardio component if it is making you out of breath. Upping the weight on Shred and similar really does make you work harder significantly.
What I do find useful is to exercise in front of a full length mirror. This is do you can keep an eye on your form. If your form is getting wobbly then you need to drop to a lighter weight. I think Its good to squeeze some reps with a heavier weight since it will improve your strength in the long run.

sommewhereelse Fri 21-Sep-12 06:02:08

HappyPiglet, when I do L2 Ripped, I switch the High Knees from the last circuit with the Mountain Climbers from the first circuit.
Doing the same exercises just a different order feels like less of a cop out than taking lots 5 sec breaks which is what happens in circuit 1 if I attempt the proper order.

hawthers Fri 21-Sep-12 10:40:55

Morning all, can I join? On day 2 of level 2 of the shred. Why oh why does that woman like the plank so much?!

Had my DS2 9 months ago and gained a good whack of weight with him. Through determined portion control I've managed to get back to within a lb of pre preg weight (now 5'2" and 9st) but would really like to shift that little extra half stone to make me feel good about myself again. Was hoping shredding would help me do this but reading comments on here it seems doubtful. Arse.

Still going to keep on with jm and see what happens at the end of 30DS. Took my measurements at the beginning so will post them at the end.

please tell me that even if my weight doesn't go down I'll look better at the end of it....

ihatethecold Fri 21-Sep-12 13:47:40

Hawthers. Your weight sounds fine!
If you do the 30 DS you will look slimmer but not always lose weight. Dont let that put you off.
You will also ache like crazy at first and lose the ability to walk down stairs properly grin

Take your measurements now and every week. It does work wink

hawthers Fri 21-Sep-12 17:33:11

I've gone through the pain barrier grin so now just need to keep at it so I don't start hurting again...

Weigh in day tomorrow and if I manage to get rid of that final pound then I'll be able to purchase some rather tasty ankle boots. Fingers crossed

Happypiglet Fri 21-Sep-12 18:28:28

Oooo somewhere else that is a really good idea. May try that. Having today off as at a wedding. Currently relaxing in hotel room between day and evening do having hot chocolate.... Maybe not the best idea!
Back to it on Monday and will try that idea

GeekLove Fri 21-Sep-12 23:33:25

hawthers I soooooo want to be 9st as I'm 5'2" as well. But even pre-kids my optimum was 9st 7. I have the feeling that is the most likely goal as my waist is bigger post children due to ribcage flare. I have got big bones as well - my hands are as big as my dads so that adds up. The less you have to lose the longer it takes as I'm down to 10lb now!

chilledmomma Sat 22-Sep-12 10:40:03

I've been reading and shredding, so thought I'd finally join in. Day 29 and struggling to finish the shred as it's getting a bit boring- does anyone else find that? I've got BFBM and Ripped in 30 ready and waiting but refuse to give in until I've done the full 30 days of the shred- have lost no weight, but over an inch off my waist and half inch off each thigh so may just stop weighing myself!

notyummy Sat 22-Sep-12 12:15:13

Hi all. Have had a migraine-y headache for 3 days now and really feeling fragile. As a result did nothing on Thursday, and after some serious meds yesterday decided I would try L1 Extreme Shed and Shred. Even feeling slightly fragile it really wasn't that hard. Not a complete breeze, with a few tough ones for the core, but quite a different kettle of fish to L2! On that note, because L1 is not that tough, I think doing them back to back is quite achievable. I think 2 shreds or 2 ripped would be a better use if tone though- slightly tougher with the right weighed znd slightly shorter.

Calf strain is gradually getting better. Went out for another run today after not running for a week (2 weeks since I strained it.) This time I managed 4 miles, but could def feel it by the end. Will not run on it again until Thursday.....when I shall be in a hotel in Budapest for a girls long weekend 40th celebration, good gym in the hotel so am taking workout gear!!

notyummy Sat 22-Sep-12 12:16:29

Should say 'better use of time'!

gingercat12 Sun 23-Sep-12 19:04:17

notyummy You are hard core, but we knew it.

Geeklove 5kg weights?! Wow!!! I can never have a rest day when on AF, because Jillianing makes it less painful and shorter confused, so it is definitely worth the effort.

I changed my work pattern due to reception starting for DS, so work 5 days instead of 3 for the same hours and money. Very demoralising. Although I try to keep up with the thread, I have to get up at 6 every morning to do Ripped, shower and get to work, so go to bed very early. Maybe I am too sleepy in the morning in the dark (try not to wake family up) to stand up to Jillian, but I improved loads in a week. I can only BFBM at the weekend, so am a bit stalled with that.

YouveCat Only one circuit of BFBM is too bad for your pelvic floor (circuit 3), and I normally take a toilet break after that. Well, it needs to suit us, not the other way round...

If I ever finish Ripped, I'll try to get Extreme Shred. I hope it is not longer than Ripped.

MegBusset Mon 24-Sep-12 14:31:49

Shred level 1 day 7 done (had a cold at the end of last week so couldn't do anything). C25k tomorrow then on to level 2, I think. After a week or so of no weight loss, today weighed in at only 1/4lb over the elusive 9st target!

GeekLove Mon 24-Sep-12 19:04:55

Grrr of the Shred since I have a chest infection. Believe it or not I miss it. I have found that it does make AF shorter but Ive only had 4 since AF returned.

catgirl Mon 24-Sep-12 20:38:57

just day first L2 of shred - I feel like a wimp compared to you lot grin - is it normal to feel sick near the end?? I have had to make myself a peppermint tea! Also when SHE says at the end 'see you tomorrow' is it normal to seethe through gritted teeth ... 'no you won't'. I was feeling quite good about how much I could do in L1 after 2 weeks..... so am going to be optimistic that I will have breath in my body after 2 weeks of L2!

xelliex Tue 25-Sep-12 08:40:20

Started ripped finally. Have done level 1 5 times (doubled up a couple of days) and wouldn't say I found it that easy. The moves seemed simple but I definitely felt it the next day. Not sure whether to start level 2 after doing level 1 6 times or whether to do it a whole week. Had a look at L2 and it seems impossible to me!

notyummy Tue 25-Sep-12 09:21:48

Xell - L2 Ripped does feel a lot harder than L1 according to most people (inc me!) Depends on whether you are up for a challenge....

Sorry about the colds/chest infection. IME the shred is doable with a cold, but not with a chest infection! It's that old thing about if the symptoms are below the neck (shivery/temp/weakness) best not to exercise, but if they are just above (huge snotty nose/slightly sore throat) then you can still exercise. I have had a cold for the last few days (thanks DD...) and my period. And a migraine. Grim. Thankfully migraine cleared on Saturday - after I went for my run. Maybe a connection? I managed NMTZ with DH on Sunday despite being a snot bucket and actually after I warmed up the snot seemed to dry up a bit (sorry, tmi!)

Had a rest day yesterday and am going to do L2 Extreme Shed and Shred today. I am low carbing in an effort to lose a pesky 3/4 pounds that have crept up on me, and I want them gone before my girls weekend away to Budapest. It works, but is so BORING. Not hungry. Just bored. Not sure I would manage Insanity with no carbs at all inside me, so will try JM inside.....just that little, little bit easier. 4 pounds gone in 36 hours though.....

CHST Tue 25-Sep-12 13:56:07

hi notyummy I know what you mean about not doing insanity without carbs! I haven't tried to do it first thing like I have with other workouts because it really takes the energy out of you. I am eating more now to not feel tired. You really need to fuel your body for insanity.
Did pure hell cardio today. I will get better, I will! Finishing off with burpees and plank jacks when you have nothin left in the tank is just insane though. And I get scared when I hear month one is like a warm up for month two eek!!!
Not yummy, what sort of calorie level are you at? I know I need to keep my calories up but not sure how to do it as I am not really a big eater. What do you think of protein shakes?

notyummy Tue 25-Sep-12 14:09:56

CHST- I don't usually count calories as my weight/BMI/body fat usually stay the same. (I'm 5 ft 10, usually weigh around 10 st 4/5/6 which is a 21 BMI. Body fat around 22%.) Very roughly I think I eat around 2300 calories a day. I don't usually drink much, and avoid bread/pasta/potatoes/crisps/sweets and most breakfast cereals. Other than that I eat most things, inc cheese and cake!! I do consciously focus on eating plenty of lean protein, so I usually have cooked chicken or fish in the fridge to snack on.

I have had a very social couple of months which has meant I have gained a few pounds and can't seem to lose them eating what I normally eat. From experience I know that a few days of low carbing really sorts me out, and I don't put the weight back on straight away afterwards. 36 hours in and I have lost nearly 4lbs already!

Happypiglet Tue 25-Sep-12 20:02:25

L2 ripped again today. Did what one of you lovely people suggested and swapped mountain climbers in circuit one with high knees in circuit three. It made circuit one more doable but my life doing mountain climbers as the last CV exercise is not fun!
Had four days off over weekend due to a wedding and house guests so still only managed three sessions last week. Should get four in this week and will try to push up to my usual five next...
Off to watch the Bake Off as a kind of substitue to actually eating anything nice!!!

xelliex Tue 25-Sep-12 20:35:03

Did level 1 ripped this afternoon, and attempted level 2. I thought whilst the dds were in school/nursery I should take advantage of uninterrupted 'me' time!

I got through it all but I honestly think I spent so much time stop/starting/rewinding the dvd trying to learn the moves that I probably made it alot easier for myself. And some of the moves that I knew how to do - like plank jacks and mountain climbers - no way could I do them together! I had to modify the last set.

I think I'll start on L2 properly tomorrow....

MegBusset Wed 26-Sep-12 12:52:53

Shred level 2 day 1 here. (I'd got as far as L2 before the summer hols so knew what to expect). I actually prefer it to L1 as I find the strength exercises a bit easier, although my trainers keep slipping off during plank jacks/squat thrusts!

xelliex Wed 26-Sep-12 15:00:49

Just done ripped level 2 and I'm a shaky, breathless mess! This is more like the Jillian I know and love/hate

Lavenderhoney Wed 26-Sep-12 19:00:25

Please can I join you? I can't get to the gym or go running- even swimming is hard with the dc about. My dh s always at work. I have started to do the shred and am on level 2, using the Zumba weights which are nt heavy enough! How heavy weights shoud I get? I used to be just under 9 stone before dc, about 6 years ago and have about 10 kg to lose. I had 2 c s so I have the dreaded overhang. The weight is all on my tummy, I look huge, no waist anymore. I used to be a real gym bunny and cross country runner, which is impossible now.

I have downloaded the shred onto the iPad sp I can do it anywhere at homesmile will it get rid of my tummy? Am using myfitnesspal too. I was thinking of adding some home pilates eg loads more situps. However I have spotted Gillian's flat abs thing so am tempted to download that.

VenetiaLanyon Thu 27-Sep-12 17:36:53

Welcome Lavenderhoney smile. I lost weight starting with little 1kg weights and then moving up to 2kg. Since this helped me to lose 2 stone (from 11 stone to 9 stone) I'm not contemplating getting anything heavier!

MegBusset Thu 27-Sep-12 20:13:51

I have 1kg weights and will be sticking with them, as my arms have a tendency to go muscly and I don't want to get too ripped!

8st 13lb this morning, the first time under 9st in a loooong time smile

GeekLove Fri 28-Sep-12 23:00:25

A whole week off the Shred but starting again Monday. Strictly speaking I tend to mix it up with Shred lvl 2 and 3 with some NMTZ and BFBM - 6W6P is at a friends house. Seldom complete NMTZ as I have 1hour max after work to do it so if I do at least 4 circuits more is a bonus.

Mind you I cracked open Wii Zumba on Wednesday and had forgotten how much fun it is. Zumba with my 1kg strap on weights looks like a possibility!

As for getting muscly - you get stronger much faster than getting muscley - you would have to be mainlining protien drinks and eggs like they were going out of fashion for that to be an issue not to mention multiple workouts in a day.
For me I want to get below 10st before Christmas - even though I'm still technically overweight I am back in all my pre-pregnancy clothes now. Also I want to do the monkey bars at the assault course near the leisure centre - right now I can't do a pull up (hands outwards) only chins (hands facing)!

Lavenderhoney Sat 29-Sep-12 03:54:46

Thanks Venetia, I have found some 1kg weights so will start to use those. Does anyone do the shred or other DVD more than once a day? you all sound super fit and slim. ( breathes in nervously)

I did swim yesterday and was n my feet all day so no time to shred. Fell asleep putting dd to bed so nothing after dc in bed eithersad

MegBusset Sat 29-Sep-12 11:24:10

Day off yesterday. Pub last night. Shred L2 day 2 this morning, before breakfast, with a hangover <hardcore>

Hello all!
And hello to all new posters!

I slipped off the thread a bit. Have still been exercising but just so much going on. Decided to go through Shred again as it helps me to get back in the zone after losing track a bit. Just finished 10 days at level 2 and ready to move up, yay! Even after all this time, Shred still does it for me. Things are already tighter and neater than they were. I've never known a DVD like Shred for results, and I've done a fair few of them now grin

Hiya Lavenderhoney smile
There are sometimes some double sessions going on, the most likely candidate would be notyummy I think. I've done 2 Shreds back to back occassionally. I think it was McPie who is on this thread who once did an unbelievable amount of Shreds in a day? (made me faint just reading about it!).

I reckon 1kg is great to start out, you'll know when it feels the right time to move up. And Shred will help your tummy too.

Hope everyone's having a good weekend smile

hawthers Sun 30-Sep-12 20:08:12

My name is hawthers and I've totally fallen off the shred bandwagon argh! Was doing really well ie every day but then got a bit just and I've not done it since Thursday and missed a couple if days before that.

Back on it tomorrow. Going to do level 2 and treat it as day one. Also had 2 cs and have overhang (oh the joys) but after 10 days of level 1 with 1kg weights I definitely saw and experienced loss in the tummy area.

GeekLove Sun 30-Sep-12 22:52:37

I did it! Did a double Shred lvl 2 and 3 back to back. Felt OK but had to have a lie down after lunch although that might have been the wine!

Definately harder than NMTZ since theres all the cardio and planking too. Think in future do say 3 NMTZ circuits and have a 2 min cardio session between them.

Wii fit weigh in tomorrow....

GeekLove Sun 30-Sep-12 22:54:25

PS wrt swimming with babies. You don't get much swimming but it does your legs good since you are squatting/lunging in the pool all the time - it does add up so it is certainly not a dead loss for exercise here!

Lavenderhoney Mon 01-Oct-12 03:43:56

Thx threestepsforward. I have my 1kg weights now plus am halfway through level 2 shred. Anther 5 days til 3! Very hard with the weights. Also took dc swimming yesterday plus did loads of extra Pilates situps. Still dithering with buying Gillian's fast abs in 6 weeks - anyone get it and does it work? Have to get rid of cs overhang and tummy!

MegBusset Mon 01-Oct-12 12:52:26

Shred L2 day 3 done. I definitely prefer it to L1. Second lot of chair squat/V raise a killer though!

Happypiglet Mon 01-Oct-12 18:56:13

Did L3 Ripped today. Ow.... Will feel it tomorrow I think. So much thigh and booty work mine ache already!

VenetiaLanyon Tue 02-Oct-12 09:24:06

L4 Ripped today with 2kg. Very half-hearted scissor kicks - my excuse is that it shakes the whole house and would wake up the neighbours...

Am aiming to do L4 for the rest of the week, as I think that it makes improve more than if I dart about from DVD to DVD...

notyummy Tue 02-Oct-12 09:40:02

I'm back from a long weekend in Budapest. I was also a bit under the weather immendiately beforehand (fighting off a virus and not quite succeeding) so I have not done much exercise at all by my standards. The last JM was last Tuesday! I wasn't well Wednesday/Thursday, but rallied and managed to go out running in Budapest Friday and Saturday and do a couple of short sessions in the hotel gym with free weights. I also did a lot of walking! Was utterly wiped out yesterday after getting home in the middle of the night the day before so no time or inclination to exercise, but I am back to normal today. I am working from home and itching to do some JM, but we have a decorator here all day doing the kitchen and it overlooks the only two room I can exercise in. I don't mind DH/DD watching me, but I am not sure I can inflict it on him! I will try a slightly longer run (still working back up from my calf strain) and see if I can fit in a JM or Insanity session after work tomorrow if the decorator has left.

Happypiglet Tue 02-Oct-12 19:27:13

Day 2 of Ripped L3 and now I really really ache.... I find it easier than L2 CV wise but it's really punishing on the bottom... And I hate jumping squats.... Got AF today so did phone it in and do low impact version of those...but still felt like an excellent work out.
Welcome back not yummy... Sounds like a fun weekend. I have meetings at either end of tomorrow and the piano tuner in the middle so may struggle myself to fit it in...

VenetiaLanyon Wed 03-Oct-12 11:28:40

Have any of you managed to teach yourself to do a proper press-up? I try my hardest, but only go half-way down at best.

Nolda Wed 03-Oct-12 11:43:09

Venetia, yes, I've taught myself but at the moment can only do one full set in shred Level 1. Someone else on here recommended using the stairs to gradually decrease the angle to the ground. I initially did the easy version thinking that would enable me to do a proper one but that didn't get me anywhere. I found that I had to keep on trying to do a proper pushup, going half-way, like you, to start with and collapse into the easy version when I couldn't do any more. I can now touch my nose on the ground and get up again, yay!

Happy, Ripped Level 3 is indeed hard on the lower half. I hate those duck walks.

I haven't been on for ages as I have had a chest infection followed by sinusitis. I've lost loads of strength and fitness but I'm starting to work back through shred now. Having the day off today as I have a tennis lesson (not sure if that really counts as a proper workout [puts fingers in ears, la la la]).

notyummy Wed 03-Oct-12 15:31:27

You can do it Venetia! I think it may have been me with the stair recommend - start quite high and work down, lowering the angle of your body. This should always be in full press-up position, rather than on knees. And I think the idea of trying it in full press-up position in Shred is good. I can do loads more than I used to be able to. Every couple of months I do a 'press-upathon' to see how many i can do non-stop. Last time it was 50! (That involves a couple of short pauses, but nothing over 5/10 secs)

Managed my 5 mile run yesterday, with no calf pain - hurray! Will be doing something short and nasty tonight. Perhaps l3 or 4 Ripped, or 6W6P.

VenetiaLanyon Thu 04-Oct-12 09:16:25

Thanks Nolda and notyummy; will give the stairs thing a go and report back smile
Glad to hear you're fighting fit again, notyummy.
Day 4 of L4Ripped today, and looking forward to final day tomorrow. Can't decide what to do next, in my new regime of doing each level for one week; what's everyone else doing?

Also, has anyone got Jillian's Body Revolution DVD system? Was thinking of trying it, but its fairly spenny...

gingercat12 Thu 04-Oct-12 12:28:31

I am impressed by proper push-ups. I can only do very weak ones, but I do about 30 every day (this week), like 10 here and 10 there and am getting better. I watch tv on Sundays and thought I can do 10 at each advertisement breaks. (there are a lot of adverts in Downton and Strike Back)

Still getting up at 6 every week-day to Jillian. Sadly this means no BFBM or 6W6P, as they are just too long during the week. Stopped losing weight, but to my own defence I can do all the jumping lunges in Ripped L3. (Not the plank thrusts though.)

Venetia I think gypsyfloss has the Body Revolution dvd-set.

I will spend a weekend in London soon, and do not fancy taking a portable dvd-player. Is there any way of downloading Ripped or BFBM or 6W6P on an Android phone?

notyummy Thu 04-Oct-12 15:58:16

Did L4 ripped last night. Not too bad apart from the second cardio section- scissor jumps and Burpees. Gets me every time!

Just a tabata session in the cross trainer tonight. Really pushed for time. Should have longer tomorrow. Will either run or do double session.

catgirl Thu 04-Oct-12 20:42:11

ok have been a bit slack of late.... only getting up at 6am twice to do L2 shread.... must improve - and after reading posts I WILL improve - you shame me into it - we all have busy lives and kids and things and I CAN Do this.... I feel so much better after doing this for a few weeks I would be foolish to stop now.....(I will remind myself of this at 6:30am tomorrow when I am a heap in the corner, sweating and gibbering) thank you ladies

Happypiglet Fri 05-Oct-12 08:27:48

Did you do it cat girl?
ripped level 3 again for me this morning wheni get back off the school run...I like it in a masochistic kind of way....will have done it four times this week so creeping up to my ideal of five times a week!
Off this weekend up north to see in laws so no chance to work out again until Monday...
Have a good weekend all

MegBusset Fri 05-Oct-12 13:20:51

Just done day 4 of Shred L2. Managing about twice a week atm but I am also running 3x week and am busy with lots of other stuff.

gingercat12 Fri 05-Oct-12 13:59:35

Go on catgirl!

I must admit I forgot to set my alarm, so did not get up in time despite being awake. However metro was out, so had to walk an hour to work. It was great in glorious sunshine grin

muriella Fri 05-Oct-12 15:56:54

Hello, can I join you all pls? I've been lurking for a while but have got to commit to this properly! I'm sick of feeling blobby and want to be strong yet sylph-like. grin

So, after failed attempts to shred conistently and getting stuck doing level 1, I've just done level 2 for the first time EVER. Plank-jacks, oh my god. Anyway, onwards and upwards, it gets easier, right?

notyummy Fri 05-Oct-12 17:40:28

Levels 1 and 2 of Ripped today. First time I have done a back to back shred or ripped for a few weeks because I have either been slightly under the weather and not up to it - or doing Insanity and hence working hard already! Was fairly hard. Those crow press-ups and the infamous plank jacks/mountain climbers combo in L2 are not fun. I find the cardio in L1 really easy but didn't want to add weights in anything other than the punches because I knoew I had a whole another level to come....

Weather forecast looks good tomorrow, so out for a run in an effort to slowly build up the calf now it appears to be ok. Either 5 or 7 miles. Will do NMTZ with DH on Sunday.

xelliex Fri 05-Oct-12 18:35:29

Been slacking lately, had four or five days off. I went to the gym for the first time in weeks and did 75 mins cardio, and I've just done ripped L2. I hate the first cardio circuit - I've yet to do the second lot of mountain climbers without switching to the modifier. At this rate I'll never get to level 3!

CHST Sat 06-Oct-12 17:51:07

welcome muriella! Stick with it and I promise it will get better. It is amazing how quickly the body can change and adapt.

I have just finished my third week of insanity. I'm not gonna lie, it's tough. There have been days I didn't want to do it but forced myself. The first two weeks I dreaded thinking about each work out but finally I am starting to enjoy it....one week before they crank it up a notch and take it to the next level!
notyummy have you made it to the second month yet?
Anyway I was looking on you tube to find the insanity ad to show someone who was asking about it and found that someone has put the full workouts on there! Not good for me but good for any of you who want to give it a whirl but don't want to commit to giving the £££ out to get it.
Whoever was asking about Body Revolution...I have done it and it is one of my favs. I really enjoyed doing it and the people in it make it fun too. I wouldn't spend the money though unless you are committed to getting the most out of it though

gingercat12 Sun 07-Oct-12 10:33:37

muriella L2 of the Shred has never got easier for me grin

On L3 of Ripped. Yesterday after weeks of procrastination I finally did a weigh-in. I felt I was stagnating, but I actually lost more weight. I have now officially lots more than 2 stones this year. I should have known, because all I did last week was to try to buy new smaller winter clothes.

notyummy Sun 07-Oct-12 16:45:49

Ooh my thighs!! Haven't done double ripped for ages and am paying. Did 5 mile run yesterday and struggled through NMTZ this morning-my thighs were KILLING me for the first circuit but gradually warned up. Another planned tomorrow and possibly <gulp> the start of month 2 of Insanity in Tuesday. *CHST- I have finished month one but them had a break due to cold/virus symptoms so really didn't feel up to giddy heights of Insanity. Was never doing it to the programme as wanted to fit in 1/2 runs a week and one strength session (NMTZ) so only ever 3/4 Insanity sessions a week. Scared of month two!

catgirl Sun 07-Oct-12 20:05:13

happypiglet - YES I DID!! it's the thing of committing it to type that I will get up and exercise that makes me do it - I can fib to myself but can't to a bunch of virtual strangers! Ain't it strange?! Also did L2 again today while DH and DS2 were out and DS1 was in the bath - rather than sit and eat I exercised! So my aim for this week is 5 times, still don't manage L2 without some 5 second stops (on the second round of things) so that is my aim - no stopping then I can move to L3..... does that sound OK?? happy exercising smile

VenetiaLanyon Mon 08-Oct-12 09:14:43

Morning all smile

L2 Killer today - had forgotten how horrid it is, esp one-legged burpees and statues of Liberty...

My left side is curiously much weaker than my right side on the surrenders - anyone else? Just wondering is this is a right-handed / left-handed thing, or whether I am just lop-sided...

xelliex Mon 08-Oct-12 11:18:16

Just finished day 7 of L2 ripped. I think I'll do it again on tuesday and wednesday, then start on level three on friday. Had a look at it today and think it's going to hurt somehow!

catgirl I also find it hard to lie to virtual strangers, if I say on here I'm going to do something I have to do it.

Venetia I'm right handed and my right side is definitely stronger than my left. My right thigh is about an inch bigger than the left as well

hawthers Mon 08-Oct-12 15:22:31

I didn't quite manage to start again on Monday last week as said I would seems I have no problems lying to strangers but I did start level 2 again on thursday so on day 4 today as DS2 was up at 5 on Sunday and I was way too tired to deal with jillian and her smug face

There should be no reason not to shred every day this week so I will be back on the wagon.

GeekLove Mon 08-Oct-12 21:01:40

Its been 5 days and I am itching to get on but now DS1 has chicken pox and with going away Shred not been on the menu! Grr
Now I am 2lb up from a fornight ago. I suppose this is an incentive for more low carbing.
I still find I can be a habit eater. Today I said I can have a Snickers only if I am genuinly hungry and it has to be more than 1 1/2 hours away from a mealtime. As i didnt feel hungry enough for one I didn't have one. Result.
Still will try for some Zumba tonight to keep moving.
Sobering to think with all this exercise it is still just within the minimum recommended amount.

VenetiaLanyon Tue 09-Oct-12 09:20:46

Couldn't face L2 Killer after yesterday's efforts, so did L3 instead. Had forgotten the horrors of one-legged mountain climbers...

notyummy Tue 09-Oct-12 13:41:38

Well done on getting Killer under your belt Venetia.

I started month 2 of Insanity with a Max Intervals Circuit. Ran out of time!! It is a full hour and I had a meeting to get to. Did 45 minutes though. Bloody hard. A particularly lovely combo sticks in my mind from one if the circuits- moguls for the count of ten; press up jacks for the count of 10; squat thrusts for the count of ten; crow press ups for the count of ten. And repeat. At speed. I may not have managed all the crow press ups. Lots of jumping squats and lunges as well. Legs may feel it tomorrow.

CHST Tue 09-Oct-12 21:57:38

oh I have this all to look forward to in about week and a half!! I like the look of that combo though

VenetiaLanyon Wed 10-Oct-12 08:53:04

L1 Shred (pimped) today. Thighs definitely feeling it from Killer earlier this week...

notyummy, Insanity sounds like it does what it says on the tin...a friend had recommended, but are all the workouts fairly long? I can usually only manage Shred length, or Killer at a push?

notyummy Wed 10-Oct-12 09:50:28

Venetia- the month 1 workouts are mostly around the 40 minute mark, but at least 10 to 15 minutes of that are stretching. He does 10/12 min warn up (not gentle...) then pause for 10 stretching. Then about 15/17 mibs hard core circuit action before a final stretch. I have been ff through the early stretch session to make the workouts nearer 30/35 mins. Month 2 the workouts are generally longer- nearer an hour with stretches, or 45 min-ish without.

Rest day for me today. L3 shred after work tomorrow.

Afternoon all!
Apologies for being a very part-time thread participant of late. Thankfully, have been keeping up with JM though...

Have gone all the way through Shred again, and am 3 days from completing. Am currently doing L3 with 3kg for last strength circuit, 2.5 kg for cardio section and 5.5 kg for the strength bit before the dreaded jumping lunges! Have also stepped up my jumping lunges, so they are more how she does them in Ripped. I am Wheezy McWheeze by the time the cardio with weights starts!

My body is defo more toned after this month. Am eternally amazed by how effective Shred is!

Now what do I do after Shred? Do I do Ripped all the way through again? Or should I just mix my ridiculously large DVD collection everything up? I like the idea of a set thing for a month or so though, helps keep me on track smile

Everyone is doing great, keep at it grin

gingercat12 Wed 10-Oct-12 13:55:08

As I religously get up every weekday to exercise I was thinking about Insanity, but apart from being a wimp I am not sure I have enough time to do a full hour's exercise... I would have to get up at 5.30.

Today it was L4 of Ripped for me, and it is shocking how much easier it is than it was the first time. Although still not easy. And I did all the jumping lunges in L3 as well. How could I get string enough to do mountain climbers, plank thrusts and plank jacks in short succession?

Thanks everyone keeping me on the straight and narrow.

Happypiglet Wed 10-Oct-12 14:00:16

Hi all.... Still plodding on with Ripped just done day 6 of L3 and need to consider the move to L4 which I have total amnesia about...so day 1 of that could be interesting!
Three steps....I am thinking of doing Shred again next. I haven't done it all the way through for ages.... I have enjoyed doing the Ripped program again... It gives me a focus.... And my life seems to have exploded in busyness so need the shorter programs at the mo!

VenetiaLanyon Thu 11-Oct-12 09:20:19

L2 Shred - I always hope that someday I will be sooo fit that it will feel easy, but that day was not today...hmm

Happypiglet Thu 11-Oct-12 13:15:27

Well I remember why I had blocked out L4 Ripped which I did today.... Burpees and scissor kicks....owowowow.....
Still I sortnof enjoyed it...I like the strength work and quick warm up...
Venetian L2 Shred is such a killer....all JM L2s are bad I think...it seems to be her pattern!

notyummy Fri 12-Oct-12 16:21:43

happy - I think L4 Ripped isn't too bad - apart from that bit you mentioned! That is tough.

Managed to fit in a L3 Shred yesterday. Did 7KG for the clean and press and row/leg raise. Also added weigghts to the first set of exercises (supermen.) Found my nemesis bloody awful - jumping lunges. Get me every time. I can finish them, but my legs are SCREAMING and feel like rubber by the end. With all the other stuff I do (inc Insanity, which has loads of plyo) I don't understand why that bit never gets any easier. Did a 5 mile run today and NMTZ with DH tomorrow. Going away for the night, but taking ipad so may fit a 6W6P in first thing Sunday monring in the hotel room!

VenetiaLanyon Fri 12-Oct-12 17:32:33

Happypiglet, agree re L2s pattern - nasty...

Notyummy, I was also on L3 Shred today, with significantly smaller weights grin. First time ever that I tried the advanced jumping lunges, so feeling pleased with myself, but, boy, they're tiring on the cardio as well as the strength...

Off on holiday now; to Shred or not to Shred during? Hmmmm.....

chocolateshoes Fri 12-Oct-12 17:40:35

still going strong...babck to back Killer L4 / Shred L3 with 6k weights today but now feel like I've been run over by a bus and will have to go to the pub tonight to feel human again. Sounds as if everyone is doing really well.

Not yummy I hate jumping lunges too but am getting better. For me its those horrendous rockstar jumps - ouf!

Happypiglet Fri 12-Oct-12 21:12:13

Blimey you lot are so hard core.... Well second day of L4 Ripped....and ow my arms,, my arms....
Why are static squats with presses so much harder than moving squats!! The CV actually felt like a relief after the arm strength bits....no other workout makes them ache so much!
Not sure I will ever manage hard core shataronga push ups(or whatever they are!)

Nolda Sat 13-Oct-12 15:25:33

Happy - I know what you mean about the static squats and presses but I have no idea why it is so much more difficult. I have to use much lighter weights to even get my arms to move!

Hate, hate, hate jumping lunges and as for rockstars I have to confess that I usually phone them in (don't tell JM).

I've done my elbow in and so my exercising options are much reduced. I have BFBM but have only done it twice and can't remember it very well (only that it is knackering). Can anyone tell me if I'd be able to do it with a dodgy elbow (can't lift weights or put weight on it eg plank work)? I did Davina Bottom Fit yesterday but would prefer a JM workout if poss grin.

Nolda Sat 13-Oct-12 15:26:16

Have a good holiday, Venetia!

notyummy Mon 15-Oct-12 10:40:48

Nolda - BFBM has either 1 or 2 circuits on the ground that involve you needing to be able to do plank etc - but you could just miss them out. Most of the circuits would be doable I think.

Venetia - have a good holiday.

Did NMTZ on Saturday and DH and I just managed to do L2 6W6P in the hotel room yesterday morning - with the 3 kg weights we had brought along. How sad?! The only bit we didn't have room for was the moguls. They were just little jumps side to side tbh. Another run today because the weather is good, and then back to Insanity month 2 tomorrow. My back is twinging after 6W6P yesterday - I think it is the combination of lunging and twisting, and those squat/hammer swing things.

Nolda Mon 15-Oct-12 14:14:16

Good effort on the 6w6p whilst away Notyummy. I hope your back's OK.

I gave BFBM a go, taking it very easy on punching and plank. It felt OK at the time but my elbow is more sore today sad. I think I'll have to stick to running and Davina.

notyummy Thu 18-Oct-12 11:53:57

Very quiet on here at the moment! Hope you are still all out there plugging away and not lying on the couch with injuries.

I managed a 5 mile run on Tuesday and L2 Extreme Shed and Shred yesterday. My back has only just recovered from L2 6W6P on Sunday so I think I will steer away from that for a while. I have also steered away from Insanity this week because it felt like too much hard core jumping around might be a step too far for my back. I also gave blood last night, so didn't want to do anything too extreme beforehand as I know from experience that it sometimes effects my iron levels and I can't donate. I managed to do it after Extreme Shed....although I had to do a second test as it was borderline! Nothing today to allow my body to get busy making new blood - longish run tomorrow. I have to drop the car off for a service, so i will go in my running gear and run a loop home. About 7 miles. NMTZ with DH on Saturday!

Happypiglet Thu 18-Oct-12 12:56:08

Still here not yummy plugging away. Day 5 of L4 Ripped today. Nearing the end of this so need to decide what to do next. May revisit Shred as it is yonks since I did that.
Might ask for Extreme Shed and Shred for Xmas. Are they short programs like ripped and shred? I am struggling to fit the longer routines in although I may do a few Killers in between finishing Ripped and restarting Shred.
Weight has started to creep up again as i am eating really badly so I need to keep an eye on that.

gingercat12 Thu 18-Oct-12 13:36:37

I second Happypiglet in terms of plugging away. On Ripped L4 so "...Not even talking... any more" as Jillian would say. Mind you I am suprisingly good with plank moguls.

I am also interested in short, 30-35 minutes tops, bursts of exercise, as I really do not want to get before 6.

Spent last weekend in London on a girly weekend. Ended up not eating all day Saturday and was given ice cream for dinner. It is not my thing, really. However I managed to do BFBM both days. Result!

gingercat12 Thu 18-Oct-12 13:41:44

I mean I do not want to get up before 6. I'll get a cup of coffee now.

BTW without trying to channel Peter Mannion, this week I wore my brand new and smaller shirts tucked into my brand new and smaller trousers. I have not done this for probably 10-20 years. Strange to have a much smaller stomach. (Still very big though.)

Hope Nolda and notyummy are feeling better.

How is everyone doing? Am I the only one craving chocolate when it is dark during the day?

MegBusset Thu 18-Oct-12 17:53:29

Well I am taking a break from Shredding for now. I'm on week 5 of Couch to 5k and finding that as the runs get more strenuous, I need the rest days in between for my knees/legs to recover. I'm also finding running more effective for calorie burning, and have reached my target weight, so am going to see how I get on just running 3x week.

I may be back once it gets too cold/dark for running outside!!

Good luck and well done all you dedicated JMers smile

xelliex Thu 18-Oct-12 19:02:23

I'm another one plugging away; onto ripped L3, so glad to get L2 out of the way! I've been working longer shifts at work so I've not been doing it daily, and don't feel like I'm improving much. I probably need to do each level 10 times rather than 6 or 7.

gingercat I'm also craving chocolate more now it's getting cold and dark, in fact I'm craving stodgy food more in general. I really have to force the salads down in winter...

CHST Fri 19-Oct-12 11:37:07

Still here just on recovery week which is a nice rest for my muscles! Looking forward to getting stuck into month two of insanity..know the next week will be hard and I'll have to push myself..will no doubt be letting you know about that next week!

Evening all!

Great reading up on all the good work going on. Seems to get a bit harder to get motivated when it starts getting darker and colder.

I feel like I've lost hours in each day and am struggling to keep up with work and all the rest day-to-day. I am pleased to say though I've not slacked on JM. I am picking shorter workouts though, and am currently on day 3 of L2 Ripped.

Phewie, I'm aching all over again! Never fails to amaze me lol

Hope everyone is well smile

gypsyfloss Sat 20-Oct-12 07:54:15

Morning everyone. I'm back, climbing out of the depths of a new uni year, juggling life and eating far too many choc fingers whilst ostensibly studying smile
Haven't gained any weight but def feel more flabby so I started back with 6w6p yesterday . God I love that DVD , even one session makes me feel so much better. I'm planning to exercise 4 days /wk, getting up at 5.30 to do it on the weekdays . Hopefully on Sundays I can have a little lie in.

Glad to see everyone is plodding on doing well smile

MrsVincentPrice Sat 20-Oct-12 08:11:04

Hi chaps. Ex Shred/Ripped/6W6P dabbler experiencing a certain amount of tummy flab which requires correction so I'm going on a Pre-Christmas Shredathon. Have done quite a lot of it in the past but never got up to Level 3 of anything, so my goal is to achieve Level 3 Shred and Level 4 Ripped before Xmas.

Started last night with Level 1 Ripped and realised that I've pretty much lost the ability to do big girl press-ups so it's going to be a long tough November.

Welcome MrsVincentPrice smile

You've timed it perfectly! You'll easily get through both Shred and Ripped by Christmas and will be fabulously Shredded and Ripped for the festive season!

Good luck!

chocolateshoes Sun 21-Oct-12 17:00:29

welcome MrsVP, keep going everyone else. Busy week work wise here so have just managed 3 double Rippeds and nothing in between. Bit of a disaster really and can't see this week being much better. My arms & legs are toned but I still can't shift the tummy flab. Looks like diet is going to be the only way forward. Noooooooo.

notyummy Sun 21-Oct-12 18:21:47

Welcome back to the fold MrsVP! Keep at it Chocolate - it will make a difference.

DH and I did NMTZ yesterday and then a double shred/ripped today. Phew. L2 Shred and L3 Ripped. A gentle plod on the crosstrainer tomorrow I think before I possibly face Insanity on Tuesday (depending on how back is.)

GeekLove Sun 21-Oct-12 23:44:22

Hello
For me it is an achievement if I can do at least 3 full Shreds a week. I alternate between lvl 2 and 3. I am definately getting Ripped next since Shread is getting a bit boring.
But I am now under 65kg! According to the wii fit. Hopefully try and keep it up. NMTZ is good for travelling since it is body's eight only.
My next challenge -keep it up when AF is in town.

GeekLove Sun 21-Oct-12 23:48:07

Please note folks who are finding it hard to lose the flab I losing weight at less than 1lb a month net - I will be gaini g weight only less fast than my losses but overall I am losing weight. With Shred and other exercise you have a goal other than weight loss to focus on- you are on a hiding to nothing of weight loss is your only goal.
For instance I can do chin ups and handle the 3kg solid metal mortar at work one-handed when I need to empty it. Couldn't to either 6months ago.

Happypiglet Mon 22-Oct-12 12:30:00

Back on L4 Ripped again today....it's getting a bit dull I find the second two circuits very arms heavy on the strength side.... Think I will move on shortly. Back to shred I think. But not til after our holiday over half term next week. Off to Florida to Disney world... Lots of walking but probably a really bad diet!!

CHST Mon 22-Oct-12 13:51:34

did day one of month 2 insanity and OMG it is insane....month 1 workouts are 40 ish minutes each, month 2 60ish. I hope my body adapts quickly as it was so tiring! I think it definitely is about pushing yourself mentally in month 2 and am definitely going to have to up the kcals for this month else I just won't have the energy to do it.
Welcome Mrs VP!
Keep going everyone

Wow, CHST! I salute all you insanity people, it sounds rough!!

Have just finished 7 days of L2 Ripped and am going to do Killer buns and thighs for the rest of the week. I'm getting hooked on that lovely achey feeling you get after doing a workout you haven't done for a while!!

Hope everyone's doing well. Keep going keep going smile

xelliex Thu 25-Oct-12 10:05:23

I'm really 'plodding' with level 3 ripped now, I can't seem to get motivated in the same way I was with shred. Think I've done it about 7 times but I'm not doing it daily and don't feel ready to move onto the next level. I can't say I'm seeing any results so I started doing a few circuits of NMTZs afterwards but then I couldn't get the dvd to play on tuesday and was even more demotivated.

I will do some Jillian today!

notyummy Thu 25-Oct-12 12:03:37

Xelliex - I don't think L4 is that much harder so worth just giving a go? There is one really tough cardio bit, but apart from that a similar level to 3 i think.

I did L4 this morning actually! Nothing yesterday. 5 mile run on Tuesday and only time for a quick tabata session on the crosstrainer on Monday. Longer run tomorrow. I still cant muster up the strength for Month 2 Insanity - well done for your efforts CHST. For me it is a mixture of finding the time for the longer workouts, a twinging back that I am protective of, and a real need to keep running (for workouts of 45 mins and over) as I find getting out in the freh air is really good for my mood long term.

VenetiaLanyon Thu 25-Oct-12 12:32:01

Hello all! All of NMTZ for the first time today smile; think I'm going to feel it tomorrow...

gingercat12 Thu 25-Oct-12 12:34:39

After 40 days I finished Ripped, and started Killer Buns. I agree with threesteps that it is very invigorating if you have not done it for a while. I remember how much easier L1 is than L2 and L3, but I can feel my thighs aching grin. I had to get up 10 minutes early, as Killer is a bit longer, but it was all worth it.

I saw there is a Killer Abs now. Wonder what it is like.

Morning all!

Keep going Xelliex! I know exactly what you mean btw. I've never had the "Pow" impact that Shred had from any other workout. I think it's because that was the first proper workout I'd done for years, so the transformation was much more obvious than from doing later stuff.

Don't forget though how far you've come (you're on Level 3 Ripped!!!). I agree with notyummy - I'd go for L4 smile

2 days of Killer Thighs (are you aching too Gingercat? grin) I did L1 and then L2 yesterday. I am far redder and far more puffed after Killer than I am after Shred and/or Ripped, weird...

Well done Venetia with NMTZ (I think that's one of my least favourite of hers as it hurts!)

Not much time today so will be hopefully squeezing a Shred or a Ripped in later.

Hope everyone has a great weekend smile

Morning all, can I join please?

This morning I had to lie down on the bed to zip up my freshly washed jeans. blush.

The muffin top had also invited cheesecake, toffee crisps and lemon drizzle cake to take up residence judging by the wobble that lurched over the top of the jeans!

I have been out and purchased leggings, a top and Jillian's 30 day Shred and after changing, having water and typing this .............I am going in, cover me!

See you on the other side. <not dying too much I hope>

Well I came out the other side, puce faced and my thighs feel very wobbly.

I have trouble with my jumping jacks [pelvic floor issues] but otherwise I feel fine, am reasonably fit due to frequent walking but I need more intense exercise.

How often should I do this each week?

gingercat12 Fri 26-Oct-12 14:05:22

Welcome SugariceAndScary! smile I think Jillian recommends 1-2 rest days a week. I know the feeling about pelvic floors. It spurs me on to do Kegels.
Hope you are all right. My first time last December was very traumatic. In fact I had to give it up until January, as my knees gave up. But now it gets much easier very quickly.

threesteps My thighs hurt so much. "And it is only L1!" [imagine Jillian jeering] I love Killer. I can't wait to start 6W6P afterwards though.

SugariceAndScary It is very addictive.

Only 1-2 rest days shock.

Dear God, she'll kill me and only Level 1. Oh well, no pain no gain and all that. If when I'm aching tomorrow should I still do it?

notyummy Fri 26-Oct-12 17:22:38

Go on Sugar - tis 'only' 20 mins - and very motivational when you start seeing improvements in what you can do, and how you look.

Well, I finally did all of the max interval circuit of Month 2 Insanity. all 59 minutes or whatever it is. Pretty tiring!! There were a couple of sequences that I was really struggling to finish. Not sure if you found the same CHST? That nasty one involving moguls, press-up jacks, squat thrusts and crow press-ups (4 of each, double time - and repeat) just about finished me off! Pleased I did it though. NMTZ tomorrow. Short(ish) run on Sunday as I expect to be hungover and perhaps the month 2 Plyo Insanity on Monday - what's that like?

CHST Fri 26-Oct-12 20:32:32

notyummy the month two is such a step up, particularly after the recovery week. Yeah that ski abs, plank push ups, in and out abs and oblique push ups is a bugger...can do it all through the first time, but struggle second and third time through. The high knees with twist I find hard in the second circuit.

Max plyo is a bitch...seriously...expect your shoulders to fall off.
There are squat push ups in the first circuit where you start in a squat fall onto your hands on the floor and then push yourself back up into a squat position.
There is also power push ups where you start in a push up position, go down and power yourself back onto your feet and then back down into push up position. It is crazy and then at the end when your quads are killing from all the squats and power jumps and your shoulders falling off, youve got the full body drills..16 push ups and 16 mountain climbers twice through..nice...and I really struggled!
It is a whole different level.
I find the warm up in the second month easier than the first workouts what about you?

notyummy Fri 26-Oct-12 20:53:04

Yes- I think he's trying to make sure you have something left in the rank for later!

notyummy Sat 27-Oct-12 23:34:55

NMTZ today. Felt hard after my efforts yesterday! Short run tomorrow.

xelliex Sun 28-Oct-12 18:35:40

Took the advice and tried level 4 ripped today. I thought if I did level 3 again I might just give up on the whole thing. I was surprised that it didn't seem too bad, and probably easier than level 2...

That said I was having to pause the dvd to get the moves right, I think the real test will be tomorrow when I try to do it without any breaks!

ZenNudist Sun 28-Oct-12 20:00:37

Just started 30DS can I join this thread to try keep motivated. I did 2 days of level 1 then went swimming next day then did one day level 2. It's been my birthday weekend and have been busy having fun so will start again tomorrow.

Do I need to start my 30 days afresh?

Hi all!

Hello zen - Happy belated Birthday smile

If it were me I'd start from day 1 because I'm a bit anal but it's totally up to you! Are you switching through the levels or doing a certain number of days on each level before moving up?

Whatever you decide, keep posting here for some moral support smile

Well done on kicking L4's ass Xelliex! I think L3 and L4 are quite comparable in terms of difficulty - they both hurt, just different body parts!

I had the weekend off and did L1 Killer again today. Not feeling it so much so am planning either L3 tomorrow or perhaps a level of Ripped, or even L3 Shred, so much choice grin

Notyummy and CHST keep us posted on Insanity. I look forward to your reports with an element of horror!

Keep going all...

Meant to say my reason for this flurry of Killer is as a result of noticing that my bum is heading southwards. My constant battle against the gravitational pull of my derriere continues grin

notyummy Mon 29-Oct-12 21:21:47

Hello Zen.

Didn't manage Insanity today. Back is quite bad- boo! Did L3 Killer for the first time in ages. Was fine. I never find Killer that tough compared to some of her other stuff. Going for a run tomorrow and doing either 1 or 2 Ripped on Wednesday depending on time.

VenetiaLanyon Tue 30-Oct-12 09:47:12

Hi all smile and welcome Zen
Killer is exactly what it says on the tin, isn't it Threesteps? I struggle with the chair stuff; I don't think we have a sturdy enough chair, so I end up cheating with a footstool...

Did 6W6P for the first time over the last days; just level 1 so far, but may step up tomorrow; is L2 a lot worse?

notyummy Tue 30-Oct-12 09:50:38

Venetia - This may not be what you want to hear, but I think L2 6W6P is considerably harder than L1. Although I don't think it is actually hard on the mid section - but it has a fair few squats and lunges and the cardio is properly tough. Especially the second time round - double time!!

My back is still really bad sad. I may have a go on the cross trainer as lower impact than running.

Venetia, I use a stool that creaks ominously each time I clamber on it!

Notyummy sorry to hear your back is playing up sad Take it easy for a few days and hopefully you'll be back on form soon.

Hope everyone else is doing well smile

VenetiaLanyon Tue 30-Oct-12 11:16:17

thanks yummy, suspected that that might be the answer grin. Sorry to hear about your back; are you seeing a physio? I swear by a foam roller to roll out my back on when it gets bad.

Threesteps, hope that you don't feel as precarious as I do...

xelliex Tue 30-Oct-12 11:50:54

Just done ripped L4 day 3, and shred L1 day 2. I thought after ripped shred would be easy but no, I think I've lost some upper body strength. I was doing shred with 2.3 kg weights but ended up switching to 1.3 kg, and I can't do proper push ups at all. On the plus side it no longer hurts my knees so it seems like I have somehow strengthened them along the way smile

CHST Tue 30-Oct-12 19:19:52

Venetia I hate level 2 6w6p...the second time around is so stupid, I was constantly afraid of bashing myself with the weight.

I am in Cornwall this week and really debated giving up Insanity and taking things down a notch. Month 2 is such a step up from month 1 and my body was so fatigued so it is hard to do that level of workout when your body is so tired.
However, I just made myself do it and have decided to continue...today I even did it before breakfast. I did so much better this week than last week with month 2. I feel like my body has adjusted to this level, I feel mentally strong and prepared to finish this. I am so glad I haven't given up, it really is a mental test as well as physical...two more weeks after this week. I can honestly say as hard as it is, I really am enjoying it a lot.
Seriously debating whether to do Insanity Asylum after I have finished this

Go you CHST!!!
I'm seriously impressed. It could have been so easy to just put Insanity back on the shelf but you stuck it out - I'm not sure I could have done after hearing yours and notyummy's reports on it!

It sounds so many levels above all the other JM stuff covered on this thread. I'm guessing it doesn't get much harder than Insanity (even for athletes, fitness instructors etc.)?

You should feell immensely proud smile

Well I am a snotty mess today. Have been coming down with it for a few days. Wondering whether I should exercise through it, hmm. I did L3 Killer yesterday but certainly wasn't 100% there. I don't want to derail myself though, and I did have 2 days off at the weekend.

Will see how I feel later. Have a good day all. smile

notyummy Wed 31-Oct-12 11:38:24

Three steps- depends whether symptoms are only above the neck doesn't it? If you are shivery or achy best not.

My back is still really bad. So depressing. Struggling with quite a few everyday tasks. Did a 30 min Pilates DVD to try and help.

VenetiaLanyon Wed 31-Oct-12 12:50:59

L2 6W6P today - ugh! But I did it smile. Feels like a really good work out; lots more lunging that I anticipated, and think that it will get harder still when I get the form better.

So sorry to hear about your back still being rubbish, notyummy; I suffer periodically myself, and know how depressing it is. My physio always insists that pain killers should be the first port of call, to try to get my back to stop going into spasm, and then I stick a heat patch on.

I'm not really shivery or achey notyummy (well aside from the Killer aches!), but this cold is sitting on my chest, so probably best to rest for a few days, gah!

Sorry your back is no better, backs are a bugger aren't they? Hope it sorts itself out soon. Heat pad is a good idea, and rest and brew smile

VenetiaLanyon Thu 01-Nov-12 15:42:12

Ripped L3 today - I let my DD decide, and she went for the one with pink outfits grin

I have clearly been unconsciously swerving it for a while, and found it much tougher than 6W6P...

xelliex Thu 01-Nov-12 18:28:45

notyummy I'd never heard that about symptoms above/below the neck. I must try to remember it when I get the usual winter cold...

The past two day I've done level 1 shred, followed by ripped L4. I've been trying to do two workouts as work has been getting in the way of doing any Jillian daily.

VenetiaLanyon Fri 02-Nov-12 10:49:43

no shredding today following Ripped arm injury; think it was from the one where you lie on the floor and push your self up onto your elbow angry

Hope other injuries and colds are on the mend.

CHST Fri 02-Nov-12 19:23:58

notyummy I am so sorry your back is giving you trouble sad back pain is an absolute bugger so I hope things feel better soon for you
threesteps hope your chesty cold gets better soon too
xeliex well done with the double Jillianing!
Venetia ouch! What have you done exactly? Those plank ups tend to give me carpet burns blush and in one of the insanity workouts, you do 4 plank ups, 8 plank ups, then 16 plank ups right arm first, then 16, 8, 4 starting with the left, that's a lot of plank ups and rubbing arms!

notyummy Sun 04-Nov-12 11:58:55

Hi all. Back from a few days in Scotland that were fun but exhausting. My back is improving very slowly. So frustrating. I did a 30 min Pilates session and had taken my running stuff but my back really was not up to it. Back home now and did 30 mins on the cross trainer and then a modified l2 shred with DH. Did easy version throughout and didn't even use weights for a couple of things. It is not in my nature to do that!! I am trying v hard to be sensible though....

gingercat12 Sun 04-Nov-12 18:02:34

Hope everyone is feeling better.

Venetia Do you mean the walking planks? For the past 2 months I do not dare to do those, as it kills the left side of my shoulder confused

Just back from Europe. Managed to do BFBM all but one day. Mom of 3 from Serbia, sorry your children had to watch me exercising at Brussels airport. Hope they did not have nightmares...

Although I do not think I lost tonnes of weight since family last saw me in August, but they think my body shape changed radically grin I just need to get rid of my big tummy (clearly not as big as it was).

Onwards and upwards!

Evening all smile

I rested for 2 days due to cold and decided to start with L3 Shred, and lo and behold, my age-old knee/calf strain twanged during the jumping lunges, so that was that!

I'm away on Tuesday to see a friend, so have decided I will rest at least til I get back on Thursday and hopefully cold / calf grumbles will have sorted themselves out.

Gingercat, did you do BFBM at the airport? I salute you you amazing lady!!! (all my exercise is done in a darkened room with blinds pulled, lights dimmed and no chance of anyone seeing me!)

Hope everyone is doing okay and injuries and lurgies are getting better x

gingercat12 Mon 05-Nov-12 10:59:49

threesteps I did do BFBM at airport in broad daylight. it is not family- friendly entertainment.

grin You get my gold medal for dedication gingercat! Hope you had a good trip with family smile

Am v annoyed about my calf strain - I've had it a few times, same leg, same place. I know there's not much I can do apart from rest so will have to be patient and hope it's better in a few days.

Have a good day all!

CHST Mon 05-Nov-12 20:18:18

wow ginger that is awesome! Props!! Where in the airport did you do it?!

gingercat12 Tue 06-Nov-12 12:39:44

Brussels airport has a kids' play area in a secluded part in Terminal B (I think or A), which is only open after 3 or 4 pm. Don't know why. Of course Monday was the only day when a flight was boarding opposite and people with no kids were sitting in the play area (in England they would have been arrested - how sad). They also have computers next to the play area, so it partly sheltered me from view, and let DH work while DS played and joined in.

The toilets are near, too, so you can change your top and wash a little bit.

It is not so much dedication, as need. I had my AF, and I just needed the exercise to be in less pain. I just worried my trousers would rip or fall down. I need to buy some smaller ones grin. I love Jillian and am addicted. Also I am still very big, but in a much better shape.

gingercat12 Thu 08-Nov-12 13:45:10

I saw an advert for P90X this week and I found the hard sell very convincing. Although I am still hoping to be able get to Insanity level first. Maybe in the new year.

notyummy Sat 10-Nov-12 20:01:38

Still held back by my back! Managed Killer L1 yesterday. Only with 3kg weights and had to substitute a couple of exercises. Stayed in a hotel last night and went to the gym this morning. Managed a session on the bike and a short slow run, which I cut short because of back. Seeing physio on Tuesday and it can't come fast enough.

CHST Sat 10-Nov-12 21:27:34

notyummy I really hope the physio helps...does not sound fun sad
only 1 week left of insanity for me to go woop woop!
ginger I really like the look of p90x too but you need a pull up bar and where the hell do I put that? I'm afraid of ruining the door frame...the workouts are quite long an hour to 90 mins? That for 90 days? I think p90x is definitely more strength focused whereas insanity is more cardio focused so it depends what you want out of it. Have heard that people who do insanity first find p90x cardio easy in comparison.
Not sure what to do after insanity myself...am probably going to do bits and bobs till xmas and then maybe a program after. Have Bob Harper's totally ripped core I haven't tried yet...have two others of his...I do like Bob Harper's workouts..challenging! I think I want to incorporate more yoga into my workouts as flexibility is definitely something I could work on

gingercat12 Sun 11-Nov-12 18:47:08

notyummy Hope you are feeling better. Mind you I am perfectly healthy and would not find Killer L1 easy with 3 kg weights...

CHST Thanks for the info. I already get up at 5.50 even for Killer, so perhaps a 90-minute work-out would be a step too far. By Friday afternoon I cannot keep my eyes open. For the rest of the year it is Killer and then 6W6P for me. BFBM is nearly finished. Maybe the new JM dvds are worth having a look.

What do you think about NMTZ? Is it long? Is it good?

CHST Sun 11-Nov-12 19:48:09

To be honest ginger nmtz is not my favourite...don't know why, just can't seem to get on with it...same with level 2 of 6w6p. I really want to get her new one killer abs...
If you want a step up strength wise, I can reccomend Bob Harper's total body transformation and pure burn super strength....I also have his totally ripped core which I have yet to try!

xelliex Mon 12-Nov-12 09:52:06

Well so much for my double shredding! Not done any for seven days. I've been decorating but really I could have fit 20 minutes in. For some reason I seem to lose motivation the minute I take a day off, and then one day ends up being three.

I have two long shifts at work the next two days so on wednesday I am going to try and do some Jillian. I want to get back into it before xmas, I don't want to start putting on weight now!

babbas Mon 12-Nov-12 10:52:43

Hello everyone. Can I join you please? Ive been shredding since early sept. in fact I had a complete diet and exercise overhaul. I'm on my second round of shred and currently on level 2. I love shredding. And try and do it at least 5 times a week with walking and l1 killer and billy blanks abs thing ( recorded off sky) sometimes mixed in. Last week was my tenth week of exercising and I was v lazy. Only 4 sessions of shred. I think it's because psychologically I have completely lost my mojo. I have list about 3lb in these last ten weeks and I am really demoralised. I try it to focus on weight but it really affects my mood and my ability to keep going

There are many positives: I have lost a few small inches I think and I am stronger. The second round of shred feels easier. Also the day I exercise I feel amazing all day.

Please can you encourage me to keep going? Today I woke up an hour early to shred l2 and I will be doing a 50 min during school run. I try and eat well and am using Mfp to log calories.

I have bought a box set of jm DVDs and after I complete my second round of shred I have decided to do alternate weeks of 6w6p and bfbm. I have been lurking to feel I know you all! Notyummy hope your back gets better!

notyummy Mon 12-Nov-12 11:36:33

I really like NMTZ actually. It is around 45 mins. Split in segments like NMTZ. The last 2 bits are the easiest, so if short if time you could leave then out and cut it down to 35 mins.

It was actually L1 Shed and Shred I did yesterday- not Killer! It is relatively easy I think, but I wasn't trying to push the weight up because of my back. May try L1 Killer tomorrow. I need stuff that doesn't demand too much of core/back and that doesn't need heavy weights for any benefit to be got out of it.

notyummy Mon 12-Nov-12 11:37:22

And welcome Babass! Get your trainers on!

gingercat12 Mon 12-Nov-12 12:55:59

Thanks for the replies and welcome Babbas! I currently only maintain lost weight, but it is a slow process, Babbas. But it took years for me to put on those 2 stones I lost since January, so it is ok. No rush. I love that rush of endorphine you get after exercising as well.

The age-old question what would make my abs flatter... That is why I cannot get a new dvd before I do 6W6P again.

CHST I recorded Bob Harper and I was not sure if it is for me. He always confused me with the counting. Are you counting forwards or backwards? I am simple, me. Maybe your right, Killer abs is what I need. And maybe when I am stronger, Bob Harper. His work-out are so stylish.

notyummy Is NMTZ any good for "blasting those abs"? Bad back is the worst thing in the world.

babbas Mon 12-Nov-12 14:29:06

Thanks for the lovely welcome. So as well as l2 shred I also did the first two circuits of bfbm and I loved it. Tmrw am planning on doing all of bfbm as I need a change from shred. To all those wanting good abs exercises, I recorded billy blanks tae bo for instant abs. It's amazing. It's the only abs workout which makes me core and obliques ache for days. It's on sky 282 and I would recommend. He does stand up an work and sit down but they are super effective.

notyummy Mon 12-Nov-12 14:33:39

Ginger- NMTZ is strength based and there are 2/3 circuits out if 7 that focus on core and abs. Probably great for overall strength and fat burning, although not wholly focussed on abs. Extreme Shed and Shred has a lot of core and abs. Mainly L2.

Just done day be of the 30 day shred. I am dripping with sweat!

Arcadie Tue 13-Nov-12 13:49:35

Hi All - I've not been on for a very long time but have just about finished the 30DS. My question to you hardcore Jillian fans:

Which next - BFBM or 6W6P? I've been given both for my birthday and wondered whether you guys rate one as harder than the other? TIA

notyummy Tue 13-Nov-12 15:24:34

BFBM lasts longer but has a couple of really quite easy circuits (and a couple of pretty tough.) L2 6W6P is really tough IMO if you do the second time round at the pace she wants you to and use a fairly decent weight (3kgish.) L1 has its moments too, but is nowhere near as hard on the sweaty/ cardio front.

Just back from the physio. Bulging disc apparently. Have been given a lecture. Absolutely nothing apart from gentle walking and stretching for a week. Wah!!

VenetiaLanyon Wed 14-Nov-12 09:01:06

that's rotten, notyummy. Hope that you're feeling obedient; know it will be tough...

My DD (4) has started trying to join in properly with a few exercises, to get "stronger and stronger". Am trying to make sure that the emphasis is always on fitness and health rather than weight when I talk to her about what I'm doing.

Arcadie, they're both a bit longer than Shred; BFBM does't require weights, and 6W6P feels like yuo're being rushed through, but both have their own merits. Think that Ripped and Killer are better, however. Congrats on being nearly finished!

Welcome babbas and well done Yankee!

gingercat12 Wed 14-Nov-12 12:51:25

notyummy Enjoy your rest [just trying to be positive].

Venetia How can you cope with a 4-y-o joining in? I am always worried that I accidentally kick mine in the head, or something. He is just so unaware of his surroundings sometimes, and seems to think that being as close to Mommy as possible is the best course of action in life.

Arcadie I love 6W6P, it nearly makes me sick though. BFBM feels a lot easier in comparison. But probably only because I started with 6W6P and then did BFBM.

EarnestDullard Wed 14-Nov-12 14:08:33

Can I pop my head round the door to ask a quick question? How long after giving birth would you wait before Shredding? I've done it before, but am currently 6 weeks postpartum, and had a 2nd degree tear. So the idea of a lunge terrifies me a little bit. WDYT?

Arcadie Wed 14-Nov-12 20:30:33

Hi Earnest! I'd give it at least another year, but that may not be what you want to hear!

Arcadie Wed 14-Nov-12 20:31:37

And thank for the DVD choice. Will go with BFBM and then progress....

xelliex Wed 14-Nov-12 21:24:20

Hi checking in. I managed to do level 2 ripped and three circuits of NMTZ today. Almost enjoyed it! Just need to keep it up...

Hi Earnest, I had an episiotomy with DD1 and no way could I have shredded 6 weeks later. Just the thought of doing jumping jacks; I could barely walk. That said I did get an infection and all my stitches fell out so I'm probably not typical. Maybe leave it a bit longer and then watch the dvd all the way through and modify the high impact moves if you really want to try it.

Arcadie Wed 14-Nov-12 22:26:25

Ok So I've just done my first BFBM... and I can tell you were all being polite and basically saying" Why would you go back to that after the Shred?" It's not as hard core is it? And although I feel really puffed and red, I don't feel nearly as knackered as I do after the Shred L3....

So my question for those of you who DO use BFBM - do you start from circuit 3 or something? The first two did seem a little tame after travelling push ups from Shred 3! (and also I'm properly hmm about JM's piece to camera at the end of BFBM. Every part of my life will be stronger.... REALLY?????)

VenetiaLanyon Thu 15-Nov-12 09:40:52

Arcadie, I have to confess that I only use BFBM in hotels when I'm travelling with work, so that I don't have to lug weights aroundsmile

Gingercat, I permanently feel that I'm about to clobber said 4 y.o. with weights...she definitely has an undeveloped sense of her own mortality...

notyummy Thu 15-Nov-12 09:56:45

I know, I know Aracdie - sometimes you just have to realise that she is an American and shrug your shoulders! Yes, BFBM comparatively easy apart from one circuit I think with the lots of jumping/skaters touching the floor etc. I certainly always skip the warm up because circuit 1 is easy enough to count as a warm up.

Re shredding after birth. I have no direct experience as I didn't find it until dd was about 3, but I did have a difficult delivery (forceps/epis etc) and was also keen to get back exercising. I didnt do any high impact stuff for 9 weeks because basically everything felt like it would fall out before that (sorry, TMI...) I then started running slowly and visited the gym and did some weights. I wouldn't have thought you need to wait a year unless advised to by a doctor - I was certainly doing high impact stuff/fairly strenuous stuff by about the 12 week point - depends on how your healing process goes though. Perhaps give it a try in 3/4 weeks if you feel you a healing ok and do the easy/low impact version of everything?

notyummy Thu 15-Nov-12 09:57:45

Oh yes - agree with Venetia - I do find BFBM handy when travelling so have it downloaded to iphone! Have done it in a number of hotel rooms and my parents back garden!!

gingercat12 Thu 15-Nov-12 12:22:49

Venetia's DD grin

Arcadie Thu 15-Nov-12 14:01:18

I'm only kidding about the waiting for a year thing - I'm on a PN thread with Earnest so she knows my lazy ways..... but I could barely function at 6 weeks PN - Earnest is however a lithe and active little thing and puts me to shame.

EarnestDullard Thu 15-Nov-12 16:21:21

grin Arcadie Believe me, I'm far from lithe and active at the moment. Thanks for the replies everyone; I think I'll hold off on the Shred for a bit longer; might start slowly with some pilates and light jogging and see how I feel.

CHST Thu 15-Nov-12 21:08:25

ginger what do you mean about counting backwards or forwards? I am confused.
I tell you what pisses me off on Bob Harper's workout is some guy called Angel who has seriously crap form most of the time and Bob doesn't even correct it. It really puts me off..he should go lighter on the weights..he doesn't hold plank correctly and hunches over when lifting weights....the girls kick the guys' arses seriously. Girl power
Max plyo circuit, max cardio conditioning and a fit test and I be done with Insanity!
My knees will be very glad!

gingercat12 Fri 16-Nov-12 12:32:34

CHST Poor Angel gets it in the neck from Bob as well. I was so sorry for him.
Bob sometimes counts down from 15 to 1, and other times 1 to 10, YKWIM. He is inconsistent, and I am tetchy when I am crap at a work-out...

I decided next year will be about getting my snowdrift off my tummy, so 6W6P, Killer Abs and then Bob Harper... I enjoy planning what dvds to buy next.

CHST Fri 16-Nov-12 14:20:16

I want killer abs too but not sure whether to get it from US or UK (both are region 1)

CHST Fri 16-Nov-12 14:21:14

To be honest, I didn't even notice his counting!

gingercat12 Fri 16-Nov-12 19:36:55

CHST Because you were probably too busy doing the exercises right, while I was cr@p blaming Bob's counting...

CHST Fri 16-Nov-12 22:38:15

eek have just bought killer abs off ebay...now the wait begins to get it in the post

gingercat12 Sat 17-Nov-12 16:27:28

please,let us know if you like it CHST

CHST Sun 18-Nov-12 08:34:58

ginger I will let you know!
Insanity graduate here! woop! I am so relieved but have loved the journey. It has been soooooooo tough at times but glad I pushed through...am looking to going back to half an hourish workouts!
You do a fit test beginning, during and after to practice progress and I'm going to share my results....you do as many of the following in a minute: First result = day 1, second result = end of insanity

switch kicks: 109 117
power jacks: 40 62
power knees: 84 107
power jumps: 34 53
globe jumps: 7 10
suicide jumps: 15 20
push up jacks: 20 30
low plank oblique: 33 50

aroomofherown Sun 18-Nov-12 12:01:25

Can i join? I've just completed Day 1 Level 1 of the 30DS. I've done it before about 2 years ago but I don't remember it being this tough. I did enjoy it though - it's over before you know it so it doesn't feel too bad until tomorrow probably

How is Jillian not sweaty by the end? Even her lipstick is intact shock