May 30 Day Shred - come one, come all

(440 Posts)
yadahyadah Wed 30-Apr-14 21:07:13

Logging my daily JM fix and getting advice and motivation has been great over the past two months so here is a thread for all those of you who want to do the same again or for the first time. Come on, summer's nearly here and your butt's got Jillian's name on it smile

wherethewildthingis Wed 30-Apr-14 21:14:29

I have just done day three. I used to be very fit before I had DS ten months ago.... Now I can barely walk downstairs!! But I am enjoying it and I feel it will give me results so persevere!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Wed 30-Apr-14 21:18:43

Can I join please smile

I did the shred 2 years ago and lost weight but put it all, and more, back on again!

I did my day 7 this morning, 4 days last week and 3rd day this week.

leesmum Wed 30-Apr-14 21:23:57

I am also on day 3 and enjoying it but the very last bit of level 1 is a killer...(the cycle sit up thing...sorry cant remember the proper name!)

Those of you that have done 30DS before did you really see good results?

HumphreyCobbler Wed 30-Apr-14 21:27:12

Ooh, wherethewildthingis, I just did day three too after doing no exercise while pg and my baby is seven months.

It was a shock to the system.

I did it after both my other babies and it did work miracles leesmum.

wherethewildthingis Wed 30-Apr-14 21:32:39

Ah my DS is nine months so we are at the same stage! Ihad a c section so I have used that as an excuse to have no abs at all. I find that last one with the legs pretty much impossible!

HumphreyCobbler Wed 30-Apr-14 21:34:16

me too. We have so much in common! I often do a different exercise on the last bit, it is harder than anything on Level 2

BrianButterfield Wed 30-Apr-14 21:37:09

I've just done day 3 too! My baby is four months though...have been spurred on by digging out summer clothes and finding I've a whole wardrobe I can't wear! Not finding it too bad - I hate the side lunges though. Yuck. I'm not going to do it every day - me and DH do it together so we've decided to have Friday as a rest/treat days and we both like to run so will be running some days instead.

kalidasa Wed 30-Apr-14 21:57:59

I'd never tried JM before but I have just done day 4. DH is away at the moment so I can't really get out to exericse and I really wanted something I could do quickly at home after putting DS to bed while waiting for my supper to be ready. I've never been into exercise videos before - more of a running/swimming person - but I'm enjoying it and keen to keep going. We have just started ttc no. 2 - or rather we will when DH gets back! - and I have to be prepared for a second v. difficult pregnancy so I'm keen to get as fit as possible first.

Coconutty Wed 30-Apr-14 21:59:56

I haven't done the Shred for about 6 months and am in dire need of shredding so I'm in too.

wherethewildthingis Wed 30-Apr-14 22:00:52

Ooh fingers crossed we will all get good results. I want to be able to do proper press ups by the end of the thirty days.

StuntNun Wed 30-Apr-14 22:52:03

I want to do proper press ups too stamps foot petulantly.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Wed 30-Apr-14 23:10:15

I can do slightly more press ups than day 1 but they are still the easy option.

I find the first circuit the most difficult. Trying to do star jumps after push ups!

When I did it last time the end abs section was impossible but they do get easier quite quickly

wherethewildthingis Thu 01-May-14 09:02:36

I feel slightly less stiff today than yesterday, stairs are definitely easier! Hopefully that means it is working!

kalidasa Thu 01-May-14 09:02:56

Yes I got all the way through that final abs exercise yesterday for the first time. It's a nasty one though!

GandTnow Thu 01-May-14 09:04:11

I'm in please. Started the Shred in March and (after initial painful four days) loved it. I'm now doing Ripped in 30 and more than half way through.

yadahyadah Thu 01-May-14 10:02:38

Rin30 L1D9 done. One more day and then L2 here I stumble. Welcome aboard everyone. StuntNun have you tried doing box pressups to ease you into the buggers? You basically go on all fours like you are pretending to be a dog and then do it from there. Your knees are closer to your upper body so you get a bit more support but you still get to use arms and core and build up strength...just a thought.

Panadbois Thu 01-May-14 10:23:21

Started level 1 this morning no one warned be I would leak during star jumps , mega blush

leesmum Thu 01-May-14 11:40:22

Glad its not just me then Panadbois blush

tabulahrasa Thu 01-May-14 11:53:37

30DSL1D10...that means level 2 tomorrow sad

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 01-May-14 12:42:16

I do a little as well Panadbois, I put it down to the 3 DC blush

Day 8 done today.

Do you do 10 days on each level before going up to the next? Also do you have any gaps in between or do you shred every day?

I have never done level 2 or 3 before.

tabulahrasa Thu 01-May-14 12:48:51

Yep it's 10 days per level...though I know people do more if they're not ready to move up which seems pretty sensible.

I do two rest days a week - I looked up stuff and I can't tell whether you're supposed to or not, but most exercise programmes include rest days to let muscles heal and what have you, so I do...I try to space them out, but sometimes I just don't manage to fit it in, so intake it as a rest day, so sometimes it us two days in a row.

I've done level 2 before - that's why I'm sad I know I found it harder, lol

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 01-May-14 12:53:37

I am hoping to do 6 days a week, with Sunday as my rest day.

I might do 2 weeks for a level so 12 days instead of 10.

Do you then repeat from level 1 after the 30 days are up?

Sorry for all the questions smile

yadahyadah Thu 01-May-14 12:55:41

Ameliatopping and Tabulahrasa - I have started doing it 5 days on and 2 off, so that's 2 weeks per level. I had done Shred 30 days non stop as I forgot to read the instructions blush and although I did it and felt it got me in the right mindset, I don't think it was the cleverest way to have approached it.

tabulahrasa Thu 01-May-14 12:57:10

I have no idea what happens when/if I actually manage to finish it, lol, I'm repeating because I took a week off over Easter and couldn't bear the thought of moving on to level 3 after a week off instead of straight from level 2, so I just started again.

I'm thinking I'll move onto ripped in 30 as that seems a bit harder.

yadahyadah Thu 01-May-14 12:59:14

AmeliaT you can do that or you can go to another JM program that suits you. I did Shred, now am on Rin30 and plan to do BFBM next gawd 'elp me. Some aficionados mix it up over the course of a week depending on their time and energy on the day. I think for me the key has been committing to daily exercise.

leesmum Thu 01-May-14 13:45:40

Are you supposed to have a day off? I am hoping to do every day if i can grin

ssmile Thu 01-May-14 13:49:02

I need to get back shredding too. Used it after second daughter but she is now 2.5 and need to retone core and arms again. Last time I could actually do 10quick full pressups after doing it every other day for few months....alas I can barely manage one now so keen to get going again. I'm doing lots of cycling too so it won't be every day.

StuntNun Thu 01-May-14 16:37:31

Yadah I am just rubbish at pressups, I don't have the muscle there to do them so I'm working on my shoulders, triceps and pectorals separately at the moment to build them up. My DH is very into his weightlifting and I asked him to review my pressup technique in case I was doing it wrong and after several minutes of working with me he came to the conclusion that I was 'just crap at pressups'. Oh well, it gives me something to aim for.

ErrolTheDragon Thu 01-May-14 16:39:56

Found you - done my NMTZ!

leesmum - take at least one day off a week. You need a rest day to let your muscles re-knit and get stronger.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 01-May-14 19:32:44


AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 01-May-14 19:35:24

Pressed post by accident!

Thanks. I think I will see how I feel when I get near completing this.

Is the ripped in 30 DVD a similar format to the shred DVD? I like that each section is really short.

findingherfeet Thu 01-May-14 20:37:15

I'm (naively) starting this tonight - I am a hopeless case when it comes to exercise but even I reckon I can allow 20 minutes a night.

I have an 8 week old and a 2 year old and need to loose 2 stone to get into the healthy BMI range... I've just taken my measurements and hubby's for fun and was horrified to find that my arms and thighs are the same as his - he is a very muscly builder! shock And my hips are waaaaay bigger confused

Right let's try this!!

wherethewildthingis Thu 01-May-14 21:24:18

Right, I have done day four, and also a four mile run today so I am feeling pretty chuffed with myself right now! And it definitely is getting a bit easier.

ErrolTheDragon Thu 01-May-14 23:31:19

>Is the ripped in 30 DVD a similar format to the shred DVD? I like that each section is really short.

yes, very similar but with 4 levels.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 02-May-14 07:44:44

Thanks Errol I might try that next, if I can complete the shred!

tabulahrasa Fri 02-May-14 10:44:52

30DSL2D1...(gasps) done (gasps) (gasps) kills....

Babesh Fri 02-May-14 10:59:33

Oh gwad, me too. Am on day five of 30DSL1. Due to being rubbish at working out how to copy the mighty Gillian am only just getting proficient at the moves, somehow can't master the sideways squat thingy. What weights are you meant to use? Have 2.5 kgs which are tough for the upwards arm movement with the sideways squat but maybe too light for the other moves? But press ups what a disaster...will I really be able to do a proper one eventually?! Doesn't feel like it!

Might peep at level 2 but it sounds scary!

findingherfeet Fri 02-May-14 11:14:00

Well I survived day 1!! This gives me hope...

What are you all doing diet and lifestyle wise whilst doing this? I walk quite a lot with a double buggy, have bought a pedometer to see how many steps I do and I'm going to avoid sugary treats and wine (sob) but thats about it!

tabulahrasa Fri 02-May-14 11:22:10

I only have 2kg ones, I did have lighter ones, but my dog ate them, lol.

I said on another thread, I'm doing levels 1 and 2 for the second time and I can now do a press up from my knees where when I started it was more get in position and wobble a bit.

Level 2 doesn't look that much harder and some bits are easier actually - I can't do the jumping jacks followed by jump rope on level 1 it kills my calves so I do it until it burns and then swap to another of the cardio exercises for a bit.

It is definitely a step up though, but I manage it, it just takes me a while to catch my breath and feel like I'm not going to keel over, lol...and that's with the modified moves. hmm

To be fair though, the only exercise I was doing before I started was walking the aforementioned chewy dog and I am about 4 stone over weight and doing it hasn't killed me yet. grin

tabulahrasa Fri 02-May-14 11:24:32

"What are you all doing diet and lifestyle wise whilst doing this?"

I walk my dog, so about 3 or 4 miles a day (I'd go further but he's got health problems) and I've been doing Slimming World which works fine, but I wanted to boost it a bit and actually tone up and get a bit fitter at the same time as losing weight.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 02-May-14 11:24:48

Just done my NMTZ for the 4th time. Not sure whether to do it next week or try one of the others.

Babesh - some very good questions!

Sideways Lunges - and other squats - you need to (a) think in terms of sticking your butt out behind rather than about bending your knees and (b) make sure your calf is either upright or leaning back, not forward over the foot. Practice a few without the arm movements - 'lead with your behind'. Whatever you do don't strain your knees... if they won't go happily beyond a certain point don't force them. Muscle aches are good, joint pains aren't.

Weights - most people find that it helps to have at least a couple of sizes. What you want is a weight that lets you do all (or most) of the set with good form. I've got a somewhat odd combo of metric and imperial - I use 3kgs for some, 10lbs for something like a bicep curl, but those anterior raises I use 1.5kgs. There's one move in the Ri30 where those were too much so I used a couple of 500ml (ie .5kg) water bottles.

Press-ups - I started doing JM stuff last summer and still can't do a proper full pressup but I'm getting closer. You need strong core and upper body... so doing things like extra tricep dips and holding planks can help. Also try doing sets of inclined pressups and gradually working down to lower levels.

yadahyadah Fri 02-May-14 11:28:07

Ri30 D10L1 done. Yay. Just watched L2 to prepare myself for the Monday morning assault. Babesh Those side lunges in Shred are evil. I had to order 1.5kg weights in order to do them properly and it was worth just doing legs for a a few reps just to get the move right.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 02-May-14 11:34:07

>"What are you all doing diet and lifestyle wise whilst doing this?

I'm doing 5:2, which has led to eating less carbs/sugar and more veg. I have a sedentary job, but we usually take the dog for a couple of walks in the week (he's a convenient beast who doesn't need a long walk every day but will happily walk miles somewhere nice), and do something at weekends (walk, hopefully cycle, and in summer watersports...which was what started me on JM as I had such puny arms). I've lost over a stone gradually (back in the healthy BMI range now) and am definitely a lot stronger than I was.

Babesh Fri 02-May-14 12:02:54

I have given up crisps, chocolate and booze all of which I consume way too much of and I am meaning to do 5:2 but have failed miserably thus far. In fact I ate 500 cals of pain au chocolate for breakfast this am so am clearly not yet committed to this though have dropped 2lbs this week. Plan to lose 2lbs a week every week for a month or so and know that will get harder...

Babesh Fri 02-May-14 12:19:14

Oh Errol very helpful answers, yup will shop for more weight this weekend. Have been practising my sideways big bum move and struggle full stop, I do have awful balance so think it is just practising and not trying to get too deep until I do it more fluidly.

Have just practised press ups again and actually if I put my arms a bit wider I can do a few, think my body was in the wrong position with bum in air. I feel like I should be able to do press ups as have comparatively good upper body strength but have a dodgy hip and problem with my pelvis. Seeing if careful exercise and better core stability helps.

Your experience sounds really positive, I want to do that same edging up of fitness, down of weight and keep improving. Having lived at the top of my bmi for years and years am now in the middle and going to the bottom which is my running weight. I have been fit in the ancient past and as am getting older and mankier I feel for the first time that I can't carry the extra chub happily anymore and that I need to work for my fitness and flexibility. Am relatively active but have been getting less and less fit, it will only get harder if I leave it. Booze, crisps and chips are my downfall with late night curries a speciality. Am banned from all until half term!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 02-May-14 12:36:44


Not too bad today though the first section is still a bit tough!

"What are you all doing diet and lifestyle wise whilst doing this?"

I am dieting by cutting down on my calorie intake to about 1200 and walking more than I was before. I am hoping to buy some running shoes soon and will then start the C25K.

kalidasa Fri 02-May-14 12:37:52

I am just using 1kg weights as I have never used weights before and have rheumatoid arthritis which effects my wrists in particular so need to be a bit careful. Before I got hold of the weights I was just using tins of beans (which are about 0.5 kg)!

I also can't flex my wrists back because of the arthritis so for the pressups I make a fist and keep my wrist straight if you see what I mean. This is an adaption a hospital physio once showed me.

I don't have time to do it every day but I am aiming for slightly more than every other day - four times a week. I am not overweight (bmi is 21 I think) so I'm not combining it with other things, I just want to be a bit fitter and stronger again and this seems like a v. efficient method!

kalidasa Fri 02-May-14 12:39:10

Amelia I did C25K in the autumn. It's really good. I used the NHS podcasts - slightly lame music but v. encouraging voiceover - but I think you can get loads of different ones.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 02-May-14 12:51:39

Babesh - if you want to try 5:2 there's loads of advice under it's own topic and a friendly support thread. smile

ErrolTheDragon Fri 02-May-14 12:54:03

'just practising and not trying to get too deep until I do it more fluidly. '

Yes! Also, you will probably find that as your legs get stronger you can balance better - I certainly have.

Sorelip Fri 02-May-14 13:05:40

I can't remember what day of level 3 I'm on. Jillian has destroyed me, in a good way. I tried KB & T which was painful and the kick boxing workout which damn near killed me.

Doing sod all diet wise at the moment. I'm trying to make other changes in my life, so eating habits can wait a little while.

Babesh Fri 02-May-14 13:07:06

I hope so Errol, hmm might wander over to the 5:2 thread but when that would show commitmentsmile I did do it but with no knowledge and poor practice ( six low cal hot chocolates a day and a chunk of cheese) plus fruit and carrot sticks! Worked though!

tabulahrasa Fri 02-May-14 13:18:33

I'm not finding that the shred is really helping with the weightloss - I've had some great weeks, but then the week after I stay the same, so it evens out to about what I was losing before.

I feel and look better though since starting it, so I'm quite pleased.

I also can't really moan about weight loss as I have lost 3 st 12 in the last 6 or 7 months.

I've been thinking about doing C25K as well, but I need to teach the dog that running doesn't mean please come and bounce on me and he's not been well this week so I'm putting it off a bit.

hinkyhonk Fri 02-May-14 15:01:09

Just found you blush ahem

I've still got l2d8 to do so I've not doing very well in April to get the whole shred done mostly due to long working hours knocking out 3 days a week. Still I'm getting on with level 2 and not grunting at every move now! And I'm lost cm but not weight (ignores extra pound or two on the scales today) for me it's more about shape than numbers but I do have a wedding to go to on 30th which I'd like to look great at so I'll be portion watching and snack cutting this month

GandTnow Fri 02-May-14 15:41:39

Right, that's level 3 of Ri30 done - should I be worried about level 4? Gulp! Can't say i found level 3 easy (still a wobbly from it actuallyblush!)

Perhaps it was harder today as I had 2 year old DD 'helping me', in other words doing a rolly polly on the mat and jumping on my back during down faced dog position! Fun times!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 02-May-14 15:54:28

I started C25K last year but my shins started to hurt so stopped. I'm hoping to get proper running shoes fitted and then will start again.

StuntNun Fri 02-May-14 17:29:59

30DS L3D6 done. Almost there!

Babesh Fri 02-May-14 17:49:54

Amelia I know nothing about whether this is often true but my bil was plagued with shin issues and then bought into the whole barefoot running movement. He has had no problems since and runs faster too.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 02-May-14 18:36:09

Amelia - apart from getting shoes that suit your feet, another thing that could make a difference is the surface you're running on. I do a little on and off, was OK on a roughish grass towpath but running on pavements gave me hip pain (not just while I was doing it, was affecting things like walking or getting on a bike). I thought it was simply the hardness but a friend who is a serious runner (she's done a couple of 100K, no typo!) said that uneven surfaces can be kinder than level ones because you're not pounding in exactly the same way each stride. (maybe there's something similar going on with barefoot running?)

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 02-May-14 20:24:39

That's interesting. Babesh what sort of surface does you BIL run on?

Errol I was running on either pavement or a path around the local national trust property, a lot of which was a muddy track. I can't remember if one was worse than the other.

Babesh Sat 03-May-14 00:07:59

He pounds pavements usually but that just reflects where he runs rather than a preference. He got shin and knee problems before he changed his style and shoes.

Errol-100k? Wow

Babesh Sat 03-May-14 10:04:40

Ok so making up for last night' take out got up and shredded. You are right Errol I can kind of do the bum out sideways lunge if I don't move my arms and really concentrate, am dividing it and doing arms and legs separately or nothing gets exercised! Am dreadfully uncoordinated... Will improve. Press ups are coming, easier with a solid middle and hurting my hip less.

I peeped at level 2, cardio intro fine but those walk out press ups, I can't touch my toes am no where near so it won't be pretty. My single biggest fitness fail is flexibility, I have non and it takes me weeks or practise to reach my ankles when straight legged. Pregnancy is the only time I have a bit of give!

Anyway am generally inspired so thanks all...I want to be where you are Stuntnun ( excellent name)

Lambzig Sat 03-May-14 10:27:52

Well, I am very fed up as on RI30 L1D5 and I have put on 4lb since Monday. I measure exactly the same, but it can't be muscle can it? (I did 30DS straight before). I had been bragging on the April thread on Monday that I lost 11lb and many cm on 30DS, and now I have put half the weight back on.

I haven't been eating to excess, no meals out or drinking, just veg soups and low carb dinners, so I just don't understand.

Must say I am glad I did 30DS first as I think RI30 is much harder, but less boring so far.

Off to sulk.

StuntNun Sat 03-May-14 11:23:56

Is it your time of the month Lambzig? I can easily gain 2-3 lb due to water retention around that time.

30DS L3D7 done and man am I sweaty!

tabulahrasa Sat 03-May-14 11:45:11

30DSL2D2 done

Babesh - I bend my knees for the walk out ones...she says to do that if you're not flexible and I'm very not flexible.

BetterWithCheese Sat 03-May-14 12:46:48

30DS L1D7 done. I did two consecutive days last week and hurt my shoulder so going to just do it on alternate days for a bit. I have quite mobile joints normally plus the leftover relaxin means I need to be quite careful about form and u find that harder when I'm already tired. Going to start buggy fit classes next week as well. I did a sneaky measure and have lost an inch from all my measurements but no weight. To be honest, I really don't care so long as the inches keep going down, especially from my horrible post-baby stomach.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Sat 03-May-14 13:31:20

I did day 10 of the shred today, 6 in a row. Will have tomorrow off. Not sure whether to do level 1 again on Monday or move up to level 2.

Lambzing I put on 1.5lbs the week before my last period. I had been away for the weekend and wasn't overly careful but didn't think I had eaten that much! The following week I lost 5.5lbs so keeping going.

Walk out press ups do not sound fun!

ErrolTheDragon Sat 03-May-14 22:35:52

Lambzig - there's a well known phenomenon which is that when you're doing muscle-strengthening exercise, your muscles take on some water initially - there's an explanation here.

If you measure the same but more weight, then that does sound like less fat, more muscle as it's denser, but some of the weight will probably be water either from this mechanism or (as others have suggested) a TOTM effect.

leesmum Sun 04-May-14 09:32:04

Morning ladies, hows everyone getting on? Today will be day 7 for me on 30DS L1 its getting a bit easier and I managed 5 proper press ups and 10 cycle crunches (the really hard bit at the end) yesterday, I've been doing this via YouTube and I can't find level 2, I can see level 3 though and had a quick look..... shock

tabulahrasa Sun 04-May-14 09:39:45

I'm resting today...

I couldn't find level 2 online - well I could but not on a format I could play in my living room (my PC is in my kitchen) so that was when I ordered the DVD.

leesmum Sun 04-May-14 10:20:03

Thanks, I've just had a nosey online and this was the best offer and free delivery.

tabulahrasa Sun 04-May-14 10:45:47

It's £5 from Amazon

leesmum Sun 04-May-14 10:49:46

I think you have to spend a tenner for free delivery though or have I looked at it wrong? Anyway I was going to have a rest day today but after consuming a fair bit of wine and chocolate last night I think I'll have a go later.

tabulahrasa Sun 04-May-14 10:56:45's not an add on item, not that I can see anyway?

Cocolepew Sun 04-May-14 18:35:53

I've ordered the 30 Day Shred so may be joining the thread.
I'll be the one crying grin

StuntNun Sun 04-May-14 20:11:32

Tesco have the Shred DVD for £5 including delivery afaik.

Cocolepew Sun 04-May-14 22:07:26

It's the same on Amazon.

A bit late to the party but can I join you? I did 30DS 2 years ago along with Paul McKenna and lost 2 stone. I am now a stone heavier than that starting weight sad

Day1 of 30DS done, my arms and legs are shaking but I do feel good. I only managed about 2/3rds of it but I can build up from here right? I was planning on doing lots of fruit and veg and lean meat/fish with whole meal carbs IYSWIM. What results would anyone expect if I make it through the 30 days?

Everyone sounds like they are doing so well smile

tabulahrasa Mon 05-May-14 10:56:19

30DSL2D3 done

I started by doing as much as I could manage and still be able to walk the next day, I just did an extra bit each day until I could make it through the whole thing and then I've been counting since then.

I don't know about weight as I'm doing a diet as well, but I go down clothes sizes quicker and I'm definitely more toned...and I have arm muscles, I mean not impressive ones, but they exist, which I didn't think they did, lol.

I have just measured so I can compare at the end. I want to cry sad

Lambzig Mon 05-May-14 12:01:46

Just completed RI30 L1D6. Do I have to go to level 2 now. I must say I really like this level, I love the skaters and the hops and the running man and I usually loathe the cardio bits.

Two of those 4lb seem to have come off despite me eating like a pig out for most of the weekend.

Lambzig Mon 05-May-14 12:02:56

MsInga, I lost 17cm off my waist in just over five weeks. It gets results quickly.

AreYouFeelingLucky Mon 05-May-14 12:08:12

I'm going to start this week!

I've never attempted any JM before, but I'm being optimistic. I've bought the 30 Day Shred and Ripped in 30, and messed about with it yesterday. The camera shouts at you for not doing the positions right, which is a bit daunting!

I've got about a stone, a stone and a half to lose, but I've lost all my toning over the years. I'm hoping that this will help get it back.


StuntNun Mon 05-May-14 12:46:58

30DS L3D8 done.

leesmum Mon 05-May-14 13:05:51

Wow Stuntnun I'm impressed, have you done everyday and are you seeing changes to your body?

PrivateBenjamin Mon 05-May-14 13:20:51

Hooray I found you!

I am on Day 9 of Level 1 of the Shred. My fitness level was somewhere around dead slug before I started. I had to stop Day 1 twice to lie on the floor and concentrate on not dying. I put myself in the recovery position and everything.

Now I love it, I even woke up early this morning to get my shred in. Has anybody else found their knees hurting? Mine hurt after the first few days so I went really gently after that (I took a few rest days, followed Anita and really concentrated on my form) and it seems to be getting stronger but I wondered if there were other knee exercises to do to strengthen them up.

Has anybody noticed on the first set of lunges with bicep curl, when Jillian goes over to Anita you can see Natalie in the background cheating ? She just does the arms and not the lunge. It makes me feel better when I do either the legs or the arms in the anterior raise with side lunge at the end, that one kills me.

tabulahrasa Mon 05-May-14 13:39:33

I don't spend that much time looking at the screen, I'm mostly concentrating on not keeling over, be fair I have a very love hate relationship with all of them anyway, so I'm not sure if Natalie cheating is a good or a bad thing.

I found my knees a bit twingy to start with, but I stopped trying to do it in my bare feet and put something between my knees and the floor for my pathetic push ups and they've been loads better and mostly they've just got stronger as I've done it longer.

Babesh Mon 05-May-14 13:40:55

Ha ha private b - you describe at great first sessionsmile I do enjoy the sessions too. Don't look like Gillian yet though- maybe it takes longer than a week huh

Babesh Mon 05-May-14 13:43:18

My would tell you to check your knees don't come forward when you squat... Very bad like Gillian says apparently.

17cms? Wow that's amazing, well done. What about the rest of you? Did you measure anything else?

PrivateBenjamin Mon 05-May-14 14:22:15

Agree with the love/ hate thing, some days I happily chat along to Jillian, others I curse at her. I'm finding it strangely addictive.

I am careful not to put my knee over my toes and have been putting a cushion under my knees when I do my "push ups" (I should call them "flop downs" really - I will try the box push ups the OP suggested tomorrow), My knees are definitely hurting less as time goes on, maybe it's just because I have never really done any exercise before so the muscular support is weak.

MsInga I haven't lost a pound since starting but I have lost a couple of inches off my waist at least. It's amazing how fast it works.

Lambzig Mon 05-May-14 18:58:02

Hi, yes lots off' but the waist measurement was the most drastic. Overall have gone from rapidly heading for a size 16 to a small 12. Still weigh too much though.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 05-May-14 19:23:45

Brilliant results so far lambzig.

Waiting to put the DDs to bed before doing shred. Might even do L2D1 eek! smile

hinkyhonk Mon 05-May-14 19:30:54

I've fallen off the wagon. Only shredded twice in the last week. Arse. Nearly finished level 2 so need a big push to finish. Any ideas for motivating factors?

StuntNun Mon 05-May-14 19:34:35

Leesmum not every day, not even close, I started at the beginning of April iirc. I have seen big changes actually: noticeable biceps, triceps are toned so bingo wings are gone, top part of my abdomen is flatter, lower part is coming in incrementally. The biggest difference is to my legs which were flabby in a skinny-fat kind of way but are now looking more shapely than flabby. There is still work to be done but there is definitely progress. I have also dropped from a size 12 to a size 10 without losing any weight so I guess that shows how much toning is possible. The changes you can't see are probably more remarkable; that overall improvement in strength, balance and flexibility that makes everything else easier such as climbing upstairs, running around after the children. I helped my FIL move a sofa last week and not only was I much stronger to be able to lift it, but I didn't break a sweat or get out of breath. You do see the progress as you do the DVDs as well, for example the double jump rope on level 2 seemed impossible at first but now I do it in the level 3 warm up and it's no problem. When I finish my first time through the shred I'm going to work on my press ups and sit ups since I'm horrendous at those then start again from the beginning, trying to emulate Natalie a bit more.

leesmum Mon 05-May-14 19:59:17

Good idea Stuntnun best to just go at your own pace, no good going mad and then ending up with an injury! Lambzig thats brilliant , im loving hearing about how well everyone has done, did day 8 of 30 DS L1 earlier on and it is getting easier, press ups are sooooo hard though but im still managing 5 and then doing the modified ones!!! Im not bothered about losing loads of weight but need toning up, especially legs and arms.

Lambzig that is fantastic. How long did it take you to get from 16-12? I'm starting at 18-20 sad

GwladysFrightandthePups Mon 05-May-14 21:14:56

Here you are! Sorry I'm late, can I still join in?

I started the shred today - like a pp I weighed and measured myself this morning and nearly cried. I'm the heaviest I've ever been and a stone or more heavier than DP (in my defence though he is quite small and I did only give birth 8 months ago!)

Didn't find it too bad, apart from the press ups which I just can't do. No upper body strength at all - definitely hoping this will change. I had been planning to do it every day for the 30 but having read through the thread will now try to have a rest day or two every week.

In terms of diet, I'm cutting down (drastically) on sweet stuff, which is my downfall. But don't want to go too mad as I'm still breastfeeding. Will try to eat more protein than carbs as well though, and plenty of veg.

I'm just using tins of beans for weights though - should I get proper ones? Didn't buy them with the DVD as I thought my mum had some I could have but she's given them away.

Good luck everyone - hopefully we'll all see results soon!

BrianButterfield Mon 05-May-14 21:46:03

Some good results here! I did 30ds L1d5 today - have been alternating with running too.

Am down a couple of pounds but more importantly definitely fitter - more stamina, feel stronger and more energised in general. L1 now feeling very "doable" also side lunges with anterior raises still kill me. I have 2kg weights though. Dh said he can see more definition in my body already and my mum tum is shrinking. I love and hate Jillian in equal measure!

ErrolTheDragon Mon 05-May-14 22:44:28

Well done everyone!
Gwladys - yes, do get some weights. You may want to keep the beans handy for the anterior raises for a while though wink. Somewhere between 2-3kg works for most people I think. You might want to get a couple of sizes.

hinkyhonk Mon 05-May-14 22:50:01

Although my attendance is patchy, I ran for the train last week and I was noticeably quicker and less gasping for air so it's definitely doing something even if it's not decreasing my weight!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 05-May-14 22:54:34

I did day 1 of level 2 today. Parts of it were fine but some of the moves that needed shoulder strength defeated me today. Up again early to do it all over again.

At the moment I think I prefer level one, but it was getting a bit easier and I have done it quite a few times now over the years! Hopefully level 2 will grow on me.

ErrolTheDragon Mon 05-May-14 23:16:24

It's nice when you find that some real-life activity is easier smile. My feat last month was weeding the entire garden and not having any aches afterwards - squats and lunges instead of bending over or kneeling! grin

Babesh Tue 06-May-14 00:37:44

Well I should have done day 7 I think of level one today but went for a run instead. I have been secretly scared of running round the park as I hate starting running, it's always so hard... Well my watch wouldn't light, my phone was flat so don't know how long it took and didn't do couch to 5k as I planned but I ran round the park 4.5 times plod plod plod.

It's about 2.5 km so got further than I thought I would. Could have done the extra.5 but the dog can't poo on lead and was desperate to stop ( that is my excuse anyway). Anyway I credit the shred with so how making my first run easiersmile I could hear the mighty Gillian intoning during the inclines!

Don't get off the wagon hinkyhonk, I always get off the wagon but not this time! What motivates me? When I exercise I eat better and drink less, I want to be around for the children ( and self obviously although self lacks discipline and loves whisky) and want to be a fit sporty mum running, swimming, canoeing, and playing with them as they grow up. Dunno how old you are but I think if I get and stay fit the next twenty years 40-60 will be greatly enhanced.

Babesh Tue 06-May-14 00:39:34

Just to clarify I only did 2.5km total not 4.5 times as I seem to claim above -seven Gillian sessions are good but not that good!

StuntNun Tue 06-May-14 06:43:04

Gwladys you can get sets of 1, 2 and 3 kg dumbbells at Argos, Tesco etc. I use them all, I need the 1 kg ones for the jumping jacks with weights, the 2 kg for most others and the 3 kg for some of the static exercises like the one where you hold them over your chest while you do leg raises.

Amelia the plank jacks on level 2 are really tough at first but you feel so proud of yourself when you can do them at last.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 06-May-14 08:17:55

I have the 1, 2 and 3k weights, from Argos I think. At the moment I'm sticking to a combination of 1 and 2.

Just done L2D2 and can definitely feel I'm working my shoulders and upper arms! Those planks are hard!

ErrolTheDragon Tue 06-May-14 08:23:43

They're a good starting set for these high rep routines. 1kg for anterior raises, maybe try 3s for bicep curls/chest flies, 2s for most of the rest. I noticed a set in TK max which started at 0.5 - really wouldn't bother with that since the water bottles/cans work fine for that weight if you need to start there.

yadahyadah Tue 06-May-14 10:01:39

Rin30 L2D1 missed yesterday as lots of bank hol walking on the agenda. Great results everyone. Very motivating.

30DS L1D2 ow ow ow ooooooooooooow. That is all.

ErrolTheDragon Tue 06-May-14 10:42:21

MsInga - typically people ache badly for 3-4 days and then it wears off and it's never as bad again... which is a good reason to keep going! smile

I hope it does wear off, I hurt everywhere from the neck down.

GwladysFrightandthePups Tue 06-May-14 11:00:57

I feel your pain MsInga. Day 2 hurt waaaaay more than day 1. And the baby woke up at the end so I couldn't even have a little lie down. Ouch ouch ouch.

I'll try to get some proper weights then. Hopefully these aches will have died down slightly by the time I use them!

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 06-May-14 11:01:26

If I haven't done the shred in a while I leave it a few days between day 1 and day 2. After that I don't really ache again.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Tue 06-May-14 11:02:45

Saying that my shoulders are really aching today, stupid planks! smile

Babesh Tue 06-May-14 11:24:04

I ached dreadfully on day 2 and have been fine since other than a pleasant I have used my muscles feeling. Honestly day two was awful I was incredibly crabby and coukd barely pick my toddler up!

tabulahrasa Tue 06-May-14 11:32:47


The first time I did it, I literally couldn't walk for days, well I mean I could, but only comically hmm. There's no way I could do it again while I couldn't move, so I waited until I could and tried again. It's never been like that since, occasionally a tiny bit achy, but not like that.

GwladysFrightandthePups Tue 06-May-14 11:35:53

The baby keeps wanting to stand and be bounced on my knee - he doesn't seem to understand that mummy's too knackered for that today! You'd think he'd be a little more considerate, after all, it's his fault I'm in this mess...!

GandTnow Tue 06-May-14 16:53:07

Just done level 4 of Ripped - ha ha ha!

So hard and much faster than the other levels, still a bit shaky!

Don't know what to try next. I've done shred and really love the fact that it is only 20 mins - any suggestions?

ErrolTheDragon Tue 06-May-14 17:12:41

G&T - well, after I'd done Ri30 I went back to shred but using bigger weights more of the time and more natalie.

You could try NMTZ - you don't have to do the whole thing, you could pick different combinations of the circuits to fit the time you want to spend.

BetterWithCheese Tue 06-May-14 20:29:33

Did 30DS L1D8 yesterday and D9 today. I wasn't even planning on doing it today but I really wanted to-how very bizarre. I'm sure level 2 will kill that enthusiasm grin.

PrivateBenjamin Tue 06-May-14 20:45:48

I did L1D10 today. I've heard horrible things about level 2. Will I be completely immobilised by pain the day after? Cause I have to drive to work so need my arms and legs to work. If it's going to kill me I'll just do Level 1 until Friday then I can recover at the weekend.

leesmum Tue 06-May-14 20:49:20

Better you and i are on the same stage, i did 30DS L1 D9 today so only 1 more day on L1, i think im ready for a change but have heard a lot of comments about how hard L2 is!!! but i'm also sick of hearing "Abs like these don't come for free" ....please tell me she doesn't keep saying this in L2 and L3 too!

leesmum Tue 06-May-14 20:50:56

Private i must have missed your can let us know tomorrow how it goes grin good luck!

AreYouFeelingLucky Tue 06-May-14 21:09:31

I did the first day of Ripped in 30 today. It hurt. I couldn't keep up with the cardio a lot of the time, and some of the sit ups hurt! I'm severely lacking stomach tone at the moment, though.

When do I repeat? I presume tomorrow, but it doesn't actually say :s

yadahyadah Tue 06-May-14 21:20:13

areyoufeelinglucky you can either do it tomorrow and break through the pain barrier or you can leave it a day to give your body time to heal. Have you come to Rin30 new or off the back of Shred? I think most of the JM experts on the thread equate L1 of Ripped with L3 of Shred, so if you are doing it from scratch, take it easy on yourself or switch to Shred which you can get level1 of on youtube. Good luck from a fellow abs dodger.

Fubble Tue 06-May-14 21:20:33

So just finished 30DS L1D1. I was so fed up procrastinating that tonight I just did it.
Ow, ow and ooh the shakes is how I feel just about now!! confused

BUT the important thing is I did it. Now to keep going. I've really been enjoying reading peoples stories on here - it's a real encouragement/kick in the backside wink

leesmum Tue 06-May-14 21:28:02

Well done Fubble

StuntNun Tue 06-May-14 21:28:23

30DS L2D9 done but I'm knackered today after a hard day of baby-wrangling so I followed Anita on two exercises I normally follow Natalie for.

Level 2 is a step up from level 1 but it's more fun too. When you get to the plank jacks you will cry and fall over but by the time you get to level 3 they will be a whole lot easier so it's a satisfying progression each day too.

StuntNun Tue 06-May-14 21:29:02

D'oh typo that should be L3D9!

PrivateBenjamin Tue 06-May-14 21:32:15

Ok Leesmum I'll take one for the team tomorrow and report back wink

I might swap my 2kg weights for tins of beans though.

PrivateBenjamin Tue 06-May-14 21:35:33

Oooh what are you going to do next StuntNun? You've almost graduated from the shred!

Well done fubble smile

Well done fubble smile

ErrolTheDragon Tue 06-May-14 22:43:38

I actually like plank jacks .... I think when I first did L2 I was just so pleased that there weren't any regular press-ups that I was happy with the planky things!

ThePowerOfMe Wed 07-May-14 07:46:17

I've just got back into it (again!) I've had a break for a week and I think I'm meant to be on L1D6 but I'm going to count it as L1D3.

StuntNun Wed 07-May-14 08:13:08

I like plank jacks too Errol... now that I can do them! I'm still not keen on mountain climbers though.

Private I actually have two more days of shred as I only did two days on level 1. When I'm done with my 30 days I'm going to cycle through the levels for a bit of variation and mix it up with kettlebells and Pilates in between. I had a few days off over Easter and decided to ease myself back in with level 1 only I realised level 1 was still an awesome workout for me because I was following Natalie more apart from the dreaded press-ups and using heavier weights than the first time round.

StuntNun Wed 07-May-14 08:13:56

Sorry that should have read eight days on level 1. Serious sleep dep here sideways glance at the amazing non-sleeping toddler.

ErrolTheDragon Wed 07-May-14 08:23:52

I'm even OK with mountain climbers now. Squat thrusts OTOH... don't think I'm ever going to be flexible enough for those. (I'm 53 so I don't expect total miracles! grin)

GandTnow Wed 07-May-14 08:57:49

Well last night a bunch of friends said that I was looking trim and fit! Whoop!!!! I then may have causally taken off my cardi so they could admire my sculpted arms grin!

So far I've lost 1/2 stone and three 1/2 inches off my tummy - major area where worked needed to be done. It would be wrong to celebrate this with a cream cake?!

StuntNun Wed 07-May-14 09:33:15

30DS L3D10 done. One more session to go!

GwladysFrightandthePups Wed 07-May-14 09:53:50

Well done Stunt! Can I ask, and sorry if you've already said earlier in the thread - it's been a while since I read the whole lot, what difference you've seen in weight / tone? I've just done L1 D3 and I could do with the motivation!

It was pretty tough again today, but as I'm still aching from the last two days so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. The first circuit is worst - push ups then the jumping jacks and skipping rope thing - I've had to stop every time so far. Jillian would not be happy. Tell me it gets easier?!

ErrolTheDragon Wed 07-May-14 11:30:12

glwadys - It does get easier - those aching muscles are getting stronger!
I hated the jacks and jump rope together so just swapped them around with the other moves - so I'd done everything just in a different combination. Also, having read more about HIIT I started to do the cardio parts as hard as possible (rather than pacing myself to survive the whole two mins), hitting the pause button to recover between the moves.

StuntNun Wed 07-May-14 12:05:25

No difference in weight Gwladys but my BMI is 21.5 at the moment so I don't really need to lose any more weight than I already have through diet. I have quite definitely dropped a clothes size from 12 to 10, the top part of my tummy is flatter and the lower part of my tummy is coming in gradually but I have had two caesearean sections so there's more work to do there than others might have. My arms (I have biceps!), legs and butt are more toned and I'm sure my shoulders and back probably look better thank they did. The one thing the shred isn't great for is the internal abs (for narrowing the waist) so I have been doing the stomach vacuum as well to work on that area. I also need extra work on my press-ups and sit-ups so I'm going to focus on those once I finish my 30 days then start again and try and work up to sticking with Natalie all the way.

yadahyadah Wed 07-May-14 12:51:36

Rin30 L2D2 - flipping heck it's hard. As yesterday was my first day on L2 I was holding back in the moves in order to protect joints etc but today I gave it a bit more welly and man, I was pretty f'd by circuit 2.

AreYouFeelingLucky Wed 07-May-14 18:53:11

No, I'm new. I'm glad it's not just me that considers it hard!

I didn't feel it too much this morning, only when I kneel down, but by this afternoon my legs and back are aching.

It's all worthwhile, right!?

PrivateBenjamin Wed 07-May-14 19:58:51

Today I did L2D1. It wasn't as scary as I was expecting! There was definitely a step up from Level 1, but it was doable (with occasional swapping of weights for tins of beans). My only issue is that it presupposes that you are coordinated and can move your arms and legs independently of each other in rhythm, and I can't. My arms were flailing all over the place with the ice skaters. Fun though!

This is a nice supportive thread. Everyone is doing so well! smile

tabulahrasa Wed 07-May-14 20:11:43

Lol at's the oblique twists that get me, I'm so glad I can't see myself flailing away.

Level 2 is definitely harder work I think, but, not in the oh dear god what have I done to my body way that starting to begin with was.

yadahyadah Wed 07-May-14 20:58:37

L2 of shred was great for making me feel really strong by the end of it. It is really great for that.
areyoufeelinglucky keep it up it is worth it for sure. we are going to be smokin' by the end of this smile

Fubble Wed 07-May-14 21:07:42

Woke up this morning feeling grand but as the day wore my thighs in particular we're starting to feel stiff and sore. Was totally dreading doing 30DS L1D2.
But, warned husband no mockery was allowed at the state of me attempting some of these moves (he finds GG boobs hilarious during star jumps!) and I did it. Feel tired, warm and sweaty but I didn't smile
Going to reward myself with watching the new 24 now. Woo and indeed hoo!!

Thanks for listening folks smile

Fubble Wed 07-May-14 21:18:55

Feel tired warm and sweaty but I did it what my previous post was supposed to say!

BetterWithCheese Wed 07-May-14 23:08:50

Well done Fubble! I had a day off today, back on it tomorrow.

ErrolTheDragon Wed 07-May-14 23:23:59

I used to have to stop during the oblique twists, rearrange my arms and legs and start again grin.

Its worth watching a new level through (fast forwarding as apt) to get an idea of the moves. And then don't necessarily try to go at the same pace as them to start with, or pause and rewind a bit if you didn't get the hang of something - I was doing that all the time when I started 6W6P on monday.

Babesh Thu 08-May-14 00:07:17

You let your husband watch dh? I banish minesmile I think I need to do level 2 tomorrow, watched it with my toddler today and it felt twice as long as level 1!

I think it is magic though, worked out my first run was 3km so plan to work up to 5km and carry on. Don't think I would ave run nestle that much without a week of shredding first.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 08-May-14 08:18:04

Babesh I have just done L2 D4 and it doesn't feel any longer than level 1 when you are actually doing it. I do however feel a lot more hot and sweaty smile

Well done on the run. That sounds brilliant for the first time.

I'm still following Anita but gradually adding a little of Natalie in places. The first set of plank jacks I did properly but the second set I stepped.

My arms are looking smaller but still have bingo wings!

ThePowerOfMe Thu 08-May-14 09:09:36

L1D4 done!

I make dh join in if he's around. No way is he sitting there to watch and laugh. But seeing as I do it first thing, hes usually in bed.

StuntNun Thu 08-May-14 10:03:28

I couldn't get the hang of 6W6P Errol, I found it really difficult to work out what the girls were doing, especially Bashira's moves which were very complex. I gave up halfway through and just did sit-ups for the rest of the time instead blush

tabulahrasa Thu 08-May-14 10:54:03


I think it goes past quicker than level 1 when you're doing it...I tried double jump ropes for the first may possibly have prompted me to tell DS to call me an ambulance, he's 18 though, so he just looked at me like this hmm as he went back into the kitchen.

ErrolTheDragon Thu 08-May-14 11:10:13

Did 6W6P L1 today - OK except for the last side planks which I did swapped for the side crunch thing from the shred. Think I've got the hang of it - so long as I can arrange my limbs correctly to begin with (even if that means missing the first rep) it seems to then go ok. Not keen though - will do again tomorrow, take a look at L2 and if I don't like that return to one of the others. I think shred/ripped are better all-round workouts in a shorter time, and I liked NMTZ too.

Babesh Thu 08-May-14 11:41:16

Excellent Amelia - I plan to try l2 tonight, yeah I was pleased with the run as although I have run in the past I haven't for years and years and starting is always awful!!

Gimmesomemore Thu 08-May-14 11:47:14

Well I've done level 1 for 12 days, as DH decided he'd join me after watching some evenings last week. I think listening to Jillian struck a chord and has motivated him.

He is 20 stone and has done 4 days now. I'm due to start level 2 today, but I'm worried how hard I'll find it after level 1.

tabulahrasa Thu 08-May-14 11:54:32

Level 2 is harder, but it's not too hard to do or leaves you sore afterwards, just in a dear god I'm sweaty and breathless! way.

I'm overweight and very unfit to start with and I find it that way anyway...though I do mostly do the modified versions.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 08-May-14 11:56:04

It is harder than level 2 but not more harder than level 1 was back at the beginning. I'm now managing to lower myself slightly when doing to walking push ups whereas at the start I just did the walking out part like Anita.

Hello, can I join you please? I am having another go at restarting the Shred, did L1D1 yesterday (and not feeling too bad today so far!). I did it all once before but ages ago, have tried it again since but usually ended up stopping for some reason or other before getting much past L1.

I NEED to keep it up this time though, quite apart from wanting to lose weight and tone up etc., I also have Ripped in 30 AND the whole Body Revolution set waiting on the shelf for me to try them shock but I want to get through the Shred again first to build up my fitness a bit before daring to try the new ones! Then if when I manage that I will have a go at RI30 and the others afterwards.

Gimmesomemore Thu 08-May-14 12:50:19

I think my problem is that I've become confident and comfortable with level 1, and I need to bite the bullet and just get on with level 2.

When I think back to how I struggled on days 1 and 2 on level 1, and then compare to day 12, there is a huge difference with my stamina and ability (sadly not the case with my pelvic floor!)

yadahyadah Thu 08-May-14 12:51:40

Rin30 L2D3 done and feeling better already. I found with Shred as well that once I had done day 3 at any level, I was in the zone with having worked out where I could push myself and where I had to hold back a little in order to maintain my form but still work that edge effectively. After yesterday's Ripped I was feeling a bit worried about my ability to commit to sticking with it as it felt so bloody hard but today I am feeling really worked out and really keen to enjoy the rest of this level. Exercise is a head game as well as a body game and I find that is the really challenging thing about it. Keep it up everyone, we are really doing well.

leesmum Thu 08-May-14 13:30:44

Well done ladies, great to hear you're all still shredding even through the hard bits.....taking of which... i have just done 30DS L2 D1 and bloody hell!!! ha ha i reckon i did about 80% of it, sweating like a pig and gagging for a drink wine ??? and i must be mad, im off out with DS2 later to join him in his running club.(thats if i can still walk by then) grin

safetyzone Thu 08-May-14 13:53:52

Newbie here - started on Sunday and 30DS L1D4 last night. Am I the only one who's finding it harder not easier? Maybe I'm just doing the exercises more precisely, but I just find that I'm still sore when I start the next day, and the soreness builds up. The abs are actually not too bad, it's the strength section that I find the hardest.

For everyone else, at what stage do you start seeing a difference in the body? I desperately more definition in the arms!

Lambzig Thu 08-May-14 14:25:12

RI30 L1D5 (have missed a couple of days this week). I love this level, love the skaters and the hops.

I am not sure when to move on to level 2. Jillian calls it a four week programme and also says in the intro that you should have one or two rest days per week, so that would be five or six goes at each level?

From what you say yada, I am dreading L2.

StuntNun Thu 08-May-14 18:05:59

Safety you may find that a rest day or even two makes a huge amount of difference in how well you do. I don't think I saw a big difference in the arms until level 3.

Cocolepew Thu 08-May-14 18:33:41

Could soneone explain what you mean when to talk about copying name? Is there people on it at different levels? If so, who should I follow? Total newbie, not very fit due to Lupus.

StuntNun Thu 08-May-14 18:44:26

Coco on the Shred DVD Natalie (on the left) does the advanced version of the moves and Anita (on the right) does the beginners' version. Sometimes you won't be able to copy Natalie because of your level of fitness or because you have a weak area or injury, in that case you follow Anita's demonstration of the move.

ErrolTheDragon Thu 08-May-14 18:59:38

safety - typically people ache badly for the first 4 days and then it starts to ease off - honestly, you're probably at the worst point. That's muscular aches - if you have joint pain then modify or substitute alternatives, or rest. I think I started seeing changes after about a week.

lambzig - its up to you I think. Both times I've done Ri30 I've done two weeks (ie 10 workout days) per level.

AreYouFeelingLucky Thu 08-May-14 20:03:41

I've just done Ri30 W1D2. Took yesterday as a rest day, because I ached so much!

I can't pause the workout, so I have to do it all in one go. I beat my last effort, though!

Still can't do the hip plank pop things. Just not enough muscle!

GwladysFrightandthePups Thu 08-May-14 20:11:22

Thanks stunt, that's useful.

My shred has come to an abrupt halt today as I've developed mastitis. Feel dreadful. I'm really peed off because I wanted to give this a good go, and now think I'll almost be starting from scratch when I feel better iyswim? (Anyone know when that'll be btw? I've been to the doctor and got antibiotics, when do they start working so I can feel human again?)

I'm also wondering if the shred's contributed to it - either the stress it's put on my body (am I right in thinking you're more prone to it when run down?) or the sports bra I've been wearing - though it didn't feel too tight and isn't underwired. Or am I just talking bollocks? I don't want to be scared to restart when I feel up to it.

Cocolepew Thu 08-May-14 20:13:27

Thanks stunt, I might unwrap it soon smile

Oh god I have not shredded the last 2 days, am
I going to ache as badly again?

tabulahrasa Thu 08-May-14 20:36:05

I'm always ok after I've had two days off - it was just the initial starting it that crippled me.

Babesh Thu 08-May-14 21:48:39

Gladys Describe how your mastitis presented and will tell you what you should expect roughly. I do mastitis rather too frequently...

Inga I reckon you won't, you will be fine get shredding. Am weirdly enthused by you all feel torn between a font her run and level 2 tonight, that is if the ill toddler lets me.

GwladysFrightandthePups Thu 08-May-14 21:59:11

Babesh - sore boob when I woke up, pain expressing (always express off that one first thing) then aches in my back, legs, neck, arms and head and feeling cold despite loads of layers, blanket and hot water bottle. Boob got more sore with a little discharge. And just general yuckiness. I do feel for you if you have this regularly, this is my first (and hopefully only...) time.

PlantsAndFlowers Thu 08-May-14 22:40:40

I have a question...

Doing the shred. But last time I did it I really hurt my feet and achillies with all the jumping and running on the spot. This always happens when I do anything with any impact.

Since I don't need to loose weight, but just tone up, do you recon I can replace the cardio sections with Pilates moves?

PlantsAndFlowers Thu 08-May-14 22:42:04

Also... Does that woman not know the meaning of the word couple?!! A couple more moves does not mean ten Jillian!

Hmph. Am not doing very well so far as I failed to do my second day today after getting caught up with stuff (I only had a very narrow window when I had the chance to do it, after DCs were finally in bed and before it got stupidly late!). Still I will have to try and do it tomorrow.

ErrolTheDragon Thu 08-May-14 23:00:57

Plants - presumably you do wear trainers but that still hurts?
I guess you could do pilates moves instead - but cardio isn't just for fat burning ...clue is in the name, it's for cardiovascular fitness. If you're fit (maybe you do something low impact like cycling or swimming) then that's great - but if not then doing short, intense cardio intervals can be very beneficial. So, I'd be inclined to do low impact cardio - the shadow boxing is one; there's one JM does (cant remember which dvd) which is to stand in a running pose (bit of static lunge) while really pumping the arms. Add weights to that sort of thing if you need more intensity.

PlantsAndFlowers Thu 08-May-14 23:18:21

I wear trainers, yes. I do cycle about half an hour a day, so I'm thinking that's my cardio?

I just fear messing with Jillian's formula!

ErrolTheDragon Thu 08-May-14 23:28:27

I think the 'formula' is great if you want to improve fitness and strength and do some fat burning in a short workout - but if you're already fit and not fat, then using it just for the strength (inc. abs) and adding the pilates for even more core work sounds perfectly sensible IMO. You might want to look at No More Trouble Zones as an alternative or to follow.

BetterWithCheese Thu 08-May-14 23:32:50

Plants someone posted a link to low impact cardio alternatives on the April thread so it might be worth having a look back.

30DS L1D10 done. Onto Level 2 tomorrow <gulp>

Babesh Thu 08-May-14 23:40:20

Gwladys it doesn't sound like you will be out of action for long, a few days should see you ok. Check that you haven't got a bleb, like a blocked pore or spot head on the nipple and if so squeeze out...might be some stringy milk too. Get in the bath or warm your boob and have a good express working out any lumps, stringy milk and pus if there is any.

It is horrid and whilst it could have been your bra the most common cause is a wonky latch (sleepy bad latch/baby with a cold/weaning) it shouldn't have been your exercise. No shred avoiding excusessmile taking lecithin as a supplement helps some women avoid reoccurrence.

Babesh Thu 08-May-14 23:41:09

I agree plants she doesn't know what couple means!

PlantsAndFlowers Thu 08-May-14 23:43:03

Thank you for your answers, I feel reassured. Will check out Aprils thread too.

PlantsAndFlowers Thu 08-May-14 23:44:09

Babesh I'm know! And it's so disheartening - gives me the rage grin

BetterWithCheese Thu 08-May-14 23:54:00

Plants Here is the link. Hope it's helpful!

PlantsAndFlowers Fri 09-May-14 00:40:20


Babesh Fri 09-May-14 00:50:02

So l2d1done, non of it as bad as it looked other than those squat in front then behind ridiculous thingies...did arms separately and still struggled! Am no great success at standing on one leg but did better than I thought I would so hurrah! Felt the cardio was better and loved the twisty thingssmile

Still found level 1 got harder after the first few when I learnt to do the moves properly...

Gimmesomemore Fri 09-May-14 07:45:24

I did it! Level 2 d1, last evening.

I've never sweated so much. I found my stomach muscles were burning, which they wasn't so much with level 1. Although I've had three large babies and a huge abdominal hernia mesh, so my stomach muscles have been struggling to come out of hibernation.

Dh was supposed to do day 5 of level 1 this morning. But couldn't get out of bed. He was really disappointed with himself.

Gimmesomemore Fri 09-May-14 07:47:58

Babesh, did you follow the modified versions?

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 09-May-14 08:14:00

L2 D5 done. Some things are a bit easier but some of it is still hard, even doing the modified versions blush

I think I'm going to do the shred again after finishing level 3 and hopefully I will be able to follow Natalie. When I can follow her for everything I might try ripped.

Gimmesomemore I do the shred in the morning before I school run and find I can get up a lot easier if I don't snooze and just get up. Otherwise I don't get up until 8 and have to leave the house at half past!

Lambzig Fri 09-May-14 08:53:25

I have just been reading about JMs latest 'shred it with weights'. Apparently it uses kettlebells. Will definitely get that when I have done RI30.

Fed up with myself for missing two days this week as I have just realised our trip to the inlaws this weekend will mean I miss Saturday and Sunday. I will do L1D6 when DS goes for a nap in a minute.

Babesh Fri 09-May-14 09:27:05

I varied Gimme-the forward backwards lunges were a complete mess, I can't keep straight legs for walk out press ups but and didn't go very deep into the press up. Could do the rest on a sliding scale between non modified to modified as I got tired. Need to practise those lunges today. Think I need some indoor trainers to as bare feet and big rug made the skater moves too much of a big slide!

Babesh Fri 09-May-14 09:28:19

Lambzig you coukd shred with the in laws- there is the video we are all waiting forsmile

GwladysFrightandthePups Fri 09-May-14 09:31:04

Thanks Babesh.

That's enough of my manky boob now though so I'll bugger off til I'm shredding again.

Keep up the good work everyone.

tabulahrasa Fri 09-May-14 09:34:24

Babesh level 2's much harder without shoes on, you've got no grip when you're doing all that plank stuff, I bought some halfway through and was amazed at the difference.

Lambzig Fri 09-May-14 10:05:42

Hmm, my in laws would stand there with a cup of tea, watching me and making encouraging yet embarrassing comments. I can imagine it now.

FIL: oh Lambzig, those weights look heavy on the bend over row, I have to say it's given you a very tight bottom, hasn't it MIL?
MIL: yes definitely, very tight, mr Lambzig, son, you must find her pretty sexy at the moment.

Aaaarrrgghhh, doesn't bear thinking about. DH would run from the house screaming.

Day 6 completed. I might start level 2 on Monday as I am finding it a bit easy.

Maybe heavier weights. I am a bit of a wimp about heavy weights though. What are you all using?

BetterWithCheese Fri 09-May-14 10:53:42

I use 3lb (1.36kg?) weights for the anterior raises and 3kg weights for the rest. I started off using the 3lb ones for everything.

Babesh Fri 09-May-14 10:54:03

Omg your inlaws would say that?!?
Ha mine are the opposite and pretend everything is normal. I could turn up with yellow hair shredding in a pink bikini on top of their dinning room table and I doubt they'd bat an eyelid publicly at least.

Lambzig Fri 09-May-14 11:57:25

Yep. They are quite set in their ways and overly interested in the minutiae of our lives as if we are alien creatures ("tell me what you had for dinner every day last week") and like to make the odd "with it" comment which are usually staggeringly inappropriate.

BetterWithCheese Fri 09-May-14 12:19:40

Babesh grin at shredding in pink bikini on ILs dining table.

So just did day 1 of level 2 of 30DS and it was...awesome! Really hard and really sweaty but I kinda liked it. Think my shoulders and abs are going to hate me in the morning though.

tabulahrasa Fri 09-May-14 12:54:37


Stopping for a break in the middle makes it worse wasn't an experiment, just a neighbour popped in for coffee and weirdly I didn't say, oh aye, sit down, I'll just finish doing this, lol.

I feel like I did it twice, even though I just paused it and then did a wee warm up.

Babesh Fri 09-May-14 14:39:46

Sorry for the image Bettersmile

Lambzing your inlaws sound excruciating!

Tabula yup I reckon you are right so I will shop this weekend for trainers and I need some lighter weights for the anterior raises-2.5kg are no good for those!

StuntNun Fri 09-May-14 22:18:27

30DS L3D11 done and that's me finished! It took 74 days from start to 30 days.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 09-May-14 23:18:31

Babesh - yes, you need trainers and ~ 1 - 1.5kg weights for anterior raises. The first time I did shred I'd hurt a toe and couldn't get my trainers on, was ok with level 1 but really needed them for L2, fortunately by the the toe had subsided. I just use an old pair which I've scrubbed clean.

Anyone who's having difficulty coordinating the pendulum lunges in L2, try just practising them more slowly with no arms. The first time I saw them I was hopelessly confused, didn't realise you only move one leg at a time and do the other one the second time round!... but a bit of practice you'll nail them.

safetyzone Fri 09-May-14 23:26:59

Just done L1D5. Has anyone had split abdominal muscles? I spent most of my maternity leave doing Pilates and have closed the gap quite well, but I'm worried that all the crunches will open the gap again. I tried to be very careful today when I did them.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 09-May-14 23:38:45

safety - this has come up on previous monthly shred threads; I'm afraid I can't remember details - I was lucky enough not to suffer this myself but its common in mothers. if you google: safe exercises "split abdominal" there seems to be quite a lot of info. You might be better off doing pilates moves that you know are beneficial during the abs interval rather than risking injury.

Babesh Sat 10-May-14 00:42:41

We heeeee well am just back from a 5km jog (ponderous plod) but am still very impressed with myself! I had this as a target for the end of the month and was meant to do couch to 5k but didn't start on time... Hopefully am still walking and able to shred tomorrow! Tsk and to think I was missing whisky and crisps earliersmile

Yes Errol, trainer free and I will be in A&E soon. Will brave the hell of sports direct tomorrow... Will get the lighter weights and some a bit heavier than the ones I gave too.

ThePowerOfMe Sat 10-May-14 07:43:59

Lambzig Lol but omg at your in laws. You must have some very entertaining stories grin

30DSL1D5 done. I'm

BetterWithCheese Sat 10-May-14 08:13:03

safety I think that so long as the gap is less than two finger widths then crunches are ok. I have a separation of about 1 finger width and I use what some techniques I learned in a postnatal physio class which will be similar to Pilates to make sure I'm doing the ab exercises right. So always engage your deep abdominals by drawing your belly button towards your spine. For crunches, I focus on trying to get my bottom ribs to move towards my hip - so not pulling up. If your abs are "doming" when you crunch, you maybe aren't crunching so much as doing a sit up. I actually think that once your abs have come back together then these exercises won't make them worse again - I could be wrong though smile.

BetterWithCheese Sat 10-May-14 08:21:22

Safety I've actually just checked mine again and the gap has reduced quite a bit so for me at least, the ab exercises have been fine. I do really try and focus on drawing my core in through the whole workout which I think may have helped.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Sat 10-May-14 13:20:49

30DS L2D6 it is not getting any easier! I am definitely sweating more than level 1.

Is L3 much harder than L2? I am going to do another 6 days of L2 then move up to 3.

StuntNun Sat 10-May-14 16:05:48

Amelia L3 isn't as much of a step up as L2 but it's a bit quicker paced and I think it's more fun than L2 which is a bit of a slog.

tabulahrasa Sun 11-May-14 12:40:49


God I hate doing it on a Sunday...people wander past asking if I know where things are and stuff, like mid plank jacks!!

I usually don't do it on a Sunday but I didn't get a chance to do it yesterday - I think I might send them all to bed if I have to do that again, DP and all, lol.

AreYouFeelingLucky Sun 11-May-14 14:38:25

I haven't done a workout since Thursday night - Friday was chaotic at work, and then I lost my sports bra. A new one will be acquired tomorrow!

Will I have thrown away all the good work that I did? I'm a bit gutted, but doing it without a sports bra hurt!

I'm going to do next week at level one, too, because this is my first workout. Then I'll move up to Ri30 level two.

I really hope I'm making a difference! I've been been turning down snacks more at work because of of the effort, so that should help too.

PrivateBenjamin Sun 11-May-14 14:47:32

TabulahRasa Same here! My DP came in while I was purpled faced, panting like a dog, balanced on one leg, lifting the weights while kicking my leg and started telling me what he'd bought at the supermarket. Does this look like a good time to talk to me?!

I did L2D3 today after two days off. It seems to be getting harder instead of easier! That might be the pizza I had last night though or the McDonalds on Friday

BetterWithCheese Sun 11-May-14 15:06:45

30DS L2D2 done. Is it weird that I like plank jacks? Not so keen on squat thrusts, or plank twists. I hate it when I'm doing it but I feel really good afterwards, almost makes it worth it. I go on holiday at the start of June so hoping doing it 5 days a week will help me feel a bit better poolside - though I have acquired two flattering swimsuits so that should help as well.

Phew I have now managed 3 days of L1, though not all in a row cos I was rubbish and missed 2 days. Still it is a start. Am finding it not as hard as the very first time I did it (although I am using a bit lighter weights for some things) - but mostly a bit dull....

Hopefully when I can move on to L2 that will make it more interesting as I haven't done L2 for ages and don't really remember it. Think I will try to move up fairly soon before I lose interest!

Lambzig Mon 12-May-14 11:18:10

Just done RI30 L2D1. Gosh it was hard, I think it's as hard as L3 on 30DS. Really did not enjoy that.

Found out this morning that it looks like I might get made redundant which is scary, but quite liberating as I have hated it for a long time. I am lucky that we could just about afford to be a SAHM for a while and maybe retrain. Scary, scary.

yadahyadah Mon 12-May-14 12:16:22

Rin30 L2 D4 done. It is hard isn't it Lambzig. Slightly given me the fear of what to expect next. Due to lots of running about mornings I missed a day last fri and felt quite sad about it. So today I leapt out of bed and managed to do it while the kids we're having breakfast. It made our morning just that tad madder but it meant that i could head out with the toddler rather than having to come back and do my JM. I think I will get super organised at night for the morning and hopefully fit it in while kids are eating. Helped that I was on a fast day today too.

tabulahrasa Mon 12-May-14 12:19:03


I don't feel quite as dead today, I don't know if I'm getting used to it or if I was accidentally taking it a bit easier, my back's a bit sorer than usual, so I might have been.

My back's a bit dodgy, but exercise helps it so I don't purposely take it easy, but that seems more likely than that I got fitter overnight, lol

TorianaTollywobbles Mon 12-May-14 20:06:43

Hello can I join in,

Started the 30DS, am up to L1 day 7 I think. Can do most Natalie moves except for the pushups, and the bicycle crunches still kill me. But am going to plan to move up to L2 on Day 11.

Is it a good idea to move up, even if you're still slightly struggling with Level 1?

Am trying to get fit and toned for Florida in June! Started it a couple of years ago but never got past the first few days. Really want to carry on to see what a difference it can make.

PrivateBenjamin Mon 12-May-14 20:11:26

30DS L2D4 today. My legs have got pretty muscley since I started but I still haven't lost a pound.

PrivateBenjamin Mon 12-May-14 20:17:16

Toriana Welcome! Yes, I moved up to level 2 even though my push ups were pathetic, and Anita is still there on level 2 if you're struggling to do the full move.

Natalie is super fit, I don't think anyone would ever be able move up a level if they had to follow her moves for the whole level to progress! smile

TorianaTollywobbles Mon 12-May-14 20:19:22

Yes have just watched through L2 to see what its like. Think I might be following Anita for the first few days grin

Going to try it on Thursday, then we are out on Friday night so will get a rest day after.

BetterWithCheese Mon 12-May-14 21:10:50

L2D3 done - still hard work, there are so many plank-based exercises that my poor core struggles by the end. Just got a shiny new weight set so that will help me get through tomorrow's session grin

BetterWithCheese Mon 12-May-14 21:17:12

Torianna if you can do mostly Natalie, you're doing fab. I'm quite enjoying level 2 but that may just be the novelty factor as level 1 gets repetitive after a bit.

I read an interesting idea of cycling through the sessions so doing level 1 on day 1, level 2 on day 2 and level 3 on day 3 so that you vary the muscles worked. I may try this after I've finished doing them consecutively.

TorianaTollywobbles Mon 12-May-14 21:28:12

Thanks Better

Yes am getting a bit bored with L1, can almost repeat Jillian word for word!

I still have to give my arms an occasional rest through the squats and anterior raises, but do ok with the rest of it. Will look forward to L2 (I think)

StuntNun Tue 13-May-14 07:24:20

Cheese that's what I'm moving on to. I went back to level 1 after Easter as I had been away for a while and wanted to ease back into things and I actually got a good workout because I was really going for it. Also you can take elements from the other levels such as doing the jumping jacks with weights or doing double jump rope instead of jump rope.

Lambzig Tue 13-May-14 10:04:39

Rin30 L2D2 done. The strength section in circuit 2 is a killer. I have to say I am finding it a lot less boring than 30DS, I think because their are three strength moves in each circuit, so if you hate something, it only lasts for 30 seconds.

I couldn't do the bridge thingy as my arms are a bit short until I tried going up on my weights and I think that works if anyone else has freakishly short arms (wasn't aware of this before now).

safetyzone Tue 13-May-14 10:49:46

Back on 30DSL1D6. Had the weekend off for various reasons. Been very careful with the abs still, tried to do them more the way I did in the Pilates class. Strength section still the hardest, particularly the pushups. I feel that I'm not going deep enough with the push ups, but if I do the easy version it's quite easy. Otherwise I'm looking forward to L2 as the rest are starting to get a bit easy.

yadahyadah Tue 13-May-14 14:33:31

Ri30 L2D5 done this morning before school drop off. My kids are being so very understanding about letting me get on with it after getting their breakfasts set up and giving them a good audio book to listen to while they eat seems to prevent boredom induced aggro from them. Have to say the feeling of getting to school with minutes to spare having done my crunch (as it is known in our household) is a really good one.

lambzig I find the 2nd strength circuit is really tough. I can only do 1 round of full crow push ups and actually see droplets of sweat falling to the ground from my head while I am doing them. But on the positive side it does all get strangely more doable over day 3 And 4 ...

Lambzig Tue 13-May-14 14:41:58

Yes I had the buckets drops of sweat pouring off my forehead, particularly during the squats.

MegBusset Tue 13-May-14 20:09:45

Hello! Can I join in? I have shredded on and off for the last year or two, as well as running, but for various boring reasons I have let it slip side Christmas and put on half a stone which really needs to - especially as I can't get my favourite summer shorts on!

I am doing the shred every morning (if I have a day off it too easily turns into two then more) plus trying to do 30 mins of cardio 2/3x week - either running 5k or doing Burn Fat Boost Metabolism.

Currently on level two of shred - have never made it to level three! BFBM is a killer but one bonus is it makes the shred seem almost easy grin

PrivateBenjamin Tue 13-May-14 20:22:53

Oooh Meg I think i will try BFBM then. The full video of BFBM on youtube is 55 minutes, is that how long it is in real life or does that include a few different options you can skip through?

Did L2D5 today, I'm getting much better, can do almost all of it without stopping, but i keep pushing myself into a downward dog instead of plank on the planking exercises. I need to try and fix that, it's easier though!

MegBusset Tue 13-May-14 20:49:32

Yeah, BFBM takes nearly an hour start to finish . On the DVD you can skip to each circuit though so you could easily make it a shorter workout.

Burmahere Tue 13-May-14 21:07:56

Hello could I possibly join the thread please? smile.

I've literally only just started doing 30DS L1D2 but am fairly fit (or thought I was) as I run, cycle and do yoga.

I've read this thread the whole way through and everyone is very inspirational - do many of you run or cycle on the same day as doing shred or should it be one or the other? I think I've massively overdone it the last couple of days as I feel peculiarly exhausted but can't sleep! Newbie enthusiasm I suspect blush.

I was talking to a friend this morning who has trained in various disciplines for many years and she thought it unwise to do the same exercises on consecutive days as you shouldn't exercise the same muscles too many days in a row. This obviously goes against Gillian's ethos but I love the workout and so many people seem to gain great benefit from it.

Any opinions?

ErrolTheDragon Tue 13-May-14 23:06:58

Burma - I think it's a bad idea to do hardcore weight training (with bigger weights, lower reps) using the same muscle groups each day, but the JM dvds are high reps, low weights. I've been doing various of them for months now - always have the weekends off, and breaks during the hols but nearly every schoolday.

I'm doing L2 of 6w6p this week... ok but don't like it as well as shred/ripped or NMTZ. For something that's meant to focus on abs it has a lot of lunges, so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with dodgy knees.

StuntNun Tue 13-May-14 23:13:39

Kettlebells today, will shred tomorrow if the children behave.

Burma you don't train the same muscles on consecutive days when you are weightraining the muscles to exhaustion. For the type of exercises on the JM DVDs you probably could do them every day although you would get better results with at least one rest day each week.

I have decided that it's actually no bad thing that I've missed a few days (just had yesterday and today off, but planning to Shred again tomorrow) as my knees are starting to protest a bit. Better to do it every 2-3 days and build up than to get injured and have to stop altogether I reckon! Today I did a LOT of walking instead so I don't feel too guilty. Am v impressed at everyone who's managing to do it daily though!

Burmahere Wed 14-May-14 07:14:50

Ah ok thank you very much! I think I end up having the odd day off from exercise in general as other stuff gets in the way.

yadahyadah Wed 14-May-14 11:47:01

Ri30 L2d6 done and am getting stronger in all the moves day by day. Feels great to feel the improvement so fast. Welcome megbusset I am hoping to do BFBM after my current round of Ripped. Thought I would aim for three days of BFBM and th en have two easier days of Shred. Do you think it might kill me? That's ok as long as it does actually help with fat burning. What do you reckon?

ditsygal Wed 14-May-14 11:57:07

Hey guys, Can I join you? A bit late in the month I know!
I've done 6 days of level 1 then I have just done first day of level 2 today. I was starting to feel ok doing level 1 and feeling good about my improved fitness, but level 2 almost killed me! I couldn't keep up and couldn't do several of the moves very well - felt like I was just flinging myself around!
It didn't help that my living room rug kept moving around as there are so many plank based exercises. Think I will have to roll it up each day from now on! Please tell me level 2 starts to feel easier quickly?!

MegBusset Wed 14-May-14 13:12:34

The exercises in BFBM aren't harder than Shred overall (and a lot of them will be familiar to Shredders, like skaters and high knees/butt kicks) but the relentless cardio and the fact that it's longer makes it harder. There are one or two really hard moves in there but she moves on quickly so the pain never lasts for long (at least in one place) smile

AnyaKnowIt Wed 14-May-14 13:14:22

<pokes head in>

I've quite smoking but finding my clothes are getting a bit tight.

Be honest, if I get the DVD, will it kill me?

Lambzig Wed 14-May-14 15:18:46

No it wont kill you.

I am 47 and started in April and hadnt exercised for a year (literally nothing except walking). It is hard, but nothing lasts longer than 60 seconds, there are easier options for all the moves and if you just do what you can to start after about day 6 you start to find it easier.

If you just think of it as a chore that you have to do each day like shower, or wash up and its just 20 mins, you can get through it.

I completed 30 days of Shred and am now halfway through Ripped in 30 and have so much more energy, have lost 18 cm of my waist and smile when I catch sight of my arms in the mirror.

Go on, just try it.

AnyaKnowIt Wed 14-May-14 16:15:22

Thank you, I will order it tomorrow

ErrolTheDragon Wed 14-May-14 19:21:24

I'm 53 and started last summer, hasn't killed me yet either. On the contrary... I'm fitter, stronger and generally healthier. If you're gasping, just hit pause, recover, carry on. Do the best you can starting from where you're at and you'll soon improve.

TorianaTollywobbles Wed 14-May-14 20:26:19

Missed yesterday's shred, but done again tonight.

Moving up to L2 tomorrow, wish me luck grin

PrivateBenjamin Wed 14-May-14 21:08:33

Good Luck Toriana, I hope you like planks! wink

I did 30ds L2D6 today. I really didn't want to do it but the thought of being fat in my bikini next month pushed me and it was over quickly. I am finding it a bit easier, though still have to follow Anita for a lot of it.

yadahyadah Wed 14-May-14 22:20:27

ditsygal - Ha I too had the added hell of the sliding rug when I first hit level 2 of Shred. Roll it up ASAP - it makes a massive difference all by itself. But to answer your question, I found L2 a bit of a jump from L1 in Shred but like most others have found it falls into place around day 3-4 and you start owning the movements more rather than that flung around feeling you describe. Stick with it because it really gives you a massive thrill to find yourself going 'ho hum, plank jacks again...' In just a few days. Have fun.

ImogenQuy Thu 15-May-14 08:00:08

I've just bought it and will start tonight. Can I join? I know I'm a bit late! I don't want to lose weight, just get a bit less wobbly.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Thu 15-May-14 08:06:24

Just done 30DS L2 D9

Need to push myself to do some of the more advanced moves, still very sweaty at the end though!

yadahyadah Thu 15-May-14 11:05:48

Ri30 L2D7 done. Abstastic

AnyaKnowIt Thu 15-May-14 11:24:32

Just ordered my copy

TorianaTollywobbles Thu 15-May-14 19:57:25

Haven't managed to start L2 tonight. DH unexpectedly off work and ruined my routine!

However, we have been to the park and run around playing rounders and frisbee with dd, then I ran/fast walked back home. So not all bad.

L2 starts on Saturday after dh's birthday evening tomorrow.

tabulahrasa Thu 15-May-14 20:02:19

30DSL2D9...I had to do it at the wrong time after missing two days because I just couldn't fit it in and I'm all angry

People should stop wanting me to do stuff, like you know, parent my children and what have you when I need to shred, lol.

It won't kill you! But it has made my knees protest a bit, so am going to give it a few more days before I try again... DD making me go swimming with her yesterday didn't help either (note to self: do not do breaststroke with poorly knees). Still, they seem a bit better today already so fingers crossed...

BetterWithCheese Thu 15-May-14 22:12:35

30DS L2D5 done, it felt a bit better today but I still was sweating loads. I had an unintentional break as my laptop restarted itself in the middle of my workout, I have to admit I got a bit sweary blush, even though a break sounds nice I just wanted it over with. Sorry I can't remember who said it but I also creep out of the plank on some of the moves and head towards downward facing dog. I'm working on it though.

AnyaKnowIt Thu 15-May-14 22:14:35

Its been dispatched, but why do I feel nervous?

tabulahrasa Thu 15-May-14 23:23:30

Lol, don't be nervous, honestly it'll be fine...level ones on YouTube if you want a preview.

It's all fairly straightforward and it's not killed me yet.

I almost did a press up today grin

Babesh Thu 15-May-14 23:41:15

Hmmm not shredded for a week, ahem. Still clambering up onto the wagon and ready for tomorrow. Have more weights and trainers so roll on tomorrow...

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Fri 16-May-14 08:29:54

I didn't do day 9 yesterday it was day 10!

Day 11 done today, still very sweaty but I don't think I'm doing the last abs exercise properly. I find it hard but it don't feel anything on my abs. Either I'm doing it wrong or my muscles are too covered in a layer of fat!

Anya you will be fine. I actually much prefer the shred DVD to the others I have got.

BetterWithCheese my DDs accidently pressed the rewind button on the remote a couple of weeks ago then when I tried to fix it the DVD went back to the beginning, I was not impressed!

babesh I think the starting is the worst part. Once you are back doing it again it will be a lot easier.

tabulahrasa Fri 16-May-14 11:41:20

30DSL2D10...that means I finally start level 3 tomorrow shock

"I find it hard but it don't feel anything on my abs." I find I feel it the second I stop rather than during it, during it it's my arms and legs that I'm bothered about.

For those of you with sliding rugs - I find weighing it down helps...

Lambzig Fri 16-May-14 12:43:11

Very, very cute dog.

RI30 L2D3 done. I took two days off because the first I had to leave for work at 5am and not back until 8 (excuses excuses, but it was a long day). Yesterday because I felt so tired and achey, I thought it would be a good idea. Big mistake, this morning was so hard, I pretty much limped through it and my arms collapsed when trying to do the elbow to knee push up thingys, pathetic.

BetterWithCheese Fri 16-May-14 14:03:38

L2D6 done. Very hard today as I'm still not very fit and it's so hot. I was seeing spots during last cardio session. Day off tomorrow <whew>

Good luck with level 3 tabulah, I previewed it yesterday and it looks a bit intense.

tabulahrasa Fri 16-May-14 16:00:51

It does...I'll report back if I survive, lol

yadahyadah Fri 16-May-14 16:18:50

Rin30 L2D8. Very pleased with myself and my kids for letting me do it first thing in the morning all week while they have breakfast. DS (5) came in to watch this morning and said he didn't like the shouting woman and the 'man woman' but liked the smiling one with the boobs like mummy's...hmmm I really worry about raising a good son when he says things like that. Today I wore a dress I last wore about 20 days ago - post Shred but pre Ripped and it is clearly looser - even around the dreaded bagel belly. And on that note, a very happy weekend to you all.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 16-May-14 16:25:14

grin at 'the shouting woman'. Not sure any of the Ripped crew (nor any of JM's 'best girls' look like 'men-women' though.

Well done everyone. I did 4 days of 6W6P this week (we went for a decent walk wed instead) - kind of liking it by the end but still prefer any of the others. I think a week of NMTZ next week before the hols.

Burmahere Fri 16-May-14 23:22:51

I said goodnight to her last night, def need to get out more...

MegBusset Sat 17-May-14 09:12:23

What's NMTZ like? It's on my dvd along with 6w6p.

Weighed in today, i have lost 4lb in two weeks smile

BetterWithCheese Sat 17-May-14 09:46:36

Didn't have rest day, did day 7 of level
2 instead. I go on holiday on June 2nd so going to aim to complete it all by then. Might not quite make it but going to give it my best shot.

tabulahrasa Sat 17-May-14 12:31:53



My, it's energetic! lol

All the moves bar one* I think are easier in themselves than level 2 - but it's definitely more intense in a sweaty way, lol, lots of jumping, which does not look as pretty when I do it compared to them, rofl.

* rockstar jumps - I gave up on them pretty quickly as my feet weren't making it down fast enough and I could see it was going to end in me in a heap, so I swapped them for double jump ropes...I'll try them again in a couple of days.

I'm actually pretty chuffed with myself that I did it, even badly as there's no way I'd have been able to a few weeks ago.

Lambzig Sat 17-May-14 20:35:41

Rin30 L2D4 done this morning. I have finally got the hang of the crow push up thingys without falling on my face.

Tabular, I found level 3 of 30DS nicer than level 2. Not saying it's easier, but it's more enjoyable so feels less dreadful to do. Not sure I ever completely perfected the rock star jumps though.

BetterWithCheese Sun 18-May-14 10:19:54

30DS L2D8 done. Third circuit still kills me but on the whole it's a bit easier. Can't believe I'm two workouts away from level 3. I measured my waist today and it's 3 inches smaller than when I started (mid-April, it took me ages to get through level 1) which is a great incentive to push through to the end.

Lambzig crow push-ups don't sound very fun, well done!

tabulah you're on the home straight now!

tabulahrasa Sun 18-May-14 13:03:23


Well I'm a bit achey, but nothing deadly.

Apparently I should be able to see a six pack by now, or do she says hmm I suspect that's only true if you were slim to start with, lol

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 19-May-14 12:34:59

I did 30DS L3 D1 doesn't feel as bad as level 2 but couldn't do the sit ups where you sit up straight at all. Not getting as sweaty as level 2 either. Hopefully when the moves become easier I will get more out if it.

AmeliaToppingLovesShopping Mon 19-May-14 12:36:21

Tabulah I definitely do not have the start of a six pack, still very much the barrel still wink

yadahyadah Mon 19-May-14 14:05:14

Ri30 L2D9 done and it felt very doable - sweaty but doable. Tomorrow last day of L2, then one day of L3 on weds and off on hols til Sunday. Oh well.. At least I will know what I am in for upon my return. Well done on crow push up s Lambzig. I got my form right on them by going to the JM website upon which she demonstrates each exercise for you to work out your form. Very useful when it comes to insane side lunges and anterior lunges etc.

ErrolTheDragon Mon 19-May-14 16:06:35

yadah - oh, never occurred to me to look on the JM website for extra help - good idea!

meg - you asked about NMTZ. I'm doing that this week before the hols. It's a different format to shred/ripped - 7 circuits of moves which target different areas so you can either do the whole thing or choose a subset. like it except that it doesn't really have any cardio

BetterWithCheese Mon 19-May-14 17:14:12

30DS L2D9 done. Will finish level 2 tomorrow - hooray!

StuntNun Tue 20-May-14 06:49:34

Here's a tip I discovered yesterday, if you have trouble with your balance on any of the exercises try looking at a fixed point on the wall rather than looking at the TV screen. I have rubbish balance and this really helps me.

BetterWithCheese Tue 20-May-14 09:50:16

Great tip StuntNun!

30 DS level 2 done. Day off tomorrow, whew.

Lambzig Tue 20-May-14 12:05:12

Oh god, I hated that bit where she says you should see a six pack appearing now. So depressing every morning.

RI30 L2D6 done and it's finally getting easier.

I realised that with the crow push ups I was trying to move my elbow to meet my knee as well as my knee upwards, so essentially trying to do a one handed push up. Unsurprisingly I couldn't.

After a couple of months of this, I am really enjoying feeling my body working when I do everyday stuff, if that makes sense at all.

I have 6lbs to go to hit my goal weight, I expect they will be a very tricky 6lb, but at least I am getting there.

tabulahrasa Tue 20-May-14 12:24:20

I had a rest day yesterday, but DD had an orthodontist appointment this morning so I haven't got round to it yet and really I need to be getting on with other stuff...

I'm planning to do it about 4ish, if I don't check in sometime later - will you all come looking for me and shout at me please, lol

yadahyadah Tue 20-May-14 16:20:10

Ri30 L2 D10 done yay. Haven't seen L3 yet. Might have a look tonight and mentally prepare myself. Lambzig I love feeling strong again. On Sat night I cycled up a big hill after several drinks while standing up. I cycle that hill alot and it has never been easier than post JM. She rules.

tabulahrasa Tue 20-May-14 17:13:05


ugh, yep it's definitely better doing it in the morning, lol

TorianaTollywobbles Tue 20-May-14 19:04:59

30DS L2 D1 done!

Haven't managed any shredding over the weekend so decided to dive right in with the start of L2.

Managed pretty much most of it, but was never this sweaty with L1 grin. 4 weeks till holiday so am aiming for 2 weeks L2 then 2 weeks L3.

Not noticing much change in body shape yet, but hoping that will come.

ImogenQuy Tue 20-May-14 19:25:58

L1D2 here - I meant to start last week but real life got in the way. Very do-able except the press-ups, though my calves hurt today.

StuntNun Wed 21-May-14 09:26:44

Sore back here sad so no shred today dammit.

tabulahrasa Wed 21-May-14 10:47:22


I've decided, I'm doing RI30 next, that way I can carry on doing the modified versions, lol

ImogenQuy Wed 21-May-14 11:44:05

How long are the workouts in RI30? I can fit in 20 minutes, but longer is pushing it.

tabulahrasa Wed 21-May-14 12:14:57

I think 30DS is 27 minutes including warm up and cool down and RI30 is not much longer.

An extra 8 minutes, I can do an extra 8 minutes if it means not trying to do the harder versions, rofl

StuntNun Wed 21-May-14 12:43:08

Tabula I have just started the shred again at level 1 only using 2 or 3 kg weights for the exercises apart from that one where you have to stick your bum out sideways cos I can't do that at the same time as lifting heavy things, holding my 1 kg weights through all the cardio bits a la level 3, and following Natalie more than Anita. It's working really well for me as I can nearly do half a press up now. I'm going to move on to a different DVD once I've mastered the press up and sit up.

tabulahrasa Wed 21-May-14 13:05:51

I thought about doing something like that, but I thought starting RI30 at beginner level first was a bit more achievable for me.

So longterm I'm thinking, move on to RI30, then back to 30DS with bigger weights and trying the more advanced moves and then doing the same with RI30.

I'm still finding it fairly hard going just lifting me, rofl...just to put it into perspective I'm a size 16, 8 months ago I was a size 22 - so I'm going for slowly and gently so it's sustainable and trying to make it (exercise I mean) a habit rather than anything quick and dramatic.

Lambzig Wed 21-May-14 13:26:22

Cant believe RI30 is longer, it feels shorter as its less boring to me.

I moved from 30DS doing mainly on the easier version to RI30. I would get too bored doing it again and am really enjoying RI30. I think if you have done 30DS you can move quite easily to the advanced exercise, but because its mainly different exercises to RI30 and certainly a different mix, its still challenging.

I am keen to try her new kettlebell workout next, but very confused as to what size kettlebell to get.

No session for me to today as left for work at 5.30am and wont be back until 8. I am not a morning exerciser.

Tabulah thats an amazing body change, well done. I wonder if I can show my sister your post as she feel at size 24, she has 'gone too far' to make any changes now.

tabulahrasa Wed 21-May-14 13:38:43

Oh show her whatever you want smile

I'm 5 ft 8 so a 22 on me is really quite heavy - I'm just a bit happier using clothes sizes rather than how much I actually weighed as it's a shockingly high number, lol.

I've tried things on and off over the years and I either give up very quickly because they're unrealistic, or I've list a bit but not actually changed my lifestyle so it creeps back on again. But I joined slimming world and finding it very easy to do.

The exercise is me trying to actually change what I do and trying to be more toned rather than just thinner but still wobbly, lol.

AnyaKnowIt Wed 21-May-14 15:57:57

My Dvd has arrived done the first video.

ErrolTheDragon Wed 21-May-14 17:31:03

Getting an exercise habit will help you get the fat off and keep it off - the JMs are good for combining HIIT and muscle building

ImogenQuy Thu 22-May-14 07:00:26

L1D4. I'm quite impressed with myself having got up half an hour earlier each morning to get this done - I am not a morning person. The slightly depressing thing is that I seem to be putting on weight: I wasn't particularly interested in losing any, but didn't bargain for actually gaining!

MegBusset Thu 22-May-14 07:34:39

It's quite common to put on weight for the first few days - your muscles take on water as they start to repair themselves. Stick with it and you should soon see it going the other way (unless you are eating a chocolate muffin after your workout)

BetterWithCheese Thu 22-May-14 10:59:55

Day 1 of Level 3 done. I feel ok now but found the first circuit really hard. I thought I was quite good at those superman thingies but I don't think I've ever done so any in a row - killed me. Also I feel like I have cement shoes on during the rock star jumps confused. I'm sure it'll get better, eventually smile

BetterWithCheese Thu 22-May-14 11:04:46

Well done, Imogen, keep going. Even though I'm calorie counting I didn't lose any weight at the start but it's started coming off now and I can see that l look better, my jeans are looser and most importantly to me, I feel stronger. It's a great payoff for 25ish minutes a day.

Lambzig Thu 22-May-14 11:56:40

RI30 L2D7 done. I might do another couple of days at this level as I still struggle on the squat thrusts and I'm scared of L3

Yesterday, I thought I would try and wear a favourite pair of work trousers that I hadn't worn for five summers as was either pregnant or they were too small. They were absolutely massive, fell down past my hips. I've been so critical of my post two babies body, but it must be more toned than before DC. Thank you Jillian.

tabulahrasa Thu 22-May-14 13:04:10


Imogen - as I said, I am losing weight, but doing 30DS hasn't really made much difference to how I'm losing, but I feel better and it's definitely changed my shape...I've just had to pull my trousers up after every jump, they were bought 4 weeks ago and fitted me then, I've only lost about 5 or 6 pounds in that time, not enough to change sizes and they're falling down, that's got to be the exercising - so if you don't need to lose weight, don't worry about it and just see how you get on after you settle down.

I still can't do rock star jumps, lol, I kind of approximate it for a bit and then do double jump ropes.

Other than that level 3 is ok, a bit sweatier, but easier to do I think.

ImogenQuy Thu 22-May-14 13:18:27

No chocolate muffins smile. Nothing's changed except that I've started the Shred. It's reassuring to know others have had the same experience!

AnyaKnowIt Thu 22-May-14 16:08:59

Second day done and I'm still alive grin

BetterWithCheese Fri 23-May-14 11:43:42

Glad you've survived, Anya. I found it really hard at the start, I could barely move for days after the first workout but it's never been as bad as that again.

30DS L3D2 done. This one seems to go by the fastest, I think it's all that jumping. On the other levels I was usually somewhere between Anita and Natalie oftenore Natalie but not on this one, I'm Anita all the way.

AnyaKnowIt Fri 23-May-14 11:52:32

Just done day 3 really starting to ache now. Think I'll take the weekend off.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 23-May-14 13:12:32

The first 3-4 days are the worst for sure. 1-2 rest days per week is ideal, I always take the weekend off. Give those aching muscles a chance to repair! smile

AnyaKnowIt Fri 23-May-14 13:36:51

That's sounds like a good plan errol!

ImogenQuy Fri 23-May-14 16:24:13

L1D5 here. I'm also going to take the weekend off to recuperate!

TorianaTollywobbles Fri 23-May-14 19:19:12

30DS L2 D4 done - when does it start to get easier? Finding it hard going, cannot do those chair squat arm raise things with weights. Usually have to put the weights down for the second set as shoulders are killing!

On the plus side though am managing the walk down to push ups grin

tabulahrasa Fri 23-May-14 19:38:17

30DSL3D6... I'm now trying to decide if I'm having the whole weekend off or just Sunday, I should really do tomorrow as I had Monday off already, but I'm feeling lazy and I've got stuff on, lol.

Toriana - I didn't find those arm raises got much easier at all, hopefully that was just me though and you'll get better at then.

TorianaTollywobbles Fri 23-May-14 19:54:20

I hope so, tabulahrasa. My weights are only 1.5kg but I still struggle.

Going to try and do Sat/Sun then have Mon as a rest day. I'll be ready for it.

tabulahrasa Fri 23-May-14 20:13:34

blush mine are only 1kg and they killed my arms, lol

tabulahrasa Sat 24-May-14 12:05:04

30DSL3D7...god, I'm actually near the end!

Lambzig Sat 24-May-14 15:56:41

RI30 L2D8. I really should move up to level 3, but I am still finding this so hard.

PrivateBenjamin Sat 24-May-14 16:29:22

30DS L2 D10 Back on it after having six a couple of days off last week due to being super busy.

Toriana Those chair squats with arm raises are still almost impossible for me too. Is it the same muscles as the side lunge with anterior raise from level 1? Cause I couldn't do them either. Must be lacking an anterior arm muscle.

TorianaTollywobbles Sat 24-May-14 18:00:54

Well done tabulahrasa, will you carry on with it after you've finished or try something else?

PrivateBenjamin, yes I also struggled a bit with those in L1, but not as bad as these in L2. think I'm also lacking in the anterior muscle area grin

Right must get up and get on with D5.

BetterWithCheese Sat 24-May-14 20:29:15

30DS L3D3 done. Still very sweaty but seems easier than level 2 but that might be because I have to switch to the adapted versions of things after a few (jump lunges, mountain climbers).

tabulah you're nearly there!!

Lambzig Sun 25-May-14 12:43:26

Ri30D9 done. I think I should move to level 3 now as I feel I am starting to find it easy, but scared of level 3 (there are 4 levels in RI30). Was hoping yadah would have started it and could tell me it's not so bad.

BetterWithCheese Sun 25-May-14 15:58:40

L3D4 done. I really wasn't up for it today but got it done.

Lambzig I watched a bit if Ri30 level 3 and even the warm-up looked intense. That said, I'm sure you can do it!

GandTnow Sun 25-May-14 18:15:21

Ok, quick question for you long time Shredders. Have been away for two weeks and not done any JM. On returning I've done the 1st two days of level 1 again. Today I can hardly walk! My question is: Should I do it again today (to the best of my sore legged ability) or give it a day off to help my legs?! grin

Lambzig Sun 25-May-14 19:38:23

Definitely do it again, but do more stretching at the end. Either rewind and do the same twice or do some more stretches yourself. But once you are warmed up it won't hurt too much.

GandTnow Mon 26-May-14 09:48:10

Did it again last night. I felt fine when I was doing it, it was afterwards I was rather limpy! Feeling a bit easier today - hopefully I'll be alright for a bit of time in the garden weeding!

AnyaKnowIt Mon 26-May-14 12:00:47

Just done day 4 of level 1.

Not as achey now, and please to say I've stopped walking like John Wayne i think

BetterWithCheese Mon 26-May-14 12:39:05

L3D5 done. I was going to have a rest day tomorrow but think I'll swap it to Wednesday which is my birthday. I'm getting better at the mountain climbers but still can't do full intervals without changing to the modified ones.

Well done Anya it does get better.

GandT good job on powering through. You've just encouraged me to never take two weeks off, I don't ever want to hurt like I did at the start. I quite like the soreness of a good workout but not the excruciating pain I felt at the beginning!

tabulahrasa Mon 26-May-14 12:45:12

30DSL3D8...I took yesterday off for a hangover, lol

Toriana - I'm going to do Ri30 on the wimpy moves and then start again trying to do the advanced ones and up my weights a bit.

AnyaKnowIt Mon 26-May-14 12:51:54

Thanks BetterWithCheese, I feel better but that doesn't stop dd saying look mummy pink!

Happy birthday for Wednesday!

BetterWithCheese Mon 26-May-14 13:16:16

Thanks Anya! My son sometimes unhelpfully cheerleads by copying whatever Jillian says, things like "yeah Mummy, don't drop your arms, why have you stopped, the lady said don't stop". He actually seemed quite alarmed by how out if breath I was on The first day of level 3, I had to reassure him that it was good for me!

tabulahrasa Mon 26-May-14 13:21:19

"I feel better but that doesn't stop dd saying look mummy pink!"

I have teenagers...they actually just laugh at me, weirdly I try and do it when they're not in, lol

MegBusset Tue 27-May-14 07:44:43

Just done shred level 3 for the first ever time.

Omg jumping lunges... my poor knees sad

And that horrific strength circuit with the travelling push ups!

And I can't even do the modified version of a sit up sad

I thought I was getting fairly fit after levels 1 and 2 but feel in bits after attempting this!

yadahyadah Tue 27-May-14 09:55:19

Back from camping and hungover and just managed Ri30 L3D1. It's hard but not much harder than L2, just a different kind of hard if that makes sense. Well done all for keeping it up. "Transformation is a present activity" ... and all that

Lambzig Tue 27-May-14 10:40:56

Wow yadah, you must be way fitter than me, I have just done RI30 L3D1 this morning too and it nearly killed me (was coming on to say that no wonder you hadn't been around for the last few days as l3 had obviously finished you off - glad it's not so). So hard, it's all legs and triceps. Managed to get through it all except those reverse sumo squats with a crunch. I simply can't get up again and was flailing around like a wet fish. Felt every one of my 47 years and think I need to go back to 2kg for those abdominal so with weights exercises..

Obviously the different kind of hard that I can't do. Feel like limping back to L2 for a few days, but that would be cheating.

Oh well, at least I showed up in my own life this morning.

tabulahrasa Tue 27-May-14 10:44:08


I'm ok with the travelling push ups, on my knees obviously, lol, it does get a bit easier as you get into it. I find the walking plank harder - that kills me.

Jumping lunges blush I manage about 4 and then switch to the woosy version.

ImogenQuy Tue 27-May-14 11:01:26

30DSL1D8. I probably ought to move up to L2 as L1 feels fairly easy but am a bit scared!

BetterWithCheese Tue 27-May-14 11:11:19

Meg I think level 3 gets easier. Like tabulah I'm also doing the walking push-ups and planks on my knees. I do find the plank on weights, donkey kick one quite hard though. I think it's my favourite level but it is hard.

AnyaKnowIt Tue 27-May-14 11:14:15

Day 5 of level 1 done

tabulahrasa Tue 27-May-14 11:18:51

I can now do some of the plank ones on my toes before collapsing on to my knees, lol, but not the push arms just aren't strong enough, or I'm too heavy, or probably a combination of both, rofl

The planks on weights one - can you actually do it on your weights? I have to have the weights on the ground next to my hands, it might be because I've got round weights though? Or is my balance not good enough?

yadahyadah Tue 27-May-14 12:01:10

Lambzig maybe my hangover served as a strange anaesthetic... Don't think I am that fit but having done Shred once and then progressed straight on to to Ripped I think you just naturally get that bit sproingier if you catch my drift. The triceps had me grunting and the hilarious rock and roll crunches were a sight to behold but I can tell that by day 4 I - and you - will be feeling far more capable in the movements. Also I thought to myself this morning as I lay in bed contemplating the new level, if you don't do the first couple of days badly, you just never get to do it well at all.

Lambzig Tue 27-May-14 12:01:21

Tabulah, I think it's a balance thing. I have round dumbells if that's what you mean and it was a bit wobbly at first.

Lambzig Tue 27-May-14 12:04:40

Yadah, I too did shred and then straight on to ripped, so maybe the same, but I am more wimpy. You are right, by day six I will be thinking its easy, but I am very fed up by not being able to get back up in those roll back thingys. .

tabulahrasa Tue 27-May-14 12:07:46

Oh, I just couldn't do it, I'll maybe try doing them on the weights tomorrow... If I fall, it's your fault, lol

Lambzig Tue 27-May-14 12:09:59

Yes I do remember my left arm rolling away and going smack on my face at one point. Don't do that. I had to get the technique on my knees a couple of times before moving up to a full plank.

AnyaKnowIt Tue 27-May-14 15:49:57

Silly question but how do you know when you are ready for the next level?

tabulahrasa Tue 27-May-14 17:11:20

You're supposed to do each level for ten days - that's why I keep track on here, so I know where I am, lol.

But sometimes if you're still struggling it might be an idea to stay on that level for a bit longer...or start again because you took a week off and can't cope with moving up like me, lol.

AnyaKnowIt Tue 27-May-14 17:55:35

That makes sense thanks

StuntNun Tue 27-May-14 21:07:30

30DS L1D33 done. I luffs being back on level 1 again. grin

PrivateBenjamin Tue 27-May-14 21:47:54

30DS L3 D1 done. What the hell is up with the balancing on the weights in a plank move?! That's like something you have to do to get into the marines. Thank God for Anita, that's all I can say.

MegBusset Wed 28-May-14 09:20:55

Managed 30DS L3D2 today with a little less cursing than yesterday. Still can't do a sit up without rolling over sideways so am replacing with the double crunch from L2 which hopefully uses some of the same muscles!

yadahyadah Wed 28-May-14 10:12:37

Ri30 L3D2 holy fricking moly this is hard. Especially with cranky muscles from Day 1 yesterday. The good news is, I think the moves in this level really reach the zones other exercises may miss. The bad news is it therefore really makes you work. I foresee buns of steel and Stallone-like triceps by the end of this level. Lambzig have you survived it? Please tell me yes... I can't do this alone ...

StuntNun Wed 28-May-14 10:15:43

Meg try hooking your toes under the sofa with your legs bent. That should enable you to do the sit-ups. Also it find it easier with my arms crossed in an x vampire style.

Lambzig Wed 28-May-14 10:54:45

Yadah, I am bunking off today as on Wednesdays I work in London so have to leave home at 6 and am back late. I will do it first thing tomorrow and let you know, but am determined to conquer getting back up after those sumo squat backwards crunchy things.

I think you are right about the bits previously missed though, the bottom of my bottom is very achey and my tricepts hurt a lot this morning.

What the hell is on level 4 though?

BetterWithCheese Wed 28-May-14 11:00:00

30DS L3 D6 done. My birthday present was a HR monitor compatible with my iPhone which is brilliant but it said I burnt 50 less calories than MFP has been saying. Obviously, that's why I wanted one but still a bit gutted.

My weights are ok with the plank thingies but I still can't do them on my toes. Will try to last longer on toes tomorrow.

I'm not sure what to do after I finish my 30 days. I'm on holiday for a week but want to get right back at it so I need a plan or else I'll before likely to do nothing. Was thinking if alternating BFBM and NMTZ but maybe it's more realistic to do each of those once a week and one day of each of the Shred levels. Any suggestions?

StuntNun Wed 28-May-14 11:24:05

Better I'm sticking with the shred until I can do press ups follow Natalie most of the time.

MegBusset Wed 28-May-14 11:33:13

BWC out of interest how many calories is that? I'm never quite sure how to log it on mfp, i usually put 20 mins of circuit training which is a measly 160-odd cals...

Lambzig Wed 28-May-14 11:38:28

BWC, I am really (in a twisted sort of way) enjoying RI30. Its got the same bite size and 3-2-1 system as Shred so seems a natural follow on if you like to do it all in under half an hour.

I think its a bit harder than Shred (some of the level 3 moves are in levels 1 and 2 of ripped) so feels like a progressions still rather than an alternative and level 1 still felt hard to do when I did it immediately after completing shred. Its a bit less dull as no move lasts longer than 30 seconds too (eg there are three separate moves in each strength circuit).

BetterWithCheese Wed 28-May-14 12:01:37

Lambzig you're selling Ri30 to me. I don't have it though and feel like I need to work on the ones I've got before buying any more. That said, I think levels 1-3 might be on YouTube. Hmm, decisions, decisions.

Meg it was 250 but I weigh over 14 stone atm so if you weigh less it'll be a lot less. I used to log it as 25 minutes as that's how long it took to do from start to finish and got just over 300 calories.

yadahyadah Wed 28-May-14 12:14:16

Betterwithcheese level 4 of Ripped is on Vimeo so there is now no stopping you. I agree with Lambzig Ripped does feel like a nice progression from Shred. A tiny bit longer, a little harder but generally the same format and intensity. I really like how boingy it has made me feel again. Plus, it really seems to focus on those evil bits that you don't notice may not be used during other exercises. Like lambzig the bit under my buns is really cranky today as well as the bit really near the armpit, aka bingo wings, of my triceps.

For myself, I thought I would finish Ripped and then go back to doing Shred three times a week and BFBM (also available on YouTube) a couple of times a week to really cane the residual flab on my tummy.

BetterWithCheese Wed 28-May-14 12:23:41

Right Ri30 it is, thanks, I think hmmgrin

AnyaKnowIt Wed 28-May-14 13:44:19

Day 6 of level 1 done.

ImogenQuy Thu 29-May-14 08:46:42

30DSL1D10 done - L2 tomorrow! My ankles are really hurting, though, which I think is all the jumping. Did anyone else have that, and did it get better? I might abandone the cardio bits and do some Pilates exercises instead.

BiffBaffBuduff Thu 29-May-14 09:06:01

New shredder here! Slinking in at the end of the month almost...

So I started with 30DS, skipped to level 2 and did day 1 yesterday, wasn't too bad. Couldn't find the weights which were right in front of me and used tins of coconut milk which were a bit light. And DD (8 months) was playing with my feet while I was trying to do the leg raises but all in all it was great. Think I'm going to be hooked!

Lambzig Thu 29-May-14 09:44:00

RI30 L3D2 done. Well it's ridiculously hard, but I think I found day 2 a little easier. I managed to stagger through it all, even the backwards sumo squat crunch things although there may have been some very ugly shoving with my hands to get me back to my feet again. My calves are burning still. Had to wimp out to beginners a couple of times, but mainly on advanced. Yadah are you doing day 3 today?

Lambzig Thu 29-May-14 09:45:50

Biffbaff, going straight to level 2 is showing off. I guess you must have been doing something already?

When mine were 6-12 months I found a jumperoo invaluable to get some exercise time.

yadahyadah Thu 29-May-14 10:01:50

Checking in with D3L3 of Ri30. Phew. Beginning to own the moves now and that makes them more effective and helps me feel less thrown about and frazzled. Jumping lunges are not for me at all tho - me ol' knees can't take the pace on those. Otherwise I am mostly with Bashira. Getting to the end and finding myself doing pretty snazzy pipe crunches made my already slightly weirdo adoration of JM even more weirdo. I will probably end my days with a little altar to her set up in the front room and permanently wear inappropriately cut exercise wear for a woman in her 80s... Lambzig glad you are suffering with me on this one and glad you are getting stuck in to the hard moves too. Keep it up everyone. One day it will be sunny and we'll be able to get our frighteningly toned tushes out in it.

AnyaKnowIt Thu 29-May-14 10:06:19

30ds l2 d1 starting to ache a bit now but not too bad.

Dd got a bit of a smack in the face when she walked passed my while I was doing a great impression of Fred Astaire blush

tabulahrasa Thu 29-May-14 12:27:17

30DSL3D10...unless I've dropped a day way back in the thread - I finished it shock

That means Ri30 tomorow, for some reason I thought it was going to be Saturday.

I did the the plank thing on the weights, go that makes it harder, lol, still no six pack though, or it's very well hidden under the belly fat.

Still, I actually finished - yay

StuntNun Thu 29-May-14 12:48:27

Well done Tabulah what a great feeling. I would bet that out of all the people that start the shred only 1% or less actually get through all 30 days so well done you! Good luck with Ri30.

yadahyadah Thu 29-May-14 12:52:12

Congratulations Tabulahraza. You did it! Join me in JM love and butt cheek pain in Ri30.