Friday, 17 May 2013

Jumping on the Bandwagon: The 30 Day Shred

So summer's getting closer and that can only really mean one thing: the cue the universal female panic over the fact that you've spent the whole winter with hot chocolates and not bothering with the gym because it's raining outside.

It only really struck me a week or so ago that my weekly swim isn't really doing much for me (especially with all the "well earned" revision chocolate), and I'm supposedly going to Portugal at the end of the July... hence a lot of time spent in bikinis.

As always with these panics, I turned to the internet to see what I could do that would give results quickly, without being too intrusive on my lazy life. Lo' and behold, I found the Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred DVD, a workout meant to give great results fast! I found my copy on the Tesco website here for only £4 and free postage!

The best thing for me about this workout is that it only lasts 30 minutes a day for 30 days - so you're getting good exercise without having to spend loads of time on it. Each workout is divided into three main parts: strength (3 minutes) , cardio (2 minutes) and abs (1 minute), which you do three circuits on, as well as a warm up and cooldown to make up the thirty minutes. Each ten days, the intensity of the exercise increases to form Level 1, 2 and 3, so as your endurance and strength increases, so does the workout.

So far I've only completed the first two days of Level 1, but I'm excited to see the results! I've taken before photos and am planning to take more at the end of each level to chart my progress and let you all know how I'm getting on with updates. Bear in mind I'm already a size 8, so I'm doing the workout for toning up and getting fitter rather than losing weight at all.

As for an 'after the first workout' update, I didn't find it too bad! I was sweating (lovely..) by the end of it and was out of breath for a lot of the exercise, but it wasn't as killer as I thought! However I woke up this morning with aching thighs and arms, so I'm really excited to see how it affects me! If the worst comes to the worst then at least I'm getting some exercise right?;)

Is anyone else trying the 30 day shred this summer?


  1. I love this! When I started I lost two inches off my bum in a week! It's great as the variety is so much more interesting compared to just running on the treadmill! Good luck! :) xx

  2. OMG wishing you so much luck with it, my friend has lost so much using it.. even though some days she's not able to walk hahaha! xx

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  3. I'm doing her "Ripped in 30" program and as too am a size 8, this is simply for toning. I hope to stick with it diligently. I'll be sure to check your blog to be inspired to keep going! Thanks, Liv!

  4. I tried this a couple of years ago. I only made it to Level 2 but stopped as it played havoc on my wrists. I remember towards the end of Level 1, I started to find her annoying and would shout at my TV, ha!

    The good thing is that I did notice my body loked a lot slender, more leaner.

    Good luck!



  5. Ahh good luck with it hun!! I was also thinking of trying this, I've heard it does miracles! <33

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  6. I'm starting this tomorrow and pretty nervous. I've never been a big work out fan so this is going to be a huge change for me!! Hopefully I can do it! You should put up some before and after pictures so we can see the progess! That's what is going to motivate me anyway is looking at before and after pictures haha :)

  7. I'm going to start this next week and I am absolutely dreading it aha


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