As you have hopefully heard, now that Kristen’s and my races are done, we’re doing another challenge – hooray! In April, we’ll be doing Jillian Michaels’ newest DVD, Ripped in 30. It came about because of a conversation I had with @dapbim about getting back to strength training. She said she was going to do Ripped in 30 straight through, and I thought that sounded like a great challenge! You’ll be hearing a lot more from her, as well as from Kristen and me, throughout the month, but we want to get you all ready for the challenge now.
Much like 30 Day Shred, it’s about the basics. Here’s what you’ll want to get going:
Ripped in 30
Obviously, you need the DVD. You can get it from our Amazon affiliate here, or look at your local stores like Target.
Jillian is back to the basics with this DVD…just a simple pair of dumbbells. I know you’re going to ask “how heavy” and I’d recommend starting with 3-pound weights. If you’re more advanced, you can go up to 5-pound or greater weights. If you’re doing 30 Day Shred, you can use the same weights. Jillian has a multi-weight set (Jillian Michaels Ultimate Dumbbell Power Set) that comes with 3-, 5-, and 8-pound weights…all for about $30. That’s CHEAP, people!
You’re going to be using weights and moving your feet, so you want good support and protection. What type of shoes is up to you – if you have questions about what you need, I’d talk to someone in a shoe store to make sure you get the right fit.
A good yoga mat can help with both adding padding during some of the exercises and adding traction during plank moves. I actually don’t use my yoga mat because I work out in our carpeted bedroom, but if you prefer a mat, go for it!
One other thing that you should do – even though it has nothing to do with actually DOING the workout – take pictures and measurements before you begin.
I know, I know. Trust me, I’m not too keen on the whole before picture thing either. Weirdly enough, I’ve flabbed up during marathon training and am not particularly happy about showing off my backwards results from the last time I posted pictures. But it is TOTALLY worth it when you compare the before pictures with the after that you’ll be taking. The same thing goes for measurements. Measure your hips, waist, arms, and thighs. Write them down and compare with your after results.
And if you’d like to share any of your results, we’ll be getting active with our Flickr Group again. We’ll be posting pictures there (it helps keep me honest). Feel free to post pictures of your workout area, before pictures, after pictures, or whatever else you’d like other Shredheads to see!
Are you ready for this? ARE YOU READY? Jillian is watching us.