When Jillian Michaels announced some time ago that she was reuniting with Anita and Natalie from 30 Day Shred for a new DVD called Jillian Michaels Killer Buns & Thighs, I was excited. And not just because of my beloved Anita.
I still feel like 30 Day Shred is the best short workout around, and was looking forward to her getting back to that feel with Anita and Natalie. I wanted the old Jillian I love so much.
Unfortunately, this DVD completely misses the mark for me.
Why? A couple of main reasons.
I have to modify too many moves
Yes, I have bad knees, but I’ve been working out regularly and none of Bob Harper’s workouts make my knees hurt, nor does the Jillian Michaels “trifecta” (30 Day Shred, No More Trouble Zones, or Banish Fat Boost Metabolism). But this DVD killed them. Level 1 is very dynamic and works the legs a lot. There was even a weird twisty move in the warmup and from there my knees just hurt. I watched the next 2 levels and could tell that I was going to have to modify so many of the moves it wasn’t going to be worth it.
But I wasn’t only modifying moves for my knees – there were a lot of the moves, even in Level 1, that were just too insanely difficult (even with her modified version). These, along with a few moves that were too easy for me (like deadlifts) got me out of the groove of working out. I never felt that magic balance of strength and cardio that her earlier DVDs hit so perfectly, despite the workout being much longer (40-45 minutes).
I’m not a fan of the commentary
I can’t explain it, but in this DVD Jillian kind of feels like a caricature of the old Jillian. Some of it was good, but some of the joking around with the models was just annoying. The talking about how she doesn’t want to hurt the models, about how she didn’t want comments on twitter about it being easy…I can’t explain it. Obviously it’s all personal taste, and her persona is similar to her other latest DVDs, so if you enjoy those this won’t bother you. And maybe I was just annoyed at not getting the workout I wanted. But it was distracting to me.
A second opinion
I felt bad about my reaction when I did the DVD some time ago, so I sent it to @xtremeparnthood to get a second opinion. I know she’d been working out a lot with Jillian and wanted to get her opinion. In her words, “to tell you the truth I REALLY didn’t like it. I found it much more difficult than her original 30 Day Shred. As in ‘OUCH I think I just tore my miniscus’ hard. I watched the second and third [levels] but didn’t actually do them. I knew it would do me in.”
Take this for what it is (my personal opinion), but unless you’re a big fan of the “newer” Jillian, I’d pass on this.
Instead, if you’re looking for a 45 minute workout, I’d recommend either Jillian’s No More Trouble Zones or Banish Fat Boost Metabolism, or Bob Harper’s Totally Ripped Core or Beginner Weight Loss Transformation.