30 Day Shred

Woman China Woman China
With the summer season fast approaching, I decided to go on a hunt looking for something to add to my yoga routine to drop a few pounds before tank top season. I came across Jillian Michael's 30 day shred and lots of people who have been through it and loved it.

I decided to do a few days of the first week and was surprised how much I felt it and LIKED it!!!! And thought it'd be neat to do a community activity here at EF so we can encourage each other, keep each other motivated through it for after all, this section of the forums is named Eden Lives Healthy! So let's get healthy together!

I guess Jillian Michaels is a weight lost guru because of some show called "The Biggest Loser". Here is a link to YouTube for Level 1 of the 30 day shred. If you can spend twenty-five minutes a day four to seven days a week to exercise, this might be something you might be interested in to drop a couple pounds and possibly a dress size too!!!

link

So... Here is a question for you all... Who is going to join me on the 30 day shred?

If you are planning to join in... take a tape measure and measure yourself. Weigh your self. Write down all the numbers on a calender. Don't measure or weigh yourself till the 30 days are over!!!! And every day you do the shred, come on back here and tell us how you felt!!! Some people even take daily photographs and watch themselves become thinner at the end of the shred. Feel free to share what you plan to do!!!

You can join in at any time of course!!! I am starting on Monday, but practicing the Level between now and then because when I do butt kicks I always seem to fall over and need to figure out my coordination!

What you will need:
Carpet floor or a yoga mat or both!
Sneakers
Work out clothing
Weights (I like 3lbs weight but use whatever makes you happy, you can do resistance as well, or two bottles of water/cans of soup/ old dildos)
Oodles of water to drink
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
YES!!! Count me in!
surreptitious , Beautiful-Disaster , bratcat , Lildrummrgurl7 , Woman China , SMichelle , padmeamidala , misskat , Missy27 , FlashFuchsia , Sincerely Yours, N
11
Alas, no, I shan't be joining in the shred at this time.
eri86 , Rossie , Gunsmoke , Kitka , wicked48 , spiced , Lady of the Lab , TheirPet , sXeVegan90 , GONE!
10
Not right now, but I will join you later!!!
rosythorn
1
Medieval torture is what it is.
Sammi , lovelyzombie , snowminx , Gone (LD29) , sweisb4100 , joolie
6
Total votes: 28 (28 voters)
Poll is closed
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surreptitious surreptitious
I would love to start this with you! I might not make it all 30 days, but I'll do my very best. I am also imagining people using old dildos as weights, and I must say that I very much like this idea.
05/09/2013
Woman China Woman China
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
I would love to start this with you! I might not make it all 30 days, but I'll do my very best. I am also imagining people using old dildos as weights, and I must say that I very much like this idea.
YAY!!!! Don't worry about every day, try for every other day and do Level 1 for an extra week while you get into it!!!

Don't forget to set your alerts for this thread!!!
05/09/2013
Beautiful-Disaster Beautiful-Disaster
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
I would love to start this with you! I might not make it all 30 days, but I'll do my very best. I am also imagining people using old dildos as weights, and I must say that I very much like this idea.
Using old dildos as weights! lol. I love that.
05/09/2013
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I did the Shred a few years ago but had to stop in the third week due to a knee injury.

Word of warning -- this stuff is fairly high impact! Lots of jumping jacks so be prepared to modify if you can't do the jarring stuff. Other than that, though, it really is a fantastic and simple, back to basics, effective workout.

I'm tempted to give it another shot, though. It would be fun to work out with other Edenites! I'll have to do a practice run and see if my knees are up to it...
05/09/2013
Beautiful-Disaster Beautiful-Disaster
I wanna say...Count me in!! But hopefully I stick to it.. I tend to give up when it comes to work outs, especially if I feel like I'm not getting results.
05/09/2013
VeganChick (is Gone) VeganChick (is Gone)
I like the idea, but this is too intense for me.
05/09/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I did the Shred a few years ago but had to stop in the third week due to a knee injury.

Word of warning -- this stuff is fairly high impact! Lots of jumping jacks so be prepared to modify if you can't do the jarring stuff. Other than ... More
Oh no - I should have watched more of the video rather than jumping right in! I'm actually just coming back off a knee injury (well, a chronic knee problem that's flaring up again), which is why I'm looking for a good workout. I'm up for a high level of physical challenge, but I don't know if I can handle something messing my knee up again. Hopefully if I start taping and wrapping my knee, that might make it possible for me to participate.
05/09/2013
Sammi Sammi
I'd actually love to try this, but I am not starting anything until the beginning of June. I might join you then, though!
05/09/2013
Woman China Woman China
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I did the Shred a few years ago but had to stop in the third week due to a knee injury.

Word of warning -- this stuff is fairly high impact! Lots of jumping jacks so be prepared to modify if you can't do the jarring stuff. Other than ... More
Modify! I did some research into it.... Toe taps rather than the jump in jumping jacks are not as burn worthy, but damn near close enough. The sumo style jump from level three I think it is would work as well.

I'll try to provide more information in modifying the jumping jacks when I get home.

I know I hate jumping jacks as every time I do them, I have to pee.
05/09/2013
Woman China Woman China
CRAZY.... You'll feel and see results!
05/09/2013
bratcat bratcat
I defiantly think i'll be trying this out, ether starting Sunday or Monday! Thanks for sharing this, hopefully i'll keep up with it to see real results keeping my fingers crossed.
05/10/2013
lovelyzombie lovelyzombie
I'll think about it!
05/10/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I did it with great results last summer. I was actually going to start it again tomorrow since I've spent the past week celebrating my graduation. It's time to get back in shape.

You had perfect timing with this thread.
05/10/2013
Woman China Woman China
Ok!!!! Jumping jacks. They are indeed a bitch on our knees. This post is for those with issues with their knees.

According to all the peak fitness and HIIT information I've read and studied (as a hobby, not professionally), the biggest thing we need to worry about is getting out heart rates up, and getting keeping our hearts pumping fast for one to two minutes. In order to get the maximum benefits of doing the shred or any HIIT training, when doing the cardio, you need to get your heart rate up to 90-100%.... Think of as a sprint. You need to sprint while doing the cardio portion. Burn that energy, move your arms faster and your legs will follow.

So.... Some of us cannot do jumping jacks.

And that's ok. I fall into this group as well.

So... Instead of doing the jumping jacks, try these out, just remember to keep the heart. Pumping FAST:

- 'mark time' where you bring your knee up parallel to the floor while swinging your arms.

- skipping rope, rather than jump on two feet at once, try alternating toes

-toe taps, swing your arms up like a jumping jack, but kind of jump back and forth bringing one toe to tap the floor beside the other foot, and kind of jump to the other foot.

- squatted punching

- any of the cardio exercises from any of the three levels or any of her other clips.

Remember, keep that heart going and you'll get the results.

To strengthen the knee muscles (if you have a medical condition other than just tired and sore knee muscles, check with your doctor first), take some soup cans in a stocking, sit on the edge of your bed and do some leg lifts using just the knee joint to raise your leg.

Remember to sleep with a pillow between your knees if you sleep on your side, or with a pillow below your knees if you sleep on your back. This is so very important.

Hope this helps!!!!
05/10/2013
Rossie Rossie
I have neck and shoulder problems, those strenuous workouts in Jillian's video will probably make them worse, I'll stick to the stretching exercises my physical therapist taught me instead.

Wish you all great success with the 30 Day Shred!
05/10/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I already have my exercise routine set - but I wish you all the best!

Just remember fitness is not a goal, it's a lifestyle. Stopping and starting is very hard on your body - keep at it, even if a lower level when you have less time.
05/10/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by Woman China
Ok!!!! Jumping jacks. They are indeed a bitch on our knees. This post is for those with issues with their knees.

According to all the peak fitness and HIIT information I've read and studied (as a hobby, not professionally), the biggest ... More
My old physiotherapist adored leg lifts. I actually got to a point where I could just zone out completely while doing them and just read a book, but once my knees started feeling better, I stopped doing them altogether (you're right, Gunsmoke, but I definitely wish that you weren't ). I've dragged out some of my old exercises lately, but it's been really hard to get back into it because my muscles aren't used to it. This gives me a perfect excuse to start up again!
05/10/2013
Kitka Kitka
I shan't be joining in this time around but good luck to everyone who is, I know it's tough to stay motivated with exercising. Currently I have my own routine that I've been doing and I'm loving that so I'm going to stick to it.
05/10/2013
misskat misskat
This sounds great! I think I'll join you guys in a few weeks when my traveling settles down
05/10/2013
snowminx snowminx
I'd prob break in half if I tried yoga -.-
05/10/2013
Woman China Woman China
Day One, Level One done.

It is now the next day and I feel it in my thighs. But every time I go to sit down, it hurts, but I grin and smile because I know it's working!
05/10/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
More power to everyone jumping in on this.

I personally dislike Jillian Michaels too much to even watch the video to see if it's something I'd do.
05/10/2013
sweisb4100 sweisb4100
That woman is to intense for me!!!
05/10/2013
wicked48 wicked48
I'll have to pass for now. Currently working on a couch to 5K program and a 30 day squat challenge.
05/10/2013
TJax TJax
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
I would love to start this with you! I might not make it all 30 days, but I'll do my very best. I am also imagining people using old dildos as weights, and I must say that I very much like this idea.
Lol, thank you for the mental image. That made my day
05/11/2013
Woman China Woman China
Day Two, Level One... Done!!!

And all I have to say is... yay!!! How's everyone doing?
05/11/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by Woman China
Day Two, Level One... Done!!!

And all I have to say is... yay!!! How's everyone doing?
I just started today - apparently there was not a single yoga mat in my house - and it wasn't all that bad (though I definitely followed... Anita? (the blonde one, anyways) for most of it). My arms were a little sore during the workout, but within ten minutes all of my muscles felt fine. My knees definitely didn't like what I was doing and are still a little sore, but I need to strengthen the muscles anyways, so as long as they're not causing me severe pain, I'll likely be okay. We'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow.
05/11/2013
spiced spiced
It's sounds awesome, but for now, I'll stick with my routine. It fits with my schedule and has been working well for some time.

I do aerobics 4-5 times a week, with 3 of those sessions including near-maximum effort intervals. The other session(s) is (are) long and slow. On one of the intervals days, I hit the gym for a full-body strength training session. I've been doing something similar to this for years and, even though I'm physically getting older, my athletic performance has actually been improving.
05/11/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
So, my Day 2 is down, and I must say that it's actually easier to get into a rhythm than it was with Day 1. I don't know if it's because I knew how to do everything that was coming (those bicycle crunches on day one? I think that I did maybe three or four of them properly. The rest were a mess) or because of something else, but it was definitely nice. One problem that I'm still having is that when I start, my joints are cracking like it's going out of style. I'm going to have to do some reading about what's up with that - I've always just dismissed it in the past, but it's actually a bit painful right now, so I should probably try to figure it out (anyone more versed in fitness is welcome to tell me how I can prevent it. I do lots and lots of stretching, but if there's a certain kind that I should be adding in, I'd be happy to.

My arms were pretty floppy doing those warm-up jumping jacks - they definitely didn't want to cooperate with me and it was the first time that I actually "felt" yesterday's workout. I've thought about changing the jumping jacks to something else to save my knees, but nothing else is so hard on my arms, so I don't want to give that up. I've been trying the toe-taps that Woman China suggested, and they're working pretty well for the most part. Anyways, enough about me! I just wanted to check in but wound up practically writing a journal entry.
05/12/2013
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