About ten years ago, I lost 80 lbs. by cutting my meal portions in half and walking as much as I could as often as I could. In about 8 months, I had lost the weight and embarked on a new, healthier journey for my life. Since that time it’s been very important to me to maintain, learn, and grow in the area of body health. However, it does not work for me to shame, guilt, or beat myself up in this area; instead, I am learning to choose and receive the gift of health and fitness.
About a year and a half ago, as a new fitness challenge and something to do with my community of friends, I decided to do the workout video series Insanity. (Pause so drama can build here.) Man, it truly was insane! I am used to working out very diligently, but this was just out of this world. Looking back, I really am amazed that I made it through two rounds of the entire 2-month program. My body became much stronger, faster, and more tone. However, the impact and insane cardio was just honestly something I personally didn’t want as a lifestyle. I’m a 3-4 times a week type of girl. Medium impact, with medium cardio.
So I took a few weeks off from Insanity (and loved every minute of it!) Soon, however, I began wanting something more than my pre-Insanity workout, but less than the monster itself. I wanted to maintain the new level of fitness I had achieved through Insanity with a regimen I could continue for a longer period of time. I began looking around and came across Jillian’s 30-Day Shred. As I researched, I found these workouts were split up into 3 different levels of difficulty with intervals of 3-2-1(explain that in a second) in each workout. On top of it all, each workout was only 20 minutes! (Insanity ranged from about 40 min.-60min.) Each workout consists of three circuits, each of which contain the 3-2-1 intervals I mentioned. “3-2-1” stands for: 3 minutes of resistance training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs. I purchased the DVD and started the shred. I’ve been doing it for about 8 months now and am so pleased with the results. I have kept the strength and speed I gained through Insanity, as well as continuing to get more tone. For me, this is the perfect balance between regularly challenging myself in my workouts, maintaining a new level of fitness, while still being a regimen I can live with! What about you? Have you tried Jillian’s 30 Day Shred? Do you have a recommendation? What is your fitness goal?