No matter how many free workout programs that I try online, I always come back to Jillian Michaels. Her workouts are as tough as you want to make them, her style is very motivational, and she has so many different videos available (each with different levels), which means that there is always a routine to appeal to your mood and help you to reach your goals.
I have almost every DVD that Jillian has ever made, so I feel like I am in a good position to provide you with reviews and recommendations. Overall, I can tell you that Jillian loves circuits, so there is always going to be repetition in her routines, but the moves are effective and always leave me sore the next day. I have never finished one of her videos and felt like I didn’t get a good workout.
Personal update: I’ve been combining Jillian’s DVDs with my 21 day sugar detox and seeing great results!
Have you ever tried a Jillian Michaels workout? Jillian’s workouts have changed my life (for real) – she taught me proper form, kept me motivated, and helped me lose weight. One gal I know lost over 100 pounds in a year with Jillian’s workouts and meal plans.
My Favourite Jillian Michaels’ Fitness DVDs
Beginner Shred. If you are just starting out on your fitness journey and you are overwhelmed by how challenging workouts feel (don’t worry, I’ve been there), this DVD is a great place to begin.
One Week Shred. If you are just looking to drop a few pounds before an event, a change in season, or simply because you feel like it, this is an excellent program. Keep in mind, it’s very intense and not designed for beginners.
30 Day Shred. This is a classic Jillian workout program. The first time I did level one many years ago, I ended up being so exhausted that I had to go take a nap (seriously). I lost 15 pounds the first time that I did this program and I still use level 2 and 3 as part of my workout rotation to this day.
Ripped in 30. I actually prefer this DVD to the 30 Day Shred because it has four levels and more challenging workouts (don’t worry, Jillian always provides beginner modifications and emphasizes form, which a lot of free programs fail to do).
Shred it with Weights. This is an excellent kettle bell workout that mixes in Jillian’s favourite cardio intervals (you can also use dumbbells). If you only have 30 minutes per day to workout, this is a great DVD that comes with two different levels. If I use a 15 pound weight, level 1 can still make me sore!
Extreme Shed and Shred. This DVD has two 45 minutes workouts, one that is cardio based and one that is strength based. You can either rotate them, do them together, or complete the strength training in the morning (to keep your metabolism firing all day) and then the cardio routine in the evening. It also comes with a meal plan to help ensure that you see results.
No More Trouble Zones. If you have a bit longer to work out (45 minutes), this is an excellent video that targets common problem areas with toning moves, while leaving in the necessary cardio intervals to burn fat. I wish that it was possible to spot reduce fat, but unfortunately it’s not!
Killer Buns and Thighs. I recently completed a 30 Day Butt Lift Challenge, but this video is tougher. When I did the challenge, I wanted a change from my usual workout staples and I’m glad that I tried it, but Jillian is the trainer who has captured my heart. I will always return to her!
6 Week Six-Pack. Let’s be honest: abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym. You are probably not going to get a six-pack after finishing this program, but it’s still an excellent way to work your core and I’m sure that you will see improvements, if not abs.
Killer Arms and Back. This is one of Jillian’s newer DVDs and she is very inventive with how she works your arms and back. I’m loving this program!
Killer Body. This is a great full body workout program. It offers three different 30 minute workouts and you are supposed to complete each one twice per week for maximum results.
Hard Body. This program is two 45 minute workouts. The routines are solid, but I should mention that the camera angles are kind of strange and distracting.
Body Revolution. This is a 90 day program that has three different phases. You can change your body in 30 minutes a day, which I never used to believe. However, if you work smart then you can condense an hour long workout in half and see results.
Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism. This 40 minute interval routine incorporates cardio, strength, and core work to help trigger weight loss. You don’t need weights or equipment, so this DVD is great for people who are just starting their home gym!
Yoga Inferno. Jillian has another yoga video (meltdown), but I wouldn’t recommend it. Inferno is a challenging “Jillian-style” yoga video that traditional yogis might find off-putting. It’s Jillian, so expect cardio intervals and a challenging yoga-inspired workout versus a relaxing stretch session.
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