So todays post isn't the usual hair and beauty mumbo jumbo talk, it's actually a review of a fitness DVD.
I've always had a negative opinion of fitness DVD's and I never really understood why people felt they couldn't pop out for a jog instead or nip to the gym. I remember being a child and me and my brother would try to do moms Rosemary Colaney DVD's on the VCR on fast foward and since then I haven't been able to take them seriously.
Before I went on holiday recently I decided I wanted to loose a few pounds and tone up, firstly so I felt a bit more confident in a bikini and secondly so I felt a bit more free to eat what I want and not have to worry about my jeans not fitting when I got back.
I invested in this Gillian Michaels '30 Day Shred' DVD because I saw it was one of the best selling DVD's overall on amazon and it had incredible reviews. Basically the DVD contains 3 20minute workouts ranging in difficulty from 1 to 3, you are advised to start on 1 and once you feel comfortable at each level progress up to the next. Each 20 minute work out entails a 3 circuits, including 3 minutes of Cardio 2 minutes of strength and 1 minute of abs, designed to workout all parts of the body for maximum effect. You are advised to do this DVD everyday for 30 days.
So how did I get on? ..
I found I progressed up the levels quite quickly and by day 15 I was on level 3, even though these workouts are not easy. Gillian Michaels really works you hard, it's a short workout so there are no brakes, no pausing for breaths just a solid workout. You really feel like you have worked yourself hard after doing this DVD.
Gillian Michaels herself is a tad annoying, but what else would you expect from a fitness finnatic, American personal trainer who is used to working with reluctant obese people on America's biggest loser. She is encouraging, and her two assistants demonstrate modified versions of the moves so if you struggle you can follow one and if its to easy you follow the other.
Needless to say you can't do this DVD and expect to lose weight eating 20 Mars bars a day, you have to do this in conjuction with a healthy diet.
Overall, in a month I lost 10lbs, but I was following a very healthy diet and doing extra exercise. This DVD was great and I really enjoyed it. I felt my energy levels increased greatly after following it for the 30 days. I also loved that it was just 2o minutes so you always have time to fit it in, although inevitable somedays it is impossible to fit it in. This would be especially good for mothers who struggle to find time to visit the gym or do excercise.
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