Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jillian Michaels Six week, Six Pack Challenge

Thanks to the IT BAND Syndrome that has plagued since May 2010, running hasn't progressed as fast as I would have liked. 
As much as I have come to love running (i can't believe I just 'said' that) I know that it's important to incorporate other workouts to strengthen your core. 
Especial when you have IT BAND issues, as I do, you really need to focus on strengthening the external hip rotators, which helps reduce the risk of injury. 

That's were this comes in 

Jillian Michaels Six Week, Six Pack. 
I'd love to have abs like EMZ, but I'll settle for Jillian's abs for now. 
After seeing a review of the DVD on Meghann's blog Meals and Miles I decided to give it a try even thought I'm NOT a workout DVD kind of girl ... well until last year I wasn't a running girl either, I was more of a couch kind of girl. 
PLUS I'm turning 38 in 2 weeks ... I would love some sexy abs for my Birthday Please and Thank you!! 

So, as I mentioned on my last post I did the 1st workout on Saturday and woke up Sunday morning feeling so sore! 
You know that's a sign the workout is doing it's job, which left me really excited and wanting more. 
This is my first Jillian workout DVD, so I can't really compare it to any of her others, but she is hardcore, she yells a little bit and she is funny AND she totally kicks your but. 
The DVD has two workouts, Level 1 and Level 2. She suggests doing level 1 for 3 weeks, then move to level 2. 
Level 1 workout is filled with Cardio and abs. 
You have your regular Crunches, side planks (KILLER), squats and lunges and some lovely Burpees!! All fast paced. 
I was sweaty and tired at the end and absolutely felt it in my core.
Jillian says for best results this workout should be done 5 times a week!! ... there is NO  WAY I could do this 5 times a week. I would not be able to walk in pain if I did this 5 times a week. 
The plan is to Run 3 times a week and 6 week 6 pack DVD 3 times and I would like to take up HOT yoga (more about that on another post). 
The workout is only 38 min which fits in perfect for me for an after work, before dinner workout. 

Since I enjoy this workout so much I've decided to take up the Challenge, as has Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans

Here is my before picture taken today (YIKES) 

Wish me luck! 

Happy Running! 


Danielle said...

I want to try this! I hope it works out well for you!

Therese said...

I have her 30 Day Shred, No More Trouble Zones and Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism and they all kick my butt! However, even though I never did them every day, after doing NMTZ consistently for months it definitely worked! Too bad I stopped though as it took me four days to recover when I picked it up again last weekend!

Good luck! Looking forward seeing how it works out for you!

Michelle said...

Sounds like a good plan - can't wait to see how this works for you!

Anonymous said...

Ohh that looks good!! My core is not the best after having 5 kids hang out in my belly.. just sayin

Anonymous said...

good luck. that is my next dvd that i am buying!

Still Running said...

This is the "before" picture? I would hope my "after" looked that good! Looking forward to hearing how it goes for you.

Marlene said...

That is going to be intense! Good for you mixing it up and GOOD LUCK! Can't wait to see the after!!

Unknown said...

I love Jillian Michael's workouts- they're all good!

Samantha said...

Girl your abs already look good so I can only imagine what they'll look like in 6 weeks!!

Karen Seal said...

Jillian's workouts are so tough! I love her DVD's! I've never seen this one before...thanks for posting a review! :0)

Cynthia said...

I've done that workout before and it's awesome. Love it You should also try her other DVD's. 30 day shred and her kickboxing DVDs are awesome.

Golden Daily Scoop said...

This is my first time on your blog so I just wanted to say hi. I just recently started doing this workout along with her 30 day shred. Good luck, looking forward to following you!

Anabela (Bela) Neves said...

I also just started the came challenge....good luck!

cathysrunning said...

I have heard so much about this DVD! Good luck to you! I can hardly wait to hear about the results!

Tracy Simmons said...

You go, girl! Good for you :) I love that people are taking before and after pics!

H Love said...

very cool! I need this!

TX Runner Mom said...

That sounds like an awesome workout! I've been doing the Ab Ripper X from P90X, but Jillian's sounds better. Can't wait to read about your progress!

Coy Martinez said...

Look forward to hearing how it goes! I'm like you, IT problems. Pesky band.

Sara said...

Hey, what kind of diet are you on with this plan? Would try this after insanity and Insanity Asylum. Can't wait.

Lauren said...

I just found your blog and am now a follower! :)
Oh man, I still haven't tried any Jillian Michaels workouts... I think I'm too scared to! LOL

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