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I have a confession to make. I really, really like to workout to DVDs. I’m not sure why, but perhaps it’s the music (though the music is not always good), or just the extra oomph I get from watching the moves. My first DVD fitness review is of Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution DVD set.
This is the program I have most recently finished. It’s a 90-day program, and it takes people from beginner to…well, I would say intermediate strength training. I very much enjoyed the first few weeks, though I needed to up the weights quite a bit.
Good for beginners
For beginners, this is an excellent choice. It progresses nicely, and Jillian’s usual sneer and weird bad-ass attitude is not nearly as pronounced in this series. (Not that I don’t like bad-ass workouts, but her attitude often irks me).
The set comes with 15 DVDs. Twelve of them are strength workouts, and three are cardio. You workout six days per week, doing 2 strength workouts back-to-back, a cardio, 2 strength, and a cardio.
The seventh day you rest (where have I heard that before?). Sometimes I use the rest day for a short 15-minute or so stretching routine. Though I don’t much care for stretching (while I’m doing it), I have found that as I get older, it really does help me stay more flexible, and keep me from getting injured more frequently.
What do I like about the set?
It has excellent cueing, along with good variations for easier and more difficult versions of the moves. Decent music (though I have to admit I don’t really pay much attention to the music in workout DVDs). The extras are competent and mostly show good form.
If the program is followed faithfully, especially while following the nutritional/diet recommendations, you will lose weight and firm up. You may even add some lean muscle mass.
What could be better?
Although I really liked the first few weeks (albeit adding more weight), the last four were more focused on complicated moves that I did not care for. I much prefer basic moves with more weight to progress in strength gains and fat loss. Confession: I am pretty much a klutz, so complicated moves don’t do much for me. Your results may vary of course, especially if you enjoy complicated moves.
The other aspect I do not care for is that there is only one cardio per month, so it can get a bit boring. I substituted some treadmill HIIT workouts at times for the cardio DVDs. I did like the last cardio workout the best.
All-in-all, I recommend Jillian Michaels Body Revolution, especially for beginners looking to transform their bodies. If you faithfully follow both the exercise and diet portions, you can’t help but lose weight and reshape your body!