Well, last year I shared with you my experience with Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (here, here and here). A few weeks ago I heard about Jillian Michaels newest work out: One Week Shred. This sounded interesting as it was only a 1 week commitment. So my friend, Sarah from Nurse Loves Farmer, and I decided to buy it and give it a shot. Here are my thoughts on how the week went with Jillian Michaels One Week Shred ($12.99 on Amazon).
The format of the One Week Shred is pretty straight forward; a strength workout in the morning and a cardio workout in the evening. The workouts are similar to the style of 30 Day Shred; 3 or 4 circuits that you do 2 times each. There are some familiar exercises that were in 30DS and some new ones. Do those two workouts a day, for seven days and you have completed the one week shred! Keep in mind, there are no “days off” during this program so plan accordingly!
As always, you get the normal Jillian attitude/motivation, which you have to hear over and over again for 7 days straight. I really wish that she would do a day 1 and 2 recording and then days 3 – 7 recording so that I don’t have to hear all the same intro to each exercise if I have it down.
Personally, I did not enjoy the morning strength workouts. I think this was due to a number of things – I had to get up extra early before work and motherly duties (getting Lennox up and ready for school) so I was trying to do it only a few minutes after rolling out of bed! I may or may not have gone to bed one night in my workout clothes to save time… ha! I also found the strength workout to be pretty difficult. It is broken into 4 circuits (done 2 times each) instead of 3. That somehow played a mental game on me. When there are 3 circuits, it seems like you are moving right along quickly – but with 4, you had to get all the way through 2 to even get to the halfway point!
The cardio workout in the evenings, was much better for me. It is a more fast paced workout that you are doing at a better time of the day. I found if I did it as soon as I got home from work, I had plenty of energy to get it done and go along with the rest of my evening. This is broken into 3 circuits, just like the 30 Day Shred and mentally it seemed like a quicker workout.
I won’t lie, I “phoned it in” a few of the workouts. I felt like the workouts got easier as the week got on, and I felt a little stronger during the strength workout – but I don’t see much of any results. This program is accompanied by a one week meal plan that I did not do – but I did try to eat better and I snacked MUCH less than normal. Kyle said he noticed my face got a bit thinner but overall, I don’t find this nearly as effective as the 30 day shred.
My Final Thoughts on Jillian Michaels One Week Shred
This program was developed to be one big push towards an event, goal, ect. I think it would be much more effective if you had been doing something already and wanted one big push to a goal. Starting it from the point where you are just starting your exercise regimen, I would not recommend. It is a big commitment for one week and no way to really maintain it after you are done.
Would I try this again? Possibly – if I was already in the middle of another program and really wanted to get to a goal within the next week. It is a great push to get some final results. Would I recommend this to someone just starting out? no! Twice a day may not sound that big of a deal – but it kind of is, when you are not used to working out on a daily basis!
30 Day Shred or One Week Shred? My suggestion is 30 Day Shred. Having a few break days is really nice, I never realized how much I counted on them and once a day sounds so much better, plus my results were much better!
So those are my thoughts – If you have any questions about the workouts, let me know!