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Thing 2: 30 Day Shred

July 16th, 2010 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health

30 lbs by Blissdom

As part of our getting fit plan, Joe and I have both tried Jillian Michaels’ 30 day shred. I started a little while ago, but stopped doing it because of some serious knee pain. The 30 day shred is NOT a low impact workout. I have always had bad knees (I learned when I was 18 that this pain came from my kneecaps being slightly out of place) and I hurt myself when my mat slipped while I was shredding. This injury led to my not being able to walk up stairs properly for a few days, and when it starting feeling better I tried the shred again and my knee let me know that I was not ready.

The weather improved a bit, it stopped raining, and I started taking the baby and the puppy out for walks along the track in the high school field near our house. I could do laps around the track, test my running ability, and I could let the puppy off the leash for some good exercise.

And then it got too humid to think of doing much of anything.

And then this week I decided that I’m going to lose at least 30 lbs by the end of October.

I started with my favourite yoga DVD earlier this week, we got out for a couple of walks, and today I put the shred back in the DVD player and gave level 1 another go. I finished. I was sweaty, and tired, and I had to take a few breaks, but I finished (and while the baby was still napping!). I’d like to alternate shredding and yoga on days when the baby gives me enough of a break.

The shred combines strength, cardio and ab workouts and I’ve surprised myself in that I find the cardio most difficult and the abs easiest. I would have thought it would be the other way around. The one question the shred really raises for me, though, is this: Why doesn’t Jillian Michaels sweat?

I mean, by the end of this 30 minute workout I am completely drenched. The sweat starts dripping down my face before the first circuit. is over, and she doesn’t break a sweat through the entire 30 minutes.

Also Jillian Michaels, if you were training me in person, I would say to you what I said to my midwife when she was politely talking me through a contraction while I was in active labour: “Please stop talking.”

Yes, I did manage to be that polite, still not sure how.

Maybe the official way to get her to shut up is to work my way through the 3 levels of the shred.

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