Yeah. I bought Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred - that one is in the mail. That's the one I have heard hell stories about. So, I figured that I should warm up and do some of her earlier workouts to prepare myself.
Netflix has this awesome streaming video thing, where you can watch certain DVD's immediately instead of waiting for them in the mail. (My arms hurt so much right now, it's actually difficult to type.) So anyway, with Dan's xBox 360 I can watch them on our big TV. So, I added a few of her various workouts and decided to start with Shape Up - Front. This is what it looks like:
This workout is NOT for the faint of heart. She has professional dancers as her crew in the video, and they were all dying. It's up and down, up and down (as in doing shoulder press jumping jacks, then down for crunches, then up for alternating lunges with arm raises, then down for mountain climbers, then up for reverse lunges with weights and front kicks, then down for push ups and planks, then up for lunges, etc). There are no wimpy warm ups. It was hand touch high kicks, side skaters and plyometrics for WARM UPS. This was insane.
I got 1/2 way through the video and I was sweating more than I knew I could sweat. I've done lots of different types of workouts, and I can hang for an hour on an elliptical, but this was the worst ass kicking I've gotten in a long time. I think I'll have to have lost 20 lbs before I can get through this whole video. I'm doing it at least twice a week. And this is one of three or four other videos like it - she targets other areas of the body, but to be honest I don't know if I'll wake up tomorrow with anything NOT sore, so unless she has a brain bruiser and tongue push-up exercise video, I don't know what else is left to work out.
It makes sense to me that Jillian says that you should lose 20 lbs in 30 days doing the 30 Day Shred DVD. I'm terrified to get it, because that means I'll have to try it.
I have a new found respect for the contestants on The Biggest Loser, and honestly, I don't know if I could have done better than Joelle, even though I think she sucks. Jillian is freakin' tough.
So anyway. I just thought I'd share my terrible pain with you all, and encourage you to stream it or buy it if you want a really tough work out and want to whine about it with me after you try it.