Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Jillian Michaels - 6 Week 6 Pack

Wow, it has really taken a long time for me to review this DVD.

If you've been reading for a while, I have tried quite a few of Jillian Michaels' workouts.  However, I got all excited and wrapped up about Insanity and T25, which now I can't really do at this time due to logistical issues.  Jillian's videos are not really as high-impact, so I have been doing more of them lately.

This DVD consists of two levels of workouts, about half an hour each.  I don't think I've ever tried to do both in one session, though you totally could.  Usually, I will do about 15 minutes of cardio or something to supplement this workout.

I actually think Level 1 is a touch more difficult than Level 2.  In Level 1, you're doing a lot more floor work, which is definitely effective. In Level 2, there are a lot more standing exercises, which seem to engage more areas of the core.  Both levels go through two circuits, and then you do both circuits quickly for a final time.  Less reps, but more speed.  There's the cardio!  Both levels can be done without equipment, though a light handweight can be used to amp up some of the moves.

After a while of not doing this video, my legs/glutes got super sore after doing some lunges in Level 2.  And in both levels, there are definitely moments of panting.  Whew!

While I haven't been doing this workout enough to know if it would flatten your abs, I always feel like I am getting a good workout.  Plus, I feel this is one of the few core videos that 1) work different muscles around the core area without burning the heck out of your hip flexors, and 2) provides some adequate cardio.

The video ends with some stretching, with Jillian rambling about reflecting upon your workout the way you would about other stuff in life.  While it's not bad stuff, you just get tired of hearing it after a few times. =D

Overall, this is one of my favorite go-to Jillian workouts -- just a touch under my desired video length, but perfect in that it's low-impact.

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