After three long months of testing Jillian Michaels Body Revolution I’m finally down to the review! I’ve had so many questions, and I hope to answer them all here. In fact, before starting I was really excited as I have heard a lot of stuff on this workout and have even tried JM’s others workouts such as 30 days shred. I was pretty sure the program would be conceptually designed to get results visible even after a week of exercising, which was right. On the other hand, the price is extremely affordable given the immediate results you get as well as the improvements after 90 days.
What to look for when buying a Workout DVD?
Before you buy workout DVDs or videos, consider these three things:
1. Type of exercise
It all depends on what type of exercise you want to concentrate on: muscle building, dance, cardio, aerobics (high or low impact), walking, weight training, running, etc. There are several options and in some cases you want to choose a program with different types in order to be able to switch,
Are you a beginner, intermediate, or advanced exerciser? Usually, the easiest thing is to look at the back of the DVD’s and videos to check the level of intensity or skills required. However, many workout routines are multi-level, as some of the instructors do the higher intensity workouts while other instructors/students demonstrate the lower intensity workout at the same time
3. Difficulty level
Besides intensity it is very important to check how easily can a specific workout be performed in your home taking in consideration limited space, equipment needs, weights, medicine balls and similar stuff. However, each workout should note if you need any specific equipment or if you are going to need some more space.
In any case, talking specifically about Jillian Michaels Body Revolution, it is a program for all intensity level (Even if you’re a complete beginner who’s never set foot in a gym or hasn’t exercised since high school each routine features a low-impact modification so there’s not need to feel intimidated) that does not require a lot of space and does require some equipment that is partially available on Amazon: a set of light, medium, and heavy hand weights (I used 3, 5, and 8 pound dumbbells) to suit your ability level as well as resistance cable that you can purchase here.
What you get in it?
- 15 workout DVD’s
- 90 days journal
- 30 days online club membership
- 7 days kick start diet
- Meal plan
- Fitness Guide
The Food Plan
Included with the 15 workout DVDs is a suggested diet plan that includes the following every day:
- 250 calorie breakfast
- 400 calorie lunch
- 150 calorie snack
- 400 calorie dinner
1200 calories daily is quite ambitious and I would suggest anyone to up the calories by 100-300 a day when you really feel you need them. in any case it is better to get a bit higher calories intake than to give up the whole program due to a minor difference in calories.
In addition there are some things that are not allowed during the program and these are alcohol, strawberries, peaches, limited caffeine (to 400 mg), artificial sweeteners, nitrates, peanuts and other.
With the program, you get a recipe book that has some really interesting stuff in its. My only issue was that it takes a lot of time to cook them. You need plenty of ingredients, and can get really expensive.
90 days – 30 minutes a day
Body revolution is a 90 day program, The workouts are all around 30 minutes which for me was crucial as there is no chance for burnout or boredom. I was burning, on average, about 375 calories per workout (30 mins): more for circuit training and less for cardio, mainly due to the fact that in circuits you move more quickly than in cardio training. The workouts are set up into three progressive phases each lasting one month. Each phase is broken down into two weeks so you have workout 1 and 2 (used for first 2 weeks) and workout 3 and 4 (used for second 2 weeks) and one cardio DVD that you use during the whole 4 weeks.
Phase 1 – complete turnaround of your metabolism with lower calories intake and fat burning. It also helps build stamina for those that are not fully fit and lack it. Some examples are the cardio 1 training where the focus is on low impact cardio moves or Workout 1 where the focus is on basic moves that target the “front of the body” (chest, arms, quads, etc)
Phase 2 – more demanding and challenging exercises with greater resistance, that will shape your body. cardio 2 was much easier for me as it did not bother my knees as cardio 1. Concerning workouts 5 and 6 in these videos you will be introduced to the “supersets”, where you do two or more exercises focusing on the same muscle one right after another. This is mostly done for the shoulders and biceps. Workout 7 is focused on the front of the body and starts with a killer circuit that really works your shoulders, chest and core to the max. Workout 8 is focused on the back of the body and incorporates combination moves of different single moves performed in earlier workouts.
Phase 3 – here all the hard work comes together. You lose any remaining fat and your body gets really great. Workout 9 is focused on the front of the body and actually really incorporates your core more than I felt the other odd workouts did, while Workout 10 is focused on the back of the body and focuses on jump training with added weights. Workout 11 is focused on the front of the body and actually works your chest, shoulders and arms in a crazy way. Finally Workout 12 is focused on the back of the body. A lot of jumping and stabilization is put into use in this workout.
Personally, I loved these workouts. I loved how they changed every two weeks so I never had time to get bored and I loved how they got progressively harder.
The first two DVD’s are more beginner friendly and start easier than Jillian’s previous DVD workouts. However, Jillian allows for more intermediate and advanced options for suitable for people looking to more advanced exercises.
The last exercise DVDs are really tough, in the range of Insanity: both cardio training and weight workouts are no joke anymore.
How Much Should You Expect to Pay for these Exercise DVDs?
The Jillian Michaels Body Revolution can be found on Jillian Michaels site for approximately 120$ (4 times 29,99$) and you really shouldn’t pay more than this. However, the cheapest I have seen is on Amazon where the price is constantly around 100$ (to be precise 99,99$).
What Others are Saying Rating:
Jillian Michaels’ DVD workout has received rave reviews from most consumers on the net with an average of 4.5 out of 5 from most reviewers on Amazon and the manufacturer’s website itself.
Here are some of the comments to date:
- Best 90 day program!
- I lost 23 pounds, 32 inches, and 2 pant sizes on the program
- 30 minutes per day is PERFECT
- This one I looked forward to every morning
- Even us “oldies” can do this!
- It was challenging and perfect.
- It’s tough but it works!
I found very few complaints for this workout DVD on consumer sites around the internet. One consumer did express concern over the fact that some people with knees problems may experience some difficulties in week 7 and 8.
Where Can You Buy Jillian Michaels Body Revolution?
Jillian Michaels Body Revolution is available on Amazon. At the moment they include FREE Super Saver Shipping and if you compare prices with other online merchants, Amazon do currently have the best deal especially with the free shipping option. Click here to view the best price on Amazon.
Where to Find More Customer Reviews on Jillian’s Body Revolution?
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