30 Day Shred

Remember the first workout DVD you bought? Or dare I say it VHS? Mine was MTV’s The Grind with TLC playing and an ultra cool guy leading it, showing me all the best 90’s moves. Pretty sure the outfits were hilarious and that, I confess, it’s probably still alive and well at my parents house somewhere. Yes, I’ll let you borrow it.

Onto newer things though. It’s official, I am trying out 30 Day Shred. I’ve heard good things and am volunteering to check it out. Anyone not familiar with it, its a workout DVD with Jillian Michaels, famous for her tough love on previous seasons of The Biggest Loser.

Every good running resource says that to be a better runner, it’s important to include strength training and to have a strong core. Uh oh. Totally lacking any degree of strength over here! It’s one of those things where I see the reasoning behind it, but have been putting it off for months. So here I go.

The goal is to get stronger and perhaps a wee bit toned? Too much to hope for? So far I’m a few days in and loving it. The moves are difficult but not so hard I feel I’ll never get it. In fact, its already getting easier. I love Jillian’s approach, reminding you if you want a 20 minute workout with results, you have to make every move count. Her reminders that those last few really tough reps are the ones that count the most come at exactly the right time.

The DVD is 3 sections, I think the idea is to do each level for 10 days then move up to the next one. With marathon training I confess I haven’t been doing it every day, and so am allowing a bit more than 10 days for the first level, until I can complete every second of it. Will let you know at the end of level 3 what the results are, and anything interesting along the way (just in case I wake up looking like her or something-ha).

What’s the first workout video you tried? Any awful 80’s leotards? Not sad those are gone…

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3 Responses to 30 Day Shred

  1. misszippy says:

    I have never tried a video, but think I probably should to shake up my strength routine. I’d be like you, though, and not do it every day if marathon training!

    Thanks for the altitude calculator, btw! What a great tool.

    • Jo says:

      Thanks for reading!
      I’m in love with the altitude calculator – it tells me I should be 15 mins faster at sea level, woo hoo!! If its only that easy… here’s hoping 😉

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