Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Workout Review - Ripped in 30

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I have had a few people ask me about my workout routine lately so I wanted to share a review. [Opinions are my own and everyone is different - some workouts aren't for everybody!]
I typically workout five days a week, sometimes 6. I sometimes even workout twice a day.
Before you think I'm crazy let me remind you that you've all seen pictures of me or know me in person: I'm not a skinny girl. 
I disgust myself, if I'm being honest. 
I have to workout to save myself from hating myself.
I'm working on my eating habits, too, and Weight Watchers and Advocare have helped (review coming on Friday!), so hopefully I'll at least like myself soon.
(No, that was not an invitation to a pity party.)
Anyway.
I honestly like to start my day with a quick workout and when I have the time and energy I'll workout after work. 
Most people can't stick to a workout routine for long periods of time. I can because I honestly like it. I've been working out my whole life and the only periods of time that I don't is due to sickness.
I also love to workout in the mornings because Teddy is so fun and keeps me smiling. He's a great workout buddy!
After work workouts consist of:
  • Running (outside when it's nice, inside at my work's gym during the winter) for about three or four miles. Oh and by "running" it's more of a slow jog because I'm a chubster
  • Boxing: I love to hit and kick the crap out of a heavy bag - it's seriously the BEST stress relief!!!
  • P90X
  • Insanity if my knees aren't bugging me
  • Something I've pinned on Pinterest
Keep in mind I workout after work at most three times per week. It's been less recently due to a hectic schedule and addressing invitations (22 more to go!!!)

In the mornings, though, I need something quick just to get me going for the day, especially if I know that I can't workout after work. I need a nice sweat session, if you will. 
Enter Jillian.
I will say that I do not like her 30-Day Shred program. It's just not enough for me. I own it but don't really find it challenging. That's just me, though. 
(If you want it let me know and I'll mail it to you.)
Her Ripped in 30, though, that's a great workout for me.
When I first got it I did a workout here and there and liked it, but in January I wanted to really do the prescribed program for four weeks. 
I thought that it was awesome.
I didn't measure myself before or after, but I know I slimmed down because my jeans fit me better. I also lost about three pounds. 
Most importantly, I felt better.
No, it's not a drastic change, but it worked for me in terms of giving me a good sweat, getting me going for the day, and quickly making me feel better about myself. 
I'm now doing Jillian's 6-Week 6 Pack DVD in the mornings, interchanging with Mary Hellen Bowers' Ballet Beautiful every other day. Both are great workouts, too!
I may switch back to Ripped in 30 once my 6 weeks are up.
I also heard that P90X now has a 30-minute version. I may save up and buy that, too!
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Do you workout in the mornings?
Do you have any DVDs that you like?
Please share!

10 comments:

Katie Elizabeth said...

Working out six days a week - let alone twice a day - is impressive! You go girl!

Stephanie said...

Oooo I'll take your 30 day shred! And then you don't even have to pay postage :)
Speaking of boxing... want to go to a self defense class with me? I have to find one still but I really want to try it!

Sarah @ Sarah's Spiel said...

I wish I had that kind of determination to work out that often. I'm lucky to get 3 days a week in because I give myself every excuse in the book to do it "tomorrow"..

Rachel said...

I loved the 30 day shred! I have others of hers though that just don't do it for me though so I know how ya feel!

Kristyn said...

The work out videos are so hard for me to do consistently. I don't know why, but I problem doing them enough. Haha. I think I did 30 Day Shred for like 3 straight days. Not good.

So glad you have found something that works! YAH!

Rachel C. said...

Way to go! I just finished Focus T25 Alpha. I'm doing it again and then onto Beta! Will finish right before our wedding :) It's tough but I love it because it's only 30 minutes. I think you'd love it. It's a lot harder than 30 day shred or ripped in 30!

On another note, are you writing out your invitation addresses yourself?! We decided to get ours printed! My mom worked in printing for 25 years and the invitations are her treat so I knwo she will appreciate that extra step LOL.

Ericka said...

I'd love to work out in the mornings, because most days I don't feel like it when I get home from work. I also think working out in the morning would be a great way to start the day. I just have such a hard time getting out of bed when it's still dark out and so cold! I really need to quit with the excuses and just do it. You are doing awesome, keep up the good work!

Ashley said...

I can only workout in the morning because I need to get it over with so that I don't find excuses not to go later in the day. I love boxing, it's such a good workout! I love insanity too. I actually did an insanity dvd yesterday for the first time in a while because I didn't feel like braving the cold to go to the gym. Advocare is the best. I love the herbal cleanse and I can't live without spark!


Ashley, Married to the Game

Susan said...

Good for you for doing the whole program start to finish. I say that I'm going to do that, and I never do. I love Jillian workouts. I do the 30 day shred, but I agree it's sometimes not enough so I combine it with like rowing or running. I have ripped in 30 but haven't done the whole thing. You're inspiring me to do the whole thing start to finish!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

i workout every morning at 5am.

i have the p90x3 program - it's 30mins and it's not bad but i prefer the original p90x because it's all weight lifting and i'm a lifting kinda gal. p90x2 sucked so bad; i was really disappointed with it...the only decent workout in that program is the yoga and Vsculpt.

i've also done: insanity, insanity asylum (1 and 2), GSP rushfit, TapOut XT, JM body revolution. of all her DVDs, i like BR the best.

-kathy
Vodka and Soda