Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I'm Shredding, and I Don't Mean Paper

Last week I mentioned that I entered to win a 30 Day Shred exercise DVD. If you didn't catch my update, I actually won the thing. I was so excited that when the video arrived last Friday, I tore off the cellophane and slipped the DVD into my player in preparation for a Saturday morning workout.

I got up at 7 AM the next day (What? I'm a morning person.) and promptly got to shredding. The video has three levels and at first I thought I'd just shoot straight to Level 3. It couldn't be that hard, right? I decided I should probably start with Level 1, though, and I'm glad I did. The 30 Day Shred kicked my @&&, people!

I was limping down the stairs on Sunday. But that didn't stop me from doing the Shred. And I even joined the 30 Day Shred Challenge over at Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, so I shredded again on Monday when I got home from work. I skipped Tuesday in favor of an hour-long yoga class, and then missed shredding again on Wednesday because I was feeling under the weather. But I was back at it bright and early on Thursday morning and again on Friday morning, even though I was taking another hour-long yoga class later that day.

I haven't been this excited about working out in a long time. As far as exercise videos go, this one really isn't anything special. But the moves are tough enough that I feel challenged, and the circuits give me enough variety that the 25 minutes goes by quickly. I'm sweating buckets and my muscles are screaming by the time it's over -- all clear indications that I'm getting a good workout.

This morning I gave Level 2 a try because I was a little bored with Level 1 (NOT because I had mastered it and didn't feel challenged anymore). Level 2 was definitely harder, especially on my weak shoulder muscles. But I can't say it wasn't any harder than Level 1 was the first time I tried it.

If you're looking for a new and challenging workout, I'd highly recommend you give the 30 Day Shred a try. Even if you're not much of a Jillian Michaels fan, it's worth it.


Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said...

I absolutely love the 30-Day Shred DVD!

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I just realized we're both from Baltimore, we both love writing, and we're both attending FitBloggin'! We'll have to try to touch base. Looking forward to following your blog. :)

Natasha Fondren said...

I'm crazy about the 30-Day Shred DVD, too! LOVE it. I mean, WOW does it get results! Better than two hours of swimming!

Only problem, it's shredding my knees and ankles. I'm hoping this will improve as I lose weight, but man!

Ami said...

Katie - Thanks for visiting and commenting! I found you through the FitBloggin' list of attendees, actually. Very excited to meet some fellow Baltimore bloggers in a couple of weeks, as well as some non-Baltimoreans, of course. It's always nice to find a kindred spirit through the blogging world.

Natasha - It's giving my knees a bit of a challenge, too. They've gotten "crackly" lately. No pain, though, thankfully. I haven't seen results on the scale after a week, but I'm hoping that's because I'm building muscle and that the tape measure will show results at the end of the month. Either way, it's definitely a workout!

Mel said...

I definitely agree that the shred gets results. I was on a roll last week with it, but I admit that I took a break haven't gone back. On a good note though I have been running. I figure I need to get back to my 5K's for fitbloggin. Can't wai!!

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