30 Day Shred Review

June 2, 2011

OOTD / 2 June 2011
OOTD / 2 June 2011

Top: Forever 21 *** Running shorts: Topshop

A slightly different kind of outfit post! Not the greatest pictures as I had just got back from my run and rushed them so I could have a nice cold shower! This is my current "work out" outfit. I rarely wear graphic print tops but when I seen this in Forever 21 I couldn't pass it up. Its from their regular line and a size Large but very stretchy hence my being able to wear it! Clueless is one of my favorite movies. I loved the tv show too and rewatched the episode with N*Sync recently. I am pretty sure Justin Timberlakes part in that clip was the beginning of my obsession with him!

Before I begin talking about the shred, I must say that I wasn't paid or asked to review this DVD by anyone. I decided to do it myself and picked this particular DVD based on reviews I had read online in the past. I also didn't do this workout with a goal to lose weight, my only goal was to tone up my body more and get fitter! I didn't change my diet at all, i'm a vegetarian but I eat a lot of carbs - pasta and bread are my weakness. I also had takeout one night. I didn't do any kind of dieting - no restricting or calorie counting - nothing.

The "30 Day Shred" is a thirty day workout program (by Jillian Michaels of The Biggest Loser) designed to tone up your entire body and "shred" inches. I used to run every day but during the winter I got a little bit lazy and decided not to work out at all. I knew from watching The Biggest Loser that Jillian is a no-frills kind of gal - shes hardcore and you'll probably hate her by the midpoint of the thirty days, but she gets results. The DVD contains three levels and its recommended to do each level for 10 days before moving to the next. Each level is less than thirty minutes including some warm up and cool down moves. Each level has three circuits which contain three minutes of strength, two minutes cardio and one minute abs. You can view a full break down of all the circuits here. You don't need much equipment which was a huge plus for me - just some space, an exercise mat and hand weights (I used 3lb weights) Jillian has her "two best girls" in the background doing the moves also. Natalie, who goes all out with advanced moves and Anita who does modified versions for people who may not be as flexible.

Day one was hard but I made it through, my body hurt the next day but not enough to make me stop. Day two was the real killer though - I had to really push myself to make it to the end of the workout and for the rest of that day every single muscle in my body was hurting. By day four I was able to do the whole workout without a break and my body wasn't aching any more. On day eight I got bored of level one so I switched it up to level two. I have to be honest.. I really hated level two. I wanted to yell at Jillian on the tv every day. As a whole, level two wasn't that awful, but the lunges are what made me hate it. I could do them, but I really had to push myself and I didn't enjoy them at all. I switched to level three around day 15 or 16 and did that for the remaining days. My favorite parts of the shred were the walk out pushup's on level two, situps in level three and shadowboxing with dumbbells in a half squat on level three. My least favorites were the lunges in every level.
Overall, the exercises weren't as hard as I expected. They were hard for the first couple of days but once your body gets used to it and you push yourself, it gets easier. I had problems with certain moves at first, the "superman" in level three was very hard for me but I pushed myself and now I can do them without feeling like i'm going to die!

I didn't take my measurements at the beginning of the DVD which is a shame. It was day 10 when I finally weighed and measured myself so my full results are probably even better than the ones I have from day 10-30. I am beyond happy with what I "shredded" in those twenty days though. I didn't include before and after pictures because my "before" pictures were really bad iphone pictures, sorry. I didn't take "proper" photographs because I didn't expect such a huge result. If you look at this outfit post and this one you can see a little bit of a difference with how the belt fits me.

From day 10-30 of the shred - I lost a total of 15lbs. I lost a lot of inches too and I feel so much stronger and fitter than I did before. I'll include a breakdown of the inches I lost below incase anyone is interested!

Inches lost:
Upper arms: one inch
Calves: - half inch
Thighs: one and a half inches
Under bust: two inches
Natural waist: two and a half inches
Belly: three inches
Lower waist: one and a half inches

I also ran most days after the shred, just because I didn't feel like my legs were getting *enough* of a workout compared to my abs but I really think the shred was the main source of inch loss for me. I'm going to continue working out but probably get a DVD that focuses on targeting certain areas because my upper arms are mostly what I would like to tone up! I would highly recommend the 30 Day Shred to everyone who would like to tone up their body with a workout that is quick and won't break the bank (the dvd retails at roughly $10)

xoxo

48 comments:

  1. you're bloomin' gorgeous. I love that Clueless top so so much. It makes me want to watch Clueless now. xx

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  2. The to is blummin' lovely. Well done your results are great I'm on day 17 and i'm alread seeing results, i'm sure i will post about it when i'm done! xxxxx

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  3. Congratulations on all the inches you've lost!
    A lot of people have been praising the 30 day shred so I think I may have to give it a go, especially if it can deliver such amazing results. x

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  4. I love this review, its really made me want to get mine out of its wrapper and use it. I have been debating it for a couple of weeks, but i think now i am going to. I'm off to asda tonight so going to be buying me an exercise mat!

    xxx

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  5. You're looking great! Congrats and the top is adorable!
    I've done the 30 shred several times and LOVE Jillian Michael's workout DVDs ^_^ You might like 'Dance off the Pounds' by Dancing With the Stars. It's available at Border's books for $12 ^_^ and it is SO, SO, SO much fun! I really don't even realize i'm getting a great workout!
    XO, Rachel

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  6. Embarrassingly I only lasted one day of the 30 Day Shred! It was just so incredibly painful and I'm so unfit I really thought I might have a heart attack. I would like to tone up for my honeymoon though so you've inspired me to try and tackle it again! Very impressive weight & inch loss - well done! xxx

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  7. amazing! really well done to you, you're so dedicated! i've stopped after the first level cos i hurt my knee but you've motivated me to carry on with the next two. proper love your clueless top btw! xx

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  8. You always expect instant results with fitness DVD's, well I know I do! Turns out I've only actually been doing the 'shred' for about 4 days here and there which is probably why!

    Majorly becoming strict with it and have doing it every day this week, took measurements today so I'm excited to see how it'll be at the end of the 30 days!

    Well done for completing the 30 day shred and losing the weight! Motivates me to finish it too! xx

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  9. Big congrats with the shredding ;)
    And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that top! (and that movie such a classic teen movie)
    You look so pretty :)

    xx Seph

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  10. youve really inspired me. i gave up on 30 day shred on day 3 and now i want to get back on it. hoping for at least half the inches you lost! x

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  11. i've had the dvd, just never made it past day 3- so thank you thank you for the inspiration!! <3

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  12. I'm so inspired to read how effective you found the Shred, I'm on day 8 (I was a bit naughty and had a day off from it yesterday) but reading posts like this make me really keen to keep at it.
    I'm quite impressed with myself for sticking at it as I haven't done exercise in such a long time. Like you, I'm not dieting as well. I'm eating exactly what I normally would.
    I've taken measurements and will be doing a post at the end :-)
    x

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  13. Wow this looks great...really considering getting the DVD now. I'm trying to get back into being fit too after hibernating for the winter! I have the Davina McCall DVD which I love but getting a bit bored with it now so may need to get this one now!

    www.heatherdoesmakeup.blogspot.com

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  14. Well Done!

    Loving your workout gear!

    I only managed two days of the shred! But you've made me want to try it again now! I will dedicate myself to it this summer I think!

    xx

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  15. great top!

    ellie oxoxoxox
    http://obsessedwithfashionx.blogspot.com/

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  16. I LOVE that top, i used to watch clueless all the time when i was younger haha!

    I recently bought the dvd, i'm going to start it soon, a lot of my friends have recommended it to me so hopefully i will survive it!

    Stacey xx

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  17. Well done you, you can definately tell the difference already. You look gorgeous and I LOVE the Clueless top! Haha.

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  18. Well done, that's amazing!

    Tess xo
    http://birds-withoutwings.blogspot.com/

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  19. I was just talking about Justin Timberlake! I am in LOVE with your tank. I HAVE to get one, although I don't think my giant tatas would be able to fit in their large.

    Keep up the good work!

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  20. That workout sounds really good!! And by the way your vest is awesome:Dxx

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  21. OMG i love this shirt! just had a look on forever 21 for myself but its not there :(
    Also definitely going to try that 30 day shred .

    http://www.launainponderland.blogspot.com

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  22. Wow, a big well done to you. I really want to try it myself now! xx

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  23. looove the shirt! and congrats on the progress keep up the good work!

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  24. congrats on that awesome result!! Great! You look radiant and super good! love the clueless shirt :)

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  25. You've done incredibly well and look fantastic.
    Also love your top - I loved Clueless!! x

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  26. i have this same dvd! i love jillian michaels!

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  27. Hey! I'm going to start the 30-day shred too, I just bought it a couple of days ago. I'm glad to hear it worked for you, I'm def going to start it this Monday!

    Besos,
    Denise

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  28. Good luck with your shred! I've been hearing good things about it! I also have jullian michaels dvds the "Biggest winner" series I pretty much hated her mid work out too but she is such great motivation. I stopped due to lack of space in my bed room and lack of proper equipment but now I walk to the park and run up and down hills! off topic.... I LOVE YOU TOP!
    -Jaz
    http://www.fluffyfashioncents.blogspot.com

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  29. How do you manage to look so lovely whilst going for a run?! Congrats on the results too lovely, you can really see the difference xx

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  30. You can really tell the difference! You did wonderfully, reading your post motivates to excersie, something I never do because I hate, and as a result I'm really out of shape. Your exercise gear is super cute. And once again, congrats, you look amazing!

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  31. I've just started... and I just finished Level 1. It's killed me !
    I hate my tummy.. and I'm doing this because of all the amazing pictures out there. But the belt difference on your two pics really motivated me into trying this !

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  32. Clueless is one of my fav movies too...Keep up the good work!!!!!

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  33. Good to hear how amazing your results are! How far do you go running? How long have you been running for?

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  34. you look great, and that's such a cute top :)
    and thank you for doing this review! it's really motivated me to just suck it up and get through more than my record of 3 days in a row, haha. i would love to see results as great as this.

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  35. i love that dvd - I think jill has some for upper bodies, I know her dvds have been the more positive in terms of weight loss.. but were you dieting too (if you can address that in another post please)? anyways congrats on the weightloss - i need to go back on, i loved the feeling it gave me.

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  36. Well done, you look amazing! I really want to tone up too and this DVD sounds perfect, it's crazy how much you lost in such a short space of time!
    xoxo

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  37. well done on the shred!! you look gorgeous!! xx

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  38. Hi, I’ve just post on my blog an article with my favorite outfits for May, you’re in, if you don’t want I can deleted the picture and off course I’ve linked to your blog. Thanks Leah.

    http://hapiness-love-music.blogspot.com

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  39. You're looking gorgeous sweetie! I love Forever 21's printed tees, particularly that Clueless one!xxx

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  40. Now you make me want to do the 30 day shred! :P You look so good even if you're working out. Hehe, I look scrubby as hell.

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  41. love the shirt! fabulous blog!


    ♥ fashionfiercefashionfabulous.blogspot.com

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  42. That Clueless top is so great! When I saw the NSYNC link I was like "please link to youtube please link to youtube...YESSS!" oh man so hilarious. Ugh Chris' hair back then!

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  43. Quite late to the party, but just wanted to say congratulations on the weight loss!

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  44. This is the cutest tank top, I was OBSESSED with this movie when it came out. I remember seeing the trailers and counting down the days till it came out, it was one of the first movies I was allowed to go to without my parents so I, of course, ordered a huge popcorn and got sick from eating too much of it lol.

    <3Honeysuckelle

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