As you know, I love the Shred. After a few weeks of doing it consistently, I felt pretty damn buff. But the truth is that I’m not much of a weight-training kind of person, and I really prefer straight up cardio and resistance training that doesn’t use weights. So I tried this:
And I really like it. It’s got the usual jumping business that Jillian seems to love, but it’s also got a lot of kickboxing moves, which I really enjoy. There’s a lot of oblique work, as well as standing ab stuff, which is a nice change from Pilates. A major bonus is that it’s a full 40 minutes (not including warm up/cool down), which, if you’ve done any Jillian Michaels videos in the past, you know is a LONG time to be working out. It’s a great way to mix up the Shred workouts (which, to be honest, I haven’t done in a long while) and to give the ol’ quads a break (though be warned, there is one circuit that just might kill your quads – I sometimes skip it).
This is my favorite workout right now, as it gives me that calm/endorphin rush feeling I used to get after running long distances. And let’s be honest, I enjoy all the punching, kicking, and knee-thrusts.