I completed my first week of Jillian Michael’s Bodyshred, and I’m more than halfway through the second week. The first 2 weeks you do three different DVDs twice a week, and then move onto a more advanced level on week 3. I was really nervous about starting this program, I had been frantically searching the internet for encouraging reviews of the program by someone at my fitness level. Seems like everything I came across had been a review by a really fit person, or someone that had previously completed Jillian’s Body Revolution program. It had me really worried. I’m much less than fit, and I have not done Body Revolution. I have completed her 30-Day Shred, but that is somewhat introductory, and some of the moves in that program are difficult for me. Then I watched the BodyShred “Learn the Moves” DVD and I got even more worried.
Well, so far, I am doing well with the DVDs at my fitness level. But, I am really thankful I prepped for this program with the 30 Day Shred. Right now, I cannot do some of the BodyShred moves without modifying them. I have to do the push-ups on my knees, which bums me out. I did a 30 Day Arm Challenge in addition to the 30 Day Shred specifically to prepare myself to do full push-ups, but Jillian’s BodyShred push-ups are not the “regular” plain old-fashioned push-ups. You’re either doing tricep push-ups, wide push-ups, or uneven push-ups in this first level, and I’m sure it gets harder from this point. I can do a few, but that’s about it, and I feel like the I get more bang for my buck just doing them on my knees than transitioning from one to the other. They are only 30 second intervals, and transitioning takes up valuable time.
One of the other moves I’m having issues with are these Twisting Camels. You are suppose to hold your weights up with your arms extended over your head, while you are on your knees, and twist backwards, bringing the weight to touch the sole of your shoe. I can’t do them with weights, when I try my arms make a very unpleasant pop. I assume that isn’t good, so I’ve been doing them without the weights. They are still challenging, don’t get me wrong. There’s a few other moves I cannot do without modifying, but I won’t get into it. I could go on and on about my feelings on Donkey Kicks.
So, if I had a complaint about the program so far, it would be that it’s probably not designed for someone at my fitness level. They say it’s fine to modify the moves if you are at a beginner level, but next week we are already moving onto a new level, so there’s really no time to improve. I suppose I could do this current level longer to work on mastering some of the moves, but I really want to do the program as it is designed, at least for the first time. I’m just going to continue to modify as needed, and keep moving forward. I realize I’m not going to be ripped when this is over after 8 weeks, but that’s OK, anything I do will be an improvement from where I started.
If I had another gripe, and I wouldn’t even count this, but when will these fitness experts cast a “normal” looking person? These trainers doing BodyShred seem really nice, but they are SUPER FIT, with bodies of Greek gods. They didn’t get those muscles doing BodyShred. Seeing just one token chubby person in the cast wouldn’t be the end of the world – give me someone I can relate to for a change of pace.
All and all, my first week of BodyShred, plus modifying my eating plan to include snacks, resulted in a 1 pound weight loss. I have high hopes for this week though, I have that feeling of “thinness” so maybe I will lose 2 pounds (crossing my fingers..). I’m told I should be happy with a 1 lb loss, so I’m trying to be positive. If I was working this hard in my 20s, I would have lost all my weight ages ago. It’s as if someone just pressed a shut-off button on my metabolism the second I turned 40, and it gets depressing. I don’t feel any older than I did in my 20s, so why can’t my body go along with my brain.
I haven’t added in my extra cardio of running twice a week, not yet anyway. I was actually thinking of starting today, it’s a rare beautiful “winter” day in New England with record highs (70+ degrees!). Seems like a great day to try running again. I know I will need to start off with walking/running combo, but I’m still nervous. Sometimes I tend to push myself too much without realizing it until later, and I worry about injuries. I don’t want anything stopping me from completing BodyShred. I’m determined to play it safe, and not train stupid this time. I have these 2 5k’s in May and I need to start well in advance so I’m not cramming in runs at the last minute, like my typical idiot self.
I’m going to keep plugging away with my program for now, and hope for the best. Can’t wait to see where the next level brings me. Onward!