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Circuit Training Bust

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Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred – Level 1

I must admit that today I’m wiped out mentally and physically. I’m reasonably sure the exhaustion is due in part to the stress of my impending move, condo negotiations, packing, locating storage for my belongings as Plan “B” and trying to convince myself that this is only a new and exciting chapter in my life.

So absorbed was I in thoughts of my new adventure I completely forgot to tell you that yesterday when I was getting ready for my eye appointment the maxi-skirt I wanted to wear was too big!! YES!!! For weeks now I’ve been seeing the positive results from Weight Watchers with inches and weight loss but I can’t tell you how good it feels to finally have clothes that feel a little loose. This was just the boost I needed to keep myself motivated especially since my exercise routines would be interrupted this week.

Every time I have to babysit my grandson I also have to modify my schedule to accommodate the little munchkin. This means going to the gym is definitely out though all is not lost because I have several options at my disposal and today I planned to do a Jillian Michaels routine that I came across on You Tube last week.

I still can’t believe that I was eagerly anticipating locating and then working out with Jillian Michaels but I couldn’t wait. One of the irksome things about getting older is not being able to recall critical pieces of information and as excited as I was to exercise disappointment reigned supreme because try as I might I couldn’t locate the workout.

Since I couldn’t find the workout I planned on using I settled for Jillian’s 30-Day Shred circuit training program. While this program is a Level 1 it is intense but it works.

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Circuit training uses aerobics, resistance and repetition to work all the muscle groups to burn more calories. The 30-Day Shred is about 30 minutes and the time includes warm-up and cool-down.

Picture this: I’m in my workout gear, I have my water, I’ve opened the sliding door to keep from overheating and I’m ready.

Jillian does her introduction and tells me if I have trouble keeping up to keep my eyes on Anita who will be doing modified version of the exercises for “beginners.” Having done this program about 2 years ago I was familiar with the routine and thought “I can do this.”

We begin with the warm-ups (piece of cake).

Arm Crosses – oh good these I’m really good at. All I need to do it stretch my arms out to the sides, then using big movements cross them in front of my body and repeat until Jillian says stop. This is called dynamic stretching which will open up the muscles to prevent injury.

Windmills – these are fun! You keep your arms locked straight and come up around and across the body, keeping your abs tights. This will open up your shoulders and chest. By now your heart rate should be increasing.

Uh oh, jumping jacks (I forgot Jillian doesn’t do modified jumping jacks) and she says we need cardio in the warm up to heat up the body and make the muscles more flexible oh boy.

Hip circles and yes I do feel a little silly doing these but Jillian swears by them.

Knee circles – with feet hip width apart and hands on bent knees move the knees in a circular motion to loosen up the knee joints.

Jumping jacks – last set whew!

Okay, I’m ready my muscles are opened and loose and my joints are flexible. I can take on the world.

Strength Circuit 1 – (3 minutes)

  • Begins with push-ups
  • Squat and press with 3 pound weights to exercise little muscles with big muscles
  • Push-ups
  • Squat and press

Cardio Circuit 1 – (2 minutes)

  • Jumping jacks
  • Jump rope
  • Jumping jacks
  • Jump rope

Abs Circuit 1

  • Crunches
  • Reverse Crunch

Strength Circuit 2

  • Dumbell Row
  • Static Lunge Bicep Curls
  • Dumbell Row
  • Static Lunge Bicep Curls

This was where I reached the breaking point and couldn’t go on. I’m a little disappointed since I thought with the other training I’ve been doing that it would automatically translate over to this but such was not the case for me. I’ll get there it’s just going to take a little time and honestly with my other training I don’t want to muddy the waters and will leave this for those times when I cannot get to the gym.

Over the next week or so I plan to go a little more in-depth with the circuit training to give you a better understanding of the individual components. One of the aerobic exercises Jillian does in this program and she recommends if for those with lower body injuries are punches. Basically you get into a squat position and punch the air crossing your arms in front of your body. This gets the heart rate up without putting stress on the lower body.


“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” ~Carol Welch

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