If you're familiar with Jillian Michaels, you're probably familiar with her tough-love style, and this video is no different. The 20-minute long workouts can be intense, but keep up and the one-two punch of strength and cardio training circuits can lead to big fitness gains.
Tough-love talk is motivating for some, grating for others. Jillian Michaels gained popularity and notoriety as the tough-talking personal trainer on the wildly popular "The Biggest Loser," a competitive weight loss-focused television show. She is known for her tough-love training style, and she brings that attitude to her workout videos. Reviewers say that Michaels pushes viewers, but some say that the commentary becomes tiresome after viewing the DVD multiple times. There is a feature which silences this commentary, but some note that in this mode, you must focus more on watching the video than your form.
Shape up with 30 days of tough workouts. In the video, Michaels guides viewers through three routines that are appropriate for varying levels of fitness. The routines are meant to be repeated each day for 30 days and promise to deliver results quickly. Reviewers say that Jillian delivers on her promise. Each 20-minute routine has a 3-2-1 format. Viewers begin with three minutes of weight lifting, proceed to two minutes of cardio and conclude with one minute of abs. Each routine also includes a warm-up and a post-workout stretching session, which some reviewers say could be longer.
Nice production value, but tacky music: A set of hand weights and a mat are all the materials needed for this workout. Reviewers praise the production value, but note that the set used was previously used in an older workout DVD with Jackie Warner. The biggest complaint was that the music is not as exciting or fun as some would prefer.
Review Credibility: Excellent Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred receives a stellar review from editor Jenn Walters, earning an overall score of 4.5 stars out of 5, based on instruction, long-term likability, music, fun factor, whether it meets expectations and overall. The only flaw mentioned was the poor musical selection. The video provides three routines, each of which is harder than the next, which Walters says allows viewers to select how difficult a workout they want.
Review: Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred, Jenn Walters, Nov. 27, 2008
Review Credibility: Excellent More than 3,400 users leave feedback about Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred, which earns a perfect rating from 71 percent of users. Users say that this 30-day program really works and delivers results in a quick workout. The one drawback is that while Jillian's tough-love comments are nice at times, they can get tiresome after watching the video over and over.
Review: Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred (2008), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
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Review Credibility: Good Woman's Day magazine's Abigail L. Cuffey selects her favorite must-have exercise videos. The DVDs cover a wide range of categories, from dance to yoga to strength training. Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred is a cult favorite, notes the reviewer, saying that after completing the video she understands why: "Each workout kicked my butt and I noticed results in terms of strength improvement after just one week."
Review: 10 Best Fitness DVDs, Abigail L. Cuffey, March 3, 2010
Review Credibility: Good ThatsFit.com editor Kristen Seymour writes several workout DVD reviews for this health and fitness site. Reviews are detailed, but she does not rate any videos, making it difficult to compare them. Here, Jillian Michaels: 30-Day Shred gets a very positive review, with the one drawback being the two-minute introduction to each workout. Otherwise, the reviewer says that this DVD incorporates short, attainable goals while providing quick but tough workouts that give real results.
Review: Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred: DVD Review, Kristen Seymour, Jan. 8, 2010
Review Credibility: Good FitBottomedGirls.com is known for their individual, detailed video reviews, but the site also often provides roundups of the top videos based on categories. Here, Jillian Michaels: 30-Day Shred is selected as the seventh most difficult DVD. Jenn Walters calls this 2008 video "an oldie but a goodie."
Review: Top 10 Hardest Workout DVDs, Jenn Walters, Jan. 3, 2011
Review Credibility: Good FitSugar.com readers responded to an informal request from the editors to discuss their favorite workout videos. The editors selected the top videos mentioned by readers. Jillian Michaels: 30-Day Shred is a top-three pick. Unfortunately, these picks are based on the experiences of only a few readers, and several other videos are suggested.
Review: FitSugar Readers' Top 8 Favorite Fitness DVDs, Editors of FitSugar.com, April 23, 2009
Review Credibility: Fair Reviewer Emily V. Gordon interviewed some of her exercise-DVD enthusiast friends to compile this casual list of the best workout DVDs. Each DVD review includes information as to why the reviewer is so fond of the DVD and what type of workout it provides. Jillian Michaels: 30-Day Shred is the number four pick with the reviewer saying it will make you work hard.
Review: The Six Best Workout DVDs -- Tried and Tested by Devotees, Emily V. Gordon, March 28, 2011