For those fitness enthusiasts who are looking to get their abs fit and fabulous, look no further than Jillian Michaels' Six Week 6-Pack. The challenging high-intensity routines deliver results quickly. Want a trainer who is a little sweeter in the encouragement department? Look elsewhere. If you've seen "The Biggest Loser," you're familiar with Michaels' tough-talking effective style.
Motivating, but lacks guidance on form: Jillian Michaels shot to fame thanks to the success of the long-running, weight-loss competition television show "The Biggest Loser." As in her other videos, Michaels offers tough love to help get participants into shape. Some reviewers note that it would helpful if Michaels provided more guidance on form and safety during some of the more difficult moves; plus, they say that if you work out with the DVD for multiple days in a row, the frequent commentary becomes tiresome.
A tough routine for those looking to tighten the midsection: In her abs-focused workout, Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack (*Est. $9), Michaels promises a flatter, more toned midsection in just 45 days. Reviewers say that Michaels delivers on her promise. The DVD features two 30-minute routines, the second of which is geared toward more advanced fitness enthusiasts. Users say that both routines are challenging and provide a sufficient abdominal workout. While not everyone will have a six-pack after completing this challenge, they will see results.
Minimal materials, but big results: In the video, the two other women demonstrating the moves use hand weights -- which appear to be quite light -- but Michaels never specifies what weight participants should use. Other than the weights, a mat should be the only other equipment needed. No equipment or other materials are provided with the DVD purchase.
1. Fitness Magazine
Review Credibility: Very Good Karla Walsh of Fitness magazine selects the top fitness and exercise DVDs of 2011. The videos were tested by more than 80 women. Each review includes information about what equipment is needed, how many calories are burned and the highlights of the DVD. Reviews are brief, but insightful. This is one of the only sites that offers feedback from real women testers. Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack is selected as the Fab Ab Tightener. One tester says that this is the perfect video to help achieve a vacation-ready stomach.
Review: Top 10 Workout DVDs of 2011, Karla Walsh, Not dated
2. Collage Video.com
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 80 users and a certified instructor provide feedback on Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack. The fitness DVD earns a strong 4.5 out of 5 stars. The certified instructor notes that both routines are tough and Michaels wastes very little time transitioning from one move to the next. Users are very positive, saying that this is a challenging DVD that will help you see results. Those who give this DVD less than great marks often dislike Michaels' brash commentary.
Review: Jillian Michaels' 6 Week Six-Pack, Editors of and contributors to CollageVideo.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good In this workout DVD face-off, FitBottomedGirls.com editor Jenn Walters tests three of the most popular abs-focused strength training DVDs. Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack takes on Dancin' Abs by Jazzercise and Gorgeous Core with Suzanne Bowen. Jillian and Jazzercise tie with an overall score of 4.5 stars out of 5. Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack is challenging and well suited for those who prefer a workout with a no-holds-barred approach.
Review: Battle of the Core Workout DVDs: Jillian, Jazzercise or Suzanne?, Jenn Walters, Jan. 25, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good Amazon.com is a good resource for user feedback on Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack. The fitness DVD is rated an average 4.6 out of 5 stars by more than 430 users. Reviews are detailed and surprisingly balanced. Users say that the two routines Jillian offers are difficult but effective. The two levels mean that both advanced users and beginners will be satisfied. Some reviewers feel that there is too much cardio included in the workout and that Jillian, at times, does not give enough commentary on form. Still, this is by far one of the most popular abs-focused exercise videos on Amazon.com.
Review: Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack (2010), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Good DietsinReview.com offers detailed descriptions of some of the most popular workout videos and fitness trends. Editors discuss the pros and cons of the video, but it is unclear as to how DVDs and videos are tested. Still, editors have high praise for Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack, saying that while not everyone will have a six-pack after six weeks, they will see results.
Review: Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack, Editors of DietsInReview.com, Not dated
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: 6 Week Six-Pack earns praise for delivering a tough workout that will efficiently work your core. Seymour does not recommend this DVD for beginners and notes that she would prefer if Michaels provided a bit more form and safety guidance on more complicated moves. Overall, however, this is a highly recommended workout.
Review: Jillian Michaels' "6 Week Six-Pack" DVD Review, Kristen Seymour, Jan. 4, 2011
Review Credibility: Good More than 70 Walmart.com customers provide feedback for Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack, awarding the video a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. Reviews are notably less detailed than other sources of user-generated reviews (Amazon.com, CollageVideo.com). Still, reviewers say that this is a difficult, solid workout and that Jillian's tough love is motivating.
Review: Jillian Michaels: 6 Week 6-Pack (Full Frame), Contributors to Walmart.com, As of January 2013