A tough workout, but it's worth it: For intermediate to advanced fitness enthusiasts, Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30 is a tough, circuit training-based program. The routines are challenging, but reviewers say that they deliver big results.
Classic tough love yields results: Jillian Michaels made a name for herself as the trainer of the popular and long-running weight-loss reality TV program "The Biggest Loser." In Ripped in 30, Michaels is as tough as ever. For her fans, her tough-talking commentary is motivating, but reviewers say that if you're looking for a perkier instructor, look elsewhere. Instruction is clear and Michaels slows down the pace of the routines a bit more than in previous DVDs to allow participants to focus on form. Some reviewers take issue with some sections which veer slightly too "preachy," but in general, Michaels receives excellent reviews.
Short, circuit-based routines are best for advanced users. Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30 features four routines in increasing difficulty levels. At the beginning of the program, Michaels explains that each program is intended to be done for an entire week (four routines, four weeks), though she admits that the routines may take more than a week to become comfortable with.
As with Michaels' popular 30 Day Shred DVD, Ripped in 30 follows her 3-2-1 formula. Each 24-minute routine goes through circuits with three minutes of strength, two minutes of cardio and one minute of abs. Reviewers say the moves are innovative and challenging -- even the first of the four levels -- and test your strength, core, balance and agility. Compound moves make the routines even more difficult. More advanced participants, say reviewers, will appreciate the unique routines and will see better tone and pounds dropped as a reward. Others note that the program is far too difficult for beginners.
A 30-day diet plan to make the most of your workout: In addition to the two-discs, the DVD also comes with a 30-day diet plan, which can be downloaded online. Reviewers say that the meal plan -- which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options -- is light, but "doable."
Review Credibility: Excellent Popular fitness site FitBottomedGirls.com provides one of the most comprehensive reviews of Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30. Jenn Walters gives the workout DVD a stellar 4.5 out of 5 stars overall thanks to the creative, challenging moves. The video is also ranked on instruction, long-term likeability, music, fun factor and expectations.
Review: Review: Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, Jenn Walters, April 13, 2011
Review Credibility: Excellent Editor Kristen Seymour provides an excellent review of Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30. ThatsFit.com also features several reviews of other popular workout DVDs. This workout DVD receives positive feedback thanks to the short but challenging routines, and excellent instruction.
Review: Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD Review, Kristen Seymour, March 10, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good About 560 consumers provide feedback for Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30 at Amazon.com. The workout DVD receives a stellar average of 4.6 stars out of 5, including a perfect score from 407 reviewers. Reviewers appreciate Jillian's tough-love attitude, the results-driven moves and pace of the routines.
Review: Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 (2011), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Good Walmart.com features nearly 50 reviews from consumers. The workout DVD receives very good feedback and garners a near-perfect rating. Reviewers say that this DVD is very challenging and delivers results. For those who like Jillian Michael's tough-love style, this DVD is a strong pick.
Review: Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30 Reviews, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good Darren Capik, CEO of Watch It Now Entertainment, lists his top 10 workout DVDs -- saying that each engages the "body and mind." Each recommended DVD is given a brief description, but unfortunately, information provided is limited and there is no indication as to how these videos were tested and reviewed. Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30 is chosen in part because of the diet and lifestyle guides.
Review: 10 Favorite Workout DVDs from a Guy Who Knows His Workouts (& Giveaway!), Editors of FitBottomedGirls.com, April 9, 2012
Review Credibility: Good Cosmopolitan magazine UK editors provide a roundup of new fitness DVDs for 2012. Reviews of each DVD are relatively brief, focusing on the quality of the program and the personality and style of the instructor. Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30 is a top pick, with editors saying that Michaels is motivating and the routines are challenging.
Review: 2012 Exercise DVD Reviews, Editors of Cosmopolitan magazine (UK), Jan. 24, 2012