Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno Review

Updated March 31, 2014
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Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno
Bottom Line

"Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno" is an unabashedly intense yoga-inspired cardio and strength workout. Indeed, "calling it yoga is pushing the envelope," one reviewer notes. But many love the fast pace and Michaels' signature tough love, saying the program is an excellent way to work up a sweat and improve flexibility at the same time. Those who want relaxation, spirituality or a focus on breathing will want to give this DVD a pass, though.

Instruction

'Drill instructor' isn't your typical yoga teacher. Jillian Michaels, best known for her appearances on NBC's "The Biggest Loser," has been a personal trainer for more than two decades. She does not claim any formal yoga training, and yoga purists may find her lack of credentials bothersome. On the flip side, those drawn to "Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno" probably find Michaels' infamous no-nonsense, no-holds-barred style appealing and motivating. Reviewers say that style is front and center in "Yoga Inferno," with one noting "she has her drill-instructor face on." Still, a couple of reviewers say Michaels talks too much and they wish for more of a focus on breathing and mental clarity.

ProsVigorous, challenging workout, Includes modifications, Two workoutsConsNot suitable for beginners, Instructions, cuing may be inadequate, Little focus on breathing

Production

Content is good, production is iffy. "Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno" is set in the desert, which reviewers say is a mixed bag. On one hand, some appreciate the beautiful scenery, but an expert notes it was "bright and difficult to see the examples." It's so bright, in fact, that women in the video are wearing sunglasses, which several reviewers find distracting. An expert says production value is lower than that of Michaels' other DVDs. But most reviewers are satisfied with content, which blends cardio and strength training with yoga-inspired poses. They note that this is not a relaxing program ideal for unwinding in the evening though.

Ease of use

Intense moves, fast pace aren't for beginners. Intensity is the name of the game in "Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno," and reviewers warn it's not for beginners. "Even the warm-up is hard," bemoans one user. Some find the pace a little too fast, but others love that the program makes them sweat. Inadequate cuing can make moves difficult to follow, a few reviewers say. Despite that, Michaels shows modifications for most moves, which users appreciate. The program consists of two 30-minute workouts that can be performed individually or combined if time permits, and the second session incorporates 3- to 5-pound hand weights.

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Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno (2013), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014

"Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno" gets 4.1 out of 5 stars in more than 125 reviews. Most users like the program's intensity, saying it's a blend of yoga with more traditional but challenging aerobic moves. But some say this is not true yoga, and it is too fast-paced with no spiritual focus.

2. FitBottomedGirls.com

Review: Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno Workout DVD, Jennipher Walters, Nov. 7, 2013

Jennipher Walters praises "Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno" for its beautiful setting, challenging yoga-inspired moves and modifications for students who aren't as advanced. She says Michaels' cues are good and she's approachable, though intense. But production quality is poor and the DVD may not be a favorite of yoga purists, she says.

3. Fitness Magazine

The Best Yoga DVDs of 2014, Samantha Shelton, Not Dated

This roundup praises "Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno" for shaking things up by incorporating cardio and strength moves, along with Michaels' "tough love" style. The short blurb does not note any cons.

4. PopSugar.com

Our 5 Favorite Fitness DVDs from 2013, Lizzie Fuhr, Dec. 6, 2013

This roundup praises "Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno's" intensity and "no-nonsense motivation" for creating a challenging workout off the beaten path. Fuhr says the DVD finds a "perfect sweet spot" as a yoga-inspired program, but she does not note any cons.