In my recent review of P90X as a postpartum work out I mentioned I would be trying Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred next. I sadly did not manage to use the 30 day shred program for more than the first week’s work out to lose the remaining pregnancy weight I had.
30 Day shred review:
What is 30 day shred like as a postpartum work out to lose pregnancy weight?
The first thing I liked about 30 day shred is it was far, far, far less time consuming than P90X. I could make time to do the 20-30 minute workouts each day. The workout is also fast paced, fun, and yoga free. (A big pro in my book.) I did find myself tired after each workout and would call it more cardio than strength which is what most women seeking pregnancy weight loss need. The DVD is also more affordable than many other weight loss programs on the market today. I also found Jillian Michaels less annoying and more inspiring than P90X’s Tony Horton as far as an instructor.
Why did I stop using 30 day shred as a postpartum work out to lose pregnancy weight?
After around a week my knees and ankles were killing me. I don’t have pre-existing leg joint issues, so I figured all the online commentary I read about it being rough on the lower body wouldn’t apply to me. I was incorrect. This work-out is brutal on the knees and ankles if done at the intensity level needed to make it effective. I would have loved to continue this program for the full 30 days, but I don’t think my joints would have forgiven me.
Would I recommend Jillian Michaels’ 30 day shred to others as a postpartum workout to lose pregnancy weight?
In the week I used 30 day shred, I did lose 3 lbs which is pretty impressive. I also noticed a dramatic change in the muscle tone of my legs. It was slightly more repetitive than P90X being that you only switch work outs once a week throughout the month long routine. I would say the work out is effective, fast paced and fits well into a new moms schedule, however, I advise that you not even attempt 30 day shred if you have knee or ankle issues. In the end, I’d say it’s worth a try since the price is right, but pay close attention to your body and be sure to do the warm up stretches properly as well as watch your form.