Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism
with trainer Jillian Michaels
You will love it if:
This workout consists of 7 circuits. Each circuit is repeated twice through and includes 5 moves each. The circuits vary in difficulty with circuits 2, 4, and 6 being very intense. circuits 2 and 6 include mostly plyometric moves that will have your quads begging for mercy while circuit 4 includes mostly plank work that leaves your abs screaming in pain. Circuits 1, 3, 5, and 7 are less intense and include mostly kickboxing, standing ab work, and less challenging plyometrics. I really like the way this is set up with harder circuits sandwiched between less challenging ones. I sort of psych myself up during the easier circuits for the harder circuit that is about to follow. Then, during the harder circuit, since I know that I will be getting a bit of a break during the next round, I am willing to push myself a lot harder than I would if I knew the pain was going to continue without reprieve.
Other videos that do circuit training often include only difficult circuits but give you short breaks in between each one. Switching back and forth from slightly easier to slightly harder circuits is brilliant because it allows you to keep working out for the entire 50 minutes instead of taking short breaks after each interval. Basically, the easier circuits make the video manageable while eliminating down time. It is also a good way to help you move up from an intermediate to a more advanced level. If you are at an intermediate level, doing a workout filled with advanced level circuits can be more discouraging than beneficial. This video includes some advanced circuits and some early intermediate ones. That way, you can complete some of the circuits and feel encouraged while working to build your endurance and strength during the more advanced ones.
In addition to the cardio, you’ll get a pretty good leg and core workout by doing this DVD. However, you won’t get much of an arm workout unless you add weighted hand gloves to the kickboxing and standing ab portions of the workout. (I like to wrap ankle weights around my hands and then grip them. They jiggle around less than weighted hand gloves and are a whole lot faster to get on and off during the workout.)
In general, Jillian does a good job of demonstrating and describing proper form in all of her DVDs—this one is no exception. Like Jillian’s other videos, there are two actresses modeling the moves with her. Unlike her other ones, neither of the actresses is doing a modified version of the workout. However, Jillian does describe some ways to modify the moves throughout the workout. She has a bit of a sadistic sense of humor, and when she isn’t talking about proper form, she is playfully harassing the models or pushing them (and you) to work harder. This DVD also gives you the option of playing individual circuits instead of playing the entire workout all the way through. That way you can select only those circuits that are your favorites if you are short on time. There is also an option to play the video with music and instructions or music only.
Yourself. (Weighted hand gloves or ankle weights if you’re feeling ambitious.)
Lie down, stretch your arms over your head and out to your sides. If you can do both, you’ll have plenty of room.
You should be able to jog (or do some other similar cardiovascular exercise) for at least 10 - 20 minutes. You’ll need at least 10 -20 minutes of cardiovascular stamina to even attempt this workout; there are parts of this workout that are a whole lot harder than jogging! Being able to hold a plank for at least a minute will also benefit you, but you can work up to that while using the DVD if you can’t.
What NOT to Expect
Don’t expect any lifting or strength training. None of that here. Don’t expect a ton of core training either—this video includes some, but not a lot, of core training. This video also does not follow Jillian’s signature 3-2-1 interval training method. Check out her other DVDs Ripped in 30 or 30 Day Shred if you’re looking for that.
How does Banish Fat Boost Metabolism compare to other similar programs?
For a similar type of workout that includes focuses on strength training instead of cardio, try No More Trouble Zones. In fact, No More Trouble Zones and Banish Fat Boost Metabolism are great when paired together. If you’d like to mix the cardio and strength training together, Ripped in 30 is a good choice, but it’s also a bit harder than Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism. If you just want to stick with cardio but think this workout is a touch too long, try ZCUT Power Cardio or Focus T25. They are a more intense but much shorter workouts. Insanity is another good choice if you want something that is harder all the way through—instead of alternating between intermediate and advanced circuits, all of the circuits in Insanity are advanced with short breaks in between circuits. For something a little easier, you might try one of Jillian’s beginner programs or try 30 Day Shred using very light handweights. There are a lot of good cardio dance workouts too; check out the Dance workouts if you think that would be more your style.
SAFER FOR PEOPLE WITH JOINT PROBLEMS
HARDER WITH MORE STRENGTH TRAINING
Ripped in 30
SHORTER & MORE INTENSE
LONGER, HARDER WORKOUTS