Killer Buns & Thighs
with trainer Jillian Michaels
You will love it if:
Jillian does a great job of cuing and instructing over proper form throughout each of these workouts. She has a bit of a crude sense of humor, and when she isn’t talking about proper form, she is cracking jokes or playfully harassing the models (especially Natalie) throughout the video. You have probably seen Natalie in some of Jillian’s other videos including Killer Abs and 30 Day Shred. You can tell Natalie and Jillian get along really well by the way they are constantly interacting and joking around with each other. I enjoy their goofy dynamic, but others might be turned off by Jillian’s playful harassment.
This is a fairly typical Jillian Michaels style video. She has two actresses doing the workout with her—one on the right doing easier modifications and one on the left doing advanced modifications. A number of the moves also use handweights or can be done at varying speeds, and Jillian encourages you to pick up the pace or use heavier weights to make the moves harder or to go slower and use no weights to make the moves easier. As a result, each workout can be accessible to a range of fitness levels.
Each of the three videos includes 4 intervals. Each interval includes 5 moves and is repeated twice through. There is also a warm-up interval at the beginning of each video and a cool-down stretch at the end. There are also options to play the videos with English subtitles or Spanish dubbing, making the videos accessible to deaf or hard of hearing and Spanish speaking populations.
The workouts are done in a simple clean studio and Jillian, Natalie, and Anita wear color coordinating outfits. The music in the videos is some sort of techno-clubish instrumental stuff.
All of the videos require handweights—I use a variety of different sizes from 5 pounds up to 15 pounds depending on the move. Most of the moves in the videos would be affective (though somewhat easier) without handweights—there are only a few moves where you really need the weights (ex. dead lifts). You will also need a chair for the level 2 and level 3 workouts.
You should be able to lie down with your arms stretched above your head both horizontally and vertically. For a couple of the moves, you will need to be able to leap into the air with your arms stretched above your head. But if you have a low ceiling, you can just modify the moves a little—just be sure you can jump without hitting your head!
You will need to have quite a bit of endurance before trying these videos. If you can jump rope for several minutes at a time or jog at least a mile, you will be able to give this video a try without feeling like you’re about to die or getting totally discouraged. You should also be able to do about 20 jumping lunges, 20 jumping squats, and 20 squat thrusts before you’ll be able to get through this video.
What NOT to Expect
Don’t expect a lot of heavy weight training, upper body training, or abdominal work. Jillian really focuses on getting your heartrate up while doing lower body plyometrics, toning, and other weight bearing exercises. The idea is to burn fat while building lean muscle in your legs. Obviously, some of the moves will work your abdominals and arms a bit, but the focus is definitely on the legs. This program offers a nice contrast to her 30 Day Shred since—though it is intended to be a total body workout—focused more on building upper body strength than lower body and core strength. Also, none of the moves use super heavy weights, so you won’t be bulking up your legs (not that you would want to!).
How does Killer Buns & Thighs compare to other similar programs?
Brazil Butt Lift
LESS IMPACT & MORE DANCING
Xtend Barre Lean & Chiseled
SHORTER & LESS FOCUS ON LEGS & BUTT
Ripped in 30
MORE CARDIO & LESS FOCUS ON LEGS & BUTT
LESS CARDIO &
MORE INJURY PREVENTION
Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
LESS CARDIO & MORE MAT WORK
Winsor Pilates Bun & Thigh Sculpting
LESS CARDIO & MORE MAT WORK
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout