No More Trouble Zones
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. Each circuit targets different muscle groups so that by the end of the workout, you have literally worked every muscle in your body. The workout includes 3 standing circuits with combination arm and leg moves and 4 mat circuits that target your core, arms, and legs in different ways. During the standing circuits, if you use hand weights that are heavy enough to make the moves really challenging for your arms, your heart will be beating so hard that you will feel like you’re in the middle of a cardio workout. The difficulty of the workout depends a lot on the size handweights you choose to use.
During each circuit, Jillian focuses on a few muscle groups and continues working those muscles using a variety of different moves so that you will really fatigue those muscles before switching to different muscle groups in the next circuit. By switching from one muscle group to another, you are able to start the next circuit immediately without any breaks. By eliminating down time, Jillian is able to maximize calorie burn and muscle toning in minimal time. The ab work is pretty advanced in this workout, and the arm work is intense if you use heavy enough weights. However, the leg work is more of an intermediate level, so you may want to add ankle weights or do some additional leg and butt work.
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, but she does describe modifications for some of the moves if you are more of a beginner. As in all of her DVDs, she has a no-nonsense personality while keeping a sense of humor. She pushes the models (and you) to work harder but also cracks a few jokes on the side. 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.
You’ll need two sets of weights, either 3 and 5 pound weights or 5 and 8 pound weights (depending on your upper body strength. I would also recommend a mat or soft surface since 4 of the circuits are mostly mat work.
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 do about 40 jumping jacks, 20 lunges, 20 squats, 12 shoulder presses, 12 shoulder presses, 12 tricep extensions, 12 bicep curls, and a 1 minute plank without any trouble before even attempting this workout. The workout is obviously a whole lot harder than that, but if you can complete that sequence, you should at least be able to push through most of the workout.
What NOT to Expect
If you use fairly heavy weights, your heartrate will be just as high as if you were doing a fairly advanced cardio workout during the three standing circuits. However, you won’t be doing any cardio or plyometrics during this workout. You should also not expect to be doing any muscle bulking strength training. This video is better for muscle toning than muscle bulking because you’ll be doing a lot of reps with light weights.
How does No More Trouble Zones compare to other similar programs?
This video is a great total body toning workout. It is also great when paired with Banish Fat Boost Metabolism, because that video focuses on cardio and leg work (both of the things this video is lacking in). If you don’t have time for a full 55 minute workout, you can either select a few circuits from No More Trouble Zones to complete each day or you can try a different DVD like Ripped in 30. Ripped in 30 includes 4 workouts that are slightly longer than ½ hour each and include a good variety of strength training, core work, and cardio work. Ripped in 30 also includes 4 workouts--some at the same level as No More Trouble Zones and some that are harder. ZCUT Power Strength is another video series that includes great heart-pumping, strength training workouts that are much shorter than No More Trouble Zones. The workouts are more intense than No More Trouble Zones, but they are super short (only about 20-25 minutes once you add a warm-up and cool down).
If you want a video with more of a hip, butt, and leg focus, try Killer Buns & Thighs. For more of a core workout, try 6-Week Six Pack. Both DVDs include more than one workout, and include workouts that are both intermediate and advanced in difficulty. They also include more cardio than No More Trouble Zones. If you want to focus more on bulking up your muscles to lift large amounts of weight, try a Kettlebell workout or a program like P90X.
BETTER BALANCE OF LEG, ARM, & CORE WORK
Ripped in 30
MORE FOCUS ON BUTT & THIGHS
Killer Buns & Thighs
MORE FOCUS ON ABS
6 Week Six-Pack
SHORTER WITH LIGHT CARDIO
30 Day Shred
Ripped in 30