with trainer Jillian Michaels
You will love it if:
As is customary with Jillian’s workouts, both of these workouts use circuit training. There are also two models in the video, one demonstrating the beginner modification and one demonstrating the advanced modification of the moves. And like most of Jillian’s videos, this one includes options to play the video with English subtitles or a Spanish voiceover for native Spanish speakers and those who are hearing impaired (or anyone else who might like these nifty features). Compared with most of Jillian’s other workouts, these workouts focus more on strength training and dynamic stretching and less on cardio intervals. Also unlike Jillian’s other work, the video is filmed in the desert (instead of a workout studio) with Jillian and the models wearing sunglasses.
The workouts consist mainly of dynamic movements that flow back and forth between various yoga poses; there are very few static poses incorporated into the workouts. (It is something like Vinyasa Flow yoga but not quite as graceful or fluid.) There are also a few non-yoga cardio intervals—mostly plyometrics—and strength exercises mixed into the workouts. There is no stretching at the end of the workouts—possibly since there are stretching poses incorporated throughout the workout. But there is nowhere near as much stretching in this workout as you would see in a more traditional yoga routine.
One annoying thing about this DVD is that there is a 50 second introduction at the beginning of each workout. Typically, you can hit the skip button on the DVD remote and it skips the introduction stuff and brings you straight to the beginning of the workout. On the DVD I had, pressing the skip button skipped all of the way to the end of the workout, forcing you to either fast-forward through the introduction or listen to it every single time you used the DVD (yawn…). This is also annoying if you only want to do part of the workout because it makes it difficult to skip over the sections you don’t want to do.
You will need 3-5 pound hand weights and a yoga mat.
Enough space to lie down and stretch your arms out in both directions (overhead and out to your sides).
These workouts are pretty challenging. If you can’t sustain moderate cardiovascular activity for at least 30 minutes (ex. jogging, elliptical, or bike), then you probably aren’t ready to try these workouts. You should also be able to do at least a handful of push-ups (push-ups from your knees work) and hold a plank position for about 1 minute.
What NOT to Expect
Don’t expect to be doing yoga. While these workouts include elements of yoga, they are not very similar to traditional yoga. These workouts might be good for someone who wants to add a little variety to their workouts, not someone who wants to start doing yoga. Also, since these workouts include a little bit of everything, you will not get a focused workout. Do a different workout if you want to focus on one or two things in particular (ex. upper body strength training, plyometrics, cardiovascular work, stretching…).
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