Oh geeze, here we go.
Yesterday I posted a video on the FF/E YouTube Channel officially announcing that TODAY, (Monday, January 28th) I will be starting the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution program!
(Click this image to watch the video on YouTube)
A ton of information, recipes, and tips are included in this little bundle. I purchased Jillian Michaels Body Revolution from Amazon (affiliate link). I’ve heard that if you buy from the Jillian Michaels official site it comes with resistance bands, but is slightly more expensive. I already have a stupid amount of bands/weights here at home, so I opted to save a few bucks. :)
The Jillian Michaels Body Revolution : What’s Inside?
Pretty much the Body Revolution bible. It gives a comprehensive run-down of the entire program. The 26 pages include: Introduction, About Jillian, Metabolic Training, “What You Get”, Phase 1 -3 details, Rotation Calendars, and Tips/Tricks.
I found the “Metabolic Training” section to be really interesting. I have a lot of prior knowledge of Jillian’s training methods, since I regularly listen to her podcasts. She’s all about combination and high intensity interval training. The more you shunt your blood from one part of the body to the other, your heart rate elevates, thus burning more calories. This is what she’s famous for – the 30min workouts that feel like 2 hours ;). This section gives a good insight to circuit training, HITT, PHA, body weight training, plyometrics, super set combinations hybrid lifting, EPOC burn, and optimized muscle splits. This is GREAT for a true beginner, because it gives you insight into the reasoning of the moves and combinations.
You basic logging journal. There is a page for every day of the program, with spaces for daily eats and workouts. There’s also a daily water logger and a weekly reflection section. The introduction includes a guide to becoming a “mindful eater” and how to create your own vision board. I love making vision boards. It really helps you focus on what you want and keep your motivation going strong!
7-Day Kickstart Your Metabolism
Jillian’s 7-Day Kickstart is a strict eating/two-a-day workout plan to help you start the program off with a BOOM! The guide says, among other things, to cut out soda/alcohol/white flour and sugar. It includes a detailed menu and shopping list. I don’t think I will be following the eating part of this 7-day kickstart, but I am planning on following the workout part. It’s basically taking the “regular” first week program and adding an extra cardio at night. I can handle that! ;) The kickstart boasts that you could lose up to a dress size in one week. Interesting!
Fat Burning Meal Plan
I am the most excited about this little booklet! It includes 68 pages of recipes, and a 90 day eating guide. The recipes are selected from her “Master Your Metabolism Cookbook,” which I’ve meant to buy for a while. It’s a great value to get a little sneak peek before buying the entire thing! The recipes sound delicious. The eating guide is just that, a guide. NOT a strict “you must eat this” plan. For those people who are new to healthy-eating and have no idea where to start, the information in this plan is invaluable. Jillian obviously put a lot of thought into these products – she doesn’t hold out on any information or tips. It’s all in there!
**edited to add: I forgot to mention the 30day free pass to her online community (was mentioned in the unboxing video). I will do a short write-up on this once I test it out! **
Yeah, what the heck did I get myself into?! I’ve never attempted a program this intense. I’m nervous and excited to see what results I can yield. Like I mentioned in the video, I’m extra excited to be doing this at my current weight (274). There are practically ZERO reviews/results shown online with overweight participants. I really hope that by documenting the stages of this program it will help bring a more varied group of people into Jillian’s programs! It can be a little intimidating to search “Body Revolution Results” and see people going from fit and ripped to SUPER fit and ripped. ;)
Without further adieu, here are my “before” pics and measurements.
JMBR: Starting Measurements
I purchased Jillian Michaels Body Revolution from Amazon for $99, and I can tell it’s going to be well worth the investment. There is an insane amount of information bundled with the workouts, and c’mon … 15 DVDs? That’s insane! Maybe my tune will change once I’ve gotten into the program, but I doubt it. Jillian’s materials never disappoint.
When this post publishes, I’ll be sweating it up in my livingroom! Day one down, 89 to go. Holy Moly. Let’s all keep our fingers and toes crossed that I don’t die. Or at the very least, that I’ll be able to walk tomorrow. ;)
Have you ever done a fitness challenge program? (P90x? Turbo Fire? Insanity?) Have you ever wanted to try one?
psssssst: Brooke from Brooke, Not on a Diet is starting her Turbo Fire challenge today! Be sure to stop by and wish her luck! :)