I Got Ripped.

Many times while attempting to remain in plank for longer than any human being should, I wondered, will I survive Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30?

The answer is…yes.

I began a review of this DVD back in April then promptly got distracted by life, went on vacation, and gained 4 pounds. For the last 2 weeks of July and the first 2 weeks of August, though, I worked out 4-5 times a week using each of the 4 workouts on her DVD. I am prepared to give you a thorough review and share the results.

First, the results: at first I thought I’d lost no weight. Then I remembered the weight I gained over my 3 summer trips. Basically I lost around 5 pounds in 4 weeks, which is more impressive than I thought because a) I didn’t watch what I ate as religiously as I should have and b) I lost inches. Compare April 8th when I weighed around the same amount with August 12th when I finished the workout:

April 8               August 12                                      Today

Bust 37.5                  37                                              37.2

Waist 38                    35                                               34.5

Hips 40.5                  40                                              39.8

Arm 12                        12                                              11.5

Thigh 22                    21                                               21

Neck 14                                                                          13.5

Weight 151.5          153.5                                       151.5 (Make that 149.5!!!!!)


I know it’s not earth-shattering, and it would be better if I’d taken measurements in mid-July after I had lapsed all the way up to 156 or 157. That said, I’ll happily take losing 3.5 inches on my waist in 6 weeks—especially considering I’m not on a really restrictive diet. I use www.myfitnesspal.com and try to stay under my calorie goal, but I’m not as hardcore as I have been in the past. This is a much SLOWER process.

More importantly, let this be a lesson in the importance of measurement. I was so frustrated on August 12th because I weighed more than I had in April. But look at the inches! There’s a whole lot of muscle there and all kinds of definition.

So, pros for Getting Ripped in 30….

  • It works. I’m sure it really works if you watch your diet better than I did.
  • It’s a great jumpstart. I’ve been in the gym and/or worked out 5-6 days of each week since. I’m strong enough to handle intense workouts from back when I was a lean, mean 137 pound machine.
  • It opens your eyes to different ways to train for those who think you have to go to the gym to get buff. You’ll even find yourself doing yoga moves or other little exercises while you’re on the phone or waiting in line.
  • It’s efficient for those who don’t have a lot of time (26 minutes) and naturally builds in difficulty which helps propel you along.
  • It’s a confidence booster. If you can survive Jillian, you can survive almost anything. Doing this DVD must be similar to boot camp.

And the cons….

  • There are a LOT of lunges, which isn’t good for me. That said, I blessedly made it through without reinjuring myself. Even with the lunges, this workout is easier than some of the ones on the Biggest Loser Wii Game—that review may come a little later.
  • It is a 20 minute workout, so you probably won’t see results on the scale right away. Working out so hard only to burn about 150 calories can get discouraging, too.
  • It’s hard. So hard that newbies might throw up their hands and run far, far away. More importantly, I can’t imagine plunging into this DVD without already knowing the basics of strength training. It would be easy to get injured if it were your first experience with lunges, squats, plank, etc.

And that’s how it went. Today’s workout was a killer, but I don’t think I would have been able to get that intense without getting ripped first. I may still have fat on top of muscle, but underneath I’m ripped and that gives me the energy and strength I need to get rid of the fat. Oh, and don’t forget that increased muscle mass burns more calories!

What about you? Found any good DVDs or exercise programs lately? I’m going to make it to Zumba next now that the gym is offering those classes again! I’ve also tried the Biggest Loser Wii game and the Valerie Bertinelli workout in Prevention magazine. Intervals and circuit training are in—do you like intervals and/or circuit training?


14 responses to “I Got Ripped.”

  1. Hooray for your inches!
    I am glad you enjoyed (if enjoyed is the right word) Jillian.
    Curently I am doing the Tracy Anderson Method 30 Day Boot Camp. I decided my weight was going up and I wasn’t going back so went for really hardcore. I had reached a plateau. I also didn’t want a body builder’s body. I prefer a dancer’s type body. I HATED dance cardio but decided to try it. I can do anything for 30 days.
    TA method boot camp is 40 min dance cardio (her dance cardio), 40 min muscle strengthening (her muscle strenthening with ultilises accessory muscles) and a very specific diet — low carb, low sodium, no starch type thing. Menus given for each day. I am on day 9. It works. It works far better than Jillian.
    I got the book which includes a dvd for the cardio, plus explanations of the mat workout. Tracy Anderson claims that she can transform any woman. I am not looking forward to the 5 day cleanse on the last 5 days…but who knows. I am determined to do this boot camp, particularly after seeing the results.
    I am glad that I did Jillian BEFORE as I think I would have died…as it is, it is strangely enjoyable.

    • Sally Kilpatrick says:

      Interesting! I will have to check this out. And congrats for your progress so far. Please do let us know how everything turns out–especially the cleanse.

  2. Anna Sugden says:

    Yay on the inches loss! I think as we get older, it becomes more important to stop worrying about the pounds and think about fitting into the clothes we love. At least, that’s how I am now. I’ll never be the weight I once was and have given up trying to kill myself with dieting to achieve it – especially as the hormones won’t let me!

    I love the 10 Minute Solutions Dance DVDs, though have to admit, I’ve been poor about doing them regularly because of all the travel this summer. I love that they give you a really intense workout. Also, that each workout is a 10 minute session, up to 50 mins, so you can do as little or as much as you have time for and still get a great workout. Plus, it’s dance, which always works better for me than pure workout (except for boxing, which I love).

    The only downside is that it can take a few sessions to get the steps down. Especially with all the arm movements. I’ve learned to do what I can and focus on the feet first.

    I really must try Zumba – there is a class starting near us, so will look into it.

    • Sally Kilpatrick says:

      I think we should put “Do what you can and focus on the feet first” on a tee shirt. That’s how I always feel with any dance workout. I have *got* to take a look at these 10 minute solutions since you have mentioned them before.

      I think you’re right about weight. That’s why I put mine out there. I refuse to be embarrassed about supposedly being 20 pounds overweight. It’s all about feeling good and looking good in your clothes.

      Oh, and we’ll have to compare notes on Zumba. I’ve tried to go twice, but once the instructor didn’t show, and…blah, blah, blah.

  3. Sally Kilpatrick says:

    Ha! I weighed 149.5 this morning! This is the first time I’ve broken the 150 plateau in over a year. Huzzah!

  4. Congratulations on your progress, Sally, and thank you for sharing the details. It’s so helpful. I really do think the time in the past few years when I felt like I was getting smaller every single week was when I was going to body pump (a 60-minute weight lifting class) 2-3 times a week on a very regular basis. Strength-training really can make you tighter and smaller.

    • Sally Kilpatrick says:

      Thanks, Michelle. I used to do Body Pump-that’s Gold’s right? I really liked it, but the gym was SOOOO far away.

      I did think twice about putting numbers up, but I think it’s important to see how the scale is not the end all and be all. It’s also important for me to be honest and to not hide where I messed up before. Nothing like the Wii Fit telling you that you’re “Overweight.” Of course, I like to laugh when it tells me I’m “Normal,” too. Sure, I am. ; )

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