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Shape Up - Front

Jillian Michaels

I received this DVD yesterday and tried it this morning. It's a short workout, only 35 minutes long. This is definitely a circuit workout. You can't lift heavy at all, the reps are too fast. Jillian doesn't holler and scream like she does on the Biggest Loser. She really motivates the background exercisers to push themselves past the comfort zone. There are 4 background exercisers, two female and two male. One female does everything beginner level. I'm not sure of the exact order of the exercises but here is the breakdown from what I remember:

Warm up
push ups
plank/knee in-out
pec flye
abs - oblique twists
mountain climber
jumping jacks with military press using light weights
rear lunge with front kick
plie - 10 times and then hold for 10 count (long 10 count)
tricep dip
abs on step (bring knees in to chest and back out)
alternating lunge with side lateral raise
squat thrust
tricep kickbacks
stationary lunge with triceps
jump rope
abs - bicycle
standing mountain climber
inner thigh sitting on step

The warm up actually has some high impact work in it. You do standing leg raises trying to touch the opposite hand, 30 times, lateral jump side to side, into a small plyo lunge on the step and then the plyo lunge on the side of the step. It really gets your heart rate up quickly. You repeat that twice through and then go right into the workout. The ending stretches consist of a chest stretch, quad stretch, shoulder stretch and tricep stretch.

I consider myself to be advanced and I worked up quite a sweat with this little workout.

Instructor comments: I really like Jillian's personality. I think she is a great motivator and makes me push myself.

Dawn Henson


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