6 Week Six-Pack

Jillian Michaels
Year Released: 2010

Categories: Abs/Core , Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

This workout has already been broken down, so Iím just going to add my opinions. This DVD has two 35 minute workouts that have a sequence of intense exercises, then repeat the whole circuit. Jillian says that they are high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts and I think they can be (or not), depending on your level. For instance when I first got this workout and was intermediate/high intermediate, they really wiped me out, I would be just SPENT at the end of them and even shaking with exhaustion, but now as a low advanced/advanced, they are more like circuit workouts, challenging for sure, but not full out effort like I would expect from a HIIT workout. In fact Iíve been adding another workout on to one of the chapters now to round out the hour.

The exercises are all core focused Ė ranging from cardio-intense mountain climbers and moguls to plank work, crunch variations, and standing weighted functional abs (like woodchops and standing crunches-many of the standing ab work reminded me of Jackie Warnerís Xtreme Abs), and put all together Jillian manages to get and keep your heart rate up, and she moves at a moderate pace during the first circuit, then at a double time during the second. So I would on the whole classify it as a cardio/core circuit workout. As promised, I could see how doing six weeks of this would whittle away your waist area with targeted toning and lots of cardio.

I have most of Jillianís workouts since her 30 Day Shred, and think 6W6P is one of her more challenging ones (for the half hour timeframe). It is just a very challenging workout and I love working the core with cardio! I get a lot of use out of all of her workouts, and this one gets its use as well. I will say however that Jillian is very scream-y in this one and just barks out orders, yelling the whole time. I guess Iíve gotten used to her more toned down manner (like in Body Revolution) that I forgot how she used to YELL! So that may bother many people. Nevertheless, I found her motivational as usual and the two backgrounders were also motivating. On the whole I would rate this a high intermediate workout and can be modified up or down depending on poundage used, and taking breaks as need be. On the whole grade A!

Instructor Comments:
I think Jillian is great, even when she is yelling out orders like she is in this DVD. I think her workouts are effective and like her fast-paced circuit style (although over time I can see that she repeats a lot of the exercises in different workouts, but theyíre still all good as they have slightly different focuses) and that many of them are in the 35 minute category. Also the presentation is consistently enjoyable, music is good (enough), and the production values are always high on her new ones.

Emily B.