Body Revolution: Phase 2 Workout 5

Jillian Michaels
Year Released: 2012

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

I am a BIG Jillian fan and have most of her workouts, so was naturally very excited to get her Body Revolution system! This is a progressive system and she does a great job of upping the intensity not just with each phase but with every two weeks (for instance, Phase 1 workouts 1 and 2 are easier than Phase 1 workouts 3 and 4). She leads with a big group of men and women in a clean, uncluttered studio setting and they seem to have a lot of comraderie between them. She uses 3, 5, and 8# dumbbells (I think you can go heavier at times) and the band that comes with the set. The band is made out of a bungee-cord (rather than rubber tubing) but is nothing special, you can use your own band.

Each workout is about 35 minutes long with a 3-4 minute warm up and maybe 2 minute stretch (I tend to spend more time on the stretch) and the circuits generally have 3-4 strength moves, a cardio move, repeat strength moves, then move on to next circuit. The strength moves have a good cardio impact, but I would say the workouts are more strength-oriented (hence the additional cardio workouts). The odd-numbered workouts focus on the “front side” – abs, quads, shoulders, chest, triceps, and the even-numbered workouts focus on the “back side” – back, hamstrings, glutes, biceps. So they all sort of feel like total body workouts, but would still be considered split routines, and you would need to pair both even/odd days to hit all the body parts. For that reason, they are somewhat difficult to use as standalone workouts, unless you did two at once. But they are well balanced within the system.

The P2W5 workout progresses in intensity from Phase 1, and there are a lot of supersets in this one, which burn out the muscles! After a yoga inspired warm up, the exercises are as follows: pushups into alternate side plank, low static lunge with rear delt pulses (with weights), plyo squats, low static lunge with rear delt pulses other wide, mountain climbers (repeat circuit), woodchop with twisting lunge (with weights), plié squat with overhead press (weights), chops other wide, hollow man with leg flutters, high knees, (repeat circuit), low static lunge with chest fly (uses band), triceps press with leg raised, lunge/chest fly other leg, triceps press with other leg, static lunge with punches (uses band)-this is the cardio, (repeat circuit), one leg squat with weight to foot then overhead press, one arm tricep pushup on side, one leg squat/oh press other side, one arm tricep pushup other side, fast jump rope, (repeat circuit).

I would rate the Phase 2 workouts W5 and W6 as high intermediate workouts.

Instructor Comments:
I think Jillian is more personable in this system (more encouraging, less yell-y) and jokes a lot with her backgrounders, but is still sort of loud and pushy classic Jillian. I notice that as the system progresses, she talks more and more about how bad-ass the system is and how great your physique must be looking from workout out with her, which I find tiring. I think that’s one of the reasons I haven’t really revisited the system since completing it.

Emily B.