Maximize - Full Frontal

Jillian Michaels
Year Released: 2005

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

These two cross-training workouts are part of Jillian's Biggest Winner series. They are both about half an hour each and follow the same format: you do one set of reps each for about ten exercises, repeat the circuit, and then do a new circuit (twice) with some new exercises. Short cool-down, and the end. Each circuit (of the two) takes about 15 minutes.

The time flew by on this one, and I felt like we were constantly working and moving. I do have circuit-style workouts which involve heavier weights though, and on the whole I think I prefer it this way. I started Full Frontal with 5's and had to drop to 3's by the second circuit. Aerobically, that's fine, but I think I prefer *weights* right now! I also preferred the mix if exercises in Full Frontal. Backside seemed to have more jumpy-type stuff, and I am not sure how safe plyo is (for me, anyway) if done while carrying weights.

I enjoy Jillian and like circuit workouts, so I can see myself using this as a breather day as part of a larger rotation, for example I might do two days with a heavier-weights circuit and then two days with this one. But I am not sure I would do a full rotation just with these. I like the instructor and the format, but was not crazy about the day 2 option, and in general I do prefer to use slightly heavier weights.

Instructor Comments:
Jillian is on the NBC show Biggest Loser and also has a radio show and podcast. There are many venues to check her out before you buy a dvd; her style is distinctive and may not click with everyone, but if you like 'bootcamp' type of stuff, you may enjoy her approach.