Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred was one of the first month-long programs I did at home. Below you’ll find my complete guide to the program as well as some affiliate links to Amazon.
The DVD includes 3 20-minute total body workouts. Each workout is a level of difficulty and progresses through the month. The program is great for someone just starting, but they may need to take additional breaks or modify the moves. As an intermediate exerciser, I still felt the burn from these workouts.
The program is great for someone just starting, but they may need to take additional breaks or modify the moves. As an intermediate exerciser, I still felt the burn from these workouts. There is also a modifier showing each move too.
Her 3-2-1 Interval System burns a ton of calories by combining:
Each 30 Day Shred workout uses circuit training.
- 3 minutes you’ll focus on strength training. In each workout, she performs two exercises for 45 seconds each, twice.
- 2 minutes is a cardio blast.
- The last minute is for core work.
Jillian is known for being a tough trainer, and these workouts are no exception. You should expect to work hard for those 20 minutes with no rest between each move. The idea is to get in the max workout you can in a short period of time.
Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Schedule
I suggest doing each level for 10 days. If you feel like level 1 is too easy, you can always do 15 days of level 2 and then 15 of level 3. However, I like doing 10 days at a time because:
- It keeps you from getting bored
- It keeps changing up the moves for your body
- If a move feels easy in level 1 consider giving it more of your energy (jump higher, add resistance, etc)
If you feel like you are still really sore from yesterday’s workout consider going for a walk instead. Then you can get back to the DVD tomorrow. This will help you from over-training and limit the risk of an injury.
You’ll need 2 dumbbells. I like a 3-5lb weight as a woman. If you don’t have any weights, consider using two cans of food or water bottles for resistance.
I also liked having a mat for some of the moves, but it’s optional.
Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Calories Burned
The 30 Day Shred Calories Burned will be different for each person. The number of calories you burn depends on your weight, age, and fitness level. If you weight about 150lbs, you can expect to burn around 160 calories per workout.
One way to know how many calories you are burning is to invest in a heart rate monitor like the Polar ft4. It will track your heart rate as well, and it will help you stay in that fat-burning heart rate zone.
Tips to Starting Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred
- Take your measurements before you start (hips, waist, chest, arms, and legs)
- Put your workouts on the calendar and make it a non-negotiable
- Stock the house with healthy foods
- Listen to your body – if you feel light-headed or too sore, stop.
- Look up proper form of each move if you aren’t sure how to do an exercise
- Watch your knees! Your knee shouldn’t be past your ankle when you do lunges or squats.
Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Meal Plan
The best thing to remember is to find a meal plan that works for you. You never want to go below 1200 calories, and you never want to do something so strict that you overindulge later on. Balance is key!
If you want something a little more intense, her Master Your Metabolism book is really good too. It also talks about the containers our foods are in and how the environment can affect our weight loss too!
What’s After the 30 Day Shred?
It really depends! Did you enjoy the circuit workouts in the program? Did you like Jillian’s attitude, or do you think you’d prefer someone less hardcore?
Something similar would be Shaun T’s T25 or Autumn Calabrese’s 21 Day Fix.
I have done so many home workouts, and I consider myself a pro now! You can check out my favorite home workouts here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about what is next in your fitness journey!
You might like our 21 Day Challenge where we set you up with a program based on your time and goals and hold you accountable.