If you’ve ever wished you had a butt-kicking trainer like Jillian Michaels helping you lose weight, you’re in luck. Michaels—the trainer from The Biggest Loser–has an army of books and DVDs, and even an iPhone app, that serves up her advice and workouts. (We’re giving some away; more on that below.) My friends at work couldn’t stop talking about the 30-Day Shred DVD, which according to Michaels, can help you lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days. They decided to challenge each other to a 30-Day Shred Challenge where they committed to doing the video every day for 30 days—no skipping allowed! So I decided to join them and see what the Shred was all about.
I bought hand weights—the only equipment you need to do the exercises—and told myself I wouldn’t skip a single workout. Did I make it? Well, not exactly. I did great for the first seven days. The video is short–just 20 minutes–and each time I felt like giving up, Michaels kept me interested by switching up the routine. After day seven, my ambitions waned a bit. But I kept at it several times a week for the rest of the month and still integrate it into my workout routine a couple of times a week. The results? I can definitely tell that I’m stronger and I’ve shaved a bit off my abs!
Another way to work out with Michaels is with her Hot Bod in a Box, a deck of workout cards filled with challenging exercises and training tips from her bestselling book Making the Cut. To help you combat the mid-summer slump and get motivated to stay in shape, we’re giving away 15 copies! Enter on our Facebook page, but act fast – the giveaway ends August 19. Easy to use at home or the gym, the cards include Michael’s recommendations for circuit training as well as individual cards with exercises that work abs, arms and legs.
Enter now, and get ready to kick your butt into gear with Jillian!