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I’ve been pleased with how I’m doing with Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. When I first started incorporating strength training in my workout, about three years ago, I was extremely cautious. Every time I’ve attempted anything with weights in the past, I’ve managed to pull a muscle or wrench a joint and quit before I really began. But the experts say there are many benefits from strength-training, especially for boosted metabolism and bone development to prevent osteoporosis. Mostly, though, I just wanted to quit getting injured while doing yard work.
I started with 10-Minute Solution: Target Toning for Beginners. It’s available through Netflix streaming or, currently, less than 6 bucks from Amazon. At first, I used 1-pound weights — cute little pink ones. I bought the purple 2-pound weights at the same time and graduated to them a few weeks later.
Over the years, I’ve added a few other DVDs with a strength-training element including Slim in 6 and 30 Day Shred. Slim in 6 uses a resistance band and that helped me make a leap forward in my strength-training. So, when I tried 30 Day Shred this month, I combined the 1 and 2-pound weights for 3 pounds (I have big hands). That worked for everything but the shoulder presses and anterior raises — for those, part way through, I dropped the 1-pound weight and did them with 2 pounds. For the last three workouts, though, I’ve been able to do all reps with 3 pounds. I’m thrilled!
The next challenge: Level 2 of 30 Day Shred.
I’m on track for exercising 1600 minutes this month and for doing 30 Day Shred 15 times. How is your exercise going?