Jillian Michaels Shred It With Weights

Jillian Michaels Shred It With Weights

Today, I am sampled this workout DVD with the hubby. We watched Level 1 & Level 2 together while he was doing his homework. He looked at it and said: “I don’t think I could do that with my back.” I told him just to do it in slow motion with a 3 pound bar bell instead of a five or 10 pound kettlebell. He wasn’t excited with the idea of Jillian Michaels for Beginners: Frontside, but he agreed to do it again. When I told him that we were going to work with kettle bells, he wasn’t exactly “thrilled” about trying something “different” today.  At the last minute, he tried to talk me back into going back to Jillian Michaels for Beginners but I goaded him into doing kettle bells.

Trying to get your husband to try something new is like “pushing someone off a cliff” or “giving a cat a bath”…difficult, yet I look forward to the challenge. Today, I managed to get him into attempting to do indoor rock climbing in Jacksonville. Yay!

After trying this workout, I disagree with the negative reviews about it. This was the most FUN dvd workout I have ever sampled. It is easy to get into for the beginner. You can up the challenge level by using a heavier kettlebell or using a 3 pound dumbbell. Beginners will love the easy moves and can go at a slower rate until they can master all the moves. Fitness aficionados can use heavier kettlebells and integrate the more advanced options offered in the workout. I love that I didn’t get bored and could keep up with Jillian and Basheera, who was doing the more advanced moves. I used a 3 pound bar bell, but I plan to go to a five or 10  pound kettlebell in the near future. The hubby  used my five pound kettle bell and liked this dvd too.


Least boring – most fun dvd workout

Easy to follow moves

Time flew quickly! Fasted dvd workout I’ve done.

Challenging without being discouraging

Dumbbell or Kettlebell option

New moves I have never seen


May need to buy a heavier dumbbell or kettlebell to give a more challenging workout

Advanced level exerciser may consider this workout too easy

Need to be careful when doing some of the moves. Use proper form.





Jillian Michaels For Beginners – Frontside

Time: 43 Minutes


Slow paced, gentler than Jillian Michael’s other workouts, and easy to follow

Very Do-able

Advanced Options Offered

Jillian Michaels is actually comforting and very likeable in this workout

Effective. You feel like you are working out your muscles without being overwhelmed.


Not challenging for advanced and not a high calorie burn

A little boring



Personally, I like the simplicity of this workout. 6 circuits of various moves with or without weights. I did this with the hubby today. 30 Day Shred is too much for him so I thought this would be perfect. Jillian is at her most calming and understanding in this workout. She also includes advanced moves and options to use weights on some of the moves. After finishing this workout I realize it will take me some time to get back in my usual work mode.