Review of Jillian Michaels' No More Trouble Zones
I have been a gym rat for years, and was a competitive athlete in high school. Staying fit helps keep me balanced and I firmly believe there's not a problem in the world that breaking a little sweat won't cure. Physical activity is a great outlet for stress and has kept me sane over the years. I'm always interested in trying new things to beat boredom and to keep my body guessing, and found one exercise video in particular to be continually challenging and effective. Most people know Jillian Michaels from the tv series The Biggest Loser and her reputation for being "tv's toughest trainer" precedes her. This little lady means business and her No More Trouble Zones video is well-worth your time and your money. It's going to be tough, it's going to be hard, and it's going to leave you with an incredible sense of accomplishment when you complete it.
Her instructions and no-nonsense style are very appealing to me. My time is valuable (as is yours) and I appreciate her candor. She's a little intimidating, but her depth of knowledge is a great resource, and she knows how to challenge the body to make it change. I am a slacker big time in terms of strength training, and left to my own devices at the gym, I rarely complete anything close to a serious strength training workout. I fall easily into a habit of an hour of varied cardio, maybe I'll throw in some bicep curls, and tricep kickback or two, and then head home. That's not doing my body any good, as osteoporosis runs in my family, and I need to keep my bones as strong as possible. Cardio alone is just not enough. Using strength training videos has forced me to re-evaluate my fitness routine and ironically I've found that incorporating more strength training has also increased my cardiovascular fitness. Strength training was the missing piece of the puzzle for me and has been the key to getting great results. Proper form is crucial with strength training moves, and I've found that having a person in front of me talking me through the various moves has been a life-saver. It's the next best thing to a personal trainer.
No More Trouble Zones is roughly an hour in length and has circuits which focus on every major muscle group. Each circuit is repeated twice. The only equipment required is a set of hand weights and a mat if you're exercising on a hard surface. In the video they use 3lbers, and since I only have 5s that's what I've been using. There are higher repetitions, so lighter weights are the way to go at first. It is particularly good for women, as the collective female banes of saddlebags, bat wings, and tummy pooch are all addressed and worked thoroughly. There are modifications shown to make the workout less difficult or more intense depending on where you are fitness-wise. I have tried a lot of videos in my search for a challenge that keeps me working hard and this is the best video I've found so far. I highly recommend it for those looking to get big results fast, and for those who are not afraid to break a wicked sweat.
You have no idea the things you are capable of until you try. The single best thing you can do for your health and well-being is to get your body moving, and everyone deserves to take some time for themselves. You should not be at the bottom of your priorities coming in dead- last after work, children, family, husband, boyfriend, obligations, chores, etc. Giving some time to yourself to do something good for yourself, ultimately provides you with more to give to your family and more energy to put toward all your other obligations. Change it up as often as you can to reap the best results, and to prevent over-use injuries. I think No More Trouble Zones is a fantastic addition to anyone's fitness arsenal.