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"Ripped in 30" Review

Updated on May 10, 2014
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The Workout

Want a short, intense, kick butt workout? Then you should check out Ripped in 30! Jillian Michaels, well-known trainer from "The Biggest Loser," practically jumps off the screen and into your living room to help get you into shape. Her purpose? To get you ripped fast!

This workout can be completed in 4 weeks (or 30 days as the title implies) or it can be spread out over a longer period of time. She recommends working out 5-6 days a week with at least one day off to rest.

Each workout follows a 3-2-1 interval system format, with no move repeated! After a dynamic warm-up, she guides you through 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs. You complete three complete intervals and then finish with stretching. Here is what one of the workouts may consist of:

3 minutes strength: She spends 30 seconds on a move (such as squats with arm curls, different types of push-ups, etc.) and then moves on to the next move. After three moves, she begins with the first move again.

2 minutes cardio: Following a similar format, she then spends 30 seconds on a cardio move (2 moves, repeated). The cardio moves include jumping jacks, mountain climbers, jumping squats, high kicks etc.

1 minute abs: For the last part of the interval, she spend 30-60 seconds on ab moves such as crunches, plank moves, etc. This is the one interval that is not consistent throughout all the different workouts. For two weeks she has two moves (30 seconds each), another week she has one move for 60 seconds, and then another week she does one move (plank with static knee tuck) for 15 seconds, another move for 30 seconds, and the knee tuck again (different leg) for 15 seconds.

Each workout is intense, especially for a beginner. However, she does provide you with modified versions of most of the moves.

The Meal Plan

Jillian Michaels has a very straightforward approach to dieting. Count those calories and make those calories count! Her meal plan follows this approach. She has meals for a full thirty days and includes a meal plan for the month. You can follow the meal plan or create your own using her recipes. Here is an example of one day:

Breakfast: Yogurt, berries, and almonds.

Lunch: Grilled sirloin salad.

Snack: Almonds and an orange.

Dinner: Chicken Satay.

As you can see, she incorporates a lot of protein into the diet as well as fruits and vegetables. She doesn't discourage eating carbs (such as bread) but she doesn't necessarily encourage it either. Other meals include:

Hummas and vegetable pita
Black Bean Chili
Grilled veggi salad
Mahi Mahi tacos

All of her recipes are extremely flavorful and easy to make. She understands the problems that arise in trying to eat healthy in busy world. She doesn't expect you to spend all day in the kitchen. As you follow the meal plan, it provides a blueprint for future eating habits. For example, I came to realize that you can reduce the amount of oil/butter used and increase the spices. This results in food that is lower in fat, yet still extremely flavorful.

The Meal Plan Review

All of her recipes are extremely flavorful and easy to make. She understands the problems that arise in trying to eat healthy in busy world. She doesn't expect you to spend all day in the kitchen. As you follow the meal plan, it provides a blueprint for future eating habits. For example, I came to realize that you can reduce the amount of oil/butter used and increase the spices. This results in food that is lower in fat, yet still extremely flavorful.

Most importantly, I did not starve on her diet. I was satisfied after every meal and that satisfaction lasted until the next meal. It is common to feel that diets are exercising in shrinking your stomach. While I'm sure my stomach was shrinking, I was still satisfied because of the kind of food I was eating and the combination of the food.

The Workout Review

I worked out 4-5 times a week. I would do a workout 6 times before I moved on to the next workout. While I didn't experience amazing toning (I did not lose any sizes or weight), I do feel strong and more flexible. Also, my endurance has increased. I went back to the first week's workout as was able to do more easily than I did the very first time I did it. Also, I have noticed that I have a little more muscle in my biceps and my calves as well as for a little more definition in my obliques.

Did I receive the results I was hoping for? No. However, I would still highly recommend this workout.

How Did I Do?

After one month I wish I could boast of amazing results from the workout and the diet. However, I cannot. Is this because there is something wrong with the program? No. I simply do not have the discipline to be completely faithful to the diet.

However, the one week I was 100% faithful to the diet and the workout, I did experience weight loss. As it was weight that I have been able to lose for the last couple of months, it was a big deal for me. Therefore, I surmise that if I stick to this regime for one month I would see a 5-10 lb weight loss which, for me, is substantial for one month.

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