February 10, 2009

Work it Out: Jillian Michaels’ Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism

Now that I am a known Jillian Michaels disciple, I thought it only appropriate that I at least attempt to review her two new DVDs here. This morning, I cracked open Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism, and judging by the fact that three hours later I can barely conjure the energy to generate forward motion, I would say it was an intense workout, to say the least. But did we expect anything less from “TV’s Toughest Trainer”?

The workout lasts about 50 minutes, composed of seven circuits and five minutes each of warm-up and cool-down. (I almost wrote that it has a ‘running time’ of 50 minutes, but we all know that circuit training is a far cry from running!) After completing the warm-up and first circuit with fairly minimal effort, I was starting to get worried that I had a lemon of a workout on my hands. Me of little faith! Why I would ever doubt that Jillian would absolutely run my arse into the ground, I do not know. Sorry, Jillian—I had a brain fart.

Indeed, the next six circuits had me wheezing and shaking, and all without the added torture of hand weights! As per my routine with her other DVDs, I had gotten out both my exercise mat and a set of 5 lb. dumbbells prior to pressing play, but about halfway through the workout, I realized I hadn’t yet touched the weights. To my knowledge, this is the first JM workout to use only body weight as resistance, so that makes this video different right away. Many of the moves were recognizable as her favorites, though, and there are some similarities to last year’s 30-Day Shred.

Because this was a longer workout than the other JM DVDs that I own (most lasting about 25 minutes), I did notice that the pace was ever-so-slightly slower, meaning she gives you perhaps five seconds’ rest between moves instead of two. There is also a high concentration of plyometric moves in about every other circuit, which left my knees sore like Grandpa’s before a thunderstorm, so buffs beware. Other than that, this routine delivers the same high intensity and useful commentary that we have come to love and expect from Ms. Michaels.

It’s hard to imagine, but I swear to Bob, this may be the hardest JM routine yet. Nonetheless, Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism will go into regular rotation for me, which is exciting as I’m always looking for ways to bust through a boredom and/or fitness plateau.

On a related note, I listened to Jillian Michaels’ radio show for the first time this weekend, and I would recommend it to any other of her devoted fans. She has a great perspective and I guarantee you will pick up some fantastic nuggets of information that you never knew you never knew. You can download the show as a podcast as well, in case you don’t have two hours to sit in front of your computer as many of us bloggers do unwittingly every day.

On an unrelated note, I did make it over to Quantum Leap this weekend, yet again, and I enjoyed myself a plate of their tempeh with sautéed vegetables in teriyaki sauce.

The menu said it was served over udon noodles, but they tried to fool me with pad thai style noodles. I’m not a restaurant complainer, but anyone who knows the difference between those two kinds of noodles knows that the chef must have been noodlin’ around with the noodle selection and noodled up my order royally. Tsk tsk. Other than a general dearth of sauce and therefore flavor, the dish was palatable, but it won’t be a repeater. Take me back to the lemongrass curry where the peas are green and the beans are curdy! Oh won’t you please take me ho-woooooome…


Missy said...

Thanks for the review! I am always looking for new workout videos to try!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

I just ordered the Shred DVD. I love short and intense workouts...can't wait for it to arrive. Tempeh - yum!

HangryPants said...

I swear to Bob - haha!

I am excited about my shred video that I won on another blog! Jillian is so hard core!