As most of you probably know from The Biggest Loser, Jillian is one tough cookie. Her tough-love, drill-sergeant attitude has turned many lives right side up. And as she has inspired millions before to lose weight and change their lives, she inspires us once again to make our core goals a reality. (Ha! Get it? “Core” goals!) With this workout DVD, you can challenge yourself at every fitness level. This program never allows for the infamous plateau, because each 30-minute workout progresses in difficulty as your body begins to adapt and change.
The one downfall I found—yes, it’s unbelievable that I found one—is that the fast-paced heart-pumping circuits make it difficult to get a great workout the first time around. As many of you probably know, your first workout with a DVD is sometimes spent learning the sequences, exercises and counts, and this DVD is no different. But once you’ve learned everything you need to know, you will be able to embrace the burn and get those showy abs you’ve been waiting for.
Each workout sequence consists of creative abdominal exercises with bursts of high-intensity cardio, which increasingly become more difficult with each level. If you’re like me and find traditional sit-ups boring and tedious, these workouts will keep you mentally and physically engaged for each 30-minute routine. These workouts do require two sets of dumbbells, but if you don’t have a set easily accessible then get a bit creative—grab two cans of soup or water bottles!
Level 2: Got my heart pumping! I was exhausted by the end and probably took more breaks than necessary. I noticed that each circuit included standing and floor exercises, which made the workout increasingly difficult due to the quick change in levels. I sometimes found myself having a hard time getting each rep in before I was rushed to stand or lie down.
Level 3: Crazy, took my breath away! It was high energy and intense. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and learned quite a few new exercises that I never imagined doing—like side plank with toe touches. There is a little jumping, including on your hands and knees, but there are modifications for everything.
FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★
Fit Bottomed Line: To get the best results, Jillian suggests starting with Level 1 and when you’re ready to progress move to Level 2, and on up to Level 3. To get those Killer Abs, you’ll need to work out five to six times a week.
Has Jillian Michaels inspired you? Have you tried Killer Abs, too? Tell us about your experience! —Raquel