Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review: Jillian Michaels Killer Buns & Thighs

With her latest offering in the fitness DVD realm, Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs Jillian Michaels delivers again in typical Jillian style. To some, that will be the problem. I find that most people either love her attitude or can't stand it, with few in between. But if you are a Jillian fan (or can at least tolerate her) this is an intense sweat-fest of a DVD that I highly recommend. If however you are in the can't-stand-Jillian crowd, she is still very 'Jillian' in this DVD. 


From the packaging:
Do the saddlebags on your legs make you insane? Do you loathe wearing shorts because of saggy knees or flabby thighs? Have you avoided skinny jeans like the plague? Or do you just want to go from good shape to great shape and rock a bikini with the best of them?
Well no matter what point you are starting from, if you want to get your lower body in sick, crazy, amazing shape, Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs promises to deliver with three fat-blasting booty-sculpting workouts that will get you results fast! These 30 minute workouts range in difficulty level in order to provide something for everyone from beginners to the most advanced athletes.


I have a little commentary on this. First, I just want to point out that you cannot spot reduce fat. No workout will take fat off of a specific area. Rather it can target specific muscle groups. Which is what this DVD does. Also, these workouts are more like 40 to 44 minutes including the warm up and cool down. And last, I would not recommend this DVD to absolute exercise beginners. Yes, there are modifications shown, but even those seem above the absolute beginner level to me.

Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs is just what it says, a butt and thigh targeted workout (set up in circuits), plus cardio and a little abs. It is set up in 3 levels that get increasingly harder:

  • For Level 1 you will need a set of hand weights and a mat if desired. Level 1 is roughly 41 minutes and I burned 365 calories doing it the first time. I did all of the advanced moves and used 8 and 10 pound weights. I was pouring with sweat and properly sore for the next 2 days. Even as the 'easiest' of the workouts this is a challenging workout. I really enjoyed Level 1.
  • For Level 2 you will need hand weights and a sturdy chair (and again a mat if desired). Level 2 was roughly 43 minutes and I burned 420 calories the first time I tried it. I did almost all of the advanced moves (except 1 or 2 which I did the regular versions) and used 8 and 10 pound weights. Again, pouring with sweat and sore afterwards. Level 2 is no joke.
  • For Level 3 you will need the same equipment as Level 2. Level 3 is roughly 43 minutes and I burned 410 calories the first time I did it. I did most of the advanced moves (except 2 or 3 which I did the regular moves) and used 8 pound weights. Now, I've read elsewhere that some people consider Level 3 to be easier. Yes, I burned less calories during Level 3 than Level 2, but I don't consider this workout easier. The moves were much more difficult. The Frog Jump...really? My legs were actually shaking as I stretched at the end of this level and I was noticeably more sore afterwards. Level 3 is tough.
All of these workouts are very challenging. This was perhaps the first time I'd ever done one-legged burpees and one-legged mountain climbers! At the same time they offer modifications to either make the workouts easier or keep progressing as you become used to them. This is absolutely a workout you can stay with by adding weights, moving to more advanced versions of the moves, or upping your weights. 


The back row cast returns from 30 Day Shred for this DVD. I've heard murmurings that one of them was 'slacking' during the workout. I didn't notice it or wasn't bothered. The set was clean and not overly distracting. The music was fine, not annoying. Jillian's form instruction is good, maybe not AS good as in her previous DVD's, but as I said before, I wouldn't recommend this DVD for absolute beginners. Overall it's a well-done workout DVD.

I give Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs 4.5 stars and absolutely recommend it. 

Other Jillian Michaels Reviews:
Body Revolution
Extreme Shed & Shred

Please note: I am not a trainer, nutritionist, or any type of health professional. What you read in all my reviews are my personal experiences and opinions.



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday Weigh in 11/16

I didn't want to weigh this morning, then after I weighed I didn't want to post.


I'm still in this 175 Plateau. Circling around back and forth. Up half a pound, down half a pound. Up a pound, down a pound. I've been feeling beyond frustrated with it. 


But then, I made a choice. I decided I am going to focus on the positive. Success is not in that scale. Success is in the choices I make day in, day out, every day. 


This last week I stuck with my #30days2ahabit and rocked my workouts. The only day I missed was Sunday. I thought about re-starting the 30 days, but decided not to unless I miss another day. I did level 3 of Jillian's new Killer Buns & Thigh DVD. Oh. My. It is killer. I did every move and even the advanced versions of most. I'm crazy sore, but I'm crazy proud. I'm not sure if I've ever done a Jillian level 3 before.


My eating was just kind of meh. I didn't make bad food choices, but overall ate more than I needed to. Snacking being my main issue.

Ok, to this week's numbers:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fitbloggin Flashbacks

With the announcement of dates for the next fitbloggin I've been taking a little walk down memory lane. Fitbloggin 2011 was amazing for me. Too awesome for words in fact, so...
So much awesome for one weekend. Were you there? Will you be at fitbloggin 2012??

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday Weigh in 11/9

Ok, let's be real here. This last week was not a great week for me. I felt like a bottomless pit. Hungry. Hungry. Hungry. Not only that but I fell into some old patterns with emotional eating too. And the scale, well, the scale is up half a pound again. I actually expected more.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Paleo Recipe: Banana Bread Mini Muffins


I'm pretty fond of mini muffins; especially since going Paleo. They're just the perfect portion control for Paleo 'treats'. These are some I came up with over the weekend. Even my kids love them!


Banana Bread Mini Muffins
1/2 Coconut Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon


1 tsp Vanilla
2 Very Ripe/Mashed Bananas
4 Eggs
4 Tblsp Grass Fed Butter-Melted (you could substitute coconut oil)
2 Tblsp Honey (optional)


Sift the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl beat the eggs and then mix all wet ingredients well. Mix the two together until smooth.
Grease 2 mini muffin tins or line with baking cups. Spoon mixture into the tins.
Bake at 375 for 12 to 14 minutes.
Makes 21-24 muffins.


They're especially yummy when paired with a good cup of coffee. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Element Hatha & Flow YOGA For Beginners Winner!


Thanks so much to everyone who entered this week's giveaway! The winner is...

Jessica Tate

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday 11/2

Happy Wednesday! We have a snow storm going on here, snow, high winds, good stuff. How's the weather where you live?


OK, down to business, weigh in time. Well, for the last two weeks I was:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Day After

This is NOT me today! ;) Source


I woke up this morning feeling fantastic. It's November 1st and I feel AMAZING! Now, this may not seem like a stop-the-presses-hold-the-phone-mark-the-calendar event, but it is. You see, normally November 1 is the day after. The day after Halloween (obviously). The day after I stuffed so much candy in my face I should have gone into a sugar coma. The day after funk.