Gym Class: Jillian Michaels BodyShred at Crunch
Jillian Michaels has already entered living rooms around the country via The Biggest Loser and her popular DVDs, now she’s coming to a gym near you. Recently we got a chance to check out her new class, BodyShred, which was taught by the fitness queen herself. The class launches at Crunch gyms September 10.
What it is: The 30-minute workout uses Jillian’s 3-2-1 approach. Participants complete three minutes of strength, followed by two minutes of cardio, and one minute of abs which is repeated over the course of four circuits, with each circuit being performed once on each side of the body. The workout incorporated a variety moves, including some floor work, some yoga-inspired exercises, and plyometrics.
My experience: I genuinely had fun working up a sweat in this class. The routine moved at a quick pace, which kept me engaged, and kept my mind off of how much I was sweating or struggling.
What it worked: This was truly a total body workout. Most moves toned multiple muscle groups at once. Designated ab work targeted the core, exercises like squats and lunges worked the lower body, and we also did some arm work with free weights, as well as several push-up variations.
Who it’s best for: Busy people. It was nice to be able to work up a sweat feel the burn in a mere 30 minutes.
What to watch out for: The workout is vigorous from beginning to end, so it probably isn’t for complete rookies.
Final word: BodyShred will give you a quality—and challenging—workout in minimal time.
--Mary Squillace is an associate editor
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