Henry’s rating 4.5 out of 5
It’s hard to follow the fitness field and not be familiar with Jillian Michaels. Ms. Michaels is probably one of the most inspiring people in “The Biz” you are likely to come across– next to The Hound of course, and I have to admit that she looks better in spandex workout gear!
She is a legitimate TV fitness personality, host of the delightfully inspiring “Biggest Loser,” a personal trainer, a life coach, and all around wonderful human being. Her messaging about healthy weight loss has always been about self-empowerment and wellness. Her latest program, Body Revolution sticks with that theme.
If there is anything to caution about the Body Revolution program it is that much like Jillian Michaels herself, it is very intense.
The Body Revolution Program follows Jillian’s proven methods of “Metabolic Training,” which basically combines reduced caloric intake with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
As you may know from the Hound’s other posts regarding HIIT the idea behind this method of training is an intense workout causes your body to move oxygenated blood from one part of the body to another to power your workout. When this occurs your heart rate elevates, you boost your metabolism, and you burn more calories.
Jillian Michaels has become famous for this kind of intensive workout that has prompted many who have done it to say “you work out for 30 minutes – but you feel like you’ve been at it for a few hours.”
In her latest, the Body Revolution Program, you are supposed to workout 6 days a week, 30 minutes a day. During the week, you’ll alternate two weight-based interval workouts, with a cardio interval workout. Every two weeks, the workouts change.
To be honest, The Hound has not tried the program for himself – but you can find dozens and dozens of legitimate testimonials on the Web of those who have followed Body Revolution for the full 90-days, and have had quick and positive results.
If there is any downside at all to this program, it is that level of intensity. Many folks struggling with weight, and who may be total beginners when it comes to circuit training, may find the regimen of working-out six days a week tough to stick to. However, even if you fall short of the mark, Jillian’s diet suggestions, and her workouts are so good, you will still benefit, even if you cannot do the full program everyday.
The program which Ms. Michaels says is designed to “get you into the best shape of your life” includes a total of 15 different DVDs with three focusing on cardio and 12 on her unique methods of “metabolic training.” Depending on where you order it from, the Body Revolution Program may, or may not also include a set of exercise bands.
Who Should Use It?
Any one who really wants to get fit and in shape should consider using Jillian Michaels Body Revolution program. But I think it is not for the grossly overweight, or people with certain physical limitations, who may need to start out with a program that is a little less intense.
Like everything that Jillian Michaels has put her name to, there is a lot of good to say about the Body Revolution 90-day plan. She includes several different rotating workouts to avoid boredom, it promises, and by all-accounts delivers, significant results in 90 days, the workouts are tough but only 30 minutes long. There has been evidence that indicates that the kind of HIIT that makes up Ms. Michaels “metabolic training” does raise metabolism after your workout is finished, and like all diet and exercise programs that receive any kind of endorsement from The Hound, Body Revolution emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet, and making lifestyle changes as well as exercise.
Jillian’s diet and food recommendations are spot on. The nutrition plan “booklet” that comes with the program is 72 pages long and tells you everything you need to know about healthy eating and weight loss.
Along with the diet book, the 15 DVDs, and in some cases the exercise bands, Body Revolution also gives you 30 days of free access to Jillian’s web club, which includes additional recipes and nutrition ideas.
It’s hard to say anything bad about any kind of weight loss product created by TV’s First Lady of Fitness, and Jillian would likely take a newspaper to my nose if I did! But, if I had to say anything negative about this program, it is only to repeat, that it may be too intense and difficult for some to stick to everyday, for the full 90-days.
The Bottom Line
Jillian Michaels has proven time and again that she knows how to motivate people, and get results. Jillian Michaels Body Revolution looks to be another success in that long track record. The only reason I give it 4.5 instead of 5 out of 5 is I am just not sure it is for everybody, or every body.