Jillian Michaels Body Revolution

Review of Body Revolution by Jillian Michaels Cardio 1 and 2

**See below for an update 06/03/23.

The Body Revolution program consists of 3 phases that claim to lead to “total body transformation.” It is a 90-day program with 6 workouts a week and one day to rest.  Each phase consists of 4 metabolic training workouts and one cardio workout.  Each workout is “only” 30 minutes long.  Even numbered workouts work the front of the body, oddly numbered workouts concentrate on working the back of the body.  Every workout works the abdominals.

What is included with the purchase of Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution:

15 DVDs
resistance cable
fitness guide
90-day journal
“customizable” 90-day fat-burning meal plan,
FREE 30-day web club access
bonus 7 day Kick Start Your Metabolism diet plan that will help to “detox your body and curb your food cravings or addictions.”

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The first phase is 4 weeks and includes workouts 1-4 and the cardio level 1 workout. The second phase is 4 weeks and includes workouts 5-8 and the cardio level 2 workout.

Phase 1 Cardio 1 for Weeks 1 through 4

What will you need?  Good supportive athletic shoes, that’s it.

While this phase is meant to be low impact you will still be sore when you first start out.

No warm up for this workout, it starts right up with the circuit.  Each of the eight parts is done for one minute and repeated through twice for a total of three times.

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1. March in place
2. Hot/fast feet
3. Punch it out in a half squat position
4. Jog in place
5. Running Man (I HATE this one)
6. Speed bags (doing this for 1 minute is a lot harder than you might think it would be.)
7. Kick outs with arm circles (Jillian also calls them mummy kicks)
8. Suicides

Repeat twice.

Cool Down/Stretches

After finishing the weeks of phase one and two and now moving on to cardio workout 3,   I was super sore from the workouts the first two days, but after that not much at all.

Here is one of my very favorite Jillian Micheals quotes:

“This is where it matters the most. This is where lives are made, in these moments when you can choose whether or not to say ‘I cant’ or ‘I can.’ It is a choice that will either make or break you for life.”

Phase 2 Cardio 2 for Weeks 5 through 8

What will you need?  Good supportive athletic shoes, that’s it.

No warm-up for this workout, it starts right up with the circuit.  Each of the fourteen parts is done for 30 seconds and repeated through twice for a total of three times.

1. Jump rope
2. Butt Kicks
3. High Knees
4.Alternating Knee Strikes
5. Jumping Jacks
6. Fast Feet
7. Skiers
8. Skaters
9. Plié Hops
10. Cross Jacks
11.Upper Cuts
12. Towel Runs Right then Left
13. Hooks Right then Left
14. Burpees (I HATE burpees, but then again, who doesn’t.)

Repeat twice.

Cool Down/Stretches

I love this workout.  I think that because each of the moves only lasts for 30 seconds it is much more tolerable and enjoyable!

I hope this was helpful if you are trying to decide if Jillian Michaels Body Revolution is right for you!

Here is another of my very favorite Jillian Micheals quotes:

“Many are so preoccupied with what others think it defines their existence. When we fixate externally, it keeps us from truly knowing ourselves and our destiny. Most [people] fear looking inward for worry they won’t find greatness, but when you stop allowing others to define your worth, you’ll see—greatness exists in us all, waiting to be


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**Update 06/03/2023:

The following statement reflects my personal experience and should not be construed as a universal condemnation or endorsement of any specific approach to exercise and dieting, including that of Jillian Michaels. It is crucial to acknowledge that individual experiences may vary, and what works positively for one person may have different outcomes for another. This update aims to highlight a specific personal situation and the impact it had on my mental health while recognizing the potential benefits of certain approaches.

I would like to share that I had previously found success in improving my physical state through the approach advocated by Jillian Michaels. It helped me achieve notable physical results, which I am grateful for. However, it is essential to recognize that along with other life circumstances, this approach also had detrimental effects on my mental health.

While the approach focused on aspects like intense workouts and strict dietary restrictions, I found myself constantly striving for unrealistic standards and pushing my body beyond its limits. The intense pressure I placed on myself, coupled with the strict regimen, had a negative impact on my overall well-being. I experienced feelings of guilt, anxiety, and a distorted perception of my body image, which significantly affected my mental health.

It is important to understand that personal circumstances, including mental health, can greatly influence the outcomes and experiences related to any exercise or dieting approach. What might work positively for one individual may lead to adverse effects for another. Our mental and emotional well-being should never be sacrificed for the sole pursuit of physical transformation.

It is crucial to prioritize our holistic health, which encompasses physical, mental, and emotional aspects. This may involve adopting an approach that encourages self-compassion, self-acceptance, and a balanced lifestyle. Consulting with healthcare professionals or seeking guidance from qualified experts who specialize in mental health, nutrition, and fitness can be beneficial in developing a personalized and sustainable approach.

In conclusion, this update serves as a personal reflection on the impact of a specific approach to exercise and dieting on my mental health. It is essential to recognize the potential benefits and limitations of any approach, understanding that individual experiences and circumstances can greatly influence the outcomes. It is crucial to prioritize mental well-being alongside physical health and to seek professional advice when making changes to your exercise or dieting routine to ensure a balanced and sustainable approach.

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