As promised, I am starting to do some reviews of popular workout programs/ DVDs. Everything I review will be programs I have gone through myself, so you’ll be getting first hand reviews and experiences from me. I’ll break them down so you get a general idea of what each workout entails, what equipment you’ll need, and some pros and cons of each program, so you can make an informed choice before deciding which workout is right for you.
I thought I would start by reviewing a workout program I have been doing for a few years: Jillian Micheals Yoga Meltdown. I first purchased this DVD a few years ago when I began on my health/ fitness journey. I’ve used it on and off over the years, working it in between other workout routines I’ve been trying. When I first started this program I was not in good shape at all. I had not worked out regularly for close to two years at that point. Just to give you an idea of where I was fitness wise at the start of this program.
This is not your typical yoga workout. If anything I would have to say it’s not yoga so much as inspired by yoga and yoga poses. It takes classic yoga poses, modifies them and adds repetition. This helps you to strength train with the weight of your own body, and get your heart rate up (a little). I personally enjoy this type of “yoga” over the slow sequences of traditional yoga.
This program is actually broken down in to two different workouts: level one and level two. Level one is more upper body, which actually made it more difficult for me because my upper body is my weakest area. Level two focuses more on legs and abs which I personally found more enjoyable.
This was a really cheap workout program, I bought my DVD on Amazon for under $10, in my mind, it was definitely worth the money.
Each workout is only 30 minutes long. And the DVD includes two workouts.
I would say moderate. Each pose is shown in both a modified (easier) and advance version. So you could always start out modifying the moves you need to and work your way up to the more advanced versions. Jillian does break out some “bonus moves” which are very difficult, in particular, crow. You may not be able to do these moves at all, even if you are in great shape, but I think it’s good in a way, to give you something awesome to work towards.
Just a yoga mat, or you could probably do it without as long as you’re working out on a non-slip surface.
I find Jillian to be motivating, in a “pushing you” kind of way. I would have liked a little more instruction on the poses themselves, explaining how different parts of your body should be in each pose so you know if you’re doing it right without being able to see yourself in the pose. She does explain somewhat for certain poses, but I feel, especially for beginners, that a little more instruction would be helpful.
I think it’s a great workout to gain some strength and flexibility but it is not suited for big weight loss. This workout doesn’t get your heart rate up too much so you won’t be burning many calories. If you’re really looking to lose fat and gain muscle, you could not use this workout alone. I think this workout would be best used as a way to start your fitness journey if you’re new to exercise or you could use it weaved in with your regular workout routine.
The DVD comes with two workouts.
Each workout features a modifier for beginners and more advanced moves to work towards.
No equipment needed.
Each workout is only 30 minutes long.
Lack of instruction
Not suited to many long term fitness goals.
Overall I do really enjoy this program. While I don’t use it much anymore, It was almost my sole workout when I first was starting out a few years ago. It helped to build my flexibility and some strength. It’s priced very well and I love that it doesn’t require any equipment. I would definitely recommend it.
(*This is NOT a sponsored post. I was not compensated in any way for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
I’m currently finishing up Piyo. So look out for another review coming soon. 🙂