Kill Jill: First Impressions of the 30 Day Shred

By Lynnie | November 3 2010 | 27 Comments

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Having heard mutterings around Twitter about “shredding” a couple of weeks ago, I did wonder if there’d been a sudden resurgence of interest in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their arch-enemy Shredder. Hey, I love a bit of ’80s nostalgia as much as the next rehabilitated scrunchie wearer, so it didn’t seem beyond the bounds of possibility that TMNT were back with a bang. Either that or there was some big social media campaign pushing Shredded Wheat going on.

Eh, yeah. Obviously neither was the case, and I am an idiot.

Once I – eventually, ehem – figured out that the shredding in question related to Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred fitness DVD and heard people raving about the results they were getting with it, I skedaddled on over to and ordered myself a copy. The eminently sensible reasoning behind the order was that I might actually exercise if I could just do it at home, without having to venture out into the cold/wet/bloke-filled weights section of the gym.

€8.49 of my Eurobux and a couple of days later, it was time for my first session with Jillian. I set up in the sitting room and listened to the introductory chat, wherein Jillian uttered something along the lines of “let’s get started! Go team! What’s great about this workout is that you don’t need any special equipment. Well, other than a set of dumbbells and an exercise mat, of course! But sure everyone has those things lying around the house, right?”


I pressed pause and hunted through the kitchen presses for something that would suffice as hand weights while wondering what the feck I could use in place of a yoga mat. I had to settle on a pair of Fruit Shoot kids’ drinks from the fridge and a couple of towels.

Anyway, 20 minutes later, I had a very good understanding of why Ms. Michaels has earned the nickname “Kill Jill” from my Twitter friends. It was exactly what I felt like doing. Even the deceptively easy-seeming Level 1 had me in serious need of an immediate shower (and maybe a little lie down, not necessarily in that order) and I could feel the burn in my thighs and upper body for feckin’ days afterwards.

The fact that it takes just 20 minutes a day and that you can do it at home definitely makes the 30 Day Shred seem super do-able, but I’m still on Level 1 and haven’t been able to manage two days in a row yet. Yes, I am a wuss.

I’m also a bit wary about how tough the jumping jacks, skipping, and running on the spot might be on my poor knees – there’s quite a lot of pounding your body weight off the floor involved here – so I’ll be keeping a close eye to that.

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27 Replies to "Kill Jill: First Impressions of the 30 Day Shred"

  • dashing says:

    I’m using this DVD now and find it great – but like you Lynnie I dont have weights lying around so I just don’t use any – I’d say it makes me not work as hard but I would hate to imagine how hard it would be with those weights.
    I like how there’s a good bit of variety in the routine and I’ve tried level 2 – its pretty hard to back to level 1 for me :)

  • Cindz1222 says:

    Started by doing it every 2nd day for the first week and then got stuck in and did one whole week of level one. Then I got sick and had to stop :(

    I used tins of beans as weights and it gives enough resistance to give a bit of a burn. Love the fact that its only 20 minutes, My knees are also dodgy, but I found that if I kept control (didn’t just throw myself into it and try to keep up with her) and jumped with care I could do it pretty easily.

    And just as soon as I stop coughing I am going back to it. Promise ;)

  • Daisy says:

    I’ve restarted level 1 after a couple of months I did it the last 2 days in a row and have very stiff/ sore legs now, might give it a skip tonight because Id be afraid I won’t be able to walk tomorrow, Id be a bit worried about it doing damage as someone on here mentioned getting a knee injury from doing it!

  • Aifs says:

    Wahooooo! Another shredder (giggled quite a bit at your TMNT reference!) :D Welcome aboard Lynnie!

    I had been doing this pretty consistantly up until the BH weekend. I had made it up to level 3 which is killer but really effective. I’ve started back now and it’s all good. I lost 3 pounds but I was still eating all sorts of junk, so I’ve given up all junk food for November….well that’s the plan anyway! See if I can shift a few more pounds before Christmas so that I can eat myself stupid over the festive season! :D I noticed a difference in the tone of my upper body and legs. A few people have said it to me so that’s good. It’s a motivator in itself.

    Hilarious how “Kill Jill” caught on! :lol:

  • kittyKat says:

    I bought Davina’s DVD last year and picked up some hand weights in Dunnes. They’re not v. heavy and I ended up for some of the exercises using both weights in one hand to feel the benefit. To be honest I didn’t find Davina’s workout challenging after a while and I didn’t lose any weight or tone up. I started running and touch wood that seems to be doing the trick. This is the first Winter I’ve started running (was doing it all thru the summer) and I went out in the rain last night. Will keep it up until the frost starts and then will give Kill Jill a go. Davina is, in my mind, the Jane Austen of workouts !

  • cara says:

    I did 3 days in a row and nearly died. Then I kept making excuses not to do it. I used the weights, and wow do you feel it. I was really inpressed though, I’m not fit in the slightest and on the first day could only do one mini push up. By third day I could do 14. I’d be nearly finished now if I kept it up :-(

  • Aifs says:

    cara – I know the feeling! I did 3 full weeks leading up to it with motivational tweets from Tina & bride and joy! :) I’m starting again now. I did level 1 the other night but will push myself up to level 3 again by the weekend as my fitness has improved. I don’t see it as 30 days and then stopping. I’m going to try and keep it up as it is a much more reasonably priced alternative to the gym classes I have done before.

    I also bought Just Dance 2 for the Wii. So much fun and good exercise if anyone has a Wii!

    Jillian has a new Wii game out too (or coming out I’m not sure). I saw a clip of it online. I think I’ll stick to her DVD though.

  • Emz says:

    I’ve done with twice so far & find it good – I do pilates & body conditioning also so definitely won’t be doing it everyday.
    I do worry about my knees because as Lynnie mentioned there is alot of pounding your body weight going on so don’t think I’d do it everyday even if I could. I’ve seen online reviews warn people about their knees also.

  • lucyloo says:

    I did it once and almost died a death. The next day I couldnt go up or down stairs and even sitting and lying down were painful! Havhnt done it since, but I have been threatening to try it again…sooon…

  • cara says:

    I’ll start it back up again this weekend, I do see it as something permenant too. At only 20 mins a day, there really is no excuse for me not doing it! Can’t afford the gym everyday, sure the DVD was the price of only one gym visit!

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