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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack
Lionsgate Home Entertainment // Unrated // November 30, 2010
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Review by Katie Levans | posted December 12, 2010 | E-mail the Author
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General Overview
Jillian Michaels is at it again, this time wreaking havoc on your midsection with a unique combination of standing, static and mat poses to work muscles you never even knew you had. What I like about Jillian's approach to abs is that she involves the entire body rather than leaving you on the mat to do a billion boring crunches. The workout comes in two 30-minute sections and you're instructed to do Level 1 for the first three weeks and then Level 2 for the last of your six-week challenge. I did them on consecutive days and found both to be very challenging but also interesting and dynamic enough to keep me engaged and not wanting to bail.

Equipment Needed
You'll need a 3-, 5-, or 8-lb hand weight and a mat (if you're on a hard surface). I skipped the mat because I was on carpet. You'll also want to ensure you have plenty of room to move. You won't just be on your back on the mat. There is a lot of jumping, lunging and moving in general.

Effectiveness
I felt that familiar burn of a well-worked core the day after doing Level 1 and for a couple days after Level 2, as well. While I haven't made any move towards doing this for six consecutive weeks, I have no doubt you'd see results. Whether or not that will be a six-pack remains to be seen, but I doubt it. Regardless, it will absolutely strengthen your core.

Safety
As with any exercise video, consult with a physician before you start and know your limits. Jillian has two women demonstrating every move--one advanced and the other modified for beginners or people with limitations. There are a number of moves that involve holding a weight and swinging it side to side or up and down. I had horrible visions of it slipping out of my hand and flying straight into my TV. Don't let that happen.

Cast/Instructor
I have a love-hate relationship with Jillian Michaels. I think she's an excellent trainer and really knows her stuff, but I disagree with her sponsorship of diet pills and find some of her training to be a bit extreme. Nevertheless, she puts together a great workout and is a fun instructor to follow with her snarky comments and overall kick-your-ass attitude. It's just enough to motivate you but not enough to make you want to smack her. That's a fine line.

Music
Standard workout music Set
A clean, simple fitness set modeled after an aerobics workout room at a gym.

Video
Full screen 1:33:1

Negatives
I don't have any problems with this workout. I did find that I needed a lot more space to move than I expected for an abs video. But that is actually a positive since the dynamic moves are what make the sequence unique and challenging. Still, if you're not expecting that, you'll be swinging an 8-lb weight around dangerously close to you TV.

Conclusion
I think this is a great workout that will certainly yield results. Those results may not be a Jillian-esque six-pack, but you'll strengthen your core and improve your balance regardless. I would recommend this video to people with an intermediate to advanced level of fitness.

Katie

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