Health ~ Jillian Michaels’ ‘Hard Body’ DVD Review
Title: Hard Body
Genre: Workout DVD, Health, Exercise
I buy Jillian Michaels‘ DVDs for two primary reasons – 1. They are effective. 2. I love her no-nonsense, push-you-to-make-you-the-best-you attitude.
Hard Body is no exception. It’s a brutal workout and though she does have a Beginners version for most of the moves, I’d still recommend that if you haven’t been active for years that you start with one of her less intense and less complex DVDs like the 30 Day Shred. That said, Hard Body is a wildly effective set of workouts that are both challenging and fun.
The moves here are more complex and require some degree (sometimes a lot of degrees!) of balance and co-ordination. What I like best about the Hard Body format is that Jillian runs through each circuit once 1-6, then goes back and repeats from the beginning – starting again at circuit 1 and going through to 6. It’s a refreshing change from the standard format of circuit 1, then repeat circuit 1, THEN move to circuit 2, repeat circuit 2 etc. She continues to give Advanced, Moderate and Beginners versions to most of the exercises, which is something I’ve always loved about her workouts because it gives me something to aspire to (the Bad Ass version) yet doesn’t make me feel lost if I’m not quite there yet.
Hard body also breaks from the Jillian Michaels’ norm of 20ish minutes, instead it focuses you on creating the best you for a full 45 minutes, plus whatever additional warm-up or cool-down you prefer to do (or not do) on your own.
If you’re looking for results – Hard Body is certainly recommended!