Monday, June 29, 2009

Day 20 - Level 2

Just finished Level 2. And Day 20 - that means I'm 2/3 done the challenge!!

Another thing that is improving is my flexibility. On the stretches at the end I can now touch my forehead to my knees - just barely, but I can!

So, I had emailed the Jillian Michaels website to ask about consecutive day muscle training in the Shred and this is the response I got today...
With the 30-day Shred, I do believe that you should have 2 resting days, not right in a row. But, I do know that it is suggested to workout for 5 days out of a week. I hope that answers your question.
This still isn't every other day, but it does kinda make sense. It would also work out to doing 2 weeks (5 days per week) on Level 1, 2 weeks on Level 2 and 2 weeks on Level 3 for a total of 6 weeks (30 days). You know, if I was following the actual program, which I'm not.

So, now I'm not sure what I should do - if I should add a couple rest days to my workout schedule. It would sure make it easier! I just don't want it to seem like a cop out or that I'm giving up or not able to do it.

In some ways, I'm thinking I really should though. Today I was absolutely exhausted doing this workout. I had to do just legs and drop the arms on a couple of the reps for biceps and the front arm raises. My guess is this is likely because my muscles are not getting the proper 48 hr rest and recovery period that they need.

What do you think?

I'm leaning towards making tomorrow my first rest day in 3 weeks.


  1. So does it say anywhere in or on the video that the 30-day Shred is actually supposed to take 6 weeks if you do it correctly? That totally makes more sense. Dang it, if only you'd known earlier ~ then Sundays could have been one of your 'rest' days!!!

  2. I think it does make sense to take a rest day twice a week. I took the past four days off from Shred, two of those were because I was feeling awful from menstral cramps. I started back up again today, and it was nice to exercise not starting out sore from all the other days.

  3. Well that's just a stinker. I've been doing it for about 12 days straight! And usually I take two days off a week (well I still go on walks outside with the kids, but you know what I mean.) I've been adding the Blast Fat, Boost Metabolism about 20 minutes of it afterwards just to kick it up. I am seeing results, though. Hmm, I'll have to think more on this.