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Jillian Michaels for Beginners: Frontside - Amazing Abs, Toned Arms and Lean Legs!


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Koch International
  • Release Date: Dec 7 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042J7GS4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,246 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By alphadot on Feb. 3 2011
Format: DVD
What more am I supposed to say? I haven't been working out for one full year. So this type of circuit is good for me. I have gained most of my weight of my stomach and thighs. After the first workout, consider that I haven't used my arms for more than typing or picking up children. My shoulder muscles hurt for a day and a half. I will try to be consistent every two days. It has no music, her work out is not fun, but for health reasons encouraging. I don't like the hoo-haa attitude, but i didn't like turbo jam for the 'YOU GO GIRl' bs either. I am picky. But she is giving you a good balance of cardio with muscles. It is better than most out there. I will try to be 5 - 6 days a week by adding another one of her videos, she is the most clear trainer i have dealt with in exercise videos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By andrena on March 7 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a great work out video. Easy to follow and easy to stick to. I only do it three times a week and have lost about a pound a week.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Pihach on April 17 2013
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Too much talking & breaks - not enough exercise. Would be great for someone who is just starting to exercise.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W Nield TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 30 2012
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One would reasonably think, that when an exercise DVD is labelled BEGINNERS, that it would be for beginners ... !!! it starts out with doing 30 jumping jacks ... and gets worse ...

I am truly a beginner, and with Jillian's wonderful reputation as a trainer, I think it is fair to say, that I expected this so be a bit more basic ...
Very disappointed ...
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Functional Training April 15 2007
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you are amazed by how much weight contestants lost while on the reality show: "The Biggest Loser," this workout gives you an idea of how much effort it takes to see real results in a short amount of time. This workout is perhaps one of the most difficult I've tried due to the circuit-style training. To be honest, this will be enjoyed by anyone who is at least intermediate and it will give beginners lots to look forward to.

Jillian Michaels puts Shane through the paces first with the first circuit that consists of a series of exercises that is repeated three times. So, you get three sets of exercises of 10 repetitions each as you work through jumping jacks (I used a small aerobic stepper or you can walk in place), push-ups and squats using a chair.

Kim joins Jillian for the second circuit as she enjoys a cardio interval of walking then does "bench dips," which I think are a little easier when you hold on to a kitchen counter instead of a chair at the start and then finishes with squats. If you are doing 5-8 reps at the start that is fine and then you can work to 10.

I was seriously not keeping up with the third circuit, which seemed at a faster pace with jump rope, chest exercises and squats. By the time I was on the floor and then back up standing, I was only able to do about 5-8 reps. I didn't think that holding the weights while jumping up and down was a good idea because this puts strain on your wrists. The jumping jacks seem better if you are walking and raising your arms at the start. If the exercises are too "bouncy" or "high impact" then you have the option of walking, which I gratefully did instead.

On the fourth circuit Shane returns for jumping jacks, shoulder exercises and chair squats. I was amazed to make it to circuit five where you march in place and actually get a bit of a break and then do some fun oblique work while working out your legs at the same time.

By circuit six, you will literally feel the fat melting off you as you again do jumping and then do some seriously good lateral raises and a plank that tests your endurance. I didn't make it to thirty seconds the first two times, but with Jillian motivational teaching style, I braced for the last one and held it for thirty seconds even by then I was shaking and about to fall over.

This workout is seriously geared towards fat burning and will be enjoyed most by intermediate exercisers who want a good cardiovascular challenge while working out arms, legs and abs. My endurance was seriously tested and everything seemed more challenging because of the circuit-style workout. If you are ready for some serious exercising, Jillian will show you the way "my love," as she says. She has a real sassy teaching style which keeps you smiling.

~The Rebecca Review

P.S. You may also want to look for Kneipp Sparkling Herbal Bath Tablets - 3 oz. when buying this DVD. The Juniper one is great for soothing tired muscles.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A Rerelease Oct. 24 2010
By Elfskin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This workout was released a few years ago, just so you don't buy it if you already have it. Good workout but a little long for a beginner workout. No music, just Jillian leading a past Biggest Loser contestant.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Slower paced for beginners but packs a great workout! Jan. 5 2011
By Exercisemaniac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My husband just called from work and wants to do this DVD again after a day's rest. He was able to do everything to the maximum and really feels he got the best workout possible in areas he hasn't worked before. We haven't been as successful with Jillian's other DVD's but we keep trying which is why we probably could keep up on the third part of the circuit. I have trouble doing jumping jacks because I am so heavy in the bust (but wearing one older bra, one with soft wires and then a larger sports bra has helped tremendously - yes, THREE bras but it works!)so I modify the jumping which still allows a good heartrate increase. You could just march in place with knees really high. I did ALL the push ups with this DVD since trying to do them on Jillian's "30 Day Shred" which is a killer. This one is great for beginners and intermediates. You can see the progress by former Biggest Losers who demonstrate the exercises. We love Jillian's dumbbells - easier to hold and hand friendly. One way or another Jillian will whip us into shape.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
PERFECT for beginners! Sept. 6 2012
By Erika - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
The only exercise I ever got was riding my bike for transportation, and it's been a few years. I put on some (A LOT) of weight this year and bought this DVD after my Jillian-obsessed friend suggested her to me.It is perfect for beginners! Kicked my ass in a good way, but didn't make me feel like I couldn't do it or was dying. Jillian's totally understanding that it's scary to start exercising, and reminds you how to breathe and drink water. I especially like that instead of having trim and cut Jillian model the exercises, she had contestants from the Biggest Loser do them (i.e. normal looking people!) Be warned- you will need a mat, hand weights, and a stable chair, but they don't tell you until they start using them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Worth it! March 24 2011
By Mia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Yes her frontside video is a bit plain (white background). I don't understand why Jillian didn't have a studio or exercise room background. It's actually distracting to me to not have a background of some sort. I'm pretty new to working out. While I'm not in the worst shape (5'2 150lbs) I'm also not a runner or an exercise fanatic. Thus starting out with this was a bit hard for me. I only did this until circuit three before I was exhausted and wanted to stop. I'm surprised though that I was able to keep up! If you aren't fit and do this at least twice a week I guarantee you'll see results. I felt them the day after. I was sore up until day 2 after the day I worked out! That does not usually happen to me. If you're determined and want to see results buy this video! It really kicked my butt and I'm going to try to stick with it. The nice part is that Jillian also offers an easy version and a harder version to each exercise.

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