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Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
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Jillian Michaels, winning trainer on NBC's "The Biggest Loser," introduces a new yoga workout unlike any other. Combining hard-core yoga power poses with her dynamic training techniques, Jillian will get you real weight-loss results fast. YOGA MELTDOWN includes two complete 30-minute workouts that include a warm-up and cool down. Begin with the Level 1 workout which focuses on quickly flowing yoga sequences to burn mega calories. Then progress to Level 2 which adds twists and balance poses for an even greater burn.
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There are 2 x 30 minute workouts, Level 1 and 2. I found little difference in challenge between the two, actually, and do both back-to-back, despite the cool down and warm up twice over. As with all Jillian's DVDs, she offers ways to increase and decrease your level of intensity throughout. My only criticism of these workouts is I found that, after a few weeks and after the workouts became less challenging, I reached for them less and less often - which is not the case with some of her other DVDs (Hard Body, Ripped in 30). I don't think this is her strongest effort, but I do think it's a worthwhile DVD for anyone looking to try something new or curious about yoga - a ramped up version of it. If you are beginner or intermediate level in exercise, you will get a very good workout. If you are closer to intermediate-advanced, skip this - you will not be challenged enough. (Try her Extreme Shed & Shred DVD instead.)
First off, for anyone who is a serious yoga practitioner and bought this DVD, I think it should have been VERY obvious that this was NOT going to be real yoga. I mean, come on, it's Jillian Michaels! Were you really expecting traditional yoga? Being a former yoga practitioner (Ashtanga and Hatha) for several years, when I first saw this DVD I knew that this was going to be a workout and NOT the yoga I used to practice, without even reading any reviews or information on it. It was just so obvious, especially for anyone who knows anything about Jillian Michaels. If anything, I think the whole point of her creating this DVD was so that it wouldn't be traditional yoga.
That said, I have been working out with JM's other dvds for a while now and this one is definitely at a slower pace and not typical JM. However, even after working out with her other DVDs which are at a much higher intensity, I still sweat like crazy and am shaking through most of her "yoga" circuits becuase she is approaching the muscle groups from a different angle. I find this DVD great for in-between high-intensity workout days, but still allowing me to be challenged using a whole different workout method.
Basically, JM takes traditional yoga moves but spins them around to make you feel the burn. For example, instead of (in traditional yoga) going into warrior II and holding for x amount of time, you will be popping in and out of the movement turning it into a sort of side lunge, and then hold in place for 15 seconds. Another example would be chaturanga push-ups...brutal!
Overall, I think this DVD is a good workout, but should not be your primary source of exercise.Read more ›
It's about a half hour so it won't take up too much time! Can't argue with that. There's a warm up and a cool down. However the cool down does not stretch your arms or your shoulders so I usually add that on the end and I would recommend that just because there are lots of downward dogs and planks done.
Is it traditional yoga? No. But I wasn't expecting that. She even explains it in her little intro at the beginning of the workout.
Is it challenging? That depends on how much you push yourself. She offers a beginner version of the pose and a more advanced version. That's what's great about having a yoga/body weight based workout...there is always a modification! I'm of the opinion that you should always try to do the more advanced version (at least once. but only after you've gone through the DVD at least once already to understand form) unless it killing you or you know that you cannot do it...and then work your way up to it.
I own a few Jillian DVDs and I do find this one easier then her others but I am constantly surprised that by the end I've worked up a little sweat. I enjoy this workout and don't dread (perhaps that too harsh a word!) any of the exercises as I sometimes do for some of her other workouts......mountain climbers...ughhh hate them!
In my opinion, Level 1 and Level 2 are at the same difficulty level just different exercises done to work different muscle groups. For example after level one I can feel it more in my back the next day then I would after level 2. Or, Level 2 seems to have more core work then level one.
Overall, I really like this DVD and would recommend it...as long as you know what you are purchasing!
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This is my forst time practicing yours. I think it's a good video. BUT you can find the same videos on YouTube.... I recommend to look first there before spending some cash.Published 1 month ago by Samuel Torrees
I do hatha yoga once a week so I found L1 much too easy. L2 is a good workout and gives me variety in my week. If you do it properly you can definitely feel it the next day.Published 2 months ago by BrwnSgr
Nice combination of yoga and excersise.
Felt the burn and the yoga stretched it out. Easy to follow and great for core strength.
Différent du yoga que Je connaissais mais j'adore sa manière de nous mettre en forme. Essayez.Published 4 months ago by Client d'Amazon
really hard! not really yoga as much as a work out incorporating yoga positionsPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer