In an earlier article, I reviewed the Jillian Michaels Body Shred Program and what I loved about the program.
Today, I’ll be reviewing Jillian Michaels Body Revolution, which I finished a few weeks ago.
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What is Body Revolution?
Body Revolution is a 90-day extreme weight-loss system from my favorite personal trainer, Jillian Michaels.
The Body Revolution program engages metabolic training to burn more fat. The program is delivered in 3 phases to eliminate repetitiveness.
The workouts are divided into three phases, each lasting one month. The intensity of the workouts increases over each month.
The best thing of all – the workouts are only 30 minutes plus a few additional minutes for warm-up and warm down.
Any workout over 45 minutes feels like too much work to me so this program was right up my alley.
What is Included in Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Program?
The program includes 15 DVDs, a 90-day journal and bookmark, a 7-day kick start diet, a meal plan, and a fitness guide.
It also includes a 30-day VIP membership to Jillian Michaels online club where you’ll have access to coaching and support from Jillian.
Since this isn’t my first time with Jillian, I already knew what I would get with this program.
Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Equipment
Despite how intense the program is, you don’t need too much equipment for the 3 months and should have most of them at home already:-
I used 5 kg, 8 kg, and 10 kg according to how much I wanted to challenge myself.
I have a level 3 resistance band from Reebok.
How Does Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Work?
Nutrition Guide 1 – 7 Day Kick Start Your Metabolism
As the name implies, this is a 7-day diet plan designed to jump-start your metabolism.
The diet plan allows up to 1, 200 calories a day – this includes 3 meals and 1 snack.
Fruit, flour, grains, and sugar is also cut out of the diet plan.
The diet provides an option of 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, and 3 snacks for you to choose from.
Nutrition Guide 2 – Fat Burning Meal Plan
This is a bit more in-depth than the kick start your metabolism guide although the calorie allowance is the same.
The meal options are not as cutthroat as above and the recipe pictures are all very nice.
However, I don’t usually follow these meal plans because the recipes are complicated to get together and the ingredients aren’t always available.
I just stick to the calorie limit provided by the workout and adjust it within my usual diet.
The 90-day journal is provided to track your fitness activities such as meals, workouts, calorie consumption, etc.
Month 1 (Phase 1)
Phase 1 is weeks 1 – 4 in the workout and it includes low-impact moves to help develop your core strength, stability, and endurance.
Weeks (workout) 1 and 2 are different from weeks (workout) 3 and 4 with the exception of the cardio workout, which stays the same throughout month 1.
The workouts are approx 35 minutes long with a warm-up and warm-down period while the cardio workout is 26 minutes with a 2 minute warm-down.
The cardio workout is repeated throughout phase 1 so it can get repetitive. I was glad to see the last of it by the end of the month.
After going through Body Shred, I didn’t find month 1 very challenging but I didn’t let myself get complacent about it.
I upped the weights where possible and tried to “give more if there’s more” as Jillian likes to say.
There’s always a way to up the ante of any move should you find it too easy. That’s what I liked the most about this workout.
Month 2 (Phase 2)
Phase 2 is weeks 5 – 8 and this is where my body reminded me why I was working out in the first place.
Phase 2 workouts provide greater resistance with even more challenging exercises. You will continue to shed fat and shred your entire body.
By the time I got to workout 7 in the phase, I was certain my hands would soon refuse to obey any more commands from my brain! They were that maxed out.
All I kept thinking was, “But if you can barely move your arms at workout 7, what on earth is in workout 8 – 12!”
Y’all, I’m not even going to lie, I was a little scared but I also welcomed the challenge to take my body to the max.
Weeks (workout) 5 and 6 are different from weeks (workout) 7 and 8. The cardio workout also changes in phase 2 (thank goodness).
With this phase, I had to pause the video a bit to make changes while using the resistance band or rewind because the changes were so fast on the screen.
This isn’t much of a big deal but it added a few more minutes to every workout.
The workouts in phase 2 are approx 37 minutes with a few minutes for warm-up and warm-down. There is no warm-up period for the cardio workout.
Month 3 (Phase 3)
Phase 3 is weeks 9 – 12 and this is where “shit got real.” Phase 3 is full of high energy and intense workouts designed to attack the trouble zones.
There were times in this phase I had to pause the video and breathe a little because I thought I was going to die in front of the screen.
Even the cardio workout in this phase was more painful than the cardio workout in phase 1 & 2.
The workouts were TOUGH. But I’m tougher.
Weeks (workout) 9 and 10 are different from weeks (workout) 11 and 12. The cardio workout also changes in phase 3.
The workouts are approx 36 minutes with a few minutes to warm-up and warm-down. There is no warm-up with the cardio workout.
A lot of the moves in this phase are quite complex and you have to make sure you get the right stance so you don’t injure yourself.
Get it right before you try to do it as fast as the fitness trainers on the screen.
My metabolism was in overdrive by the time I got to phase 3. I had to increase the protein in my diet to catch up with the fat I was burning.
I loved this program but I was glad when it ended. Goodness! Jillian goes out of her way to cram a lot of horror into 30 minutes. Lol.
You think it’s 30 minutes so it’s short but Jillian will make you work every minute of those 30 minutes.
My only respite from the torture was the rest day after every week. I looked forward to those days like I was about to win the lottery.
What I Loved About Jillian Michaels Body Revolution
1. Short Workouts
I’m not a big fan of working out for an hour or more. I simply don’t have that kind of time plus it gets boring.
At less than 40 minutes for the workouts, I could get in and out fast with Body Revolution.
Short workouts also make it harder to compile excuses for why you can’t workout.
2. Lots of Weights & Resistance
I prefer weight and resistance training to cardio and Body Revolution consisted mostly of those so it was perfect for me.
3. Dynamic Workouts
The workouts were changing throughout the phases so nothing got repetitive apart from the cardio.
Dynamic workouts also challenged me more because as soon as my body started getting used to the moves, the workout would be switched up.
4. Delivers On Its Promise
I know a particular workout program is doing its work when my metabolism goes into overdrive.
I’m not a big eater even while doing workouts so my diet never changes.
When a workout is so intensive that it pushes me to switch up my regular diet a bit, I know it’s working.
I loved the definition in my arms by the time I was done with Body Revolution. They were already fit but they toned up to the next level.
I also loved the little pow-wows between the team before each workout started. They were only a few seconds but they got me in the mood.
I usually pick out a few favourites, apart from Jillian, at the start of each program to keep me motivated throughout.
For Body Revolution, they were Omar, Kenza, and Nathalie. 🙂
Overall, Jillian Micheals Body Revolution kicked the ever-loving s^^t out of my ass but I loved every painful close to collapsing into tears moment of it.
Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Good for Beginners?
However, if you feel like you’re up to the challenge, go ahead with Body Revolution but try to follow the person modifying and get the move right.
This is what’s most important in these workouts – getting the move right so you don’t injure yourself.
You can access Body Revolution via the Jillian Michaels app HERE. You’ll also get access to Jillian on the app.
If you prefer the DVD set instead, you can get that HERE. The DVD set also comes with a 30-day VIP membership to the app.
I will write a more in-depth review of the Jillian Michaels app in a later article.
Well, I’m currently on Ripped in 30, which is for 30 days but I will be reviewing this program on a weekly basis as well as at the end.
Will upload week 1 of Ripped in 30 by end of next week or earlier. I always try to have the next thing lined up by the last week of whatever I’m on.