Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Becoming a Shred head // Level 2



Let me tell you, reaching level two was a welcome challenge. Ten days in I was already bored with the DVD and sick and tired of trying to squeeze it into my day. Mind you, 30 minutes is not too demanding but doing something day after day without rest gets old and exhausting. Before this adventure, I always took at least one rest day a week. I disgruntledly had to fit it in where and when I could. This meant waking up at the ass crack of dawn to do it before work because I was facing a 12 hour day or coming home and doing it after a dinner party. Honestly, while I was working on level 2 it seemed like Jillian was dictating my life. But I forged on. 

The 30DS Shrine.

And you want to know why, I forged on? Well even if you don’t, I am going to tell you. At some point during level 2 I decided to try on a pair of jeans I had not been able to wear since 2009. And get this, they fit. Ahh, non-scale victories, you got to love them! It is the absolute best feeling in the world to get back into one of your favorite pieces of clothing especially considering I couldn’t even get these bad boys over my hips 6 months ago. These jeans were my validation that despite not losing much weight, I was losing inches. I should add here that I did not take my measurements as suggested before starting the 30DS. First, I don’t have a soft tape measure to take measurements (someone has since suggested using a laptop charging cord and then comparing that to tape measure *genius*) and second, I don’t really think I could be consistent with my measurements. I’d never remember where exactly I measured in the first place and I think other factors such as bloating just hinder the process. So I just relied on the old jean test.


The jean test.

By the time my 10 days with level one came to a close, I felt like I had a pretty good handle on things. My strength and stamina increased and I was for the most part keeping up with Natalie. I would say that was plenty of time for me to get ready for Level 2. I did not experience soreness with Level 2, like I did with the start of Level 1, but things were definitely kicked up a notch. I was panting for air and sweating my vajazz off. Additionally, I found this level required a little more coordination and coordinated I am not. At all. I even had the pause the DVD a couple of times the first time through to get the move down.


I really struggled with the squat thrusts for the first couple of times in this level. I mean they are just evil. I may even have had to use a number of those sacred no-more-than-5-second-breaks. Blah.  But by the end of the 10 days of this level, I could do ten of them in a row which was huge. I also struggled with the pendulum lunges with hammer curls and the chair squat and v-fly. With every pendulum lunge I almost toppled over and by the time I was made it to the chair squat and v-fly my arms were screaming. I had to lose the 5 pound weights and turn to my lighter blue balls. And even sometimes the blue balls were too much.  Despite my bitching, there were a few moves I enjoyed with this video too. I actually had fun with the skater jumps and the jumping oblique twists. 

Stay tuned, there will be more on my Shred head journey forthcoming and for whatever it’s worth – here’s the list of exercises for level 2.

~ Jen J.

30 Day Shred – Level 2

WARM UP
  • arm crosses
  • backwards windmills
  • jumping jacks
  • high kicks
  • neck circles
  • jumping jacks
CIRCUIT 1
Strength = 3 minutes
  • walk out pushups
  • squat with wide rows
  • walk out pushups
  • squat with wide rows
Cardio = 2 minutes
  • high knees
  • squat thrusts
  • high knees
  • squat thrusts
Abs = 1 minutes
  • one leg lift double crunches
CIRCUIT 2
Strength = 3 minutes
  • static lunge w/ medium grip row
  • pendulum lunges w/ hammer curls
Cardio = 2 minutes
  • jumping oblique twists
  • skater jumps
  • jumping oblique twists
  • skater jumps
Abs = 1 minute
  • chest press hold w/ double leg lifts 
  • double crunches
CIRCUIT 3

Strength = 3 minutes
  • military presses w/ leg extensions
  • chair squat and v-fly
  • military presses w/ leg extensions (opposite leg)
  • chair squat and v-fly
Cardio = 2 minutes
  • plank jacks
  • double jump rope
  • plank jacks-
  • double jump rope

Abs = 1 minutes
  • plank twists

STRETCHES



8 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this nice to see what level 2 is like, and congrats on the NSV that you saw during level 2

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  2. I am SO proud of you for being so committed... amazing job!! I'm scared of level 2 but I can't even think about that right now! Once I can sit down to pee without intense pain in my thighs, then I'll worry about level 2!;)

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  3. Jeans test rocks! Clothes don'g lie. Great job sweets!

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  4. I can do squats all day and all night, but lunges kill me every time. Apparently I have the balance of a drunken toddler because I guarantee you that if there is a set of lunges coming up, I will hit the floor at some point. L1 is meh, L2 is blah, and I think L3 was honestly my favorite. It might have just been the mental relief of "I made it this far!". Good job!

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  5. Look at you rocking those jeans! Great job! And I'm with Amy, I HATE lunges. I fall over every time too.

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  6. Great job completing the whole 30! I finished about 10 and gave up. I'm going to start again tomorrow! <-- That's my promise!

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  7. Looking good in those jeans Jen! And cute living room by the way! Love that paint color!

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  8. So glad I found this post!! I start Level 2 of 30DS tonight!!! EEEEEKKKKK!!! #shredhead

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