Sunday, February 19, 2012

Jillian VS Bob Review

Many of us are familiar with The Biggest Loser. At some point int he first 2 weeks, the contestants picked a trainer, Jillian or Bob. Jillian had the rep of being the "tough one" because she yelled, screamed, and cursed at the contestants. Bob was the "nice one", he could connect better with the contestants and get a workout done. He wasn't, and still isn't, one for screaming. Now both Jillian and Bob have their own line of workout DVDs, and I get asked about Jillian's 30-Day Shred multiple times a week. Everyone knows that I am a "Harper Girl", and will be till the day I die, but I have Jillian's 30-Day Shred at home.

In this DVD, Jillian has 3 levels, a warm up and cool down included. I've done all 3 and for someone like me, it's not nearly enough to make me break much of a sweat. If I'm really short on time sometimes I'll throw it in just to mix it up a little, but that is a very rare occasion. I used this DVD many, many times in the past before I lost the bulk of my weight, and it never made my scale budge. And she markets on the TOP of that DVD "Lose up to 20lbs in 30 Days!!". That's actually almost impossible. Even when I was consistently dropping pounds, I lost 8-10lbs at the most a month. All of that without Jillian, I might add.

My honest opinion? Jillian is a marketer. She markets to the stay at home mom crowd, who only have about 20 minutes to workout. As yourself this; is 20 minutes enough to really make a change? Answer; NO. Reality people, 20 minutes is barely a WARM-UP. Reality is harsh. If you want change, you need to put yourself in a pool of your own sweat 4-6 times a week for 45-60 minutes. It doesn't sound fun, but it's reality. That was and still is my reality. As Bob says to the 15-20 minute workouts "are you KIDDING me?!". Ok, I know many of you will not like me after saying that, but I don't want to steer you wrong here! This issues is life and death for some people. It made the difference between healthy and diabetic for me. You have to make time for that hour, whether it's getting up an hour early before your kids, or staying up later, or getting a sitter. If you want it bad enough, you will do what it takes.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Jillian! I think she did a great job on TBL with her teams. It's this DVD that I have issues with. Working out for only 20 minutes will get you nowhere near where you want to be. I still workout for close to an hour a day, 6 times a week, just to maintain my fitness level! If you want to change your life, this DVD isn't for you. It is highly popular, but for the reason that it's only 20 minutes. If you go from completely sedentary lifestyle to working with this, then your scale might budge some, but you won't see any good lasting results with it. It's better than NO workout, but trust me, spend an hour with Bob and his cardio and you will understand why he has been the dark horse of TBL for years. He won't yell at you like Jillian, but he will change your outlook on fitness, food, and how you live your life.

With love,
Harper Girl

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  1. A little bummed to read this, as I JUST bought this DVD this weekend to start tomorrow! I do appreciate your honesty tho! Thanks for an honest review. I will now go look for Bob's DVD :)

    1. I have to disagree
      i used this dvd and ripped in 30 and guess what? 20 minutes does make a difference.
      ofcourse the more the better but for starting to lose weight its amazing i lost 10 kilos with them (around 20 pouns) it is not a lie
      try it and youll see

  2. So sorry! I just don't like how many people are misled by this DVD. It collects dust at my house. Bob's 15 minute mini-workouts are so much better than this entire DVD! Bob's DVD's are only $5 right now on his site if you'd rather try that!

  3. This is one of the first work out dvds I bought. Since I was not in shape at all I wanted to go in to this new world lightly. I went through all the levels and lost about 15lbs in the first month. I still use it here and there but I love Bob better, lol.

  4. Hi Mandy, I discovered your blog through pinterest (amazingly addictive site, isn't it?)

    I've been reading through your posts and I'm inspired by your perky-ness and your honesty.

    I've been on my own weight loss journey with ups and downs for many many years. I've lost 100 pounds from my heaviest weight and still have a ways to go before I'm at a normal weight... but I continue to battle it nonetheless

    Congratulations on your weight loss :) and thank you... thank you for being my inspiration for today! I will continue to follow your blog.

    --PS: I'm a designer and (very very) familiar with photoshop. Your picture on pinterest didn't strike me as edited as all. I saw confidence and a very proud woman. You should be! Way to go girl! Let the uneducated jealous people hate... in the end, you win! ;)

    I have a little blog where I keep my thoughts and progress too.

  5. Hi there - I just clicked over from Pinterest and wanted to congratulate you on your amazing transformation! And you DO NOT look photo shopped at all. Rude people!! I have Jillian's 30 day shred video and have never LOVED it. Do you use Bob's DVD's? You are motivating and beautiful!


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