Body After Baby: Are You Shredded?

If you’re just joining me, I (we. you?) have started a new 30 day challenge. I’m following the 30 Day Shred DVD by Jillian Michaels. This 30 day challenge technically started on Friday (dates are January 7th- February 5th)  but feel free to join in if you want. By the time I get up the final posting of my stats (and collect any from those willing to send them to me!) it will be several days after the challenge ends, so you have some leeway there. 
I still haven’t decided how I feel about the Shred. It’s hard, but it defiantly gets easier after you do it a couple times. I think this video is intended to be done every day, but I don’t like that. Your muscles need a break and working them every day isn’t giving them any time to recover. I could understand if it was a different exercise each day that worked a different body part, but I have worked my quads every day I’ve done the Shred. My quads are mad at me.
Here is where I’m doing the DVD workout… 

In our playroom/spare room. I push the toys to the side and I have a little space there.

Here are my workouts so far:

Day 1: Shred level 1
Day 2: Shred level 2
Day 3: Rest day (Only because I’m at work all day and too tired to workout when I get home late)
Day 4: Shred level 2. 30 minutes elliptical. 20 minutes free weights.
Day 5: 50 minutes: 10 miles on the bike. Half of Shred level 1.

I want to hear if you like the Shred or not!! What do you think of it? Hard? Easy? If you’re not doing that- just let me know how you’re doing with your normal health and fitness goals. And visit each other!

These 30 days will be up soon! I will be collecting before/after stories/pictures/whatever to post so keep that in mind if you think you want to share yourself and your blog!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

15 thoughts on “Body After Baby: Are You Shredded?

  1. Pre pregnancy I ran 3 days a week and shredded 3 days a week. I loved it and got great results. The only problem I had is that I have funny arches and some of the level 2 exercises hurt.

  2. I have not done the shred it. I will be doing other biggest looser workout though. I am with you with the muscles needing a break. This past week I only exercised 2 days, but I will do more this week. 🙂

  3. I really liked doing the Shred, but not every day. I think I had the biggest results when I alternated it with Jillian's No More Trouble Zones. NMTZ is 7 sections and works EVERYTHING, and is an hour. It will MURDER YOU. I'm not kidding. Example: anyone who has trouble with just getting through Shred Level 1 should not even consider trying NMTZ yet. It will make you barf.

    Anyway, NMTZ is a great one to alternate and just do parts of! So I would do Shred Level 2 a couple days a week, Yoga Meltdown a couple days, and 2 or 3 sections of NMTZ the other days. Some weeks I exercised with these daily, and some I only did 3-5 days a week, so it varied. I was also walking our dogs daily for 15-30 minutes with the baby in a backpack carrier, and at the beginning of summer there were days when I did no exercise videos and instead did about an hour of intense yard work. My exercise time was generally during the baby's nap, excluding dog walks (she was up for those and rode in the backpack).

  4. I did 30 Day Shred for a while– much longer than 30 days!– but not 30 in a row. I did it about 4 days a week consistently though. I saw SO much improvement. I say keep going!

  5. Last year I actually did the Shred everyday for 30 days. Really to get the best results everyday is a must. It really challenged me, especially on the days that I also ran. Anyone can do it for 30 days if you put your mind to it. Yes, it's hard, but in the end you will be amazed at how far you've pushed yourself and how much more strength you have.

    I wouldn't recommend switching from level 1 to level 2 like you are doing. For the first 10 days do level 1, then the next 10 do 2 and level 3 for the last 10 days. It gives your muscles a chance to “adapt” to that level and you'll get over the soreness (from that level) much quicker.

    Just another tip…….learn to PUSH yourself through it always! 😉

  6. Thanks for the encouragement ladies 🙂 I'm going to keep it up for the 30 days, just not every day in a row. I don't feel like level 1 is hard enough that' why I switched to level 2. ANd I get sick of doing the exact same workout every day!

  7. I already did an update yesterday, but I'll do a little one here too 🙂

    Yes, I find it hard. After sitting on my bottom for 2 years, there isn't a ton of muscle tone in my body, lol. So, I'm sticking with level 1 for the full 10 days.

    It does get a bit boring, but I also like knowing what comes next, and being able to push through things harder than I did the day before.

    I'm already noticing small changes, like less jiggle in my thighs (YAY!!). I can't wait to see how I feel when it's all done!

    Oh, and I'm working out Mon-Sat, resting on Sundays, because I want to rather honor God with my time that day, spending it with Him. I think my mind needs that break too.

  8. Hmmm, I still linked up even though I'm sticking w/ the original Body after Baby and not the 30 day shred… I'm a little lost… is Body after Baby still going on?

  9. I am doing the 30 day shred. I am finding some days I don't work it as hard, then other days I really push. I am still on level 1 but will move up at the 10 days to see how that goes.

  10. I keep trying to do a workout and I just can't seem to get through it without one or both boys waking up. Oliver is only sleeping for 30-45 minutes at a time right now so by the time I get Xander put to sleep Oliver is waking up in 5-15 minutes.

  11. I am finally starting to get things into a routine and schedule for workouts and such. As long as I keep trying to stick to the plan, evenif the hubby doesn't like it, than I get things done. It is not easy to get the workouts in, is it.

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