Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED Tips to Succeed

When it comes to getting fit, there is no better way to do it than to just eat right and exercise. While there are hard parts sprinkled throughout the trail to a fit lifestyle, having a solid workout routine that works for you personally is key. Jillian Michael’s has always been my go to for well over a decade! Her at home workouts allow me to stay fit on my own busy schedule and her BodyShred Workout is no exception.  After finishing my first week, I wanted to share some of my tips with you to make it through BodyShred.

Jillian Michael's BODYSHRED is a tough workout that will definitely get you results if you follow these tips.

Jillian Michael’s BODYSHRED is a tough workout that will definitely get you results if you follow these tips for a safe and effective workout.

It’s never a bad time to purchase this program. After all you will need the entire program if you want to complete this process. There’s no amount of resources, or extras, that I can offer you that will take the place of this program. Jillian also has other great programs to suit any style or fitness level. You can try body revolution, 30 Day Shred, or even beginner shred! There is a little bit of something for everything in the Jillian Michaels workout routine regimen.  Most of her routines call for a yoga mat, some free weights, and sturdy sneakers so it’s not a bad idea to grab those as well!

Follow Jillian’s BODYSHRED Workout Rotation Calendar

Jillian’s BodyShred workout comes with a workout calendar – use it and don’t make up your own reason for not doing so. While there are many different areas that you can customize with BodyShred, the calendar isn’t one of them. Following the regimen to  “T” is probably the most important part, second only to the diet. The calendar is meant to help you get through the workout without being in pain you would otherwise feel if you had too many days in a row working out the same area. Let her be the expert and work your body like it should be safely.

Believe in 3-2-1

This interval system mastered by Jillian Michael’s works. The 30 Day Shred is where I learned to honor the 3-2-1 and I will be a lifelong believer. If you don’t know yet, the 3-2-1 interval is 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of core workout. This is to keep switching things up and keep your body working right. While it’s very important to follow this, you’ll notice there is no amount of time dedicated to water. The beauty of a DVD is you can pause and take a drink when you need to, just don’t do it too often.

Jillian Michael's BODYSHRED is a tough workout that will definitely get you results if you follow these tips.
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Learn the Moves

If you purchase the system you get a bonus DVD that teaches you the moves.  If you are not familiar with the moves, use this DVD to get comfortable so you don’t hurt yourself. That means the DVD that shows you the moves should be the first thing you watch. Be sure to watch it even before you get started with the entire regimen if you can. The goal is to familiarize yourself with what you’ll be doing and feel more comfortable once you dive into the workout.  This will also help you through all of the workouts because there is zero transition time between the moves.

Start with Smaller Weights if You Need To

While cheating isn’t recommended during any type of workout routine, neither is over-exerting your body. When the DVD takes a turn towards weights, use only weights that you’re comfortable with starting out. Over time, you’ll find that you can get heavier and heavier weights. Comfortability is key here, well, as comfortable as a workout can be of course.

Jillian Michael's BODYSHRED is a tough workout that will definitely get you results if you follow these tips.
Photo Credit: BodyShred

Modify but Perform

Some of these moves are insane; let’s be honest here. Instead of seeing them and giving up, just modify.  And next time modify less. Just like the weights, don’t attempt to do something your body just can’t do yet. Slowly and gradually try and get as close as you can to the move. again, like the weights, you will be able to do them properly by the end, as long as you do the best you can each time.

Eat Healthy

If you are going to commit 60 days to anything, much less working out, support your efforts with a good diet so you can feel the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. It is common knowledge that a healthy diet is key to a successful workout routine. Be sure to follow the diet plan provided and don’t stray from it at all. The diet is meant to give you enough energy to last through the workout as well as the nutrients you need to stay healthy.


Sunday is a day of rest in Jillian Michael’s BodyShred workout.  While you may feel tempted to push yourself further, don’t. Rest. Let your body recover so you don’t injure yourself or burn out.  You will feel better if you make it 60 days with one day of rest than 21 days with an injury. Besides, rest is good for everyone, no matter what the goal.

Jillian Michael's BODYSHRED is a tough workout that will definitely get you results if you follow these tips.
Photo Credit: BodyShred

Do NOT Give Up

Complete the entire 30 minutes even if it kills you. Pause if you need to, have some water if you need it, but don’t stop the DVD altogether. Make it through each session, each day, each week and each month. At the end of it all, you will be happy with the results. Though if you don’t go through it completely, you may find the results to be subpar.


After you complete the 60-day program, commit to BodyShred and keep it as part of your workout routine.  Weave it into your weekly workout schedule. The entire program is meant to help you reach your goal, but not completely get you from couch mom to supermodel. Be realistic and know that this will help you get there, but you may have to make a couple of passes to reach your dream. Complete the program, take some time off and see where you’re at, if you’re not happy with the results, do another pass through. On the next time around, up the weights, lessen the breaks, and complete it again.

While the results will vary based on how you approached the regimen, you will certainly be happier. You will feel the health flowing through you and be able to attack the next round with a feeling of accomplishment. I am one of Jillian’s biggest fans and have almost all of her workouts.  Be sure to check out all of our Jillian Michael’s fitness resources. have tried a few different routines by Jillian Micheals and I love each one I’ve tried. The reason is because Michaels does a great job and the proof is in her appearance.

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  1. Hallo there Amy, interesting approach to mastering Jillian Michael’s workout. Jillian’s workout has been such a wave and lots of people are benefiting from it, I included. However there are people who don’t get the best out of it and I think that this post is the ingredient they need to take on the challenge. Thanks a lot for sharing with us.


  2. Thanks for the encouraging words! I did the first 2 weeks and went away over a few days and missed starting the 3rd week. Did it today and only made it 1/2 way? I will pick up the pace tomorrow. ..im almost 50 and its not easy but I am pushing forward. Big changes already in 2 weeks!!

  3. Hello, thanks for the post. I’m halfway through and it really is tough. I’ve just thought, how is this going to be 60days when it’s 8 weeks, surely 56 days or am I being special?