Top 10 Things I Have Learned During Jillian Michaels Body Revolution
They Say Pain is Gain
I don’t remember what it feels like not to be aware of my body, muscles, joints, and how it feels each day. Initially, it bothered me, and I thought something was wrong.
I am now so used to it that it would be odd not to be so aware. I look at it as a kick-butt sign that I am getting stronger and challenging myself each and every day in this workout.
Tips for Workout Progression
This is Jillian, folks. I finished Phase 1 and thought, “Awesome! I am so set for Phase 2.” As I finish Phase 2, I know Jillian will continue to make each workout progressively harder.
And now…in some strange sort of way…I like it. I may still curse her very name at 6 am, but I love it.
Learning Natural Strengths and Weaknesses
The Body Revolution workout follows the same pattern regardless of where you are in the program. Front of the body, back of the body, and cardio. I rock at cardio.
My husband does not. He rocks at upper body strength. I do not. He still hates the cardio days BUT is now working his heart at a level I have never seen from him.
It’s inspiring to see. Still, I wouldn’t say I like the upper body workouts, but I can feel myself getting stronger, and it is all worth it.
Truly. As in hate. Refer to #3.
Tips for Not Giving Up on Workouts
Modify if needed, but do not quit or skip that workout because it is hard. They are all hard, but I promise you, you will get stronger. The first time through a workout, it is painful.
The second time, it still hurts. The third time, you may get sassy with Jillian because it doesn’t hurt as much, and you must admit she was right the entire time.
Avoiding the Scale
When I started this workout, I did. I am within my healthy weight range and just wanted to drop five to seven pounds. I have dropped a few pounds, but the scale has stopped moving.
Four of six workouts each week focus on weights and strength building. Forget the numbers…focus on how you feel.
Jillian Michaels Quotes to Inspire
For me, it is “Take this power and control into your day.” It stuck with me from day one and is what I do internal coaching with each day when I feel “off.”
Jillian is full of motivating phrases, and many are freaking hilarious. Find what you love and use it to give yourself that daily boost you need.
Managing Appetite During Weight Loss
When I first started this workout, I was ravenous. I did my best to monitor it, but I didn’t deprive myself of carbs, fruit, etc. I ate healthy and ate a lot of it when I needed it.
After three weeks, my appetite settled as my body became used to working out more often at this intensity.
Workout Support System Tips
I started this workout with the intent of doing it alone. My husband joined me three days later, and we have been working out together since then.
We may switch a day or two here and there due to work, meetings, etc. But having his support and watching him do this motivated me. So before you start…find a buddy!
We are all stronger than we think we are.
Jillian keeps saying, “You are strong. You can do this.” In the beginning, she irritated me. But now, I know she is right. I am doing front-body workouts, which are my absolute weakness, but I do them with greater strength and agility than ever. Now…onto Phase 3.
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