Jillian Michaels – Hard Body DVD Review

Jillian Michaels - Hard Body DVD Review

Has Jillian Michaels gone soft?

That seems to be the question on everyone’s lips these days when discussing the fitness icon known for her tough as nails style.

Obviously they haven’t tried Jillian Michaels Hard Body Level 2.

Hard Body is the latest release from the personal trainer best known for her work on the Biggest Loser but whose best advice (my opinion) comes in the form of her podcast and her latest book, Slim for Life.

Hard Body features two workouts, each 45 minutes long. Hard Body Level 1 is a great example of a training evolution. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still challenging. But I saw an example of something I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a Jillian workout.  She let someone, the beginner modifier, walk it out. She said, “if it’s too much, just march in place.”

This is the example of someone who is acknowledging the reality of her audience.  Yes, they bought the DVD. Yes, they want results. Yes, you’ve got to push and sweat and maybe scream to get there. But there are going to be times when you have to take it down a notch and that’s okay. That doesn’t mean stop, that doesn’t mean turn off the workout and sit down, it simply means to take down the activity level so you can catch your breath and finish the workout.

But don’t think her training philosophy has changed. She’s still a hard ass.  There are plenty of plyometrics and challenging compound movements, especially when you move to Level 2.  Level 1 was a good workout but I felt it favored my upper body. Level 2, with its 180 jumps and chair jump squats, left my quads screaming for mercy. There is NO walking it out in Level 2. It’s the master class where even the modifiers are challenging, just a little less so than the original exercise. I had to settle for the modifier of regular mountain climbers when I couldn’t do the one armed mountain climbers. (Yes, a one arm mountain climber. Try it out, you’ll understand.) Now I have another benchmark of badassness to work on.

To answer the original question – Jillian hasn’t gone soft. She’s gotten real. She’s growing and changing like we all should. If you’ve been reluctant to try one of her workouts Hard Body might actually be a good place to start. However, if you are a beginner, stick with Level 1 until you have the moves mastered. Level 2 is not for rookies.

Have you tried Hard Body? Read Slim for Life? What do you think of the “new” Jillian?

  • http://www.runtothefinish.com RunToTheFinish

    I actually like all of her workouts, I just never consistently do them! Maybe I will make that my goal after I finish this LIve Fit Trainer program

  • http://twitter.com/ThriveFit Pamela Hernandez

    Consistency is the key to anything. :)

  • http://gigieatscelebrities.com/ GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I cannot figure out whether or not I like Jillian. I have never tried her work outs or ever seen her on TV (so maybe I cannot judge? lol)… But I just don’t like how she’s not very credible, she only gained the credibility through yelling at people on TV.

  • http://twitter.com/ThriveFit Pamela Hernandez

    She gained popularity via TV but I’m not sure that tells you the whole story. I don’t like BL either. You should give her podcast a try, it might surprise you.

  • QuirkyCupcake

    Jillian Michaels is my idol! Her workouts are tough and challenging, and yes she wants you to push yourself, but she wants you to push yourself FOR yourself – prove to your own mind that you are strong and capable to become stronger. Hard body level 1 is great. I’m a quite athletic and still can’t totally do the side crunches without going to my elbow. She really knows how to give you your moneys worth in her dvds.

  • http://twitter.com/ThriveFit Pamela Hernandez

    I agree with that. You’ll be sweating buckets by the end!

  • Beccky16

    I haven’t done this one yet but I have done several of her other workouts and I love them all! It is hard I am not gonna lie but afterwards you feel so energized and accomplished. I am checking the reviews to decide if buy or not. It looks like Hard Body will add to my collection.
    JM is tough hard @ss but I guarantee you from my experience that if you stick to the workouts you will start losing fron 5-7lbs weekly. She shows you how strong you can be even when you don’t believe you can do one more rep. Good luck to all!

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    It’s a good add!

  • Heather (WTB)

    Thanks for the review. I love hearing about kickbutt DVDs!

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    It’s a good one!

  • Lindsay

    I agree! I jumped right to Level 2, because I was doing Level 3 on her other DVDs and it kicked my butt! I finished, but when she said we were going to repeat the six circuits and might have called her a bad name! Great review and great DVD!

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    Thanks! Oh my…I think I would have ran screaming if I had started with level 2.

  • Jillian Workout Enthusiast

    I have done Ripped in 30 and got great results in an 8 week approach instead of 4 weeks. I lost two pants sizes and 12 pounds. 146-134. I got Hard Body from my son for Christmas (he’s 7 but likes to watch mom workout and heckle me if I don’t do the moves exactly right. lol!). I think Hard Body level one is completely doable if you have done her circuit training videos before. I still had a lot of trouble on the traveling push-ups. I chose not to jump. I have been doing one rotation through the circuit when I am pressed for time and alternating sides in the middle of a one sided move halfway through the circuit. I definitely recommend both Ripped in 30 and Hard Body to people who want to shed weight, build muscle tone, and feel great about themselves.

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Janis Arellano

    I do this workout on XBox One Fitness. I like Level 2 I am really sweating and breathing after it.

  • http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/ Pamela Hernandez

    You and me both! Ugh…one armed mountain climbers!