Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You
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You’ve seen her change lives on The Biggest Loser–why not yours?
Are you in good shape but struggling with those last ten to twenty pounds? Do you have an event on the calendar where you’d love to make jaws drop? Or do you just want to see what it would be like to have the best body you’ve ever had? Then you need to discover what millions who’ve seen Jillian’s training methods on The Biggest Loser already know!
Making the Cut empowers you to:
• Identify your unique body type and metabolic makeup (are you a fast, slow, or balanced oxidizer?) and customize a diet plan that is perfect for you • Acquire the mental techniques that will greatly enhance your self-confidence and sharpen your focus on success • Develop your strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance • Reach levels of fitness you never before thought possible
The best book with the greatest reward! I would recommend this book to anyone who really is motivated to change their appearance. I've tried many different fitness plans and they all reverted to the same thing: no change. Jillian really gives you the tools you need and a guided 30 day plan of eating, exercise, and motivation. It's was very easy to follow and she only has you become more aware of what you are eating by reading labels and learning what is put into your food. I have continued exercising even after reaching a weight loss goal of 18 pounds in 30 days. I also continue avoiding the "fat" foods discussed in the book. It has motivated my co-workers and my family! I'm leaner everywhere and can see it with my own eyes. I dropped 6 sizes! My body is sculpted in places I've been trying to improve for a long time. Buy this book...there will be NO regrets! ...more info
Good for short-term weight loss; not intended for long-term maintenance I recently bought this book from Barnes and Noble but am planning to return it. It's not a bad book at all -- in fact, it helped me to understand how I eat and metabolize my food -- but the book is designed for SHORT-TERM weight loss, not long-term maintenance (which is what I'm looking for). If you've got a 10-year high school reunion, wedding, or important event coming up and you want to drop 20 lbs. within 30 days, this is the book for you. (I'd also recommend Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred in conjunction with this for maximum and effective weight loss.)
I should also note here -- and she says this in her book, if you are looking to lose more than 20 lbs, you need to look elsewhere on advice on how to do that (she recommends her other book mentioned below). Making the Cut is only a temporary weight loss solution.
However, for those of you looking to lose weight and keep it off, this is NOT the book you are looking for. Instead I'd recommend Michaels' other book, Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life or assistance from any of the other Biggest Loser books:
*The Biggest Loser Fitness Program: Fast, Safe, and Effective Workouts to Target and Tone Your Trouble Spots--Adapted from NBC's Hit Show!,
*The Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life--Adapted from Hit Show!,
*The Biggest Loser Cookbook: More Than 125 Healthy, Delicious Recipes Adapted from NBC's Hit Show.
As I said, it's a great book that provides some great tips. I'd recommend it to people who want to quickly -- and temporarily -- get in shape and look good, but it's not a book designed for consistent, long-term use. ...more info
Not on the Kindle I love my kindle and was so excited to get started with Jillian I purchased it. Horrible, can't read the shopping lists or recipes. I wish Jillian would post these online for us somewhere so that kindle buyers can get what we purchased without paying twice. It is making getting started a lot more difficult. Don't buy it on the Kindle. This book is not formatted for the Kindle....more info
Sexy you in 30 days - pace yourself! This book is a challenge. I had to flip back and forth from the daily workouts to the pages that showed the exercises that I hadn't done before. Lots of flipping pages during the workouts. She recommends stretching after each workout for the day but I didn't find a section on particular stretching exercises to do. I know to stretch but it would've been nice to have ideas/examples in her book. I'm still using her book but have found I'm not doing the exercises in the 30 days time so take your time, don't hurt yourself, follow the exercises but work at your pace. ...more info
A SERIOUS BOOK FOR A SERIOUSLY STRONG BODY! I was inspired to begin exercising during my successful weight loss and new perspective on life I got from The 3:00 PM Secret. I wanted to add to my exercise routine, so decided to check out "Making the Cut" by strength trainer Jillian Michaels (NBC's The Biggest Loser). This is a clear, no-nonsense 30-day program that targets people who are in good shape already but want to lose the last 20 or fewer pounds and get into fantastic shape! To follow the program, you should already be knowledgeable about weight training, which I was. The book does not seem to be targeted toward those wanting to lose a lot of weight.
The diet is based on her theory about whether you are a slow, balanced, or fast oxidizer. Slow oxidizers need more carbs and fast oxidizers need more protein. The book has three different menus with recipes. The diet is strict, regimented, not vegetarian, and calorie conscious, and requires time and planning. Fast food is not allowed! She provides shopping lists and you cook your own meals. The usual suspects are out - sugar, white flour, etc.
The exercise is aggressive, intensive weight training and cardio. You use free weights, body ball, a step, etc. There are variations of familiar exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups, squats, lunges, jumping rope, etc. I got new ideas from her workout and found it helpful.
To follow the book completely, you begin the program by assessing your metabolic situation - are you a fast, slow, or balanced oxidizer. Then you customize your diet regimen. You also assess your body and fitness level. The author recommends taking photos, body fat measurements, and measurements with a tape measure. She provides fitness tests to evaluate your current condition including a 3-minute step exercise followed by a heart rate measurement test, a test of how many push-ups can you do in a minute, and a test of how many sit-ups can you do in a minute.
The book is designed so that if you follow it precisely, you can achieve the best body of your life. It is an excellent book for those who seek this type of serious, physically-demanding diet and exercise program where everything is spelled out. I can recommend this book. I also recommend an additional book which changed my life, THE 3:00 PM SECRET: Live Slim and Strong Live Your Dreams and also The 2007 Second Expert Report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective
marking the cut the book was in excellent shape and just what I was looking for to help me lose weight ....more info
Incredibly Helpful I was sceptical when I first picked up this book. I've tried a lot of things to lose the last 20 lbs. However, I have been very satisfied with the results. The eating plan was the most beneficial for me (big surprise, my portion sizes prior to reading the book, were way off). The recipes were quite good (and again, my expectations were low--but I was pleasantly surprised). The only part I did not like about the eating plan was that to this day, I cannot figure out what Smart STart is--I swore it was a cereal...but then a recipe told me to melt it--it didn't fit.
As for the workouts: I really liked the workouts. I could work out until the cows come home, in truth. The workouts are challenging and definitely not boring. I have to agree, however, with other people who have responded to this book--I would have liked to have had exercise modifications in respect to the equiptment. I didn't have all of the equiptment that was used, so I had to make inquiries to an outside source in order to find at home remedies that would work the same muscles she was working with gym equiptment.
However, overall, if you have the will, there is a way. I have found success with this book. I love her attitude, and her book kept me motivated. ...more info
Great book if your serious about making a change My review title says it all. If you are serious about making a change in yourself, this book is great. I purchased this book after buying the 30 day shred video. I tell you that the exercises are no joke and will keep your body in shape. I really liked how she broke the meal plan down by the various body types as well as adding the glycemic breakdown. The glycemic index as well as the meal plan has really helped out. ...more info
Great Workout Great Workout. Lost 3lbs the first week. Motivating yet challenging. Jillian is exactly the same in this workout as she is on the show. Feels as if you could be on "the Ranch"...more info
I tried it - it worked and is still working and I didn't follow the eating routine to a T! Try it, you need stamina & commitmen It is hands down a great book. You have to be committed and have access to a small gym or a little equipment at home. It WILL kick you butt, BUT you will come back asking for me. I am starting my 61st day. I kind of wish there was a new book or she would train trainers because that's where I am headed. Try it BUT be committed... This book is NOT for beginners or whimps. The trainer in my building said it won't work and I said well I can't afford a trainer so I will have to at least try it. Today he is like I can't believe it and I am like IN YOUR FACE from Jillian and I! lol - Enjoy!!!...more info
Great workouts, recipes and advice Let me preface my review with the fact that I did not buy the book with the intention of following the plan strictly for weight loss etc. And I did not follow the program strictly simply because I am already an avid exerciser who (thankfully and fortunately) does not have weight to lose.
I bought this book because I was interested in Jillian's nutritional advice, to find out what kind of oxidzer I am, try her recpies and most importantly, try her workouts. I made about 3 of her recipes a week for dinners and most were quite good and tasty as well as easy to prepare provided you had a bit of time and you prepared (getting the ingredients and planning which dishes for which nights).
I did about 2-3 of Jillian's workouts per week to jump start and supplement my already established running and gym routine. I loved her circuit training workouts and they were so different from anything I had ever done before. I learned to use new machines I had never used before and performed exercises I had never done before (wood choppers, pike crunches, challenging push up variations). The workouts were great in that my heartrate was up AND I was building muscle at the same time. I stopped wasting time by eliminating the aimless wandering around the gym because I went into the gym with a plan (the circuit workout designed for each day of the month).
For exercises I wasn't familiar with and where a picture wasn't provided in the book, I would go on youtube and could generally find someone demonstrating the exercise for me.
I love Jillian and am a huge fan of her approach regarding nutrition and exercise. This book gave me extra healthy recipes to prepare and weeks' worth of new and challenging workouts that shook up my routine with new exercises my body was not used to. It was an excellent supplement to my fitness routine. ...more info
Bring on Deployment with You! Jillian's book is awesome! I'm a female Marine who ordered this book while in Afghanistan and was able to do the 30 day plan over the space of the last 50 days of my deployment; I didn't have a lot of time, and I also didn't do much cardio at all either. I also had limited access to a gym, but I improvised the machine exercises with dumb-bells by simulating the same range of movement. I lost 10 pounds and got cut, and gained strength overall. I've been pretty busy since I got back and haven't exercised but 3 times in the last 3 weeks and I still have the body (I'm eating right which helps). I'm very impressed by Jillian's workouts - the plyometrics and combination weight exercises made me sweat hard and tightened me up in all the right places. This book is great for women who only have 45-60 minutes a day to exercise and who want a dramatic body change! Her pictures and descriptions of the exercises were very helpful. I made little index cards which I brought to the gym with me (instead of the big book). I didn't follow the menu, but instead just avoided sweets and processed foods, and I am very happy with the change in my health and body. Great book to bring on deployment!!...more info
Wow! I received this book as Christmas gift, and I was very excited to try it out. I have been in shape my whole life until the past couple of years. I have been wanting to get cut again and drop about 15 pounds, and this book is going to do it. I started two weeks ago, and it has changed my life.
No one needs a gym to complete these moves. I am a member of a gym, but I notice that I hardly use any equipment that I don't have at home. Go to a store and buy a few hand weights and a balance ball. If you need a piece of equipment, read which body part the exercise uses and google some exercises.
If you truly want to lose weight, you can invest some time in writing down the exercises before going to gym. I look them up as I write them down, so there is no question as to what I will be doing at the gym. This is not a huge deal. Laziness will not lead to weightloss.
As for the menus, the menu she suggests is a sample. You can pick foods from the list and create your own meal plan with the exceptable amount of carbs/protein.
If you think this book is garbage, you clearly are too weak-minded or unmotivated to do it. You cannot read yourself thin or cut. ...more info
Great book, tough recipes I really like the straightforward, in-depth coverage of how to drop those last few pounds and look great. However, I had a hard time with some of the recipes. There are a lot of items that aren't widely available (I had to go to three different stores to find fennel) or very expensive, and a lot of fish. I love seafood, but worry about the mercury intake when eating fish up to 6 times per week. Yeah, the workouts are hard, but what else would you expect from Jillian Michaels? She's not exactly known for a gentle approach....more info
Not for "biggest losers" Maybe I didn't read enough of the reviews but I missed that this book, while good, is not intended for people who need to lose more than "the last stubborn 20 pounds" and it assumes you are in "moderately good shape", of which I am neither. I will put this book away and return to it when I reach those last few pounds. The good thing is the book was not expensive and some of the recipes are pretty good....more info
Works as long as you follow it! I have been doing this diet and exercise program for 3 weeks now, so far I have lost 6 lbs. For me that is a big thing, especially normally when i try to diet I am can only lose 1 lb a week. With Jillian I am losing 2..The diet plan isnt hard to follow, neither is the workout plan. All you need is some determination and planning and you can follow this diet to the letter. Definitely recommend it.,...more info
A great challenge. This book is great if you are in moderate shape and are looking for something to add variety into your workouts. Before I found Jillian's book, I had been exercising two-three times a week for 30 minutes. On a whim, I started Jillian's workout two weeks before Christmas. Despite all the temptations that come with the holidays, I was surprised at how quickly my body responded and toned up.
When I first flipped through the workout, I felt a little intimidated. The list of what needs to be done for one workout session is quite lengthy. However, once I started doing them, I found that I was able to complete the workout within 45-50 minutes. Time goes pretty quickly because each individual exercise takes about 1-2 minutes and then you move to the next item.
You workout four times a week. Each workout sessions consist of 5 circuits. The workout sessions are repeated twice throughout the week. For example on Monday and Thursday you do the same 5 circuit workout and then on Tuesday and Friday you do the other 5 circuit workout. The following week there is a new "set" of 5 circuits. Towards the end of the program many of the exercises are used again, so there is less flipping around in the book. I did find it helpful to photocopy the list of exercises that needed to be done for each day and place a page number by the ones I needed to read the descriptions for.
One challenge I had with the program is the nearest gym is a forty minute drive away. I think the book was written with the assumption that you'd always have access to a gym. Most of the exercises in Jillian's workout routine can easily be done at home. There were a few exercises where it would've been nice to have gym equipment (i.e. a treadmill, lat pull downs/cable machines and a machine for dips), but I was able to find alternatives on the Internet and in Jillian's book that worked the same muscles without fancy gym equipment. There were only a handful of exercises that I had to find replacements for. Most of the exercises use body weight and free weights. I made do with free weights, a bench, an exercise ball, an elastic band, a pull-up bar (for the hanging ab workout - I got one for $12) and a good pair of shoes.
I didn't follow the eating plan. Mainly because the meals weren't budget friendly for a family of four living in the Midwest. However, I did take the advice in her book about nutrition and adapted our eating habits to them. I figured that at the end of 30 days I'd be on my own anyways so why not experiment from the beginning?
Overall, I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a change of pace. The routines are challenging and the results are amazing.
Best book I've ever read - It worked! The exercises are BRUTAL but after watching The Biggest Loser and seeing Jillian in action, it was just what I expected. I followed everything she said to do and lost 7 pounds in 1 month. Since then I've lost 3 more. I never thought I could lose more than 5 pounds and was stunned by the results. Jillian makes it easy by providing you with 30 days of meals and 30 days of exercises with descriptions for each exercise. I didn't even have to join a gym...I did all my exercises at home with free weights and a treadmill. It is the best book I've ever read on diet and exercise. If you want to drop 10 pounds in 30 days, this is the book....more info
INTENSE WORKOUT THAT WORKS This is an intense workout and calorie-sparse diet program for those serious about having a fit body. The 30-day program is for people who want to lose weight and become stronger and more fit.
The exercise program requires some knowledge of weight training and involves a balance of cardio and strength training. You begin the exercise part of the program with an assessment of your current condition by doing a 3-minute step exercise and heart rate measurement, as well as testing how many sit-ups and push-ups you can do in a minute. The exercise includes the use of some gym equipment as well as free weights, body ball, and a step. The exercises also involve doing variations of squats, lunges, jumping rope, push-ups, and sit-ups. There are over a hundred different exercises, and they progress in difficulty over time, though even the early ones will make you sore. It is not just a strength training workout as there is a fair amount of cardio.
The author has a theory about how people "oxidize" food and provides a test to see whether you are a fast, slow, or balanced oxidizer. Her theory suggests that fast oxidizers need more protein and slow oxidizers need more carbohydrates. The book has three different menus with recipes (which make 10-12 servings) for each type of oxidizer. The three diets are calorie-controlled meal plans you must prepare at home and there is no fast food or junk food allowed. The food is designed for maximizing nutrition and minimizing calories. The book also provides grocery lists to make shopping easy. Note that the diets are not vegetarian.
The book emphasizes that there are no quick fixes to weight loss - just a lot of hard work involving calorie-restricted eating and effective exercise - but the payoff is the body you want. If you are ready for the time commitment of this strict, highly-scheduled 30-day diet and exercise program, it will deliver results. An additional approach, THE 3:00 PM SECRET: Live Slim and Strong Live Your Dreams. I recommend both books.
If your ready to do the work, this is for you TV's toughest trainer takes you step by step: How to prepare, set goals, and get started to a new you. Includes alot of things that only a health coach will tell you. Also includes excercises, menus and recipes....more info
Excellent Book, everything you need. I have only a few days left on this 30 day program and without following the food list exactly I have lost over 12 pounds. Stick to the exercise program (which will challenge you), use the daily food list as a "guide" (can be expensive to buy and cook everything listed, however there are some great recipes) and this book will do wonders for you. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Compare the information in this to all the other books that are out there and this will come out on top everytime. Still, just buying the book isn't enough, you still have to get out there and do the work. And yes, alot of the exercises are using gym equipment, however these can be modified quite easily to be done at home. No treadmill for sprints? Jump rope for 3 minutes instead. People saying "I don't have access to a gym so it's no good" are just making excuses. IF you really want results, this book will get you there....more info
The BEST exercise book I've EVER purchased. This program is only for the serious goal-minded person! I am average athletic and wanted to drop a few pounds, but mostly get cut. I did it in 30 days. All by myself. No expensive trainer needed! It is important to read this book throughout before starting. It helps to have a gym membership or a home gym with all items needed. I strongly recommend following the diet...the recipes are DElicious! You have to be driven and focused and if you follow thru you will have AMAZING results! Trust me :)...more info
A swift kick in the a** even for the most fit of us athletes I've been a fan of Jillian's since the first season of "B.L." because of her bada** attitude and the respect she demands for herself and those she trains. Last summer I started using her 30-Day shred DVD in conjuntion with my running regime to make sure I got some strength training done daily. MAN! I don't think jumping jacks were that hard when I was 10, but they got my heartrate up in no time. After doing the DVD a few times, I progressed to Level 2 pretty quick and was there for a couple of weeks before moving onto 3. I knew what kind of a workout I could expect from Jillian as I have recently tried her Fat-Blast and Metabolism-Boost DVD's, and the workouts in the book aren't too different. It's intense for sure, but it's a good solid workout that still makes my legs and arms burn. Her diet plan is very well planned out, offering lots of options for all types of bodies. What I like best about Jillian is that she understands beyond different "oxidizers" that there are still so many more "types" of people. I don't feel like I'm starving myself and I don't feel like I'm getting up and killing myself with this workout; it's a gentle nudge in the right direction. ...more info
Making the Cut Making the Cut is an awesome workout that includes a 30 day meal plan. It's a workout that can be done at home with band and 5 pound weights. I'm down 15 pounds and my body is looking better everyday...more info
Making the cut Lot's of information from diet thru exercise. Written on an informal basis as if she was right there talking to you as a friend. You will need determination and self motivation. Have someone you can be accountable to, to help see you through....more info
may work, seems unreasonably hard if you are looking for an hour work I haven't completed the recommended 30 day period because unless you have your own gym at home with all the needed equipment, the workouts are difficult to perform in a public gym. I'm in the Army and we have all the equipment, however, like most gyms, the equipment is spead out in various rooms and locations in the complex. This makes it hard to complete workout in the 45 minutes that it is supposed to take because it is done in circuirt training style. I'm sure this plan will work, but it's just hard for those who don't have all the equipment in the same room to complete it in a timly manner.
Good luck! CSP...more info
Great book. great plan! I followed the 30 day plan a month back and was very successful with it. I made a few modifications. Instead of doing the workouts in the book I did workouts from Jillian's "30 Day Shred" dvd (amazing by the way!). Having had an appendectomy two weeks before going on the plan, the workouts in the book were out of my reach. Actually the first week I didn't even work out, just stuck to the meal plan, and I still lost weight!
After making a grocery list of the items I would need to make her exact recipes, I realized that I had written down around 100 items and decided that I didn't want this diet to put me in the hole financially. Instead of following her exact meal plan I picked a few simple recipes of hers that I liked (Moroccan Chicken especially) and created some of my own. I always stayed within my calorie range and balanced my protein/carb/fat ratio as Jillian did in her meal plans. I admit that I never really felt hungry, though sometimes the meals got boring (maybe her recipes would have been more exciting). I was religious in staying away from alcohol for the entire 30 days, which was really tough but totally worth it.
Results: I weighed 141 lbs on day 1 and weighed 130 lbs on day 30. At one point in the last week I got down to 129, which was the first time I had seen the 120's on the scale since the 5th grade! Making the Cut definitely got me in the best shape of my life. I have been off of the plan for a month and maintaining the weight loss has been difficult, but at the same time I haven't been an angel. I have put a few pounds back on, but now I know what to do when I want to take them off again. Making the Cut was a challenging experience. It was a test of my will power, but I proved to myself that I could do it. That was the most amazing part of it all....more info
Very Pleased I am very pleased with my purchase of this book. It is informative and VERY straight forward. She provides a diet and exercise plan to ensure sucess. To make it easier to find the exercise descriptions during circuit training - I would have grouped the exercises a little differently and tabbed the pages for easier reference - if you are unsure of the exercise, you have to stop and look it up and that takes away focus.Otherwise - LOVE IT!! (and the video!!)...more info
Pleased! Although this is an interesting book, I think that Master your Matabolism by Jillian M. is even better. I can't put the book down, it has so many really good facts and info in it. She gives you a lot of work to do if you didn't know this info beforehand which I believe will help in my plight against FAT....more info
Health Bible This book provides details on all areas of getting fit. Not just exercise and eating habits. It explains the exercises and foods and why they are effective. This book is a Bible to anyone serious about getting ripped....more info
Awesome Book This book just arrived but I've already read through most of it and plan to start the program next week. I've read a lot of books and articles and websites about fitness and training and diet, but this one lays it all out in a way that makes sense and is easy to process. Further, Jillian takes several different diet and fitness concepts and combines them to show how they can work together. Which isn't something I've seen done a lot. Normally a book just focuses on one thing and completely ignores the existence of everything else. So you're left wondering if you should do one or the other, or if you can do both.
Some of the reviews have complained about how rude/mean Jillian is in her book. Jillian is no-nonsense and I think everybody in America knows that by now. If you want to be coddled, this is not the book for you.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to be coddled, but it's a little unfair to expect someone to change their entire personality for you. I didn't find this book the least bit insulting. I like her kickass attitude. And she isn't "mean." This book IS meant for people who only have the last 10-20 pounds to lose.
She's up front about that and doesn't try to make claims that she can't back up. She recommends her other book for people who have more weight than that to lose, and then she tells them to come right back here to this book when they get to the 10-20 pound point.
I'm not sure how/why this is insulting....more info
Making The Cut Love the book only downfall for me in Australia is finding the brands or similar brands to some of the foods on the meal plan. I will continue to investigate before giving up. ...more info
Helped me lose 15 pounds This book is awesome! I was working out at the gym and eating pretty well, but I was losing about a pound or a pound and a half per month.
I read "Making the Cut" and followed the workout routine while counting my calories. In that month I went from 211 lbs to 204 lbs.
The circuit training described in this book has really opened my eyes as to what kind of training is possible and I will never go back to just sitting around and lifting weights.
Be sure to check out Jillian's Podcasts of her radio show on the internet (KFI 640am).
I made the Cut!! I just completed my 30th day of the Making the Cut, and I'm pleased to say I see a major difference I lost 12 lbs. I'm stronger, I'm leaner and my stomach is flatter and tighter. Before starting this program I went to the gym 3-4 days a week and I thought I was in good shape. Julian's exercises really isolate each muscle group and I really enjoyed the different workouts. The hardest part for me was the NO alchol for 30 days you just realize how much of your social life involves drinking but I made it!! I enjoy going to the gym and I do think this program would be hard to complete if you don't have a local gym. I highly recommend Making the Cut!! ...more info
GOOD....but all you need is simple food and workout plans. Fine book but a much easier(and forever results), is to eat simple and exercise simple.
My fitness friend group has had alot of results from a book called Weight Training Workouts and Diet Plan that work by James Orvis.
Everyday food and simple workouts are planned. We just follow them. Usually we walk 3x per week and lift weights 3x per week - about 30 minutes per workout.
And all 8 of us have lost weight or dress size. That is a first. Hopefully it keeps working because I have not had to change my lifestyle at all....more info
Great plan I recommend this book. I am on day 23 of the 30 day plan and am very happy with my results so far. If you follow the workout plan and make the right food choices by following the plan, you will see positive results. I am planning on creating a maintenance plan from the exercises in the book because they have worked very well so far and I believe they will continue to give me the results I want. ...more info
Good complement to any workout program After developing a strong workout ethic after 35 consecutive 30 Day Shred workouts, I was ready to find out Jillian's point of view regarding diet.
The book begins by making clear that it is for those with 20 pounds or less to lose. Jillian empahsizes the importance of strict adherence to the program in text peppered with what I will call "Jillian toughisms" (e.g.,"....Over the next 30 days you are mine, and this is your bible....", "..., skipping any part of this book is NOT AN OPTION....").The book continues with a fitness test, explanations of how to take body measurements, and information on the importance of counting calories.
Central to the book is a 49-question Metabolic Typing Test that helps an individual determine their metabolic type and three separate 30-day meal plans (breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner) for each of the three metabolic types...and recipes (15 breakfast, 38 lunch, 43 dinner, and 16 sauces, snacks,and sides).
The latter part of the book features 103 exercises (44 with photos of Jillian performing the exercise) to be performed in the 30-day routine(which includes rest days)outlined (while some of the exercises that use gym equipment can be modified for performance at home (e.g., dips and tricep presses),not all can be modified (e.g., wide-grip lat pull-downs and leg presses))and a 7-day diet for shedding water and "getting ripped up for that jaw-dropping effect we all need from time to time." Note: the rountines DO NOT outline warm-ups or cooldowns. The only statement referencing a cooldown is "....And don't forget to stretch after your workout--remember to hit all the major muscle groups used that day." That being the case, you would have to devise a warmup that works for you and a cooldown that, as the book says, hits all the major muscle groups used.
This would be a good complement to any workout program. It provides good basic nutritional information, motivation, exercises that can be substituted for those in the 30 Day Shred workouts from time to time to keep them interesting over the long haul, and routines that can be alternated with any workouts.
Good offering....more info
Not Realistic For Average People I have been patiently waiting to get this book from my local Library. I am SO GLAD I didn't buy it. Let me tell you, I'm a huge Jillian fan. I believe this book and its information are RIGHT ON! HOWEVER it is not practical for most people. I have access to a GREAT GYM. However, even with that access, it is severely difficult to perform these moves in the "circuit" at the speed that is required without brakes. I don't know about you, but my gym's weight room and cardio room are in two different areas. I can't jump from move to move, without waiting for a machine, and then cleaning it down. This is the type of workout that is practical if you have your own gym, or access to a "BIGGEST LOSER" type where every machine is available for you at all times.
The information is right on, and I believe that this would work. However it's not practical. I'm so disapointed. ...more info
Great Product Making the cut contained lots of great information which I have not yet put to use but that is no one's fault other than mine.
Making The Cut Great book with lots of good information. The nutritional information was clear, and the recipes were well defined. It was nice to be able to find my body type for what types of food and excercise I need. It is hard for me to follow excercises by looking at pictures, but if you are self motivated and patient to walk through the instruction to learn to do them the right way, it is full of great information...more info