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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jillian MIchael's Killer Buns & Thighs: DVD Review

Jillian Michaels Killer Buns & Thighs
I really like Michael's two ab training DVDs, so when I spied her Killer Buns & Thighs in the sale bin at the mall, I couldn't resist.

I've never been able to get as much definition in my lower body as I have in my upper body, and that was then not helped much when I developed hamstring tendonitis after Little A was born. I ended up doing no weights for my lower body for a few years just to avoid aggravating it.

Now I can train lower body and have been really working on it, so I thought this would be a great way to shake up my routine a bit.

Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed.

It has 3 levels, just like her Killer Abs DVD and you need weights and a step or chair for some of the exercises.

Level 1 was a bummer (pun intended!). I found it too easy and not very interesting.  Level 2 and 3 are fun and have a couple of cool moves, but really this was not the ass-kicking workout I was hoping for.  Nothing really got my heart rate up that much and some of the exercises are recycled from her ab DVDs which is kind of odd.  Like okay, you do use your lower half for dancing crabs, but not once, twice, she has supermans and those are primarily a lower back exercise.  Sure you engage your glutes a bit, but really, there are so many better ways to target glutes and thighs!

If you are an absolute beginner, then you will find this challenging.  But if you are a freakin' powerhouse like me (kidding!), then it might not push you as hard as you want.  You can, I should point out, add weight, or more weight to the exercises to bump up the intensity, which is what I did.  I think I will occasionally add in Levels 2 and 3 into my routine, but I don't see myself bothering with Level 1, I can do a better job of kicking my own ass.

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