Jillian Michaels Workouts – Jillian Michaels is the superwoman of our times who has inspired millions and billions of people around the world with her passion for fitness. Fitness freaks all over the world love Jillian Michaels videos available on YouTube.
Being a successful personal trainer, business person, and a whole family woman, she still finds time to workout thereby proving that you just need a passion and commitment to get and remain fit.
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In fact, she has admitted that just 30 minutes of well planned and focused exercise is enough to burn fat, lose weight and boost your metabolism. However, in those 1800 seconds, she recommends to work hard- And by hard, I mean Jillian Michaels level hard.
Today we bring you the best Jillian Michaels workouts. There is no way you would not meet your fitness goals if you do these exercises religiously:
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Jillian Michaels Abs Workout
Most people are obsessed about abs and want to see the fat melt quickly away from their midsection. They will spend hours training their abdominal muscles by doing crunches and situps.
However, Jillian says that it spot reduction is not possible, and you need to work on all your muscles. You can, however, condition your abs muscles by doing this Jillian Michaels ab workout.
Side Plank Crunch
Start in a side plank position by lying on your side with the left hand beneath your shoulders supporting your body. Place your right foot in front of your left foot and right hand should be bent with its fingers touching the back side of the head. Now engage your core and bring your right elbow towards left elbow by crunching forward.
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Return to the original position. Perform ten repetitions of this movement and then switch sides to follow the same procedure on the other side.
Lie down with bent knees and feet placed on the ground. Keep your legs slightly wider than the width of buttocks. Move your body upwards such that you are sitting half way with your back making an angle of about 60 degrees with the floor. Extend your both hands directly in front of you. This is your starting position.
Now slowly twist your upper body towards the right as far as possible without changing its angle with the floor. Return to the original position. Now twist your body in other direction in a similar manner. Aim to perform ten repetitions on each side.
Side Plank With Inner Thigh Raise
Come into a side plank position just like during side plank crunch above. Now move your right foot in front of your left leg, up in the air as high as you can go and return to side plank position. Do ten repetitions in this manner and then switch sides. Always engage your core muscles and keep your body in a straight line by bringing your hips in line during this exercise.
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Start in a lying down position with hands by your side and legs together. Now, slowly lift your legs up about 6 inches from the floor. Simultaneously, move your body up crunching forward with lower body towards your legs.
Move your hands towards feet as you do this motion. Hold the position in the middle feeling that your midsection is hollow. Return to the original position. Always keep your neck straight with chin upwards and eyes towards ceiling during this exercise.
Jillian Michaels Treadmill Workout
Make your treadmill routine enjoyable with interval training on a treadmill. Running on a treadmill gets boring after some time. Moreover, your body also becomes accustomed to the same intensity after some time.
Jillian Michaels suggest a better way is to vary your speed, incline regularly on the treadmill to get better results and also incorporate more fun into your treadmill workout.
- Identify a speed at which you usually run on the treadmill. A speed of 5 mph is considered an ideal base speed so try to keep near it. However, do not increase your speed beyond 5mph in the beginning.
- Now run for 2-3 minutes at a speed lower than the base rate (3-3.5 mph if base speed is 5 mph) you have set for yourself. This will warm up your body for the workout.
- Next, increase your speed to your base speed and run at this speed for one minute. After a minute, increase your speed by another 1.5 mph. So, if you were running at 5 mph, now you will be running for 6.5 mph. Run at this speed for 30 seconds.
- Bring back your speed at 5mph for 30 seconds. After that again switch up to 6.5 mph for 30 seconds.
- Continue this alternate cycle of 30 seconds until you have achieved a total time of 10 minutes. You can increase or decrease the speed as your stamina increases with time. So, you can even go to 7 or 7.5 mph after some time.
- In the end, remember to cool down by running at a speed lower than your base speed for about 2-3 minutes.
Jillian Michaels Workouts for Weight Loss
Technically speaking any exercise when combined with a healthy diet will lead to weight loss. However, when it comes to weight loss, a real element of cardio is needed for effective results. Cardio circuit workouts are a favorite of Jillian Michaels.
They are an ideal way to bring variety to your exercise routine and also give you a taste of high-intensity exercises. However, she recommends doing circuit training for a maximum of 3-4 days per week with a gap in between two consecutive workouts. This is because our body needs ample rest to recover after a hard circuit workout.
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After a warmup of 5 to 10 minutes, do the following series of exercises for 20 seconds each for a total of 1 minute 40 seconds. Rest for 1 minute (2 minutes only if you a beginner) and repeat the circuit 5 times for a total of 20 minutes.
Get down in a pushup position. Now, move your right knee towards your chest. Simultaneously bring your other knee towards chest while you take the first knee to the original position. Repeat this motion which is similar to climbing a mountain, hence the name. Gradually increase your speed according to your comfort level.
Begin this exercise in a side plank position with the left hand on the ground and right foot in front of left foot. Your right hand must be straight upwards in the air. Now bring your right hand down under the chest reaching across the other side. Return the arm to its starting position. Perform ten repetitions and repeat it after switching sides.
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Single arm burpee
Stand with legs wider than your shoulder width or hip width. Extend your left hand to your side and squat down bringing your other hand on the ground. Push back your legs bringing your body into a plank position resting on one hand while another hand still extended towards sides.Bring your legs back towards your chest so that you are again in a squat position. Stand up again and repeat the above pattern by switching legs and hands.
Forearm Crossover Pushup
Come into plank position and place your left hand on the ground with fingers towards the right. Place your right hand below your left hand with fingers pointing towards left. Now lower your body until your forearms touch the ground. Return to the original position. Do this motion for 20 seconds. If you find it too difficult, you can drop your knees to make it easier to do.
These Jillian Michaels workouts will make you sweat and heart beat like never before. You will be amazed at the results after doing these workouts regularly. Do these workouts on separate days and avoid doing the same workout on consecutive days. So, what are you waiting for? Get, set, sweat!