Thursday, April 15, 2010

30 Day Shred 60 Minute Challenge

I like challenges. I always have. I am competitive by my nature, and nothing motivates me more then someone telling me I can't do something, or someone challenging me. It seems that recently there have been a lot of challenges floating around the blogshere, and I decided I would jump on the challenge bus.

During my run around Greenlake yesterday, I got this great (heh) idea. I know at least two of my readers own the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred video. If you are unfamiliar with this video (even though I talk about it ALL the time) it consists of three 20 minute workouts, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. I have done each of these workouts many times. Before obtaining this video, I had no idea it was possible to sweat so much in a 20 minute period.

So, as I was running, and having a difficult run at that, it was nearly impossible to think of running 13 miles when I was struggling at mile 2. I began thinking of ways to step it up a notch, not only my physical training, but my mental as well. I thought of the Jillian video, and how hard it was the first time I ever did it. Now, I can get through any of the three levels. Its a workout for sure, but not nearly the death I almost experienced on day one. I used the video as a metaphor for my 1/2 marathon training. If doing a 20 minute workout was like doing a 3 mile maintenance run, then, doing a 1/2 marathon is like doing the whole DVD, all three workouts!

The challenge was born. On Saturday, 4/17/2010, at around 1pm, I will be putting in my 30 Day Shred Video and completing all workouts. 60 minutes. Levels 1, 2, and 3 non-stop. I plan to skip the stretching/cool down after workouts 1 and 2, but will do all warm-ups. Who is with me? Oh, and one more thing...take a picture of yourself when you are done. Send it to me as proof. I want to see red faces and sweat!


  1. ok FINE i'll do it. good thing shred just came back to me on netflix. i gotta run 6mi on sunday though, whine!

  2. my wife is doing the shred too...i work out with her (2nd workout for the day usually) so that she stays accountable to her's not that bad of a workout.

  3. Yeah, it is a pretty good workout. Especially when you do all three levels in a row (with 8lb weights)!