i recently bought jillian michaels' "no more trouble zones" dvd because i needed to spend a few more bucks at drugstore.com to qualify for free shipping. logical, i know.
when the package arrived, i popped the dvd in and noticed "recommendations" on the menu, before the workouts. hmm, recommendations? what could that be... oh just a warning for newbies: "beginners, complete as many circuits as you can and build up to doing the entire workout".
psssssssssssssssssssh, i thought. these warnings for beginners are always lame. how hard can this be? who can't do a 40-minute dvd? i'm only using 5lb weights.
warm-up: no biggie. some marching in place and jumping jacks.
the circuits: ohh. emm. gee.
each circuit is 2 sets of 5 moves; nothing complicated or requiring much coordination (as even i can do them).
halfway through the first circuit jillian said "ok now remember, this is only our first circuit so you should be feeling fresh right now".
fresh?!!? fresh??!?! i don't think so. at this point i was already taking slower reps, pausing, and feeling like i might throw up. i didn't even finish the stupid dvd! i only made it 5 of 7 circuits before collapsing on my mat, gasping for air. pathetic. forget about the doms, this workout gave me ioms.
apparently you can get reallllly out of shape in one measly month, fyi.
thanks, jillian, for handing my ass to me. i still can't walk two days later.
(while this workout was tough for me and my out-of-shape self, i still did not sweat. and no, the a/c was not cranked up.)