Ripped in 30

I’ve been intuitively exercising since my half marathon. Basically, this means my fitness routine lacks structure. I do what I want when I want.

This also means that my motivation to workout has been anything but consistent lately. Quite frankly, I just work better with a plan. I also work out better when someone else is telling me what to do.

Enter Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30.


As you all know, I’m not the biggest JM fan as evident by my open letter to Jillian. I am, however, a fan of her workouts. I really do love them! When I was in Atlanta last week, I did level 2 of Ripped in 30 and was sore for two days. Like so sore that it hurt to get out of bed.

When I thought about it some more, I realized that this DVD is exactly what I need right now. The prescribed program is only four weeks long. The workouts target all body parts and incorporate strength, cardio, and abs. And really, all you need is thirty minutes, some floor space, and a set of dumbbells. Perfect!

Now for the sake of transparency, I have to mention that I’m going to Puerto Rico in a little less than a month for my friend Sweeti’s bachelorette party and wanting to look decent in my bathing suit may be a big motivator right now. It’s not that I’ve completely let go of my healthy habits or anything like that. But ever since our team meeting earlier this month, I haven’t been making the best choices. I’m hoping my plan + my trip will help kick my butt into high gear!

JM’s Ripped in 30 workout plan suggests doing 5-6 days (in a row) of each level before moving on to the next. I don’t like doing the same exact workout (except running) on consecutive days, so I’m customizing it to fit my style.

Here’s a rough outline of what a given week will look like:

  • Ripped in 30 + 20 minutes of cardio on non-consecutive days. Once I’ve done each level 4-5 times, I’ll move on to the next.
  • Running/walking/elliptical on the in between days for 30-45 minutes
  • One longer run on the weekend
  • One full rest day
  • Lots and lots of stretching

If you’re in the middle of a winter workout rut, I highly recommend this DVD. It’s one of her best ever. Quick and effective!

Back to the Basics

As I mentioned in a past post, Vishnu and I are officially “cleansing” right now because we ate a lot last week. And not all of it was healthy.

Our definition of a cleanse is probably different than most people. We’re basically going back to the basics with most of our meals. This means we’re going to be eating lots and lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, and lean proteins. I’ve also recommitted (for real this time!) to the dairy-free way of eating.

We stocked up on lots of fresh produce on Monday night, and I’m going to the farmer’s market on Saturday to buy more of the good stuff. And so far this week we’ve enjoyed salads, stir-fries and a new-to-us green juice (recipe to come!). I feel better already!

Are you a fan of JM workouts?  What’s your favorite?

By Parita

7 thoughts on “Ripped in 30 + Back to the Basics”
  1. Despite being a big fan of her podcasts, I’ve actually never tried JM’s workouts- excited to see how you get on with them. It sounds like you have a good mix of workouts planned for the next few weeks- nothing like a holiday to keep us motivated. I’m excited for the green juice recipe, I haven’t pulled out my juicer in far too long!
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  2. I’m so jealous you are going to PR.. been there 4 times and love it. Check out my travel section on where to eat.. I loved Cafeteria Mallorca (cheap and amazing coffee and mallorca). So many other good places.

    I have 2 of JM’s dvds.. her butt workout is insane.. it’s 3 workouts, i have only done 1.. and i was in pain. I’m gonna do part 2 soon. I also have her abs workout. Really good.
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  3. Good for you for getting back to the grind. I swore by her DVDs when I was getting ready for my wedding and before I started my bootcamp and yoga ordeal at the studio I go to, I swore by these DVDs in addition to my treadmill daily! I did do the workouts as suggested: 6 days a week w/ Sunday as rest. However, I didn’t do the same week over and over again. We’d do Level 1 one day, then Level 2 the next and so on, then go through it again. Then after we got into a groove, we’d just do Level 3 a few times a week and incorporate other things.

    It’s great you’re finding something that will work for you! sounds like a solid plan of action. You’re going to look beautiful no matter what in Puerto Rico but I truly admire your motivation for it!!! <3 Keep it up!!

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