review by Emma on May 26, 2012
I was really excited to start today, very keen to see the new moves as well as go up a level in difficulty, as I know from previous Jillian workouts that constantly changing it up is how you improve so quickly. I wasn't disappointed! The first day on a new level always makes the workout whizz by, all the moves are a bit of a blur at the end but some really stuck out on this level. For a start, I really enjoyed the toe taps in the warm-up, bringing the leg to the center and then stretching down - It felt really effective and my muscles loved it! The only bit I didn't enjoy so much...plank jacks followed by mountain climbers - it's a killer combo and I fell on the floor pathetically after each round!!
Since it was my second workout I got to take a bit more note of the moves today and realised that for years I have not being doing knee lifts correctly! I always found them quite easy (a jogging move where you bring your knees up to waist height) and on this level Jillian reminds us to try and "lean" the upper body back slightly...that makes it so much harder! I can really feel it in my abs as well as my legs, and it gets my heart racing! One of my new favourite moves now I know how to do it!
After 2 days on the new level my muscles were begging for a break so I made this my day off and enjoyed having a good rest!
This morning when I woke up and went to shower my first thought was again how much flatter my stomach is looking, its got a bit of tone and Is really looking better already. That's definitely the area I'm seeing the most improvement in and I'm not complaining! I'm really, really, enjoy all the ab sections on this level, aside from the fact it means I get a bit of a lay down, they are really good moves and I can feel the burn after just a few reps which is a lot more enjoyable than banging out 100 crunches.
Could not stop wrapping my hands around my waist today because it feels smaller and much firmer! Waist shrinkage is not something I've ever taken much notice of before but I'm definitely more petite in that area today which is making me feel fantastic! Have to say again that I love the ab moves on this level. There's a few triceps moves as well which I need badly. I also need a lot more bicep work which there hasn't been much of so far so I hope the next level brings a bit more of that. I might actually need an extra set of heavier weights to make the bicep moves a bit harder...
So I've just done my penultimate level 2 workout and I'm slightly agitated about something. It's normal for me to struggle with a move for the first few days but I usually find that by the last 2 days of a level I can do most of the moves at the advanced level. However, there is one move on this level that just has me flummoxed. I. Cannot. Do. It. The dreaded Crow Push-up. It frustrates me that I can't do it and to be honest, I've now given up and just do regular push-ups which I'm sure Jillian would yell at me for.
The probelm is that the beginner version requries you being on your knees as you do a push-up while bringing one knee up to meet the elbow as you go down. This really hurts my knees and I don't have anywhere near the strength do it in the advanced posture. I got my boyfriend to see if he could do it, and he knocked out 10 reps like it was a walk in the park! What am I doing wrong?!
Last day on level 2! I still couldn't master the crow push up but the rest of it has become quite easy. I'm excited to start the next level and I hope it brings a bit more intensity to leg/thigh moves as this isn't as hard as it could be. I was flexing my arms after the workout and seeing more tone but weight wise I haven't lost anything this week (still 143.4lb). That's not as depressing as it sounds because, as I keep banging on about, most of the change has happened in the tummy region which is much flatter and my shrinking waist.