How do I know when to up my workout levels?
I’ve lost about 50 pounds over the past three years, through a mix of watching my diet, exercising every damn day, and not eating after my mom died.
I used to do 30 min of elliptical every day, moderate level of difficulty, but found myself getting bored and my body too used to this particular exercise. I tried 30 Day Shred, couldn’t walk for many days, cursed aloud often, then tried it again a while later. I’ve been doing level one every weekday for two weeks. I let myself do the elliptical on the weekends as a break.
So how do you know when to up your level? Like, when do I switch from soul-sucking level one to kill me now level two? How can I tell when it’s the right time?
– question sent in by Kim
Ooh, good question. With 30 Day Shred, I never followed the exact guidelines for doing the workout — I believe you’re supposed to do it EVERY DAY for 30 days, so you’d up your level every 10 days or so. Like Kim, I was too busy not being able to walk after trying it for the first time, and I’m not sure how long it was before I started trying the other levels. Now that I’ve been doing it on and off for a few months, I tend to rotate through the workouts so I don’t get super-sick of any particular level.
There are definitely moves in Levels 2 and 3 that are harder than Level 1, but really, I found that certain things were easier, too. As some of you know Level 1 starts out with a combo of pushups and overhead presses — I still think that’s one of the most challenging moves, especially since it’s the first thing you do. Of course, the jumping lunges in Level 3 are, as Jillian calls them, “NO JOKE”, but I wouldn’t say that there is an *enormous* divide between each level. If you can get through Level 1 without ejecting a lung out your nostril and you’ve done it several times, then by all means, move on. It’s kind of the point to continue challenging your body beyond what you think you can do, and I bet you’ll be surprised at what you’re capable of after only a few more sessions.
Readers, what do you think about stepping up the intensity of your workouts? When do you decide it’s time to take things to the next level?
Tags: 30 Day Shred