OK, don’t make fun of me.
I needed exercise! Cheap exercise! I don’t like running! I try but it hurts!
Yes. These are 3 lb weights.
3 lb weights are cheaper than 5 lb weights! 5 lb weights are pretty heavy, eventually!
[So are 3 lb weights, for that matter, 20 minutes in.]
I basically did this every other day for a month (a few months ago now), and saw pretty prompt results. I’m a good candidate in a way, because I’m not trying to be especially ripped or the queen of stamina or anything, I just want to be healthy (you could absolutely get ripped doing this, but I mean a good candidate for a DVD, which can be turned off and abandoned at any point, and probably is). Gaining muscle tone isn’t my goal, not losing muscle tone is my goal (and the recommended goal of those over 30, according to lots of sources that seem sound to me). I can take a desultory approach and still maintain good cardio health and muscle.
With my approach the regimen has only a moderate effect on weight (diet is much more significant than exercise) but I can see that if I were doing it every day, and seriously attacking the exercises, I could have all of the abs a girl could want. [I could have way too many abs.]
I don’t mind Jillian Michaels, either. She’s business-like, and not overly friendly. I do it less often now, maybe once a week, or not even that depending on what else I do that week. At first, in fact, it was a little too effective. My thighs were getting boxier than I wanted, which allowed me (conveniently) to justify doing it less…
So. Yes, I bought the 30 Day Shred. I am keeping it.