Oh. My. Good. God.
This jump from Level 1 to Level 2 was bigger than the one from GCSEs to A-levels (do you all remember thinking ‘I know nothing, what have I been doing my whole life?!’ ). Level 2 is hardcore.
Suffice to say Day 1 of Level 2 is a bit of a shock. This workout involves a lot of pushups and plank positions, which I did struggle with a first because I have a weak lower back from a childhood of being the tall girl who slouched, but I am working on strengthening it with a lot of abdominal exercises. Which is just as well, because those have stepped up too! Days 2, 3 and 4 get better. It really is a huge effort to do it but I feel so amazing by the end of it. It feels a little masochistic. Like I can’t stop going back for more.
I’m still not on any kind of diet plan but the inches are dropping off. And during this time of the month, I’m actually consuming daily amounts chocolate, but it isn’t heavily affecting me. In fact, I always give in to that because it’s not worth the pain of not eating it..!
Days 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are really about fitting it in around my life. But that’s the beauty of this workout. It is intensive and it is quick. I can work up a sweat, shower, change and be out of the door in less than an hour. For these few days, I really appreciate the ease of it because I’m at Mark’s house, they are still having the extension so there are often builders everywhere and no spare room to work out in, but I battled through and found space every day. I even got up early and did it when we were going out for the day. Self-pride is definitely the way to describe this.
It makes me think that I can take this dvd away with me when I travel and fit in a hugely effective workout in less than half an hour. Forget hotel gyms and hours on the cross-trainer! I am a Jillian-convert. By the end of each workout, I am panting and out of breath – and this lasted to day 10, although by then I was able to do a lot of the more advanced moves than in the first few days.