Jillian Michaels' "6 Week Six-Pack" DVD ReviewPosted on Jan 4th 2011 1:00PM by Kristen Seymour
The DVD offers two 30- to 35-minute segments -- level one and level two. Both are very similar workouts, but level two takes the moves from level one and kicks it up a notch. In these core workouts, you use a hand weight, though the size is up to you (Michaels and the two women in the video appear to be using rather light weights, but the video doesn't make any recommendations).
The workouts each feature a dynamic warm-up, a circuit workout that features short intervals to raise your heart rate and is done twice, and a brief cooldown.
Level of Difficulty
Like other videos by Michaels, I would put this one in the intermediate to advanced camp.
Significant but not debilitating and (not surprisingly) mainly in the abs.
Who's It For?
Those who like Michaels will, obviously, be drawn to the workouts, but those who are looking for a reasonably short, tough workout that focuses on the core will also enjoy this. Well, at least they'll appreciate it.
The workouts are solid -- I was huffing and puffing and sweating in both levels. Despite this being an abs workout, my biceps, shoulders and thighs all felt the movements. That being said, it wasn't so difficult and intense that I couldn't have tacked it on to the end of a run or strength-training workout.
I wish Michaels had given a bit more in the way of safety instruction. There are a number of moves that involve twisting and swinging your hand weight -- I could see where one could tweak something rather easily.
I liked the workouts, and, in fact, my husband (who rarely joins me in checking out DVDs) found both levels to be serious workouts. I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner, and if someone has very little core strength, I'd suggest starting with a very light weight (or none at all, which is shown as an option in level one). Overall, though, it's certainly a keeper, and I see it getting a lot of play when bikini season rolls around!