Body Revolution – Weeks 11 & 12

by Jenny on May 10, 2012

With the conclusion of weeks 11 & 12 of Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution, I am officially done with the complete 90 day workout program!

Workout 11

The description of Workout 11 on the Body Revolution guide is:

“A gold medal workout jam packed with athletic moves, weights and a resistance cable to inspire you to give it all you’ve got and get what you came for.  It puts the finishing touches on “front of the body” muscles.”

Like the previous odd-numbered workouts, Workout 11 is focused on the front of the body and actually works your chest, shoulders and arms in a crazy way!  If pushups are your thing, this workout is for you!!  It features pushups with different twists added in along with planks that challenge your core and shoulders.

Example moves in this workout are:

  • Scorpion Push Ups
  • Push Ups with Resistance Cable
  • 3 Tiered Push Ups
  • Dragon Pose with Shoulder Raises
  • Jumping Lunges with Shoulder Press
  • Jumping Statue of Liberties
  • Plank Twists

Workout 12

The description of Workout 12 on the Body Revolution guide is:

“This is it!  An all-out, pedal-to-the-metal blur of body sculpt moves for “back of the body” and wicked cardio bursts that max out your calorie burn and fat melting potential.”

Like the prior even workouts, Workout 12 is focused on the back of the body.  A lot of jumping and stabilization is put into use in this workout along with moves that definitely require flexibility and core strength.

Example moves in this workout are:

  • Crab Kicks with Alternation Toe Touches
  • Bridge Push Ups
  • Heavy Bicep Curls
  • Single Leg Weighted Squat Jumps
  • Bent Row
  • Alternating Plank Rows

Cardio 3

The description of Cardio 3 on the Body Revolution guide is:

“Bang out this fast-paced, high energy, high impact, plyometric workout by burning more calories per minute than you ever thought possible to complete your total body transformation.”

The Cardio 3 workout that was used throughout all of Phase 3 of the program (weeks 9-12) was similar to that of Phases 1 & 2 in that it consisted of three 8-minute circuits of cardio exercises.

However, instead of eight exercises, each performed for one minute in each circuit or 16 exercises, each performed for 30 seconds per circuit, Cardio 3 contains 24 exercises – each lasting for 20 seconds.  This cardio workout contained a lot of jumping, plank position moves and full body involvement.  A complete metabolic workout!

Every time I completed Cardio 3, I found myself sweating like crazy when I was finished!  It really got my heart racing and provided a kick-ass, quick workout.  Even though the moves were challenging, and the jumping (cannonball jumps, alternating lunge jumps, squat jumps, rock star jumps) was intense, the quick changes from exercise to exercise made this workout fly by.

And don’t be surprised if you find yourself thinking the second circuit is a tad bit easier than the other two…two crucial exercises are skipped in the line up but you can’t not be relieved when one of those is squat jumps! ;)

Week 11 Schedule

Day 1: Workout 11
Day 2: Workout 12
Day 3: Cardio 3
Day 4: Workout 11
Day 5: Workout 12
Day 6: Cardio 3
Day 7: Off

Week 12 Schedule

Day 1: Workout 11
Day 2: Workout 12
Day 3: Cardio 3
Day 4: Off
Day 5: Workout 11
Day 6: Workout 12
Day 7: Cardio

Weights Used

For most of the exercises throughout Weeks 11 & 12, I used either 5 lb or 8 lb weights.  Jillian recommends light (3 lb) weights for a few exercises but they were nothing that I couldn’t do with the 5 lb weights, therefore pushed myself to use the heavier weights.  A few of the exercises that she recommended 5 lb weights, I upped to 8 lb weights at my own discretion.

Summary

In summation, Workouts 11 & 12 were definitely challenging.  Workout 11 pushed my chest, arms and shoulders more than any other workout in the program with a ton of plank and pushup moves.  I vowed to never do these workouts again as I was swearing like crazy while doing them but I’m positive I will break them out in the future to challenge myself on given days!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelly May 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Hi Jenny!

I found your blog after googling Jillian’s Revolution calendar…& I find your commentary very helpful! My sister bought the 90-day workout just over a month ago and she gave me her first month…well, let me borrow, since she is in the second phase.

Anyway, my husband and I are Insanity “drop-outs” and while we may incorporate some of those DVDs every now and then, we just weren’t physically insane enough to stick it out! :( So, to say the least, we have an early morning date with your girl, Jillian!

Now, my question to you would be, how do you look physically after completing her 90-days? Are you noticeably more toned? And now that you’re done, what does your maintainance weekly routine look like? Okay, so I squeaked in a few more questions, my wheel got a’turnin!

I am looking to get toned and lose my momma-body! I have four kids between the ages of 7 and soon to be 3 (a set of twins for my Grand Finale), and call me selfish; but, I want my post-baby body back! And before I go and spend all their college savings on a tummy tuck and boob lift, I figure I should see what these DVDs can do for me! I will keep you posted…

Well you take care and I wish you and your husband well!

~Kelly

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2 Jenny May 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Kelly! I’m so glad you came across my blog and that my Body Revolution reviews have been of help to you! It’s funny that you say you and your husband are Insanity drop-outs because I was JUST talking to Brian about that program and if I think I could stick with it…not looking too goo after hearing your comments! :)

As for Body Revolution, I stuck with it 100% and did every workout each week and by the end of it I definitely saw an improvement in my body. My arms, shoulders and back are way more toned and my legs are still really muscular but are slimmed down. The program doesn’t focus as much on core as I would have liked but I lost some weight in my midsection to and can feel that my abs are toned just have a little extra padding on top! ;)

I didn’t change my diet at all and while I generally eat pretty healthy, I still mix in a ton of sweets on a regular basis so that could account for not having a completely toned midsection as well.

My goal now is to keep the toned look I achieved and I have been doing my own workouts similar to those of Jillian’s in the same fashion of two days a week for front of the body, two for back and then two for core (to get more focus there). If you check out my workout page, there are two circuits under strength which are what I started with for my first two weeks after completing and I plan to continued with the same idea of workouts but change them up a little every 2-3 weeks.

Good luck with the program and I hope you get the results you are looking for!! I’m sure you are already a hot mama though!!!

Let me know how it goes! :)

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3 Heather March 21, 2013 at 1:54 am

Hi Jenny – I realize this comment is nearly a year after your post, but I found your blog when I googled Body Revolution and running. I really want to try BR because I love JM. I have enjoyed all her DVDs but I like the idea of split work outs (front/back) vs. total body. However, I’m training for 10k. I just did a pretty poor (for me) 5k so I know I need to be serious about my training for the 10k.

Did you do any running while doing BR? Would you say they are compatible?
Thanks!

P.S. Took a look around your blog and it’s pretty cool…. your race page is very inspirational.

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4 Jenny March 21, 2013 at 6:54 am

I absolutely loved the Body Revolution workout! I mixed it with running since the workouts aren’t very long and I was able to incorporate both into my routine. Usually I would run prior to doing the workouts except for on the “cardio” day of the program – on those days I would take an off day from running or just do a split morning/night workout. I was actually at one of the best spots in my running (as in with speed) while I was combining it with BR so it may work for you as well! I’m not sure how much you run now, so my only suggestion would be to keep your workouts in perspective and not over do it! I am used to running 5-6 days a week so keeping with that pattern, while throwing in the strength training, didn’t affect the overall wear on my body. If you do decide to combine the two, I would only suggest listening to your body and taking rest or scaling back when you need to!

Good luck with both your Body Revolution and your 10K. Would love to hear how both go for you!

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