Green Girl Disclaimer: The Green Girl is a huge fan of Jillian Michaels.
The Green Girl purchased Jillian Michaels' Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism because, well, who doesn't want to banish fat and boost their metabolism?
The DVD consists of a five minute warm-up and cool-down with 40 minutes of circuit training in between. No equipment is required but a mat can be used. All the exercises can be done in a fairly confined space - if you have enough room to lay down and stretch your arms above your head you're good.
Jillian starts starts off with her usual dynamic stretching warm-up.
Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism consists of seven six-minute circuits. In each circuit, an exercise is performed twice.
Jillian seems to favor intervals that involve a lot of jumping. I'm not a huge fan of jumping because I feel like it aggravates my knees. I modified some of the jumping to keep my heart rate up but preserve my knees.
She integrates a lot of squatting into this video and I think this could be challenging for beginners.
I liked how there was a lot of emphasis on the core throughout the DVD.
She mentions how she has a background in kickboxing before she takes you into some jab/cross and jab/cross/hook/elbow combinations.
In conclusion, I really like this DVD but I don't think it's geared for beginners. I would recommend it to someone with a solid cardio base who is interested in interval training.
It would also be great for travel because you don't need any equipment.