Review of Making the Cut

Sorry that my post didn’t publish last night. I went to go & look at my page this morning & noticed it was not there. So I checked the ‘drafts’ folder & it was in there- SO WEIRD! I swear I hit ‘publish.’ Last night was definitely NOT my night, so that was probably just another part of it- LOL 😀

If you missed my review of my version of the Hungry Girl apple cobbler, check out my post!!

This morning I got up and headed to the gym…as usual 😉 Today was my LAST day of Making the Cut! 

Making the Cut- Day 30

Circuit One:
-Standing Lat Pull- Downs: 8 reps with HEAVY weight
-Lunges: 50 rapidly on alternating legs

Circuit Two:
-Plank Rows: 20 reps, 10 each arm
-Jumping Lunges: 20 reps
-Swing Kicks: 30 reps, 15 each leg 

Circuit Three:
-Seated Cable Rows: 12 reps
-Pendulum Lunges with Hammer Curls- 20 reps, 10 each leg
-Step-ups: 20 reps, 10 each leg 

Circuit Four:
-Frog Kicks: 20 reps
-Back Extensions: 10 reps
-Pike Crunch: 20 reps holding dumbbells in each hand 

Circuit Five:
-Dumbbell Rows: 12 reps using a wide grip
-Military Shoulder Press Prone on Body Ball: 10 reps
-Concentration Curls: 24 reps (12 each arm) in a static squat
-Rock Star Jumps: 20 reps

After that I did 10 minutes on the Elliptical- resistance 6.

Total time @ gym: 51:44, Max HR: 161, Avg. HR: 124; calories burned: 300

My review of Making the Cut:
PROS:
-I really enjoyed the workouts and the different combinations that Jillian used. I especially like the strength & cardio moves, which is what she is pretty much known for. You will find a lot of the same moves in her 30 Day Shred DVD.
-I did notice a difference in my body- especially my arms & quads. Although I did not take my measurements before starting the workout (which I am kicking myself for now, because I know they changed- in a good way) my clothes are fitting differently- my waist is smaller. But I do have to add a sidenote, I did NOT follow the schedule exactly. I did NOT take “off days” as she has in the workouts, I did my own workouts- usually lots of cardio on those days or difference weight training exercises. I also did NOT follow her diet plan that is outlined in the book, I did my own thing, which is also healthy..but not exactly by the book.
-The workouts burned about 300-350 calories each.

CONS:
-Some of the exercises are hard to understand when you initially read them. I wish that she had pictures with all of them. She does have pictures with most of the moves, but there are still quite a few without them. I just read the description a few times, Googled them if necessary (some you cannot even find on Google), and then I understood how to do them correctly (@ least I think so 😉 )

MY OWN RECOMMENDATIONS/ what I did:
-I did all of the circuits twice, even the ones that say “only do once”
-I typed up the workouts before heading to the gym, that way I didn’t have to bring the book with me.
-Really push yourself on the “perform until muscle failure” routines.
-Push yourself on the weight amount as well. Heavier weights are a GOOD thing. They do not make you bulky.
-I will be doing this workout again at some point, I liked it that much.

Hope you’re having a great day so far!! I’ll be back later 😉

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12 Comments

  1. Awesome review of the program! I am going to go check out your review of the HG apple cob because I have been wanting to make it!

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  2. congrats on finishing. hope you are happy with the results!

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  3. I think it’s fun to do the workout of MTC here or there when I get really bored in the gym.

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  4. I’m glad you can comment on my page again! That’s weird it wasn’t showing my new posts.

    Congrats on finishing Making the Cut! I’m so impressed by your workouts!

    Have a great day!

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  5. Love the review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It’s always nice to hear what other people say!

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  6. Yeah some of her exercises are confusing and also require a lot of equipment I don’t have. I definitely agree with what you said about heavier weights. Girls are always afraid to use heavy weights and then don’t get in a good workout!

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