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Final 6 Week, 6 Pack Review

by Meghann on April 18, 2011

You caught me.

I totally dropped the ball on my final review of Jillian Michaels’ Six Week Six Pack Challenge.


Bad Blogger. πŸ™

I started the challenge on January 4th with the original goal of executing the 30 minute workout three times a week. The plan was Workout 1 for the first 3 weeks and Workout 2 for the second 3 weeks.

I managed to stick with the DVD for the first three weeks, slowly adapting to the routine while warily growing bored of it. At the end of January I switched to level 2 and welcomed the change. The welcoming didn’t last long; the second level became just as boring and time consuming as the first.

At the beginning of February I enjoyed a mini vacay in NYC and Vermont that caused me to completely skip the end of the challenge and, alas, a final review. Oopsies. So, I guess what this boiled down to was a workout DVD that wasn’t able to keep my attention for a full 6 weeks of use.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Jillian and had MAJOR success with her 30 Day Shred DVD a couple of years ago (final review here), but the Six Week Six Pack Challenge just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. It’s much harder to see results in your stomach than in your arms and I think that’s the part that was killing me.

I wasn’t expecting a six pack from this DVD, or even a defined stomach, but I thought the challenge would be fun to see if I had any results at all. There weren’t any and I’m ok with that.

I did learn something: If I’m going to do a work out DVD I prefer one that focuses on total body. And anything that tones my arms is a major plus. Not sure why, but I would rather work on toning my arms over my stomach, maybe because it’s easier to see results that way?

I’ll retire this DVD for now. It’s fun for every once in a while, but definitely not enough for a full 6 week challenge. πŸ™‚

Has anyone else tried the challenge? What were your thoughts?



I found a lonely crab cake from last week’s dinner at the bottom of the fridge. Sounded like the makings of the perfect sandwich to me.


Between two slices of whole wheat bread I layered the crab cake with spinach, tomatoes, and light blue cheese dressing.


Pretzel rods (they were BOGO at Publix the other week) with mustard


And a pickle




I’m still playing catch up from the weekend on e-mail. It’s going to be a looonggg Monday. πŸ™‚

1 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine April 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

All ab exercises get SO monotonous to me- I have issues keeping up with abs 3x a week, so I totally understand the boredom. A 45 minute ab routine sounds so long, too!
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2 Anne P April 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I get super bored by workout DVDs, too. I just get so distracted at home! I’d rather leave home/be outside for my workouts πŸ™‚ I do like P90x and Bob Harper’s yoga DVDs every once in awhile, but I couldn’t do it every day (or even every week, for that matter)…

3 Meghann April 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

I still need to try P90x.

4 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I totally agree about doing whole body DVD series – by favs are chalene extreme and P90X plus.

I haven’t used her six pack DVD but I do like Jillians Shred for an occassional quick at home sweat session.

Thanks for sharing!

5 Whitney @ My Life.My Heart. My Journey. April 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I love crab cakes! I can’t wait to make them soon. I’m making a version of your calzones this week! I bought turkey pepperoni’s and veggies to put inside.

6 Megan @ Megan Mumbles April 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I have never even completed the 30 day shred!! I would like to I just ghave to find time to do it!! I get really bored with abs and only do it at night before bed!
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7 Freya April 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Oh JUST abs work is so dull – I definitely prefer it incorporated into a DVD, not THE dvd. The other two Jillian’s I have (30 Day Shred and Boost Metab) are much better πŸ™‚
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8 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Second the total body workout DVDs. It definitely keeps it more interesting.

9 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I haven’t tried that dvd, but I did do the Shred (and still do it every once in a while) — and yes they get boring after a while. I try to switch it up to keep myself from getting bored.
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10 kristy @ April 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm

You and your pretzels! Lol! πŸ™‚ I have a craving now.
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11 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life April 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I actually do this ab DVD every once in a while, but I never really committed to the full challenge. Actually, that’s a lie…I said I was going to in the beginning, but my interest fades too easily.
However, whenever I’m in the mood for some extra ab exercises, I do this one and it’s always a great workout.
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12 Kara April 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I couldn’t even stomach doing the 30 day shred for 30 days, so I feel your pain. I hate monotony` in my workouts (says the runner, lol)
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13 Fit Chick Britt April 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I completely agree with what you said about the video. It’s fun to do every once in a while, but it’s not something you can easily stick with for 6 weeks. I think it’s great to add in every once in a while, but it definitely doesn’t produce results like the shred, and it’s a lot longer.

14 Vanessa April 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Thanks for the honest review! =) I’m falling in a routine where I’m doing a 2.4 mile run/jog (don’t laugh…I’m a beginner), then doing Level 2 of 6W6P. No results so far, but it’s only been a few days. I think I’ll stick with it though and hope for the best!
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15 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

45 minutes for an ab workout would bore the heck out of me! I much prefer to do shorter ab exercises every day, rather than long ones less often!

16 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Okay I LOVE your lunch. Pretzels and pickles make me very happy πŸ™‚ And yes, I too love all-around workout DVDs instead of just 1-area DVDs.

17 Hope April 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

That sandwich looks fabulous! πŸ™‚ Love the pretzels with mustard!
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18 Jess (Daly Authenticity) April 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I have not followed the schedule of doing it every day for 6 weeks, but I throw it in there every once in awhile when my schedule is too crazy to make it to the gym. I would get bored to death if I did it more than once or twice a month! But it does give me a good burn (level 2)
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19 Kacy April 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I tried one of the workouts and was immediately bored, I definitely wouldn’t make it through six whole weeks.
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20 Tami April 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I could agree with you more about toning your arms-so easy compared to abs or legs
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21 Jocelyn April 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I don’t have that particular DVD but I find doing any DVD program several times a week is boring. I like to mix and match diffent DVDs to make my own program.

22 Fallon April 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I like the 6 week 6 pack DVD but not enough to ever do the “challenge.” That be extremely boring!! I like to add in this DVD once in a while because it is a good ab workout.
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23 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) April 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I’ve never tried that DVD, but I do have 30-Day Shred and still use that for when I need to squeeze in a quick workout before a busy day. It’s okay that you didn’t stick with it…I would get bored of doing the same workout for six weeks too! πŸ™‚

I love doing upper body work but I also like doing ab work as’s the repetitions and counting that I like, not the exercise itself, haha. But the stomach area IS the hardest to tone, and it takes awhile for the change to be noticeable.
Your lunch looks yummy! I still haven’t tried the mustard on pretzels idea-better do that before the boyfriend eats them all πŸ˜‰
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24 Ashley April 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I love ab work outs, but it is really hard to see a major difference. It’s understandable that you got bored with it.

25 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun April 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Thanks for the honest review. I have a hard time doing DVD plans for an extended time too. I need variety!
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26 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather April 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I definitely like a full body focus more than a single muscle group.

27 Heather April 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I am actually in week 6 of this DVD! I have done it 4 days a week for 4 weeks and 5 days a week for one week. (she reccommends 5 days a week) and I am very glad to be on my last week, I am bored! I AM seeing some changes though which is good! here is my original post on it:
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28 Emily @ Savory and Savage April 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I have tried DVD series in the past – but I end up getting really bored.

I would much rather head out to a yoga class or a run.
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29 Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I love workout DVDs – I do, however, find they can become repetitive and sometimes a little slow?
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30 Hilary April 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I’ve never had much long term success without workout DVDs either…for me they’re good once in a while, but never something I could do on a regular basis.
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31 Alaina April 18, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I don’t know if I’d ever be able to workout through a Jillian Michael’s DVD. I’m not a fan of Tony Horton either but I like the P90X workouts. πŸ™‚
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32 Karolina April 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I have often wondered what the DVD is like, so thanks for passing the review along. I too get frustrated and bored with the same thing at home, so I’m not sure this would be great for me…
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33 Allie April 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Yay for spinning!! I am pretty scatterbrained in the lifting dept but I’m workin on it as well πŸ˜‰
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34 Lauren April 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I never did the full challenge but I do supplement this workout from time to time. You’re right, it does get boring but I do like that it’s a little more active than most ab workouts. Have you tried Cindy Whitmarsh Incredible Ab workouts? I think I like them better.
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35 Jillian @ Reshape Your Life April 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

You should try Kathy Smith’s Tummy Trimmers DVD, it has five 10 minute ab workouts that really pack a punch! I love it and it’s short enough to do a few times a week without even thinking about it. And a bonus, I noticed results pretty quickly!
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36 Megan April 18, 2011 at 8:04 pm

MMMMMM you lunch looks so yummy!! πŸ˜€

37 M April 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Hi Meghann,
I want to try some pretzels and mustard but really want to know exactly what kind of mustard you use-
is it plain old yellow mustard or something fancier?

38 Meghann April 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

I’m not a fan of yellow mustard, I usually use dijon or brown spicy mustard with pretzels. πŸ™‚

39 M April 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Thanks!I am guessing the brown spicy is best? πŸ™‚

40 Meghann April 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm


41 Nikki April 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I belong to a gym that I go to religiously but I downloaded that same Jillian DVD workout on Amazon videos to watch on my laptop during the winter for days when it was too snowy for me to make it to the gym. It was definitely challenging but I prefer the elliptical at the gym where I can read magazines or watch TV. The elliptical may not be the most challenging on my body but it is much easier to stick with than Jillian!

42 Jess@atasteofconfidence April 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I like the video, but I only do it here and there- I need to be able to switch my workouts up!

43 Khushboo April 19, 2011 at 4:35 am

Good lord 45 minutes just on abs!!!??? For me, 15 minutes spent on abs is a long session haha- i would lose my mind with that dvd!

44 Melissa @ Running with Needles April 19, 2011 at 8:44 am

I have to agree with you about 6 week 6 pack. Maybe if I wasn’t also running so much, or didn’t have access to a gym I would be more into it, but 30 minutes on my floor for abs seems like a lot to me. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll get into it again in a few months from now!
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45 Anna April 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I have to disagree with just about everyone else…I am OBSESSED with 6 week 6 pack. I wouldn’t do it every single day, but I’ve worked it in once or twice a week with the rest of my workout routine and I have definitely seen results. I like the cardio component, and I like it better than 30 Day Shred because I am not as apt to tweak something in my thigh/hip.

46 Christine @ Burning It Off April 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I agree that I’d rather do a full body workout than one that targets just one area… I can’t imagine doing ab exercises for an entire workout.
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47 Lacey @ Lake Life April 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I’m jealous of your iron stomach! Eating a 5-day old crab cake would probably make me seriously ill!
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