This is not a workout for beginners. If you are not used to Jillian or some other form of concentrated workout, I suggest you start with 30 Day Shred or Ripped in 30. I am currently doing level 1 and will update my review when I move to level 2.
Jillian strays from her typical 3-2-1 format (3 minutes cardio, 2 minutes strength, 1 minute abs), in the ab-centered workout. She starts with a 4 minute dynamic warm-up, which moves quickly. The “meat” of the workout is about 24 minutes long and consists of several sequences of exercises; each repeated once before moving on. Her mix of crunches, planks, lunges, stretches and holds; combined with cardio, keeps you moving and helps hold your attention. As with her other workouts, she has one team member doing more advanced modifications and one team member doing beginner modifications. There are no “rests” in this workout, I suggest keeping water near you so you can take a sip between exercises. Jillian wraps up with a few cool down stretches and you’re done.
I appreciate her “quick and dirty” routines, they have been very effective for me. It’s nice to find a good workout that I can fit into my morning routine without an enormous time commitment.