We are definitely both doing better in terms of endurance, and we have both noticed an increase in strength. I am up to 25 consecutive modified push ups (more than 35 total during the work out.) John is a push up maniac- he doesn't even do the modified ones anymore- he is all the way down to the ground each time, too!
I am nursing a pulled and spasming muscle in my back which makes any of the "bouncing" exercises very painful, so butt kicks, jump rope, and jumping jacks are all out for now. Instead, I have been learning to pack a punch by subbing boxing for all the cardio moves. In the 2 days I have been doing this, I have still gotten a good cardio work out, and definitely feel an improvement in my boxing.
Neither of us are having the horrible pains and burning muscles of the first few days. That is a major relief! The circuits don't seem as endless anymore, and I have take to counting how many of each move I am successfully completing in each cycle- this motivates me to try to do at least one more the next day. I personally take the moves slow but make sure my form is good on each move- I like to feel the muscle moving.
According to the scale, John has lost about 6 lbs, which is about 20% of his total weight loss goal. I have lost 3-4 lbs, which is about 18% of my total weight loss goal. We have not added additional cardio yet, nor have we calorie restricted (in fact, this past weekend we ate a LOT of birthday cake. Yummm!)
John and I both have things we really dislike about the workout. I personally think Julian is a bit obnoxious at times, and some of the things she says drive me nuts (I love to make fun of her between my panting.) I also really, really, really hate the combined arms+legs strength move in circuit 3- it's a anterior lift with a side lunge. Horrible! However, I don't mind any of the ab work (abs are probably my major strength in this work out) and my bicycle crunches are getting better (meaning they actually resemble the move:)
Here's a word from John:
Personally, I hate the static lunge with the bicep curl. I don't know why Grace likes it. More importantly, as Grace becomes a punching machine, I become more and more worried. She has standing orders from my father to hit me in the head if I become a jerk; it use to be less worrisome.
A word of advice: if you are going to start The Shred, do NOT watch it first. Just jump in and do it. Do it 5 consecutive days, and you will suddenly feel like 30 days is actually a reasonable and achievable goal. Just push through those first five days. It will suck, but it will get better.