Unlock your plateau with Jillian Michaels' 'BodyShred'

Vicky Hallett / The Washington Post /

Getting yelled at through your TV screen just isn’t as motivating as being screamed at by someone in the same room. So Jillian Michaels has found another way — beyond her 35-city tour — to make sure you receive some in-person attention: BodyShred.

• What It Is: The 30-minute workout relies on Michaels’ 3-2-1 interval program. At a demo class recently in Washington, instructor Nicola Haire explained the game plan. Each circuit consists of three minutes of resistance exercises, followed by two minutes of cardio and one minute of active recovery. The students switch moves every 30 seconds, but the action doesn’t stop until they complete four different circuits.

• Moves: BodyShred takes familiar exercises and adds a twist. So you’re not just doing jumping jacks; you’re also squatting to touch the ground between reps. You’re in Warrior III while doing lateral raises. You’re doing burpees with the extra step of hopping your legs from side to side.

Victor Quintanilla, 27, who’s struggling with a weight-loss plateau, appreciated the chance to try something new, such as “dancing crab” (in a crab-walk position, kick your legs up and down). It’s a fun one, Haire agreed, noting that it works the legs, core and triceps.

Find out more online at http://jillianmichaelsbodyshred.com.