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My Review on Sparkpeople's 28 Day Boot Camp DVD with Coach Nicole!

Monday, February 13, 2012

My Review on Coach Nicole’s 28 Day boot camp DVD from Sparkpeople.

This is just my opinion of the DVD.

Breakdown of workouts:
Warm-Up ( 6 minutes)
Cardio Burst (12 minutes)
Short Cardio Sculpt (12 minutes)
Tone & Burn (20 minutes)
Total Body Challenge (30 minutes)
Cool Down (4 minutes)
(plus some bonus features)

The video has several sections you can do them all or pick and choose. There is also a 28 day bootcamp selection that you can follow which chooses the sections for you. I liked this feature as it gives you a nice schedule for your workouts and gives a good mix of the various workouts.


I like that the warm up and cool down are in separate videos/sections. In other exercise videos the warm up and cool down are in each section and if you choose to do more than workout you have to FF through that section again. If you choose to follow the 28 day plan the warm up and cool down are conveniently added to that day's workout.

Another plus of the video is the music. I don’t usually care for music in workout videos. The music in this one is low and you could even play your own music in the background.

I think this video is challenging but can be done by beginners. There are modifications and different levels you can follow. Beginners and more advanced exercisers would be challenged in this video.

Each section of the video has a clock that tells you how much longer you have. I liked this feature as it helped to let me know when I could push a little harder when time was almost finished.

Video Breakdown:


Warm-Up ( 6 minutes)
Good Warm up…again I like the warm up separated from the individual workouts

Cardio Burst (12 minutes)
Got my heart pumping. Keeps you moving a lot so the time flies by. It had some dance moves, kickboxing and other aerobic exercise. Nice short workout.

Short Cardio Sculpt (12 minutes)
I liked the modifications in this video. You do need a set of hand weights for this video. I liked this one a lot. Not as many squats in this one and there is beginner and advanced levels you can follow.

Tone & Burn (20 minutes)
Very good workout. This section needs hand weights as well. I can feel that my arms got a good workout.

Total Body Challenge (30 minutes)
I liked it but it does have a lot of squats. There are some kettle bell moves in this too. You will need some hand weights. I also liked there was abdominal/core work too.

Cool Down (4 minutes)
Good Basic Cool down. Again I like that it is separated from the other videos.

All total I would recommend this DVD for those exercising on any level. This is my first experience with one of Coach Nicole's workouts and I really enjoyed the experience. This is great for exercising in the Winter for me as during the warmer days I prefer to do my workouts outdoors. I will continue to use the DVD for strength training throughout the year.

This DVD is available at Target and there is a $3 off coupon available on the site.

I received this DVD for Free from SparkPeople and didn't receive any form of payment for my review.

  
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NASFKAB 7/20/2012 1:12AM

  thanks for the review plan to buy it

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CHRISBEM 7/19/2012 10:10AM

    I might check this out!

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KAJEAR 6/24/2012 1:40PM

    Thank you for doing this review. I have been thinking about buying the DVD and now I will buy it. I'm happy that they have a beginner level to follow. emoticon

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MOMMABOOMS 6/21/2012 10:21AM

    Thanks for the review. I've often wondered if the videos are worth getting. I think I'll try one

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JANIED10 6/21/2012 10:13AM

    Thanks for the review. I was looking at this one so it gives me an overview to consider.

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BESTCK 3/20/2012 4:17PM

    Thank you for the review! I appreciate the information.

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SWEETANGO 3/19/2012 6:48AM

    emoticon for posting your review. It helps to hear what others are thinking.

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SPARKFRAN514 3/18/2012 10:23AM

    good review provided good information on the DVD its now on my wish list
keep the good work you can do it emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 2/19/2012 7:29AM

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COACH_NICOLE 2/16/2012 11:12AM

    Glad you enjoyed! Hopefully it is the first of many videos you'll try with me. ;-)

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TIGGER622 2/15/2012 11:06AM

    Awesome review!

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SHFELKEY 2/14/2012 8:45AM

    Thanks for posting your review of the DVD! Keep on Sparking! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/14/2012 12:51AM

    Thanks for sharing. I am enjoying the DVD and appreciate most the varying levels and am happy when I see I've made improvements.

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Doing the Impossible, My 1 year Sparkaversary, and Running a 5K

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." St Francis of Assisi

When I saw this quote a few months ago I knew that I had to make it my mantra & inspiration when struggles and setbacks occur in my new way of life. It all started on 08/30/10 when on vacation with my cousin, who had dragged her scale along because she was in a SP biggest loser competition & didn't want to let her team down while away. I watched over that week as she tracked all of her food, tried working exercise into our day and I asked a lot of questions. At the time I was 48 1/2 yrs old, had reached my highest weight of 335, my legs were swollen from travelling, my plantar fascitis made my feet ache, I was tired all the time and blamed it on working night shift, and I had trouble catching my breath going up one flight of stairs and sometimes just laying flat and that was scaring me. I made up my mind on that trip and decided that I was ready for a change and that I wanted to feel better in my 50's than I did in my 40's!

When I returned home I joined SP and made a lifestyle change using baby steps. Don't get me wrong, I had dieted before and I am good at it, over the years I have easily lost (and gained back) over1,000 lbs. This time feels different as I started working the plan into my daily life, not totally eliminating any foods but worked on portion control, making better choices, & being accountable for every bite eaten. I still find that tracking food, water and exercise is one of the keys to success!

First I changed my diet and started to move just a little more, I found and joined some great SP teams and made friends along the way. Signing up for teams and challenges helped keep me accountable and challenged. I also knew that support and encouragement was only a keystroke away.

Since my feet hurt I started exercising using a recumbant bike. Wtarting out I was winded in less than 5 minutes but gradually was able to increase my endurance. After losing about 70 lbs I started the SP Beginning Walking program, that was in March and had bought a treadmill by then as our winters are generally harsh. Then I heard several in-laws, nieces and nephews talking about how much they were enjoying the Couch to 5K (C25K) running program and participating in 5K runs. I just knew that I would enjoy that too giving me goals to work forto keep me motivated to keep exercising.

So in April I started the C25K program and the first day I felt great but on my last running interval shut my eyes trying to finish strong and flew off the back of the treadmill. Before SP that would have been enough of a setback to have me giving up but instead I signed up for a Virtual 5K on SP giving me a specific goal to work for. A week later, after the soreness was gone, I redid Week 1 Day 1 and started on my C25K journey! Around this time I also joined a Biggest Loser Challenge and a few beginning running teams and found wonderful support with great team mates! I figured as I was still >250 lbs I would have to repeat weeks, or workouts but was pleasantly surprised that although running WAS hard it WAS possible and I was able to follow the program as written.

In week 5 of the program my DH (Ron) was going to a conference in Boston for his work and I was able to go with him. I signed up for a running tourof the Freedom Trail (definite lifestyle change here). I found this was a little above myh ability at the time but with the help of a few of the seasoned runners I was able to complete the 3 mile tour and I was hooked on running! I overdid a little on that run and had to take 10 days off for knee soreness, but again was able to pick up where I left off which was the 20 min jog without a walking break and I DID IT! I was ecstatic!

In June I ran/walked my 1st 5K and met my secret goal of completing it in under 45 min, and I felt great. Then the very next week (W8D2 in C25K) on my 28 min run I felt hip pain when I hit 25 min but was able to finish the run. Was feeling fine 2 days later but my run ended after only 12 min with severe hip pain. I was able to walk with no problem, I just couldn't run. I was really worried that this would finish my running career before it barely had begun. When to see the Doctor - x-rays fine but also sent me to Physical Therapy. Within 2 sessions it became apparent that I had IT Band Syndrome (tendonitis) and I started learning how to better stretch and strengthen (I now spend quality time with a foam roller and stretching after running). I couldn't believe how much I missed running during the 6 wks that I was not allowed to run (walking and biking only).

Then at the beginning of August I was able to start running again only 5 min at first on a treadmill at 0 incline - no pain but I was really winded! By the next appointment though my breath was coming easier, was able to increase to 8 min, then 10 and finally 20 min with no walking breaks and I was released from PT. To celebrate I ran/walked a 5K on that Saturday (Aug 20) and actually took a minute off my previous personal record after only 3 weeks since restarting any running at all.

This last Sat. (Aug 27) just days before my 1 year Sparkaversary I ran with NO walking a complete 5K! Again, elated! I now have a goal to do a half-marathon in October of 2012 and I know now that anyting is possible!

Who would have thought that 1 year ago at 335 lbs that today I would be over 100 lbs lighterand running (well jogging actually) a 5K! It amazes me what a year can bring and I have already reached the goal of feeling better and I haven't even hit 50 yet (not until Dec)!The best is still to come! I'm sorry that I couldn't add pics as I am not on my home computer, but feel free to visit my Spark Page to see Pics!

I am so appreciative of the SP friends I've made along the way and to team members that have been so free with praise, support and encouragement. A special Thanks to Alice for making me realize that even though I'm not really comfortable with sharing my thoughts and feelings that this blog is long overdue and needed to be written with the hope that it will encourage others the way I have been encouraged.

Will leave with another fav quote from John "The Penguin" Bingham: "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."


  
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WILSHAR7 8/14/2012 12:10PM

    emoticon on your 5K! What an accomplishment!!
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MILPAM3 7/19/2012 9:50AM

  Wow, I'm impressed! You have made a decision to be healthy and stuck with it. emoticon

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PDAVIS59 7/19/2012 9:43AM

  You are an inspiration to me. I am just starting out and can relate to everything you said about how you felt when you started. Thanks for providing me with incentive to move forward.

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TIGRKITTN 7/19/2012 8:43AM

    How inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story with those of us still at the beginning of our journeys!

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AATKIN01 6/21/2012 10:20PM

    very inspiring post! congrats on your accomplishments

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JUSTYNA7 6/21/2012 9:36AM

    emoticon It is amazing what we can do by just starting! I think doing something "new" or even aspiring to do something new is way more powerful that we realize. Thanks for sharing this. I am sure it will be blog theme today.

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DOLLIE6 6/21/2012 9:16AM

    Thank you so much for sharing. You give me hope. I have a loooooooooong road ahead of me but one step at a time will get it done. You made me think anything is possible if you keep your mind on your goals and just do it. Thank you again.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 5/25/2012 3:55PM

    Keep the Spark alive! Give us and update!

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2BOYSANDAGIRL 5/7/2012 5:15AM

    You are awesome!!!! I am encouraged!!! I am also going to a half marathon, I will be doing it in November. I have done 2 halfs before but I am making it my goal to run the entire half (except water breaks) and finish in 2hours 30min. I have alot of work ahead of me!!! :-) Thanks for sharing your story, it really is inspiring!!!

Julie

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CLSYLADY 4/16/2012 6:45AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! I have been toying with the idea of running but haven't gotten serious about it yet. You are giving me the inspiration I need. Keep on keepin on.

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JIBBIE49 4/14/2012 7:42AM

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MARGARITTM 3/29/2012 10:29AM

    Congrats and welcome to my favorite sport - running!

How affirming is it to complete a 5k! Know one can take that away from you!

On to the next big challenge!

Keep us posted and I'll see you at the finish line!

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DEQUINTA 3/28/2012 6:29PM

    emoticonwhat an inspiration you are!! ty for sharing your story.
i did the 1 mile version of a 5k last year(walking) and had set ny goal to do a full 5k this year, but have lagged thinking it was"impossible", your story has inspired me to get busy and make that race possible by the end of 2012! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEETBEETL 3/28/2012 11:18AM

    Need to start my running again:D

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 3/27/2012 10:29PM

    A friend forwarded your blog to me...I am so inspired. I am begrudgingly doing exercise, not enjoying it at all. I want to quit as soon as I start b/c I hate it. Seeing what you have done truly makes me want to try much harder, to get past the hate and at least to the "like" stage! Thanks for sharing your story. You are an amazing success story. You are doing fabulously.

Congratulations!


Dawn

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MINANCY 3/27/2012 10:07PM

    Congratulations, thanks for sharing your story!

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MAGGIE101857 3/27/2012 7:46PM

    What an amazing journey - so glad a friend shared your blog with me! When you decide which HM you are going to do, let us know and maybe some of us can join you!!!

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JIBBIE49 3/27/2012 2:56PM

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LIFECHANGE2012 3/27/2012 1:39PM

    A friend shared this and now I am motivated to try the running again. Already downloaded a walking/running plan almost 1 year ago..... now to use it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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FREETHEGODDESS 3/27/2012 12:06AM

    Love your blog and your determination! I have had a similar experience going from barely being able to walk 5 minutes to being able to jog/walk a 5K. Completing my first 5K race was one of the best days of my life! It showed me that anything is possible if I am willing to take small steps toward my goals.
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SUE_2U 3/25/2012 7:13AM

    emoticonYou rock! Totally inspirational! I really needed to read these words. It's so encouraging! I'm about where you were last year and I'm a decade older. Reading what you have accomplished gives me hope! emoticon


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SKINNYMINNIE25 3/8/2012 10:34AM

    I loved hearing your very personal story. You hit bottem, got inspired, made a plan, overcame roadblocks, hit a huge target goal and made another! One foot in front of the other...literally. Hope you will continue to blog and keep us posted on your progress.

Skinny
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ELAINEMISS 3/5/2012 9:04PM

    You are such an inspiration! I hope you keep running and keep blogging about your experiences!

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MOONBIRD 10/6/2011 2:41PM

    I am so impressed with your determination! You are just awesome!

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JENMAGS 9/22/2011 11:58AM

    You are a true insipration! Thank you for sharing!! emoticon

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PSVZUM 9/21/2011 8:10PM

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What an inspiration you are. Thank you for sharing your story!

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DEBBIEG8S 9/21/2011 11:10AM

    What an inspiration you are to me and so many others.

Keep up the good work.

Debbie
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BARBIE779 9/18/2011 6:12PM

    Congratulations! That's awesome.

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DEQUINTA 9/18/2011 12:21PM

    emoticonwhat an inspiration your story is to those of us who feel we are too old(60) or too heavy(255)to be active and to lose the wieght. emoticonreading your blog has reminded me that fad diets and endless excuses is NOT the way to the finish line! emoticon

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WINFIELD28 9/17/2011 8:47PM

    Super!
So happy for you! You have to feel great! Full of pride and satisfaction at what you have done and are continuing to do!
Love your quotes and positive attitude!
Thanks for sharing your story here!

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NEWMAC2011 9/16/2011 11:47PM

    Wow! What an amazing journey and what a fantastic blog. I'm typing & crying. You are an inspiration. I'm so glad that you read my blog so that I was able to stop by and read yours. What a difference a year makes.

Wishing you all you wish for yourself. I know that you'll reach all your goals; you've already come so very far!

Btw, jogging IS running!!

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LADYOLIVER 9/16/2011 2:04PM

    AMAZING!!!!!! What an inspiration for me to keep pushing up my goals to the next level.

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ACCT1908 9/16/2011 10:06AM

    emoticon You inspire me to RUN!!! I also want to run 1/2 next Fall but am so afraid of setting such a lofty goal. But I love the quote on your page and it has given me a boost to START! THanks for sharing your journey!

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BRAVEHEART4ME 9/15/2011 3:13PM

  What a great blog! You're doing fantastic! emoticon

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RICKEYEA 9/15/2011 1:22PM

    I just wrote your quotes on my monthly calendar at work, very encouraging. Your story inspired me to keep going, even when my knee hurts. I want to run a 5k in October but I'M SCARED! I'm still going to walk/jog it...b/c right now it's necessary. Thanks again! emoticon

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TIGGER622 9/13/2011 5:48PM

    WOW!!! What an inspiration you are!!! It is amazing what we are capable of that we never could have dreamed!!! Keep up the great work, I can't wait to hear about your half marathon training, you have inspired me to get my butt back out there TONITE and exercise, no excuses! THANK YOU!!!!

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BEINGGUIDED 9/13/2011 7:49AM

    What a beautiful story. You inspire me to get back to my running program. I let excuses and Texas heat get me off the trails, but running is something that can make you so proud of your progress.

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LOTUSFLOWER 9/12/2011 9:31PM

    Amazing!! And I love that quote at the end,too!

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CYPATAYLOR2 9/5/2011 9:21PM

  Congratulations on your wonderful lifestyle change. You are a great inspiration to us all. Your quotes say it all. Congratulations also on finishing several 5Ks. That is awesome. Thanks for sharing and good luck with your achieving your goals.

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TAMTAM64 9/5/2011 6:49PM

    Blogs like this make me want to do a "Happy Dance" - I am totally celebrating with you!

What an awesome life changing journey you are on - keep on running strong!

Tammy

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ETTEZEUS 9/5/2011 6:02PM

    Woo Hoo! Fantastic!

Congrats on all you've accomplished and all you've yet to accomplish!!

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TAKINBACKMYBODY 9/5/2011 5:28PM

    Fantastic blog - you are inspirational - congratulations on your accomplishments!! -Shanna emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/5/2011 5:08PM

    Thanks crazydogladybo for suggesting this blog, very inspiring! I could not agree more with you BooMac.... START.... And go from there! Once you start you won't stop till you are on your way to healthy!

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ILSAWING 9/5/2011 5:03PM

    Thanks for the inspiration! I've been on Spark as a serious Sparker for six months now, and I never knew there were so many cool people out there til I looked! And there you are! Keep on runnin!!

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THAIBEAUKITTY 9/5/2011 3:44PM

    Awesome! Congrats!

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