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Review: Coach Nicole's 28 Day Boot Camp DVD

Monday, January 30, 2012

**I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.**

I got an e-mail towards the end of the year last year asking me if I would like to review the new SparkPeople "28 Day Boot Camp" DVD with Coach Nicole. I'm not one who usually works out to DVDs, but I decided that I would give it a try (for all those other people like me).

Before I got the DVD, I went to Spark to ask Coach Nicole what kinds of supplies I would need for the DVD. All I needed was a pair of dumbbells (any size suitable to you) and maybe a mat if you are working on a hard surface (all though not necessary). I already had several pairs of dumbbells so I was all set. Of course, if you don't have a pair of dumbbells, improvise!

I got the DVD in the middle of January. I was pretty excited to try it out, so I skipped a few of my regularly scheduled workouts to try out the DVD. First let me give you a little layout of the DVD. As it says in the title, it is set up for a 28 day boot camp. There is a calendar in the menu, that lists 28 days and different workouts for each day...

Each workout ranges from 22 minutes to 52 minutes, with several rest days scattered throughout. All you have to do is select which day you are working on, and your video starts right up.

If following a calendar isn't your thing, the DVD is separated into six different workouts you can chose from:
6-minute Warm Up
12-minute Cardio Blast
12-minute Strength and Cardio
20-minute Tone and Burn
30-minute Total Body Challenge
4-minute Cool Down
All you do is select which workout you want to do that day. Or you can do like I did and just select random days off the calendar, that way the videos are all lined up for you and you don't have to start 3 videos to get your warm up, workout, and cool down done.

Like I already said, I'm not much of a DVD workout girl, but when its a rainy day and I just need something fast to do rather than get out to the gym, I turn to a DVD. So on one of these such rainy days, I threw in the DVD, opened the calendar, and picked a day a random... Total Body Challenge, with a warm up and cool down.

The warm up was a typical warm up. Nothing too specials about it... same with the cool down.

This workout was kind of like a kettlebell workout, but without a kettlebell. There was a ton of squatting action going on! There are three people on the DVD doing the actions, Coach Nicole and two others. One of the girls does the modified exercises for the "easier" option. Coach Nicole does the regular exercises. And the other girl does the advanced option for the "harder" option. I put "easier" and "harder" in quotes because the level of difficulty really depends on each person's exercise ability. For someone just starting out, the "easier" option is probably going to be really hard. And for someone who is advanced and does things like P90x, the "harder" option probably isn't that hard. I stuck with Coach Nicole for most of it.

There was music playing during the DVD, but honestly, I don't really remember it. And if you don't like it (which a lot of people don't like workout DVD music), just put the DVD on low volume and crank up your own tunes. The backdrop in the DVD looked like a studio type area. I also didn't really notice it much (which I guess is the point). What I did notice was a clock in the corner letting me know how much longer my workout was going to be. I liked/disliked that... lol. It was good to know how much was left, but sometimes I'd look at it and think, "I still have xx minutes left!"... but overall it was a nice addition.

I felt tired after, and felt like I got a good workout. I wore my heartrate monitor during the workout and it showed I had a burn of 262 calories for the 30 minute workout (don't really track the warm up and cool down). Spark's fitness tracker says that for 30 minutes of Coach Nicole's Boot Camp video, I should burn 283 calories... so that's pretty close. The next day, I was definitely feeling all those squats! My legs were on fire (in that good workout feeling kind of way).

So, overall, I would say it is a good DVD, especially for someone just starting out. If you don't already have your own routine, this is a great way to set up a month of regularly scheduled workouts. If you already have your own workout schedule, this is a good DVD to throw into the mix when you need something to shake up your routine. And for those like me who don't necessarily love DVD workouts, this is a great DVD for those days when you don't want to get out and get to the gym. Just throw in a DVD and get to work!

Once you buy the DVD, you get 250 bonus SparkPoints. If you are interested in purchasing the "28 Day Boot Camp" DVD, SparkPeople has a special deal with Target, which has it available online for only $12.99. Plus, if you buy it from Target, SparkPeople has a coupon available for$3.00 off... just visit

**I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.**

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    That's neat that you were selected to do that!

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BROOKLYNROSE 2/2/2012 6:05PM

    Nice review! I'm not one for DVD workouts usually either, but like you said, it's good for rainy days and such! emoticon

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STAROFD00M 2/2/2012 2:48PM

    Nice to hear a non-biased review on this!

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SHFELKEY 2/1/2012 12:11PM

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

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    Oooo! I actually REALLY liked the calendar part!

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HEARTOFCHRIST 1/30/2012 8:05PM

    How exciting that you got to review it! I am thinking about getting it. Are there any jumping exercises like jumping jacks? I live on the third floor and can't jump around a lot.

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FITAT50 1/30/2012 4:36PM

    How cool you got to review it! I've been thinking of buying it but was afraid it might be to easy, I'll think twice now!

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RHONDALYN10 1/30/2012 4:23PM

    Thanks for the review!

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FUNFROG79 1/30/2012 1:17PM

    Thanks for the review!

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DOOBRIE 1/30/2012 12:37PM

    Great review!

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 1/30/2012 11:50AM

    I appreciate your thorough and honest review! I just got the DVD and your blog has motivated me to go home after work tonight and try it for the first time.

Questions, if you don't mind - for those of us who are not fit and just re-starting, is it set up to choose a day at random, or are we supposed to go in order? And can you see how long the workout is before you choose it? I'd hate to choose a long one on a day when I only have time for a shorter one!

Thanks again :)

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CHANGINGSAM 1/30/2012 11:32AM

    Thanks for posting!

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THEMRSH 1/30/2012 10:42AM

  Thanks Ellen! How cool that you got to try it out for free. I have been thinking of getting it so I appreciate your review.

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DIMPLES807 1/30/2012 10:01AM

    Thanks for the review. I've been contemplating whether I should get it or not. Perhaps I"ll give it a go.

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SUSIEGKORN 1/30/2012 9:56AM

    Thanks for the review. I bought it at Target so it was a great deal. I haven't tried it yet but look forward to some rainy or cold day when I don't feel like getting out to workout. Have a good week!

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GLASSART43 1/30/2012 9:49AM

    Thanks, this is timely. I'd been considering this purchase because I like having a workout DVD when I travel and I need something new. I'll give it a try.

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