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Review: 28 Day Boot Camp with Coach Nicole

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I am now one of Coach Nicole’s biggest fans! I love her passion for healthy living through cardio and strength training. Coach Nicole was named Life Fitness and ACE’s top “Personal Trainer to Watch” and “Fan Favorite.” For the details on this DVD and a $3 coupon for use at Target, and other Spark Fitness DVDs visit:

In December, SparkPeople gave several active bloggers an opportunity to win Coach Nicole’s DVD (released January 1, 2012). I was thrilled to see I won a free copy. In return for receiving this DVD, I was asked to try the workouts and post my review of the DVD on my SparkPeople blog by February 29, 2012.

I should begin by writing that exercise and I have a love/hate relationship. I hate exercise! That said, I also know we are called, in the name of healthy living, to incorporate habits that we may not like. It’s all part of -- what I like to refer to as -- the personal responsibility I have to adequately take care of all that I have stewardship over . . . my body, my circle of influence (family, friends, and neighbors), my possessions, the environment, and the world. We are empowered people, who can truly make a positive difference by the way we model our lives. One of my role models, Joyce Meyer said it well, "Every time you feel like doing the wrong thing and you choose to do the right thing, you are growing and God is smiling!"

I feel better when I incorporate Coach Nicole’s 28 Day Bootcamp DVD into my routine. I am very pleased with this set of workouts for the following reasons:

METABOLISM BOOSTER: We need to change up whatever we are doing so that our bodies do not get set-in-their-ways. Doing something new will be just the strategy to invigorate your metabolism. Without these challenges, our weight can be affected negatively.

VARYING FITNESS LEVELS: Coach Nicole and her team showcase three levels of fitness and show how you can modify each routine to fit your fitness levels. I began with Jewel’s lighter workout in many of the routines and pleasantly found that I was able to advance to some of the higher levels after a week or two. This is progress in the form of a non-scale victory -- WooHoo!

FLEXIBILITY: I better understand the principle behind modifying an exercise to compensate for a personal weaknesses. I feel empowered to modify other fitness routines depending on my environment or ability. In some instances, I choose to remain walking in place to maintain my heart rate until the next challenge comes my way. Nicole’s seated abs exercises shown in the bonus features segment on the DVD, combine well with some of the routines I have learned with my Tai Chi and Woman’s Day workout (from a May 16 DailySpark feature) whether seated at home, office, or traveling.

NO MORE EXCUSES: I’ve already confessed that I’m not crazy about exercise. However, there’s no excuse to ignore healthy habits regardless of what shape we’re in. At some time or other, we all have limitations. If you are regularly in a wheel chair, you probably should not buy this DVD. I would, however, like to challenge you to change up your fitness routine to make sure you regularly work in both cardio and strength training, as approved by your doctor. has many supportive SparkTeams so that you can workout at your own fitness level. This is where I find great motivation and encouragement. Research shows that we get quality information and referrals from our fellow SparkPeople.

The Apostle John writes, "...I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10). By completing my journey to lose one hundred pounds, with seven (plus) months of maintenance, God has blessed me with a tremendously improved quality of life. I love and respect God’s role in my life to never want to go back!

This 28 Day Boot Camp with Coach Nicole DVD is already becoming a regular part of my healthy fitness routine. This will be one strategy to help me remain within a healthy BMI.

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