Let me start by saying that I have been using SparkPeople's 28 Day Boot Camp with Coach Nicole as my go to exercise DVD over the last month or two, so I was super excited to be given the opportunity to review this new DVD that SparkPeople and Coach Nicole created.
After having to take a few days off from exercise due to a lingering headache followed by a cold, I was ready for a challenge, so I did all three workouts this AM. So let's talk about it! (Spoiler: I feel great!).
If you have tried or own SP's 28 Day Boot Camp, you'll see many of the same elements in Total Body Sculpting. Coach Nicole! (Need I say more? She is great, easy to follow, easy to relate to). The same two women are demonstrating the moves with her (I was actually kind of excited to see their familiar faces - it was refreshing)! The background elements and music are very similar (I found these elements continue to be good because they don't distract me from the workout). The countdown clock in the corner is still there. I know not everyone likes this feature, but when I feel particularly challenged I can use that clock to help me get out the last few reps.
Let's get to the workouts themselves. There are three separate workouts that incorporate cardio and different types of strength training: Barre Body, Body-weight Burn, and Sizzle Sculpt (with dumbbells). Plus an effective brief warm-up and slowing cool down options.
Similar to the 28 Day Boot Camp, what I really appreciate about ALL of these workouts is the balance between cardio and strength training (sometimes literally, as Coach Nicole incorporates more difficult balance elements for viewers needing a challenge). Usually when I plan my own workouts I find myself keeping cardio and strength separate, so these workouts really feel fresh and different for me even with some familiar moves.
Another thing that makes these workouts feel fresh is that, while there are some new moves to challenge my body, there are also combination moves that feature good ol' standards like squats and lunges paired with classic upper body strength moves.
My heart rate was up by the end of the warm-up, and I was sweating a few minutes in to the first workout, Barre Body. The sweating continued, lol, and my legs were burning by this end of this segment. It was also fun to do some ballet inspired movements. I tended to do the easier modifications for most exercises, but the other great thing about this DVD is that there are several intensity options as you go along (demonstrated by Coach Nicole and her two helpers) so this is a DVD that could grow with you as you get stronger and develop more stamina. I think on a normal strength day (I aim for two a week) I would probably only do one or two of these workouts. But I had fun doing the three in a row, and if someone was looking for a challenging hour of combined strength and cardio I think this would be great. I think this DVD could meet the needs of a wide range of people at different fitness levels who are looking to incorporate strength training in fun ways.
...Not that I don't like just banging out 10 strength training exercises while I watch something on Hulu, but these workouts are about 10 steps up from that! Challenging but not intimidating, I definitely feel like I got a good and effective workout. I am going to add it into my rotation as I work on my fitness for my wedding!
If you are interested in purchasing this DVD it is now available at www.sparkpeople.com/tbsd
. You can also pick it up at Target stores (if you are lucky enough to live near a Target, unlike me... pout!) through the end of this month. And bonus, if you buy the DVD before the end of the February you can earn 250 SparkPoints!
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Please note: I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople but did not receive any form of payment for my review.