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If you're struggling to squeeze into your swimsuit or need to get in shape fast, SparkPeople's Spring Into Shape Bootcamp can help! Don't let the name fool you: We created this 7-day workout plan for people of all fitness levels, but it does involve daily exercise and commitment. That may sound daunting, but each workout can be tailored to your own fitness level, and you also get to pick activities that you enjoy. All you need to get started is a little willpower—and a resistance band.
How it Works
Do one video (below) each day. Each video will only take you about 10 minutes to complete. For some of the videos, you'll need a resistance band (but if you don't have any, you can improvise with dumbbells). If you want to work harder or increase the intensity, repeat the video one or two more times.
Do five 30-minute cardio sessions per week. You pick the activity and intensity. Need ideas? How about over 110 cardio workout ideas to get you started! The more variety, the better! If you're new to exercise, aim for 30 minutes (or as close to that as you can manage, gradually increasing over time). If you've been at it a while, go longer—up to 60 minutes per session.
Follow the plan for 4 weeks. Four weeks of daily exercise is no small feat! This a great introduction to exercise if you're just starting out, since the videos make strength training easy with detailed instructions on form. But even if you're an avid exerciser, following this plan for a few weeks can add variety to your current program, which can help you bust a plateau and continue seeing results.
Refer to the chart below for the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Workout Plan . (Click on each link to see the video, a printable version, and to add it to your Fitness Tracker!)
Nicole was named "America's Top Personal Trainer to Watch" in 2011. A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, she loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Her DVDs "Total Body Sculpting" and "28 Day Boot Camp" (a best seller) are available online and in stores nationwide. Read Nicole's full bio and blog posts.
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