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My Semi-Authorized Review of 28 Day BootCamp DVD

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I couldn't help myself. All the reviews have been so thoughtful and serious, I just had to do something outrageous. I figured it'd be a nice change of pace. Please read the rest of my blog for the thoughtful, legit part.

I was a little nervous when I got the DVD to review. I don’t typically use workout DVDs. I have some, but I get bored with them after a while. Plus, I have a neck injury that prevents me from running, jumping and lifting weights over my head. What if I couldn’t do the workouts? Coach Nicole seems quite fond of jumping jacks. But I decided to stop worrying and try. I wanted to give a fair review, so I did the whole thing. I’m three days away from completing the full 28-Day program. Here are a few of the highlights that jumped out at me, over the past couple of weeks:

Real people, real instructors. I’ve often heard people describe Coach Nicole as the nice girl-next-door, rather than the steroid-pumped screamer or painfully perky cheerleader. Now, I get it. Yes, all three trainers are beautiful, fit women. But they seem like regular people too. And, for some reason, this makes me feel more comfortable, even in my own living room. Coach Nicole does a great job of explaining the exercises, giving you a heads-up on what’s coming next, cueing and counting. Some of the moves are kind of difficult at first, but they get easier, the more you repeat the workout. She doesn’t take up a lot of time explaining and showing. I actually like that; it’s efficient.

The format is pretty cool. You can mix and match workouts or follow the 28 Day program. I’m a geek for color-coded calendars and all-inclusive programs, so that’s what I chose. I would’ve liked a foldout of the calendar, or maybe a link to a PDF of it. But I’m geek enough to take a screenshot and print it out. Yes, yes I am. The workouts themselves pull from a variety of disciplines and manage to mix cardio and strength training in creative ways. Like I said, I don’t use a lot of DVDs, but this one seems pretty unique in its mix. I can appreciate the work that must’ve gone into pulling all that together.

If, by some bizarre chance, Jewel ever sees my vlog, she’s gonna think I’m psycho and issue a restraining order. But I confess. I’m a fan. I was able to do almost the entire DVD, using Jewel’s modifications. I only had to change a few things. And I still felt like I was getting a really good workout. Kudos to all of y’all who can keep up with Lindsay. Whew! And the box of hope is a real thing! That little countdown timer comes in handy on the Total Body Challenge/Day of Eternal Squats.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this DVD for anyone looking to mix up their exercise routine. It’s well-made, has a lot of variety and is challenging on different levels. Plus, most of us are stuck inside until the ground thaws, so we might as well get moving, right?

DISCLAIMER FOR ALL YOU LEGAL-TYPE PEEPS: I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.
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