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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. SparkPeople.com 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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    Where is Jewel's Lighter workout. I am short on blessings in the coordinated workout and need an easier place to start than the Day 1 of Bootcamp. Poohey-boo-hoo!
    2237 days ago
    I too will get the DVD after reading your review of it.
    2264 days ago
    Great SHOTS! I love Coach Nicole too.
    You looks beautiful...and I am sure from what you have written that goes for the inside too.
    Over the past year I have learned to LOVE EXERCISE...even sweating. ...and I am a self proclaimed diva. lol
    2273 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/28/2012 10:03:30 AM
    What a great review (thank you, so glad you love it!), but also a wonderful testament to the importance of exercise for everyone. Great pics of you btw! Congrats on your amazing success.
    2273 days ago
    Great review!!! I have only heard great things about this DVD and can hardly wait to get it. It like pulling teeth to get my DH to go to Target. I'm driving again, so maybe I can get there before too long, now!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2273 days ago
    Wow! I love your dress. You look beautiful!
    2276 days ago
    Awesome. Thanks for the review. I'm convinced. I'll order one as soon as I can afford it. Oh, love your after pic! You're lookin' awesome Babe!
    2276 days ago
    Yeah! Love the review! I enjoy the videos on spark and always find something to challenge me in all of them no matter how well i think i have been doing!
    2276 days ago
  • FREES1
    wonderful review - and beautifully written. I bet you have God smiling everyday regardless of what you are doing! Your words have inspired me to go get the DVD and give it a try.
    2277 days ago
    Thanks for posting your review of the DVD! Keep on Sparking!
    2277 days ago
    Great review!
    2277 days ago
    Great, informative review! I plan to pick up a copy when I'm next in the US.
    2277 days ago
    What a WONDERFUL REVIEW!!! So thorough and oh, so TRUE! I also love Coach Nicole, and I really enjoy the way she does her workouts! You did a really great job on this write up, and I hope you win some kind of a reward! emoticon
    2277 days ago

    LISE emoticon
    2277 days ago
    Thanks for the review. I'm incorporating ST and am also enjoying the results. You're an inspiration!
    2277 days ago
    You look beautiful! Great review.... I enjoy Coach Nicole's workouts on my "off days" because they are a slower pace, yet effective workouts. She is also much more upbeat and bubbly than the trianers I am used to on my work DVD's (Ah Hem... Jillian).
    2277 days ago
    emoticon on your journey and those Fantastic results!! Great pic!
    Here's to a Full Abundant life in Christ!! ~ Laura
    2277 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    Great review Evelyn, thanks! And, waouh, you look great in your Chinese dress emoticon Much happier too... glowing! emoticon
    2277 days ago
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