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A Perfect Fitness Boot Camp for Beginners

14 Mar, 2012 By: Angelique Flores

Wading through the wonderful workout DVDs out there, I’m sure it’s a challenge for anyone just starting out to pick the right one.

You’ve got to find the right type of exercises for your body, the right level and an instructor whose style speaks to you. It’s also nice to find a DVD where you’ll also still be challenged after doing it for a few weeks.

Recently I tried out SparkPeople’s 28-Day Boot Camp, and it's one of the most accessible fitness DVDs for beginners.

SparkPeople.com is one of the top health and wellness websites for regular people looking to be healthy and/or lose weight. It has great articles, recipes, tracking systems and so much more — for free. And this is its first DVD released by Acacia. SparkPeople’s editor and fitness trainer, Coach Nicole, leads the workouts in her positive, easygoing style.

There’s nothing intimidating about the DVD, but it still gives a well-rounded strength and cardio workout with both beginner and advanced variations. You can follow the DVD’s four-week plan — don’t worry, there are some rest days too — or customize your workouts by picking among the segments offered.

The DVD also has tips on how to burn more fat, seated ab exercises to do at your desk, a booklet of recipes from The SparkPeople Cookbook and access to free meal plans and SparkPeople’s online boot camp club. What more could you ask for?

You will need hand weights and a mat. And if you plan to make fitness a part of your life, these items are worth the investment.

At SparkPeople.com you can download a coupon for $3 off at Target. You’ll also get 250 SparkPoints when you buy the disc there.

A lot of friends ask me for fitness DVD recommendations, the last one being for someone who hasn’t worked out in years and needs a jumpstart. Next time I get that question, I’ll be recommending the 28-Day Boot Camp.

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