Try This Quick Workout to Get Trim and Toned From Head to Toe


By: , SparkPeople Blogger
1/22/2014 5:00 AM   :  5 comments   :  24,578 Views

Short on time but still want to squeeze in a good sweat session? You're not alone. "Lack of time" is the No. 1 reason people cite for not exercising regularly. It's easy to think that if you don't have an hour or more to dedicate to exercise, then what's the point. But quite honestly, short workouts really do have a big impact on your health and your workout—and that is especially true when you do the right types of workouts.
When you need an efficient workout to make the most of your time, that's where smart training techniques like interval training, circuit training and multi-joint exercises come in. All of these approaches help people get better results even when they're short on time.
I've put together a workout that combines all three of those fitness techniques in an 18-minute workout that'll give you a cardio boost and a head-to-toe strength training workout in one. And while that might sound ultra-intense, it's appropriate even for beginners.
Follow along with me as I lead you through a fast and effective routine that combines cardio and strength training into one short, effective workout.
This full-length workout video is an excerpt from SparkPeople's best-selling workout DVD "28 Day Boot Camp." If you enjoy this workout, I promise you'll love the entire DVD, which features three more workouts in addition to this one. 

Workout Details
  • Length: 18 minutes
  • Equipment: Dumbbells and a mat (for cushioning)
  • Type of Workout: Cardio (aerobic) and full-body strength training (toning)
  • Fitness Level: Beginner to advanced
  • Impact: Medium Impact
  • Calories Burned: Simply search "Boot Camp" on SparkPeople's free Fitness Tracker to track this workout and estimate your calories burned for the session based on your weight.
A 28-Day Fitness Challenge for February!
One of the coolest things about this DVD is the 28-day workout plan I created for it. It takes the guesswork out of your exercise by telling you exactly which workouts to do on which days to avoid burnout, progress in your fitness level, and rest the right muscles at the right times. If you're the kind of person who prefers to follow a plan, this is for you.

(Interactive 28-Day Workout Plan from the DVD)

Since so many people are working toward fitness resolutions, I'm hosting a special 28-Day Boot Camp challenge beginning February 1. So many people lose motivation to keep going around February, so this is the perfect chance to keep your workouts going strong. Throughout the month, I'll be posting updates and check-ins on my Facebook page and Twitter account (use and look for the hashtag #28DayBootCamp) about the plan, and will also be available in our 'Boot Camp' Fans SparkTeam to support everyone and answer their questions. This is a great opportunity to join a large group of people who can support one another to succeed in the month of February to make sure your motivation and fitness habits stick! Hurry: You'll need your DVD by January 31 to take part in the group challenge.
To learn more about the full 28 Day Boot Camp plan, and where to buy the DVD, click here. Questions? Post in the comments below and we'll try to get you all the info you need.
Please tell me: What do you think of the "boot camp" workout? What's your favorite way to squeeze exercise when you're short on time?

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  • 5
    There are no modifications shown. What about people who can't do high impact aerobics? I guess we're out in the cold, as usual. - 12/28/2015   9:13:28 PM
    - 10/12/2015   9:52:07 AM
  • 3
    I own the DVD (all your DVDs actually) but I'm really bad about working out at home. Too easily distracted and my house isn't very sturdy for vigorous workouts. Still trying to decide if I will commit to this. I wish the videos were online like your other bootcamps because then I could follow from my phone at the gym. - 1/23/2014   10:41:27 AM
  • 2
    really loved your boot camp workout especially the 20 minute and 30 minute segments , but the twelve is good when you are short on time. It's best to do something instead of nothing. Please keep your tapes coming I think you should do a tai chi or yoga one next you have a real pleasing voice . thanks for the great workout and helping us lead happier healthier lives - 1/22/2014   7:50:08 PM
  • 1
    "What's your favorite way to squeeze exercise when you're short on time?"
    Run! - 1/22/2014   12:52:59 PM

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