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DVD Review: 'Canyon Ranch: Strong & Sculpted'

You may have heard of Canyon Ranch, the popular destination for weight-loss and fitness, but perhaps you haven’t been able to book a wellness vacation yet. That’s OK because Canyon Ranch is now bringing their workouts to you! Canyon Ranch offers a very effective total-body workout with their new "Strong & Sculpted" DVD that won’t disappoint. It includes a variety exercises that aren’t difficult for beginners, yet are still challenging for exercisers at an intermediate/advanced level. Learn more about what the DVD is like!
Posted 5/1/2012  6:00:00 AM By:   : 13 comments   29,753 views
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Are You Using Your Foam Roller Correctly?

If you've ever used a foam roller, then you probably have a love-hate relationship with it (I know I do!). You love it because it works, but you hate it because it hurts. I liken it to a good massage. When you're "rolling out" on a foam roller, it hurts so good.
For those who have never massaged their sore or tight muscles with a foam roller, here is a series of videos I created to teach you the ropes!
Posted 2/8/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Nicole Nichols : 26 comments   17,675 views
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DVD Review: Jackie Warner’s 'Xtreme Timesaver Training'

As a busy mom, my free time is limited and very valuable. So if I’m going to spend it exercising, I want the workout to be something that really challenges me. I love running, so that’s my primary form of cardio. But at the beginning of this year, I made a real commitment to focus on strength training. Even though I’m a personal trainer and know what kind of exercises to do, I prefer to strength train using videos that tell me what to do and when to do it so that I don’t have to think about it too much.
Posted 11/5/2010  6:44:23 AM By: Jen Mueller : 53 comments   25,488 views
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DVD Review: 10 Minute Solution Ultimate Boot Camp

One of my fitness goals this year has been to incorporate more strength training into my routine. I've found that if I'm going to push myself, it doesn't happen with a bunch of exercises I just do on my own. I need a video to follow. So far this year I've tried some short and long ones, good and bad ones, and some that are more challenging than others. A few weeks ago, I tried one that was such a good balance of difficulty and length that I wanted to do a review of it.
Posted 5/21/2010  1:18:16 PM By: Jen Mueller : 32 comments   14,275 views
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DVD Review: Leslie Sansone's 'Walk Your Belly Flat'

A few months ago, I had the amazing opportunity to interview Leslie Sansone for the dailySpark. Sure, I knew who she was and that our members love her, but I had never actually tried any of the "Walk Away the Pounds" DVDs that made her the famous fitness guru she is today.

Leslie was kind enough to send me a free copy of her newest title, Leslie Sansone Walk At Home: Walk Your Belly Flat, a 3-mile walk you can do from the comfort of your living room. I busted it out on a cold day that I didn't want to head outdoors for a walk. Want to know what I thought about it? And more importantly, whether it'll help you lose that stubborn fat around your midsection?
Posted 1/15/2010  6:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 360 comments   85,730 views
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Fun Fitness Flashback: 80s Aerobics

(Disclaimer: As I write this, it's 4:55 p.m. and I need a blog post for tomorrow. While I guarantee this post will entertain and delight you, don't expect anything too deep.)

When you think of aerobics, what comes to mind? Tights, thong leotards, spandex and sweatbands? Well, you're not alone. Aerobics hit the mainstream in the 80s, and the "fashion" that went along with it (think: Olivia Newton John's "Get Physical" video) was probably just as famous as the signature moves, which could best be described as a cross of dance, calisthenics, and athletic training that is choreographed and set to music.

I recently stumbled upon a set of YouTube videos from the 1987 "National Aerobics Championship" where groups of, um…aerobicisers (?) competed for the title "America's Best Aerobic Athlete." These routines are mesmerizing.
Posted 11/13/2009  5:11:05 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 304 comments   47,773 views
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FREE Workout and Winning Words from Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels, hard-core trainer extraordinaire, is gracing the cover of SELF's July 2009 issue. As a fitness professional, I'm always interested in what she's up to—on TV, in her workout DVDs and everywhere else. So I grabbed this issue when it hit my desk and turned straight to page 36 to read her story.

In the article, Jillian lets the readers in on a few behind the scenes secrets about "The Biggest Loser," and in her own life—like how even she enlists the help of a personal trainer to keep her in tip-top shape. (Who knew?) Some of her words, reflecting on how she helps clients and contestants on "Loser" were truly inspiring, so I wanted to share them with you. Plus, I'm sharing a new FREE workout video from Jillian Michaels and SELF with you!
Posted 7/10/2009  2:55:54 PM By: Nicole Nichols : 164 comments   38,086 views
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DVD Review: Dancing with the Stars Latin Cardio Dance

I am a huge fan on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” TV show! So when I heard about their first cardio dance DVD (back in 2007), I was so excited. But sadly, it got some poor reviews, so I didn’t bother buying it. Fortunately for me, a new one just came out a matter of days ago, so I jumped on the chance to try it out, hoping that the producers might learn from the mistakes of the first one and make a better workout the second time around. I tried it out at home last week, along with my best friend. Want to hear what I thought about it?
Posted 9/30/2008  6:55:53 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 48 comments   13,016 views
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DVD Review: Jamie King's Rock Your Body

Way back in the day, I used to not only be a dancer, but I used to think that I'd be a professional dancer—it was my dream as a young girl to be on Broadway. But things got in the way, as they often do, and other things took priority in my life—school work, competitive athletics, and social activities throughout my teens meant that dancing lessons and performances hit the back burner. But my love of dancing in general has never waned!

I recently heard about a fairly recent workout DVD release: Jamie King's Rock Your Body ($14.99 on and was intrigued. Although it's been years since I've danced formally, taken a class, or learned a routine, I knew I'd have to check this one out. Want to hear what I thought about it?
Posted 8/16/2008  7:05:51 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 12 comments   6,349 views
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