Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Workout PlanGet Fit, Have Fun and Reshape Your Body for Summer
-- By Nicole Nichols, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor
If you're struggling to squeeze into your swimsuit or need to get in shape fast, SparkPeople's Spring Into Shape Bootcamp can help! Don't let the name fool you: We created this 7-day workout plan for people of all fitness levels, but it does involve daily exercise and commitment. That may sound daunting, but each workout can be tailored to your own fitness level, and you also get to pick activities that you enjoy. All you need to get started is a little willpower—and a resistance band.
How it Works
Do one video (below) each day. Each video will only take you about 10 minutes to complete. For some of the videos, you'll need a resistance band (but if you don't have any, you can improvise with dumbbells). If you want to work harder or increase the intensity, repeat the video one or two more times.
Do five 30-minute cardio sessions per week. You pick the activity and intensity. Need ideas? How about over 110 cardio workout ideas to get you started! The more variety, the better! If you're new to exercise, aim for 30 minutes (or as close to that as you can manage, gradually increasing over time). If you've been at it a while, go longer—up to 60 minutes per session.
- Follow the plan for 4 weeks. Four weeks of daily exercise is no small feat! This a great introduction to exercise if you're just starting out, since the videos make strength training easy with detailed instructions on form. But even if you're an avid exerciser, following this plan for a few weeks can add variety to your current program, which can help you bust a plateau and continue seeing results.
|Video||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||Day 6||Day 7|
|Cardio||(none)||30 minutes||30 minutes||30 minutes||30 minutes||30 minutes||(none)|
More Bootcamp Tips
Feel confused about this? Find the answers to common questions below.
What if I miss a day?
If you miss a day, you can move on to the next day or do two videos in one day. This workout plan should be thought of as a guideline, so if you mess up here and there, don't worry—just get back to it!
How can I track my workouts?
All the videos (except Day 1) are strength training workouts. You can add each strength-training video to the strength training section of your Fitness Tracker by clicking on the button at the bottom of each video page.
The Day 1 video is a cardio workout. You can easily track it and calculate your calories burned in the cardio section of your Fitness Tracker. Simply go to your Fitness Tracker, scroll down to the cardio section, and click "Add Cardio." In the search box, type in "kickboxing." You'll see a workout entry called "SparkPeople 10-Minute Cardio Kickboxing Workout Video" in the results. Select that entry, add the number of minutes you exercised (approximately 10 if you completed the whole video), and then click the "Add Exercise" button. This will add the workout to your tracker and also estimate your calories burned.
What if I can't do some of the exercises?
Most of the videos will give you ideas to modify your workouts. But if there's any reason you can't do a certain exercise, don't feel pressured to try it. You can modify it as instructed, decrease your range of motion, use less weight (or no weights), or just skip the exercise entirely. Be sure to listen to your body and work at your own pace.
When should I start?
You don't have to start on any particular day or week. The Bootcamp plan was designed to begin (Day 1) on a Sunday, only so that you do less exercise (no extra cardio) on Saturday and Sunday. However, you can start Day 1 on any day of the week. Or if you'd rather, you can begin in the middle of a week, starting on a Tuesday with Day 3, for example. As long as you do the videos in order, you don't need to worry about what days you do them on.
What if I have more questions or need support?
Join our Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Workout Challenge to connect with other people who are following this workout plan. There, you'll also get weekly emails to help you stay motivated and reach your goals!
Overall, this Bootcamp will make sure you're targeting each of your major muscle groups to get in the best possible shape for summer. By doing a different workout each day, you'll have more fun and be more likely to stick with it! Enjoy!