If youve seen a Nicole Nichols workout before, chances are it was on YouTube.
The fitness expert, known as just Coach Nicole to the millions of members of SparkPeople.com, has filmed dozens of routines for the free health website.
The popular videos showcasing her girl-next-door style, gentle encouragement and clear cueing have built such a devoted following that the American Council on Exercise and Life Fitness just named her Americas top personal trainer to watch.
But SparkPeople: 28 Day Boot Camp ($17; Acacia) is her first slickly produced DVD and a chance to bring her fans something beyond the quick hits shes been able to offer online.
We put it all together so you get more done in less time. Theres upper body, lower body and cardio intervals throughout to elevate the heart rate more, she says.
Viewers can choose from four segments, ranging from 12 to 30 minutes. (The longest one, which is packed with kettlebell-inspired swings and lifts, is Nichols favorite.)
The DVD includes a calendar with a suggested plan for how to mix up the workouts, so youre rarely repeating moves. And when you are, Nichols hopes you get comfortable challenging yourself with the more difficult modifications – which might mean balancing on one leg while you perform that lateral raise or turning a step into a jump.
Whatever your level, there is something for you, she says. But I wanted to give people something to progress to.
One unusual feature of the program is the countdown clock on the screen during each of the segments, reminding you of exactly how much longer you need to sweat it out.
At the end of the 28 days – which is how long research has shown it takes people to establish a habit – Nichols is certain youll see some progress of your own.