America’s number one online weight loss community SparkPeople.com released SparkPeople: 28-Day Boot Camp with their fan-favorite trainer Coach Nicole this morning, December 27th.
This 28-Day Boot Camp DVD gives you everything you need for create a customizable 28 day boot camp program that combines heart rate raising bouts of cardio with full body strength training to get you results in just 12, 20 or 30 minutes. The DVD includes four workout segments with 3 intensity levels and several bonus features, including recipes and added ab exercises. Light hand weights are required to complete the workouts and a mat is optional.
The workouts themselves are nothing groundbreaking- expect combinations of lunges, squats, bicep curls and crunches- but the exercises are completed without rest and usually combined with kettlebell swings using the light handweights so your heart rate stays elevated and you really target your butt and thighs. Each workout includes the whole body, so no matter whether you have 12 minutes or 30 minutes, you can be sure you’ve hit every muscle group.
Their new service SparkPeople LIVE! will offer online meetings and motivational support without ever having to leave your home. These online meetings and classes resemble Weight Watchers meetings that take place weekly. Instead of charging a weekly fee which can really add up, SparkPeople LIVE! charges a monthly fee of only $12.99. For many SparkPeople members, it may be difficult to start paying for any type of service when all other information is free, but the added bonus and accountability make it well worth it. The current offer gives you a free month when you pay for the first two.
With SparkPeople LIVE! you will be surrounded by others also trying to achieve their weight loss goals. You will have the convenience of attending meetings around your schedule and from home. You get to participate through audio, video and chat features made available for each class.
We caught up with Chef Meg Galvin, author of the just-released SparkPeople Cookbook, to talk about the recipes that she created for the web’s largest weight loss community. While recipes have always been available to community members on SparkPeople, this is the first time the brand has published a cookbook.
She spent more than a year working on the cookbook to help all of us find our way back in to the kitchen without sacrificing time, money, or all that flavor we crave. “There’s no deprivation in the book,” she told us. “You’ll find butter and bacon.” There are 160 recipes to choose from – 150 of which can be made in less than 30 minutes.
Click to watch our interview with Chef Meg and hear first-hand how this working mom of three boys honed her classic French culinary skills to suit the tastes and lifestyles of Americans.
Pizza has a reputation for being nutritionally unsavory: between its thick layer of dough, pounds of mozzarella cheese and a pile of greasy sausage or pepperoni, pizza is high in taste, but also delivers a whopping amount of calories and artery-clogging saturated fat.
While one slice of Pizzeria Uno’s Chicago Classic Pizza will cost you 770 calories and 55 grams of fat, pizza doesn’t necessarily have to derail your diet. Whether you make pizza at home or you have the local take-out joint on speed dial, you can slim down your deep dish with a few tips that will help health-ify your order. (more…)