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Mind-body boot camp: the new fitness trend

Cristina Gibson studied journalism at Loyola Marymount University. While completing her senior year, she landed an internship at E! as an online writer and reporter. Cristina went on to write her own daily column called Hollywood Party G...

How it differs from traditional boot camps

There's a new breed of boot camps in town that infuse yoga and Pilates elements. See why this workout could be right for you!

How it differs from traditional boot camps

If boot camp-style classes always seemed too hard-core and intense for you, you may want to try a mind-body boot camp class. The new breed of boot camps incorporates elements such as yoga, meditation and Pilates in addition to typical moves like squats and push-ups.

We caught up with trainer Larysa DiDio for her Mind and Body boot camp class in New York City to try this new trend for ourselves. Using hand weights, towels and mats, she took us through a 45-minute class that combined cardio, strength training and yoga for a full-body workout.

"You have to do a balance of different workouts: strength training, core training, Pilates, yoga and traditional stretching," DiDio explains, discussing the benefits of her mind-body boot camp. "Besides that, who has time to do an hour of strength training, an hour of cardio and an hour of stretching? Studies have shown that when you throw in some high -intensity training, which includes circuit training, it really boosts your metabolism."

She recommends taking a mind-body boot camp three days a week and then doing 20 to 40 minutes of cardio three other days a week, along with one day of rest. When looking for a class, she advises finding one that uses compound moves for maximum burn. "Compound exercises are ones that work your upper and lower body at the same time, such as a lunge into a shoulder press or squat into a bicep curl," she says.

Post-workout, she recommends fueling up with some protein. After our class, we snacked on smoothies made with Designer Whey chocolate protein powder, bananas, almond milk and peanut butter. Why whey for women? "Whey protein boosts your metabolism and helps you burn fat," DiDio says.

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