How’s that New Year’s resolution going? Many of us start out the year with good intentions to get healthier only to find ourselves finishing up the last of the Christmas candy late into the night. The problem can be anything from declining motivation to the lack of time to commit. Local trainer Sofia Laasiri shares about the best way to get off the couch and see results in record time.

Workout routine from Fit Body Boot Camp (Credit, Andrea Wodele)

Sofia Laasiri
Fit Body Boot Camp
707 N. 3rd. St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(952) 495-3222

Sofia Laasiri is one of the owners of Minnesota’s newest Fit Body Boot Camp and has been working in the health and wellness industry for over three years. Sofia shared the principles of getting fit and staying motivated throughout the year.

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1. Cardio

Get your heart rate up. Exercising your cardiovascular system is key to improving endurance, burning fat and feeling great. Any exercise that raises your heart rate and keeps it elevated for at least 30 minutes, three times a week will benefit your metabolism, fitness and overall health. Find an activity you enjoy like walking, running, biking or swimming.

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2. Weight training

More muscle mass equals less body fat. Sofia recommends exercising in a way that improves muscle tone through resistance training in order to help sculpt your body. Weight training three times a week provides the best results.

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3. Support

One of the biggest barriers to sticking with an exercise program is the lack of support. Join a run club or a group exercise class to connect with those that have similar fitness goals. That extra boost of motivation can do the trick.

Inside Fit Body Boot Camp (Credit, Andrea Wodele)

4. Accountability

Your local gym probably won’t even notice if you take a leave of absence. Sofia and her team hold their members accountable by reaching out to those that have missed a couple workouts. Find a gym that cares and will do the same.

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5. Nutrition

Posted right on the wall at Fit Body Boot Camp is the all-too-true statement, “You can’t out train a bad diet.” Knowing the basics of what to put in your body is a critical component to supporting a fit body. Sofia and her team work with their members to help improve their nutrition so they don’t sabotage all the hard work done at the club.

Sound like a long list? Fit Body Boot Camp combines all of these elements of fitness into an efficient and effective 30-minute workout. Sofia recommends attending at least three times a week for maximum benefit.

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Located in the historical warehouse district of downtown Minneapolis, Fit Body Boot Camp provides some of the best workouts in the area. The 30-minute sessions run throughout the week and each member gets personalized attention and encouragement. Modifications are provided for all fitness levels and for those with specific injuries. Since the sessions are only 30 minutes, they are easy to fit into your schedule and extremely effective. One of the best parts is that the workouts are different every time so you never get bored and your body never has time to get used to the same exercise. THIS is how you change your body for the better. You only have to try this once to fall in love.

Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on