Straight talk about exercise fads…

 

 

What do PX 90, Insanity, T25, and JNL Fusion have in common? They’re all workout fads that promise you’ll lose weight and look like a fitness model in a short amount of time. The catch? You actually have to do the workout and follow the diet.

My problem with these fad workouts is that most of the people who buy them are not prepared for what they will have to endure. They are extremely intense workouts made for people who already workout regularly.

“If you can get through the workouts successfully, and stick to working out 6 days a week for 60 to 90 minutes a day, there will be great results, but that goes for any balanced strength-training and cardio workout plan.” – CalorieCount.about.com

The commercials show a lot of militaristic type training and intervals that are extremely difficult to perform if you are not in top form. They are enticing because they create this image of strength and power that many of us want to attain. However, this type of training is not for everyone and is incredibly difficult to stick with. Especially as you get older and want less impact in your workouts.

These workouts are like and fad diet, if you actually get through it successfully you will see results, however you will have a lot of trouble sticking with these high impact, extreme intensity workouts for the long run and will need to make real adjustments or you will be right back where you started quickly.

My philosophy: Don’t burn yourself out. You want to enjoy your workout (as much as possible) and create a regimen that is challenging so you don’t get bored but easy to stick to.

My plan: Cardio 30 to 45 mins 5 days a week. 

Mix it up! Walk, run, bike… switch it up so you don’t get bored. I often time spend 20 minutes on one machine then 20 minutes on another. This is a great way to stay interested in your workout and to work your body a little differently which is a great way to create “muscle confusion” making your body work harder and getting a better workout.

Weight training 15 mins to 1/2 hour 5 days a week.

Many people are intimidated by weight training. Don’t be! It’s so easy once you get the hang of it. Choose 1 or two body parts a day to focus on and if you’re not sure what to do ask someone who does, like a trainer or friend you know who is into fitness. Also, there are so many great workout tips and videos on-line, find them on youtube.com. All you really need is a set of free weights.

Here are some examples of simple weight training exercises you can do in the gym or at home, just get yourself some 3 to 10 pound dumbbells:

Squats, Lunges, dead-mans lift, Bicep curls, tricep dips, bent over rows, arm raises, push ups, regular crunches, bicycle crunches, planks…

Have you tried these workouts? What did you think?

 

 

 

 

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