We have all seen them…advertised on TV, the internet, magazines and newspapers…workouts that you spend a LOAD of money for, all of which are guaranteeing results and depicting men and women with absolutely SUPERIOR looking bodies….Hey, in 90 days you to can look like this! Really? Well I guess I should just go out there and buy that there DVD and get started! Only to fail, well I did something wrong, lets do it again…oops, not this time either!
Insanity and P90X are the two big ones right now…but lets not forget about all the others….
Jillian Michaels and her ability to get your RIPPED in 30 days
3,000 different Yoga video’s
Personal Training with Jackie: Crunch-Free Xtreme Abs (how can it be PERSONAL if this person will never meet you)
Body by Bethany
And there are literally hundreds more…..So, what are the overriding problems with all of these workout video’s….
First of all, they don’t know who the hell you are! There is no “personal” training going on here at all! How do they know you are going to get ripped in 30 days? It is marketing and advertising. The makers of these workouts and DVD’s know that you are more than likely going to not succeed. If you really and truly want to succeed with these programs you need to follow them to the letter! Trust me, I know from experience. I did P90X TWICE and I followed it to the letter! Every single day, 6 days a week for sometimes 90 minutes a day…oh, and you have to follow the “diet” they provide you which in all honesty is a bunch of bullshit. There is NO WAY any company who produces a DVD knows what you need to eat. Did I get results, absolutely, but you can ask my family from way back when and they will tell you that I had to basically “dedicate my life, (at least for the 90 days) to a stupid video. It worked to an extent, but I was absolutely DEDICATED to it.
Don’t even get me started on Insanity! This beast of a workout is designed for someone who is for the most part already IN shape and yet every single day I see and talk to people who spent good money on a program that will fail them. I started insanity and I quit! It was bogus. Could I do it, yes…but I only started it so I could see what people are doing from the beginning and if I had started with Insanity and I wasn’t already in shape….good Lord! Most people don’t have the time to dedicate to following the program and follow the program you MUST to achieve any benefit out of it. I swear sometimes, people go on these “workouts” because of the name.
It if very frustrating to watch! I am hesitant to even mention the numbers of injuries that these workouts cause!! As a group fitness instructor, I will tell you without question that there is room for group fitness for everyone. But, group fitness will never get you to where you actually want and or need to be. There has to be more! There needs to be more!
As a personal trainer, the one question that I get asked the most is “how much weight will I lose if I sign up with you?” Hell if I know, all I know is that with individualized training, you have a significantly and I mean SIGNIFICANTLY greater chance of success than following a DVD. I tell this to my Spinning Class all the time. You have do more than just come to my class two or three days a week. It is the same with all of these exercise video’s. You can’t just do these and expect results. It is very rarely going to happen and even when it does, the minute you come off whatever program you are on, you gain most if not all if not MORE weight back on. Then I get told that the only reason that I don’t like these “workouts” is that it takes away from my business. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. You can only fail so many times before you either give up completely or realize that you need something more. My goal as a trainer is to change your life, not the next 90 days. An exercise videos goal is to hook you into buying their product and then buying more of their product when the next best thing comes along. They completely miss the boat altogether on the nutritional aspect of everything as well. Who are you going to talk to when you are having a bad day…Shaun T…Tony Horton…I am pretty confident they are not going to be at your beck and call when you run into a problem.
In the end, losing weight and getting into shape is an individual process that takes a long time to accomplish. Any video that sells itself like most of them do, are not looking out for you. It is all about the money, not the success.