Kettle bells, medicine balls, P90X, Crossfit, Insanity, CKO, Bosu, and Stability balls, etc. etc, etc. Fads in diet and fitness come and go. It seems every time you turn the television on there’s a new one. I also see blog after blog complaining about all these fads: how they’re just, well; fads. Duh, no shit. Now while they may be just fads, are they really bad if they get you exercising? As long as you get your ass moving in a safe way, you’re better off than you were yesterday while sitting on the couch with a bag of Cheetos watching Friends reruns.
The key is to use this fad as a spring board into a good solid fitness program. If the fad gets your interest and the initial results keep it then the fad was a good thing. If you really think about it exercise in general was a fad way back. I can hear Arnold’s dad now, ahhh don’t worry it’s just a fad he’s going through.
Now diet fads on the other hand can be dangerous. If you decide you’re only going to eat cabbage, well, that’s a problem now. You see your body needs a certain amount of nutrients so your diet should include all these, they’re vital for a healthy existence.
That’s all I got on the subject for now. But I’ll leave you with this:
1. You’re workout should energize you, and make you feels good. Sure when you finish you should feel like you just worked your ass off, however if you lack the energy to do anything else as a direct result of your workout, it’s kind of defeating the purpose, don’t you think? If that’s happening you may want to figure out what you’re doing wrong.
2. Don’t drink the Kool Aid. Crossfit pairs with the paleo diet. Does that mean if you Crossfit and eat a good healthy diet that isn’t paleo you won’t get results from the workout? Of course not. P90X comes with a schedule and a nutrition guide. If you follow a healthy diet and vary the P90X schedule to swim every other day you will still get results from P90X. Do not get caught up in the hype that you have to follow these guides to the letter or you will not see results.
3. The theory of muscle confusion is stupid.
4. If you finish your kettle bell workout and you’re battered and bruised, you’re doing something wrong.
5. If you are not certified and/or educated on exercise science, body mechanics, or nutrition, you are NOT qualified to be giving advice on these subjects. STOP doing it, it’s irresponsible and dangerous.
More to come….