Archive for July, 2012

Does P90x really work?



If I had a nickel, no, a penny for every time I was asked if P90x really works I would probably have...well, only about $1 but the point is I get asked a lot.  The cold, hard truth about those products is yes, they work. Honestly I wish I could say heck no those programs don't do anything but make someone else stinkin' rich!  Insanity, P90x, most fitness videos really do deliver results.  The real question is; can you stick with it?  

Reality is, any well designed exercise program that is adhered to for 90+ days is going to bring about a physical transformation.  So, it's not so much does the program work but can you work with the program.  Are you truly ready to get up early or come home after work and put in that 60 minutes of Tony Horton time?  Is the shiny box set of 10+ DVD's worth the couple hundred bucks?  If so, then awesome!  Do it and don't look back, don't go to happy hour, don't hit the snooze button.  Get up, put in the disk and get to work.  

The ads you see with people jumping, grunting, sweating all over the place look hard and intense because it is hard and intense.  Yes, you need to start slowly and work your way up.  That's called progression but it's also hard to do and often people get discouraged. If you want to start a program search out someone who's had success.  Find a fitness professional with a proven track record and tell them your plan.  There's nothing like instant feedback...even if it's not from a bronzed teletrainer.  

Until next time-Eric 

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My beef with “functional fitness” and other similar terms.

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One of the most over used terms (and incorrectly used) in fitness is "functional fitness".  Defined by, functional fitness is, "The ability to perform normal daily activities around the house or at work, without undue fatigue.."  In a 2004 New York Times article it's classified as the ability to, "[prepare] your body so it can perform daily activities -- walking, bending, lifting, climbing stairs -- without pain, injury or discomfort."
Recently, the fitness industry has become flooded with terms like functional, dynamic, muscle confusion, etc. The reality is, fitness has five main components that need to addressed but they don't sound nearly as attractive as those terms previously mentioned. Those five components of fitness are;

1. Cardiovascular Fitness - Cardiovascular fitness (also known as cardiorespiratory fitness) is the ability of the heart, lungs and vascular system to deliver oxygen-rich blood to working muscles during sustained physical activity.

2. Muscular Strength - Muscular strength is the amount of force a muscle or muscle group can exert against a heavy resistance.

3. Muscular Endurance - Muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle or muscle group to repeat a movement many times or to hold a particular position for an extended period of time.

4. Flexibility - Flexibility is the degree to which an individual muscle will lengthen.

5. Body Composition - Body composition is the amount of fat in the body compared to the amount of lean mass (muscle, bones etc.).

Keeping those terms and especially functional fitness in mind , think about how you are training.  Do you use resistance bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, all body weight?  Are you making progress in one or more of the five principles of fitness?  If so, then you are indeed doing something functional.  No, it doesn't have to be flashy, it doesn't have to be the latest and greatest, or specialized to using only one type of equipment.  It simply needs to be programmed safely and geared towards making you more functional, dynamic, (and less confused-sorry) in your everyday life.

Until next time,

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