Now, the question is: “Does it work?” or “Will I lose weight following this DVD workout?”. My answer is almost always, YES! You will probably lose weight following any of the new popular workout DVDs like insanity and P90x (depending on fitness level). Anytime you are able to create an overload, raise your heart rate to it estimated maximal range and/or continuously work above your lactate threshold you will always use a substantial amount of energy and your body has to recover for hours!!!! This recovery period is called EPOC (excess post oxygen consumption) and during this period your body is trying return back to homeostasis (its normal natural level). This requires the usage of different energy substrates like carbs, proteins and fats. Fats are used tremendously during this period because the body’s aerobic system is being used to aid in the repair and recover process; this is why HIIT is so Damn Loved. Enough with the science mumbo jumbo, if it is so great why don’t you pack up your gym bag, give all your clients DVDs and stay at home with P90x all day. Well friends here are some of my reason why I will not do that:
· Overuse of Plyos: The majority of plyometric movements are meant to done at maximal effort for a short period (couple of reps). Theses DVDs make you hop around continuously for minutes! Also, A good amount of the people jumping around are overweight or obese , this is terrible for their joints.
· TVs turn off: Pretty simple, if you don’t feel like or want to stop exercising there is no one there to tell you no! Your accountability level has now dropped substantially.
· Plateaus: Going to the gym and constantly increasing your weight load allows you to continuously overload your muscles and decrease the chances of an early plateau. Calisthenics and plyos can only take you so far; don’t count on being a powerlifter, bodybuilder or even any sort of professional athlete at that (unless your naturally gifted of course).
Whelp fellow Top Star Fitness heads those are my opinions, if you agree comment and if you disagree still comment I would love to hear your opinions and thoughts.