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Posted by: AB | 2011/03/20

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How do you feel about videos like Jillian Michaels and Michelle Dozois for keeping in shape?

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Hi AB

I think they're fine and effective if they're used often enough. The problem with those videos (and any "convenience" exercise tool) is that they're too convenient and as a result, they stagnate quickly, become boring (because you can only do the same routine so many times - soon you start anticipating the words and the challenge disappears). So I suspect that compliance in the long-term is very low.

It's always better to have a goal-directed programme, and other people's involvement helps a lot too - variety, support, social aspects etc make a big difference. The videos don't provide that for very long, but if that's the option then absolutely, they're good.

The other problem is that the people on those videos are the top of "salesperson" foodchain. They often come up with very radical ideas to try to outsell one another. You have to, I reckon, to succeed in this field, because there are so many people. So there are a lot of misconceptions about what works, what doesn't, a lot of quackery. The same is true anywhere, of course,but these videos amplify it. So some of the advice they give is bizarre and downright wrong. Always best then to check the sources, verify that their advice on things like diet, fat burning, etc is accurate.

Ross

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Posted by: fitnessdoc | 2011/03/31

Hi AB

I think they're fine and effective if they're used often enough. The problem with those videos (and any "convenience" exercise tool) is that they're too convenient and as a result, they stagnate quickly, become boring (because you can only do the same routine so many times - soon you start anticipating the words and the challenge disappears). So I suspect that compliance in the long-term is very low.

It's always better to have a goal-directed programme, and other people's involvement helps a lot too - variety, support, social aspects etc make a big difference. The videos don't provide that for very long, but if that's the option then absolutely, they're good.

The other problem is that the people on those videos are the top of "salesperson" foodchain. They often come up with very radical ideas to try to outsell one another. You have to, I reckon, to succeed in this field, because there are so many people. So there are a lot of misconceptions about what works, what doesn't, a lot of quackery. The same is true anywhere, of course,but these videos amplify it. So some of the advice they give is bizarre and downright wrong. Always best then to check the sources, verify that their advice on things like diet, fat burning, etc is accurate.

Ross

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