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Online workouts are all the rage at the moment and on the surface they seem to be safe and effective. However, it could be the case that not only are these workouts not giving you the results you want, but they could also be detrimental to your health.
Online WorkoutsEvery time you go Online, and visit your favorite health site, fitness magazine page, or training and diet forum, you’re bombarded with adverts for Online training plans. Even social networking sites are getting in on the act, and you’ll often see adverts for the latest fat burning, muscle building or cardio workouts pop up in your inbox. The trouble is, you have no way of knowing if these workouts are any good or not.
Obviously, the manufacturers, companies and trainers who promote these programs rave about them, as they have a vested interested in the success of the product, and if you believe their claims, you’ll be in the best shape of your life in next to no time. As always though, it’s a case of “buyer beware”. There are certainly many advantages to following an Online workout, but they do come with their risks too.
ProsThe main advantage that Online workouts have is that you don’t have to think about your own workout. For many people, deciding what to do in the gym can be pretty scary. Machines can look daunting, you may not be sure of how to correctly perform certain exercises, what machine works which body part, and have any number of concerns. Even if you’re slightly more experienced, and can plan something for yourself, what do you do when the equipment you want to use is in use, or if you get injured and have to change the plan?
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Online workouts lay everything out for you, which means you don’t have to think at all. For many people this is a massive advantage, especially if you have a stressful job, busy family life, and don’t want to spend hours planning a training session.
Secondly, it could be the case that the workout you’re following has been designed by a top trainer or coach. If you want a six pack, or bulging biceps, or want to be able to run a 10k in 40 minutes, then a workout designed by someone who’s been there and done it already has surely got to work. If it’s worked for them, it should work for you too.
Another huge advantage is the cost. Personal training is getting increasingly popular, but it’s still not particularly cheap, and while Online programs vary in price, you’re guaranteed to be able to find something cheaper than a few one on one sessions with a trainer.
Finally, there is a sense of accountability and value. While you may not be working with someone directly one on one or face to face, you do feel a sense of responsibility to the creator of the program to follow it through. Likewise, you’ve invested your hard earned cash in buying the program, and don’t want it to go to waste, so you’re more likely to follow it, as you don’t want it to be a waste of money.
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