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Eleven for 2011

Monday, January 03, 2011

Here are my initial eleven ruminations thoughts and rants for 2011. I propose the following, your mileage may vary.

1. That all gyms ban TV's, cell phones and any other items which distract people from the business at hand of working out.
2. That all personal trainers be certified by something other than the gym where they work and sell memberships
3. That the number of cardio machines in any given gym be reduced 75% so members can get a quality workout and not simply put in time.
4. That the cardio zombies have an epiphany and realize that strength work is what they need for success.
5. That all bogus exercise infomercials be banned by the FCC as false advertising.
6. That people recognize that quality is more important than quantity when it comes to exercise programmes.
7. That the calorie counters realize that chasing calories burned is an exercise in futility and that counting calories in is a better choice.
8. That the Biggest Loser be made a pay per view only TV show so that it competes with Ultimate Fighting for viewers.
9. That Barbie weight based aerobics routines come with a disclaimer that they are not strength or circuit workouts.
10. That circuit training reclaims its rightful definition as strength work and not be assigned to any form of alternate exercise programme.
11. , That Jillian Michaels obtain a valid certification for each and every form of exercise proegramme she puts on a DVD

Feel free to add or subtract from this list as you see fit.
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  • PVILLELADY
    Had to stop by and read the annual rant...you never disappoint! I recently joined a gym JUST for the strength training...I have an ACE-certified trainer kicking my tail, otherwise I'd never lift a weight. I do get a kick out of watching the cardio rats on the treadmills!
    2845 days ago
  • KT-NICHOLS-13
    My two cents:
    #1: My gym actually had to post a sign that cell phone usage be held to minimum. Really?!
    I refuse to be entertained by the TV at the gym besides they only pipe in CNN or a sports broadcast.
    #2: My husband keeps asking if I should hire a personal trainer. My response - I'd be happy to hire one when I find one that is actually certified. Yeah, my gym has 3 trainers all glorified sales agents. No thanks. Even the instructors of classes aren't certified. (sigh)
    #5: YES!
    #6: I work my tail off in what little time I spend in the gym so I don't have to live at the gym.

    Now, if only I could commit and follow through with strength training. Sigh -
    2846 days ago
  • FUTUREHOPE49
    Sounds good to me! I am glad we don't have the biggest looser over here in UK! I don't watch much TV now anyway!
    Ellen
    2846 days ago
  • NEUTRALHILLS
    I go like hell and then have to recover, then go like hell again. My feeling is that if you don't have trouble walking away from a workout, it wasn't really a workout. The TV show is what gets me through the "everything hurts and I just want to quit" dip between maxed out points in the workout.

    Not everyone is the same, but I find that it helps me to push just that bit farther.
    2846 days ago
  • ARCHIMEDESII
    5. That all bogus exercise infomercials be banned by the FCC as false advertising.

    But, I find the late night infomercials entertaining !! LOL !! I hate to say it, but I LOVE picking their health information apart.

    I saw a new one for the New Year over the weekend. Montel Williams is in a new one for a "core" aerobics workout type of machine. Instead of swinging your body from right to left with the AB circle pro, you swing your body forward and back.

    I tell you, it's a good thing I could never afford to buy any of these gimic exercise pieces. otherwise, I would have been broke. LOL !!!!



    2846 days ago
  • SERGEANTMAJOR


    As an experienced personal trainer I respectfully submit that if is one is doing a productive cardio workout at a proper level of intensity boredom is not a consideration and watching television is not possible. The benefits of interval cardi0 versus the benefits of steady state long duration cardio have been demonstrated in repeated research studies.

    Better than sitting one's arse? Definitely however not as productive or beneficial as doing a more intense and quality workout of shorter duration
    2846 days ago
  • SERGEANTMAJOR


    As an experienced personal trainer I respectfully submit that if is one is doing a productive cardio workout at a proper level of intensity boredom is not a consideration and watching television is not possible. The benefits of interval cardi0 versus the benefits of steady state long duration cardio have been demonstrated in repeated research studies.

    Better than sitting one's arse? Definitely however not as productive or beneficial as doing a more intense and quality workout of shorter duration
    2846 days ago
  • NEUTRALHILLS
    Respectfully disagreeing with number one. I do strength training 3x/week, but I do step aerobics and ride my exercise bike every day. I do my TV watching during these times as it keeps me from getting bored and ditching the workout early. I get a real energy boost from the cardio, and, frankly, I enjoy it. Beats sitting around on my arse.
    2846 days ago
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