Quite often I get asked questions from clients or class members that make good blog topics. I’ve started writing these suckers down and plan to be making a whole bunch of blog posts on each question. One question I was asked recently was: “Have you ever done a home workout video yourself?” Heck Yes, I’ve done home workout videos, but first let’s weigh up the pros and cons of doing home workout videos.
Pros and Cons of Home Workout Videos
Fitness is already a 10 billion dollar a year industry and a big chunk of that is home workout videos. It’s definitely a part of the industry that’s seen a significant increase over the last 15 years. Is it right for you though?
- No gym fees – huzzah you can save some moolah!
- No travel to gym/studio – save time and money on this one!
- Ease of use – just press play, everyday!
- Good if limited on time – only got 20 minutes? Cool Pause it and do the rest later!
- Do it on YOUR time – you aren’t at the mercy of a gym schedule!
- Good for stay at home moms – need childcare services? Those gym childcares get BUSY!
- No fashion police – You can workout in your PJs, or naked, without makeup!
- Consistency – it’s easy to make excuses to not get to the gym, harder to not press play!
- Privacy – self conscious? Workout in the comfort of your own home where no-one can judge.
- Cleanliness – you know the environment is clean and no sharing equipment (and sweat!)
- Motivation – The motivation to hit PLAY may be harder when you know housework etc needs doing
- Quality – Not all workouts are created equal, quality may vary
- May need to buy equipment – there are some bodyweight DVDs but they are gonna get boring quick!
- Boredom factor – need to buy MORE DVDs to prevent boredom
- No trainer checking technique – big issue here!
- No community feel – sometimes nice to get out the house and meet people!
- Cost – Some of these programs cost $100+. Though streaming options are available on a monthly fee basis now too.
- Distractions – great being at home but if the phone rings, the dog pukes on the carpet or the kids start yelling it’s easy to get distracted.
As you can see there are a lot of pro’s and cons to home workout videos. They do make a lot of sense for those with a limited time. Not having to get ready, to drive to the gym can save you 30-60 minutes out of your day. However if it’s still out of your budget but you like the idea of home workouts don’t forget I have a home workout series available. My 31 day bootcamp is perfect for anyone looking to spend 30-40 minutes a day working out, but had no money or equipment.
Home workouts can be great. They can save you time and money. However, nothing comes close to having your program individually tailored to you by a certified and experienced professional. Form and technique are PARAMOUNT when it comes to fitness. If you have muscle imbalances they could be due to incorrect form (and vice versa!). I’ve had to completely retrain technique for some clients due to prolonged bad form, or muscle imbalances. So please ensure if you are working out from a DVD at home that your perform the exercise correctly, use the modifications when needed. Remember I also offer nutrition and fitness coaching so if that’s something you’d like to take advantage of because you’ve hit a plateau then Email Me.
My first home workout video experience – Jane Fonda
My first workout video memory was back in the 1980’s. At the height of the Jazzercise trends I attended an aerobics class and I did Jane Fonda videos on a couple of the other days. Let’s face it Jane Fonda revolutionized fitness when she released her workout videos. Now we didn’t have to go to the gym to workout. We could workout in our living rooms. I remember I had two different video tapes. Looking back, the workout was awful. Lots of moves that are contraindicated today. It kept me entertained though and was a decent workout at the time.
Fitness Fashion of the 1980’s!
Oh boy, the things you can find through Google? Leslie, the brunette below in purple outfit with the pink undies (weird fashion statement!), randomly bust out into song during the workout! Thinking about it, this might has something to do with me singing along to the music in classes I teach? Also, check out the outfits. Damn! I remember having matching leotard, legwarmers and headbands too. And I remember thinking I looked so freaking trendy. The 1980’s fashions were fun huh? I also recall there was a LOT of clapping and “wooooo”ing! Now that I think about it, the video was awful, lol.
In the last few years Jane Fonda has reinvented herself as the queen of workout videos and re-released the old workouts along with some newer ones. I admit, I’m tempted to get that original workout and give it a go. Trips down memory lane can be fun. Not sure I’ll be reinvesting in matching leotard and leg warmers though!
P90X workout videos
My second experience with home workout videos was around 2008 when I did P90X. At the time I didn’t have a greencard, and didn’t have a gym membership. So this was a way to give myself some accountability, and to drop some weight. I did P90X strength workouts on the days I didn’t run. The women on the DVD’s were fit, ripped, strong, lean and fierce. After a few years not working in the fitness industry P90X helped me rekindle my passion for fitness. I even met P90X creator Tony Horton at the IDEA World fitness convention in 2011.
P90X+ and certification
The original P90X was released in 2003 and there were a couple of exercises in the original that are now contraindicated. Thankfully, I knew enough about fitness to modify some of the moves, and change the schedule up to accommodate my running. After P90X I did P90X+ which I prefered as it was more interval style workouts. In 2012 I became a P90X certified trainer, leading classes at Gold’s Gym.
Bottom line – While the home workout DVDs are good, there are moves that aren’t suitable for everyone, modify where you need to! This applies to ALL home workouts.
Do you prefer the gym, outdoors or home for your workouts?
What home workout videos (if any) have you tried?
Anyone remember doing Jane Fonda Workout Videos?
Did you own leotards and legwarmers?
What’s your favorite workout outfit?
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