Recently I feel like everywhere I go there are new “workouts”. Case(s) and point:
1. The Taxi Cab Workout
I was in a yellow cab a few weeks back on my way to work and the taxi TV came on to show the ultimate “Taxi Cab Workout”. One of the workouts, led by Ali Vincent (the first women to win The Biggest Loser) consists of doing ab holds while sitting in the cab. Here’s the video:
2. The Donkey Booty Workout
This workout is infamous because it sparked a reality TV battle between Phaedra Parks and Kenya Moore. The Donkey Booty workout is supposed to give you a light workout (that won’t mess up your hair) and help you get a “firm, peachy booty”. Here’s a clip of the Donkey Booty workout:
This workout really takes the cake- I heard about it from my fiance’s aunt! It was started by Joanna Rohrback and has apparently been around since the ’80s but is just now catching on. The exercise involves…it’s…you prance around with ankle weights on. #sideeye See for yourself:
I’m SUPER skeptical about “fad” workouts because they seem to use a gimmick to get at the exercise and promise results from fairly minimal effort. (I’m pretty sure Ali Vincent didn’t lose all the weight on the Biggest Loser from doing abdominal holds!) If there’s anything I’ve learned in the course of my fitness journey it’s that making real changes to your body (building muscle, shedding fat, etc) take careful and comprehensive diet/exercise approaches- prancing around ain’t gonna cut it! I think it’s dangerous to sell fitness shortcuts to people when it comes to fitness, especially because most people give up on working out when they don’t see results & fad workouts are the least likely to bring about real changes. In short, I think fad workouts give working out in general a bad name. Or have I just become a total “fitness snob” from doing workout programs like Insanity and LiveFit? You tell me:
Is there a place for fad workouts in the fitness industry or do they do more harm than good?