It seems that every time someone is due a holiday or has just decided to ‘ditch the flab’ and dedicate themselves to a big push at the gym, the same, so called, ‘solutions’ keep rearing their heads.
It is no coincidence that the people who follow these ‘solutions’ religiously are the same people that have to start that fight all over again year after year. The reason being, they are inefficient gimmicks with no long-term benefit.
Now, the people who are dedicated to these classes and routines (and particularly those who benefit financially, by hosting or teaching them) will be immediately on the defensive.
“But I can feel it work!”
“I have seen results!”
Let’s get right to it.
Yes, these things work – for a while.
Because EVERYTHING works for a while!
Does that make randomly jumping up and down an efficient way of training for optimal long term results?
Of course not!
As for ‘feeling it work’ just because you feel a muscle burn, does not mean you are burning fat or toning the area.
I’ve covered this previously in my article What’s The Best Way to Tone Up but as a quick recap, doing high reps of something will stretch the muscle and cause a lactic build up, the flushing of which does cause some level of fat burning, but it is in no way an efficient or productive way of progressing.
And if you think you are ‘burning fat’ from that area, I must remind you that spot reduction is, at best, negligible. It is Physically impossible to burn fat from one area alone. So, don’t kid yourself.
Below I’ve listed the 3 of the classes/ routines that irritate me the most (though there are many more that fall into this category).
My reason for having these 3 at the top is because they are not only do they sell ‘false hopes and promises’, but they are very popular (well marketed) so they get sighted continuously.
To its credit, the class is at least getting people active who would otherwise be sitting at home with a takeaway and watching trash TV. And for that reason and for those people, it certainly is a beneficial class. Anything that encourages activity in otherwise sedentary people should be applauded.
My problem is the level of credibility this class has. As if Zumba is the ultimate answer to major physique transformations.
This is far from the case.
The problem – There is no room for progression.
The class is, at its core, little more than a dance class.
So, once you are up to speed and can perform the moves, where do you go from there?
With all physical transformation activities, your body will adapt to the demands you place on it soon enough. Once you adapt (which will be very quickly) your body has no reason to respond further. You are no longer placing a demand that requires a response and your body will happily remain as it is.
However, by that point, the loyalty and belief is instilled.
The participants have seen improvements, they enjoy the class (as it’s fun and fairly easy) and so they have been conditioned to believe that it works.
Therefore, even though the results stop coming, the belief is that it works and something else is causing the problem (diet for example). In fact, nothing needs to change for you to stagnate. If you don’t keep pushing for improvements and challenging your body to progress, then the improvements will stop.