Let’s get one thing out-of-the-way right off the bat; there really is no substitute to one-on-one personal training with an effective trainer. There just isn’t. Like all things in life, there are of course downsides that come with the positives. First and foremost, it is costly. Rates of $60 an hour and up are the norm. You’re not really on your own schedule. Any trainer who is worth his/her salt, should have many clients. You have to work around other clients and the trainers’ schedule to get your workout in. Lastly, if you do have a trainer, how often do you actually work with that person? Maybe two or three hours a week max? What about the rest of the time you are on your own?
The rise of the internet has given way to new ways to keep your body fit and healthy. Traditionally, most websites and individuals have sold themselves to you by promising great results if you follow their routine. They give you a list of exercises to do each day and put you off on your own. I’ve always wondered how effect this approach really was. Is anyone really motivated by looking at a laundry list of items that their “online” trainer has assigned them to complete on any given day? Lets take a look at an actual workout plan that was assigned by one of the big online training companies…
Monday June 6th
- Bench Press 3 x 10
- Incline Bench Press 3 x 10
- French Press 3 x 12
- Pushups 3 x 15
- Dips 3 x 15
- Incline Bench Flys 3 x 10
Really? Could this be any more lame? Are we really paying money for a laundry list of items that we need to complete? A training company should be able to provide guidance on how to use correct form, motivate you during the workout, and adapt to your training needs. These pre-designed workouts that are supposedly based upon your goals really aren’t worth your time or money. Are they better than nothing? Probably, but don’t you want “better than nothing”?
Studies have shown that the most effective form of training is when there is an actual person guiding and instructing you on what to do. This is why for most people, group fitness classes are so effective. If they were left to their own devices, they’d get half the amount of work done in the same period of time. It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that an actual person instructing you is more effective in helping you reach your goals than receiving that laundry list of exercises to perform every day.
Now, at Share It Fitness, we saw the potential to pull the best parts of multiple training types, which has helped form the basis for our Body Diversity Training (BDT) method. Sure, we do customized workout plans based upon your needs and goals. But unlike the laundry list of things to do, each days’ workout is delivered via video by a real life trainer. When you start a new session, it will broadcast over your TV, computer, or mobile device, letting you take the workout with you anywhere you may be. All you have to do is keep pace with your trainer and follow his/her instructions and form. By keeping pace with the trainer on your screen, you are able to ensure that intensity remains high and progress is being made. It’s as close as you can get to an actual personal training session without paying someone to be in your living room or at the gym with you.
Now, the real basis of Body Diversity Training is the concept that muscles not only need to be hit with varying weights and exercises, but they also need to be hit with different stimulus completely. We’ve spent over a thousand hours during the past 18 months recording the best fitness classes by the best trainers available. Our database of full-length classes is simply the largest on the internet, bar none. Now, keep in mind, I’m talking about full-length classes. What’s the point in watching a 5-10 minute instructional? Are you really getting a workout in 5-10 minutes? I doubt it. Our classes are filmed from start to finish, exactly like you would view them at an in-person studio or gym. With that in mind, BDT incorporates various forms of fitness classes with a weight/cardio routine to keep things fresh and your body challenged. A lift day on Monday followed by a Spin class on Tuesday, followed by a power yoga class on Wednesday, followed by a challenging treadmill class on Thursday is something that you would likely find on your own personal workout calendar via Share It Fitness.
The goal of BDT is to help you build and maintain a strong, healthy, flexible, and lean body. Increased muscle mass, lowered body fat percentage, and improved cardiovascular function should be the goal of anyone wanting to get healthy. It should come as no surprise that some of the top athletes in the world like, Lebron James, Tiger Woods, and Michael Phelps practice various forms of exercise such as Pilates, Yoga, and Spin in addition to their traditional weight routines. By combining these classes with a weight routine, you are constantly shocking and confusing your body, which in turn results in serious progress being made.
Remember, the key to actual growth isn’t made by spending hours in the gym just running down a list of to-do items. Engaging in a wide range of fitness disciplines in combination with a well-designed weight training plan is key to getting that lean, athletic, and healthy body everyone should be after. Keep checking out the blog and stay tuned for the Share It Fitness launch this summer.