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Workout DVDs Do Not Work

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I received a text message from my brother in Haiti today asking me questions about the P90X workout DVDs.  Apparently people are raving about them as well in Haiti and my brother is hoping by purchasing them, he will absolutely reach his fitness goals.

After reading this week’s newsletter from my amazing coach, Michelle Pippin , on ways to drive furious bloggers to your site, I decided that I’ve held my tongue long enough about workout DVDs.  My opinion is WORKOUT DVDs DO NOT WORK.  Now before you get mad at me, especially if you are a BeachBody Coach, keep reading and you will see the logic behind this offensive statement for some.  Workout DVDs do not work because

  • most people who buy them don’t use them. They end up collecting dust along with the arsenal of gadgets they already bought from infomercials,
  • some of those workouts are best suited for people who are already active.  The lay person tends to give up after the first week,
  • most people buy them hoping  to look like the person on television,
  • infomercials are like any movie, everything is staged to get you to BUY BUY BUY.  Everything is carefully analyzed: the location for the video shoot, what every one in the video should wear, who is featured to share testimonials.

Those points mentioned are not even the main reasons why I believe workout DVDs do not work.  Workout DVDs do not work because without proper nutrition, they are as useless and a waste of money as paying a gym membership every month without going to the gym.  There is a reason most of those DVDs that come in series, come with a meal plan.  What do most people do when they buy those DVDs? They get right into the workout, and continue to eat the same way they were before buying the DVD.  Remember the saying

Nutrition is 80% of your success, exercising is only 20%

This remains true yesterday, and today. You  will never outrun a bad diet. The workout DVDs alone will not produce the results that you are expecting without proper nutrition. P90X + pizza does not equal six pack.

So if you are not ready to commit to a program in its entirety by spending the first month, money and energy on the 80% meaning NUTRITION, save your money and don’t buy a workout DVD because it will not work.

Now your turn, what do you think of workout DVDs?

Until next time, spread the love…

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  1. It’s not that DVD workouts don’t work for every single person. I started p90x as a pretty unfit person and learned as I went along about fueling my workouts and as I made progress, I found myself wanting to make better food choices. I am not in a place in my life where going to the gym on a regular basis is a doable thing, but Turbo Fire and p90x in my basement are. Your reasons why people fail when they buy DVDs are valid, but the conclusion that they don’t work isn’t true for all people. The work if the person puts the effort in.

    • Sarah, I agree they work but without proper nutrition you don’t see the results that you are expecting right? I am sure you not only do P90X but also changed the way you eat. Without proper nutrition workout alone will not outrun a bad diet.

  2. I actually really like videos (I get most online) because for me with two little children I just can’t get out to exercise. And for me it is moer comfortable to learn the moves in my own home. I actually know at least two people who used P90X to help them get to their weight loss goals.

    Yes nutrition is important, but you can also help your body boost it’s metabolism by building muscle. Yes 80% is food but you do still have to do the other 20% of exercise to keep it maintained and to make your body healthier all around.
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  3. They work, but only if you actually use them.  Me, I have a bunch collecting dust so I guess they don’t work for me!
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  4. I agree with what you are saying…but…the educational psychologist in me is now talking…exercise enables us to *think* better in addition to having healthy bodies. It gets the oxygen to the brain so that we can be better thinkers and are able to focus. That’s why all of those schools eliminating Phys Ed so that students can spend more time have it backwards. Children (and adults) who exercise are more efficient learners. And, if you add good nutrition to the mix, you’ve got super thinkers.

    Oh dear. I think I went all soap boxy on you and I was actually agreeing with you!

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    • JulieAnn thank you for being soap boxy. I understand and agree with your point. Doing some kind of exercising is better than doing nothing at all. I also agree that more activity makes us better thinkers. Without proper nutrition we will be better thinkers yoyo dieting yes? Thank you for you post, love it.

  5. Thanks for the reminder 80% diet, 20 % exercise. I need to tattoo that on my writst so that I see it every time I lift my fork.


    • Indeed Joy, the fitness industry focusses more on exercising. I would love to see the same amount of effort on educating people on proper nutrition not only the consequences of bad nutrition.

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