-Don’t Watch Bob, Either!-
Okay, okay…I can’t just pick on Jillian…that wouldn’t be fair! Let me preface this by saying that I feel Bob Harper is a sweet guy, and he seems to have a genuine interest in his clients’ health and well-being. With that being said, the stuff they show on The Biggest Loser is just plain preposterous! Yes, it’s a TV show and it’s hyped-up and edited, so who honestly really knows what goes on. Anyhow, you’re going to be seeing more posts from me regarding the “WTF?” workouts shown on this show! Why? Because the public is watching this show, and getting some really bad information from it. No, i’m not in the least bit jealous of either Bob Harper or Jillian Michaels, and as i’ve said before, I wouldn’t want their job. I’m not hatin’ on them…i’m hatin’ on the crap they are representing on the show and i’m hatin’ on the fact that people simply do not know that a lot of what’s shown on the show is CRAP!
Yesterday and earlier today, I shared my feelings on Jillian’s glorious kettlebell skills. I also wanted to comment on the “circus act” of an exercise Bob had Sione doing.
This is a quadruped arm and opposite leg raise, or as some call it, a “bird dog.” OF COURSE doing the exercise on the floor just isn’t good enough…it’s not good TV! NO! We gotta do it on the ball! Check out the sweat! See how hard he’s working?
I would NEVER have a client do this kinda crap. It infuriates me, then amuses me, to be honest, when I see the ridiculous “circus act” exercises they show on The Biggest Loser! I wanna ask them “WHY?” Why do you guys show this crap? It’s obviously not for the sake of improving someone’s fitness level…it’s for the “wow factor” and gets good ratings, right? Right! What we don’t see is the “cut” footage that is now lying somewhere in a landfill…the footage that shows Sione busting his as* after he slips off the ball.
I am not a fan of having clients stand on a ball, either. If your trainer has you do this, fire them. That’s all i’m gonna say.
There are a ton of exercises out there, people. A ton of really good ones, and even more that aren’t worth wasting your time on. I feel i’ve reached a point in my career where I have a pretty good grasp on what works, and what’s not worth doing. Why mess with something that’s not broken in the first place? When it comes to exercises, a trainer must have a REASON behind each and every one they choose. Why would I have a client do the exercise demonstrated above? I wouldn’t…okay, well, I did try it yesterday goofing around with one of the couples I train. I felt like a circus bear! There simply isn’t a point, in my eyes, to have any of my clients do this exercise. It just doesn’t make sense to me. There are more effective (and safe) ways of kicking things up a notch once the basic movement is mastered.
What I would do, you ask? I would move on to a more challenging exercise that trains rotation…because the quadruped opposite arm & leg raise is an exercise that trains rotation…more specifically, anti-rotation. I would progress my client to something done in the standing position, because that has more functional carryover to real life than a floor-based exercise. I would choose an exercise such as a band iso-hold, which is awesome because the band generates a pulling force that wants to rotate the torso. The goal is to not give in to this pulling force, thus “locking down” the core and promoting integrity throughout the entire body, as virtually every muscle is working to hold a static position. Once this kinda exercise is easy for my client, i’d then incorporate some movement by having them perform various steps or lunges, all the while keeping arms fixed and core braced.
I am a BIG fan of having my clients perform exercises in the standing position…why? IT’S MORE FUNCTIONAL! Yes, I get tired of the “functional” word but it’s true! Once a client can handle such exercises, my philosophy is “let ’em have ’em!” You burn more calories standing up, you use your entire body, and hell…it’s a lot more fun than doing stuff lying on the floor!
Oh…and one more thing? “Outside the Box” passed the 11,000 hits mark today! Just doing my part to spread the truth, people, and it seems to be spreading like a little virus! 😀 I love it! Thanks for stopping by!