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Scary Fitness Trends: How to Stay Healthy, Motivated and Arc-ed for Fitness Success


Perhaps it is desperation that drives people to embrace bizarre fitness trends and routines. Some might call these routines down-right scary.  How else would you describe the trends noted in Men's Health which made the rounds on the internet over the past year?

According to the article, men (and women too, one supposes) are engaging in bizarre feats such as :

#1: Hopping For Heavyweights 

Essentially, this exercise has people jump onto boxes as a way to burn off calories. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love jumping as much as the next kangaroo. However, it does seem odd to encourage a heavy or out of shape person to engage in jumping exercises to lose weight. I’m thinking that the exercise has to hurt their knees.

Men’s Health quotes strength coach Robert dos Remedios who notes that “For an obese person, this injury risk will sky-rocket simply due to the large deficit in their strength to body-weight ratio.” So combine a lot of extra weight with muscles that aren’t well trained, and you are quite likely to injure yourself.

#2: Marathon-Training For Fat Loss 

I have run six marathons to date. Each time I run I hope that I’ll have the side effect of losing weight. However, encouraging someone who is out of shape to begin their weight loss regimen with marathon training sounds like a bad idea. It would be much more sensible to engage in a low impact exercise that limits the pounding on the body. Cardiovascular exercise is also not the only requirement for losing weight. Resistance training and a good diet are also quite necessary. Furthermore, according to Livestrong.com, you’ll want  “to improve your physical fitness before beginning a training program … Once you have lost weight and improved your physical endurance, start by running short distances.”

 #3: Extreme Workouts That Are Too . . . Extreme 

One of the main reasons people drop out of exercise is that they find the exercise painful. Point of fact is that excessive cardiac stress is really beyond what is necessary to get yourself in shape. You have probably heard that what you really need is to exercise 30 minutes per day, five times a week. Well, this time the rumor mill has got it straight.

Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone is admirable. However, it can also be a quick way to get injured.  As you fatigue yourself your form begins to suffer. When form suffers, you run the risk of injury. Enough said.

This gallimaufry of exercises is not only too extreme but seems to lack a sense of reality. Clearly, one needs to read the warning labels, so to speak, and proceed with caution. One of the most sane ways to engage in a sensible exercise routine is by beginning sensibly with an exercise regimen that is easy to follow. Such is the case with a regime based on an easy-to-follow machine like the Cybex Arc Trainer.

The reality though is that the Arc Trainer is probably one of the machines that should make us feel entirely void of self-incrimination. Why?  The Arc works so well with your body that even the least graceful of individuals looks graceful on it. Also, quite simply, the machine is freaking easy to use. As we have reported previously in discussions about the Arc, “Unlike other cross trainers on the market the patented Arc pattern of motion allows the hip and knee to move synchronously while the foot stays under the knee reducing joint pains and providing a more comfortable workout.”

Cybex is a provider and manufacturer of premium commercial fitness equipment. Content featured in the Cybex Fitness Blog is meant to inspire healthy living and wellness and should not be taken as medical advice. For medical advice please consult a doctor.