High intensity interval training is great for fat burning. Shaun T., with Beach Body, cranks out dynamic moves in the “Insanity” workout and the new “T25” workout. These are great workouts, but are they for everyone? Have you bought a Beach Body workout only to be disappointed that you don’t end up losing weight and looking as cut and toned as Shaun and his workout friends?
You are not alone. Beach Body produces awesome workouts. I own some and have done just about everything they produce from “Hip-Hop Abs” to “P90x” to “T25.” Instructors on these video workouts show you how to make accommodations and adjustments for your fitness level, but without the benefit of a personal trainer you may find yourself up against a wall when you’re trying to complete these workouts.
In case you haven’t noticed, Shaun T. is in phenomenal condition. He has the stamina and strength to power through these high intensity workouts. They are great for people who have been training for a while, but if you are just getting off the couch, significantly overweight, just getting off the couch or new to fitness and exercise Beach Body workouts are not for you.
Give yourself a little time. You didn’t put on those extra 25 pounds overnight and you aren’t going to lose it overnight. In fact, if you push to intensity level required in “Insanity” or “T25” you will more likely burn yourself out or injure yourself before you see any gains.
It’s not what you want to hear, but it’s the truth. If you do begin working out at your own fitness level you are going to feel overwhelmed, lose motivation because you feel you’ll never be in that kind of shape and likely end up dropping the program after 2 or 3 weeks. I’ve seen it time and time again.
So, what do you do to lose weight and get fit? How do you get off the couch before you turned into a mashed potato? You’ve got to find a beginner’s workout, personal trainer, or gym that will work with you where you are.
As a personal trainer, it is important to me to individualize workouts and take each individual from where they are toward their goal. My advice is to just get up and move. Start looking around for exercises you can do that will not injure you nor discourage you.
Take time to build up your endurance, strength, and intensity. Then one day, depending on how hard you work. You may be able to keep up with Shaun T. Until you get started, calm down. Remember slow and steady gets the job done and whittles away the weight. When you approach health and fitness from that perspective you are more likely to lose weight, improve health and fitness, and make it last over the long run.
Good luck. You can do this. Make your workout your own.