There’s a problem with what I call “TV Workouts.”
As you may recall, I rejected offers from “NBC’s The Biggest Loser” [that’s the official name they insisted we use at ALL times] largely because I disagreed with the way they trained.
It’s nonsensical, dangerous, and even unprofessional to give so much work to recently sedentary people.
Not only do sedentary people need fewer exercises and fewer sets than they did on that show, they needed more rest.
A lot more rest.
But, alas, a properly designed program with contestants actually resting and recovering between exercises makes for a really boring “Reality” TV show.
So, instead, they showed fatigued and flustered contestants dragging themselves from one exercise to the next with little or no rest at all.
Viewers (including plenty of trainers) came to believe that this frenetic way of training was the way to go with everyone every time.
The truth, however, is that progress comes in the recovery from the stimulus NOT from the stimulus itself.
Yes, your workout needs to be “appropriately challenging,” but that doesn’t mean every second of your workout has to filled with exercise.
You need to rest. The Rest is just as important as the Work.
(Sure, there’s a place for what we call “Metabolic Weight Training,” but for the most part …
You’ll get better results when you rest enough after each set to do quality work in the next set.