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This article from Yahoo Health does a great job of showing the importance of recognizing and navigating fitness fads or wearable technology tchotchkes. It also lists some great enduring exercises or fitness tools. Unfortunately, by listing them in a random fashion and suggesting that they will all get you results "no money back guarantee needed," this article is luring people into the workout trap. I highlighted the workout trap and the difference between working out and training in a recent post that discussed red flags that you are working out intstead of training. 

The last thing people need is an article that suckers them into a random mashup of calorie burning, sweat generating exercises that may or may not be safe or may be directed at specific body or performance goals. This is the definition of working out, or dare I say, a fad. It is impossible to get long term, sustainable results this way. The solution is simple - train more and workout less. People need to be following a carefully designed plan using tried and true exercises to achieve specific body or performance goals that last - this is training!

 

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Tim DiFrancesco, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and Founder of TD Athletes Edge, where he provides fitness, recovery and nutrition guidance to aspiring and professional athletes. For training advice, visit www.tdathletesedge.com and follow him on Twitter/Instagram through @tdathletesedge.

References:

Men's Fitness, "Working Out: Stuff That Hasn't Changed Since 1975"; April 10, 2015, https://www.yahoo.com/health/working-out-stuff-that-hasnt-changed-since-1975-115401361893.html

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