Every day it sees that someone new decided to throw their hat into the mix by publishing their own workout preaching infamous results.
“Get lean in ten weeks,” or, “get those rock hard abs that you have always wanted,” is rhetorical still ringing in the answers of many, and apparently the only solution to a workout is taking one that you have paid money for and tweaking it into something that will actually get you closer to those results.
Before you run out and blow your hard earned money on a new workout theory, you should do your research. Just because a workout was created and was successful does not translate into you seeing those exact same results. Every 'body' is different which stands to reason that not everyone will react the same way to a workout.
Even though that seems to be the case, here are a few things to consider before you decide to spend money on a new workout.
The first sign that you wasted your money is if that new workout of yours is not centered on major compound lifting movements.
What does that mean?
Well, in the 'family tree' of weight training, working out each muscle can be traced back to one of the major compound lifts.
For example, if you purchase a program that does not involve squatting as a means of working out your legs, then that program is probably not going to work.
The squatting motion will work every muscle in your legs as well as the ones in your core if done properly. Leg press machines, leg extension machines, leg curl machines- all of them could have been traded for more reps in the squat rack.
That is just one example, but there are many others to be found in the gym. The reason why the major compound lift is so vital to your weight loss success is because it will burn the most calories, it will work the most amount of muscles, and it will create a much longer 'afterburn' as a result meaning that your metabolism will be running hotter, longer after your workout.
Another sign that your new workout is destined for the garbage is if no additional weight is involved. All of these workouts that use nothing but your body weight are a great way to burn off steam, but in the long run it will take you farther if you add additional weight to that movement. The simple fact is if you can do it with your own body weight, then you can do it with your body weight plus an extra five pounds.
The idea is the more muscle you can build and maintain, the more calories you will be able to burn while sitting on the couch.
The last sign that your program is destined to fail is if it dedicates too much time to small muscle groups. In short, if you have a dedicated arm day you should try and return it for a refund.
If you think about it, your arms only make up a small percentage of your body which might only equate to 15%. That means that the muscle fibers are much shorter and do not need as much attention as say your quadriceps or your pectoral muscles.
These smaller muscles will not burn as many calories at rest because of their size. They will not burn as many calories while performing the workout and will certainly not burn the calories after the workout is completed.