We’ve all seen the explosion of online and TV offers for ‘insane workouts‘. Something in pop culture seems to have created a sudden demand for extreme or insane workouts and they are all aimed at young males.
I can’t wait for this fad and the related ‘boot camp workouts’ to blow over.
Common Elements of Insane Workouts
Often these insane workouts are built around one exercise that claims to offer special results or whole-body conditioning. Push-ups are a common one as are variations of jumping squats or burpees or just swinging a 19th century kettlebell – all of them, apparently, represent insane workouts.
Basically, the promoters of these insane workouts want you to believe that you can cram months of muscle growth time into a few weeks by performing saturation workouts daily. These insane workouts usually require daily exercise and that’s how – they claim – you get the fast results that normally take longer.
They never talk about the added risk of serious injury because of fatigue or from the plyometric jumping that greatly multiplies shear forces on tendons, ligaments and joints. They never talk about recovery time because insane workouts are built around not giving you more than 23 hours of recovery time.
These insane workouts also never talk about progressive overload because they usually don’t provide any. When you do a push-up you lift approximately 70% of your bodyweight. After a month of insane workouts push-ups you still only lift 70% of your bodyweight. You can add volume but you never add intensity.
Apparently the insanity consists of adding more and more volume without adding increased recovery time. So they’re right about that part being insane.
It’s Insane Workouts for an Economic Recession
A hallmark of nearly all of these insane workouts is that they are sold as requiring no exercise equipment or perhaps one cheap item like a 19th century kettlebell or a colorful Swiss ball.
I think it’s because of the people who say they can’t afford a gym membership or to buy weights for their home during these hard economic times. So the savvy marketers come up with ‘insane workouts‘ that ‘don’t require any weights‘.
Never mind the inescapable truth of the physics behind creating high intensity muscular overload – just type up some screaming ad copy and tell people all they need is one of these new programs and they’ll be as fit as a US Army Ranger in 30 days. Sure.
The Dirty Secret of Insane Workouts
Here is something only insiders know about these insane workout promotions. Many of these high profile promos are nothing but lead-generation programs for nutritional supplement sales. The programs are sold at a loss or near-loss just to get the names and other information of people interested in fitness.
Then – after the insane workout has failed you – the marketers are ready to tell you about how you failed because you aren’t using their special protein or their Insane Workout Secret Formula Mass Gain tablets. Or whatever. From start to finish it’s just this year’s scheme to get your money and deliver nothing in return.
The Definition of Insane Workouts
Remember the colloquial definition of insane? “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” In my view, that’s what all these insane workouts are dishing out. Another more or less conventional workout that does not generate high intensity muscular overload, does not ensure progressive overload and does not vary the recovery time to allow for progression and new muscle to grow.
Truly an insane workout!
Their best prospect is an uninformed consumer who looks at the hype and doesn’t know the underlying principles and facts.
Train with your brain and avoid insane workouts and the chronic overtraining, injuries and wasted money that go along with them.