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How To Choose The Perfect Workout Program

Jan 26, 2008
Finding the right workout program is difficult. There are so many options and not enough money to try them all. Since different kinds of workouts appeal to different people, it is important to establish how you want to workout, pinpoint your workout style, and figure out which workouts are best suited to your strengths.

The first step in picking a workout program is deciding whether your focus will be on strength training or cardio. Most workout programs include some of both. Those with a lot weight to lose might want to focus on cardio even if they plan on transitioning to strength training later. Those who are looking to tone generally gravitate towards strength training programs. Once you have decided between cardio and toning, the next step in choosing the perfect workout program is to decide your workout style.

While there isn't much room for style in strength training, there are seemingly infinite possibilities when it comes to cardio training. Some people like to focus on technique in their cardio because the more dancy workouts distract them from achieving their goals. Workouts like Tae-Bo or Slim in 6 appeal to these people. No frills workouts often provide great results, but a lot of people have trouble sticking with these workout programs due to boredom. This is where dance-based cardio comes in. Workout programs such as Turbo Jam, Core Rhythms, Hip Hop Abs, or Yoga Booty Ballet allow you to get funky with a workout without compromising results. In these workouts, the music is upbeat and meant to get you moving.

There are not a lot of full workout programs that focus on strength training to choose from. Beachbody offers Tony Horton's Power 90 and P90X. Also there are several Pilates workouts available that are beneficial for toning. Although Pilates is best done with a specialized Pilates machine, it is possible to get a good workout with a Pilates DVD and a mat. It is also relatively easy to develop your own strength training with some research and the addition of free weights, resistance bands, or an exercise to your home gym.

There are a lot of great cardio workout programs available. Turbo Jam fuses dance with martial arts moves to create a funky high-energy workout program. Similarly, Hip Hop Abs uses dance to provide a great total body workout. Core Rhythms and Yoga Booty Ballet also incorporate dance into the workout to obtain a cardio effect. The technique-focused cardio workouts like Tae Bo and Slim in 6 tone as well as burn fat. Technique is more important in these workouts.

There are a lot of options when choosing the perfect workout program. Companies such as Beachbody offer a host of workouts programs to suit the needs of those looking for a specific workout style. Whether looking for a strength training program or a cardio program, it is important to do a lot of research before choosing. Infomercials and websites can help you to narrow down which workouts excite you. Narrowing down exactly what works for you makes choosing the perfect workout program easy.
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There are a few workouts that require very little room such as, the P90X workout routine and the Hip Hop Abs workout. Both of these workouts only require the use of a DVD player. The P90X needs a chin up bar or resistance bands and the Hiphopabs workout needs nothing more than just a tv and a little bit of room.
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