I’ve been reading your posts lately, and I am wondering why you’re so hard on those at home workout people. Do you not find them valid forms of exercise?
First, any workout is better than no workout. Second, I am not against at home workouts as a form of staying healthy or losing weight…BUT, I like to poke fun at the ridiculous poses many of the at home fitness patrons make (looks like they all have a back problem and are super happy about it), and I believe their supplements are crap.
At home workouts are effective at raising heart rate and shredding fat. It has a welcoming community and many people have made successful careers out of coaching others. It’s a great way to get fit. It is not the same as lifting where you’re building muscle and dramatically increasing bone density though.
The long term benefit if you did both for ten years and gave up forever (assuming you maintained a high protein diet) is, lifting (and two to five hand weights in your home is NOT lifting) will take longer to regain body fat and decrease bone density than cardio based workouts. Lifting heavy doesn’t make people big and bulky, unless they’re doing exercises that promote muscle growth while at the same time consuming food/supplements that promote muscle growth. I have had some ups and downs, but have really poured myself into heavier lifting in the last year and have seen some amazing results. As an anti-fan of normal machine cardio, lifting heavy can also provide good cardio, if done correctly with minimal rest.
So again, I am not against home workouts. I am just more of a fan of the heavy weight. I know I couldn’t hang in a 45 minute moderate level class with some of those companies, just as they know they couldn’t hang with 200lb tricep pushdowns and some of the stuff I do. Do whatever feels best as long as you’re doing something.