We in the United States have a major conflict
between loving exercise and hating it, especially when combining it with weight
loss programs. On the one hand, we buy billions of dollars worth of exercise
videos, home gyms, treadmills, stair climbers, Nordic track and abdominal machines.
Most women detest having to incorporate regular
exercise into their lives, or being told they have to exercise, in order to lose
or maintain their weight. If they could take a magic pill that speeds up their
metabolism, burns fat, or suppresses their appetite, without exercising, they'll
swallow it in a minute.
Most commercial weight
loss companies don't adequately address exercise, or choose not to. There is only
one American commercial chain that BestDietForMe.com analysts know of
that combines a weight loss program with on-site exercise equipment and
classes--Inches-A-Weigh Weight Loss Centers.
Companies like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig
handle the nutrition/dieting part, but tell you basically to design your own
program or join a gym. Perhaps this is a logistical and liability issue. They
may not have the space in a retail storefront for exercise machines, and they
don't want people filing lawsuits against them if they injure themselves while
working out. So, they leave it up to you.
They skirt the issue. They'll sell you
exercise balls, pedometers, exercise tapes, exercise books, mats, clothing, and
they'll give you exercise information and tips online or even via the phone. But,
that's about as far as most go. Some companies, such as Jenny Craig, go a
little further, since their counselors are now trained and certified by The
Cooper Institute, a well-known and respected fitness organization.
Consequently, if you are trying to
lose weight or get in shape, chances are you'll be buying probably a dozen or so
various exercise videos to use at home. There is not shortage. Not only can you
find exercise tapes at local mass merchants, but you can buy them online or from
mail order catalogs. They are affordable and convenient. You can use them again
and again, in the comfort of your home, when YOUR schedule permits, unlike a
structured health club or personal training program--and they are a lot less
Who Are The Top Names In Exercise Videos?
Most exercise video gurus are female, with a few
celebrity men sprinkled in (Billy Blanks, Richard Simmons). The cast of experts
includes Hollywood celebrities (Jane Fonda, Paula Abdul, others), and more than
a few women from the ranks of the bodybuilding profession (Cory Everson, Rachel
McLish, others). Here are some personal profiles of some of the biggest selling
Kathy Smith... Has taught fitness for 15
years. Has starred in over two dozen exercise videos. Received IDEA's Lifetime
Achievement award f...