Will you get a fitness DVD in your stocking? Let’s hope not!

December 11 2014

It seems that every other week a minor celebrity brings out a new fitness DVD following their ‘dramatic’ weight loss, particularly so around the new year when we think about turning our lives around. Will you find one in your stocking this Christmas? (It’s a bit of an awkward thing to give somebody, especially if you don’t know them too well!)

From fad diets to ‘exclusive routines’, you’d be forgiven for being drawn in by these step-by-step schemes, especially when they come so highly endorsed by your favourite celebrity. Alas, stomping around the living room and narrowly avoiding soft furnishings soon loses its novelty after time, and since you’re at home on your own there’s no one else around to motivate you.

Whilst it’s tempting to rely on these handy fitness DVDs, they aren’t a foolproof plan. A person talking from behind your TV screen won’t be able to replace the expertise of a personal trainer, leaving you at risk of injury and struggling to meet your goals, or should we say - the goals defined by the celebrity host?

We have plenty of people coming to us who are completely exasperated by their failed attempts to get fit, with many of them working out at home and not understanding why their efforts are going unrewarded. No matter how hard you workout along to these routines, there are plenty of pitfalls that could be holding up your progress.

Motivation levels

Be honest - we all get those days when we can’t be bothered to go to the gym, but in truth the change of setting makes a huge difference. When you’re on your own at home, you don’t perform to your optimum level. There’s nobody to compete with and there’s no one to make sure you’re giving it your all.

Let’s admit it, we can always use an extra push and that’s exactly what a personal trainer and instructor can offer.


If you’re doing 10 squats but you’re not doing them correctly, there’s no point in doing them at all. Doing fewer reps, but executing them properly will do more good over a quicker time, as you’re actually putting all the work into getting it right.

This is probably the biggest reason why a fitness DVD will not help you obtain the body you’re working towards. The presenter can’t look at you and make sure you’re in the right position, that you’re moving in the right direction or applying pressure where necessary, but a trained personal instructor can.

Executing each exercise in the correct way means that you’ll get the most out of your workout and avoid potential injury. Which leads us on to our final point, and possibly the most important…


Aside from stubbing toes on furniture and slipping on your laminate flooring, there are some injuries that will occur that you won’t be able to protect yourself from.

Tearing muscles and tissue damage can be the most common which simply wouldn’t happen under the watchful eye of an instructor or personal trainer. Their job is to keep you safe and they’ll be able to give you the best advice on avoiding these terrible injuries.

Even if it’s bringing your shoulders forward just an inch for a press up, or slowing you down during the dreaded get-ups to ensure you don’t catch your knees; your gym instructor is best placed to make sure you’re getting the most out of your routine.

If you’re fed up of your TV barking orders at you without seeing results, consult our expert personal trainers and get yourself on the road to success with DW.

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