This article from Yahoo Health does a great job of showing the importance of recognizing and navigating fitness fads or wearable technology. It also lists some great enduring exercises or fitness tools. Unfortunately, by listing them in a random fashion and suggesting that they will all get you results "no money back guarantee needed," this article is luring people into the workout trap. I highlighted the workout trap and the difference between working out and training in a recent post that discussed red flags that you are working out instead of training. 

The last thing people need is an article that suckers them into a random mashup of calorie burning, sweat generating exercises that may or may not be safe or may be directed at specific body or performance goals. This is the definition of working out, or dare I say, a fad. It is impossible to get long term, sustainable results this way. The solution is simple - train more and workout less. People need to be following a carefully designed plan using tried and true exercises to achieve specific body or performance goals that last - this is training!


Men's Fitness, "Working Out: Stuff That Hasn't Changed Since 1975"; April 10, 2015,


Timothy DiFrancesco

Tim DiFrancesco, PT, DPT spent 6 seasons as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and is the founder of TD Athletes Edge. He is nationally renowned for his evidence-based and scientific approach to fitness, training, nutrition, and recovery for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

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