When my kids were young they were part of the early electronic revolution. They pestered me for the Nintendo game system with Donkey Kong. We finally bought it and even enjoyed playing it ourselves after the kids were in bed. Two months later there was another version released. Then another company made their game system available and so on, and so on and so on. Each time our kids wanted the next one out. They had excuses as to why the version they owned was outdated and junk. In truth, it worked as well as the day we took it out of the box. It was fun and still took skill to master. The same thing happens in the fitness industry.
My certifying agency, AFPA, insists I take continuing education to keep my skills up to date, and I enjoy learning and introducing those new things to my clients. However, there is more available on a daily basis that I cannot tap. In the last 6 months I have been exposed to Nia, Zumba, Fitbit, TRX Suspension training, Piloxing, Aerojump, Bellyfit, Kangoo Jumps, ViPR, Small Group, Boot Camp types, Corporate Fitness and all of them have online and mobile monitoring systems. They all get you to move and exercise. One is not better than another — it is just different.
However, doing a new kind of class or changing gyms and working out by flipping tires through a field may just not be necessary to get you to reach your goals. It certainly will be interesting and a change from lifting weights of doing a boot camp or aerobics class, but will it help you reach your goal faster? No. The answer is no. In case you didn’t realize it.
Like my children with their game systems, the American public keeps going for the next pill, the next lifting routine, the newest and greatest device to get you from point A to B. We are great at designing a different way to use what we have or to make a new tool to do the same movement. We are amazing creatures and those people out there come up with great stuff all the time.
I’m just as guilty as the next guy. I discovered the ViPR about a month ago. I want this so badly I can taste it. I called my accountant and said, “I don’t know if I have the money but I want this….find the money somewhere!” Well, in truth I can use kettleballs, bodyweight and freeweights to get relatively the same integrated movements, but ViPR is so much cooler! Invented by Michol Dalcourt the name is an acronym for Vitality, Performance and Reconditioning. It’s been described as the Swiss Army Knife of exercise gadgets. Check this out!
So, if I don’t get my ViPR today will the world come to an end? YES — ok, well NO! The long and short of it is this. My clients will still see results because I strive to duplicate the movement based training you see here. They aren’t always happy with the way I improvise, but for now I have to do without a new gadget. For now! Remember that the gadget isn’t the means to the results you want…it’s the consistent and persistent effort you put into your exercise routine.