Monday, August 20, 2012

Urban Active Fitness Presents: "Muscles Confused? I'm Confused!"

by Josh Bowen of Urban Active Fitness

I’m opinionated; I get it from my mother, who is never short on giving you a piece of her mind. This blog is my opinion, one in which I am entitled too and one that could be argued. However, I believe I am correct because of my strong anatomy and physiology background. “Get to it JB!” Ok, Ok. This is my public takedown of P90X and its creative marketing, unique workouts and apparent body transformations. First off, those transformations did not happen with 90X alone, period. Those people had to eat a clean diet and work their rear ends off. I hate that these marketing conglomerates make a sales pitch on an infomercial giving the American public the idea that all you have to do is follow the workouts for 90 days and you will be ripped out of your mind. Ain’t going to happen people! Ok, I got that off my chest.
Now any personal trainer, fitness guru or any person with an anatomy background can tell you, there is no such thing as “muscle confusion.” I know that is the sales pitch that is supposed to separate P90x from everything else and what is supposed to change your body faster than anything else ever created. However, muscles do not get confused they are too smart to get confused. Quite frankly, your muscles are so smart they often time “out smart” the human brain. Muscles do not get confused they adapt, there is a difference. In anatomy, muscles have the job of flexing and extending (and several other movements) and applying force or resisting force. They become tired when overworked and rejuvenated when provided with proper rest. See muscles do not get confused they adapt. They adapt to the resistance placed upon them by becoming sore, and provided proper nutrition and rest will grow, adapt and become stronger. Confusion is for the un-smart or the easily distracted, not for your muscles, they are the geniuses designed to frustrate their owners. Bodybuilders have been on a quest to out-smart their muscles for hundreds of years but the muscles always win. So regardless of what you think about P90x and regardless of how much results you have had with 90x there are two underlining lies in their over promotion of their product; body transformation does not happen without proper nutrition and muscle confusion is a fallacy predicated by our media darlings trying to sell you something they cannot back up.
“OK. Dude what are your opinions of home based workouts?” So I think I got my point across on the “muscle confusion” but home based workouts are an animal all to themselves. Let me ask a question, “How many people out there have bought a treadmill or piece of exercise equipment and all it is used for now is a coat rack or just collects dust?” Probably alot of us, including myself. The problem in home based workouts is people can tend to brush it off and think they can do it later and then later comes and they skip it and go at it tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and its a vicous cycle. By all means, there is nothing wrong with working out at home and nothing wrong with P90X or Insanity or any other home based workout program. The problem lies in you don’t have to go somewhere to workout. You can argue you can do the same thing with going to a gym, put it off until tomorrow comes. True, but if you get to the gym chances are you will at least attempt to get your workout in. But all things being equal, any exercise is better than zero exercise. So if P90X is what helps you get results, then by all means keep it up! Just remember your muscles are not confused they are adapting (big difference)! I am here to educate and inform and give you my opinion (you can take it or leave it :) )

Yours in fitness,
Josh Bowen will be joining Style & Wisdom every Monday for the next few weeks for a series of blog posts about obtaining maximum fitness results.  Josh Bowen has been the Quality Control Director of Personal Training at Urban Active Fitness since 2007 and has trained and directed 400 trainers in 7 states.  Josh has certified trainers, proctored hundreds of seminars and conference calls, and contributed to ten published articles about fitness.  His mission is to spread the word of fitness to as many people as he can through personal training with a motto of "train, motivate, and inspire!" For more useful tips from Josh Bowen, you can find daily posts from him on Urban Active's blog.

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