Fad Workouts

Fad or just plain BAD?

What is a fad workout?

Trendy workouts that are not beneficial for your health and are only temporary


A complete 90-day home fitness system designed to get you "in the best shape of your life". Created by trainer Tony Horton, includes 12 intense workouts that use resistance and body-weight training, cardio, plyometrics, ab work, martial arts and yoga.


Home videos where you work flat out in 3 to 5-minute blocks, and take breaks only long enough to gulp some air and get right back to work. Includes Max Interval Training, because it keeps your bodyworking at maximum capacity through your entire workout.

"That's how you get in such insane shape in just 60 days."


"Pretty much the most awesome workout ever. Dance to great music, with great people, and burn a ton of calories without even realizing it."


The Shake Weight is designed to burn calories, increase tone, and create muscle definition by reducing body fat in muscle areas. At these tasks, it does incredibly well. Fitness experts say that strength gains are only found in full range-of-motion exercises, which is why the shake weight is not effective.


Most fad workouts only focus on short term effects, which is what makes them so ineffective. Depending on the product, the effects are different. The shake weight for example will temporarily tone your upper arms. This is not effective because a full range of motion is necessary for a healthy workout.


Fad workouts negatively affect your body in the long run. Many effects include weight gain, an altered metabolism, nutritional deficiencies, and hair and muscle loss.