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Pod Workouts: A New Way to Get Fit

Pod Workouts: A New Way to Get Fit

The Future of Fitness?

When all is said and done, is MP3 fitness the wave of the future?

"It's affordable; you do it on your schedule; it's varied; and it's built around your needs," says fitness trainer Jennifer Gianni, whose Fusion Pilates DVD series is available as customizable pod workouts at "I don't think it gets any better."

Mike Monroe, on the other hand, thinks this is just one more tool to take advantage of.

"There will always be different workout personalities … those who want to work out at home with a DVD, those who want to go to the gym and work with a trainer, those who simply want to do their own thing, and those who enjoy the latest technology," says Monroe.

"Downloadable workouts appeal to a particular segment of the workout population, but I don't see this as taking over," he says.

But as far as recorded exercise programs go, Jung believes podcasting is the future. It's easy to search for the type of program you want and download it, she says. She also likes the idea that students can respond to instructors directly through email, and can rate the programs on podcast search sites.

"And as an instructor, I love the fact that I can deliver fresh new material quickly," she says.

Pod Fitness Tips

Ready to try this new type of workout? Here are some tips from our experts:

  • If you are new to a certain type of exercise, advises Mallett, it's best to take some classes before doing a download so you're familiar with the moves.


  • Before downloading a workout, do your homework, Florez advises. Check out sites such as and, both of which offer downloadable fitness programs. Look for programs run by credentialed trainers, and choose a workout that corresponds to your fitness level. Know your needs," says Florez. "Don't get dazzled by all the hype."


  • Choose a workout program that offers a progressive series; otherwise you will get bored and your fitness level will eventually plateau.


  • Look for workouts that have self-monitoring tips, such as how to check your heart rate, exertion level, and amount of weights, sets, and repetitions.


  • Pick a workout that can be adjusted for different equipment and settings in case you want to use it under different circumstances – such as at home or on the road, instead of just in a gym.


Reviewed on August 11, 2006

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