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Are Biggest Loser type workouts safe for the average person?
When you watch the Biggest Loser TV show they are working out rigorously. Just recently I tried this type of workout with a personal trainer and experience full renal failure. I would like to know what you think about these workouts for the average person that isn't under full doctor supervision.
Most likely not safe. It is important to know that on the show they have an entire medical team monitoring patients health and safety. Everyone who is not accustomed to exercise should always seek medical advice first. It is always important to start small and gradually build. Also, personal trainers often do not have appropriate medical training and may not always choose appropriate exercise intensity. Seek the advice of someone like a Physical Therapist. They have a medical background and can provide appropriate exercise for your current level.
I've tried some of the Biggest Loser workouts on DVD and I agree they are pretty hardcore. I usually stick with Bob Harper since he is a little less intimidating than Jillian Michaels, but I've also tried her workouts when I want to see fast results. For me, I would consider myself the average person and I did OK with the workouts, but then again, I did not follow them exactly. I think a person should give those workouts a try, but if they are too difficult, they should modify them.
There is no such workout that is "safe for the average person." Each body can handle different amounts of physical stress. It also is important to realize that exercise in general can interfere with medical conditions.
In general, yes the Biggest Loser workouts are safe. Both Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels are certified trainers and their DVDs are geared to provide a difficult workout for the average participant.
You should consult your doctor to determine what levels of exercise are safe for you to perform.
First there is no such thing as "an average person". You are uniquely different than other people and everyone who is thinking about some hard core killer workout should talk their a doctor first.
In almost every case you are wiser to work up to that level over several weeks or even months.
A good personal trainer knows better than to push someone who is not in condition to the limits.
I've wondered the same thing...I think anyone who harbor those workouts and work it into your own personal life. But with any routine, you MUST learn the warning signs your body gives you and do everything in moderation and stop when your body tells you to stop. Start slow and work your way up, but no matter what level you are at, give yourself at LEAST one rest day, maybe two if you actually work yourself up to their level of a routine.
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