The 9 Most Pinned Exercises That Work, According to a Personal Trainer
Pinterest is an incredible place to create our “best self.” It’s the ideal platform to house all the things we want to do and what we aspire to be. Whether that’s to cook an incredible meal, try a new outfit or makeup look, or test out some new interior design trend, we can nail it before we do it in the real world. There’s also one other reason why we often use it: exercise. In particular, we like to use those picture-led sheets that give us a “15-minute fat-burning workout” or a “30-day squat challenge.” But how do we know if these actually work?
The truth is we don’t. We often blindly go along with whatever we’ve read on the internet, hoping that these will yield results. Call us naive, but we tend to think if something has been repinned a lot (like tens of thousands of repins), and then we think that must be a good thing. To actually check if the workouts we’re doing from Pinterest are actually any good, we spoke to Bodyism founder James Duigan about them and whether or not we will see results, as well as a few other tips we picked up along the way.
Keep scrolling for the best Pinterest exercises and why they’ll get results.
“This will help you because your body doesn’t get used to it. It’s an affective way of surprising your body to burn fat. But not to sound like an old lady, if you’re completely de-conditioned, and haven't exercised in a while, you want to be careful. Only do it if you’re currently exercising and can gauge your fitness level.”
“The wall sit is one of the best and safest ways of getting strength in your back and your legs, Plus, you’re not doing any movement in your joints to cause any problems.”
“These are definitely exercises I’d recommend. You don’t have to do something to destroy your body to be fit.”
“Rest days are so important. You don’t necessarily need to focus on your diet. You should be looking to ‘re-gen’ where you need to. In Bodyism, we suggest a massage, swim or walk. Or some kind of regenerative thing. Even just more sleep. Remember, the rest day is when you’re burning fat as well.”
“With exercise like this, it’s going to require you to eat a certain way as well. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, if you’re half way through a doughnut, and you're not seeing results, you might want to reconsider it. Also, be careful if you’re repeating a movement. Tune into your body, so if you’re noticing your back is hurting, then stop.”
“The thing about these things is that it’s a great way to get people moving. But as with some of these other exercises, it comes back to that being kind to yourself and making sure you take rest days. If you’re starting to feel that your shoulder is really sore, for example, you’re not being lazy you’re being intelligent.”
“Your body will get used to this if that’s all you do for a long time. The only thing that worries me is that you need to be careful that you don’t injure yourself.”
“I generally train with weights for about 20 minutes per day, even if I’m doing nothing else. Train smart, not hard.”
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