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Karla

This is one of those trainwrecks that make it hard to look away.

Dance Your Ass Off is a new reality show on the Oxygen network.

It’s basically The Biggest Loser – meets – Dancing With the Stars.  Here’s a description from the shows website:

“Twelve finalists, nearly 3,000 lbs, one goal — to go from an eating machine to a dancing machine in Oxygen’s new dance/weight loss competition series Dance Your Ass Off”

“Bringing dance and diet together, Dance Your Ass Off features talented, full-figured contestants who will have to lose to win. Each contestant is paired with a professional dance partner who will train him or her for weekly stage performances — ranging from Hip Hop, to Ballroom and even Pole Dancing! Then they shake and rattle their rolls in front of a live studio audience and a panel of expert judges. The judges score the routines, and then the contestants weigh in to reveal their weekly weight loss. The dance score and the weight loss are combined for an overall score, which determines who is sent home each week.”

Each contestant has the aid of doctors and nutritionists and physical trainers in addition to their dance coach/partner that teaches them a routine each week.

Check out Trice and Jesus dancing to Rihanna’s Disturbia:  (talk about disturbing)

Damn.  I think everyone in that audience is no longer a virgin after those splits followed by air sex.

This show strikes me as a bit off…  almost as if it is trying to be a parody of something else that’s not as scary.  Seriously, I mean I’m honestly fine with being proud of your body, but the outfits this show is squeezing them into make me think of vinyl sausage casing.  I’m not sure they would look good on anyone, no matter what size they were.  I’m not even saying that I think they should cover up, but those outfits!  Holy Jeebus!  Since when did the “homeless 80’s hooker” Halloween costume become sexy?

The facial expressions are hilarious though.  Not only from the contestants, but also from this judge, that I think shares my thoughts on a few things:

Tara fishnet

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Jay, over at her blog Find Your Strength, has a good post about the importance of interval training for everyone, not just athletes.

Jay says:

As you prepare to undertake a new fitness program, don’t get sucked into programs that prescribe hours upon hours of cardio each week. Not only are those kind of workouts ineffective for most people, they pave the way for overuse injury, and, frankly, boredom.

What is an interval training workout? It’s one where you basically work at a high intensity for a period of time, followed by working (or resting) for a period of time. And then you repeat the cycle.

Why should you train this way? There’s a time and a place for steady cardio training. However, if you want to burn serious calories and improve your overall fitness quickly, interval training is for you. You accomplish a lot more in 30 minutes training this way than you would running or walking at the same pace for the whole time.

Great points.  I’ve mentioned at some point before, that 30 minutes of high intensity interval training is probably better than doing 2 hours of steady, slow jogging on the treadmill.  DR’s blog, Healthhabits has done a really good series on HIIT.

With the interval training, you will raise your heart-rate more, and you will also raise your resting metabolic rate, which allows your body to burn more calories while you are just doing your normal everyday activities, including sleeping.

When I read Jay’s post, it made me think of another car/body analogy that I think will help people understand why interval training is best…  I couldn’t resist telling it to you because it might actually be my best analogy yet.

 

Let’s say you have a job that requires you to do a lot of driving.  Your boss is quite eccentric, and he says that you have to put at least one tank of gas into your company car everyday.  You can always stop and put more in if it needs it, but you can never put in less than one tank, and you can’t take any gas out at the end of the day.  If you do not follow this, you will be fired!

Now, your boss is going to actually let you choose your vehicle!

You can choose from:

  • A gas sipping two door Smart car?
  • A gas guzzling SUV with a 400 horsepower V8 Hemi engine?

Oh, and for some reason they both have the same size gas tank.

Which do you choose?

Putting the environment and the cost of gas aside, your job is the most important thing in your life.  Therefore, the vehicle with the biggest engine, that burns the most fuel, would be more likely to require you to need to put more fuel into it, and keep your job.

In this scenario, having a powerful SUV is a good thing.

 

If you only do steady, very low intensity cardio training,  your engine will continue to just sip gas, and it will only sip gas while you are driving it.

Doing shorter bursts of high intensity training is like stop and go driving!  It burns much more gas than slow and steady driving.  ALSO, you’re in luck because your big engine actually leaks gas when you’re not driving it.  So, if you didn’t do much driving (exercise) the day before, your job is safe, and you’ve got plenty of room for more fuel tomorrow.

 

Is everyone thoroughly confused now?  Good.

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I love the FAIL BLOG.

Here are some of the food and fat related failures that I like:

If by "Beat" it, you mean get it, then good job

If by "Beat" it, you mean get it, then good job

"I'm just browsing"

"I'm just browsing"

I wish I knew which came first

I wish I knew which came first

This is the warm-up for the stairmaster

This is the warm-up for the stairmaster

I'll be home after my workout, honey.  I just need to run an "errand".

I'll be home after my meeting, honey. I just need to run an "errand".

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Remember this?

Nintendo Power PadIt is clear to me now.  The Nintendo “Power Pad” was way before it’s time.

Seriously.  Even when I was a kid, playing World Class Track Meet, I wondered why there weren’t more games for the power pad.  Even though that game would get boring real fast, as well as get me tired as hell in about 5 minutes (in order to do well you had to pretty much run at full speed right off the bat, with no warming up), it was pretty fun.

Family Fun FitnessSupposedly there were a handful of other games, but I do not remember them.  Here’s one that I certainly don’t remember.  I wonder if it came with the leg warmers and sweet headbands?  I love the picture on the box because no one is actually looking at each other.  You can’t read it from the picture, but this is what it says next to the U.K. flag:

“FAMILY FUN FITNESS: Where the family gets into tiptop shape, and have a fabulous time doing it!”

You gotta love the bad english. 

So if you haven’t heard yet, Nintendo is trying to get you to have fun exercising again.  I mean, what the hell is their problem?  Enter, Wii Fit:

 

I think every family should have this.  I especially love that you can track your entire family’s weight, their BMI’s, their goals, and probably how well they’ve done on certain games/challenges.  Of course, there’s already some people getting upset that their Wii Fit is calling them overweight.  Most of the ones claiming that they are being mis-labeled are kids.  The reason is because the Wii Fit uses the internationally recognized BMI scale.  I agree that the BMI scale is not extremely accurate for everone, especially for kids, but come on.  The Fit is an awesome tool you can use to track your weight and fitness goals.  They had to use some kind of standardized way of measuring anyone that would use the Fit.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for going outside and doing something active rather than doing anything that involves gathering around a TV.  This video is a parady on the Wii Fit commercial, and pretty hilarious:

 

I think this video tells the truth up to a certain point.  Some of those games seem pretty silly, but others I can see actually being kinda fun, especially with friends or family taking turns playing.  I think the snowboard game looks pretty cool, myself.  It’s hard to tell how intense some of them are able to get just from the commercial.  I’m sure a lot of people would see the yoga type poses they’re doing, and think that they are not really exercising.  Those people have never actually taken a real yoga class.  If you have, you’d know that it can get quite strenuous, especially for guys because they have more weight to balance. 

Obviously games like these can only burn so many calories.  However, an experiment using heart rate monitors showed that after a few minutes of playing the games, the HR’s showed a respectable “light to moderately intense cardiovascular workout”.  Compared to sitting on the couch frantically moving your thumbs with any other video game controller, I’d say that is pretty respectable.

If you’ve ever been to a place like Dave & Busters where they have tons of arcade games tailored toward adults, you may have played one of the interactive games like boxing, or snowboarding, or Dance Dance Revolution.  If you did play them, you probably were suprised at how much you were huffin and puffin afterwords. 

Want to see yet another exciting video of the Wii Fit in use?  Check it out:

 

I wonder if it has a weight limit…   He sure did get a workout though!

Thanks to Sarah for THIS LINK, it does have a weight limit.  At least the Japanese version does.  The American release is yet to be determined.

 

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