Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tony Horton's 10 Minute Trainer Review
Tony Horton's 10 Minute Trainer Review

In a world full of expensive watches but no time to admire them, we are forever grasping to achieve our goals. Be it our careers, self improvement plans, or health, everything hinges on the time we can carve out of our busy schedules to spend on inching closer to our goals. More often than not, our health and fitness is the first casualty in this race against time. We always relegate that trip to the gym, juicing those veggies, making salads, or the 30 minute cross-fit workout to tomorrow, or the day after. Needless to say, that day hasn’t arrived yet. Nor will it! 

But despair not, like instant noodles for the instagram generation, we now have tailor made workouts, diets, and fitness gear that also accommodate our lack of time into their design.

Enter the 10 Minute Trainer Workout

This is a program designed to get your fitness up to scratch with only 10 minutes to spare per day. Sounds like a miracle? It is, unfortunately most of us aren’t upto that level of fitness to take on this intense workout regime. So what’s all this hoopla about? And can this short burst of activity every day actually benefit us in the long run?

Designed by Tony Horton, who is also credited with the immensely successful P90X program, the ’10 Minute Trainer’ packs in cardio, upper and lower body workouts, plus core workout into compact 10 minute sessions. All you need to do is give this your best every day, for only 10 minutes. As reward, you lose body fat, gain muscle mass, have better stamina, and stay fit without those expensive and time consuming trips to the gym. It is combined with a complementary diet program that doesn’t restrict you from eating the foods you like, just helps you moderate their intake in terms of calories.

Salient features of 10 Minute Trainer

  1. Incorporates 8 different types of workouts that engage every muscle in your body. There are two total body workouts, cardio, lower and upper body exercise sets, abs, core cardio, and yoga.
  2. You are provided with a personal calendar to chart your progress.
  3. Includes a fitness guide that highlights everything you need to know about diet and exercise.
  4. Another guide for nutrition that helps you design a personalised diet.
  5. The program also lets you sign up with the ’10 Minute Trainer’ community online besides providing 24*7 customer support for diet plans, training queries, and other doubts.
  6. The pack also contains free workout gear like resistance bands, cardio belts,  and on the go workout cards.
  7. The ‘multi-tasking workout for your muscles’ format is designed to engage different muscle groups simultaneously, eliminating the need to spend time working on different muscle groups separately.

Sounds exciting and doable until you look at the intensity and strength required for these workouts. When I say intense, I mean extremely intense. No couch potato is going to be able to last the required 10 minutes. Despite the infomercials claiming that it’s aimed at beginners, beware! You will have to repeat the routines for a good few weeks before you can even get a hang of them. Not an easy task for a sloth to follow the instructions to a T without collapsing before hitting the half-way mark. This is not one of the cons, but a word of caution to those dreaming of spending money on the program to attain svelte figures in 90 days flat. 

The program will help you lose 10 pounds in 10 days, but, that will only happen if you combine it with the diet recommended, i.e., 1000 calories a day for women and 1200 calories a day for men. That is a very restrictive diet, especially if you are going to engage in a total body workout, even if only for 10 minutes. It’s designed to burn the same number of calories as 30 minutes of jogging, fairly difficult to manage on a 1000 calorie diet, impossible adjacent for a beginner.

Another big reason to tread cautiously is to avoid injuries. Working out with a trainer who corrects you before you hurt yourself, versus working out with a DVD, with no clue about correct postures, not knowing if you are spraining your ankle or damaging your knees, is more detrimental to losing weight in the long run than doing nothing. One intense yoga session with the wrong postures and breathing techniques will knock you out of action for a good few weeks. Couch potatoes would be better off acing the C25K apps before diving into something as intense as this.

Those who are at a decent fitness level stand to gain the most out of these DVDs. This product is designed for you and you shouldn’t hesitate for a second in splurging on this program. Your bodies have already been broken in for intense activities, you are in tune with your muscles, and already know how to avoid injuries. You also have the necessary strength and stamina to master the ’10 Minute Trainer’ without any additional help. It’s the perfect gift for people who are done with gyms, have careers and other priorities to think of, and cannot dedicate the same amount of time to fitness that they once did.

Here’s how you can derive maximum benefits from the Ten Minute Trainer:

  1. Warm up before beginning, your body needs to go through stages to reach peak performance, there’s no 0 to 300 mph without injuries.
  2. You may not be able to do everything as shown owing to flexibility and stamina issues, but stick with it. The yoga workout is an excellent way to loosen up those tight tendons. Don’t expect to see results in a day or two. Give it a week before you can mimic the trainer’s moves to a respectable degree.
  3. As warm up before, so cool down after. Don’t stop with the workout, end with light breathing exercises.
  4. Even if you can’t follow the diet strictly, for best results, start with at least one modified healthy meal a day. You can keep working at this over the next few weeks until you reach the six healthy and small meals as prescribed by the nutrition guide.
  5. Once you’ve mastered all the different workouts, you may increase the intensity with 20 to 30 minutes everyday with different combinations, if you so desire and have the time to spare. Combine two or three different workouts to keep increasing your metabolic rate as you get comfortable with these routines.

Finally, persistence is the key to getting results. For once, here’s a program that delivers on its promises. Even if some of the claims are questionable, the 10 Minute Trainer is not wrong in claiming to provide the benefit of a fit body on a shoe string time scale. There’s actually no short cut to fitness that’s being sold here, it’s just a lot of smart work in lieu of hard work. Are you up for it?

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