Six experts spill the beans on exercise routines they consider to be the most effective and those that should be eliminated.The rapid growth of the fitness industry has resulted in several self-proclaimed experts fighting for a piece of the pie. Over the past few years, newer fitness trends have choked an already saturated market, and older methods too are doing a double-take. While those familiar with fitness jargon may seamlessly filter the good from the warped, spelling out the distinction between ‘conditioning’ and ‘flexibility’ may not be an easy task for many. So how does one select a fitness routine that is value for money? We get six fitness professionals to spill the beans on programs that, according to them, tick all the boxes, and also those that they will never practice themselves.\

The hit

CrossFit has revived some significant fitness methodologies like Olympic lifting and gymnastics, and has brought them to the masses. The program’s been crafted in a way that it is suitable for athletes and aged people alike. The program upholds the thought that everyone’s fitness requirements are exactly the same. I completely relate to this ideology. Personally, I believe that the gymnastic component in CrossFit has helped people improve balance and stability, both of which are essentials components of basic fundamental movement.

The miss
As much as I have heard about its ability to prevent and heal illnesses, I would not advocate yoga alone, as a form of overall fitness due to its inability to reproduce the kind of muscle strength and cardiovascular workout that other activities do.

The hit

As someone, who packs in a variety of fitness forms in my routine, it is easy for me to pinpoint the one that contributes most to my fitness -the spinning program by Les Mills, called RPM. It is my bible. Today’s fitness trends are driven by philosophies that hail muscle development as the sole truth, while cardiovascular training has become the adopted second child. However, I believe that exercising your heart is the first step to true fitness. RPM packs in a good combination of cardio and HIIT, and if conducted diligently, is extremely helpful to tone one’s legs.

The Miss

You’ll never see me depending solely on a hoola hoop workout to get really fit. It’s fun, it’s interesting, it is also tiring, but it’s definitely not a holistic workout.

The hit

I have always strongly advocated using one’s own body as a gym. What is the point of loading the body with additional kilos when handling one’s own weight can be such a task? Despite having been in this field for several years, I can still execute a full body workout using only my body-weight as resistance.Such a regimen makes one move efficiently. Also, the strength built in the process is slow to dissipate if a long holiday compels one to skip training.

The miss

The concept of running on the treadmill has never appealed to me, as it is the conveyer belt that does all the work.

There have been several studies to prove that people using the treadmill put in lesser effort when compared to those who hit the track. Fitness needs to be real to make it usable in daily life. A person running eight kilometres on a treadmill may not be able to clock five on a running track.

The hit

Functional training addresses every single component of fitness, including muscle endurance, resistance training, cardiovascular training and agility.More importantly, it’s functional, which implies that it’s designed to help one perform `daily life functions’, more efficiently. To me, this is what fitness is all about.

The miss

Bollywood dance can help the masses de-stress. However, I do not consider it an ideal path to fitness. There is no development of muscular strength and it lacks a discernible structure to serve as a good cardiovascular workout.