The concept of an “athletic workout” is gaining visibility and popularity as an alternative to traditional gym workout routines. The idea of the bulky muscle-bound physique is no longer popular. (Was it ever?) In fact, when most people visualize their workout goals, they see themselves with a well-proportioned body, that’s slim and well-toned, that feels good to move in, and has energy, strength and agility. Most men, and some women, also see themselves with a healthy amount of muscle that’s visibly well defined and functional, without being exaggerated and unattractive. In other words, most people working out are trying to achieve an athletic-looking physique.
Now consider that most traditional men’s workout and women’s workout routines consist of either long, tedious cardio “fat burning” sessions, or laborious weight lifting sessions focused on developing isolated muscles. Often, people alternate between both types of workout, in order to both lose weight and develop strength. However, despite their popularity, these sorts of workouts rarely produce the trim, muscular athletic results their practitioners are hoping for.
Most people doing weight-training routines don’t visualize themselves as a bulky bodybuilder or beefy strongman (or strong woman!). But despite this, most weight-training programs are essentially modified bodybuilding programs, designed to isolate and develop individual muscles, rather than build overall strength and agility. Even though most people don’t want to look like body builders, they’re doing bodybuilding workouts. Not only is this the wrong type of workout for their goals, but in order for body building to work it requires a large investment of time, and a very specific and intensive diet that is impractical or unappealing for most people.