Jenna: A few of many myths

As I have mentioned before, I do not have a gym membership. I do a lot of at home workouts, and run/bike through the city to stay active. I stumbled across this workout on Pinterest a while back and thought I’d give it a shot. It was titled “Burn 1000 calories!”

I was a bit skeptical around the calorie burn, and wondered how they could state such a fact, but I’m always up for a challenge. I googled it separately and found the same image here:


I grabbed my roommate and we set forth. By the end of the work out, you complete 400 jumping jacks, 300 crunches, 200 squats and 100 push ups. Whoa! It was pretty tough and we were sweaty. I’ll definitely be sore tomorrow….. But guess what?!

It only burned 268 calories according to a heart rate monitor worn during the work out. That’s right, no where close to 1000.

Moral of my story? PLEASE don’t believe everything you read and see online. Those “before” and “after” photos fall right into this category. For example the below pictures were taken AN HOUR apart:


Andrew Dixon is the one in these photos, and the author of this article which talks about how transformation photos are often manipulated for marketing purposes.

As the article also states, I am in no way discounting all of the photos out there. They are a great way to personally monitor your progress. You also know the source, and that they are accurate! But don’t try to look like fitness models in photos. Don’t think you are burning 1000 calories. Work hard, and try to not fall into the comparison trap. Do it for you, and how it makes you feel. It’s then that you’ll find a balance that is obtainable, and even more importantly, sustainable.


2 thoughts on “Jenna: A few of many myths

  1. Man! 1,000 calories? Maybe someone could burn that one time ever, so they stuck with it. Still… that’s super annoying. Also, I’m not sure I believe that post with the guy from one hour later. That just seems unreal. I did before & after shots for Insanity, and I noticed crazy results. I still believe in the power of them, but I do also feel they could be fake in some cases…

  2. I use them too, and think they are a great way to monitor progress. I just think the EXTREME results that are presented in some cases are unrealistic, and shouldn’t discourage people.

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