Another ‘toning’ shoes rant

I saw this today:

Reebok set to relaunch controversial EasyTone shoes range

“Reebok has not changed the product itself, but has commissioned independent research that it claims provides fresh evidence of the physical benefits of wearing the shoes.”

Really?? I had hoped these shoes would have gone away. The idea is daft, no matter what physical benefits they find (which the sceptic in me would be very wary of as Reebok paid for the survey).

The whole concept of ‘toning’ is shady at best. You can’t really change the actual ‘tone’ of your muscles, instead you can exercise to increase muscle mass and then reduce body fat so you can see them. I fail to see how wobbly shoes can help achieve this.

Since the new year there have been tons of extra people out running and joining gyms, trying to get fit. This is excellent and anyone making such a positive change in their lives should be commended.

Nonsense like ‘toning’ shoes is an unnecessary distraction for anyone starting out (as are supplements btw).

The main thing to focus on is moving. If you want to lose fat, move yourself (a lot). If you want to build muscle move objects (heavy ones). If you want to ‘tone’ do both and combine acutally having muscle mass with the ability to see it.

High tech equipment and supplements come later when you start trying to squeeze out extra performance – by which time ‘toning’ shoes will be the last thing you’ll be thinking about.


Current training – February 2012

Our new baby has still not arrived, she’s currently eight days overdue. I can only imagine it is a combination of being too cold out here and too comfy in there. I guess she’ll come out when she is good and ready.

Training is very abbreviated at the moment – there’s more important things going on than lengthy training sessions.

A persistent wrist injury seems to have finally buggered off so I can get on my hands without pain again. This is great as, although I enjoyed pressing kettlebells for a while, I much prefer playing with hand balancing and basic gymnastics.

I’m alternating between two simple sessions, one all static holds, one working heavy chin ups. They are about 20-30 mins each.

Session 1

  • A1: Straddle L
  •  B1: Face the wall HS – 5-8 x 20-30sec
  •  C1: Press HeS (straddle) – 2 x >10
  •  D1: Planche (tuck) – 4 x 5sec
  • D2: Front lever (tuck) – 4 x 15sec

Session 2

  • A1: Face the wall HS – 3 x 20-30sec
  • B1: Assisted one arm chin ups – alt arms every 30-60sec x 10-16
  • C1: GHR – 2 x 5