Pod Workouts: A New Way to Get Fit

Pod Workouts: A New Way to Get Fit

By Carol Sorgen
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

You see people wearing the little earbuds on the bus, at the mall, on the treadmill at the gym ... MP3 players are just about everywhere these days. And not everyone is using them just to catch the latest tunes and movies. The latest buzz in fitness is downloadable MP3 workouts, experts say.

"They're popping up everywhere," says Mike Monroe, head trainer and program director for Push.TV, a home workout system based in New York.

All kinds of workouts are available -- from cardio programs, to strength training, to yoga, and Pilates classes, says Gregory Florez, chief executive officer of Fit Advisor Health Coaching Services in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Pod workouts are popular for several reasons.

They can be used anytime, anywhere, and at a relatively low cost (some are even available free).

They're good for people who like the structure of being told what to do, but can't afford to hire a fitness trainer, says Monroe.

And they can enhance your own workouts on a bike, treadmill, or elliptical machine, says California fitness trainer Tracey Mallett, who has developed her own "pod" workouts.

Vivian Jung, a Pilates instructor in Selden, N.Y., who produces a video podcast called "Hottieworkouts," thinks downloadable workouts can be especially inspiring to people intimidated by working out in a gym.