At-Home Workouts: Motivating or Demoralizing


I felt pretty alarmed recently after reading an article that went completely against my at-home workouts experience. The title read: Step away from that exercise DVD! Home workouts ‘may cause injury and psychological harm’ because they promote unrealistic body images

Who are these people working out with? I know it’s quite trendy for some trainers/instructors to use guilt and shame to motivate their participants, but I really believe we don’t have to subject ourselves to workouts that make us feel guilty and worthless.

This article goes on to say when exercisers use at-home workouts, ‘You’re inviting into your home these images and messages that could make you feel bad about yourself, and ultimately hinder your efforts to improve your health,’ said Professor Cardinal, from Oregon State University.

When at-home exercisers finish their workouts they should feel invincible and strong, ready to take on the day! Luckily we do have a choice who we work out with, and live in a time where there are so many great (free) options.

I love what one person posted in the comment section of this same article:


I’ve always said, picking an instructor that fits you is like finding a great pair of jeans. It may take a bit of searching, but the investment is so worth it! There are certain styles I completely stay away from, because they don’t make me feel good or comfortable. Studies show participants will stick with at-home workouts longer when they enjoy what they are doing and feel successful.

Your workout time is sacred. Why let negativity into that space? Spend time with fitness professionals who motivate you to move, remind you to be safe, and keep you coming back for more. If you’ve had a bad experience with at-home workouts, I’d encourage you to try again, with another instructor/trainer. There is one (or more) out there for you. At-home workouts can be motivating, even life-saving!

Tell me what you think. What’s most important to you in at-home workouts? What qualities attract you to an instructor/trainer? Also, I’d love to hear who you enjoy spending your at-home workout time with! Leave me a comment below.


Feel free to try my latest Basic Step Workout w/3 SUPER combos below. Participants love it!


5 thoughts on “At-Home Workouts: Motivating or Demoralizing

  1. Such a ridiculous article! I read it and the study was only referred to as “a/the study” – no other details were provided such as which videos/DVDs were reviewed, etc. Further, if people will turn to obviously sexual workouts (Carmen Electra and her strip-tease workout comes to mind), perhaps this may be demoralizing or unrealistic. However, I have been working out with Denise Austin, Richard Simmons and now Sweaty Betty’s Get Fit 4 Free w/ Simone de la Rue (awesome and challenging!) and I just downloaded a bunch of your workouts to start with tomorrow. I have been enjoying all of these immensely – which is saying something because normally I very much dislike exercise – and have been able to (along with a proper diet and portion control) drop almost 30lbs in about 3.5 months (nice and slowly so that it hopefully, will stay off). As a super-busy mom of twins, working out at home is my only option and as a bonus, my little guys get to see their mom trying for a healthy and active lifestyle, something which I hope to pass on to them. I wouldn’t pay much attention to the Daily Mail – apparently, they featured an article promoting workout videos/DVD’s not too long ago. Keep up the good work and I’m so looking forward to starting your step workouts! Thank you:)

  2. I love at-home workouts because if I’m having a bad day and just need to give up I know that I’m not being judged and I can do better tomorrow. It also means that I can choose my favourite workout to suit my mood and there’s no one to laugh if I trip over my step! It also has the benefit of no membership fees and no travel time so I can easily fit it into my day.

    When I started I could only do 15 minutes before calling it quits but now there are multiple different workouts I enjoy and can do all the way to the end which gives me a lot of flexibility in how I exercise. I find Jenny’s videos really fun and though super-perky up-beat people usually irritate me she is encouraging and realistic about doing what’s good for you.

  3. I am a big fan of DVD workouts because they allow me to exercise whenever it’s convenient for me. I am not limited by the schedule of a gym (not that I don’t ever go to gyms). I think that this article is really ridiculous and unfair. I think that you are very motivating and positive. So is Leslie Sansone, Cathy Smith, Jennifer Smith and a few others. I agree that there are a few instructors that have a ‘demoralizing’ and ‘condescending’ attitude, but hey… I don’t watch those kinds. So please, keep producing DVDs Jenny.

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