How's a guy supposed to take The Daily Hiit's 30-Day Challenge ("Challenge") seriously when the first half of Day 14's workout is entitled "Hip Hop Cardio With Brooke"?
As a successful graduate of the P90X test group and a performer in the P90X "Arms & Shoulders" workout DVD, I was determined not to miss a single day of the Challenge, even if some of the workouts or exercise were tricky or unusual. So I knocked out the first 13 days with no problem. Then I got ready, pressed play and started watching the video for Day 14 ...
No f*cking way I'm doing that.
I'm sure I speak for 95% of guys who tuned in only to discover that we weren't part of the intended audience. Day 14 was for girls and girly-men only, or so it seems. The rest of us wasted our time, felt silly, and had to fend for ourselves.
In fairness, I admit that Brooke was adorable and danced extremely well. I realize that dancing can be a great workout, enjoy doing it, and move better than your average gringo. And I acknowledge that "Hip Hop Cardio with Brooke" was only half of the Day 14 workout schedule; the second half was called "Yoga With Teisha" and - while I didn't bother to watch it - had to be more of a unisex routine.
But I've begun to feel like a second-class citizen in The Daily Hiit community, and it's disappointing. I never felt that way as part of the Beachbody community. Most of their workout programs are for everybody and the ones for women only - like "Brazil Butt Lift" - are not marketed to men.
It's not just "Hip Hop Cardio With Brooke" that irked me enough to pen this rant, by the way. Day 14 was the last straw, not the only one.
During the first 13 days of the Challenge, I've had to supplement the (mostly cardio and butt-centric) routines with some weight lifting for the upper body. I'd rather not have to do this every time, but it's okay for now because I mainly want my 6-pack again after losing a few beers. Plus, as I get older - I turned 51 recently - all those lower-body workouts help my butt to defy gravity and Father Time a little longer.
I've also had an increasingly hard time finding anything on the Hiit Blog for guys like me. There are some marginally interesting posts from time to time, but the most plentiful and popular ones have titles like "Battle of the Booties," "Kate Upton is Finally Worthy of Victoria's Secret," "The Kim Kardashian Post-Pregnancy Body," and of course "The Dangers of Being Fat, Female, and French." I understand why this happens - bloggers dish out this pop-culture drivel because it's "trending" and routinely generates the most "opens" and "likes" - and I appreciate Kim K's butt and Kate U's boobs as much as the next guy, but none of this is helping me get fit, and that's why I'm involved.
Well, rather than merely bitch at my friends from The Daily Hiit, I'd like to suggest a simple solution: How about adding more content that guys can use and appreciate, especially during programs like the Challenge that are supposed to be for both sexes? And why not throw-in a dumbbell every now and then? (I'm not referring to Sean. I mean an actual dumbbell). In my humble opinion, little changes like this will help The Daily Hiit to retain what's left of its male fan base, including me.
P.S.: Yes, I'm still a fan. I'm also about to knock-out Day 15, which thankfully doesn't involve any hip popping, hair flipping or twerking.