Yes but not everyone wants to lift weights.
Moving, is more important than not.
Why do you care so much?
And CrossFit is also not for everyone.
Its all about doing what you enjoy. They clearly enjoy Zumba, its not for me, but I am not going to make fun of anyone for doing it.
That said, doing some dancing to music, or pilates, or whatever other gym class, is still much better than not exercising. If you're making your body move on a regular basis, you've already taken the first step towards better health, regardless of how great the routine actually is.
The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer: Gretchen Reynolds: Amazon.com: Kindle Store . What it boils down to is do just about anything that gets your blood pumping for about 20 minutes and reap the rewards for improved health.
"Almost all of the mortality reductions are due to the first 20 minutes of exercise, which drops your risk of premature death by 20%. (If you triple that minimum level, you drop your risk of premature rate further, but only by another 4%). However, this is true if you're looking for health benefits, but not if your objective is fitness."
We all (I think at least in part) are exercising to be healthy. Well I am. I also exercise for fitness, but when choosing a program simply to be healthier its nice to remember "just move".
GOrbag is a douchebag. I took up Starting Strength because my lady aerobics "pump" class was absolutely KILLING me every single week and I was sick and tired of being always so cripplingly sore I couldn't even use the toilet. There only ever was one guy in my class that ever came back a second time, either. The rest simply couldn't do it, the weaklings.
Female, 5'3", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 145 x 4.
What the hell are Rosa tights?
Thank you for insulting me sbhikes, not the first time either. Did you think I had YOU in mind or are you only reading other stuff into what I am saying as usual? I am refering to persons that comes directly from a life as a couch-potato that hardly can do a pushup from their knees, that these people will do much better on a program of bodyweight exercises instead of doing benchpress with a broomstick or an empty 11 lbs bar. Weighttraining is simply not the best solution to start out from scratch with, some groundwork in aerobics and bodyweight will be much more optimal as you also did. In the old days when I was a kid the coaches would not let us visit the weightrom at all before we had som background in bodyweight exercises...