I thought it will be good opportunity to share some of my opinions in selecting the "right" exercise videos which may suit you!
1. Exercises should be simple, safe and effective. If you notice the trainer is unable to perform the exercise properly during the workout, that should be an immediate indication that you should slow down your pace in completing the exercise or even changing to other possible and suitable channels.
2. Especially the exercise videos that are tool related, incorporating dumbbells, kettlebells, bands, med ball or even alternative mass, do take note that demonstrations done my the instructor are in optimal position during set up (neutral position). This is to avoid any compensation that might lead to pain during joint movements. (Feet point straight ahead, hip is in the neutral position and neck is in the middle of the shoulder.)
3. Exercise intensity shouldn't be based how fast you move to dictate the quality of the workout. In fact, if you are unable to take charge of the exercise in controlling the movements well, regressing or slowing down the exercise is a good opportunity to start off or learn before further progressions ("If you can perform slow exercise well, you can do fast exercise even better." - Dennis Murphy the co-founder of stick mobility)
4. Train movement not muscles. Movements should cover all patterns such as squat, lunge, hinge, press, pull, rotate and gait. However, most of us like complex movement patterns that can make the exercise "hard". The reality is, most of us struggle for whatever reasons from stability to pain or even frustration. Instead, let's achieve something more "rewarding" in breaking complex variations up!
For instance, in the exercise named, forward lunge with shoulder press - maybe it's a good idea to work on the lunges and shoulder press separately first before combining them altogether. This allows the body to learn and adapt to the movement pattern and yet, you are still achieving benefits from the two movement patterns! (Refer to point 1, 2 and 3)
This write is closing in a bit and if this sparked your thoughts or relate to what are you seeing or practicing, perhaps choices and awareness needs to be revised before choosing exercises that are purposeful and suitable for yourself and the audience.
I am going to leave a question for fitness professionals who are reading this article:
If I were allow you to suggest one thing in your exercise video, would it be an option to avoid the choice of Burpees? Weight the consequences and benefits if you will (Refer to point 2 and 3)
Happy quarantine peeps!