Workouts to videos: The pros and cons, according to sports scientists

Theodor Stemper’s granddaughter makes sure to get in her exercise, coronavirus lockdown measures be damned. Around noon, after her morning home-schooling, she does “Reif,” she says. She’s referring to the workout videos on YouTube by Pamela Reif, a 24-year-old German with around 6 million followers. “From the standpoint of sport science, Reif’s videos are well done,” says Stemper, deputy chairman of the Federal Association of Health Studios in Germany (BVGSD) and, until his retirement this summer, a professor at the University of Wuppertal’s Institute for Sport Science. “With very few exceptio…

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