Luis Arturo Noriega Collado
Filmmaker, fitness and social skills coach
My name is Luis Arturo Noriega, I am a filmmaker and a fitness instructor, I film videos teaching topics like bodyweight training and muscle gaining, as well as teaching film production and personal development. In 2016 I started filming videos for youtube, and the channel rapidly became popular, since our way of teaching was focused on integrating our knowledge into a natural lifestyle and improving the quality of living for our students. We've been teaching more than a thousand different students in the UK, Spain, Ukraine, Poland, USA, Canada and Australia, both in person and online. Now a days the channel has reached over five hundred thousand views and we can say that theres a lot more to come.
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I fully appreciate that this is a short course and it is free. But that said, even a very short course still has to have a heavy emphasis on safety as, of course, the Instructor cannot see/know his clients.
There is very little about safety in this course. The exercises chosen are, in the main, advanced, delivered without alternatives, without warnings, with little attention to form and could easily cause someone harm.
Read this review and then read the Instructor's comments. This course is dangerous!
This is a truly appalling course. I am going to write a detailed review to warn everyone not on any account to enrol – and I will explain why.
This lecture shows a few shots of the Instructor doing fitness exercises. There are no warnings about safety. No warnings that you should consult with your doctor before starting these. Just shots showing the fitness of the Instructor – and yet this lecture is not even about exercises! Very self-indulgent.
Here the camera follows the Instructor round the supermarkets and we see what he buys. No mention as to WHY he buys these particular products – we just hear music and see him putting items into his basket. Nothing about types of food, studies showing which foods are healthiest etc.
Lecture 3 and 4
These two lectures are to do with diets. Does this mean he contrasts vegan with Paleo with Carnivore with Atkins with Portfolio etc etc? Of course not. The level of his analysis is as follows: “Anyone who says you should not eat carbs is lying and doesn’t know what he is is talking about.” He then shows an anti-Keto slide – which is fine if he references studies to back up the claims.
He does not do this.
We see some calorie measurements and using Fit pal.
We also see him doing sit ups in the DIET chapter. Remember: there have been no warnings about safety or how if you’ve been out of exercise for some time. Nothing warning people who might have dodgy backs. Nothing for those who are – for example – post 40.
According to Harvard Health Publications, sit-ups can be extremely hard on the spine and potentially damaging. Does this Instructor reference such a warning?
Of course not.
He also says – and this is so comical I cannot even dwell on the obvious sadness: “If I am 81kgs heavy that is 187 lbs” And yet on the screen it says 178 lbs.
Yes an easy mistake especially if you are sloppy in preparation (continually mis-spelling ‘supplements’ for example). But this is a course supposedly teaching you exercises – you do NOT want a careless sloppy approach when you’re teaching exercises – people can get hurt!
Now we move on to the exercises. Remember: anyone seeing this may be old, young; fit; unfit; knowledgeable about fitness; a beginner.
And what is the very first exercise he demonstrates?
For a beginner?
No safety warning.
He does not even tell us whether our arms should be close to our body or wider. No alternative exercises for someone unable to manage the declined fitness press-up. Nothing about starting on the flat – it’s quite a high incline. But..hey…he does show that HE can do it and really this is what the course is about. Him.
Oh in case you do not know what a decline press up is: A decline push up is an advanced variation of the basic push up that increases the difficulty significantly by placing your feet higher than your hands.
Key term: ‘advanced variation’
So the very first exercise shown is an ADVANCED VARIATION when there have been no safety warnings at all and literally anyone foolhardy enough to enrol in this course, might have a go – and injure themselves.
Wider pushups – using fists – why? This is not explained. Great for slipping and breaking your wrist though
Then he does close grip pushups and assisted one armed pushups. So four sets of press-ups of varying degrees of difficulty. The form is not emphasised. The danger of this? Doing pushups without proper form can lead to an injury. For example, you may experience lower back or shoulder pain if you don't do pushups properly.
At 4.38 audio very poor
He then does a triceps pushdown and triceps extension with dumbbell
The first exercise is Back and biceps. Now remember this course is all about doing exercises with NO gym. What does this exercise involve? Pulling up to a bar! In other words an OUTDOOR GYM!
He then talks about a dumbbell row and finally at 3.39 mentioned safety. By then of course you may have done yourself irreparable damage.
Day three shoulders and abs
The first exercise – I kid you not – is handstand pushups.
Yes! HANDSTAND PUSHUPS – which can be extremely dangerous indeed if the person is unprepared physically to hold their own body weight while in an inverted position, as they may lose tension during the descent of the movement and drop to their head.
The next exercise is the lateral raise. Which area of your body can that damage? Oh, he doesn’t ask you that. Lateral raise impinges the rotator cuff. This exercise isolates mid deltoids, but it's not worth it to risk injuring your joints which could be permanent damage.
He then does the rear delt fly and the shrug for trapezius
Next is decline crunches – rather than me copy and paste, research the dangers of that for yourself: https://www.thankyourbody.com/do-not-do-crunches/
Then comes leg raises – really bad and dangerous for the lower back. A common mistake with leg lifts is allowing the lower back to arch too much. This strains the back and makes the move much less effective as an abdominal exercise. If you don't keep your back muscles and abs contracted, you're only working your hip flexors. Does he give any warning about this?
The question is rhetorical.
This is all about a legs workout. He starts with squats – and with no commentary about form. The main risks with squatting are rooted in poor technique, lifting too-heavy weights or continuing to attempt to lift despite fatigue. There are no weights involved here but what he should have done is have several camera angles and showed proper form – preferably in slow motion.
He then moves on to the one-legged squat. These exercises are DIFFICULT and because single-leg squats are so difficult to master (considered a benchmark in the fitness world), they're also an exercise that puts you at high risk for injury when performed without proper form. Most people have poor knee control when they try to lower down into the bottom position of the squat, for example.
He concludes with single leg hip thrust and calf raises.
The lasts section of this dangerous, poorly designed, littered with errors course is about supplements.
He starts with Creatine and says it is ‘completely safe’ – so no mention of:
• Muscle cramping
• Gastrointestinal pain
• Weight gain
• Water retention
• Heat intolerance
Nothing about the dangers of creatine i.e. you should not take it you have a history of kidney disease or you have conditions such as diabetes that increase the risk of kidney problems. There also is some concern that creatine might increase mania in people who have bipolar disorder.
So what is my overall view of this course?
Should be immediately withdrawn and redone.
It is sheer neglect not to have alternatives for exercises and not to have continual safety warnings.
It doesn’t matter if this course is free or not – it should not be allowed on the Udemy platform.
I will now deal with the Instructor’s response. Credit to him for responding – but he fails to address the numerous criticisms I have made.
“Hey mate, sad to hear that you did't like the course. I understand your point, I know that most of exercises are not very easy to start off in one's fitness journey,”
This is where he admits his course cannot be for those returning to exercise or for beginners! All the more reason to issue safety warnings!
“ but anyone can perform a decline pushup even if its not very high and keeping low reps,”
That is so naïve and just plain ridiculous. This is the sort of attitude that makes this course so dangerous. OK then let’s take a middle aged, seriously overweight male. Keen and lulled into a false sense of security by your course. He tries a decline pushup but his hands/arms shake – the proper form has not been explained anyway – and he ends up seriously ill. From the Globe and Mail: “Risk of heart attack and stroke: Being in a decline position – especially if you are not breathing properly – creates high intrinsic pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, especially for individuals with compromised cardiovascular systems.”
The Instructor writes: “ i mention that if you cant do hand stand pushups you should stick to the overhead press until you gain enough strength.”
Again, without safety warnings, an enthusiastic beginner may still TRY this exercise and then risk serious head injuries. It is negligent to even have them in your course without adequate safety warnings!
“ I mention that you should do your own research about the supplements before taking them, but supplements like creatine have thousands of studies proving them to be beneficial for 99% of people.”
And again you FAIL to mention the side effects. Yes they are safe for MOST people but you are remiss in not pointing out the safety issues!
“ I say that there's no reason to cut the carbs out because I don't promote keto, vegan, vegetarian or any magic diet. I promote whatever works for you with an optimal balance of carbs, fats and protein.”
And again this course is advertised as ‘the most effective SCIENCE BASED WAY to build muscle.’ There is almost NO science in your course – just sweeping generalisations and dangerous exercises.
“It's a mainly bodyweight program so exercises are easy to perform, but if you feel insecure about the form you're performing you can message me or any fitness instructor that you know to ask for advise.”
Mainly bodyweight! Notice the pull up bar! There should be safety warnings. There should be beginner exercises. You show a total disregard for anyone not of your age, gender and fitness level.
“I have the pullups in the back chapter, but this ones can be performed anywhere, it's convenient for me since there's a bar next to my house but all you need is a bar from which you can pull yourself up”
They can be performed ‘anywhere’…if there’s a pull-up bar. Great. I should create an equipment free rowing machine course that can be performed ‘anywhere where there is a rowing machine’!!!!
The course is simple and useful, especially for beginners. The instructor is a real professional and a very good educator. He is explaining and showing each exercise on video. The whole training is split by days, so it is easy to implement step by step.
Amazing experience! Highly recommend this course to anyone who is planning to start building muscles naturally, without going to the gym. I'm giving my 5 STARS!