5 Ridiculous Fitness Gadgets
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
As a professional in the fitness industry for quite some time now nothing is more maddening or heartbreaking than to see people getting bamboozled into buying fitness gimmicks or fad diets that overpromise and under deliver. While this is a short list of fitness flops, the take home message is clear; if it sounds too easy and requires no effort or dietary restrictions to see results you are probably wasting your money. In other words it’s a rip off. Real results come from real hard work done consistently for a long, long, time. By the way, all these products were heavily advertised on TV. This money would be better spent on a gym membership for several months or a few sessions with a personal trainer to learn proper training techniques for any of these dubious fitness gadgets.
# 1. Ab Lounge:
Imagine being able to get “Great Abs” while you watch television”?
When a product’s marketing claims sound too good to be true they usually are. To work the abdominal muscles there may be 1,000 more effective and cheaper exercises but the ab lounge is one of the few which you can comfortably sit in front of the television and not break a sweat or feel any muscle burn.
# 2. Six Second Abs:
15 times more effective than a regular crunch.
The name six second abs plays on the great success of 8 Minute Abs, which was a series of videos that came out in 1994. The video involved 8 minutes of various exercises done in timed intervals with brief rests in between. The actual gimmick product for 6 second abs is a very low quality piece of plastic that is to be placed on your thighs while sitting in a chair. The resistance offered is very insignificant and offered little, if any benefit. YouTube has tons of free fitness videos for virtually any type of workout, any length of time and with any type of equipment including abdominals on fitness balls.
# 3. ThighMaster
We may not have been born with great legs but now we can look like we were.
If you turned on a television for an hour during the early 1990s you would most likely have seen an infomercial for the Thighmaster with none other than the famous Suzanne Somers. This may have been the beginning of the “results by association” phenomena which is prevalent in the fitness industry today. If Suzanne Somers has great legs, and she uses the Thighmaster, it must work right? Many of these celebrities were born with amazing bodies and have probably had some help along the way in terms of plastic surgery.
# 4. Electric Abdominal Belts
Get great abs and an unbelievable 6 Pak quickly. It’s unfortunate how many people fell for this fitness gimmick but when the infomercial actors are comfortably lounging around watching TV while developing their 6 paks what’s not to love about that, right? These electronic muscle stimulators are commonly used in physical therapy as an adjunct tool for rehabilitating weak muscles where joint mobility is limited. If the prospect of sitting on your desk eating Ben & Jerry’s while simultaneously toning your waist caused you to spend anywhere from $50 to $150 on an electronic ab belt you probably are not shocked with electronic ab belts being the #2 most worthless fitness gimmick of all time.
# 5. Sauna Belts
The Sauna belt system sweats away unwanted fat, eliminates cellulite, lose weight and ease muscle pain, all while in the comfort of your own home. Instead of actually moving or contracting muscles to burn fat, the sauna belts claim to melt fat off like a form of thermal liposuction. The marketing of these types of neoprene belts capitalizes on the myth that sweat reflects fat melting away from the specific location. Wrong! Sweat produced by merely wearing a heat trapping material around the midsection, or any body part for that matter is completely unfounded.
How to Avoid Fitness Gimmicks
So the recommendation I would give is to use your common sense and live by the age old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” There is no substitute for hard work and discipline. Educate yourself about the most valuable possession you have, your body. This body that you live in is the only vehicle you get in life so take care of it now while you can. Treat yourself well, eat healthy, exercise regularly and you won’t be inclined to waste money on products that are doomed to disappoint.