Thursday, February 24, 2011

Crazy Fitness Gimmicks Revisited

Poor Ab Lounge
Have you ever fallen victim to a fitness fad? 

You can admit it. 

The infomercial comes on late at night with promises of a firmer butt and tigher abs in just minutes a day.

You quickly find yourself intrigued and before you know it, you are online placing your order.

You happily recieve the product 4-6 weeks later, only to discover that is not easy to assemble, it does not take minutes a day and you are out $100.

In previous posts, I have talked about the beloved Thighmaster, the Sauna Belt and a few other fun fitness gadgets.  Well, here is the lowdown on 3 more crazy fitness fads.

Crazy Gimmick # 3: Leg Magic
Do you beleive in magic?  This is the catch phrase for this crazy contraption.  The infomercial claims that this lower body toning system gives you major muscle sculpting and will change your life. 

Well, I am not too sure about that. 

While it does look like you are working your hips and inner thighs, the range of motion is limited. The handle bar is also placed quite low, which could cause back strain. 

There are many fantastic ways to work your lower body, so save your money and do some squats or hit the streets for a run.

Crazy Gimmick #2: Ab Lounge
What we really need in the fitness world is another machine to work the abs (note the sarcasm). 

I have to tell you that I actually tried the ab lounge (I found it in my apartment gym.  It has been out on the patio for months now.  Poor Ab lounge.)  I found it quite awkward to use.  You really have to pull with your arms to get it moving, which leaves very little work for your abs. 

As is the case with Leg Magic, with so many option out there to get a great abdominal workout, why would you spend money on an expensive chair that will most likely be used as a clothing rack.

Crazy Gimmick #1:  The Bodi Pro
This is the first time I have ever seen this product, but it looks to me like a glorified Thighmaster.  It appears to be made out of plastic, so its durability maybe also be questionable. 

It is yet another gadget that claims to tone the entire body in no time flat.  I am alway weary of products that are "too good to be true" because they often are just that. 

For the price you would pay, go out and get yourself a few sets of hand weights, a stability ball and a resistance band to get a more verstile workout.

Have you tried any of these products?  
What are your favourite crazy fitness gadgets?

Stay Healthy,

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