This fitness dreamer spends a good amount of time researching the latest in the fitness products. Not all are worth our time and money to use, or if used will do absolutely nothing for your fitness.
Keeping fitness simple is key to making lasting changes in your life. Take a look at these fitness products and choose something else. Please.
8 of the worst fitness products marketed to women
1. The Shake Weight
This is one I’ve blogged about before and it does deserve more attention. If nothing else to point out how painfully useless it is as a fitness product.
The theory of how this thing is supposed to work is the fact that it vibrates as you lift it. Supposedly the vibration makes your muscles contract more than just lifting a dumbbell. Unfortunately this doesn’t build any muscle at all. Pick up a good old, non-vibrating dumbbell instead.
2. The ThighMaster
I truly love Suzanne Somers fitness products for their entertainment value. I owned a ThighMaster myself, OK? It truly does not help you with your fitness dreams. Weight loss does not come from trying to spot reduce, especially targeting hips and thighs. Targeting weight loss in one part of the body is a no go, no matter what product you use.
3. The EZ Toner Belt
Electric powered ab belts always remind me of the early 1900’s weight loss vibration belts. They all claim to replicate what an massive amount of sit ups will bring you. I have no desire to strap on electronic muscle stimulation to my belly and hope for the best. Just remember: There is no way to shortcut your fitness to gain a six-pack.
4. The Gazelle
This one promises to tone you all over and is another one that would work in theory. This looks cheap and scary and I really am concerned when there’s a promise of a full body workout with a machine that offers a basic model at $150.
5. The Sauna Belt
There are a few things that are just so bizarre I worry about the intelligence of Americans. By strapping it around your waist it will accomplish one thing by making you sweat like crazy. Water loss it will help with, but do not count on weight loss.
6. 8-Minute Core Workouts
Oh yeah! Only 8 minutes a day is the ideal way to suck in anyone who is looking for a quick way to lose weight. You can’t get a full workout in eight minutes, I’m sorry. If this was true we would all be in great shape.
7. Flex Belt
Getting results without putting any work in is the epitome of describing fitness products that are really just gadgets. More electronic stimulation for those perfect abs. Just the thought actually causes my abs to contract. In a really yucky way.
8. Jump Snap
If you have trouble jumping rope you are not alone. I’m tripping over them constantly. However the trick could be to simply skip in place and get the same amount of exercise. I know, it’s not as cool as this weird fitness product, but give it a try anyway!
Weird fitness products are all around us
This doesn’t mean you have to give them a try. So what odd fitness product have you tried in the past? Share in the comments, so we know we aren’t alone.
Go get your fit on – Heather
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Heather Montgomery is a fitness writer, triathlete, and blogger who is devoted to sharing what she has learned about becoming a triathlete after age 40. She uses her Metabolic Training Certification to help other women struggling to get fit in mid-life. She lives and trains in Santa Rosa, California, the new home of the Ironman triathlon. You can find her biking the Sonoma County wine trails.