The Stupid Fitness Idea of the Week
Normally, I try to give every piece of fitness equipment and supplement its fair shake at impressing my socks off. However, sometimes I'm outraged enough to declare a new product "infomercial worthy" before trying it out myself. That's not to say that every fitness accessory sold on late-night TV infomercials is totally useless, but in my experience most infomercials target desperate people looking to shed weight and restore their self-esteem quickly in other words, the "quick fix."
I'm sure what I'm saying here isn't a shock to any of you. I mean, the reason why most people come to FitnessGear101 is because they're sick of fad diets, wonder drugs and cheap pieces of useless crap claiming to be the answer to their weight loss prayers.
I know the world would be a lot less interesting without bogus fitness contraptions. After all, watching late-night TV has opened my eyes to such "wonders" as the ab roller, the ab lounger, the thigh master and my personal favorite the electric ab belt. Silly me, I've been doing old-fashioned crunches for the past decade! But I least I know they work!
As I see it, part of my job is to educate readers on realistic ways they can get in shape and remain in shape. What I don't want to see is more people wasting their money, their health and their dreams on cheap, phony exercise equipment. That's why I decided to add the Stupid Fitness Idea of the Week to Fitness Gear 101. If you've ever ordered a fitness disaster off of a late night infomercial, I don't blame you. My intention isn't to point-and-laugh at useless fads (I owned a Thigh Master myself a long time ago!), but to educate readers on realistic ways they can get and stay in shape.
It's also a chance for you to make others aware of bogus fitness products and rip-offs. Email your "Stupid Fitness Ideas of the Week" to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll check out your submissions personally. It can be anything from a bad fitness invention to a life-threatening workout you spied at the gym. Remember, you'll be helping other people out because, after all, knowledge is our best defense!