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Do TV Fitness Gadgets Work?

  • August 19, 2011
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Do TV Fitness Gadgets Work?

By the Editors of Men’s Health

Are those infomercial exercise devices six-pack saviors, or money-wasting scams? You don’t have to call an 800 number to find out. Researchers at Slippery Rock University, in Pennsylvania, measured muscle activation in five different abs gadgets and compared them with the classic situp.

The Ab Sling

These hanging straps activated people’s abdominal muscles most—but were also the most despised exercise, says study coauthor Jeff Lynn, Ph.D. “It’s very uncomfortable. Many complained about arm and shoulder fatigue, pain, and numbness.”

You don’t need a home gym to get fit. Try these little changes for your healthiest year ever!

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7:19AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Thanks for sharing - ab-toning fitness equipment always looks so impressive on TV, but most of them just seem to be scams! I think yoga and cardio are basically the best way to - healthy for not only your spine, but for all your muscles, joints, and even organs!

7:52PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Most of these gadgets are usless and a waste of money. The only thing I use is ankle weights and hand held weights. They will do more than anything on these info-mercials.
Also just put on some good dancing mucic with a good beat and dance into shape. A lot more fun than any other exercise!!

6:52AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

I would doubt it. All the manufacturer wants is to make a profit. You do not need them to work out. Improvise. There are plenty of ways if you just use your imagination.

12:13PM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Noted.

5:08AM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

I once bought the Leg Magic Exercise Machine. When it arrived in bits and parts, it was impossible to put together and some screws were missing. I complained, and the manufacturer sent me a second one, telling me that I could keep both. The second one was equally impossible to assemble. Several of my friends had a shot at it and no one succeeded.
Both machines ended up in the garbage.
That was the first and last time that I bought some exercise gadget!

9:34PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

I used to use gadgets... I find that weights combined dancing and yoga work great!

9:31AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Dang I guess I will have to stick to walking and my Bicycle. I like my Wii fit also.

6:30AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Wish they did too!

10:02PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

What I long suspected.

9:55PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

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