6 Fitness Fads That Don't Work
Get-Fit Guy reveals the truth about 6 fitness fads that can waste your time and money - without getting you fit! But don't sweat it, he also has 5 tips for choosing fitness products that will get you real results.
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Fad #5: Leg/Butt Toning Shoes
In the episode Do Fitness Shoes Actually Work?, you learn the truth about toning shoes – namely that every fitness shoe ever tested shows no significant increase in metabolism or muscle use, and no enhanced fitness benefit over the average running shoe.
Fad #6: The ThighMaster
There’s a reason that Suzanne Somers' popular “As Seen on TV” ThighMaster device is collecting dust in many attics across America: it simply requires lots and lots of squeezing with very little actual results. (It so happens that the ThighMaster was developed by the same guy who invented, of all things, the mood ring!). Any exercise that puts you in a position where you are lying down (or even sitting down) is never going to get you the same results as a full body, multi-joint exercise. Squats, lunges, and deadlifts are the holy trinity of exercise combos for the butt, abs, and thighs, and also burn far more calories than the ThighMaster ever can. And yes, you can even do these exercises while you’re watching TV, just like Suzanne’s device.
How to Choose the Best Fitness Products
Now that you know which fitness fads to avoid, here are 5 Quick and Dirty Tips to help you choose the best fitness products that will actually get you results:
Tip #1: Look out for lingo and hype. If you see verbiage such as “proprietary formulas,” “top secret blends,” “never-before-seen technology” or any other far-fetched claim, then it's probably too good to be true. Most effective and long-lasting fitness solutions are simple and easy-to-understand, such as the barbell, a good pair of running shoes, or eating less food at night.
Tip #2: Beware of instant results. Sure, I’m a proponent of injecting short workouts into your daily routine, like these 10-minute exercise routines. But I can tell you from personal experience that pricey 4-minute exercise machines and 6-minute abs videos are simply empty promises. Three minutes a day to washboard abs? Rome (or that rock hard bod) wasn’t built in a day. Research has shown that when it comes to fat loss, you actually have to put in time and work, along with a healthy diet to get results – and quick fixes are usually a quick road to injury or frustration.
Tip #3: Celebrity endorsements don’t mean anything. Just because Jillian Michaels or Brad Pitt happen to be on the label of a fat loss supplement or providing a shining testimonial for a fitness device, does not mean the thing actually works. All it means is that the celebrity got paid or got free product in exchange for saying something nice. As a personal trainer with a bit of media sway, even I have been approached by companies wanting me to put in a good word or testimonial without even trying the actual product! Of course, I put anything I personally recommend through rigorous testing before forming any opinions, but I know that many other personal trainers, and even more celebrities, are willing to slap their name on a product willy-nilly if the price is right. Beware!
Tip #4: Do your research. If you want to check out the real story behind a product, you can use consumer agencies like the Better Business Bureau and check for any lawsuits on the FTC website before spending your hard earned money on a trendy piece of exercise equipment or investing in a fitness fix.
Tip #5: Some things work – for a little while! Many fad fitness equipment will work for a very short period of time, until your body adapts to the demands that you place upon it and you quit getting results. In most cases, the body does best with frequent changes in workouts, fluctuations in loads and joint loading angles, and a constant game of “curveball” for your mind and your muscles. There’s no one single piece of fitness equipment that your body won’t eventually get used to – so don’t put all your eggs in one basket. This is why my own personal home gym has a variety of equipment from dumbbells to Bosu Balls to kettlebells to elastic bands. There’s never one perfect solution for your fitness needs – and the best workout is the one you aren’t currently doing!
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