Exercise Gimmicks

Lord, how I HATE misleading headlines! Yesterday, I was surfing around teh internets, and a headline at MSNBC caught my eye: “Turns out, the Shake Weight actually does work.”  Naturally, I did a double-take on that one! Like most professionals, I viewed the thing as little more than just a goofy gimmick… could it be […]

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Yup: thanks to the FTC, Reebok’s on the hook for a cool $25 mil in customer refunds. Suffice it to say, the agency took a dim view of  Reebok’s claims for its “EasyTone” and “RunTone” shoes. According to the FTC complaint, Reebok made unsupported claims in advertisements that walking in its EasyTone shoes and running in its RunTone […]

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It’s been a while since I profiled a goofy fitness gimmick… but after taking a gander at the “GymyGym,” I figured it was high time to make up for the lapse. So what’s a GymyGym? It’s billed as “The World’s First Ergonomic Exercise Chair.” Now, I don’t have an issue with the “ergonomic” part – as someone […]

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Still working on my Seven+ review… but here’s something amusing to look at in the meantime.  [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCwPGDn8iAY] What can I say? It’s good to be living in the 21st century. (h/t Jezebel)

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My bud, Will Brink, recently reviewed the Shake Weight for Men in a short, Brinkzone vid: [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mCldKpQJKk] Somehow, I’m not surprised by his conclusion, lol.

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While out on a stroll this weekend, the hubby and I passed a garage sale in progress.  One of the items for sale was a Bowflex, natch.  With a grin, I mentioned to John that we should buy it…we needed a bigger clothes rack. As you might have guessed, I’m not real big on the Bowflex… which […]

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Guess what, folks? Nintendo’s Wii Fit Console has been endorsed by the American Heart Association.  Nintendo is now allowed to put the AHA’s “heart check” logo on this and related products.  According to a press release by Nintendo: Recent research indicates that the average person spends more than eight hours of each day sitting down*. The American […]

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But I’d vastly prefer to spend an hour pumping some REAL weight in the gym, vs. doing “Taskercise™.”  Working simple calisthenics into a housecleaning routine would burn some extra cals, I suppose, but life is just too short to be constantly focusing on “busywork” exercise.

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I’m referring, of course, to this (mostly) goofy Xmas list: 6 Gifts Fit for the Gym Rat.  With the possible exception of the kettlebells, if I found any of this stuff under my tree on Xmas morning, I’d be scratching my head and wondering, “WTF?!” I mean, what self-respecting “gym rat” would use an Airope, for […]

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Tara Parker-Pope has an appropriately skeptical post in the NYT about those Reebok “Easy Tone” shoes… here’s the money quote: But the claim that the shoes offer muscle toning is backed by a single study involving just five people, not published in a peer-reviewed academic journal. In that study, done at the University of Delaware, […]

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