Shake Weight Study: It Barely Works!

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 […]

Reebok to pay $25 Million For Deceptive Advertising

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 […]

Exercise Gimmicks – Vol. 6: The GymyGym

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 […]

Will Reviews the Shake Weight!

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.

Spend Your $$$ On a Gym – Not a Bowflex

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 […]

The American Heart Association Joins Forces With… Nintendo

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 […]

Points for Imagination…

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.

Dear Santa: Pay No Attention to MSNBC.com

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 […]

Speaking of Exercise Gimmicks…

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, […]