Fitness is straightforward.Â Itâ€™s even pretty simple.Â You take the 3 components of rest, nutrition, and exercise; mix it all up and you achieve your fitness goals.Â But one thing it is not- it is not easy.Â For most of us, there is no losing 50lbs in 3 months or gaining 40lbs of lean muscle in 4 months.
But how would you look 25lbs lighter with harder muscles showing in a year from now?Â How would you look if you added 20lbs of lean muscle mass to your frame a year from now?Â Both would look pretty good.Â Itâ€™s about working hard and consistently toward a goal of lifelong fitness.
But some companies want you to think they have come up with a shortcut.Â And they market these shortcuts to people with implicit promises of great results with minimum effort, and itâ€™s so easy.Â Shame on them.
In my Clark Kent, day job, I work at a retail store.Â I see a lot of â€œas seen on TVâ€ exercise equipment come in. Although my job is to generate profits for the store, if we never sold a one of these, I would not lose any sleep.Â
So, here are the worst 5 I have seen this year.
- Shake Weight â€“ Are you kidding me?Â So, Iâ€™m standing there with this plastic, dumbbell shaped thing in my hand and my associate is telling me to shake it.Â So, I do and my response, â€œwhat next?â€Â Well, that was it.Â For close to 30 bucks, this has to be the worst exercise equipment I have seen in a long time.Â Better idea, get a pair of dumbbells for 10 or 20 bucks and do 3 sets of 15 reps for curls, extensions, raises, or whatever, but leave that shake alone.Â Just pathetic (is that too harsh?).
- Ab Circle â€“ Wow, you pop 200 bucks down to swivel back and forth.Â Or you could spend a few bucks to get a pair of dumbbells.Â Stand tall while holding the dumbbells straight over your head and do side bends.Â Or you could spend 200 bucks to swivel back and forth.Â And, how long do you swivel for â€“ 5 minutes or 60 minutes â€“ for it to work?Â Just terrible.
- Leg Magic â€“ Can it be so easy, you just stand there and move your legs out and in on rollers for a measly 100 bucks.Â You can sculpt your legs and core muscles, and blah, blah, blah.Â Wow, just stand there, watching TV and move your legs out and in and back.Â Or you could get a decent set of snickers and mp3 player for less.Â Then you could go on brisk 1 mile walk every other day while listening to your favorite tunes, and be a lot better off.
- Ab Lounge â€“ $110 to do crunches and abdominal work in an easy, effective way thatâ€™s, again, easy on your lower back, easy on your abs, easy on obliqueâ€™s, easy on your intelligence.Â Wow.Â As far as I know, you build muscle by stressing and making them work.Â You bust a sweat.Â But not here, just sit back and crunch away in ease.Â For 100 plus bucks, wow, who comes up with this stuff?Â
- Ab Rocket â€“ Just sit back and lean back.Â Help me.
There you have it five of the worst gimmicks I have seen.Â
I think what bothers me the most is that they prey on peopleâ€™s misconceptions and feed into someoneâ€™s hopes.Â And somewhere in their make believe userâ€™s manual, it probably mentions eating a balance diet and importance of consistency and all that, just try and sound legit.Â All the while, somewhere in there, they hope people never catch on that itâ€™s all a gimmick, an expensive one at that.
Bottom-line, you need nothing, not even a decent pair of sneakers, to get a great workout that will leave you heaving for breathe.Â But throw in a decent pair of sneakers and a brisk walk every other day; youâ€™ve got yourself a good fitness routine.
Most important, fitness is fundamentally a whole body endeavor.Â You donâ€™t just tone arms, or lose a little off the side, or get rid of some cellulite, as these folks would suggest. Itâ€™s your whole body.
All these late night infomercials on the newest, state of art fitness equipment guaranteed to turn you into a buff hard body are only good for its entertainment value, if that.
So, tell, what do you think is the worst, exercise equipment youâ€™ve seen.Â Maybe we could start a poll.
This is actually from Smart Weight Gain Blog and is the one of two blogs that deal with “as seen on TV” stuff.Â Instead of 2 different posts, I just decided to put it together.
5 Best Exercise Equipment Under a 100 Bucks
There are exercise equipments out there that cost upwards of $14,000.Â Okay, $14,000 is an insane, unless you can afford it.Â Actually, itâ€™s just flat out insane, even if it works as advertised.
You donâ€™t need to spend $14,000.Â And you donâ€™t need the vast majority of gimmicky exercise equipments out there.Â What you need is solid, inexpensive options that work your whole body.Â You donâ€™t need things that promise to tone (what is that â€“ â€œtoneâ€) arms, sculpt your abs or turn your gluts into buns of steel.
You work your whole body, not just body parts.Â Body part approach doesnâ€™t work.
So, here are my top exercise equipment options for under 100 bucks:
1.Â Nothing.Â The best equipment you can buy for under a 100 bucks is nothing.Â Seriously.Â The basic reality is that the best workout can come from using just your body, in your living room â€“ or anywhere.Â
There are easily a dozen variations to the simple push-up that can hit every part of your chest, triceps, and shoulders (handstand push-up).Â Deep knee bends, squats against the wall, lunges, and running in place with high kicks are some of what you can do for your legs.Â If you live anywhere near a park, you can use the jungle gyms to do pull-ups, dips, hanging leg raises, and more.Â
The point is â€“ it is a fallacy to believe you need expensive equipment or a gym to condition your body.Â If nothing else, go for a brisk walk.
2.Â Iron gym â€“ For under 30 bucks, I love this equipment.Â Notwithstanding my inability to do a pull-up (fat butt that I have), I think a pull-up is one of best upper body exercises you can do.Â In the past, the only options for doing a pull-up at home were to bolt a bar in the doorway, use a pressure tension rod, or buy a $200 pull-up stand.Â
No more.Â You slip the iron gym over the doorway frame and off you go. No damage to the door frame and no screwing in.Â Plus, it comes with parallel handles that allow you to use different grips.
3.Â Bodylastics â€“ For a basic set under 50 bucks and their strongest set (too strong for me) at about 100 bucks, this home gym is superb.Â It can replicate just about any exercise on Earth and do it well.Â I can think of no downside to this simple, yet fundamentally sound home gym system.
4.Â A good set of sneakers â€“ Really, if you buy nothing else, invest in a good pair of sneakers for 60 or 80 bucks and stop there.Â If your entire work out consists of a 2 mile jog followed by 3 tri-sets of push-ups, pull-ups, and deep knee bends at your local park, then youâ€™ll do okay.Â
Or, get a good pair of running shoes plus the iron gym and you can do it all at home instead running to the local park.Â Use your car to measure a good 2 mile course around your house that has hills and flat ways; and do that route 3 times a week.Â At the end of the route, use your iron gym to do an upper work out.Â Thatâ€™s it.
5.Â Adjustable dumbbells â€“ A set should cost under 70 bucks or get one used for a few bucks on craigslist.Â There is no limit to what you can do with a set of dumbbells and Iâ€™m not talking about the shake weight.
There are a lot of options out to help you lose weight, build muscle or both.Â And none of it should cost you an arm and a leg. By the way, before you actually buy anything, make sure you check the classifies for used ones first.Â
Your muscles wonâ€™t know that youâ€™re using secondhand stuff, so thereâ€™s no real need to buy brand new.Â Except sneakers, you should get good sneakers.
So, what do you think?Â What are your favorite equipment?