We all get sucked into the latest device… especially when it comes to abs! Infomercials seem to have a magical way of getting you to call in and give your credit card number. Read the reports and be amazed at how many of these gimmicks DON’T work!
” Ab Lounge XL ($210). This mesh chair mimics the motion of a jackknife sit-up. The signature jackknife move engaged the target muscles, but for most tested muscle groups, it was not as tough as a full jackknife done on the floor. CR‘s take: Good range of motion, and can provide a good workout, but not a lot more useful than a floor mat.
- The Bean ($50). On average, results were similar to those with no equipment for this inflatable device that targets abdominal and oblique muscles. CR‘s take: It might strengthen abs, but the Bean alone won’t get you lean.
- Urban Rebounder ($150). The intermediate workout on this mini trampoline for bouncing, aerobics, and running in place burned about as many calories as jogging at 5.6 mph. CR experts found the device easy to use and a nice change from typical aerobic exercise. CR‘s take: A good alternative to running, but more than the recommended 15 minutes is required to burn calories.
- Fluidity Bar ($200). The advanced workout on this floor-standing ballet bar with attached mat burned fewer calories than the no-equipment, circuit-training routine. CR‘s take: A pricey but potentially enjoyable alternative to strength training, plus stretching. But its heft could make it hard to store.
Red Exerciser DX ($160). This swivel chair with adjustable resistance works core muscles.CR’s take: Good for obliques, but the manufacturer’s claims about losing four inches off the midsection in two weeks aren’t going anywhere without a serious diet such as the 1,300-calorie-a-day diet that comes with the machine (credit).”
Seems as though all of these gimmicks have a hidden diet or catch. Sure you can lose 4 inches in only 1 week if you cut your calories from 2,700 to 1,300. Who wouldn’t lose by cutting their calories? However, most people purchase these machines and ditch the diet.. only to get frustrated in the end!