The health and fitness industry is worth billions of dollars each year. It is easy to see why when you consider that most people would sell you their first born child if they thought they would gain the secret to instant weight loss and fitness with very little effort. This is the driving force behind the hundreds of exercise programs and gadgets which sweep around the world each and every year.
Here we take a look at 9 Ridiculously Hysterical Exercise Gadgets.
The FIRM Fanny Lifter
The FIRM Fanny Lifter is an exercise gadget that was designed to cash in on the popular step-aerobic craze that seems to keep sweeping the nation. Originally the whole concept of step-aerobics involved buying a very overpriced instructional video and using anything under the sun as a step. It did not take long for the fitness industry to discover they could invent the FIRM Fanny Lifter as the must have accessory for step-aerobics. It is made from specially moulded plastic and has anti-slip feet and surface. A bargain at $79.99. Of course you can also buy any ordinary step with anti-slip feet and surface for less than five bucks.
FIRM Sculpting Stick
If the above product taught you anything it must be that FIRM are masters at cashing in on anything exercise related. Imagine a specially designed exercise program which takes all the benefits of aerobics and combines them with a specially designed sculpting stick to maximise your fitness games. Surely this is worth a mere one hundred bucks rather than just using any other normal stick.
The Dumbbell Phone
The dumbbell phone is not actually a phone but a dumbbell which attaches to any normal phone that you may have. The theory behind the device is that every time you pick the phone up you get a mini workout by lifting the excess weight. If you think about how many times you may answer the phone a day we suspect the only way you would get a proper workout using this is if you happened to work in a call centre. Having said that we are guessing that once you get accustomed to excess weight there is a good chance you will smack yourself in the head if you attempt to answer a phone without the dumbbell attached.
If there was ever an exercise machine that looks more like a torture rack then the ‘Pilates reformer’ is just that. As we all know Pilates is a hugely popular exercise system which is supposed to help develop lean muscle and help with flexibility. How the heck this bizarre contraption helps with that is beyond us. It is hard to imagine any exercise routine that would be helped by this gadget but it is easy to imagine you losing all dignity while using it and giving yourself a very nasty groin strain in the process.
No, the iGallop is not something that you can hook up to your latest Apple gadget. The iGallop is supposed to be an exercise device which replicates the experience of riding a horse. Obviously our idea of horse riding is wrong because as I understood things when it came to horse riding I could have sworn that it was the horse doing the exercise.
The true purpose of the iGallop is also its greatest marketing feature. Just check out the promotional video for the iGallop and you will see hot babes dressed as cowgirls riding away without a care in the world.
The general idea of gliding discs is actually pretty cool. You get down on all fours and basically have discs strapped to your hands which act like ice. This means your hands will now slide all over the floor at great speed. Sticking these things on your feet might be a better method of using them as an exercise device as we are pretty sure that using them on your hands as intended you are bound to slam your face into the floor countless times.
Thankfully when it comes to Velcro shoes the whole shoe is not completely made from Velcro. In this case the Velcro is just on the sole of the shoes and they are intended to be used on a special Velcro mat. The problem here is I am pretty sure that these things would stick to the carpet as well as the special mat. All sorts of potential problems if you forget you are wearing them and need to run to answer the phone with an attached dumbbell.
I am the first to admit that when it comes to exercising there is nothing quite like clinging on to a high wall for dear life. After when it comes to rock climbing you cannot simply give up and sit yourself down half way up a climb, you might fall and get attacked by lions when you hit the ground.
In theory the idea of behind the treadwall is all well and good but when you take an ordinary wall and convert it into what is essentially a treadmill you are going to face one huge problem. What happens if you need to stop and correct your footing for a moment? That is right; you are going to go slamming into the floor repeatedly.
The Power Plate
Try watching a video demonstration of the power plate and you, like us, will probably be left still wondering what it is supposed to do or how it is supposed to benefit you. According to what we could find on Google the power plate shakes a lot while you stand on it. You are supposed to try and keep your balance while the gadget shakes you into oblivion. It is hard to understand how this makes you a fitter person but obviously the power of marketing outweighs common sense in most people.