In 1986, Bowflex debuted its first model, the Bowflex 2000X, which used "power rods" instead of weights or pulleys to create resistance — and, as you can see, it looked great in carpeted living rooms.
JazzerciseKickboxingTae BoDanceBox 3000
Athletic recovery suit to keep muscles warm after a workoutWind resistance suit to help sprinters with speed trainingSauna suit to induce sweatingStrength suit that converts fat to muscle
Sauna suits are made from material that doesn't breathe even a little bit, so as to induce hardcore sweating, which induces hardcore loss of water, which induces people to think they're losing weight. But they're not losing fat, they're losing water weight. Between the sweat and the heat, beware of dehydration and even heatstroke.
Gallop aerobicsCardio horse dancePrancerobicsPrancercise
Prancercise was invented by Joanna Rohrback, a fitness enthusiast who wanted to make working out more like play and less like work. It's considered "a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait, and ideally induced by elation." In 2012, Rohrback Prancercised a 5K! Also, this Prancercise video will turn your day around.
Jake Steinfeld has been selling his "Body by Jake" fitness equipment and workouts since the 1990s, and they are still available for purchase to this day.
AbrollerPX90Shake Weight6-Minute ArmsBowflex
"Twice the calories burned in half the time""Lean, toned body in the fraction of a time of a traditional workout""Ripped abs without the diet""Science-backed method for improving muscle activation"
"Lean toned body in the fraction of a time of a traditional workout."
The key to Bodyblade is "rapid contraction technology (RCT), which automatically contracts your muscles up to 270 times a minute," resulting in a "fast, effective, and intelligent workout." ?
Leg Magic XThighMasterBalance Ball 3000Thigh Toner Plus
Suzanne Somers' ThighMaster promised that you can squeeze, squeeze your way to shapely hips and thighs. Herbert L. Gould, MD explained that getting out of shape results in flabby thighs, which he probably learned in medical school!
Workouts with lightweight dumbbells, high reps, and as hard as you can go for 1-2 minute blocks with moderate restBodyweight workouts at max effort for 3-5 minutes with very short restBodyweight workouts at moderate effort for 7-10 minutes, with very short rest between circuitsWorkouts with resistance bands at max effort for 3-5 minutes with very short rest
Bodyweight workouts at max effort for 3-5 minutes with very short rest.
Insanity is a go-hard-or-go-home workout program that calls for going as hard as you can for a few minutes and taking only enough rest to "gulp some air." It's also a Beachbody product, and it claims to transform your body in 60 days.
CoreChairAb LoungeAb LeanChairFlexAbFlex
Ab Lounge is an abdominal trainer that looks like a deck chair and it claims to be more effective than sit-ups or crunches.
Using the device daily for 10 minutes would shrink the waist by 1" every monthExercising on the device for just three minutes a day would cause them to lose 10 pounds in two weeksExercising on the device for three minutes per day burns more calories than a 45-minute cardio workoutUsing the device for five minutes a day, along with a sensible diet, would result in weight loss of up to 20 pounds in one month
Exercising on the device for just three minutes a day would cause them to lose 10 pounds in two weeks.
The Ab Circle made a lot of promises ("Swivel your way to a sleek, sexy six-pack!") and the FTC just wasn't having it.
Ice Melt cold therapy fat loss beltSlimHot heated fat loss torso bandVibroBelt slimming vibrating massagerVibeRite slimming vibrating belt
Tony Little / Gazelle GliderTony Little / NordicTrackShaun T. / PowerGlide XShaun T. / ElliptiBurn
Tony Little / Gazelle Glider
Tony Little is a former bodybuilding champ whose flowing tresses and Leslie Knope energy make him the perfect spokesman for the Gazelle, an elliptical for your very own home.
Do You Remember These As-Seen-On-TV Fitness Fads?
But that might actually be good since a bunch of these are questionable at best.
You probably wouldn't have fallen for the Ab Circle but you've maybe considered a ThighMaster, amirite?
Wow, you really remember/know a lot about fitness fads. You've probably never bought a Shake Weight. Or maybe you did and that's how you became a pro in fitness fads? Either way, congrats!