Category: Worthless Fitness Equipment, Save Your Money

Abs Muscle Toning Stimulator Review, Don’t Be a Rube!

Have you seen this product being advertised?

Rocking that hard body through electrical stimulation!

Would you just look at those claims above!

Are you ready to throw down your hard earned cash yet?

At such a cheap price, you might consider it…

Wouldn’t it be the best thing since icing on cake if you could spend $48.98 US on a product that will give you the results pictured below?

Hot damn!

This product is scientifically proven!

Just look at those before and after results!

Do the people in the before and after pictures look like the same individuals to you?

Me neither!

Have you lost any brain cells reading this yet?

Does this contraption make you feel as if you might have lost a few IQ points?

Thirty minutes per day and not a single mention of nutrition being a part of the equation to be able to rock such a hard body in their ad.

I am not in any way, shape or form trying to be disrespectful in what I am going to say next. But, I surely hope you are not naive, or gullible enough to believe these hucksters. Please, consider how ludicrous these claims are before handing over your hard earned money to these people. These claims are indeed too fantastic to be true. I know you are smarter than this…

Of course, I fully understand there are people who have become desperate enough to try anything in order to lose weight. It is sad that these good folks are preyed on by by nefarious groups who know their products are worthless, especially those who need help losing weight the most. I have to say I have nothing but contempt for those who take advantage of others in this manner. My friends, this device is not going to work for you. If you want to achieve a healthy and fit body, it is going to take more than thirty minutes per day with a electrical ab stimulator. You must get your nutrition in order by changing your entire mindset about, and relationship with food. You must make permanent and lifelong changes to your nutritional habits. There is no easy way towards losing weight and gaining a fit and trim body.

For instance, the saying that abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym, is an absolute truth. You can do all the sit ups in the world, and never lose your gut.

And, it is a truth that you cannot spot reduce any areas of your body.

Even if you could spot reduce, your body would only look odd from the imbalances in your appearance and you would not be any healthier.

In order to rock the hard bodies pictured in this ad, you will need to consume fewer calories than you burn each day, and then be willing and able to put in the work with physical exercise that raises your heart rate into the fat burning zone.

The following is from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

Q. Why does FDA regulate electrical muscle stimulators?

A. Electrical muscle stimulators are considered devices under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Under this law and the agency’s regulations, the FDA is responsible for regulating the sale of all electrical muscle stimulators in the United States. Therefore, firms must comply with appropriate FDA premarket regulatory requirements before they can legally sell their stimulators. Most electrical muscle stimulators (EMS devices) that have been reviewed by FDA are intended for use in physical therapy and rehabilitation under the direction of a health care professional. If a company wants to sell EMS devices directly to consumers, the company needs to show FDA it can be used safely and effectively in that setting.

Q. These electrical muscle stimulators are advertised not only to tone, firm, and strengthen abdominal muscles, but also to provide weight loss, girth reduction, and “rock hard” abs. Do they really work?

A. While an EMS device may be able to temporarily strengthen, tone or firm a muscle, no EMS devices have been cleared at this time for weight loss, girth reduction, or for obtaining “rock hard” abs.

Q. Is FDA concerned about the unregulated marketing of these devices?

A. Yes. FDA has received reports of shocks, burns, bruising, skin irritation, and pain associated with the use of some of these devices. There have been a few recent reports of interference with implanted devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Some injuries required hospital treatment. It is very important that these devices be properly designed, manufactured, and labeled with clear and complete instructions for use and that anyone using them follows the instructions carefully. FDA is also concerned because many of these devices have cables and leads. If those cables and leads do not comply with electrical safety standards, there is the possibility of electrocution by users and other household members. FDA is currently investigating firms that are illegally marketing EMS devices.

Q. What does FDA regulation accomplish?

A. Firms that market EMS devices are required to comply with appropriate FDA premarket regulatory requirements before they may legally sell their devices. The firm must be able to demonstrate that these devices are as safe and as effective as similar devices that are legally marketed. Devices may only be marketed for uses that are established for the device or for uses that the firm can support with data. At this time, FDA is not aware of scientific information to support many of the promotional claims being made for numerous devices being widely promoted on television, infomercials, newspapers, and magazines.

Q. If I use an electrical muscle stimulator that has met FDA regulatory requirements, will it give me the same kind of effect that lots of sit-ups, stomach crunches and other abdominal exercises will?

A. Using these devices alone will not give you “six-pack” abs. Applying electrical current to muscles may cause muscles to contract. Stimulating muscles repeatedly with electricity may eventually result in muscles that are strengthened and toned to some extent but will not, based on currently available data, create a major change in your appearance without the addition of diet and regular exercise.

At David’s Way to Health and Fitness, we have dedicated ourselves to helping others to lose body fat to healthy levels through nutrition and exercise. We have not in the past, or now sugar coat how you can achieve this. There are no short cuts, and a healthy body dictates that you are committed to yourself enough to make a true commitment to a healthier body for the rest of your life. If you are not prepared to dedicate yourself to healthier living for he rest of your life, you have already lost your battle.

Your life expectancy can easily be shortened as a direct result.

It can be said that “Life aint fair”.

While this might be true, it is the reality we live in. But we can help you along the way if you choose to follow our methodology which can be found at this link.

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David

Vibro Shape Slimming Belt Review, Do They Think We are Stupid?

Oh God, please make it stop. I feel as if I lost IQ points just stumbling upon this worthless product!

What they promise

Vibro Shape Belt to lose weight

Vibro shape is a AB toning system which uses a unique oscillating massage action to tone up specific body parts – waist and abs, hips, buns, thighs, arms and other problem areas. It is a smart and easy way to get the body you want without effort and in the comfort of your own home. Vibro Shape has dual motors and is an upsell for Vibro Belt. The Vibro-Shape Belt is a professional vibrating belt conceived to efficiently tone parts of the body including abs, thighs, butts, calves, and shoulders. This belt makes use of a distinct oscillating massage move for improving blood circulation whereby detoxifying and reducing weight. Fat deposits are broken down and water retention if any is eliminated. Its integrated heat feature is great for relieving your calf, leg, and back muscles. Get the benefit of a complete exercise session but without actually working hard. This slimming waist belt is designed to easily fit waist sizes in the range of 24 – 55 and comes with 5 high power and 5 low power options to choose from. Since the belt includes a carrying case, you can carry it anywhere easily while its universal adapter lets you charge it wherever you are.

Their target customer

Face it, anyone who understands physical fitness and what it takes in order to become fit and trim already knows what it takes in order to achieve these objectives. This product is targeted towards those who have little understanding of physiology and nutrition and might also be the proverbial couch potato who puts little to no effort into anything other than trips to graze in the kitchen.

You cannot spot tone or spot reduce problem areas on your body!

These hucksters promise that you can spot tone areas as you can see in their advertisement; tone up specific body parts – waist and abs, hips, buns, thighs, arms and other problem areas.  Targeted fat loss, often referred to as spot reduction, is not possible and there is absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest that you can burn fat on specific areas of your body. Building strong abdominal muscles will never give you 6-pack abs if those muscles are hiding behind body fat. It is not possible to reduce fat in one area by exercising that body part alone. Muscle growth in a region does not reduce fat in that region. Instead, fat is lost from the entire body as a result of diet and regular exercise. Anyone who tells you otherwise are either ignorant of the facts, or a bold faced liar. This is the truth!

Weight loss and toning takes planning and effort. It is not always easy!

They sell you on this being a smart and easy way to get the body you want without effort and in the comfort of your own home. No, there is nothing smart about this product, it is designed to those who want to only exert minimum effort at getting a better body. If your health and your body are not worth a little effort, save your money or throw it my way. Smart weight loss and toning require effort on your part. You have to have your nutrition under control by eating only wholesome foods. You have to burn more calories than you consume in order to lose body fat. You cannot continue to sit on the couch, watching television while eating ice cream and think you are going to get a better body with this worthless device.

This belt will not detoxify your body, and water loss is not body fat loss!

They claim this belt makes use of a distinct oscillating massage move for improving blood circulation whereby detoxifying and reducing weight. Fat deposits are broken down and water retention if any is eliminated.

Your liver, kidneys, and sweat glands are the primary players in your body’s ongoing effort to remove toxins and waste products naturally. You might find articles that make claims that you can detox through sweating, however, what you lose through your sweat glands is insignificant to that which you lose through your liver and kidneys. It’s up to your kidneys to filter your blood for the waste products your body doesn’t need. Drinking more fluids — especially water — ensures that your body is working to eliminate as many toxins through your urine as it needs to each day.

Get the benefit of a complete exercise session but without actually working hard.

The bold red line is straight from their advertisement. If you believe that you can get the same benefit from this worthless piece of junk as you can from a complete exercise session, you might actually deserve to be parted from your money.

Please, do not ever buy into anything so ridiculous, you are better and smarter than this!

Activ5 Fitness Package Review

I’m seriously thinking about creating a section on my website that would be dedicated entirely to worthless fitness equipment. There are tons of places where you can find great home workout equipment, but how many are there who will tell those new to the idea of physical fitness what to not waste their hard earned money on? Have you ever heard the old adage;

A fool and his money are soon parted.

If you have considered incorporating physical fitness into your lifestyle, this of course would be a wise decision on your part, you are not a fool. The problem is, there are a multitude of unscrupulous business people who see you as a gullible fool. They would not market worthless contraptions if they were not extracting money from the pockets of hard working people, now would they? I have no problem with businesses making good profits for worthy products and or services. My problem only lies with modern day “Snake Oil” salesmen who will take complete advantage of those who may not know any better.

Damn, just look at that add. For $109.90 US you can get everything you need to “start building real strength in a few minutes a day”. You are going to do this with their phone stand and the contraption that will be linked to your phone. They claim this is the “ideal way to get started”!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Simply put, you are going to squeeze the contraption between the palms of your hands for an isometric hold.

From the Activ5 website:

Using your max power as a baseline, the Activ5 training app will dynamically creates a “coaching curve” for each exercise.

Your goal is to apply just enough pressure, while holding the described pose, to keep the dot on the line. Apply more or less force to move the dot up and down.

Please, do not feel the need to buy a high dollar device for isometric holds. If you feel compelled to do isometric holds with an object, there should be plenty of items you could find around your home such as a deck of cards, a small ball etc…

Do not believe this lie!

From Activ5 website:

Get great results in a fraction of the time

All you need is 5 minutes, your Activ5 and your phone to see and feel a difference.

Want to look great?

Build confidence and get the look you’ve been dreaming of.

 Build lean, toned muscle by using your own body as the resistance
 Strengthen the weak muscles that cause poor posture
 Finish your workouts with Activ5 to promote maximum muscle growth

I do not want you to think isometric exercises are bad, to the contrary they can be helpful. What I am opposed to is an unscrupulous business selling you a worthless device to do them with for far too much money.

In case you do not know what isometric exercises are:

Isometric exercises are when you contract a particular muscle or group of muscles. During isometric exercises, the muscle doesn’t noticeably change length and the affected joint doesn’t move. You contract your muscles and then hold that contraction for a period of time. Isometric exercises can help to build and maintain strength, but not so effectively. If you are going to exercise at all, I always preach that you need to make the best use of your time.

Because isometric exercises are done in one position without movement, they’ll improve strength in only one particular position. It is necessary  to do a variety of isometric exercises through your limb’s whole range of motion to improve muscle strength across the range. In addition, since isometric exercises are done in a static position, they won’t help improve speed or athletic performance. They can be useful for enhancing stabilization, but not much else. You are not going to find yourself going from being overweight and out of shape to being fit and trim unless you are diligent about your nutritional habits first and foremost.  I believe that once you come to the realization that your money could have been better spent, you will find this contraption to be boring. Before you plunk down your dough on the Activ5, go to the wall and press against it for a few sets. You will find it’s kind of like standing in the corner during elementary school. You must enjoy something to maintain consistency at it, and it is only a few who could truly say they enjoy Isometric exercises.

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Stealth Core Trainer Review

Please, if you have money that you can just throw away, throw a little bit my way instead of wasting it on completely worthless contraptions that only serve to gather dust after emptying your pockets. The price range on these worthless contraptions go as high as $299.00 US!

But David, this will make doing planks fun!

NO, IT WON”T!

But, they say it will!

AND THEY PROVE IT!

If you are one who easily falls for this type of deceptive advertising, I have some ocean front property I can sell to you for just a nominal cost right here in the middle of the country.  I will be happy to accept cash.

Why would this be a bad purchase?

Simply put, planks are just not all that fun, and you are not going to really make them fun even with a game console. Even if you can hold a plank for a long enough duration to get into playing a video game, there are far better things you could be doing with your time to benefit your core. Once you’re able to hold a plank for 30 to 60 seconds, there’s no need to learn to hold for extremely long durations. Holding a plank for 5 or 10 minutes–while very impressive–isn’t necessarily going to have increasingly beneficial returns. There are truly no additional benefits to holding the pose for extended periods of time except to show off.

But they tell me I can plank and play in order to get ripped abs!

Many people desire the shredded six pack look, and there is nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately, planks alone will never get you there. The visibility of abdominals is associated with body fat percentage, and the size of the underlying muscle. What you need to understand is this simple truth:

“Abs are made in the kitchen!”

You will never be able to see your abs — unless a healthy diet is part of the equation.

The Western Diet that surrounds all of us is working against our health all the time, and if you’re not making a conscious effort to do better for yourself and your family you’re losing ground. It has become too easy to sit on your butt while thinking about lunch and debating if you should take the healthy route or cave in and grab a sandwich and fries from the local fast food drive through. These kinds of poor nutritional habits will never allow you to have visible abdominal muscles no matter how much fun you might find your new fangled ab workout contraption to be. The truth is most of us will sadly, never be capable of out-exercising a bad diet, regardless of how many workouts we might cram into a week, nor how much we can wish this to be true.

In fitness, planks indeed are a legit ab exercise. But there’s no need to treat them as the “one ab exercise to rule them all.” You will be  better off by doing push-ups, which are basically leveled-up planks with more muscle recruitment of the upper body. Instead of mindlessly holding a plank for a few minutes, why not try to bang out push-ups for the same amount of time instead? You get the same core work while also building some strength, burning more calories, increasing mental toughness and creating the confidence that comes along with it at the same time.

I recommend you save your money and not buy this Stealth Core workout contraption. If you are going to throw away hard earned cash on fitness equipment that will soon go unused, then at least get something you can hang your clean laundry from.

 

Power Fit Elite, Are They Kidding Us?

Maybe I can sell off my home gym equipment!

So many variables! Keep up that muscle confusion!

But, my workouts have been hard…

Do I need any more convincing this works?

Are they for real?

Always READ the SMALL PRINT!

Does your head hurt yet?

Do you feel as if your IQ dropped significantly after seeing this information?

I first became aware of the this dumb contraption over the weekend when I noticed there was an hour long infomercial advertising it on my television. The stupid runs strong and deep with this product on many levels! The Power Fit  Elite is a new brand of vibration plate fitness equipment which claims that people will be able to lose weight with just ten minutes of use, three times a week which is far below the American Heart Association’s recommended minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week. The claim is the vibration technology combines “unique oscillating movements and vibrations in order to target and work hard to reach areas like your butt, thighs, and belly”.

Here is the rub:

When used in conjunction with good diet and exercise, their website promises that people will see weight loss results faster than they would with traditional exercise.

If you think this contraption will work for any physical fitness benefit or weight loss, you are seriously being misled, and quite possibly, very gullible. This is a fad/gimmick just like the old machines with the oscillating belts that shook your entire body.  There are no shortcuts to achieving a fit and trim body. If you want to lose weight and improve fitness, you must adopt a healthy diet and include physical activity in your daily routine. It is foolish to believe you can do otherwise.  This contraption is not going to help you get a bathing suit body you can be proud of, and you need to know whole body vibration can be harmful in some situations. You had better check with your doctor before using it, especially if you’re pregnant or have any health problems.

You may see similar machines appearing in your gyms. They might tell you that by performing calisthenic exercises such as squats, crunches and pushups while sitting or standing on a vibration machine, might substantially increase the weight-loss potential of your activity. But here is what you need to know:

  • Commercial gyms are in the business of making money more than they care about getting you fit. These gyms make money by selling as many contracts as they can – each extra member is pure profit as nothing more has to be provided.
  • Vigorous exercise can be tough and it can get boring. Therefore commercial gym owners have found that it works best to bring in new fangled equipment in order to keep new members coming in. Most people who sign contracts at the beginning of the year with a gym, do not remain committed to their fitness, and the gym owners know this.

There are no shortcuts to getting fit and trim, nor are there any magic potions to get you there. It takes consistent, repeated effort, day after day, year after year. The more often you do it (eat clean and exercise), the more habitual it becomes — but always, it takes effort. If you want a fit and trim body, you have to adopt the lifestyle lived by fit and trim people! Those in the know, are not doing their exercises on a damn vibrating plate.

Those vibrations are not going to negate the sweet treats and other bad foods in your diet.

Healthy eating and an exercise routine needs to become as much a part of your daily life as work, grocery shopping, or doing laundry. You must stop coming up with excuses and accept exercise as a normal, daily part of life, whether you feel like it doing it or not.

Getting fit and trim is not just about appearances, it is about being as healthy as you can be. A vibration plate is not going to get you healthy in any way. These contraptions are marketed to people who are not committed to being healthy. They are marketed to people who will not commit. The people behind the Power Fit Elite tell you that all you have to do is use it ten minutes per day for three days a week. Is thirty minutes of your time truly a commitment?

Let’s not kid anyone, we know thirty minutes is not being committed.

The Power Fit Elite is a total waste of money.

If you have money to just throw away, you can throw some my way.

Look, if you are going to buy a worthless piece of home gym equipment that will soon only serve to collect dust. Then by all means, at least get yourself something you can hang laundry from as a constant reminder that as your clothing keeps increasing in size, there is something you can do about it.