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Squat Magic Review

Just when you think worthless gym equipment cannot get any dumber, along comes Squat Magic!

Please, if you think this worthless contraption is worth your hard earned cash, and that it will give you good results, raise your right hand.

Is your hand raised?

Good, now take that raised right hand and slap some sense back into your noggin!

Toned, tightly lifted butt and shapely legs in a 30 day challenge?

These shysters are counting on your naivete in their marketing scheme. If your butt and legs are not already in decent shape, they are not going to look that great in 30 days either, at least not with Squat Magic.

Surely, as long as you follow all of their instruction guides, you will get that nice booty, right?

This could almost be funny, if they were not actually robbing their customer base.

Results may vary, no kidding!

If the woman in the picture used this thing and did their 30 day challenge, I think she better get her money back.

Why Squats?

Each and every one of the reasons given above are all valid reasons one should consider squatting. Squatting is the “King of all Exercises” for a good and valid reason.  I make it a point to always include squatting as a part of my strength training programs. However, the Squat Magic is not going to provide benefit to much of anyone. It might be suitable for one who is immobile in helping them achieve the ability to stand up and sit down without assistance. But I see no validity for using it in order to give you a nice derriere and legs. It just is not going to work.

Benefits of proper squatting:

Squats build the gluteus maximus. This is the largest muscle on the human body and is responsible for a large portion of our power production. The gluteus medius and minimus are also strengthened from squatting, which aid in our lower body strength and stability. 

The squat also builds upon our quads which are composed of four major muscles: Vastus medialis, vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius, and rectus femoris. These muscles help support leg extension and protect the knee from instability and poor patella tracking.

Of course, another great benefit of proper squatting is they build upon your core strength. I’m talking about the whole torso as the core, not just your abdominal muscles. When you’re holding weight and moving through multiple planes of motion, the body has to work hard to remain stable and not fall over. This in return strengthens the core as a whole, which includes the lower back, inner spinal stabilizers, mid back, obliques, and abdominal musculature.

Squatting will cause you to increase lean muscle mass on your entire body. The more lean muscle mass we have, the more calories we burn during the day. Since the squat strengthens multiple large muscle groups at once and requires a ton of energy to properly execute; we’re increasing the amount of calories we burn during a workout with squats, as opposed to something more static (relatively speaking). Plus, the majority of calories burned from working out come after the actual lifting. Since squats require ample energy and effort, the body will be working harder and longer post-workout to repair itself, which increases total energy expenditure.  Lastly, a good many lower body injuries when moving can be linked to imbalances and weaknesses. The squat can help remedy a lot of these like weak hamstrings or hip instability.

What you actually get with the Squat Magic:

What you are getting is a spring loaded stool that uses the weight of your body to press down the seat when you “squat” down, and then that spring tension propels your body back up. I want you to think about this – how beneficial is a seat that uses a spring to control your descent and then when you are in a full squat position, it springs you back up with very little effort of your own?

The only resistance provided is that which assists you in not dropping too fast when you are squatting down. How much muscle activation do you think you can actually get from this?

A properly executed squat is a dynamic strength training exercise that requires several muscles in your upper and lower body to work together simultaneously. Many of these muscles help power you through daily tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, bending, or carrying heavy loads. For best results, you need the resistance of weight. The Squat Magic according to their video essentially reduces your total body weight by about 60% when using it. Unless you have been totally immobile, you need at least the weight of your body or more to actually do you some good. The only caveat to this would be if you are overweight and cannot squat down and back up at your current weight. Sadly, if you are in this type of shape, you are not going to have a nice butt or legs after 30 days of using this contraption. No, it is going to be months, possibly years before you can achieve those kinds of results, and the effort is going to have to also include a nutritionally healthy lifestyle.

SAVE YOUR MONEY!

Please, save your money, it is too hard to come by for some of you. There are much better things you can do with $120.00 than to spend it on a worthless piece of fitness equipment. You can always do “Air” Squats to begin with. The beautiful thing about Air squats are they are free and can be executed anywhere.

The Air Squat is the most basic type of squat and simply uses just your body weight for resistance. Variations of the squat as you progress can include weights, like barbells or dumbbells, resistance bands, or yoga balls.

To do a basic squat:

  1. Start with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart.
  2. Keep your chest up, engage your abdominals, and shift your weight onto your heels as you push your hips back into a sitting position.
  3. Lower your hips until your thighs are parallel or almost parallel to the floor.
  4. You should feel the squat in your thighs and glutes.
  5. Pause with your knees over, but not beyond, your toes.
  6. Exhale and push back up to the starting position.

You can benefit many muscle groups by doing 50 squats a day: Try doing 25 in the morning and 25 at night. As you get stronger, add 25 to the afternoon. If you want to add a little bit of weight, do them with light dumbbells or water filled milk jugs held in your hands.

 

 

OYO Personal Gym Review, Can I Sell You a Bridge?

I created a new series titled “Worthless Fitness Equipment” with the sole intent of helping people to avoid spending their hard earned cash on pieces of junk that will allegedly help them to build a fitter and trimmer body. If you are a serous fitness buff, you already know that these contraptions are worth about as much as a bucket of sail boat fuel, but these items are not being marketed to you. These pieces of junk are being marketed to those who are lacking in knowledge of physical fitness. These marketing schemers are solely interested in their profits above all and could not care less about the health and fitness of their consumer market. If they did care, they would create items that have actual utility.

They are taking their customers for fools!

No, you are not going to transform your body with this piece of junk in only “minutes a day”! 

Please, when you see anything that tells you that you can transform your body in only minutes a day, by all means, avoid it. Physical fitness, requires dedication that spans a far greater divide than “minutes a day”. Physical fitness requires dedication to a new lifestyle that involves a good amount of effort and time coupled with good nutritional habits. “Minutes a day” are not going to get you there unless you are some type of genetic outlier. If you believe this contraption can get you into the best shape of your life, I have a bridge to sell you. The only problem is my integrity will not allow me to let it go…

It looks like you can use OYO about anywhere!

Do any of the people above appear to be getting even a small amount of a decent workout?

Real People, Real Results?

I can guarantee you, if the gentleman above is driving a golf ball another 30 yards, it is because he is working on his stroke out on the course.

They claim Andy lost 17 pounds and 14 inches and that Dave lost 19 pounds and 23 inches. These claims are an outright insult to the intelligence for anyone who can think. These two gentlemen may have lost weight while using the OYO gym contraption, but the most important aspect can be found in the small print, their weight loss was through diet.

I have never heard of any mathematical formula to figure how many inches you might lose for each pound of body weight, but it appears these crooks are working numbers in some manner for your consumption. I want to put this into perspective, when I was at my largest and strongest as a power lifter, I was 70 pounds heavier than I am now. Because the excess weight was beginning to take a toll on my health despite being stronger than I had ever been in my life, I dropped those 70 extra pounds, and only took about 12 inches off my my torso. At the ages of these two gentlemen, if they had lost all those inches as claimed, you can bet they would have visible loose skin.

Yes, resistance training will do what they claim below;

However, you are not going to be accomplishing much of the above with this thing, especially once you have discovered for yourself it is not all it is cracked up to be and it winds up gathering dust in the back corner of a closet.

Of course they give you a number of exercises to do;

But, the reality is, almost all of these exercises they tell you about can be done with your body weight only as they are little more than calisthenic exercises with a bit of expensive resistance added for effect.

They have another option that will cost you about $125 too!

The bottom line is your money can be better spent on a pair of light dumbbells for a fraction of the cost.  The OYO gives you the option of either squeezing the thing together in different fashions, or pulling the lines apart. You will find that with limited movements, you are likely to at best, develop muscle and strength imbalances, especially if you only use it for “minutes a day” as they state. It would take you several hours to actually get a good workout with this if you want to actually improve your body in both looks and fitness. I have to say, every time I see advertisements pop up for this, all I can think is it appears someone added some resistance lines to an old Thigh Master they found in the trash somewhere.

Here is a simple truth for you. Having a healthy body that is physically fit requires healthy nutrition and good exercise that actually benefits your entire body instead of isolated portions if you are only into working out “minutes a day”. At David’s Way to Health and Fitness you can always have access to the absolute best in health and fitness information for free. We charge no one to access our articles, for any reason, ever. Subscriptions are free and easy to all if you care to join us. We will tell you how it is, and never sugar coat anything as we believe it is always better to give an uncomfortable truth over telling comfortable lies. We have a wide variety of articles and healthy recipes for you, and we are ever growing with new content being added multiple times per week. If you use our search function and cannot find information on something that interests you, let us know and we will get on it for you!

Ab Rocket Twister, Another Total Waste of Money

Wow, what a grand deal this contraption when you can make five easy payments of $19.95 in order to be able to “Just Rock and Twist to Tighter, Sexier Abs”!

GOLD MEDAL ABS GUARANTEE!

In the ever increasing world of abdominal exercise machines, we find this worthless piece of junk. They claim that by investing five minutes per day, you can develop rock hard abs simply by going through motions similar to that of a rocking chair.

Please, do not let anyone think you are naive enough to believe this malarkey.

But just look at those results below!

Real People. Real Results.Fast

If I was lacking as much integrity as the crooks marketing this damn contraption, I might be a rich man living on a tropical beach somewhere instead of in a place of blistering hot summers followed by frigid cold winters.

Just look at their claim that you can get ripped, washboard abs in half the time!

Do they know what it actually takes to get ripped, washboard abs, or are they counting on you not having a blooming clue how to earn them. I would venture to say, they are counting on you not knowing what it takes to EARN visible abs.

Visible abs do not come easy or just by exercise alone! 

Pay attention to the small print above!

They provide you with a low calorie meal plan to shed pounds and inches.

Visible abs are made in the kitchen more so than in the gym with exercise. No matter how much you work your ab muscles, if you are not eating a healthy diet within your daily caloric needs, no amount of exercise of any type will reveal your abdominal muscles for the world to see.

A good many people desire having a sexy midsection, yet they often lack the discipline required to ever have it. A sexy midsection does not come easy, it requires a commitment to a healthy diet combined with exercise as a lifestyle. These contraptions are marketed to tap into our innate desire for perfectly sculpted abs, by making it seem as if they have the solution to give them to you with little effort. Not to be insulting to any of you, but these shysters are banking on your lack of knowledge regarding how to build a fit, trim and healthy body. They are also counting on people who want to take the easiest route possible towards having a sexy midsection to hand over their hard earned cash. If you have a bulging tummy, the first thing you need to worry about is getting your nutrition in good order. We can help you with this for zero charge ever. Just go to our home menu and click the David’s Way Plan to learn exactly what it takes to  permanently lose your unwanted body fat. This is entirely free to you!

The cretins at Ab Rocket Twister claim that you will get a better workout from their piece of junk than you will get from crunches and sit-ups. They also tell you that you can essentially sit back and the machine will do most of the work for you. These bold claims could not get any more absurd, you could easily think this junk is more of a gag gift than something that is allegedly supposed to be serious fitness gear. But, they would not be still in business if there were no customers buying them.

Let’s be real, there are few people now days who actually have visible ab muscles, which should tell you just how hard it is to get them. We can acknowledge that it has a little to do with genetics, but it is mostly due to the fact that it takes a making the choice to personally commit to a combination of factors, which you must put together in the right amounts. These factors are healthy eating, regular exercise, and a committed lifestyle. There are no short cuts!

Never,ever buy into the lie that you need “revolutionary resistance technology to flatten your entire core. Abs might get built in the gym, but it is the work in the kitchen which will reveal them.  No matter how much you workout, there is one simple truth that applies to all of us. Your diet is 80% responsible for the way you look, exercise accounts for the other 20%.

You cannot outperform a bad diet!

 

Holy Cow, The BionicGym Review!

Holy cow, an entire gym in such a tiny box!

It almost has to be too good to be true, don’t you think?

500 Calories burned from the couch!

This just makes me giddy as a school girl!

I really just can’t believe this, I believe I will sell off all of my home gym equipment to purchase this fine product.

Such a killer deal too at $649.00 US!

What a perfect gift idea for the couch potato in your life. Since they are too lazy to get their butt up off the couch, now there is no excuse for them to still maintain a beer gut, is there?

Their bold claim:

Now, let’s be real. This is such a bunch of hogwash, and anyone with two brain cells that can rub together should know this. But, since these scam products have such a huge market, it is apparent that just maybe there are a lot of folks who were born just last night. This huge  market leaves me wondering just how many have recently fallen off a turnip truck only to be taken advantage of by unscrupulous marketers. It is mind blowing when you think about the sheer numbers it takes in order to make these scam products sell. And here is the kicker, because each and every one of us have what is known as a Basal Metabolic Rate, we all, already can burn 500 calories while sitting on our couch doing nothing. Yes, your body burns a number of calories each day simply by you existing, your heart beating, your lung taking in oxygen, all of your bodily functions are burning calories during the day as it is. Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the rate at which the body uses energy while at rest to keep vital functions going.

Burn calories rapidly – at levels equivalent to intense exercise

Increase a person’s heart rate – to levels equivalent to intense exercise

Enable sustained cardio exercise – once you had trained up with it

Increase a person’s VO2 Max levels, i.e. boost aerobic fitness

Deliver the benefits of exercise in a way that is gentle on the joints

There is a bit of truth in the italicized claims, however, they are greatly exaggerated. Which I will address next.

Perhaps what is most revolutionary about BionicGym is it requires less willpower.  Or at least a different type of will-power.  At intense levels you still get all the body’s signalling that it is intense exercise but you can distract yourself by watching TV, etc.

Many forms of exercise require constant mental-effort to complete. For example, when using an exercise bike or treadmill, a person must choose to keep pushing themselves. If they are mentally fatigued, they often can’t exercise for long.

However, stimulated shivering via BionicGym is different. As electrical impulses trigger the legs to move repeatedly, users can simply put BionicGym on, dial up the intensity, and via a kind of remote-control exercise, watch their legs move. This makes it possible to do passive exercise while engaged in another activity – like watching TV or playing a computer game. This also means that many normal environments, from working at a desk to lying on a couch, can become places where exercise can occur.

This company is marketing their gadget to people who are lacking willpower. It is in their own words above. It takes willpower coupled with good nutrition and true exercise to achieve a fit and trim body. Even if one who might be a bit lazy and lacking in will power decides to use this gadget, it is going to be a distraction to their TV watching if the intensity is set very high. After all, it is shocking the hell out of your legs.

The most important thing stated, which is really kind of glossed over in their ad is the line, “Diet PLUS exercise = weight control”.

Not many people can out exercise a bad diet even with vigorous activity. Your nutrition is always key to having a healthy, fit and trim body.

It is a universal truth that abs are “made in the kitchen”.

Can I sell you a bridge?

Look, gullible or desperate people are being sold a bunch of hooey when they are told they can build and tone muscle while burning fat with these scam gadgets. Think about this, yes they do work to stimulate muscles electrically and you will feel them tingling and contracting. But his really means little to you, snake oil might have made people feel better in the moment too. However, you can take a frog that has recently died, hook it up to a muscle stimulator and you can see his dead muscles twitch too. These people are playing on your lack of basic knowledge when they sell these gadgets.

Electrical muscle stimulators are used in physiotherapy for only two uses:

1. To help people re-strengthen injured areas not to burn fat or tone muscle effortlessly. To strengthen weak muscles, the key is to be actively exercising the muscle while the machine is on. The muscle stimulator must be synchronized with your active movement in order to be effective. Physiotherapists have used this principle extensively since the 1940’s and the Russians used it in the 1970’s with their weight training athletes. For example, a weight would be placed on the ankle and the stimulator pads are placed on the front of the thigh (quadriceps muscle). The person then straightens their knee making their muscle contract while the stimulator works on the quadriceps muscle also making the muscle work. By working the muscle along with the stimulator there will be an enhanced strengthening effect.

2. Muscle stimulators are also used to help with pain and muscle spasm relief. Physiotherapists will use them on the back muscles for example to help reduce muscle tension and spasm. They are set to go on for 10 seconds and off for 10 seconds. This repeated contraction and relaxation of the muscles tells the brain to relax the muscles and kill the tension. They are often used in combination with heat which has a great relaxing effect. A muscle stimulator is really a specialized form of TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator). As well as causing muscles to release their tension, a muscle stimulator will also reduce pain. It sends electrical signals through the nerves to the brain which helps to release endorphins and block pain signals. Endorphins are your body’s own natural pain killers, fifty times more powerful than morphine.

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So, the information they provide to get you to buy their scam gadget is not necessarily reliable and apparently it is your tough luck if you did not do your due diligence with research before plopping down your hard earned cash.

Is there any actual use for electronic muscle stimulators?

Per the FDA; 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. Electric muscle stimulators are federally regulated devices most often used in physical therapy. The majority of these stimulators are administered by a health care professional to ensure proper use and safety for rehabilitation purposes. However, you will sometimes see where professional athletes have incorporated them into their fitness programs, but most of us are not professional athletes. The benefits of EMS have been discussed extensively in theory but the real challenge is the successful incorporation of EMS into a training program. EMS works best as the last training element of the day, separated from other work by at least two hours. You are not going to get the results you might want if you are just sitting on the couch with the dream of getting stronger. The use of EMS is used in conjunction with other strength programs and is not a stand alone program in itself.

From the weight training website T-Nation:

Most users never come near the level of contraction they need for best results, especially in clinical settings. To understand the intensity the athlete needs to experience, have him contract the quads as hard as he possibly can voluntarily, and then have him imagine a goal 30% higher than that! The contraction is massive, and it feels that way! Don’t worry about “burning” the muscle though, as it takes only five-millionths of an amp to maximally contract the quad.

To give you an example of what I mean by cranking it up, my athletes would often have to bite down on a piece of leather or a stick while being “stimmed.” Is it really that painful? Well, it should feel like riding up a very steep and long hill on a bike. That’s the type of “burn” you should feel.

Look, if you are serious about wanting to lose weight and to get in shape, save your money and do not buy this scam gadget. You can do better things with $649.00 than to throw your money away on something that will eventually find itself in the back of your closet, buried under a pile of shoes or something. Here at David’s Way to Health and Fitness, we offer you free subscriptions to access any and all of our great articles to help you achieve the body you want. We are rapidly closing in on 900 health, nutrition and fitness articles and we provide you with a plethora of recipes which are as healthy as they are delicious. You have nothing to lose by following us except unwanted body fat. If you cannot lose weight to a healthy body fat percentage by following our plan, I will fully refund you for every penny you spent.