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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.

 

 

Waist Trimming Belts Waste Your Money!

I swear, I have come to believe these waist trimming belts were invented by vampires for vampires, they just will not die a natural death and go away permanently. I’m actually not sure when these stupid things were invented, but I can remember seeing them all over the place as early as the 1980’s.

There are two types of people these belts are marketed for:

Competitive bodybuilders and the hopelessly gullible.

Which one are you?

Being real here, if you are a competitive bodybuilder, then these belts will come in handy when you are leaning out just before a competition. However, most of you reading this are not competitive bodybuilders and have zero reason to waste your money on these useless belts, which at best, only give a slight and very temporary improvement in your appearance. And then, only if you are just a few pounds overweight.

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!

This old adage definitely applies to trimmer belts, which are worn around the midsection to allegedly melt away belly fat. Unfortunately, wearing something around any area of the body won’t help you lose weight. They do not work even when combined with topical products such as these pictured below:

 For lack of a better term, these waist trimmer belts are basically elastic corsets, which have been around for at least five centuries. For daily wear, or prior to your workouts, you wrap it snugly around your waist in order to trap in heat. Theoretically, the increase of your body temperature allegedly leads to better weight-loss results, according to the manufacturers. The problem is, these manufacturers are full of crap.

From an actual marketing ad:

  • DOUBLE ADJUSTED COMPRESSION STRAPS: Dual adjustable closure provide a big size range(L 34-38inch/ XL 40-48inch) and the strong stickiness can effectively prevent waist trimmer move and slip down from your waist. Strengthen and Tighten Abdominal Muscles. Greatly burns your fat and accelerates your metabolism.
Water weight loss is NOT the same thing as fat loss. Heat, aka feeling overly warm because you’re wearing a rubber corset doesn’t help you increase your metabolic rate or burn more calories. In fact, becoming overheated while exercising is not healthy for you, I don’t recommend it. You’ll lose your excess stored fat if you consume fewer calories each day than you burn each day, consistently
  • WIDENING DESIGN & POSTURE IMPROVING: Wider than generic waist trainer, more coverage area concerned about obese people.
If you are obese, your first concern needs to be in adopting a wholesome and healthy diet that is free of added sugars and processed foods.
  • Lumbar Supports help to keep the lower back supported during exercise and workouts and helps to improve posture.
The best way to improve your posture is to strengthen your back!
  • FAT BURNING: Fat burning heat will accelerate weight loss, by increasing circulation in abdominal area and by stimulating toxins loss during fitness activity, for burning more calories. Fat burning effect is remarkable with exercise. Ideal for walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics, weightlifting and much more. Wear while exercising or working.
Loss of body fat is going to come first and foremost through consuming fewer calories than you expend! If you have a concern about toxins in your body, you can simply begin not placing them into your body in the first place. You have the control over what goes into your stomach.
  • NEOPRENE MATERIAL: Burn more calories with a Neoprene Material which effectively insulates and raises the temperature of the abdominal core thereby increasing the heart rate, which in turn results in more calories burned; the most visible effect of this is increased sweat around the waist.
This type of marketing makes me feel like I have lost brain cells and IQ points simply by reading it.

Again, the only people who might have some benefit from wearing these waist trimming belts are competitive bodybuilders. If you are plus sized, please save your money and work towards repairing your health and body size through proper nutrition by following David’s Way to Health and Fitness. We will never charge you a penny to access our website in order to learn everything you need to know about nutrition and fitness.

No matter what any of these shysters might tell you about their product, any difference you see on the scale is going to be the result of a loss in water weight only. These devices will keep body heat in, however, this increase in temperature does nothing to encourage the burning of calories or fat. All that you are going to accomplish by wearing these trimmer belts will be you will just perspire more. This perspiration only results in  you losing fluids, and nothing more. Once you drink something after your workout, the scale will likely return to your original weight. The net effect is little different than stepping onto your bathroom scale after you have voided your bladder. As soon as you have a couple cups of coffee, or drink of your choice, those lost pounds are right back on you. Loss of water weight means nothing in health or weight loss!

These belts provide an illusion of weight loss at best!

After wearing one of these glorified girdles, you might notice that you’ve lost an inch or two. This illusion of weight loss is false in every sense of the word. Like body wraps, the compression of the trimmer belt can sometimes provide a smaller waistline, but this is always only a temporary result. Given only a short period of time, your body is going to return to its normal shape and size. You’re not actually losing real inches. To lose weight in a healthy and meaningful way, you need to  worry less about losing weight, and place your focus on actually losing body fat! These trimmer belts do not do that.

Waist slimming belts are simply not going to provide a dramatic or long-term effect on your figure. The healthiest and most effective way to lose weight and keep it off is through a balanced diet and regular exercise.

If overused or cinched too tightly, waist trimming belts can even cause health problems.

  • They can reduce your lung capacity by 30 to 60 percent. It can be uncomfortable and sap your energy. Cinch it tight enough and you might even pass out. Wearing them can even lead to inflammation or a buildup of fluid in the lungs. Over time, breathing problems can affect your lymphatic system, which helps to rid your body of toxins.
  • When you wear a waist trimming belt, you’re not only squeezing skin and fat, you’re crushing your insides, too. Parts of your digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, can be affected. Pressure can force acid from your stomach back up into your esophagus, giving you a bad case of heartburn. If you have gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), wearing a waist trimming belt may make matters worse.
  • When you squeeze your midsection, it forces internal organs like the liver and kidneys into unnatural positions. Overcrowding your organs can affect blood flow and change how organs function. In time, this can lead to permanent organ damage, reduced muscle strength, and even rib fractures.

Remember there are no shortcuts to a healthy and slim body. A healthy body and successful weight loss is the combination of a nutritious diet and regular workout.

Waist training belts are nothing more than a scam of the billion-dollar fitness industry. It seems easy not to move an inch and just lose weight, which is why people are easily fooled by these stupid market gimmicks.

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