8 Inane & Pointless Pieces of Exercise Equipment

An absurd assortment of exercise machines and devices more likely to provide comic relief than fitness results.

1. Hawaii Chair

Manufacturer Claim: “You don’t have to exercise, the Hawaii Chair does it all for you!”

Reality: The ability to sit cannot make you fit.

Online Comments:
“Is this for real? Only in the USA”
“I am deeply offended”
“I’d like to see this design applied to toilets…no wait, I wouldn’t like to see that at all.”
“I want this.”
“I’iam ttypying wjhile inmn a Haaawwiaii cChair righhgt noqw~!”

Recommended Alternative: Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer

2. Slendertone Bottom Toner

Manufacturer Claim:
“Firm your bottom with clinically demonstrated Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) technology.”

Reality: Firm your bottom line by getting your money back.

Online Comments:
“It just made my butt itch.”
“This could affect your intestinal activity.”
“This is not strength training! It’s just too weak to cause any change in musculature.”

Recommended Alternative: Marcy Recumbent Stationary Magnetic Bike

3. Gliding Disk Exercise System


Manufacturer’s Claim: “Incorporates body sculpting, balance, flexibility, core & cardio.”

Reality: Use frisbees for a comparable workout.

Online Comments:
“Finally, I can get throw out all my home gym equipment.”
“At least I’ll save on batteries and electricity.”
“Can I just use paper plates?”

Recommended Alternative: INSANITY with Shaun T. from Beachbody

4. The Treadmill Bike

Manufacturer Claim: “The future or urban transportation.”

Reality: Pointless.

Online Comments:
“I can walk faster on my hands.”
“It feels like exercise just getting through this video”
“If this were only in the X Games…”
“For people who´s dream was to be a guinea pig”

Recommended Alternative: Bowflex TC3000 Treadclimber

5. Vibrating Belt Machine


Manufacturer Claim: “Vibrate fat away.”

Reality: Accept your cellulite.

Online Comments:
“An oldy but not a goody.”
“Whoah..1970′s flashback.”

Recommended Alternative: LifeSpan Fitness TR 3000-HRC Treadmill

6. Leg Magic


Manufacturer Claim: “Get Super Model Legs. Spot reduction in a few 60-second workouts a day.”

Reality: This machine can tone leg muscles but spot reduction is a myth. You’ve got to lose the fat over the muscle, and that means losing fat all over the body.

Online Comments:
“One single repetitive motion is not enough to make you look like a fitness model.”
“Hurts your back and joints more than your muscles.”
“Why does Leg Magic look so much like my daughter’s scooter?”

Recommended Alternative: Pilates Power Gym

7. Power TX Vibro Exercise

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Manufacturer Claim:
“Tone and firm your shape with virtually no effort. The vibrations will do the work for you!”

Reality: Looks like a scale. Measurable results do not come without effort.

Online Comments:
“The next thing I knew I was looking for a place to store it.”

Recommended Alternative: A scale: Omron Body Fat Monitor and Scale HBF-500

8. Red Fitness – XL System


Manufacturer Claim: “Lose up to 4 inches using the power of core-midsection rotation.”

Reality: Lose up to $200 using your credit card.

Recommended Alternatives: RevAbs with Brett Hoebel

Online Comments:
“A barstool with handles.”