So, a while back, I posted a blog about the trend of these elliptical shoes.  The Skechers shape-ups, Reebok Easy-Tone, etc.  I posted about how ridiculous it is to think that just simply buying a shoe can make you a fitter person.  Well, apparently the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) agrees with me.  Reebok was recently ordered to issue an estimated $25 million in refunds for their product due to “deceptive advertising”.  They claimed that in studies, their shoes made the glutes work 28% harder and the hamstrings 11% harder than walking in normal shoes.  Well apparently their “study” consisted of 5 people who walked on a treadmill for 5 minutes at a time.  Very scientific, right?  The professor who they commissioned for the study was under the impression that it was product testing, not a true scientific study.  He was unavailable for comment.  Caveat Emptor, people.  Buyer beware!  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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