From dumb infomercials selling you a chair to magic weight loss pills, various fitness trends gained popularity then quickly lost it when consumers realized that simply jiggling your muscles won't help you become fit. Anything that sounds too good to be true, that promises to "take the work out of your workout," probably comes straight from the crackpot factory. Without further ado, we present some fitness trends from past years that should never make another appearance.
The Hula chair: Yes, ladies, the chair that circles your hips and makes it all but impossible to focus on any work at your desk (which was the whole point of the Hawaii Hula chair). The swiveling base is supposed to help tighten your abs while you just sit there and continue working. Who wouldn't want to sit and get fit? Unfortunately, not expending any energy at all is the very opposite of what will help you tone muscles.
Vibration machines: Simply jiggling your jiggly parts won't make them less jiggly. While the idea of standing still and letting the machine work its magic on you is intriguing, there is no scientific evidence to support that vibration machines of any sort help boost your metabolism or reduce cellulite. If your heart rate is not elevated, there won't be a lot of burning going on.
The Shake Weight: The fitness product that put our minds in the gutter. This lightweight dumbbell promised to tone your arms and upper body 300 percent more than normal dumbbells, via "shockwaves of energy!" But, muscles will respond very little to the small amount of motion provided by the Shake Weight. To gain muscle mass, you will need to increase motion and increase weight as your training progresses. Stick to curls, lifts and presses to define your guns.
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The Bulletproof Diet: Don't like excessive amounts of butter in your coffee? This probably isn't for you... or anyone. This diet has extreme views, including cutting out important staples in a healthy diet, such as legumes and whole grains, not exercising and not counting calories (which coupled with lots of coffee could actually cause weight gain). This diet, crafted not by a doctor or nutritionist, but by a Silicon Valley investor, is probably one to stray away from.
Open bar gyms: Finish your workout with a large, 130-calorie glass of red wine! Some gyms, like Uplift Studios in Manhattan, give you the option of cooling down with a glass of spirits rather than a glass of water. Alcohol displaces carbohydrates, which should be drained after exercising, by keeping your stores of glycogen from recovering normally. The effect is your muscles don't have the energy they need to restore, grow strong and increase your metabolism. Don't let your hard work go to waste; refuel and recharge with some healthy post-workout snacks!
Make sure any health trend focuses on your fitness and well being. Not everything is discreditable, but fitness trends need the science to back them!