They all claim to have the magic solution to help you get fit.
Written by: Cielestia Calbay
Even the health and fitness industries can’t escape the grasp of whacky inventors itching for that claim-to-fame creation.
From an $8,000 robot that shows you how to exercise to the now infamous Shake Weight, there seems to be a never-ending cycle of products boasting to be the magic solution to getting fit.
We searched the “are you serious?” closets and dug through the “yeah, right” bins to give you these 8 weird fitness gadgets. Check them out in the photo gallery below.
The FitFlop, starting at $59.95
Toning shoes with a summer twist. FitFlops creates the feeling of walking barefoot in the sand to work the calf, hamstring, thighs and glutes with its multi-density foam soles.
WiFi Body Scale, $160
The Withings WiFi Body Scale, which tracks weight, body fat percentage and body mass index, let’s you tweet your weigh-ins. Just be sure you’re not weighing yourself every five minutes so you’re not spamming your followers’ feeds.
Taizo the Robot, $8,000
This 14-pound Japanese import, which demonstrates exercises for its followers to imitate, was created to address Japan’s rapidly aging population of more than 40,000 people older than 100. A group fitness class could’ve been easier (and cheaper). Just sayin.
The Slendertone Flex Pro Abdominal Muscle Tone, $64.99
Strengthen, tone and firm your ab muscles without lifting a finger. Developers for The Slendertone believe sending electric currents to your abdominal muscles will make them contract so in theory, contractions equal toned muscles.
The Shake Weight, $19.95
The Shake Weight. 'Nuff said.
The Mandometer, per program cost
Remember when our mothers would scold us for eating too much? Well, this talking scale helps you not scarf your food as it weighs your plate as you eat and tells you if you’re eating too fast. But taking our time and chewing the number of bites we’re supposed to chew also does the same. And that’s free.
The JumpSnap, $14.95
All you need to do with his ropeless jump rope is to swing the handles and hop a over the imaginary rope – the same thing you would do if you were to just jump in place.
The GymGym Exercise Chair, $600
The GymGym chair is an ergonomic office chair with bungee cords that lets you workout while you work. We’re guessing productivity levels probably weren’t a concern with its inventors, along with its winning name.