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10 Signs a Fitness Gadget is a Gimmick

The shopping cart to fit everyone needsEven if some of us won’t admit it, most of us have watched a fitness infomercial in our day, and some of us have probably either seriously considered buying a product or actually did. (I’ll be the first to confess that I was thrilled in high school when my then-boyfriend’s mom bought Tae Bo! In those days, Tae Bo was only available on the boob tube.) While a lot of products in these commercials get a bad rap, there are some good ones. And there are ones that deserve the bad rap. But how do you tell the good from the bad? You read this article I recently wrote for SparkPeople, that’s how!

10 Must-Ask Questions before You Buy Another Exercise Product

Fitness infomercials promise a lot: dramatic weight-loss, big results, a six pack in 30 days! But unfortunately, most of them do not deliver on those promises. When those ads are so intriguing and believable, how do you know which new products deliver and which ones leave much to be desired?

To separate the real fitness tools from the get-fit-quick scams, just ask yourself the 10 questions below. If you answer, “yes” to even one of them, save your money: It probably won’t give you the results it promises!

Click here to see the 10 must-ask questions!

Jenn

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3 Comments
  1. I wholeheartedly agree! Infomercials almost always makes things look too good to be true. And if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. As Jenn says, “ask the questions!”

  2. katrina m says:

    Did you hear about some lady trying to sue Jillian Michaels because her weight loss supplements didn’t work?? It kind of goes along the lines of…. well did you REALLY expect to just be able to take 2 pills before each meal, not change anything else, and lose weight??? People are so stupid….

    It’s like trying to sue McDonalds for making you FAT! hahaha

  3. Sagan says:

    “is it really that great”, heh, yes, that’s a biggie. The way I see it, if I’ve got a yoga mat/stability ball/set of dumbbells, I’m all set. There’s not much else I need for a quality workout!