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10 Signs a Fitness Gadget is a Gimmick

Questions to Ask Yourself to Avoid a Scam

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  • SPOOKYHANDLE- Sorry, but it is the truth. Only fat loss (caused by changed in diet and burning calories via cardio) will tone up your muscles or problem area. - 1/19/2010 12:15:04 PM
  • I get the point(s) being made here, but this irritated me: "There is no way to slim down, lose water weight or trim inches from a specific area of the body just by working that body part." Now, I agree there's no way to _lose fat_ from a specific body part by exercising it, but other fitness/health articles I've read and my own experience with core workouts/my waist measurements say differently. Besides which, if you're unhappy with, say, the muscle tone in your arms, a machine that targets your arms hardly seems like a scam.

    And number 3? I don't have cable and don't watch tv, so it's been a long time since I caught an infomercial... but do _any_ of them mention diet and nutrition? - 1/19/2010 9:10:37 AM
  • SARAEQUALSWIN
    I like the advice about going online for reviews. It's something I do all the time (for EVERYTHING) but I've noticed a lot of people I know don't utilize the internet for things like that. It seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of people will be so excited about buying something that they forget to do their research.

    P.S. - P90x wasn't THAT bad.........I was super out of shape and I survived it...........meh, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, I guess. =P - 1/19/2010 7:33:20 AM
  • My highest value fitness purchases normally do one of these things - help me better understand something I'm already doing (heart rate monitor, go wear fit), make something I'm already doing more convenient/less expensive(select tech dumbbells use less space and give me more weight options), or give me new fitness options I really will use (TRX improves my travel workout, bosu is a nice balance option for home). - 1/19/2010 7:25:56 AM

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