6 Fitness Fads That Don't Work

Get-Fit Guy reveals the truth about 6 fitness fads that can waste your time and money - without getting you fit! But don't sweat it, he also has 5 tips for choosing fitness products that will get you real results.

Ben Greenfield
5-minute read
Episode #169

From the Shake Weight to sauna suits, fitness and fat loss gizmos, gadgets, and gimmicks abound. The American weight loss industry is huge. How huge? More than $60 billion per year huge.

But most of the trendy, made-for-TV, late-night infomercial quick fixes are a big waste of your time and money..

So in today’s episode, you’re going to discover 6 fitness fads that don’t work (no matter what the infomercials say). Plus, you'll learn how to cut through the misinformation, figure out what’s really going to get you results, and get 6 Quick and Dirty Tips to help you choose the best fitness products that will actually make a difference:

Fad #1: The Shake Weight

This dumbbell weighs 2.5 pounds, but to get an adequate fat burning hormonal response and build and tone lean muscle, you’re going to need to lift heavier weights than 2.5 pounds (even if those 2.5 pounds do shake). But it certainly does make a good gag gift!

Fad #2: Vibration Platforms

As I wrote in the episode Double Your Calorie Burn, vibration platforms can actually work. But you can’t just stand on them like 99% of people do – expecting the machine to do all the work for you. You actually have to exercise while standing on the platform. I recommend starting with squats. And as for vibration belts – those funky contraptions that jiggle the jelly on your waistline? Research shows absolutely no effects from them, aside from a lot of moving and shaking!

Fad #2: Sauna Suits

These giant trash bag-like suits certainly make you sweat and lose a significant amount of weight – but it is simply through a process of dehydrating you – and you quickly gain all that weight back once you start eating and drinking again. This is one fitness fad that is downright dangerous!

Fad #4: Minute Abs

No ab workout – not 6, 7, 8, or even 20-minute one – holds a candle to a full body, multi-joint fitness routine like I outline in the episode Best Exercises for a Flat Stomach. As a matter of fact, 6 minutes of a simple exercise such as a kettlebell swing will completely decimate any targeted tummy workout you’ll find in a fad ab DVD.


About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.