Yep, roll on up, folks, Squat Magic is here. Look, we don’t mean to shame this piece of equipment but essentially, you’re just doing air squats over a short pole. It apparently “guides and support you on the way down, and assists you on the way up.”
We’re not buying it. At least it isn’t too expensive. We’d rather you go to the gym, do proper air squats, and get to building that booty!
The Automatic Exerciser
Let’s imagine a piece of exercise equipment that does it all. Okay, you’ve got it in your head? Now unveil the Automatic Exerciser! Basically the predecessor of the Bowflex, these exercisers included pulleys, ropes, and chains that were attached to a bowling-ball size weight.
Seems like that might actually work? Unfortunately not! The mechanics with this one were off, so it didn’t sell particularly well.
So this one SEEMS crazy, but it actually works. Because in general, if you lift something heavy, your body has to work hard to get it up. Sure, not everyone wants to lift a big, heavy ball of concrete, but strongman training acolytes swear by them.
Pretty hardcore if you ask us, but if it works, it works. Seems like cardio and concrete do mix!
No article on crazy fitness equipment would be complete without a little nod to the Bowflex. Just kidding. There’s a reason the Bowflex sold so well — because it actually holds up as a valid piece of workout equipment.
It provides enough resistance to the muscles and also provides a solid range of motion. Bowflex still gets some good points here!
It really seems that the idea of simulating horse riding is very appealing to many people. We can’t imagine it’s an AMAZING workout because really, isn’t the horse doing most of the work? You might get a little resistance training by bracing your abs and arms, but really…that’s about it.
If you're able to, why not go for the real thing? A real-life horse and the great outdoors will certainly be more fun than the iGallop. And hey, you might get a workout in!