We may feel that we now have a pretty good handle on what makes a great workout, but we’ve been through some pretty hilarious fitness trends over the years. The funny thing is that all it takes is a tiny piece of science or misunderstood workings of the body and there is sure to have been a video or piece of gym equipment to tap into that strange concept. As a result, most of us have tried all kinds of weirdness and have believed in them – at least to some extent – at some point in our lives.
Top Hilarious Fitness Trends You May Have Tried
You may not want to admit it, but the odds are that you have either tried or at least believed in one or several of these hilarious fitness trends. Many of them have never been effective but have still managed to come back into fashion many times over, throughout the years. As a result, you may have tried either the original or an updated version of a concept that was never worked but that never let those minor details stand in its way!
How many of these hilarious fitness trends have you attempted?
- Vibration Belt Machine – First created in the 1920s, these machines became their most popular in the 1940s and wrapped a wide belt around the area where you want to reduce body fat. The other side of the belt is attached to a machine that roughly vibrates the belt against the body fat around your middle, butt or thighs. There is absolutely no evidence that anything other than the user’s dignity got any smaller.
- ThighMaster – This exercise and slimming device was iconic in the 1980s and even the 1990s, with Suzanne Somers as its spokesperson. Somers originally gained fame by playing Chrissy Snow for a few seasons of the popular sitcom at the time, Three’s Company. It was originally invented by Josh Reynolds, but Somers got behind it and it sold millions of units as consumers wanted to achieve the same body shape – particularly in the thighs and backside – as Suzanne Somers. The gadget became a long-term joke, particularly because of the action it required people to take in opening and closing their legs.
- Tae Bo – Tae Bo, which became popular through actor Billy Blanks, was the 1990s version of what Jane Fonda’s workouts had been in the 1980s. This became a kickboxing video series that was meant to be kickboxing cardio. Blanks originally called it Karobics, but then called it Tae Bo to sound more like taekwondo – for which Blanks was an instructor – and because “karobics”, as it turns out, was already copyrighted. According to Blanks, it stood for “Total Awareness of Excellent Body Obedience.” The videos were massively popular despite the fact that the majority of people doing them were not able to keep up with the workouts and did them improperly.