6 Types Of Fitness Products That Are A Waste Of Money


Purchasing the right fitness products for your home gym can be a challenging and costly endeavor.

To help you put together the perfect home gym I’ve compiled the following list which outlines 6 types if fitness products that are a waste of money.

Fitness Products Advertising Effortless Workouts

These types of fitness products claim to be able to do all the hard work for you. All you have to do is purchase the product, sit back, relax and let it give you a workout.

Buying such a gadget to help get you in shape is the same as buying a player piano to help teach you how to play the piano.

The fact of the matter is that there is no such thing as an “effortless workout”. In order for a workout to be effective, your heart rate must be raised, which will in turn cause you to breath hard as your oxygen intake increases and your body sweats. Any activity, that does not increase your heart rate or put stress on your muscles cannot be classified as a workout.

Now, do you see how ridiculously ineffective these types of pricey fitness products will be at getting you in shape?

Small Weights Designed Especially For Women

Adding weight training to your daily workout routine is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Women who weight train are less likely to develop Osteoporosis as well as Type II Diabetes and heart disease.

However, small hand-weights, marketed especially to women, are part of a group of ineffective fitness products that do nothing more than pray on women’s fears. Of course by “small hand-weights” I am referring to dumbbells that weigh 1 to 5 pounds and are designed to be held while jogging or power walking.

The reason why these dumbbells are marketed to women is the myth that women will bulk up if they lift weights heavier than these. However, nothing is further from the truth. Most healthy women need to left a dumbbell that weighs at least 8-10lbs in order to break a sweat, increase their calorie burn during cardio workouts and begin to tone their upper bodies. If you don’t believe me consider the following:

  • Most of us lift babies and toddlers who weigh way more than these hand weights, several times a day, and we haven’t bulked up yet
  • Most of us lift grocery bags that weigh way more than 5lbs, when we bring in the groceries and we haven’t bulked up yet
  • Most of us have soup cans that weigh more than these hand weights. So, why waste money on these types of fitness products when we can just grab a couple of soup cans and carry those with us on our walks?

Do you see my point now? Of course, carrying a decent amount of weight while exercising is a great way to increase you calorie burn. Weighted jackets, that weigh at least 25lbs, are a great alternative for women looking to incorporate weights into their cardio workouts.

“Mini” Gym Cardio Machine Knock-Offs

Tiny stair climbers AKA “air climbers”, tiny treadmills that consist of nothing more than a flimsy moving belt (which BTW is dangerous), small stationary bikes that consist of nothing more than a seat, a couple of petals and no resistance, etc. are all examples of knock-off fitness products designed to rip off home fitness enthusiasts looking to save a little money.

So, what is wrong with home fitness equipment designed to make gym-quality workout machines accessible to all? The problem is that a lot of these types of fitness products are not gym-quality. A lot of these types of mini cardio machines have poor designs and bad engineering which can ultimately lead to various injuries, and lower back pain.

Muscle Stimulation Machines

Electronic muscle stimulation machines were originally designed for doctors who specialize in chronic pain management and physical therapists who work to rehabilitate specific sport injuries. However, at some point, someone had the bright idea to market these machines as the latest miracle fitness product.

As a result, we’ve all seen those ridiculous infomercials of belts, which deliver a mild, electric shock to the abdominal muscles, and promise to give us 6-pack abs, while we sit on the couch or behind our computers all day long.

Do not waste your hard earned money on these types of fitness products! The only two things that will help you attain the flat belly of your dreams are diet and exercise.

Weight Loss Clothing

Of all the ridiculous fitness products in existence, weight loss clothing take the cake. Of course, by “weight loss clothing” I am referring to vinyl suits that make you sweat, Velcro waist bands that promise to abolish your belly fat, shoes that promise to tone your legs without exercise, etc.

All of these types of fitness products base their marketing schemes on the notion that it is possible to spot reduce fat, with minimal effort. The concept of spot reducing fat has been proven false by countless scientific sources many times over. However, it still remains one of the oldest myths in the health and fitness industry mainly because of its usefulness to the marketing industry.

There is absolutely no scientific evidence that demonstrates any of these types of fitness products, alone, work to help you lose fat, in a specific spot. So, don’t waste your money!

Fat Burners & Metabolism Boosters

The weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, alone. And it’s crowning glory are a number of “fat burning” pills which claim to be able to prevent our bodies from absorbing, or storing, the fat we eat. Of course, none of the claims the manufacturers of these diet pills make are FDA approved. However, that doesn’t stop the weight loss industry from marketing it’s “fat burning” metabolism boosting” diet pills as the ultimate cure for our national obesity problem.

So, what is the harm in making a diet pill designed to help overweight people shed the pounds? The problem with these types of diet pills is that they are nothing more than caffeine pills, with a few other proprietary secret ingredients mixed in, which can be extremely dangerous to people with a wide variety of diagnosed and undiagnosed health conditions, including those with heart disease, heart palpitations, Diabetes, depression, etc.

So, how do these pills really work? Well, caffeine, when taken in large doses, can lead to appetite suppression, hyperactivity, diarrhea, and a large amount of water weight loss, which combined together, can lead to a small amount of temporary weight loss. 

If you’re curious about the physical effects of fat burners please see: My Experiment With Lipo 6 Black This article chronicles what I went through when I took this popular fat burner.

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Paulin Soleyman
Paulin Soleyman is the founder and editor of The Underground Bootcamp. Her goal is to help everyday people live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives by sharing all that she knows about healthy living, nutrition, and fitness.
Paulin Soleyman


  1. says

    Great post! I hate all the rip off fitness products on the market too – they really do a disservice to people who want to get healthier, those companies should be ashamed of themselves for taking $ from people that could be better spent on actually getting them stuff that they need.

  2. says

    Great tips. I especially hate when companies try to push the “barbie weights” as my friend calls those itty bitty 1-3 pounders. I actually have had some success with my Zaggora Hot Pants, but these are meant to be used to help burn more DURING exercise, not while sitting at a desk.

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