Fitness fads are a dime a dozen. In general, most fitness fads are too-great-to-believe products that claim to be able to help you lose huge amounts of weight in an insanely short amount of time. They pretty much never work. If you want to avoid these fads, just remember that losing weight and gaining muscle are not easy. Anyone is capable of doing it, but it takes time and hard work. As a rule of thumb, be skeptical of anything that claims to make it a breeze. With that in mind, these are the top fitness fads of the past half century that have come and gone:

The Vibrating Belt

These exercise machines were hugely popular in the 1960’s. You or your parents may remember seeing them in just about every department store including JCPenney, Sears, and many more. They were also on TV infomercials just about every night and just about every spa had one or two of them. These machines essentially used a vibrating belt to shake your body. They claimed that by shaking the fat for long enough, it would just melt away. However, the truth is that they just didn’t really do much.

Roller Skating

Roller skating first became big in the 70’s.  Actually, roller skating is a great way to get some exercise, especially for your legs, and to burn calories. However, for some reason, they are just not very popular anymore. Even inline skates, which were later introduced in the 90’s, are fairly rare nowadays.

Wii Fit

Released in 2006, the Wii was a smash hit and one of it’s games, Wii Fit, became a pop culture phenomenon. But why didn’t it’s popularity stick? It’s not that is was bad or didn’t work, actually, it was definitely better at keeping kids active than a regular video game. However, it just wasn’t as effective as a real workout using real exercise equipment. In the end, it just became another piece of fitness equipment which was used regularly at first but ultimately forgotten about.

Fitness fads have always been a part of pop culture and there are many more examples that we didn’t discuss including Shake Weight, ThighMaster, 8-Minute Abs, and many more. However, if you are serious about losing weight, gaining muscle, and keeping a healthy lifestyle, try PumpFit Club. At PumpFit, we offer personalized group training classes that are fun, inclusive, and effective. Contact us today to try a free class.