Recently, the technology and demand for safe and efficient exercise accessories has really taken off, take Proviz’s popular and award-winning REFLECT360 range for example. However, not all innovations in exercise and fitness have been quite as successful. There have been countless fads in exercise and fitness; from clothing, to machines, to diets and workouts. Some are weird, some hilarious, and some down-right dangerous. Either way, it’s easy to see why some fads lasted, and some should never have made it off the ground.
Joanna Rohrback posted the Youtube sensation Prancercise: A Fitness Workout in 2012, and since then the video has been viewed by over 11 million people. The instructional video aimed to spread the word of Joanna’s unique exercise method, but instead gained popularity for its comedic quality. The technique of Prancercise is pretty self-explanatory – Joanna teaches you to hop and bounce as you walk at a medium pace and bend your arms in a small flying motion, essentially “prancing”. But whether you can actually get fit from this is hard to tell. Watch the video for yourself and see why it caught on, but not in the way it intended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-50GjySwew
2. The Treadmill Bike
The idea behind this innovative exercise machine is also pretty self-explanatory. It is essentially a treadmill with wheels. While many products are made to fill a gap in the market, it’s difficult to see how or why there would be any demand for this contraption. The bike boasts the same fitness benefits of the regular bicycle, “while protecting your feet from dirt and other contaminants commonly found on the earth's surface”. The beauty of the outdoors, without even touching the ground! Not surprisingly, the Treadmill Bike hasn’t really caught on, and with a retail price of around £1,650, it isn’t cheap either.
3. Vibrating Platforms
Much like the vibrating belt phenomenon in the 1950s, vibrating platforms boast fitness and weight loss benefits, without you actually having to do anything. The idea behind vibrating platforms is to apply the science of the body’s natural response to destabilization. And although there have been some proven benefits to this form of movement, the claims that this is a fat-burning wonder machine are unfounded. It would be great to achieve physical health and fitness just by standing on a platform for a few minutes a day, but unfortunately real exercise takes a bit more work than that. Some vibrating platforms can cost upwards of £5,000, so it’s any wonder why they still aren’t very popular.
4. Horse Riding Fitness Ace Power
This interesting device was designed for those who love the movement of horse-riding but hate the outdoors, and even horses it seems. Hailing from Korea, the exercise machine is “for those who like to ride the horse in front of TV and in home comfort of their own space.” Well you will definitely get your own space if you use the Horse Riding Fitness Ace Power, as no-one will want to be seen with you! The machine also has the disadvantage of not simulating anything like real horse-riding. Instead of the strength and agility needed when riding a living horse, the machine merely bounces you up and down with a small amount of resistance. It’s easy to see why this exercise machine never caught on.
5. Breatharianism (Or Living on Light)
People often swear by diet alone to bring them health and weight loss, but it has long been proven that a combination of diet and exercise is the best method. The Breatharian “diet” takes things to a whole new level, teaching that people can be nourished from light alone. Much like plants, Breatharians believe that you don’t need to eat or drink, and that once you achieve true harmony and peace, the body can survive without food, water, and sleep. Not only is this incredibly untrue, the diet is also very dangerous. An Australian woman publicly tested the diet out, but had to stop after 4 days when her speech slowed, her pupils dilated, and her body became severely dehydrated. This extreme diet has definitely not caught on, and for very good reason!
While diet and fitness fads may come and go, one thing that will always be true is that your safety comes first. Wearing specially designed sportswear helps support the body and can help reduce the chance of injury. Similarly, if exercising outdoors it is equally important to ensure that you are visible to on-coming traffic, whether that be people, cars, cyclists or even horses! Keep yourself safe and check out Proviz’s full range of highly reflective sportswear.