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Worthless Gym Equipment

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Created June 23, 2012 at 2:05 AM

What do you feel is the most worthless piece of gym equipment?

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on June 24, 2012
at 11:22 PM

I find the gym stifling, even with the ventilation. Also, I live on the West Coast, so it's pretty temperate all year. I guess that makes us a tad spoiled. I definitely understand people doing cardio in the gym in winter in Saskatchewan!

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on June 24, 2012
at 11:24 AM

A bit silly but not the most worthless by far. Anyone whose workout consists of just walking on a treadmill has my support, at least they're doing something. I've been in that kind of shape and although I've hit the trail in just about every condition imaginable, I wouldn't expect it from everyone else. For many doing anything is far superior than doing nothing.

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on June 24, 2012
at 11:19 AM

I don't do cardio like the typical cardio-freak but it isn't hard to understand why they'd choose a gym over outdoors. Personally I enjoy the outdoors, I've run in snow and sub-freezing temps in my vibrams as well as the rain and mud of spring and fall, hell, I've even run in 100 degree summer time temps. But even though I can still enjoy a little cardio in all of those conditions it isn't beyond my comprehension to think that most folks would prefer to exercise in the controlled environment of a gym.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 23, 2012
at 07:43 PM

terrible answer.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on June 23, 2012
at 04:58 PM

I'd run for the hills if my gym purchased Shake Weights

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on June 23, 2012
at 04:47 PM

If I saw that in my gym, I might start smacking people.

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on June 23, 2012
at 04:45 PM

Okay, you can have your row machine, but I insist the other people walk/run/bike outside.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on June 23, 2012
at 04:27 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp7-BTnHCzI I remember this one from awhile back.

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on June 23, 2012
at 02:18 PM

I used to be the coordinator of our offices health and fitness program. Our budget was a mere $2000 for a staff of 50 people. My team and I put our heads together and came up with the concept of the AS SEEN ON TV GYM. A Gym with only equipment you see on late night T.V. Sadly I left the organization and it never came to be.

45663c0d00f0b482d031e29b4c94a4cc

(304)

on June 23, 2012
at 12:38 PM

As a rower, I'd have to disagree with you on the last one. Even single sculls are crazy expensive, not to mention a trailer to haul one and a dock with a rack to store it. You can always join the local association for several hundred dollars, but then a casual afternoon row comes with and the added necessity of requiring an additional person in a motored boat out on the water with you (safety/liability). Rowing in a canoe or kayak is not the same workout, either. Plus, in the winter, water is frozen! tl;dr rowing is a very inconvenient sport! :)

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 23, 2012
at 12:29 PM

That's a contender. I especially like this version: "The first training device that is a girl’s best friend. The VibroGym® Evolution Diamond has been embellished with over 65,000 genuine CRYSTALLIZEDTM - Swarovski Elements, allowing the vibrating plate to glitter and sparkle. This vibrating plate will not only make women’s hearts beat faster..." Sadly no videos on the site.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 23, 2012
at 12:23 PM

When it's super hot and humid, I'm really glad I have cheap access to a treadmill. When the heat index is 104F, or the 6 AM humidity is near 100%, I'll still get in my walking. Not ideal, but much better than not at all.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 23, 2012
at 11:43 AM

We always called it the "yes, no" machine

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on June 23, 2012
at 11:32 AM

This is why i wear ear buds!

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 23, 2012
at 04:34 AM

Ha! My family did an "As Seen on TV" exchange among the adults last year. We were all worried everyone would get Shake Weights!

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on June 23, 2012
at 03:54 AM

I think of it as a really punitive gyno visit.

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on June 23, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Is that the "good girl, naughty girl" machine?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 23, 2012
at 02:30 AM

I'd go with the elliptical. OMFG.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 23, 2012
at 02:22 AM

No way. It's one of the best pieces of equipment for working on core stability and speed work. But people who do squats and curls and other crap on it are just stupid. That is not functional.

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35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on June 23, 2012
at 03:58 AM

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on June 23, 2012
at 04:47 PM

If I saw that in my gym, I might start smacking people.

3
E2123e1da4ccbe211c9cbd82356fe4bc

on June 23, 2012
at 03:46 AM

the shake weight. And, for your viewing pleasure... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=57IoQcuKPxc

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 23, 2012
at 04:34 AM

Ha! My family did an "As Seen on TV" exchange among the adults last year. We were all worried everyone would get Shake Weights!

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on June 23, 2012
at 04:27 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp7-BTnHCzI I remember this one from awhile back.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on June 23, 2012
at 04:58 PM

I'd run for the hills if my gym purchased Shake Weights

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on June 23, 2012
at 02:18 PM

I used to be the coordinator of our offices health and fitness program. Our budget was a mere $2000 for a staff of 50 people. My team and I put our heads together and came up with the concept of the AS SEEN ON TV GYM. A Gym with only equipment you see on late night T.V. Sadly I left the organization and it never came to be.

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Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

on June 23, 2012
at 03:57 AM

Actually, I think it's the cardio machines. I go to the gym to lift weights, because I can't afford all the weights. But why, especially in nice weather, are people doing cardio indoors? Buy a real bike, go for a real walk/jog, fake row in a real boat.

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on June 24, 2012
at 11:19 AM

I don't do cardio like the typical cardio-freak but it isn't hard to understand why they'd choose a gym over outdoors. Personally I enjoy the outdoors, I've run in snow and sub-freezing temps in my vibrams as well as the rain and mud of spring and fall, hell, I've even run in 100 degree summer time temps. But even though I can still enjoy a little cardio in all of those conditions it isn't beyond my comprehension to think that most folks would prefer to exercise in the controlled environment of a gym.

45663c0d00f0b482d031e29b4c94a4cc

(304)

on June 23, 2012
at 12:38 PM

As a rower, I'd have to disagree with you on the last one. Even single sculls are crazy expensive, not to mention a trailer to haul one and a dock with a rack to store it. You can always join the local association for several hundred dollars, but then a casual afternoon row comes with and the added necessity of requiring an additional person in a motored boat out on the water with you (safety/liability). Rowing in a canoe or kayak is not the same workout, either. Plus, in the winter, water is frozen! tl;dr rowing is a very inconvenient sport! :)

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on June 24, 2012
at 11:22 PM

I find the gym stifling, even with the ventilation. Also, I live on the West Coast, so it's pretty temperate all year. I guess that makes us a tad spoiled. I definitely understand people doing cardio in the gym in winter in Saskatchewan!

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on June 23, 2012
at 04:45 PM

Okay, you can have your row machine, but I insist the other people walk/run/bike outside.

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76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

on June 23, 2012
at 02:28 AM

What do you feel is the most worthless piece of gym equipment?

The guy who wants to teach me how to train though I know he's an avid steroid user with a gut like a love seat and an empty protein bar wrapper in his shirt pocket with a protein drink mustache to pull it all together...do gyms have to have these guys on the pay roll or something?

Truth.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on June 23, 2012
at 11:32 AM

This is why i wear ear buds!

1
61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 23, 2012
at 01:21 PM

The membership card that doesn't get used!

1
Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 23, 2012
at 11:45 AM

http://www.vibrogym.com/

Professional version of the shake weight.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 23, 2012
at 12:29 PM

That's a contender. I especially like this version: "The first training device that is a girl’s best friend. The VibroGym® Evolution Diamond has been embellished with over 65,000 genuine CRYSTALLIZEDTM - Swarovski Elements, allowing the vibrating plate to glitter and sparkle. This vibrating plate will not only make women’s hearts beat faster..." Sadly no videos on the site.

0
5b5abb28f3cacf4f5a01497f2895d072

(238)

on June 23, 2012
at 08:29 AM

treadmills. What's wrong with the pavement? I think people who drive to a gym to walk on a treadmill ought be committed. The only excuse is when there's so much snow outside you can't run.

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on June 24, 2012
at 11:24 AM

A bit silly but not the most worthless by far. Anyone whose workout consists of just walking on a treadmill has my support, at least they're doing something. I've been in that kind of shape and although I've hit the trail in just about every condition imaginable, I wouldn't expect it from everyone else. For many doing anything is far superior than doing nothing.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 23, 2012
at 07:43 PM

terrible answer.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 23, 2012
at 12:23 PM

When it's super hot and humid, I'm really glad I have cheap access to a treadmill. When the heat index is 104F, or the 6 AM humidity is near 100%, I'll still get in my walking. Not ideal, but much better than not at all.

0
9e3bf43de29f66e5bb7be9c7d176b5e1

on June 23, 2012
at 05:11 AM

Most seated ab machines, save the highest quality nautilus/MedX ones.

0
34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on June 23, 2012
at 03:13 AM

There is some kind of "lumbar torquer" machine taking up valuable real estate in my gym. It looks like you sit down, grip two handles and twist at the waist. At best it seems like it would give the ladies who use it that wide mid-section they all want so badly, at worst maybe a slipped disc or something.

0
F738c080ab3aefb614ac985c9782f958

on June 23, 2012
at 03:12 AM

The most useless piece I would say is the ab/adu tion machine.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 23, 2012
at 11:43 AM

We always called it the "yes, no" machine

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on June 23, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Is that the "good girl, naughty girl" machine?

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on June 23, 2012
at 03:54 AM

I think of it as a really punitive gyno visit.

0
C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on June 23, 2012
at 03:06 AM

Calf raise machine. I stil

l remember as a fat 13 yrold flipping through the pages of Flex magazine. Seeing this ripped huge dude grunting with every vain in his body popping out. As I turned to the next page, I was let down. He was doing seated calf raises with two 45# plates. What a rip.

0
1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on June 23, 2012
at 02:13 AM

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 23, 2012
at 02:30 AM

I'd go with the elliptical. OMFG.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 23, 2012
at 02:22 AM

No way. It's one of the best pieces of equipment for working on core stability and speed work. But people who do squats and curls and other crap on it are just stupid. That is not functional.

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