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Useless Exercise and Gym Machines

There are many exercises and gym machines that are completely useless. When we say useless, we mean with no real benefit to build muscle, lose fat or burn calories. So, here is our list:

Photo- Vibrating Belt Machine- Useless for Weight Loss (felixtcat@flickr)

Vibrating Belt Machine: Have you seen those archaic gym machines with a belt that people wear around their waist… and then the belt shakes and vibrates. People think it helps them lose weight, but really .. it does nothing. How can a vibrating belt help you lose weight. If it did, wouldn’t we all hot bodies with just a little shaking and vibrating.

Waist Twisting Stand: Unlike the previous machine, this one still exists in gyms. You stand on this, hold on to the bar in front of you and twist your lower body, while keeping your upper body straight. People think all the twisting on this contraption will help stretch the fat away, but all that twisting and stretching could actually harm you- you might pull a muscle in your back or your side.

Barbell Stretch: This one is not a contraption, but its an incredibly popular exercise in Indian gyms. Basically holding a wooden bar over your shoulders and your arms over it, forming a T shape. Then, your bend from side to side. The common belief again is that it helps to ‘stretch and loosen the fat so it helps to lose weight’. We’d like to laugh at that thought, but we’ll restrain, and tell you that- physical stretching cannot help increase the ability to lose fat.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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