Posted by Nicci | Posted in Exercise Equipment, Fitness, Way Back Wednesday | Posted on 01-06-2011
Life Mimics Art, and As Seen On TV Exercise Products are No Exception
Strangely shaped walking shoes designed to shape and firm your derriere have recently become quite popular. On one hand, I’m intrigued, because anything that will give me a workout without me having to, you know, work out sounds a-okay to me. On the other hand, I think these shoes with the bulky, curved soles look flat ridiculous. Whenever I see them, I can’t help but think of the old Seinfeld episode, “The Jimmy.”
In “The Jimmy,” George and Jerry befriend Jimmy who wears special shoes that are supposed to help him jump higher. Somehow, Kramer ends up wearing the shoes, and yada, yada, yada . . . Mel Torme thinks he’s mentally challenged.
This is what Jimmy’s shoes look like:
As much as I think the new shape-up, toning shoes look ridiculous and make me think of Jimmy’s shoes, I found As Seen On TV exercise equipment from the 1980′s and 1990′s that out-jimmies Jimmy.
Enter the Exerlopers:
The spring-soled Exerlopers are designed to:
- Reduce shock to the joints associated with running
- Maximize your workout by adding varied motion to your running
- Increase your speed and your vertical leap with spring supported action
- Make you look like a complete fool
Exerlopers were developed in the mid-1980′s by Canadian inventor Gregory Lekhtman, and enjoyed celebrity fame in 1993 when Lekhtman’s girlfriend, then-Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, was seen wearing Exerlopers as she exercised.
Exerlopers are still available today, and you can even adapt them for an at-home workout using Insta-Runner. According to the Exerlopers website, Insta-Runner is a “unique collapsible running stand which provides a workout for the upper and lower body.” The handlebars on the Insta-Runner swivel to provide upper body resistance while you run in place wearing your Exerlopers.
As Seen on TV Exercise Equipment for Multi-Taskers
The idea behind Exerlopers is sound exercise advice. Why simply run when you can run AND jump at the same time? Why do cardio alone when you can combine cardio and strength training in one workout? People want maximum results in minimum time, and infomercial exercise videos and equipment that allow you to combine effective fitness routines are among the most popular As Seen On TV products available.
The Bowflex Treadclimber combines the motion of a stairclimber, a treadmill, and an elliptical trainer to amplify fat-burning cardio. FlexShaper is designed to combine resistance training with aerobic exercise for simultaneous toning and fat burning.
Products using Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), like the FlexBelt ab belt or the FlexMini butt and thigh toner, let you discreetly work out your abs or lower body as you go about your daily business.
Of course, if modesty is not important when it comes to your As Seen On TV exercise routine (you’re not still wearing spandex pants, are you?) then Exerlopers are, er, leaps and bounds beyond discretion.