Infomercial Investigation

Posted on 11/23/2009 | Comments ()
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Dr. Oz puts 3 popular infomercial fitness products to the test! Read the below reviews from Consumer Reports Health:

 

Ab Rocket, $100

The Ab Rocket is a chair with cylinders that adds resistance when you rock back and forth. Its major claim is that it will give you the body you've wanted in just 5 minutes a day. In reality, Consumer Reports Health found that while this product might be good for most beginners, it is slightly less effective than traditional abdominal exercises like sit-ups.

 

Tony Little Rock ’n Roll Stepper, $80

The Tony Little Rock'n Roll Stepper is a stair-stepper that rocks side-to-side. Its major claim is that it will give you a great butt, great legs and great weight loss. In reality, Consumer Reports Health found that it burned the same number of calories as on a flat treadmill at 3.5 mph in the same time but was actually found to be less effective than conventional leg exercises, although it can be a fun cardio workout for beginners.


Perfect Pushup, $40
The Perfect Pushup is a device with rotating pushup handles which claims to engage more muscles while helping reduce strain on the wrist and elbows. In reality, Consumer Reports Health found that it was indeed a good upper-body workout for beginners and advanced exercisers who wanted to add variety to their pushup routine.

For tips about how to choose the best fitness machine for your needs and more details about the devices described above and several others, go to Consumer Reports Health.