“This boy in high-laced boots is benefiting from some arm-stretching while working on the balance of his torso” was the original description of this piece of equipment. Hmm…
We’re pretty sure there are more effective and less cumbersome ways to get in a much-needed arm stretch. You know, like raising your arms above your head?
Dr. Lawton’s Guaranteed Fat Reducer
Imagine being told you could rub body fat off, and into the bloodstream with what was, essentially, an oversized tip of an eraser. Completely, utterly, totally useless.
It’s amazing that people actually tried it — but then again, when you’re desperate enough to shed a few pounds, you will literally try anything. Stick to taking a walk around the neighborhood, folks.
So you literally attach a strap to your head, and you move your head and neck around while the rope is secured onto a hook on the wall. Sounds dangerous right? That’s because it most definitely is!
Apparently, the harness strengthens muscles in the neck using “progressive strengthening” — but honestly, we don’t want to risk it.
Now, get a load of this: magnets, secured on gauze, wrapped around your limbs — to help you increase your blood circulation.
Apparently, the science was that blood circulation would improve and you would experience pain relief because the tiny magnets “attract” the iron particles in your blood. Umm, sure.
The Automatic Exerciser
Let’s imagine a piece of exercise equipment that does it all. Okay, you’ve got it in your head? Now unveil the Automatic Exerciser! Basically the predecessor of the Bowflex, these exercisers included pulleys, ropes, and chains that were attached to a bowling-ball size weight.
Seems like that might actually work? Unfortunately not! The mechanics with this one were off, so it didn’t sell particularly well.