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.
Arm Stretch Machine
"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?
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.
So this one SEEMS crazy, but it actually works. Because in general, if you lift something heavy, your body has to work hard to get it up. Sure, not everyone wants to lift a big, heavy ball of concrete, but strongman training acolytes swear by them.
Pretty hardcore if you ask us, but if it works, it works. Seems like cardio and concrete do mix!
Yep, roll on up, folks, Squat Magic is here. Look, we don't mean to shame this piece of equipment but essentially, you’re just doing air squats over a short pole. It apparently “guides and support you on the way down, and assists you on the way up.”
We’re not buying it. At least it isn’t too expensive. We’d rather you go to the gym, do proper air squats, and get to building that booty!