Sunday, October 30, 2011

5 Fat Loss Fitness Gadgets

By Katherine Crawford

I'm sure you have seen them: endless infomercials with in shape models demonstrating the most ridiculous contraptions on earth.

Well, the most interesting aspect of this is that endless people actually take out their credit cards at 2am and place orders.

So, without further ado, here are some gadgets that are not effective for weight loss:

1. Disc-shaped bosus: Personal trainers around the country can be seen using these on their clients. And while they are effective for increasing balance abilities, they are not effective for maximum fat loss. So make sure you program doesn't focus on these if weight loss if your main goal.

2. Dyna discs: Similar to bosu balls, dyna discs are great for increasing stabilization. You see, any time you stand on something that is filled with air, you have to stabilize very hard. The main issue here, however, is that stabilization training isn't the best training for fat loss.

3. Stability balls: Another stabilization device, stability balls are very effective for training your core and abdominal musculature. And when used sparingly, they are good for fat loss as well. But the key here is sparingly. You should sprinkle your workouts with stability ball movements, nothing more.

4. Lifting straps: Now lifting straps should be used only when you are using very heavy weights that you wouldn't be able to move otherwise. The key here is to not abuse the straps because you will limit forearm and grip development. And you don't want this to happen, especially if you have carpal tunnel.

5. Suspension trainers: These bodyweight devices are great for portable workouts, but they simply do not provide enough resistance for the fastest fat loss. You see, for the fastest fat loss you need to maximize hormonal output. And you can only do this with challenging levels of resistance.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You cannot get a six pack by doing 10 minutes of crunches twice a week. I'm sorry, but this just won't happen. So make sure you stay away from the marketing hype, and stick to the basics!

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