This article is from the Aerobics Fitness FAQ, by email@example.com (Robles) with numerous contributions by others.
The fitness industry changes all the time, and along with these
changes come trends and fads in the types of exercise people prefer
to do and the machines and equipment they use to do it. Some of
these items are good, and some are junk.
As pointed out by Ken <firstname.lastname@example.org), nobody
is able to test every piece of equipment on the market. Before
you buy any new gadget, ask the experienced fitness folks in the
misc.fitness.aerobic newsgroup for their opinions, and also ask
yourself the following questions.
- What does the device claim to do?
- How will it accomplish the goal?
- If the device claims to train specific muscles,
does it use motions similar to those I might use without
the device such as gravity or other less expensive forms
- Does the device encourage me to train my other muscles as
well? Does the device provide a balanced program for
training my other muscles?
- Is this device putting other parts of me at risk (such as my
low back or joints)?
- Does the device make claims that it can produce seemingly
impossible results in very short periods of time?
If you are still convinced that the device is for you, and you
buy it, please write a review in misc.fitness.aerobic so others can
learn from your experience.