Atkins. Hydroxycut. Baby food diet. These are all fads that at one point dominated the health and fitness arena. How many of you remember the commercials for Hydroxycut showing before and after pictures of people who were already at a fairly normal body weight, lose even more pounds? And why was it always around 30-40 pounds? Those pictures never made sense to me. Anyway, my point is that there are always new fads popping up in an industry that grossed $25.8 billion in 2015 and continues to grow. Hydroxycut and similar products targeted the dieting portion of the industry. Let’s take a look at some of the exercise fads from the past. I remember many of these, some are before my time, but pretty much all of them are nostalgic and even funny. Shall we begin?
Suzanne Summers debuted this product in the 1990s and it actually is still selling quite well. Sales of the product have exceeded $100 million. I still think its a waste of time. there are better and more aesthetically tactful ways to get the same result. But hey, it must be working if it’s still selling.
Billy Blanks used to get it in with this one. I gotta say, when growing up in the 1990s I remember my siblings and I splitting our sides over our parodies of this exercise. But in all seriousness, it actually works. Blanks combined the martial art taekwondo and boxing to spike the heart rate and increase the metabolic rate. I include boxing in my fitness regiment and after just a few minutes of punching the bag, I am out of breath. Combining the discipline of taekwondo with the intensity of boxing will definitely pack a punch.
3. Richard Simmons
You probably saw this one coming. We couldn’t leave Simmons out of the list for old workout fads. His style was definitely one of a kind. No grown man should have shorts that short. Not for everyone, but it did get many people moving. Simmons released a special edition in 2008 in which people can still work out to 1980s music. I just can’t get over the fact that he worked out habitually in a tutu, that just ain’t right.
4. Health & Beauty Belt Massager
This machine was designed to literally shake the excess fat off through high-frequency waves, as the manufacturer states. I didn’t know this thing was still around. Guess what? It’s still selling! I remember seeing this in movies and thinking it was a joke. While the belt massager does nothing for fat loss, it apparently helps with back pain and nerve pain. The massaging nature of the belt relieves the lymphatic system as well. You can also use it with another person. Not something I want to try, but hey maybe you can relieve your back pain with a friend.
5. TWISTER RAVE SKIP-IT
Oh my goodness. This used to fill up our block with skipping competitions. Unfortunately, we were too rough on ours and it broke within a week. So maybe you had more fun and longevity out of yours if you had one. But these were actually quite popular. Sales started in the 1980s and can still be purchased at your local Toys-R-Us for roughly $20.
Can you think of any other exercise fads that have stuck around or disappeared? If not, check out the rest of these fads like Body By Jake that had an impact on the industry.