Fitness Novelty vs Fitness Science
I had to chuckle when this new fitness device showed up in my news feed today.
Novelty drives the fitness marketplace, and thatâ€™s a shame because weâ€™d all be so much better served if science drove the market. Wouldnâ€™t it be better to hear; â€œHereâ€™s a new device to get 15% more intensity from your triceps!â€
Instead we get fitness models swinging a 4lb axe.
And itâ€™s not that chopping wood canâ€™t be great exercise. When I was a kid my brothers and I had to cut and split several cords of Canadian maple hardwood every autumn.
We used an 8lb splitting maul (twice the weight of this new toy) and occasionally a 12lb sledgehammer and a splitting wedge. It was very demanding, although it was mostly because of the volume of exercise over hours of hard manual labor.
Itâ€™s great that we live at a time when new technology can track our exercise and make calculations for us, itâ€™s just too bad that technology is squandered on silly novelty (remember Shake Weights??) instead of objective measurements of each individualâ€™s power, intensity, duration, and recovery.
I guess progress moves too slowly for all of us in every area of human and social improvement.
Until then the rational among us will avoid silly gadgets and create a market for real innovation and good exercise science.