Hey, want to spend your year trying 300 exercises?
Hey, want to spend your year trying 300 exercises?

It is amazing how many exercise devices from flimsy, low-end contraptions to multi-thousand dollar fitness machines are marketed will the alleged feature/benefit of enabling hundreds of exercises. Likewise, it’s very common for training programs to boast of huge variation, often as a way to “keep things fresh” or to “keep your body guessing what’s next.”

That tactic is very disrespectful of you, your time and your money. It’s like being under a car working on an exhaust system and asking a friend to hand you 9/16th open-end wrench and having him dump an entire toolbox full of items on the ground instead. One one tool does the job best why should you sort through hundreds? Why should you have to  try all possible exercises and variations to find out what will work to build your biceps or triceps? What the hell are you buying if it isn’t some expertise on what can save you frustrating mistakes in the gym?

Yet most ads prattle on about all the different exercises you can do. And they tell you how you can constantly change them without running out of variations. Only a guy who wants to spend the absolute maximum time in the gym will value that – and even then it’s just for the busywork, not for productive training. Most of us are spending money to find proven shortcuts and efficiencies that deliver the results we want without us having to resort to trial and err – that’s what we are paying for!

What’s the best exercise to build your quads? What’s the best exercise to build your biceps? What’s the most often you can train and still get results? What’s the least often you can train and still get results? If your current workout can’t show you those answers – and prove them to you in black and white! – get a different training program.

Any team of monkeys can build an exercise contraption for late night TV sales that mimics otherwise effective exercises. Or likewise, cobble together a kitchen sink training program that tells you to keep trying stuff until something eventually pays off. Real, durable value for a fitness consumer comes from finding a program of exercises that have been objectively evaluated for you so you don’t have to pay to be a guinea pig or spend your time reinventing the wheel.

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3 Comments.

  • Indeed, it is amazing that these “wheel spinning” machines sell so well. What is even more amazing is how many people buy these thousand exercise machines, “try them out” the day they arrive, and then “store” them for the rest of…ever.

    They often turn into extra devices for hanging clothes, lol. So I guess the buyers never quite get to trying those 300 exercise variations after all 😉

  • Rene Kittelsen

    *haha* those machines are so useless that I can’t hold myself from laughing.
    I see training equipment like that everywhere and most don’t even use them regulary.

    It’s like most commercial, you buy it, use it and store it. We are all very dependable puppets that way, and we will buy garbage many years to come.
    That’s their trick though, appealing to our “needs” with eye boggling pictures and then sell this crap so someone can make a living.

    Few things work good as expected and that’s a shame, really.

  • Yes lots of variation perhaps most of it pointless on pieces of equipment that will be stored,sold or used as clothes racks.The home gym type contraptions are usually pathetic{some exceptions} over priced,use poor grade materials and the one place where variation would be important-{can you make it heavier and get significant overload}-has a tiny little stack that will be very quickly adjusted to and then where do you go from there.Many will not get that far as such contraptions are bought post Christmas weight gain and pre-holiday/vacation as a desperate measure.However if you have an interest in collecting low quality scrap metal you can do so by finding the now disregarded equipment{one careful owner-perfect condition-still in box etc etc}in the back of your local paper or on e bay.

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