no images were foundLast year I wrote a blog post about the Jump Snap, a ropeless jump rope that I happen to think is a useless waste of time. (If you’re not familiar with the Jump Snap event from last year, read the post AND the comments for June 21 AND June 24.) Even now, the idea of a ropeless jump rope is still as absurd to me as would be a weightless barbell or a 45 lb. laptop computer – it is, in my opinion, an oxymoron in physical form.
Last night as I was watching the Super Bowl with some friends the subject of last year’s Jump Snap debate came up. I was then introduced to yet another pillar of exercise science, The Perfect Situp machine (pictured). “Don’t work 1/2 of your abs, work all of them,” suggests their ad campaign. I’m not even sure what that means. I vaguely remember something in the intro video I watched about situps being “too hard” (which is reminiscent of the Jump Snap infomercial as well), and how this contraption helps to alleviate that problem. Thank goodness – we can’t go around all the time with hard things out there like situps threatening to ruin our sunshiny day.
Let’s say you want to climb to the top of a mountain, but decide that climbing is too hard and you take a helicopter instead. When you return with your glorious adventure stories, people will think you’re joking when you tell them you climbed a mountain by helicopter. Same thing with the idea of jumping rope for 45 minutes straight but without the rope, or doing situps in something that makes situps easier.
I realize I’m preaching to the choir in this forum, but seriously folks, you have to understand this simple truth: it’s not too hard for you to do; you’re just not good enough at it yet. And nothing is too heavy for you to lift, you’re just not strong enough to lift it yet. But there is a better way to strengthen and improve your weaknesses than by watering them down to the point where you can avoid them all together.
If this “As seen on TV” product pattern keeps up, it won’t be long before you can buy a machine that shakes your Shake Weight for you, since you’ll be too weak to do it yourself. Operators are standing by (well, they’re SITTING by – standing is too hard).