January 23, 2019
7 Common Lies about Exercise Equipment

7 Common Lies about Exercise Equipment

by Berkeley Wellness  

Buying exercise equipment can be tricky, since the claims are often overblown. You don't want to end up with an expensive contraption you don't use. Watch out for these warning signs, advises the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):

1. Claims that a machine or device can provide long-lasting, easy, "no-sweat" results. No way—you can't get the benefits of exercise unless you put in the time and effort.

2. Claims that you will lose many pounds or several inches in a short time ("7 inches in 7 days" or "3 dress sizes in 1 month"). Can't be done.

3. Claims that a product can burn fat off one part of the body—for example, buttocks, hips, or stomach. There is no such thing as "spot reducing."

4. Testimonials and before-and-after pictures from "satisfied" customers.

5. Advertised weight-loss results that are based on more than just using the machine. The small print may say you also have to cut your calories—and that, more than the machine, may be what results in lost pounds.

6. Deceptive pricing such as "$49.95 a month." Do the math, and watch out for high shipping and handling fees, sales tax, and set-up fees.

7. A "30-day money-back guarantee." Get the details. You'll probably have to pay for return shipping on a heavy piece of equipment.

Report it: If you think you've been ripped off, tell the FTC: call toll-free 877-FTC-HELP or go to the FTC website.