As-Seen-On-TV Exercisers

If getting into shape is high on your list of New Year's resolutions and you're wondering if some infomercial exercise products can get you there, you're in luck!

Consumer Reports' just put three to the test.

There's nothing like a good infomercial to grab your attention!

Infomercial says, "Get ready to punch your way to the perfect body!"

Consumer Reports tested three-Jay Glazer's Perfect Punch...Rhythm Rocker by Kymaro...and for women-the CoreBody Reformer.

Kim Kleman of Consumer Reports says, "We rounded up staffers to try out each product. We called on a fitness industry expert to evaluate each one. We even had our nutrition expert take a look at the diets that came with two of the products."

Infomercial says, "Just glove up, strap in, and start punching!"

The 30-dollar Perfect Punch uses mixed martial arts techniques to get you in shape.

But Consumer Reports found you can burn roughly the same amount of calories jogging four-and-a-half miles per hour for 15 minutes. And it was far from perfect.

Eugene Chin says, "It kept rubbing against my shoulder."

Erin Gudeux says, "One more time those bands come snapping up and hit me in the ears, I was going to rip it in half."

Next up-the 99 dollar Rhythm Rocker by Kymaro.

The infomercial says, "The rockin, crunchin', rollin', workout system."

The Rhythm Rocker comes with several different workouts and a nutrition guide. Consumer Reports' panelists tried out the eleven-and-a-half minute dance blast video.

Turns out you burn the equivalent of walking only two miles per hour on a treadmill.

Kleman says, "As for the seven-day diet, it's pretty strict so you could probably lose weight, but our nutrition expert said it offered limited food options and no maintenance program"

And finally the 240-dollar Nautilus CoreBody Reformer for women. It combines Yoga, Pilates, and dance in one workout.

Panelists found some of the balance exercises tricky, but overall the machine did well in Consumer Reports tests.

Kleman says, "The workouts are well-rounded, and if you're somewhat fit and are looking to improve your strength and flexibility, it might be one to consider."

Consumer Reports says the CoreBody Reformer can also help you improve your balance. And another advantage is the diet. Consumer Reports says it's easy to follow, and you can lose a slow and steady one to two pounds a week.


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