Another weird exercise machine

The trend continues, with a familiar theme

Power Plate
Mueller Center

As the inevitable New Year's resolutions are almost upon us, exercise equipment makers are coming out in full force. But if there's a common thread among them--despite dubious claims of effectiveness--it's their penchant for odd designs.

The latest evidence of this trend is the "My5 Power Plate." (Is it just us, or does a weight-loss machine that includes the word "plate" in its name seem ill-advised?) But it's not just the look of this thing that bothers us; it's how it supposedly works. So far as we can tell, the basic principle behind the Power Plate is the same kind of vibrating "exercise" claimed by those jiggling belt contraptions seen on TV commercials in the '50s. "The machine produces vibrations that transmit waves of energy throughout the body activating muscle contractions at 35 times per second," Luxist says. Right.

We'd rather save the $4,500 that this thing costs. That would easily pay for a gym membership and leave plenty left over for doughnuts.

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