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Why am I harping on such an old gimmick such as The ThighMaster?

This product is kinda old (circa 1991), but is well deserved at copping a hiding from yours truely. It genuinely helped kick-start the “results by association” phenomena which is prevalent in the fitness industry today.

If Suzanne Somers has great legs, and she uses the ThighMaster, it must work.

Although this product is (ridiculously) split up into 2 unique products, I’m going to attack them as a whole as it’s pretty much the same thing just in a different size.

First, the blatantly obvious…

How does one achieve an increased heart rate whilst using what is basically a hand-gripper on steroids? This pile of crappola doesn’t even allow you to increase resistance over time, nor does it allow for a complete range of motion.

I’m pretty sure that no matter what level of fitness you’re currently at, the ThighMaster won’t do ‘diddly’ nor ‘squat’ for you. In fact, if you admitted to having purchased one in the past twenty years, you’re probably the kinda person who thinks Santa Claus is real.

Run along now, your imaginary friend is calling for you.

Clint Nielsen

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Clint is a dad and husband trying to stay in shape. He's also a highly opinionated fitness enthusiast and author of Reveal The Steel. Follow him on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+

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  • OMG I don’t know if I should admit this but I have one of those and I’m looking at it right now ..seriously … I’m sure someone gave it to me as a present … anyhow better go and finish my workout with the shake weight …can’t wait until they bring out the barbell version

  • Joob says:

    I am going to categorize users of the thighmaster in the same group as women who read magazines while using the abductor and adductor.

    Don’t knock the shakeweight! Their flawless advertising make me want to run around with one in each arm. HAH (a touch of sarcasm maybe…)

  • Bryan says:

    Man, 20$ in 1991 was a good hunk of change. To think that these gimmicks are constantly being created and recreated in order to make a dollar is sad. But the thing that makes me even more sad comes from a radio commercial I heard this morning. It was an advertisement that said, “Now you really don’t have to do anything to lose weight!” It was just another pill that can make you lose upwards of 30 pounds in a few months. WOW! How awesome does that sound? Do nothing, get into shape, and live better! Where do I sign up?… sigh, get off your fat ass and do something. Test yourself and say no to ice cream the next time someone offers. That’s difficult isn’t it? ( Yes I know for some people it really is. ) Keep them coming Clint, I always need something to fuel my fire!

  • The thigh master is a classic! It’s so easy to use because it is doing nothing at all!

    People are so averse to hard work, and that’s exactly why over 50% of the American population is over weight.

  • Murray says:

    “I recommend it, and use it.” Just classic!

  • Elizabeth says:

    “Yours tru(e)ly”. The whole muscle-bound, sarcastic asshat routine would probably flow better without the jarring spelling and grammar issues. Hopefully no one will be listing your product as part of a gimmicks list in 20 years time.

  • kindred1 says:

    I respectfully disagree. I have had one for years and years. I take it out if I need to assemble an at-home workout. I do lots of sets with both legs and arms, since as you say, you can’t change the resistance. It’s not a be-all end-all solution, but it does have some value.

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