By NATALIA HAWK
Generally, I’ll try anything once, even if it involves embarrassing myself. Laser-tag skirmish. Extreme lugeing. An office-chair-race competition in a crowded bar. (Because THAT was such a good idea.)
But there are some things that I would prefer to stay very, very far away from – even if it’s in the name of exercise and getting fit. Because frankly, there are some seemingly ridiculous fitness trends out there that I really just can’t bring myself to attempt.
Read through my list of the five stupidest fitness trends, and tell me – would you actually want to try any of them? I promise I won’t judge. (Much.)
1. Bubble bath cycling (also known as the Hydrofit)
Forget about expensive creams containing caffeine and other mysterious ingredients. Bubble bath cycling is what you want if you’re looking to banish cheeky cellulite from your butt and thighs.
In what is surely just a troll and/or a very belated April Fool’s Day joke, someone has combined a jacuzzi and an exercise bike so that you can cycle away in a “Pod” (i.e. a giant bubble bath). Apparently, the whole thing started as a rehabilitation tool in Italian hospitals and clinics, but patients noticed such an improvement in their skin tone that it branched out into an exercise concept.
This Daily Mail article says that many Hydrofit studios have since sprung up in Paris, and that during your 30 minute session, you’re carefully supervised to ensure that you don’t just fall asleep in the hot bath… Because that would be something you could just do at home and therefore not pay 30 pounds for!
Did anyone miss this bandwagon? If you did, I feel very sad that you missed out on the few minutes of joy that the below video provides. NOTE: It’s had over 8 million views so far.
3. Face yoga
You may think I am joking, but I’m not. Face yoga is a thing, you guys. And it’s spawned a trend of people attempting to regain their facial elasticity and repair their collagen by making really odd faces in mirrors: