The Best and Worst of Infomercial Shape-Up Gear

Ab Rocket-
The promise: "With Ab Rocket, you don't need any expensive gym memberships to get the body you have always wanted. Simply use Ab Rocket for five minutes a day, and you will be able to ... more 
Ab Rocket-
The promise: "With Ab Rocket, you don't need any expensive gym memberships to get the body you have always wanted. Simply use Ab Rocket for five minutes a day, and you will be able to transform your body with toned, sizzling rock-hard abs that will amaze your friends!" How it works: Supposedly, you'll "get a complete ab workout" and "melt away the fat" just by rocking back and forth in this awkward blue chair, which allegedly feels like a "soothing massage." The verdict: Okay, now we're talking! Any workout that you can perform while drinking a beer is a winner in my book. But alas, after thoroughly investigating, I still have no idea where the "rocket" part comes in. And after rocking for a month in a metal chair that looks like it belongs in a gynecologist's office (or at least how I imagine a chair in a gynecologist's office would look), I still don't have a six-pack. Bottom line: Why not just, oh, I don't know... do some sit-ups? Pass. (3 payments of $34, AbRocket.com) less 
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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 6:13 PM EST
By Jeff Wilser for TheNest.com



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