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The Best and Worst of Infomercial Shape-Up Gear

Ever wonder if the Shake Weight or Bowflex really work? TheNest.com put some of the top-selling infomercial workout gear to the test. Find out which "As Seen on TV" products actually live up to that money-back guarantee.

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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)

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