There are some fitness products that may have good intentions, or in theory may work, but just don’t deliver due to poor design or usage.
But the subject of today’s Infomercial Insanity, Spanx, are in my opinion, just plain ridiculous!
I’m embarrassed to even review this product, as in my opinion it’s an undignified “cheat”, as it makes a person appear to have lost weight, or have slimmed down when in fact they’re just wearing Spanx!
Apparently just slipping into the shapely wear can make you appear 10 pounds thinner! As one of the many infomercials asks, “Would you like to lose 2-3 dress sizes in 10 minutes without diet, pills exercise or surgery?” Now that’s the American way!
Spanx is basically a 21st Century girdle for various parts of the body, consisting of a spandex type material that when worn, holds in excess fat, smoothes excess skin, and change ones appearance from roly-poly to smooth and shapely. I watched a few videos of people putting them on and thought it looked like an uncomfortable and challenging task, especially for those that were significantly overweight.
Spanx are available in many styles: for the bra area, tummy, legs, or as a complete “suit”. Prices range from around the $30 to $60 price point. They even have a line for men that are looking to “shape up” – but take a look at this guy – does he seriously need Spanx!
The Angry Trainer Says:
I’m 100% for choosing and wearing clothes that accentuate your strengths, and hide your weaknesses. But in my opinion Spanx takes things to a whole new level, and I consider it deceptive advertising. Where will we stop with this madness? What’s next? A muscle suit that men slip into that makes them appear buff? What happens if you meet someone while wearing a body shaper, and have to let it all out later on?
One of my biggest issues is that the company depicts models that are clearly significantly overweight in the infomercials and pitch this product in place of diet and exercise – that’s just plain wrong and falls into our nations quick fix way of life. Yet when you visit many websites they have pictures of slim and healthy looking female models and men with abs and muscles modeling the shapely wear. They don’t need any “slimming” at all and I find that odd, and hypocritical.
I think this product is truly worthy of the term Infomercial Insanity. In my opinion it’s a sad commentary on our nation when people wear this kind of clothing in place of a healthy diet and exercise program. I don’t believe for a moment that obese users of Spanx use them in conjunction with a workout program. What’s also concerning is that this type of contour clothing has been gaining in popularity, with numerous brands hitting the market and sales reaching all time highs. That’s scary to me.
When will we learn? There is no substitute for a sound exercise and nutrition program.
The Angry Trainer says: Absolutely Insane! Use the $100 + dollars you’d spend on Spanx for a few ‘buddy’ sessions with a Personal Trainer and get on an exercise program.