Amazon’s “Most Popular Items” for Strength Training Enthusiasts.
My Amazon “Wish List” is so long that it even overwhelms Santa and every time I get another “might be interested” email from Amazon my list get longer. Well almost every time. Yesterday morning, I got an email that said, ï»¿ “As someone who has browsed for weights, you might be interested in seeing some of our most popular items.” (Emphasis mine.)
Let’s take a look at some of Amazon’s “most popular”, I’m assuming, strength training items since I’m someone who has browsed for “weights“.
Popular Item #1 -Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set
I must of missed “the party” but since when is dancing strength training? Oh yeah, when they added the “toning sticks”. Don’t get me wrong I think Zumba is a blast! I went as far to become Zumba certified two years ago but Zumba is cardio not strength training.
Popular Item # 2 – Shake Weight Dumbbell
Really? Nuff, said. Why not shake a can of soup for 6 minutes and save yourself $20. I’d be singing me some OutKast while I was at it, “Shake it, shake it like a Polaroid Picture, shake it, shake it”
Popular Item #3 – 5lb Hand Weights by Valeo
The only people who need 5lb weights are those who find it hard to lift a gallon a milk or those who love doing 100s of repetitions. I’m not saying there aren’t circumstances where a 5 lb dumbell is appropriate but far too often women underestimate their strength or follow the advice of “gurus” like Tracey Anderson.
Popular Item #4 – 5 lb Adjustable Ankle/Wrist Weights
These look best with leg warmers.
Popular Item #5 – (my favorite) The Firm 5lb Kettlebell Kit with “Transfirm” Your Trouble Zones DVD.
What a cute way to “transfirm” your trouble zones. Adorable. People will go out and buy these sweet little kettlebell babies hoping to “transfirm” (sorry that cracks me up) their bodies. Then when they don’t look like the lady of the cover of the dvd they will get mad and tell all their friends kettlebells are a waste of time. I know, that lady on the cover with the rockin’ arms didn’t get those by lifting a 5 lb kettlebell. Kettlebells can totally “transfirm” bodies but not 5 lb ones.
Popular Item #6 – 10 lb Hand Weight by Valeo
Getting better. 10 lb weights can be quite useful. The problem is most women will out grow these rather quickly.
Popular Item # 7 – Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Single Dumbbell.
Now we are talking. A dumbbell that adjusts from 10 lbs to 90 lbs with the turn of a dial. I can’t vouch for the quality of this product but there is definitely enough resistance here to get the body of a super hero. (Or for those still put off by the idea of super hero body then how about a “beach ready body”.) The only thing it’s $300 for one dumbbell which brings us to…
Popular Item #8 – Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells
Two adjustable dumbbells that adjust from 5 – 52.5 lbs in 2.5 lb increments for the first 25lbs. It’s like having 775 pounds of dumbbells in two dumbbells. Priced at $400, it’s about 52 cents a pound. Not a bad deal especially for someone with space constraints. You could do many different exercises and continually challenge your muscles by increasing the weight. Again, I can’t speak for the quality as I have never used these but out all the “most popular items” this seems like the best bang for your buck. Versatile and useful. (If you don’t mind getting used, I’ve seen these and Powerblocks selling on Craigslist for a fraction of the price.)
Now for some rogue math? If these are the most popular items among Amazon’s strength training shoppers then does that mean 57% of people strength training are using 5 lbs or less? I wonder.
What do you think about Amazon’s “popular items”? Has anyone used the Bowflex adjustable dumbbells? I’d love to hear your opinion on them or on a good brand of adjustable dumbbells in general. Anyone out there buy the Shake Weight or at least think about it? :-D
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