Hey, everybody It's Kristin Shaffer, and you are watching FAB University, where you get everything you need to live a healthy, fit, and fab life right here, right now

There is nothing I despise more than scammy, spammy, stupid infomercials that push products that make all these false claims for things that they're not possibly going to do for you Okay, well, maybe there's a few things I despise more, but not many You probably remember the ThighMaster That was the product that Suzanne Somers pushed that you just squeeze your thighs together with this little thing and you're going to lose a bunch of weight Now, I love Suzanne Somers

She's an amazing woman But that product was crap You might get toned inner thighs, but that's about it, without a great diet and without a full exercise plan on top of that And I'm sure you have seen this thing Yeah, there's so many places I could go with that but this is a PG-rated channel, and I'm not going there

Ugh What's unfortunate about this, when I see these products it just breaks my heart because you have savvy marketers that are preying upon individuals that are desperate to lose weight They put these products out there that are really not going to live up to the claims that they say they're going to live up to but yet they're making millions of dollars off of you and me, because I fell prey to that years ago too Fortunately, there are some great at-home exercise products out there that are really worth the money I'm going to show you today some of my favorites

The first one is variable resistance resistance bands Resistance bands are great because they're portable, they're light, you can store them anywhere, and you can get a total body workout if you're kind of creative I oftentimes use these when I travel and I don't have a gym available Now, you can get resistance bands just about anywhere, but my favorite place, of course, is Amazoncom

The one thing you want to watch out for is I do really recommend the adjustable type, like the ones that I use These were super inexpensive I think they were less than $10 on Amazoncom I do recommend the full package, though, when you get the ankle straps and a door strap, I think it is, where you put it in the door so you can actually use that as an anchor

But these are fantastic because you have these little clippy thingies so you canif I can get it off So you can take off the various resistance, and this one has like light, medium, and heavy

And so when you use them for different exercises and as you're getting stronger and stronger you can use these to ramp up your workouts as you do get stronger and get better at them–highly recommended if you're on an extreme budget or if you need the portability, say, if you're traveling My second recommendation is a portable stepping machine You know, there are just some days that you just don't want to go outside and do cardio I know I don't So portable stepping machines are great

You can pick up one of these for under $50 They're super small and really effective The third piece of equipment that I recommend is a workout bar Sometimes it's really tough to get a great upper body workout at home without all the accessibility to gym equipment The workout bar is great for doing chin-ups or pull-ups

And if you think that you can't do chin-ups or pull-ups, watch my back exercise video and how you can work up to that There is nothing better than a great pull-up for an amazing back workout, and you can pick up these exercise bars, again, for under about 40 bucks Great piece of equipment to have at home There's a new product on the market that promises to transform your upper body It's sturdy, compact, and promises to get you in serious shape fast

Kelly has more in this week's "Deal or Dud?" Hey, guys Well, the equipment is made up of four bars It's very light and it promises to build some heavy duty muscle We put it to the test Want to get strong? Want to get lean? Want to get ripped? The makers of this As Seen on TV exercise equipment say to build a powerful upper body all you need is a door and the Iron Gym Express

That's right The Iron Gym guarantees to raise the bar on upper body muscles by turning any door into a personal gym in seconds Here's how: Its unique design wraps around your doorframe and uses leverage so there's no screws and no damage to your door Bodies By Cindy trainer Cindy Ross says upper body strength is something woman need to work on Because we don't have the levels of testosterone that men do we don't have the upper body strength

Most women are a lot stronger in their legs Cindy was ready for the challenge In a matter of seconds she put the safety clip up, then placed the Iron Gym over the doorframe Start off with shoulder shredding bicep burning chin-ups and pull-ups Cindy followed suit, but she did use a little stool for assistance

Here's where she felt the burn Back, core, shoulders It really is an all-over body workout The Iron Gym also shows you that you can switch up your routine by taking it to the floor with push-ups Most women's wrists, they're weak

So it's good to be up off the ground Her final test was the deep tricep dips Cindy's opinion? I don't really like it for dips just because you're not off the ground enough to really get that motion The commercial is enticing, promising that the Iron Gym can get you in serious shape by building rock-hard abs and lean muscle And Cindy says she felt the burn

In your opinion, is this a deal or a dud? Deal Oh, I'm surprised Yeah, we have a deal on our hands, and it's substantial We tested it out there You know, one thing that Cindy said, due to the fact that women don't have the upper body strength that men do, she said put a little stool–and she did that–underneath the door as well and you can still feel the burn and you can still build the muscle but you won't put as much strain on your muscles

Right So she said there are some alternatives She said it is absolutely a deal Not only will it build your upper torso, but it also works your core and your abdomen as well And, by the way, it will cost you around $20

Not bad Nice That's not bad at all The fourth piece of equipment isn't really a piece of equipment but it's super important, especially for us women: workout gloves Yeah, save your hands, ladies

You don't want callouses, you don't want the pain Go ahead and get yourself a cheap pair of workout gloves These are my Gold's Gym gloves I think I got these for like 10 bucks Pick them up–well worth it

You will be able to lift more weight if you have workout gloves on because your hands aren't going to hurt as much and you avoid callouses And then my last recommendation–this is the most expensive one out of the group but probably the most valuable–it's the Bowflex SelectTech adjustable dumbbell set But you can get a full–and I mean full–body workout with this dumbbell set It's super easy to use You just turn the dial to adjust the weight and so it will adjust with you as you gain muscle, as you gain strength

And you know how I'm a proponent of continuing to challenge your body because that's how we build muscle, which eventually burns fat Now, these aren't as portable as, say, your exercise bands but they certainly take up very little room in your house And, like I said, you can get a full body workout I'm a huge advocate of this And while $300 seems like a lot of money, if you think about maybe a gym membership on the low side can be 30 bucks a month

In less than a year these things have paid for themselves So if you can't make it to a gym, like if you live out in the boonies like I did years ago, the SelectTech dumbbell set really is well worth the investment Well, I hope you liked the episode of FAB University, and if you're ready to get into crazy, sexy, awesome shape, make sure to head to FAB-Universitycom and pick up your 6 Weeks to Sexy, Fit, Fab And if you'd like to see other episodes, make sure you hit that "Subscribe" button because you will be notified of each episode as it's released

I'm Kristin Shaffer, founder of FAB-Universitycom and FigureAndBikiniorg, and I can't wait to see you next time

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