Almost everyone has bought home exercise equipment at some point in their life, be it a few rusty dumbells at a garage sale all way to a complicated new home gym.
But how many people continue to use it consistently? Here are some uses (that you should never, ever actually take seriously, of course!) you may not have thought of for your forgotten purchases.
1. Dumbells - The original dark basement booby trap.
* Dumbells make great childrenís toys. They are, of course, heavier and more dangerous than a barbie doll or Play-Doh (tm) and are not really as exciting as a video game but they certainly are cheap and hard to break.
* Tenderizing meat - bash meat with dumbell repeatedly. Great shoulder and arm exercise too! May increase iron content of your food significantly.
* Bowling - set them on end and use them as pins. You will need a really heavy ball for this.
2. Ab Rollers - These are abdominal training devices that feature a head rest attached to a frame that you set your arms on so you can rock, rock, rock your way to six-pack abs.
* Roll cage for a toboggan - for safety-minded parent. Protect your child from heartbreak of a rollover accident on sled hill by having him or her carry this while going down. Nevermind that they wonít be able steer because theyíre holding onto thing...
* Tenderizing meat - lay meat down below head rest and rock violently back and forth on top of it.
* Baby toy hanger - nothing good on tv? Hook some old christmas tree ornaments from top crossbar and set your baby underneath. Youíll both be amused for hours!
3. Thighmaster (tm) - popularized by Suzanne Somers, no closet is complete without this device. You simply set it between your legs and squeeze!
* Keeps doors closed - jam it in corner behind a door. When you open door, it squeezes spring. When you release door, stored tension closes door automatically behind you! At 40 miles per hour!!!
* Tenderizing meat - set meat on counter, squeeze Thighmaster shut with your hands then release spring on top of meat like a bear trap.
4. The Ab-Doer (tm) - This is chair-like ab training device that resembles a chair with no back.