One of the important aspects of wherever we lived in Hong Kong was a gym nearby. We found an apartment that had a gym in the building. It has all the right pieces of equipment: a couple of treadmills, a couple ellipticals, a couple of bikes, free weights, a couple nice universal machines and a couple of extras. It is the extra that has got me saying, “Are you Kidding me”.
In between the free weights is a piece of fitness equipment that I could not believe. For me to call it fitness is to me a stretch. I grew up loving John Wayne movies, the Lone Ranger and a lot of westerns. However, this piece of equipment had to be out of the western “Blazing Saddles”. When someone thought about inventing this piece they must have been a John Travolta fan and saw Urban Cowboy one too many times.
|Side to Side, Waist or Hips--your choice|
Ok---right smack in the middle of our gym is what I believe is called the Joba. It is an exercise saddle. I thought it was a joke or something to keep the kids satisfied while the adults worked out. I even looked it up on the internet and what I found was a mild form of what I would call video exercise porn. It was like those original ESPN workout videos when ESPN just started and they would have two women working out in leotards and all they ever showed was their face/lips and body parts. I do not believe anyone worked out aerobically to those as well.
|What is being sold here?|
So the Joba is a saddle which gives you the ability to supposedly work the core of your body. If you are interested, go to the internet and watch one of the videos. It looks like they originally began out of Japan or Korea and they are now in the states, although I believe it is just a fad and they are riding off into sunset.
|One too many John Wayne Movies|