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I Don't Buy It: Rom the Time Machine

I Don't Buy It: Rom the Time Machine

Oh, where to begin on this one.

First of all, I don't even know which way is up on the Rom the Time Machine contraption. What I do know is that it promises you can get a complete workout in only four minutes. The machine, which is part exercise bike part resistance machine, is like no other fitness gadget you've ever seen, unless you scour the back pages of magazines like I do.

Second of all, while I have never tried it, I am pretty confident in saying that it's not necessary for a good workout. Plus, if you truly want to get all the heart pumping benefits of exercise, I would suggest following the new guidelines for exercise (cardio 30 minutes, five days a week). What's more? 30 minutes of exercise shouldn't cost you $14,615. No, that is not a typo: The Rom Machine will cost you over $14K. Guess how much a run costs you outside on the sidewalk? Nothing, unless you get a sweet pair of running shoes at about $150.

Find out more information at, but beware it's a lot of scientific mumbo jumbo.

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I have used the ROM machine now for the past 4 years at a local, private gym in my town. 4 times a week, for 8 minutes a visit. 4 minutes on the upper body, and 4 minutes on the lower body. I have lost 85 pounds. I loathed exercise for many reasons including the time involved. Most people who join a gym don't pay for the equipment inside. Combining 3 commercial pieces of gym equipment into one uses less space and I can assure you less money. 8 minutes of exercise for a FAT person is better than none at all. For those who have never tried it, yet seem to know everything about it...ahuh, sure. I don't know you, but I already don't like you.
lazur lazur 8 years
I'd hope that those of you who find 4 minutes to be a short time to do this: Either run as fast as you can for 4 minutes, (most of you will stop much sooner), or do any very hard work without rest for 4 minutes. 4 minutes of high intensity is a very long time.
lazur lazur 8 years
You're correct about 1 thing: You've never tried an ROM. The point isn't cardio, but cardio, full-body strength-training & a good stretch, all at same time. The so-called "mumbo jumbo", in a few words: 1/When you work at cardio's traditional low intensity, it takes at least 20 minutes to get an effect, is impossible for many overweight subjects,tends to be bad for joints & has a negative effect on muscle mass. 2/Traditional strength training is done in segments too short to improve cardio. 3/ROM's Resistance automatically adjusts to your strength & allows you to avoid the first two pitfalls: A/The high intensity allows no-impact training and a shorter workout for cardio. B/The resistance automatically lessens as a reaction to how hard you push/pull, as your strength is depleted you continue to work your muscles after other methods would force you to stop... Is it "necessary for a good workout" ? No, but no one -said- it was, so why are you arguing the point? Obviously it's for those who can afford it, & it works. What more are you asking of it?
BarneyMac BarneyMac 9 years
I was very skeptical too, but I had the opportunity to try one at a friend's parent's house and can honestly say, you are sweating like a piglet before the four minutes is up and it totally feels like a work out. I'm not sure I could pony up $14,000 for it, but it definately is an amazing machine.
any any 9 years
ergh that thing is weird im scared i want my MOMMY!!!!!
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
WTH? That thing looks dangerous! You just know there is someone out there who paid the $14K! I hope not.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I saw this thing too! I was like "WTF? 4 minutes?" and there is NO FREAKIN' WAY I'd pay $14K for it.
mkiki2 mkiki2 9 years
I hope someone comments on here whose used it, because I just don't believe the 4 min claim!
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
Haha! That machine is advertised in the Skymall shopping catalogs on planes. I have always thought it looked like a bunch of hooey. That's some awfully expensive snake oil.
Katikins Katikins 9 years
Looks like a revamped dark ages torture device! I'm pretty sure I'd do more harm than good to my body - not to mention my pocketbook.
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