No doubt the $20 piece of equipment, which was basically a spring-loaded, foam-covered piece of metal, ended up in the back of a closet or in a yard sale before too long.

That's because, as any health or fitness expert will tell you, working out a specific area of your body won't melt the fat away there. Sure, the ThighMaster might make the muscles in your thighs firmer and stronger, but it's not the miracle fat-burning cure many were hoping for.

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