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In PHOTO: Cadets for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point class of 2018 participate in physical exercises during Reception Day in West Point, New York July 2, 2014. During Reception Day, the new cadets begin the process of becoming West Point cadets and future U.S. Army officers. They undergo administrative processing, fittings for their initial issue of military clothing, receive haircuts, medical and physical evaluations and begin their first lessons in marching, military courtesy and discipline. Reuters

In the past several years, there have been a number of ridiculous exercise trends that actually gained hype. Thankfully, these are no longer as popular as they used to be or have become nonexistent for several good reasons.

1. Bubble bath cycling

Also known as Hydrofit, the device is a combination of an exercise and a Jacuzzi where the user cycles in a giant bubble bath. A number of Hydrofit studios sprouted for a time in some major cities around the globe, offering people 30- to 60-minute sessions at exuberant rates. This is one of the ridiculous exercise trends that claim to help you get rid of fat, at the same time rejuvenating your skin and muscles in the foamy water.

2. Shake Weights

These are similar to traditional weights but require you to shake them as you work out, allegedly to increase the intensity of your workouts and improve muscle tone. No one has actually given positive feedback about Shake Weights, based on a report by

3. Prancercise

Popularized by Joanna Rohrback, Prancercise is one of the most ridiculous exercise trends that require people to walk like a horse, following a springy and rhythmic pattern as they move forward. The exercise trend claimed that people who galloped like a horse will lose weight immediately. The 1989 fitness trend has fortunately been out of sight for decades, based on a report by Medical Daily.

4. Marky Mark Workout

Before Mark Wahlberg became famous, he was known as Marky Mark of the Funky Bunch, with his own workout video that claimed to help people stay fit and healthy. The shirtless actor taught people about the proper diet and exercises to follow to get six-pack abs like him. Fortunately, he is no longer available on DVD and moved on to make blockbuster films.

5. Thighmaster

Actress Suzanne Somers introduced the Thighmaster during the 1980s, claiming that it is the ultimate lower body device to tone the thighs and burn fat and cellulite. Together with the Thighmaster is also the Buttmaster, claiming to firm your buttocks. Both these devices work no better than any other fitness fad equipment.

These ridiculous exercise trends have thankfully gone out of circulation. People may now resort to tried and proven methods of exercise.