Fitness Trends: Contenders or Pretenders?

Article by Team Penthouse

Celery Juice

Celery Juice

The past few years, people have been guzzling this stuff. Singer Pharrell goosed the hype with an Instagram post showing him ready to quaff a glass. Health-food stores hawk it, juice bars sell it, and #celeryjuicechallenge became a thing. The fad took off when Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness website Goop let New Age guru Anthony Williams push his theory that celery juice fixes dozens of ailments. Now, it’s true the juice is good for you — celery is high in vitamins, antioxidants, and other substances. But a transformative superfood? Nope. And when you juice it, you lose its helpful fiber. You’re better off snacking on a stalk loaded with peanut butter.

Cupping Illustration

Cupping

Don’t laugh! Okay, laugh. Remember how swimmer Michael Phelps was covered in round, red bruises on his back during the 2016 Olympics in Rio? They looked like pepperoni-sized hickeys. Phelps is an advocate of “cupping,” an ancient Chinese practice back in vogue that involves a suck-and-release treatment using small glass cups pressed into flesh. Blood flow increases in the area, and that’s supposed to reduce muscle pain and tension, and speed recovery. Many scientists scoff, as you might imagine. Any “benefits” may be a placebo effect, they say. If you’re skeptical, stick with foam rolling — the science is rock-solid there.

If you run across any other fitness trends that you think we should hear about, send us a tweet! We love to hear about ideas that are working — or not, and we love to laugh. As just a final bit of the time-honored tradition of shameless self promotion, it seemed appropriate to include a burst of visual happiness featuring five Penthouse Pets on the set of our recent “soccer” movie. For the record, we have no problem following this fitness trend at all.

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