The Next Dumb Exercise Fad: The Hawaii Chair and Electric Hula Chairs

Did you think they couldn’t come up with any more gimmicky pieces of exercise equipment to sell on TV? Maybe you thought with the endless parade of stupid ab rollers, ab belts, and inflatable exercise beach balls that the market for gadgets promising to give people workouts without the work had been played out. No way.

Channel surfing the other day I came across a commercial dubbed into Chinese for a product called the Hawaii Chair. This is a chair that has a swiveling seat that automatically swivels your abs and waist, just like you were doing the hula. The infomercial even features an annoying jingle that goes: “Take the work out of your workout. The Hawaii Chair.” If the Hawaii Chair catches on, you can expect to see plenty of infomercials for knock-off electric hula chair products.

You can see some video of the chair in action at the Hawaii Chair website.

And here is a brief clip of the Hawaii Chair infomercial that was posted on YouTube (Unfortunately, they cut off the annoying jingle toward the end.)


  • 22 Responses to “The Next Dumb Exercise Fad: The Hawaii Chair and Electric Hula Chairs”

  • This may not be as dumb as you think…there are a lot of older people with very bad leg and knee problems who might find this way of exercising easier.

    Comment by Cindy on January 8, 2007 at 5:44 pm

  • This is just your opinion. With out doing a detail research. This chair works and I agree with Cindy comment.

    Comment by World of New Ideas on September 3, 2007 at 12:46 am

  • Hey World of New Ideas,

    Here’s another opinion: You’re a brain dead moron!

    I think your comment provides all the “research” anyone needs to prove that statement.

    And what the hell kind of name is “World of New Ideas” anyway?

    Comment by Paul Lucas on September 3, 2007 at 9:28 am

  • Paul,

    I agree with Cindy and World of New Ideas – This chair does work. I am buying one for my parents as they just love to have one

    PS: sound to me that you are a lonely, pissed-off loser who hates and be cynical to anything. Next time, if you are to have an argument – make one that count. I found criticizing people by thier Name is pure LAME and just proved that you don’t have a point. Be OPEN and LEARN!

    Comment by Tan on October 7, 2007 at 4:34 am

  • Yes, my cousin World of New Ideas Henderson was very hurt by your unkind remark.

    Comment by Francis on November 7, 2007 at 9:55 am

  • Tan said:
    “Sound to me that you are a lonely, pissed-off loser who hates and be cynical to anything.”

    Hey is that you, Tom Vu? I’ve read fortune coockies taht had better grammar.

    And just looking at the “Hawaii Chair” makes my ass hurt.

    Comment by Jupiter 8 on November 16, 2007 at 3:01 pm

  • if you can sit you can….get scammed.

    Comment by will on December 16, 2007 at 11:20 am

  • Oh, lawdie.

    How can anyone with a brain think this is intelligent, or a good idea? Lol.

    Comment by Smacky_Wolf on March 6, 2008 at 11:57 pm

  • I’d love to hear from someone who has tried this. The idea make sense – it seems that you’d have to work your abdominal muscles to stay upright on this rotating chair. I’d love to try one – b/c I’d buy one if it worked!

    Comment by Jamie on April 5, 2008 at 8:21 pm

  • Well, we just won a Hawaii Chair on a radio contest. So fortunately, I’ll be able to give this an objective opinion, mainly because I will not need to pay for it.
    I LOVE to stretch…we’re actually planning to buy an inversion table sometime soon. (To relieve the strain on our backs. My cousin has one, and I love the relief.) So I am curious to see if this Hawaii Chair gives some alternative method of activity to me.
    I’m gonna call it activity rather than exercise or pain so that I won’t have to eat my words later! lol.
    I’m excited to give it a try.
    I can post our honest opinions later on.

    Comment by Andy on April 14, 2008 at 9:49 am

  • i’ll tell you how the chair makes you slimmer…it spins you around so violently that you soon feel compelled to vomit…after a few days of throwing up those 3 BigMacs you inhaled for lunch, you’d be amazed at how the pounds just peel right off…problem is this diet already has a name…bulimia 😛

    Comment by Jmbo on April 17, 2008 at 12:27 am

  • you guys are ridiculous, lazy morons get a life and get off your ass, this doesn’t work its just dumb

    Comment by Jake on December 19, 2008 at 6:21 pm

  • Jupiter8 Said:
    Hey is that you, Tom Vu? I’ve read fortune coockies taht had better grammar.

    Im so fucking stoned right now, and that is HILARIOUS

    Comment by Dr. Satan on January 5, 2009 at 1:23 pm

  • This piece of plastic and cheap motor is $300.00 before shipping!!

    Comment by James Martin on March 19, 2009 at 8:20 pm

  • if you actually think the hawaiian chair works, your a fucking moron!! and lazy and you probably buy a lot of stuff off infomercials cuz your easy to brainwash. grow a brain people!!! go to college

    Comment by cali man on June 30, 2009 at 5:49 pm

  • wouldn’t it be better to use a hula hoop??

    Comment by Yue on July 24, 2009 at 7:44 pm

  • Well Well after reading all this crap and even someone that is “out of it” maybe you all should try it before making comments, as i have had one of these “HULA” chair as mine is called for a week and have already lost a bit over 1 inch from my waist i took a measurement before i started and one after a week and i ca assure you it as worked and believe me i didn’tget paid or get a free chair to say this i purchased mine for $149 + $35 postage from crazy sales thank you

    Comment by David Cripps on October 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm

  • Right now men and women anticipate everything to be quick and simple. Sad to say when it comes to exercise and exercise equipment we do actually have to put in some effort to get any obvious gains. If you put no effort in guess what’ll you’ll get? Absolutely nothing!

    Comment by Johnie Edleston on October 30, 2010 at 5:33 am

  • Gives new meaning to the old term sit and spin. That is funny!

    Comment by Julie on October 31, 2010 at 8:53 am

  • Recently got a magnificent deal on this engineering marvel… was sitting on the sidewalk of a neighbor for pick up tomorrow by the sanitation engineers. Good for a few laughs before I try and unload it on CraigsList for $75…or $25.

    Wondering why they put a weight limit of 300 pounds since an amorous couple might want to give it a try-out on their honeymoon.

    Trying to think of another application for this gadget. Maybe the military can put them to use if the speed governor can be removed, to use them instead of water boarding.

    Is there a warehouse full of these I could get for $50,000…… and sell them to Haliburton for $100,000? They would sell them to armed forces for $25,000 each.

    Comment by John Holmes on November 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

  • @ Paul Lucas

    Dude, get a job/girlfriend/life and quit being such an hypersensitive racist btch.

    It’s kind of obvious that “World of New Ideas” guy is a foreigner who based on his grammar.

    You’ve such a puss that you get your feelings hurt over someone disagreeing with you about a “Hawaii chair” you’ve got nothing better to do than insult a guy’s English proficiency?

    Comment by Patriot78 on March 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

  • @ Patriot78

    I would have made a point-by-point reply to you but I have better things to do than to discuss old blog comments from 4-and-a-half years ago.

    Comment by Paul Lucas on March 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm