FTC crackdown, second Fitness Hall of Shame member fined $25000000
Ab Circle Pro, a proud member of my Fitness Hall of Shame, was fined 25M this week by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for deceptive advertising. They are the second Fitness Hall of Shame member to be fined by the government this year. Just a few months ago, bodybuilding.com was fined 7M for selling supplements laced with steroids. Who’s next?
My Fitness Hall of Shame webpage was one of the first ten pages on my website. I was tired of all the ridiculous late night infomercial devices that were blatantly lying to people to make a buck off them. Their tactics were shameful and despicable, praying off peoples biggest hopes and desires. I decided that since the government didnt seem to be doing anything about it that I would take matters into my own hands so I opened my Hall of Shame and did mock infomercials to try to shed light upon their tactics with humor. First there was The Abduminator, then Insta-Abs, then Big Muscle Shortcuts. Being a public watchdog and keeping people from wasting their hard earned money on junk that doesnt work has always been one of my top priorities.
Finally early in 2012, my spirits soared when it appeared that the government was starting to crack down on the dangerous and deceptive practices in the supplement industry. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) fined bodybuilding.com, the nations largest supplement distributor, for selling supplements laced with steroids. Now it appears the FTC is getting into the act as well! This HAS been an awesome year!
Who will the FTC fine next?
Well, I have a whole shopping list prepared for the FTC on my Fitness Hall of Shame. They can just scroll thru the pages and pages of great candidates for fines. So many ones to choose from, its just hard to decide. Who would you choose???
Thanks to Andrew K on my Facebook fan page for bringing the Ab Circle Pro fine to my attention!!!