The fitness industry thrives by preying on people's insecurities about their bodies. It means even the craziest of contraptions—from Thigh Masters to Tae-Bo dummies—fly off the shelves. But who in their right mind would drop over £12,000 on this hot tub-wrapped Fit-Wet exercise bike that flushes itself after every use? (What are they expecting people to do in there?)

According to the cheesy promotional video, the Fit-Wet originated from space and fell to Earth, leaving a fitness club upon impact. So, the water provides extra resistance when pedaling. But the bike also features a series of spa jets that blast the rider from all directions. All of those seemingly pointless features supposedly add up to countless benefits when compared to just taking your regular two-wheeler for a spin.

  • "Engages all major muscle groups for a full-body workout." (Arms?)
  • "Strengthens muscles using water, which provides greater resistance than air."
  • "Prevents calcium depletion and decreases the risk of oseoporsis." (No one wants to grow old, or brittle, or spell serious bone conditions correctly.)

Everything about the Fit-Wet screams either "snake oil" or "student project for visual effects class." But apparently the company will be demonstrating it at the upcoming Interbike expo. So hopefully we'll get a glimpse of the machine in action soon. [Fit-Wet via Gear Junkie]