When it comes to fitness and getting into shape, I love changing things up and trying new tools and techniques. It has also been super fun to share my insights on what has worked and what hasn’t worked for me here on the FabAve. Well the kind people over at Flex Belt were kind enough to gift me one of their ab toning Flex Belts for review and today I am sharing my thoughts.
First things first, the Flex Belt comes equipped with the following components: The belt in general, an extensions for those with a waist above 44 inches, three medical grade gel pads (1 for the abs and 2 side pads for the oblique’s), and a rechargeable power unit. Putting the Flex Belt together was a little overwhelming at first but with the step by step instructions in the manual it was really easy.
In general, the Flex Belt is portable belt that is intended to stimulate your major stomach muscles with the help of electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) technology. It works by sending impulses to your abdominal muscles thru electrodes via the positioned gel pads. According to the site, with just 30 minutes of stimulation a day you can achieve toned, strong abs while performing other tasks. Unfortunately this is a bit of a misconception. Don’t get me wrong, I do think my abs became a little firmer in the weeks that I tested out the Flex Belt but I’m not sure if I can attest to the results being achieved solely by the Flex Belt alone as I did continue to do my regular workouts.
I can say that the Flex Belt was very easy and let me perform tasks around the house while I let it work its magic. For the last couple of weeks I have been using the Flex Belt when I was either doing the dishes, hanging out and watching TV, or when I was feeding Remy. It is a great tool to use for those individuals that don’t have much time in the day to actually put some time in at the gym. However, and I say this as a regular Jo Shmo, I would recommend the Flex Belt as a tool to compliment your already existing workouts, not as a replacement. In my opinion, I believe the Flex Belt is a great tool for passive exercise but I wouldn’t substitute for my typical high intensity workouts.
Something that I found really cool was that it helped my posture and to strengthen my core muscles. I also really like that the Flex Belt came with different intensity levels (from 1-150) and also had ten different programs to change as my ab strength improved.
All in all, I think that the Flex Belt would be a great tool for someone who regularly works out. It is the perfect companion to frequent exercise and it great for posture, to strengthen abs, and for individuals that cannot dedicate too much time at the gym.
The Flex Belt was sent to me for review. Like always, all opinions are my own.