If you are searching for a method to strengthen and tone your abdominal muscles without breaking your back exercising, then you have come to the right place. I have recently bought and tried the popular Flex Belt and you can read my full review which will hopefully help you decide if this is what you are searching for.
How does it work?
The new Flex Belt is the product of more than 30 years of research into electrical muscle stimulating (EMS) technology. This belt is a portable device which is mounted on your abdomen and it works by sending electrical impulses through the nerves and to your brain to activate the muscles and get them contracting and relaxing, effectively training your muscles as if you were doing abdominal crunches or similar exercises. The brain normally controls the muscles and tells them what to do, but this belt helps accelerate muscle movement and helps you train your abs without breaking a sweat. The belt contains electrodes which stimulate the brain and medical-grade gel pads which go over your abdomen, ensuring a comfortable position and relaxing exercise.
Does it really work?
While there have been many hoax abdomen belts appearing on the internet over the last few years, the Flex Belt is actually the only product of its kind to be approved by the FDA, as it conforms to the Medical Device Directive (93/42/EEC) requirements. There are also countless positive reviews out there which show that this ab belt is genuine and that it really works. The fact that celebrities such as Lisa Rinna, Denise Richards and Jerry Rice also endorse the Flex Belt is yet another proof that this is a real product which does a great job in helping you carve those abdomen muscles.
While my opinion may not count as much as that of a celebrity, I can tell you that I am more than pleased with the gadget – I have been using it for 8 weeks now and it really did a lot in terms of the shape and definition of my abs!
How much does it cost?
You can normally get the Flex Belt for around 200 - 250 dollars from popular retail sites, however, you can currently get it for a good price on amazon. The Flex Belt comes with pretty much everything you need to start toning those abs, but you should know that the gel pads that go over your abdomen last for about 30 sessions. You can get replacement pads for as low as 15 dollars these days - not too shabby for a month’s worth of exercising without any effort.
How often should you use it?
Experts recommend that you use the Flex Belt for 30 minutes each day over the course of the first 4 weeks or so. While you may think that you don’t have that amount of time each day, you should consider that this is a comfortable belt that goes on your abdomen without hindering your movements in any way. You can wear it and activate it at the desired intensity, which ranges from 1 to 150 and still do your thing.
I used to wear the Flex Belt while preparing breakfast, doing chores such as washing the dishes or sweeping the floor, etc. The great thing about its comfortable design is that this belt is perfect to use at any time of day, so even if you come home tired from work, you can still get this belt working for half an hour or so and relax watching TV or listening to your favorite music.
Flex Belt Vs Slender Tone
|Flex Belt||Slendertone Ab Belt 6|
|Warranty||2 Years||2 Years|
|Extras||Online access to a Meal Planner.|
A belt extension for waist over 44 inches.
There has been a lot of raving lately about whether the Slendertone Ab Belt is better than the Flex Belt or vice-versa. I’ll try to solve the dispute by saying that in fact, the Flex Belt is actually a newer model and an improvement over the Slendertone Ab Belt. These devices both work in the same way, sending electrical impulses to the muscle nerves; they both have gel pads and they are both approved by the FDA. However, only the Flexbelt has been proven in clinical trials to be effective, while the Slendertone Ab Belt is yet to be confirmed through trials.
The Flex Belt is also slightly more expensive than the Slendertone Ab Belt, although the difference in price is usually no more than 50 dollars. The Flex Belt also comes with an external rechargeable battery pack, while also having 150 intensity levels compared to the 100 levels that the Slendertone Abs 6 Belt has. With the Flexbelt and the slendertone, you get a 2 year warranty, So in my opinion the Flex Belt offers a lot more than the Slendertone Ab Belt in many aspects while costing just a little more than its older counterpart.
How long will it take before I would expect to see results?
The Flex Belt advertisements say that you should see results after 4 to 8 weeks of exercising. To be honest I started to see my abs becoming more toned and defined after 3 weeks or so, and in 5 weeks I was barely able to get away from the mirror, heh! It sure worked for me, and I have read many other positive reviews from people saying that they started to feel their abdomen stronger and more firm after 4 to 6 weeks.
You can expect to get a pretty slim abdomen even sooner if you have less fat around the waist. However, no matter how you are built, 30 minutes worth of exercising each day should give you the results you hope for in a month or a bit more. You need to consider the fact that you also need to maintain the results by exercising 2 or 3 times per week afterwards.
If you want to get that soft and round abdomen to look great and feel stronger and more firm but you don’t want to sweat for two hours per day at the gym, then the Flex Belt is exactly what you need. For about 200 dollars, you get the chance to work those abs wonderfully while going about your daily routine. What more could you wish for?