A few months ago I was contacted by Flex Belt to try their product and write a review on it.
The Flex Belt it is an ab toning system for toning, firming and strengthening the stomach muscles using EMS muscle stimulation technology. The electrical signals cause your abdominal muscles to contract and relax. It is really easy to use: you put on the belt, plug it in, and turn it to the settings you choose. The sensors in the belt do all the work while you are free to do other activities. A typical program takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
The whole package is very well designed and everything fits in an included bag. It includes the belt that has three electrical nodes – one that goes roughly just below the navel, one that goes on the left and one to the right. It comes with a set of sticky gel pads that you place over the nodes. They stick to the nodes on one side, and they actually stick to your belly on the other. Make sure you keep the plastic seals that cover up the gel pads, so they don’t stick to each other in between uses. I used the belt quite a bit and they are still sticky – I am not sure how often they are supposed to be replaced. The belt secures with Velcro and has multiple size settings based on how big around you are.
The program has 150 different levels, ranging from 1 to 150. Choose your level and like mentioned before let the belt do the work. I typically set mine around 50 – 80. I definitely could not handle 150. Maybe I could work up to it though. The stimulation from the belt takes a bit of getting used to. I found I was able to get some things done while doing it. I typically use it while cooking meals. I feel like I am accomplishing two things at once which is pretty cool. At the end of a program my muscles do feel like they have gotten a bit of a workout. Sometimes the next day they will even be sore. As far as the effectiveness of the product goes – I do believe it will help you strengthen your core with continued use. I have seen more definition in mine since I started using the program.
For me personally, it is most likely not a program I will continue using only because I really enjoy actually working out. I also train many parts of my body and the core is a part of most workouts. BUT I do believe that this is a great product for someone who cannot workout, doesn’t have time to workout or has back problems and cannot do many core workouts.
I’m glad I was given the opportunity to try this product out. It is always interesting trying new things. I most likely will still use it on days I cannot fit in a good workout (which seems to be happening more often than not lately). If the Ab Belt seems like something you might enjoy using you can purchase it here.
As always – if you are considering a new work out regimen, please consult your doctor with any questions or concerns. This is my personal review of the product, I am not a licensed professional.