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After reading the two current opinions on this product, I felt I needed to interject ... on the one hand, I agree that relying on EMS/Tens stimulation as the only means of losing inches and weight is having unreasonable expectations of what this machine can do. On the other hand, dismissing this unit as garbage and the whole prinple of EMS as a scam is a rather cynical and inflexible stance. And I myself am a cynic! A few years ago, I relied on Sports Therapy to relieve a pinched nerve in my neck. As a part of the treatment, EMS was used. Note that I said "part of". The therapist also used laser acupuncture, regular physio, stretches, hot and cold treatments and (yes!) actual rehab exercise. EMS wasn't the whole treatment, but it was indeed an important part of it. In the same way a protein supplement is not a meal replacement (the name says it : "supplement", to add the extra protein the body requires), EMS use is absolutely NOT a substitute for exercise and good eating habits. It IS however a good addition to a healthy lifestyle that includes good eating habits, regular exercise and regular vitamin supplements, because let's face it: no matter how hard we try to eat right, getting the proper daily nutrient requirements is pretty difficult with a busy lifestyle. My personal experience with the Lean Machine: after 3 weeks of daily use on my abdomen, combined with my weekly gym schedule, my stretching sessions were becoming less and less strenuous, I was able to reach and grab my toes without my gut getting in the way and gasping for air! I am not saying I have obtained a 6-pack in 3 weeks, far from it. I still have a gut, but it has gotten somewhat smaller. One thing is for sure: the EMS sessions are helping. They are not my only source of exercise, far from it, but they do provide me with a thorough ab workout, minus the back spasms I often get performing crunches.
So we all fall for a con one time or another. If you've been to America and seen their shopping channel you'll know what I'm talking about. Contraptions of all shapes and sizes are paraded in front of us while we sit eating our big Macs. Strange looking objects for the flabby underarms, the podgy bellies, the saggy buttocks...the list is endless. Let's face it we all have something we hate about ourselves and if there's a quick fix no doubt we'll fall for it. This machine is no different and if you've seen the advert on TV.. that woman with the abs and supertoned figure has not become like that in 6-8 weeks with it. Nope. More than likely she's had a few nips and tucks and survives on a carrot a day. That guy with muscles protruding from every part of his anatomy together with the hideous veins pulsating on his arms and neck...guess what? He's not used it either. Nope he's probably on steroids or he works out every hour of the day with weights bigger than the average sized cow. How do I know this I hear you cry? It must work otherwise how could it be recommended so highly I hear you shout in desperation? I know it because I've used it. They recommend it because they get paid to. I'm telling you straight up because I don't want people to be conned as I have been. I used it every day for 20 minutes for 8 weeks. I am not overweight so it wasn't because I had loads of flab to tone. I just wanted to have abs for once in my life, to have a supertoned tum. Believe me I wanted it to work I spent bloody hours getting the cold plastic pads on the right places not to mention trying to unravel the wires which seem to tangle up in hard to reach places around my body parts. Laying on the bed trying to get comfortable whilst my skin twitched and spasmed itself to death and after all that....nothing! Bloody nothing. Don't listen to their lies. Don't send them your money. Don'
t buy it. You have been warned.
Guess what I got for Christmas? 'Not The Beauty Works 10-pad Lean Machine', I hear you say. Yes, that's right not the Beauty Works 10-pad Lean Machine. I actually got the 4-pad version. I think my husband was working on the theory - well she usually returns everything, I might as well buy the cheaper version or perhaps he's just a cheapskate. Either way, he's wrong this time. I've actually tried this and it's really good. Well come on, you can't go wrong, can you? I can sit in my chair with my feet up, watching tv, eating the belgian chocolates I also got, glass of wine, hooked up to my Beauty Works 4-pad Lean Machine and I'm exercising, toning and slimming. Have I died and gone to heaven or what? It comes in a handy little sturdy plastic case, with a place for everything. You get everything with it including battery. You can use 2 or 4 pads at a time and the pulse and intensity or adjustable from 0 - 6. I've only got up to almost, nearly, 3. I really can't believe that anyone could go up to 6, unless of course they are massochists. You don't have to buy fancy gels, simply use water to dampen the pads. The kit comes complete with well illustrated instructions and an order form for extra kits or you can buy the 10-pad version @ £89.99, facial version @ £29.99 etc. I've only used it 3 times so far. The first time I decided to do as they do in the adverts and lie on my bed in total comfort. My first mistake, I fell asleep and think I used it just a 'tad' too long because next day I felt as though my stomache had been forced to stand in for a trampoline and every time I passed the tv it switched on, (no, no only kidding). Short lived though, soon recovered and up and at it again. This time however 30 mins top. The leaflet suggests 30 - 40 mins per session. One other tip, this is mentioned in the leaflet also and yes, you've guessed it my second mistake. D
o not attempt to move the pads whilst they are switched on. If you find they are not in the right place, switch off and move. Cos' oh! boy does that tingle if you don't. I am going to continue with it though and hopefully it will have some effect. I feel as though I'm more the wide screen version of my former slim line self and anyway that picture of Linda Lusardi on the box makes me so jealous I am determined to succeed. I also got a Remington Massage Foot Spa but haven't tried that. I'm a bit concerned that if I hook myself up to everything at once, I'll end up being so hyper, I'll have to be scraped off the ceiling. When I do try it I'll let you know.
The 10 Pad Lean Machine has been specifically designed to tone and firm muscles by electronically stimulating them to contract while you sit back and relax / Adjustable intensity dials for each output /