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Rio Slim Gym is a stomach toning shortcut that uses an electric pulse to encourage stomach muscles to contract and relax, as doing a sit up would do. Whilst some users note improvement, there is no real proof.

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      23.06.2013 12:37

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      can it firm up big bust

      I just got my Rio slim gym, but am not sure whether I can achieve my aim with this. I am a busty person and its for the purpose of reducing my busts that I got d Rio slim gym. I apply two pairs of pad on my bust area so as to firm up my bust. please, can this be achieved??

      please I will like anyone who has used it in this capacity or who has someone who has used it in this capacity to respond to my review. I really need to know if it can serve this purpose.

      I must commend however that anytime am using this product, I usually turn the knobs till I see the physical contraction in my bust area where the pads are placed. At first, it wasn't easy, with time however, am used to it and I don't feel discomfort again. I use it for like one hour everyday with the knobs turned to the highest, but because I just started using it, I av not really noticed its effect.

      pleease I really need to know if it can tone breast muscle or not.

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      10.05.2010 21:25

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      Your time would be better spent doing sit ups and your money better spent on clothes.

      I had one of these Rio Slim Gyms a few years ago as I thought it would be the perfect way to tone up without really doing anything at all. I used it regularly for a long period and I can't say I noticed any difference at all. It certainly felt like something was happening but I didn't notice my body becoming toned and at times it could be really uncomfortable producing little electric shot feelings to my muscles. I wouldn't recommend the Slim Gym to anyone and would advise doing 30 sit ups each night which is free and actually works instead.

      If you do decide to buy the Slim Gym don't buy the manufacturers gel as you can just get ultrasound gel from boots and it does exactly the same thing. It's basically the same gel but in different packaging as people don't seem to like the idea of using ultrasound gel.

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      28.10.2009 15:36

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      I'm frustrated at this moment in time. My mum brought the Rio Slim-Gym Professional many years ago but stopped using it because she said it didn't work. I first thought maybe my mum wasn't using it correctly so I gave it ago and she was right. I've been sitting on my bed for the last 20mins and I've had the pads moist with water on my body turning the lil nobs to get some reaction, at least something, I've even tried to tighten the straps, but still nothing....ffs is this because I'm petite anyway? I'm size 6-8 but I don't see reason(s) I cannot still tone up as this is what I would like to do. Could anybody explain to me if my Slim Gym is damaged or let me know where I could be going wrong? I'd be most appreciated! Karen UK, 26, NE, London.

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      13.05.2004 18:38
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      Like everyone else on the planet, I want to... *Get fit *Tone up *Loose the flab *Get better self confidence *Be able to wear a bikini on the beach *Not have to worry about a flabby tummy anymore! I wanted a quick fix, something not too expensive, that would make me feel better about my body and be able to tone up at my leisure. Gym membership was always out of the question as it was far too expensive and I would somehow feel threatened by all the other fitter people. I was so fed up of looking flabby. I wanted to be able to be self confident about my body and as the summer is fast approaching I had to think of an idea and quick! I was chatting to my friend to see if she had any ideas and she mentioned that she had seen these electro-sizing machines, she wasn't sure that they worked, but I was prepared to give it a go. The product I brought is called "Rio slim gym" I thought by the name that it wouldn't be suitable for me to use as I didn't want a body with huge muscles. I just wanted a firmer body! I thought about it for a good couple of days and then went and brought it as I had nothing to loose and really wanted a fitter looking body for the summer. It was £99 from Argos. Rather expensive. For the money you get a purple case and inside, neatly packed are 12 black round pads, straps which are expandable, a white box, lots of leads, a plug and a tube of conductive gel. On the box there is a display which shows you what work out you are doing and other information such as a timer. Its an electrical product that you have to plug into the mains. There are 12 pads which you have to plug into the machine and then place them on your body. You don't have to use all of them at once. The instruction manual advises you of the positions you need to place the pads in order to get the best results. Before turning the gym machine you ha
      ve to apply some conductive gel on to the pads. A tube of gel comes with the set, but you can order more when you have run out. You get some straps that go around your waist to hold the pads in place. There is a dial at the front of the machine that you turn slowly until you have found the desired level. The machine when switched on, sends electrical pulses to the pads which stimulate the muscles to work as if you where working out. It is not painful, just a tingling sensation. It does hurt when you have it on the highest level but you should work up to this level. You can have it on the lowest setting for a massage effect or stronger to build prominent muscles. You can exercise your muscles whilst watching television, whilst ironing, anywhere! The sessions take about 30 minutes. This product does work. Athletes use a similar machine when the have had an injury and have to rebuild the muscle. I use mine every day whilst watching my favourite soaps! Plus I go swimming twice a day which adds to the results. If you want to tone up with out the trip to the gym, this product is for you! There are 12 different work outs that you can select such as muscle toning, anti-cellulite, body building. I have only used the toning one and the anti cellulite programs so far. The difference in the programs is the length and frequency of the electrical pulses.

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        05.11.2002 17:40
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        First of all let me apologise, This review is based on the RIO Abtronic however I have asked for this category so as soon as it is up I will move this! This product comes with a belt, a velcro strip in order to enlarge the belt, 3 pads and 2 squeezy things of gel as well as a reorder form and a set of instructions. So what do I do? Well, first of all you attatch the pads to the pins which are like poppers...make sure you follow the instructions for this part as those pins really hurt if you do it wrong. Next apply the gel to the pads in an even smooth layer, probably around 0.5 to 1 cm thick. Now ensuring that everything is in place including the battery's apply it around your waste, I found the first time i used this I had to fiddle it around untill I found the right spot I have mine slightly below my stomach although it's very hard to explain where this should go on everyone. Next you have 2 buttons one of which is your On/Off programme button the other is a level. Now, when your press the button once for the 1st time you will see a green light flash once, this means that your abtronic is on program one. You may also notice that every few seconds this light flashes this is simply when the abtronic is Buzzing you (Yes very Technical) the light comes on so if you see the light flashing and you can't feel anything it's time to turn the thing up a few buzzes! The settings on the rio abtronic are 1:Shape and Trim, 2: Toning and 3: Shiatsu massage. I recommend the first two only because the 3rd one feels like someone slapping you in the stomache all the time. I suppose you want to know the results? Well I had mine on whilst in the Gym one day and by the time I'd finished my stomach was as hard as a rock however, I also use the Rio Ab.. during the day when I'm in college or just lazing around at home and although this has some effect it's very hard to
        keep it so if you want this to be a success use it whilst excercising you'll notice the difference. Ooh before I forget this also has a setting on it that switches itself off after 10 min. This is supposed to happen, if you read the manual it'll tell you about not overusing the abtronic etc. Now here's the yucky bit, yup you've got your lovely toned stomach now it's time to remove the ab. Simply slow down the machine untill it stops, then take out battery, Now remove the belt and Run run run to the bathroom to get some tissue and wipe off all the excess gel stuff. If your wondering where to get your hands on this, try argos I bought mine in Argos in Ireland so they'll do them there, also sometimes boots stock them. Enjoy your 6pack! £49.99

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          12.02.2002 22:20
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          Want a good way to tighten those flabby abs? One of the best Christmas gifts I received was one of those electro-abdominal busters, and so far so good. After you get past the shocking sensation, it's not bad at all. For those of you that deal with the sore stiff lower back muscles, this works great. My husband herniated 3 discs in his lower back and whenever his back tightens up or bothers him, we hook him up. This little gadget is the best thing ever. I wear it to work and shopping, no one knows I have it on, and best of all; I've lost 3 inches on my waistline! It doesn't just work the abs. You can put this thing just about anywhere on your body. My thighs, upper- arms, and buttocks are toning up as well. I know to some of you it may seem like the lazy way out, and going to a gym or daily exercise would be more stimulating and healthier, but when you work 2 jobs, it's almost if not altogether impossible to make it to a gym. By the time I get home from working 2 jobs, the last thing I want to do is exercise. When I was working out at the gym, sometimes my workouts consisted of only 2 days a week if that, and besides, I exercise enough doing housework and working 2 jobs and taking care of my family. The whole package came with the electro unit, 2 different size Velcro straps, 2 extra batteries, and instructions on how to get the best results and benefits from the product. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants to get rid of the flab without all the fuss of going to a gym or working out daily. At this point, there are many different companies making these little shocking machines. My sister owns a different model than I do, and hers works just as well. I don't believe you have to spend lots of money to get the same effect. The cheaper versions work just as well as the more expensive models.

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            27.11.2001 20:36
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            All I wanted was to lose some flab around my middle. You know, that little extra roll that comes from a sedentary lifestyle with a calorie consumption of about 4500 cal a day with a two liter of coke per day. Sitting on my fat ass doing dooyoo for 18 hours straight. It all started one day when Popeye came over, I hadn't seen that punk in about a month. And he looked good. His drawers were falling off him and I said "Damn how about you get some pants that fit" and he pulls up his shirt and says look my gut is gone and I thought maybe he caught stomach cancer somewhere and I was like "wow, how did that happen" and he is like "Man I got one of those things off of TV". And I am thinking he must have meant one of those hot little Phillapino wives that keeps him busy. He is like "man Abtronics is the way to go". How does it work. You put on this little belt thing and start jacking electricity into yourself. Not like Gary Gilmore levels but just enough to poke you and make your muscles contract. No pin, no sweat but it gives you the sme benefit a actually exercising (which is a total lie, you are getting absolutely no cardio vascular work out at all just buildin muscle and burnng fat) It is like people on rhoids who are so powerful but have no stamina, they have not achieved fitness just muscle mass. This is the same.) So you can sit and watch TV or play cards or whatever or even drive while you get a workout. But you can't have a pacemaker, it will make your ticker freak out. It isn't like you are dancing with 220 or 110 either. It is these expensive little batteries that power the whole contraption. They last about a month before you have to hunt for new ones. It takes a little time to get used to the little pokes and muscle contractions that these thing relies on. But face it it sure beats actual physical activity. It is nice because you can eat pie or smoke cigarettes while getting a
            work out, that is good. You can choose between several models with various degrees of intensity and number of pads that administer the shock. Of course you wrap it on your waist and go full blast. I just don't buy too much stuff off of infomercials. I just don't like getting juked into an impulse buy and I generally do not buy something from somewhere where I can't go back there with half a bottle of gin in me and yell a little to get my money back if I don't like it. That is just my style. I scare people. I look like hell. I am a beefy boy and I look like I just broke out of the Taliban prison camp. You get better consumer satisfaction if you intimidate clerks. <br> So I look all over town to buy one of these and I can not get it. Nobody sells them. Now WALMART.COM had them but I really wanted it right away. Cost no object. So I ordered one that night off TV but they said my $75 toy would take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive. So I was in a tizzy. Compulsion mixed with brilliance and readily available electronic components has been a very bad thing for me. I should move to Chad or Bolivia, I would be much safer. A stop at radio shack. Wire, connectors, voltage regulator. Fabric store for some elastic material. Invention is not an exact science. And truthfully all technology is either science or sorcery, The last time I invented something it was fooling around with liquid storage for data. I.E. trying to using plasmatic colloids to store data rather than a magnetic disk. It is the future. We had the idea to jack a fresh pigs brain full of silicon and juice it up and try to use it to store data. It was good theory. My mistake was to do it in the cellar, in a spot that had always been extra cold. I know how could I be so stupid. The living tissue was able to host all these ghosts that had been staying in my cellar. They could incarnate themselves into the brain matter and had open access to my harddrive and got on my
            monitor and started trying to spook me. It was bad. One was a little girl that had got hit by a car down the street and another was a guy who had got mutilated in the Indian war near here in 1812. This other was some guy talking all sorts of crap about China and missle technology and begging me to call this number and save the world. It was bad. So I build my own fitness machine. You know all this stuff about ohms and amperes is tricky. And then I did not find a good deal on any of them special lithium batteries. I figured, why not use my car battery, I mean I can basically recharge it for free. So I bet you think I messed myself up pretty good? You wish. My problem was that my landlady walked in on me when I was using this thing and that freak just saddled up and turned the power up all the way. I am jumping around and having seizures....what do you call an epileptic in a lettuce patch? A seizure salad. And she is playing like a rodeo pro rider. I doubt that the electronic elements can be half as much of a benefit as the 6 hours of exercise I have been geting a day with this dirty old woman coming over and electrocuting me for her own sake. I think it is sick. But I have never felt so good. So if you can wait 6 weeks for you own device do it. It realy works and you will see results. Popeye eats garbage and drinks like a fish and lost all sorts of weight so any reasonable health minded person can have result for sure.

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              20.08.2001 07:03
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              If you are lazy like me, but want a fit and toned body, you need a Slim Gym! I bought one of these after the birth of my first child it cost £89.99, but I think they are cheaper now. It comes neatly packed in its own case. You get a control panel, mains adaptor plus ten pads with wires (5 pairs). You also get a tube of gel and elastic straps to hold the pads on. You put the gel on the pads to help conduct the electricity. Then you place the pads on the desired area of your body which need toning, strapping them on with the elastic. The wires on the pads are then plugged into the control unit and you turn them on. Each two pads have their own control switch. Make sure when you start off you use the lowest setting as the electric contractions can be quite strong and really hurt if too high! You can use any amount of pads but they must be used in pairs. They can be used for any part of your body and you can also buy extra pads for your face for a non-surgical face lift. \the electric contractions work on your muscles the same as doing exercises, but without the effort! I suppose the lasting effect is the same as exercise, if you don?t do it, the muscles will deteriorate. You start off doing about 20 minutes, working up to about an hour once you are used to it. You can also turn the power up to get a stronger workout. The control panel also has another dial for how far apart the contractions come. Once you have the Slim Gym on, you can watch T.V. or read a book, although at first the contractions can be a little uncomfortable. The only effort involved in this type of workout is putting the pads on. I would recommend this product. If you do it daily for two weeks you will soon notice the difference.

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                08.07.2001 22:37
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                Yes I was sceptical too! I go to the gym pretty regularly (about 2/3 times a week,) but one of the hardest, most difficult muscle groups to work is indeed the abdominals. First time I saw one of these machines was in a magazine, the 'EMS Bodytek', costing over £100 and claiming to 'increase muscle size and definition' in a variety of muscle groups, I was at best... Sceptical. So i thought no more about it until... One day while out shopping I came across a sale (can't remember what shop) offering a similar machine for £9.99, as this had previously been £50, I thought 'why not' and gave 'Tone and Shape' a try. So i bought 2 9 volt batteries and took it home. These machines work by electronically stimulating the muscles, by sending electronic 'pulses' through the body in the area the pads are placed. The particular model I bought had 6 large pads, and 6 smaller ones and a 'contract, relax, and stress control' in the form of small twistable knobs. The instructions on the box told myself to put the pads in a triangular shape on the particular muscle group to be worked. I did as recommended on the instructions and placed the pads on my bicep. When turning on the machine I felt a faint tingling in the area the pads were located, so I turned the stress level up. My arm began to jerk, so I gave that up. Next day I thought i'd give it another try, this time on my stomach, 6 pads. 6 pack I thought! So placed the 6 large adhesive pads on my stomach, and again turned up the stress levels. This time the results were much better, the sensation was almost pleasurable, and I could actually see my stomach muscles 'pulsing' to the electronic bursts going through my muscles. When you think about it the theory is not so far fetched! Our muscles contract through similar electric pulse commands sent by the brain via our nerves. All the machine does is to artificial
                ly recreate this. I used the machine everyday for about 3weeks and i must say i could see results on my stomach, with a faint outline of a 'six pack!' If used regularly it does work! That said why don't they sell millions of these little blighters? Everyone could have a six pack, couldn't they? Well not entirely true. The machine doesn't burn fat!!! Everyone has a six pack of much the same size, however, often this is covered with too much fat! As the machine doesn't burn fat, you're not going to see much result if you're belly is fat. All this machine does is to TONE! That said if the muscles around the stomach are strong, there're more likely to hold the belly in. I'm not saying the machines are fabulous, but they can work! Situps and crunches do produce results, but pain. Combine this machine with a regular gym session and you could see results! They can work. This said these machine don't build muscle (so you won't turn into Arnie) and they are a bit pricy. It's probably the kind of thing you try once but don't stick with. Although this review isn't on the Rio slim gym specifically, but all the machines work on the same principle, if you see one on offer its well worth a look! My advice, get down the gym and then when you get back, kick off you're shoes, grab a beer and slap the machine on for 20 mins!

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                  13.06.2001 04:02
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                  Since I found dooyoo I have spent far too much time sitting at my computer and less time walking and exercising. I still do the nightly air-walker thing, but this has been pushed to just before shower before bed and it wakes me up too much, which is not always a bad thing :-) The ideal solution appeared to be an electronic body toner. One of these machines you could strap yourself to and turn it on. This would be heaven, I could quite happily sit on the computer and my exercises would be done for me, effortlessly and with no after-pain of pulled muscles. The occassional twinge from the machine wouldn't disturb me and I could stop feeling guilty about not exercising. I had also noticed that long periods by yourself at a computer lead to a permanent frown as you have no reason to look up and smile at someone. I had noticed a few facial lines developing which I didn't like and resolved to eradicate them. I knew that there also were facial toners on the market....perhaps that would help too. I saw that our local Index store had such toners on special offer at the reduced price of £49 for the body toner and £39 for the facial one. Usual price of £99 and £88. I could justify getting both for the price of one. I walked home with two cheap purple briefcases and a large, smug grin. The first thing that struck me as I opened the body toner briefcase was the bad design of the clips closing the case...these would not last. The next most obvious thing was the fact that the contents would never again look the way they did because I could never fit it all back in the way it was packaged. There appear to be hundreds of component parts and the thought of unravelling it all could be off-putting. However, always loving a challenge, I half-read the instructions, decided that I knew what I was doing and set about wiring myself up. It comes with 8 toning pads, 8 abs. toning pads, bust pack and facial toner, several s
                  traps, lots of leads, gel and a mains adaptor. After I had sorted out what was what, I coupled up the various pads to their relevant leads. I then had to gel the pads (very messy) and stick them on various parts of my body. I then connected the leads to the base unit and set about adjusting the large control button and the four conductor buttons. This is where the fun really starts as you end up completely covered in a sticky, messy gel while trying to maneouvre the pads into place, every time you move, they leap off your skin. Then you remember the belts which keep them in place. The abs. pads are self sticking and don't present this problem. The bust pack defies description, either I am an extremely weird shape or they were designed by a man thinking that we are all Pamela Anderson :-) Plugs inserted, dials switched on and ready to go. As I said, I had only half read half the instuctions before starting and turned the switches up to almost full power thinking that it would be more effective. Ouchhhh......have you ever experienced the feeling of 50,000 volts rushing into four muscle groups. Your hair stands on end and you leap three feet in the air, which of course means that the control unit falls to the floor and you scrabble around trying to reach the knobs before the next onslaught of power. Of course you don't reach it, and as the next hit arrives and finds you under the desk, the need to completely straighten your body is not open to choice. As you recover and realise that the control unit is still under the desk and that you have to reach the knobs,and dive for it, the next wave hits you meaning that you bang your head on the underside of the desk and cramp every muscle in your body. The fourth attempt usually works though :-) Of course, you can't just leave it at that, after all you haven't exercised have you, and you still have all these pads and sticky gel all over your body. Next time
                  I did it properly. Seated at my desk and slowly turned the dials and knobs, increasing every so often up to a level where I was comfortable and slowly turning it up as it became bearable. The effects of using the body toner are noticable within a couple of weeks, when you can see tightening of muscles and lumpy bits disappearing. The whole exercise takes about 45mins and you could add on another 15 minutes for arranging it all over your body. Worthwhile if all you are doing of an evening is sitting at your computer. I wouldn't recommend having anyone else around when you try to attach the pads, their laughter is really a huge let down.... The facial toner is far less difficult to use. It comes with its own little hand control set and far less wires. There are two ways of toning the facial muscles, one with the unit and the other using two wands. I can't honestly say that I have noticed the difference in my face but the facial expressions I can create have to be seen to be believed. The electric pulses really do pull your face into the strangest of positions and that can be really funny. I'm sure I'm going to develop involuntary twitches in a few years;-). Once again you smear the points with a messy gel and apply as per the instructions. Manuals for both machines are good and instructions are clear (providing that you read them properly and fully). When you are finished using the machine, you remove the pads and clean off the gel, then run for the shower before the remainder hardens to your body. The immediate after effects are quite amazing as you can see and feel a tightening which continues to improve if you use it on a daily basis. However, do not be tempted to buy both sets because the body toning set also contains a facial toner. It doesn't have the wand attachments, but quite frankly, I haven't quite worked out what those actually do and I think I could probably live without
                  them. I would strongly recommend that you take the extra time to read the instruction booklet as it not only prevents you from frying yourself but it gives you instructions on how to place the pads for maximum effect and most importantly health warnings which should not be ignored. Yes this toning system is messy, time consuming, takes practice and can be painful, if you don't follow the instructions, but I am glad I bought it. It does make you lazy though, after all why should you slog it out at the gym when a few electric shocks can do the same thing........and you don't even have to leave your computer.... .... just hope the phone doesn't ring :-)

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                    24.02.2001 21:35
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                    I have always wanted an electronic toner, like the Rio Slim Gym, but have been unwilling to pay out £100 for something that might not work, and that I might not use, so imagine my delight when walking past Cash Converters windows one afternoon I saw a second hand Rio Slim Gym (In pristine condition) for just £39. I took it home and read the manual, which is short and to the point and features a list of FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions), The maunal explains where to place the pads (with diagrams) and how it should feel when you have them positioned correctly. PLEASE NOTE: there is a health section which advises you if the Slim Gym is unsuitable for you, Pacemakers users and Pregnant women to name two. Here is a list of what the Slim Gym Comprises: . The main console - which has a large dial to turn the power on and also to determine the amount of time between the pulses, and 5 individual dials which determine the strength of the pulse. . A mains lead, which plugs into the back of the main console. . 5 individual leads which split to 2 plugs at the end - (2 electrodes per lead). . 10 pads (electrodes). . 5 black adjustable bands, with which to hold the pads in place with. . 1 tube of conductive Gel - Although when this runs out you can just wet the pads with water instead and this works just as well. . Short but comprehensive instruction booklet in several languages. The Slim Gym also takes size C batteries (6) and as it is low drainage you can buy the cheapy sort and they will last for ages! I use my gym for at least an hour a day and the original set of batteries are still working after 5 weeks. HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE SLIM GYM After Numerous uses the best way to do it is this: If you are using the mains lead - plug it in! Then you need to plug the individual leads into the main console - making sure that all the dials ar
                    e switched off. The attach the pads to the leads - make sure they are well secured on. The place the black bands around the part of the body you wish to tone. Wet the pads Place under the black bands This is the one serious drawback of the Slim Gym - you have to be careful or you are tangled in wires - a little careful planning goes a long way!!! It takes me about 6 mins to connect myself up, so you have to be motivated to use it because it is time consuming and boring to get going. Once you are all connected switch on the main dial, the more you twist this dial the shorter the time between pulses, then switch on the individual dials, and away you go. The Slim Gym works by sending an electronic pulse through the pad and stimulating the musles to contract and relax, over and over again - they say that you can do the equivalent of 600 situps in only 20 mins. When you first start using the Slim Gym it can be pretty painful - I remember having the dials switched on only half way and wincing in the pain, which each pulse. But the more you stick with it the easier it gets, I now have to switch the electrodes up quite high to even feel a slight buzz. On the pain point I have a word of advice - When turning up, switching on or turning down one of the dials make sure you LOOK at what you are doing, if you touch the wrong dial, and turn it up by mistake, you are in for a shock QUITE LITERALLY :) I did this once and was actually crying with the pain, my body almost hit the ceiling!!! and also DON'T TOUCH THE PADS WHEN THE GYM IS SWITCH ON or you will get a nasty shock through your fingers - common sense maybe - but just remember that when you are distracted and you get an itch..... The sensation you feel is a tingly buzz, you need to turn it up until the buzz turns to an actual contraction of the area which you can either feel or see (you skin should jump). I te
                    nd to do my tummy for an hour a day - you do need to use it daily until you are completly toned - which I am not yet!!! and then once a week thereafter, and my legs and arms for 30 mins a day. I now find it relaxing in a wierd sort of way, from breaking out in a sweat when I first started, I can now lay back and forget about it. THE RESULTS???? I have been using it for 5 weeks now and yes I can see results. first of all when you take off the electrodes, your skin feels lovely and firm underneath - this gradually plumps out again After 2 weeks my tummy and arms were firmer and now after 5 weeks I can see a fair bit of definition at the top of my stomach, my lower tummy is being stubborn though!! I would recommend this - if I miss a night on it now I definatley feel flabbier the next day - probably all in the mind, but hey! who cares?????

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                      26.09.2000 03:13
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                      I brought Rio slim gym from Argos last year in June as I wanted to tone up for my holiday in Cuba in Oct. I was going to gym 2x week but I wanted to do something every night and this is ideal. I idea behind this electronic muscle stimulator, is that a electrical impulse is sent to the muscle, via two conductive pads and gel, hitting the nerves that make the muscle contract. When the impulse stops, the muscle relaxes, following the normal pattern of exercise, without the sweat! It is easy to use, and has 6 sets of pads, 2 to each set, so you can do a few muscle groups together. E. g arms and legs or chest and abdomen. You attach the pads by straps around the body, and these are elasticated so are a comfortable fit. You put a tiny amount of conductive gel on, place the pad on the muscle you want to exercise, under the straps and then switch the machine on. There is a manual and its easy of follow, there are several programmes on it like muscle toning, cellulite toning, relaxation and shiatsu massage too. You can vary the strength and the length of the muscle contraction and can stay on the machine for up to an hour but its best to build up from 10 mins as the muscles do still tire. I used to for 30 mins every day for 8 weeks and with healthy eating I did notice my clothes especially skirts and trousers fitted me better. Although I didn't lose weight I felt better as I used it will ironing or watching T. V as it has a battery option. I went to Cuba feeling confident with the way I looked for a change. I would recommend this product as its easy to use but I'm not sure if it would work completely on its own. I think with regular exercise and a good diet helped . It really is for the people who cant go to the gym or like my hubby cant be bothered to do regular exercise! But I enjoyed using it and now I have had my second child I shall go back to using it as I can write my opinions and rate on Dooyoo members at the same time ! EXCELLENT

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                        04.07.2000 18:43
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                        Rio Slim Gym Slim You i hear you say, yes this could be you with determination and commitment. My friend kept rabbiting on about this product she had bought you would swear she was on commision. After she had fetched it over and electrocuted the family we were so impressed we went out and bought one it cost us £99.99.Alot of money? not if you use it as you will feel the result's even if you cant see them. It comes in it's own little carry-case so can be kept together at all times. You use a gel on the 10 pad's that you strap to different muscles of your body which you want to firm up, if you send off for more gel it can be quite pricey, i bought one of the botanical gel's in Boot's which does do the same thing all you need is to conduct the pad's with the electricity. You have to put the gel on the pad's place the pad's on which ever muscles then strap's, you then plug these into the control unit.MAKE SURE THE UNIT IS ON MINIMUM when you start but you will find out rather quickly if you dont.... then you just sit on a chair or lay on the bed with a book or the TV on and let the system do the work usually about 20 min's until you get use to it. The following day you will feel like you have done a workout, definitely an easier way to tone those muscles.DO read the do's and dont's they are put there for a reason especially medical reason's such as pregnancy, epilepsy, heart disorder's, moles etc....

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