First of all: I have had no problem with the display, batteries (I use Lithium ones, as they have a longer life that alk.), or with using the Slendertone belt.
Mold: only formed after it was left in a room, unused, which had mold problems and also leather shoes suffered from mold in the same room, also left abandoned for a period of six months.
Be more physically active whilst using the belt, and eating a well-balanced healthy diet will most likely yeild the desired effects of muscle toning of waist.
I've had my Slendertone belt for two and a half years, since I was eighteen years old. I used to be very active in sports when I was at high school, and at college before getting into university, and I found my Slendertone belt to be helpful for trying to keep in shape now that I was jogging and doing press-ups and sit ups rather than timetabled core P.E. and the hockey and athletics seasons for physical activity. Keeping my asthma under control (I have both exercise-induced and allergen, so car fumes of a city and cold air are always bad situations) was not always easy when jogging, opting for longer sessions of the Slendertone was my option when jogging held its difficulties.
Admittdley, I haven't used it in nearly a year and I haven't jogged much recently, either, but I've started using the belt on the abs crunch mode and gradually increased it (over a month and a half) up to short sessions of setting 60, and normal sit-up mode at 66. I think that this has helped me to, now, do ab crunches very well without the belt. It's very enjoyable and satisfing to get better an aerobics.
I am fairly certain that I have read that electrical stimulation of the muscles does not significantly increase muscle mass, when compared to the same exercises un-aided by electrical stimulation, but it sure is nice to be able to put the belt on in my room while doing what ever.I've had my Slendertone belt for two and a half years, since I was eighteen years old.
I used to be very active in sports when I was at high school, and at college before getting into university, and I found my Slendertone belt to be helpful for trying to keep in shape now that I was jogging and doing press-ups and sit ups rather than timetabled core P.E. and the hockey and athletics seasons for physical activity. Keeping my asthma under control (I have both exercise-induced and allergen, so car fumes of a city and cold air are always bad situations) was not always easy when jogging, opting for longer sessions of the Slendertone was my option when jogging held its difficulties.
I am fairly certain, however, that I have read that electrical stimulation of the muscles does not significantly increase muscle mass, when compared to doing the same exercises un-aided by electrical stimulation (e.g. sit-ups, vs. what the Slendertone belt does), but it sure is nice to be able to put the belt on while doing whatever.
What's great about the Slendertone Abdominals belt is that it stimulates muscular contraction of the rectus, traverous and obliques.
Until two months ago, I admittedly hadn't used it in eight months, and I haven't jogged much recently, either. However, I've started using the belt on the abs crunch mode and gradually increased it up to short sessions of setting 60, and using the normal sit-up mode at 66-70. I think that this may have helped me to, now, do ab crunches very well without the belt (I could not do crunches efficiently when aged 17 at high school whilst still being more physically active than I am now). It's very enjoyable and satisfying to get better an aerobics.
The issue of mold: if, when using the belt, you have sweated and not cleaned the pads, and are 'left' around, mold might grow - I found this information from slendertone.plazadiscounts.com/page19.html after websearching for mold and Slendertone. I found mold on my Slendertone after the eight months of not using the belt, but I had never had mold forming even in the tiniest degree before. I was in flat which had a mold problem, though, in a room, and a pair of leather shoes molded in there, and I know that my Slendertone had been kicking around that room when not in use. So, when using the belt, I haven't actually had mold problems - just six months in a moldy room of abandonment. Also, I hadn't realised that I'd left the pads on. I always take them off after use, and put the plastic covers back on the sticky side. I wasn't sure about the mold, so I borrowed my mum's (which has always been kept clean) with some spare sticky pads.
I highly recommend the Slendertone, although it will most likely help with muscle toning whilst having a healthy, well-balanced diet, and probably with other physical activity, too (that includes brisk walking).
I 'ummed' and 'ahhed' a lot over my decision to purchase a Slendertone, but I'm glad I did. It seemed like a lot to spend for a product that might be a fad. But within weeks of purchase I noticed a visible difference in my waistline. The Slendertone system uses adhesive pads that stick onto the skin, administering a stimulus that makes the muscles contract. The pads can be sticky and tricky to position, and the effectiveness of the belt depends on them being in tip-top condition: as soon as they start to wear the belt becomes less effective, so making sure these are constantly replaced can be a chore and the ongoing expense needs to be taken into account before purchase. When the Slendertone is on you can really feel the powerful contractions working. I certainly have not lost any weight since using the system, and I'm not convinced that it burns any calories, but it does give a deep workout that will give noticeable results. The advantage over conventional exercise it that wearing the belt is more time efficient, and easier for people with back problems (I've suffered years of back pain from doing sit-ups so this is a great device for me).
This review is of the Slendertone flex female abs belt.
I ordered one of these belts from eBay. It was brand new and cost £55, including postage and packaging. I had heard about the belt and liked the idea that it would help you get firmer, flatter abs in 8 weeks. I read some consumer reviews online which were mostly positive and was really excited for when the belt would arrive.
I was already quite thin when I ordered the belt, the reason I wanted it was not to help me lose weight but just to help me tone up my stomach. If you have quite a big belly and are buying this for inch loss off your waist then this won't work for you. It works best when combined with exercise, so you should wear this when going for a walk or a jog, and not just for slobbing out in front of the TV and especially not while eating.
When the belt arrived it was packaged up in a cardboard box which has a picture of a woman on the front, pulling up her top slightly to show a flat, toned stomach. This is what I wanted my stomach to look like so I read through the instructions (it is very important to read the instructions before using the belt as it is considered a surgical procedure) and then I fastened the belt on around my stomach.
At first I thought the belt felt horrible. When you turn it on it sends electrical pulses through to your stomach which makes your muscles kind of spasm about which is supposed to be what tones them up. The way this feels takes a bit of getting used to and I kept it on the lowest settings for the first time I used it. By the way, there are 99 different settings, which effect how tense the electrical pulses are.
I have had this on 99 before and it is extremely uncomfortable. After I had it on 99 I felt quite ill and after eating my tea that night I actually threw up. My stomach did look toned and had sexy lines at the sides, but as I had been sick I felt too ill to care about that. I stopped using the belt but a week later I decided to use it again, telling myself it coudn't have been the belt that made me sick. I had it on low settings again until I felt used to it and then started turning it up to about 70. Having it this high did make me dance around a bit in discomfort and it did feel extremely strange and uncomfortable but I just kept imagining what the results would be like and that is what got me through it. But then after only 3 weeks since the last time I had been sick I threw up again. I'm sure this couldn't be a coincidence, it must have been the belt.
Something else I want to complain about with this belt is the adhesive pads. They need replacing about every month and are really expensive to buy, costing around £10 even on usually cheap sites like eBay and amazon. Also the batteries only lasted me a month of using the belt so obviously to keep using the belt would become very expensive.
I saw results in my stomach - but the belt also made me throw up, is very uncomfortable to wear and also it is very expensive to keep using it. As well as this I found that the results don't last very long and as soon as you don't use the belt for about two days your stomach goes back to normal again, so you need to use it every day to maintain your stomach looking toned. For these reasons I will not recommend the belt, and unfortunately I will only give it one star.
If someone told me this before I bought the belt, I think I would have gone ahead and bought it anyway, because the temptation of having a flat toned up stomach is too much. But really, there are much better and safer ways of getting a flat stomach than having to endure the side effects of this belt.
I'm in two worlds about the slendertone belt. On the one hand it is definitely easy to use, you simply choose your setting and then let it run while you get on with what you want. However although this is a simple action it's not the most comfortable of experiences. The slendertone basically works by sending electrical impulses through your abdomen to contract your core muscles. And this generally feels like your entire stomach has gone into spasm. I was fairly afraid to try the higher power settings as it was hard to concentrate on anything else. The pads themselves are cool and comfortable on the skin, but that is nowhere near enough to compensate. Also i not entirely sure the higher power setting are the best for your heart as when i did turn it up i found myself getting slightly breathless every time the pulses went through my abdomen. This is not to say that i didn't see results, it's done wonders for my abs, i just think there may be a more comfortable method.
After having my second baby I lost my baby weight quite quickly and I was really pleased, what I was not pleased with however was the state of my stomach. Anyone who has had children will know what I mean, my belly wasn't fat, just wrinkly, loose, untoned skin. Which is quite understandable given how much it stretches when you're pregnant.
I know sit ups are the obvious answer to tone up your stomach but I hate them, no matter how much I try I can not motivate myself to do sit ups.
In search of an alternative and after seeing an advert for one I decided to purchase a Slendertone Flex. It cost £69.99 from the Argos. I was unsure of spending £70 on an exercise belt but if it gave the results it promised then it was worth every penny.
The Slendertone is basically a high intensity toning belt which is designed for toning your stomach. There are three pads on the belt, one at the front and one at each side. These pads contract at whatever intensity you set it in order to tone your belly.
The Slendertone unit is battery operated and is placed at the front of your belt. There is a display screen which provides you with information such as the programme timer, the intensity level for each pad, the battery power and programme number.
There are five buttons on the unit, an on/off button, information button, programme button and right and left intensity button, used to alter the intensity of the pads.
The intensity levels starts at 1 and goes up to 99. There are 7 programmes to choose between;
1- Introduction which is 20 minutes long, has a maximum intensity of 99 and this is three sections long.
2 - Intermediate which is 25 minutes long, max. int. of 99 and is 10 sessions long
3&4 - Advanced and Expert, both are 30 minutes long and last for 20 sessions.
Once you have completed all the sessions for the recommended amount of time you can then choose between the following:
5 - Professional
6 - Comfort 1
7 - Comfort 2
All are 30 minutes long with a maximum intensity of 99.
To begin with the belt can be quite uncomfortable and leave you with sore muscles but once you follow the sessions you do get used to it and find yourself upping the intensity.
I used this belt religiously to begin with as it claimed you should see results within 8 weeks. I think my stomach did get more toned but no where near where I wanted it to be. I don't think it even comes close to the results you get from sit ups. My husband says its a lazy way to exercise and I recently read them critised by a doctor who said something which does not raise your pulse is not really exercise.
The pads do get worn after a while, I have had to buy some replacement pads and I think they cost £20 for a set of two. The belt also goes through a lot of batteries, I keep meaning to get re-chargable for mine but keep forgetting.
I must admit that my toning belt has been stuck in a cupboard for a while now and the novelty of using it and realising it will not work wonders has left me feeling negative. I did spend £70 on it though so really should make the effort to use it, it certainly won't do any harm.
Overall I have mixed feelings about the Slendertone, it is a convenient way to tone your muscles and if used on a regular basis will achieve some results, however small.
If it was really that good at toning stomachs I think we'd all have one though, definetely not a miracle worker.
Maybe I'll have to accept that I will never get rid of my baby belly and now I have three kids it's even worse. Slendertone is not the answer.
I have had this belt for several weeks, and am a little cautious about using too high of a setting. This device sends electrical pulses through the pads to target muscles, at selected intervals, at adjustable strengths. Since your heart is a muscle, I would caution you against using it at levels where you feel muscle stress beyond the muscle groups under the contact pads, on the belt. Do not wear it any higher than over your naval. If you have a heart condition, avoid.
I was excited to try the Slendertone ab product as I find traditional stomach exercises quite stressful on my back and neck. I was also looking for a 'quick fix' solution to toning up my abs.
One of the biggest benefits is the ease of use of the product, once you have this on you are free to do whatever else you need to. I made this part of my daily 'getting ready for work' routine and had to remind myself some days to give my muscles a rest.
After using the product for some time now I can confirm that it does work - but it must be combined with a broader exercise routine. People expecting miracle results without any other exercise (as I did in the first 4 weeks!) will be disappointed, but if you see it as another piece of equipment in your exercise/gym routine you will pleased.
When I first received my Slendertone Abs Belt, I was quite dubious about whether it would work or not. I was apprehensive about using it correctly and found it quite strange at first. Getting in a routine wearing it was the biggest challenge, although I teamed it up with watching my routine TV shows and then it became a habit. The belt became easier and easier to throw on and use for 30 minutes, whether cooking, hovering or general pottering around. I started to see the difference quite early on, especially on my side abs. Using the belt with healthy eating and exercise really has helped me to feel confident about my belly. I have definitely noticed a difference, especially on my sides where I usually find really difficult to tone! I am not sure if it has any correlation but I have also managed to increase my running in the gym from 5km to 7km. I was thinking that maybe due to my increased core strength that running has become easier.
People say it is not possible to sit with a belt on and gain core strength and tighter more defined abs. These people are wrong. Dead wrong. This belt is a genious invention and after only 8 sessions, i am seeing the results. When coupled with the six week plan, available from the slendertone website, and a healthy diet, the results can be seen in 6 weeks. After 6 months a huge change will be seen. The waste size is very variable and it allows a comfy fit for most waiste sizes. There are several issues however. Firstly this belt is not for the faint harded. The feeling is at first strange, and it takes time to build up. The higher settings are not infact comftable, and whilst easier and more conveniant then situps, you are very aware of the pulses. So it works, but it is not a free workout. You feel every second of the belt working. Garunteed the results are worth it!.
I have have had my flex belt about a month now and i can feel it begginning to work.
At first i was really nervous that it was going to hurt.
It doesnt but it does feel really wierd until you get used to it.
To be honest i cant say that i have lost any inches from around my waist by using the flex.
But my stomach does feel and look alot more toned.
this is a great way to tone up a sit involves no hard excersise.
there are 3 program settings each are 20mins 25mins and 30mins long so you can chooses how long you use it for.
Also there are 99 different strength programs so that you can build up slowly.
The highest i have got to so far is about 70.
the only disadvantage is that you need to buy replacement pads and batterys every 4-6 weeks which is about £15.
overall a very very useful thing to have.
very good I thought it was going to hurt and was wondering how it works so I went on the internet about twenty times before I used it but now i use it every day!
I've never really believed in these belts. In the adverts they always use these perfect models, with totally flat abs to model for them and that always seemed kinda cheesy for me! But, you know, time was short for me. I'm always working or studying and I do like excersise, I regularly cycle and swim but it really wasn't doing much for my stomach. And me, being too busy to find time to do sit ups I thought the Slendertone Flex might provide me with a soluition to my wobbly tum!
--- So how much does it retail for? ---
I'd say the price varies where you look. On the Slendertone website the current price is 69.99. But I'm sure if you browze ebay you can find a better deal. I purchased mine from amazon for around 55 pounds which I thought was pretty reasonable.
-- OK so I don't want to walk around the house looking silly now, do i? What does the belt look like? --
Well that's the beauty of the belt! Unless you like wearing belly tops (and why would you if your buying the slendertone?) The belt hides easily underneath clothes! The belt is not thick either so does not show! I walk around the house with it under my t-shirt and no one notices a thing!
-- OK so what do I get with the Slendertone Flex? --
You get a black and green belt, a small screen that attaches to your belt, three pads that work the belt and an instructon booklet! Oh and 3 AAA batteries for your screen to work!
-- Is it easy to use? --
SO EASY!! The instructon booklet is straight forward but it's so simple anyway! First off you just start off with your green and black belt. You start off by putting your three AAA batteries provided into the small screen thing then attach it to your belt. Once that is clipped into place, turn your belt around and you will notice three small silver bolt like things attached to your belt. With the pads provided, you peel off the plastic and then attach them to the belt, making sure they are covering the silver bits. You can place the pads edge on one of three drawn lines on the belt, depending on your size. And that's it! The belt is ready to use!
-- So what now? --
Well you stick the belt to you! The biggest pad in the middle should stick over your belly button and the two small ones should sit either side. You then attach it with the velcro to the back, nice and snug and then turn on your little machine by holding down the small button on it's own. The machine has four buttons all together. The on/off button, the two intensity buttons, an information button and a pogramme button. Once it's on you can up the intensity with the arrow buttons, up to a intensity you feel comfortable with. There are seven stages on the Slendertone Flex and you will start off with the Introduction. This is 20 minutes long and three sessions long then as follows:
2 Intermediate 25 minutes long and 10 sessions.
3 Advanced 30 minutes long and 20 sessions
4 Expert 30 minutes long and 20 sessions.
5 Professional 30 minutes long indefinite number of sessions
6 Comfort 1 30 minutes long indefinite number of sessions
7 Comfort 2 30 minutes long indefinite number of sessions
How do i know when there are problems with my pads or how well I am doing? ---
Ahh! Now here come the helpful little symbols that appear on your Slendertone Flex screen!
OK let's go into the symbols.
A small symbol in the corner of your screen with some black blocks in it: This is your BATTERY symbol. Keep an eye on this as the black blocks inside it will decrease as the battery life dies!
A little lady symbol when you turn on your belt: This is just to indicate that you are, indeed, a lady using a ladies belt!
A triangle with a straight line on the top of it with a straight line at the bottom: Hard to describe, lol, but this pops up with you have reached your highest intensity level to date.
A small triangle not joined up at the bottom: IMPORTANT!! THIS MEANS YOUR PADS ARE NOT WORKING! TRY EITHER ADJUSTING YOUR PADS AND STICKING THEM DOWN MORE FIRMLY, TIGHTENING THE BELT SO IT'S TIGHTER ON YOU. IF THIS DOES NOT WORK YOU NEED REPLACEMENT PADS! YOU CAN BUY THESE FROM BOOTS OR THE SLENDERTONE WEBSITE. WWW.SLENDERTONE.CO.UK
The # appears. This is just telling you the number of sessions you have completed.
A note with a cross through it: You have activated MUTE.
Two lines: You have paused your programme.
<50 If you see this, it can be any number to 99, it is showing the left hand intensity of your belt. 47> The same goes if you see it on the other side. You can change this with the small arrow buttons on your belt.
A Man doing sit ups. : Your mucsles are contracting/relaxing.
A smiley face: YAY! You are progessing!
A miserable face: TUT TUT! Turning off the machine before a completed session will not get you a flatter stomach!!
A number in a box: Showing your programme number.
And FINALLY: A Key: You have locked your screen.
-- So how often do these pads need replacing and how can I tell? --
Well as I said, a small triangle will appear on your screen and you won't feel any sensation. Plus ou will start to notice the pads don't stick as well and have some skin debris on them! I only replace them every couple of months as that's all I need! I usually buy the pads from Boots for 9.99 for a set.
-- I've just had a baby. Can I use it? --
Yes but it says you should wait till six weeks after and consult your GP too.
-- What does the belt feel like? --
Well, it's not like an electric shock! The belt is not painful at all. It's more like a tingling sensation, quite a funny one really but in my opnion you can really feel something happening! You can feel your muscles tighning as it buzzes but it's defintely NOT unplesant or uncomfortable!
--- How often do i use it?! --
For the first 8 weeks, every day. Sounds a lot but the belt is so easy to wear around the house, it's nothing! After the 8 weeks you must do it 2 - 3 times a week to maintain your new Britney-Belly!
-- SO... The question you all wanna know the answer too! DOES THE BELT WORK? ---
DRRUUM ROLL PLEASEE!!....
YES!! I really feel like the Slendertone flex is working for me. I've had it for three weeks now and I already see the difference! it says you should use it every day for the first 8 weeks but I use it twice a day! My stomach in general feels a lot harder, I can actually feel muscles appearing like magic underneath my folds which is great! My stomach is defintely flatter and my waist (bearing in mind, only 3 weeks) has lost 1 inch and my hips I have lost 0.5 inches! I feel more confident in tight tops because my stomach is flatter too. When I sit down, I have folds of fat but these are defintely smaller now which I am really pleased about as that was a particularly difficult area for me to shift weight!
OK but there IS a catch to all of thise. You must be in OK shape when you start using this belt. By that I mean you should probably not be overweight and I reckon the belt is good if your around a size 8 - 14 with some excess flab as it tones you, it isn't going to lose any weight off you. I combine using my belt with a healthy diet and I do cycling and swimming too.
I really highly reccommend this belt! I still have 5 weeks to go and will update this with my end results, and if I'm feeling confident, maybe even a picture of my new belly!!
Update: Since using my slendertone I can do more sit ups and my stomach feels SO much stronger!
(All my reviews are on ciao.co.uk under my name grapesoda)
I have to say that I love my slendertone flex for my abs. I use it i combination with my tae bo exercises and a healthy diet and it's doing great :) Tae bo helps me to lose those extra lbs and the belt helps me to tone and define my abs! It IS FDA approved for those of you who think it is not! AND it does NOT grow mold with exercise! I've been using it for months now and I have no problems with mold! So do not believe everything that you hear...plus of course it's NOT going to get rid of your fat...that you have to exercise and eat right to do...the slendertone does not claim to lose weight-only to help tone and define while helping you to lose inches off your waistline. Please read the instructions before you come online and write reviews that are not true.
"You can even use SLENDERTONE products while you work out!" - NOT!
There is no mention of the acceptable intensity of that workout.
Before purchasing my Flex, I downloaded the directions and read them. It said not to get it wet. I called technical support to ask about wearing the belt while exercising and sweating. I was told that, that is what it is designed for.
My problem: The center gel pad grows MOLD.
I wear my belt, setting 80-99, while exercising on my Orbitrek for 30 minutes. I lay my Flex belt out flat, gel pads up, on my weight bench, place the plastic covers on the gel pads and leave it until next day. In just a couple of weeks the center pad starts growing MOLD on it. The outer pads are still fine. Slendertone pads are pretty expensive to be going through center pads so rapidly. You can only buy the gel pads in a set so I wind up with extra/wasted outer pads.
I contacted Slendertone - info@slendertone.*** - to inquire about the gel pads growing MOLD and they told me that they were unaware of anyone else having this problem.
Is anyone else's Slendertone Flex center gel pad growing MOLD?
The Second problem I've experienced is the display on the control unit loosing segments. Banner Therapy, the company I bought it from replaced the first one under warranty. Slendertone sent me a second replacement control unit. I'm on my third one now.
Anyone loosing segments on their display unit?
Other than the two problems - MOLD growing on center pad and display malfunction - I have been very satisfied with my Flex ab belt. It firms and tightens my abs while doing my aerobic exercise. I want to get much more use from this product, if the MOLD problem could be remedied.
I bought my slendertone flex from QVC a few months ago for just under £85 although i have seen it sell for closer to £100 in some shops. I am very impressed with the results i have seen. When the belt first arrives, the pack consitst of the battery operated control panel, belt and 3 self-adhesive pads. The very clear instruction booklet takes you through setting up the unit for the first time and where to place the pads on the belt depending on your waist size (small, medium or large). The use of the self adhesive pads cuts down on both the time needed to set up the unit before each session and the mess involved. Basically after the first set up, it only takes around 45 seconds to stick the pads on the areas of the waist, fasten the belt and then you can be working your abs. If also have a rio system for the rest of the body which works great but can take a good 10 minutes to fasten all the pads, connect the wires and can be messy when using the condutive gel. The belt has 7 programmes for varying results and the belt itself works like a personal trainer. It starts you off on a very basic level to get your muscles used to the satimulation then after a predetermined number of sessions the machine automatically moves you up to the next programme. In any of the programmes you can customise the intensity on a continuum from 1 to 99. This means that you can always gurantee comfort and will not cause any undue pain or displeasure. I have been doing sit-ups for around 6 months before i had the belt and while sit ups are good, it can be very difficult to work all of the abdominals when positioned on the floor as well as impractical. The Slendertone flex works the upper and lower abdominals as well as the obliques all at once so to get the same workout you would need to do many reps of at least 4 different exercises when on the floor. wearing the slendertone flex means you can be working your way to a stronger firmer stoma
ch while doing anything from the housework to watching the tv to even doing office work on your computer! In fact, due to its slimline design, you could be wearing the unit underneath a tshirt or jumper and no one would know that you had it on. Apparently the best way to strengthen your back is to strengthen your abdominal muscles and so undertaking an exercise programme tailored to developing strength in your torso is ideal for preventing back problems. The slendertone flex is great for anyone who either doesn't have time to do sit ps everyday or doesn't feel comfortable. I wouldn't recommend using the unit as your only form of exercise, a healthy lifestyle and regular CV activity is essential but with this unit you could be on your way to a more healthy life all round.
Slendertone Flex Abdominal Training System / Slendertone Flex for Women / Product Features: Intensity level up to 130; Lightweight, breathable sports belt; Targets groups of muscles which are difficult to reach with conventional exercise; 10 Abdominal training programmes including programmes for use during ab crunch exercises; Sports Pro programmes for a more intensive workout; Increased workout time with programme progression; Rapid intensity increase for advanced use / Clinically proven technology / Slendertone Flex for Women is a clinically proven system for toning and firming your midsection with studies showing an average waist size reduction of 1 / 4 inches over an 8 week period / 100% of study subjects reported firmer more toned midsections as well as an average 49% increase in abdominal strength making this a top notch Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) system / This system takes the stress out of toning and defining your abs and brings it all into the comfort of your own home /