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=== The product ===
This is an exercise trainer that is designed to help you lose weight and physical inches from your thighs and waist region. This can also be a fantastic cardiovascular workout. There is a workout DVD provided if you purchase this item new, I received one, but I have never actually watched. You also receive two resistance bands that help you turn this in to an almost full body workout.
=== How to use this ===
Well all you need to do is stand this on the floor. You can adjust the dial to set the resistance and then you step up on to the two feet plates and then begin to walk/march and your hips will swing from side to side as your feet move side to side on the foot plates.
There are resistance bands that you can attach and these basically work a little like a massive piece of elastic. You can pull them up while 'stepping' to work out your arms as well as your waist and thighs.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
This can be found at eBay and I purchased mine for just 99p with local pick-up. I believe that these were originally around £50 upwards, back this was back in about 2005/6 and they were generally on sale from shopping channels.
=== Overall opinion ===
Well I first purchased this really because of the bargain price on eBay. From time to time I will have a look at all of the items on offer and then if anything is going for just £1.00 or something ridiculously low then I will bid on it and hopefully win the item. I paid just 99p for this item and was able to collect it about five minutes from my house. The first thing that I noticed was that this is very heavy and quite bulky.
Once I got this home I gave it a quick clean over, changed the batteries in the computer and then I was away! I found this incredibly easy to use, it was just a case of basically walking on it and my hips would swing from side to side. It was very simple and the resistance bands that came provided very already attached and I just had to lift them up and down as I was moving from side to side.
I can definitely feel the burn when using this item. It is quick to put in place, simple to use and works well at helping me to build up a sweat. I found that the computer worked well, keeping an eye on time and what not with ease but I did not tend to refer to this and just hopped on and off whenever I wanted to do a little bit of exercise.
This is very easy to use and besides my Mum tripping over it I can think of nothing bad to say about it. This feels sturdy and stays in place when i am on it.
I actually stopped using this a little while back because my Mum broke her toe on it and so I have barely got it back out now because I am worried about someone else tripping over it and injuring themselves! That is my excuse and I am sticking to it!
The Carl Lewis lateral thigh trainer is a fitness device that provides cardiovascular training by mainly targeting the legs. The product is small, simple to use and has adjustable resistance. I did not however feel it was a suitable cardiovascular workout for a serious athlete, I think it would be mostly suited to older people or in rehabilitation. The chain, paintwork and computer all caused me serious problems too and resulted in a rather poor durability score.
The product is a grey silver colour and black. The device features two horizontal bars along the bottom which are grey in colour and made from metal. At the end of these bars are rubberised sections which provide additional friction so the device does not move very easily along the floor. The main body of the product is shaped somewhat like an egg and made from plastic with a white logo on the top. This white logo is not etched or moulded onto the product and I have noticed some parts of it has scratched away. The logo is of a man in white font, above the letters "LTT" which stand for lateral thigh trainer. At the bottom of the main body, is a lever, which can be moved as to decrease or increase the resistance of the stepper. At the top of the product, there is two steppers which are black in colour, made from a plastic like material and are slightly knurled and groove which I believe is to increase grip of your foot to the product. On the top of the right step, there is a small computer with white logos around it and a grey button to operate it. There are two forms of the Carl lewis thigh trainer, the first is just the stepper itself, the second form is one which includes handles and an additional computer I'm led to believe. I myself, have just the stepper so cannot vouch for the quality of the handled version. The thigh trainer stepper version weighs around 10kg which is light for most to carry but still sturdily built.
The product lasted a few years before it broke. I never used it very much, more so as a warm up if I was going to be lifting weights. The product is sturdily built, weighs about 10kg and the plastic and metal work is of a good sound quality. The rubberised sections at the end of the horizontal bars of the base held strong and did not come off. The paintwork of the logo on the front did however chip and come away and would have been better in my opinion to have been moulded into the plastic instead. The lever handle sometimes got stuck which maked altering the resistance very difficult. Another thing I noticed was software problems on the little computer to the top of the right stepper. It would not come on, which meant I couldn't know how many steps I had done or how much time I had spent on the device. The thing which finished of the device for me was that the internal chain snapped and would no longer work. I think this is because I routinely had it on the maximum resistance setting which wore out the chain so it would no longer drive and work. Overall the weight and quality was ok, but the resistance lever, chain snapping and computer did cause me some serious problems. I would not expect the product to last a few years from moderate usage. But even less if you plan to use it for commercial usage.
The product without the handles is extremely cheap to buy. I bought mine for £14 on eBay UK but I've seen them go for only £5 if you get a good deal. The product is no longer freely available in the UK and is currently unavailable on Amazon UK and Play, so eBay would be your best bet to get it. I paid £14 a few years ago which was quite a good price. I didn't think it particularly suited my needs but for the price of £14 it was a worthy investment to try. I think a price of £20 or above would be too much for the product and wouldn't be worth your time, so my advice if you are interested in the product is try eBay for cheap deals. I saw a Body sculpture product on Amazon UK which is similar in some ways to the Lateral thigh trainer going for £37 so a cheap Carl Lewis thigh trainer on eBay for under £20 compares very competitively with other products on the market.
I think the product more of a gimmick if you train seriously. I could never really get my heart rate up to near maximum when I wore my heart rate monitor even on the maximum resistance. I tried to use the device initially for interval training which consisted of short maximum effort periods interlaced with slower recovery periods afterwards. I think my strenuous form of training was what snapped the chain inside the product, but if you used to product in a more gentle manner, the chain would last longer. The product moves in a "bi-directional" plane to the each side. This is different to most conventional steppers which just move up and down. I did find the product was kind to my joints and offered little strain or impact so it could very well be suited to an older person. I also think the product could be of some use to those going rehabilitation and want a gentle exercise product just to stay active and try rebuild their fitness. If you're a serious athlete and want intense training then it will be of no use besides as a warm up.
As mentioned, the paintwork chipped off, the computer wouldn't start sometimes, the chain broke after a while rendering the product useless and I also noticed some squeaking hinges near the pedals which needed WD40 spray to lubricate them. I also found the product did not give me an intense and convenient form of training which I desired even on the maximum resistance setting.
To conclude, the product was small, a good weight, cheap to buy on eBay and was good as a warm up. The base was stable and did not move much around if you use it on a suitable floor. The product was gentle on joints and I sustained little impact from using it. However, the product is difficult to get hold of in the UK now, has some serious durability issues, had an annoying squeaking which requires lubrication and was not good for interval training. I do not regret buying it as I only paid £14, but I think this device has more use for older people, rehabilitation and for warming up. Couple this with some durability issues and it's quite clear why these products are retailing so cheaply on eBay. Try it if you desire but don't be surprised to expect disappointment! Thank you for reading my review.
© Revo9 (2011)
*Note, I am both a member of Ciao and Dooyoo.co.uk under the same username of Revo9*
After having three children I have spent this last year desperately trying to get something that resembled my old body back! So have been using some at home exercise equipment this includes the lateral thigh trainer.
The lateral thigh trainer comes almost ready to use all you need to do to set it up is slot the calorie counter into the right place and connect the rubber feet to the underneath and as simply as that your ready to work out. The lateral thigh trainer is a compact machine which can easily be stored away.
You can adjust the tension or the intensity of the work out by adjusting the lever, right or left at the back of the foot rest. The calorie counter will also count how many steps per minute, how many steps per work out and it will also time the workout for you I have used all these functions at one time or another and have found them useful and reliable.
The lateral thigh trainer isn't like other stepping machines as it doesn't just go in an up and down motion it also goes side to side, the lateral thigh trainer claims to target a lot of areas which include the arms, hips stomach oblique's and of course the inner and outer thighs.
My experience of this equipment has been very positive I have found it very easy to use and get the hang of, and is a great way of burning off calories and toning up in front of the television, I have been using it now for about six months quite regularly and have noticed a big difference in the size and shape of my thighs, however this isn't the only exercise I have been doing but I am confident that the lateral thigh trainer has contributed to my new and improved thighs because I can really feel the burn when and after I have used it.
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My mum bought the Lateral Thigh Trainer years ago. She used it for a week or so, but then she fell off...Years later, when it was my turn to lose weight, I hopped on the LTT to get my flabby, HUGE thighs into shape. I know that I have given this product 3 out of 5 stars, but please read the entire review, or at least the The Bad portion, before making up your mind.
One, you can have resistance on the machine itself. If you want to help build and/or tone those leg muscles, so they look great when the flab and excess fat are gone, then the higher resistance is ideal. You can really feel your muscles working as they work hard to push the pedals down. On the other hand, the lighter resistance means that you can burn more calories in the same amount of time because of the quick movement.
Two, the resistance bands, which were not included with mine, means that you can work your arms at the same time. Working more than one muscle at once leads to massive calorie burning and body sculpting, so those bands will aid your fitness training very well.
-All fitness levels
To make it easier on yourself, you can position your feet near the end of the pedal, and close to the top of the pedal if you want to work harder and burn more fat and calories. So simple and there is no need to modify the machine.
-Easy to use
Anyone can use this machine. All you have to do is get on and push down on the pedal with your foot, then push down on the other pedal with the other foot. Do this as fast as you can and you are burning calories.
The ridges on the pedals make sure that your feet stay in place, so they are not sliding all over the place. This gives you extra security so once you start working there's no need to keep stopping to adjust your position.
-Cannot spot train
This machine will help you burn calories and fat but there is NO guarantee that the fat will be taken from your legs. If anyone says that they lost inches off their legs then that would have happened whether they had used this machine or a treadmill or a skipping rope or walked miles everyday. You body burns fat from the areas it wants to slim down, no where YOU want to slim down.
-Resistance? What resistance?
The resistance seems to be lacking. I presume that over time the resistance inside gets worn down so that even on a higher setting it still feels easy or easier than it did before.
I read on a review on the skating movement this machine makes you perform is bad for the knees. After using this machine for a week or so, I did start to feel slightly worried about my knees. I started doing my martial arts again, and my knees felt wobbly and/or hurt a little whenever I did high kicks. I have not used the machine since then.
I did leave my legs feeling worked, but the rest of me felt fine. I definitely burned calories, even though it was only around twenty minutes. The repetitive movements can get boring, but this can be solved by watching TV or listening to music while you work. If this was like the huge step machines that you get at the gym, I would highly recommend it. However, because of my weakened knees after using this machine for a week, I cannot recommend this product. If you are determined to buy it, I would use the machine once or twice a week on non-consecutive days. I would also do a thorough warm-up and cool down off the machine- walking on the spot for a few minutes is sufficient- followed by leg stretches with emphasis on the knee area, just in case...
This particular model was advertised as having a side to side motion, which would exercise parts of the legs a normal stepper would not reach, bringing into action the oblique's (side abdominal muscles).
Creates a movement similar to a skating motion. As with all advertisements, the adverts gave the impression that this machine would produce dramatic results and used muscular, toned people to demonstrate the product, thus working on the visual stimulation that you too could achieve similar results.
The product was very sturdy and made very little noise. After continuous use it did require a little maintenance in the form of WD-40. You also get a workout dvd with the product with Brenda Dygraff taking you through some easy to advanced sessions.
One of the common problems I have encountered with this product is that the chain snaps easily. In the first instance i called the company and asked them about replacements and they came in the price range of a new lateral thigh trainer, hence I took the sensible option and got a similar product from another company. The Reebok side stepper that I got as a replacement was from Argos and cost £49.99. With Argos, I have found that any issues I have had with a product, have been easily solved, either through a replacement item, or a refund, depending on how long you've had the item.
The computer on the LTT counts your accumulated strokes, strokes per minute, time and calories.
Storage wise it could pose a problem, as it is quite chunky. I have hidden it under my bed - out of the way, yet easily accessible for when I want a quick burst of exercise.
It comes with the actual LTT, Training computer & battery, Owners manual, Food Plan, Workout DVD.
Does it produce results?
Yes, for the time I was able to use the thigh trainer it did produce results. I used it every day for at least 45 minutes. I lost 1 ½" off my legs within a couple of weeks. Obviously, I also watch what I eat, but I definitely attribute shape and tone to the LTT.
The LTT has dropped dramatically in price recently, more than likely with the introduction of other similar equipment. The original product has been discontinued from Brenda DyGraf's official website. As I have stated, this particular product did do the job for a while but I found the chain to be the key factor in its demise. There are many other similar products out there, so I'd advise you get the Reebok one, which has served me well.
I saw this product adverstised on television and decided to buy one just over a year ago. It was then advertised for almost £100 but I got one on an ebay aucton for about £20. It doesn't do miracles but if you use it regularly you will see some results. After using the LTT for an hour, I can usually feel the ache muscles in my hips and waist.
However, for this same reason I wouldn't recommend this product for anyone who has hip or knee problems as the bi-directional movement can wreak on havoc especially in the early days when you are just getting used to the movement.
After a couple of days of dissuse the hydraulics seem to stick and requires you to stand on one pedal and use quite some force to get the hydraulics working again. It is also not the most compact as it can only fit under a high bed and it's adviced that you don't rest anything on it as it would damage the hydraulics. Overall, it is recommended.
My wife and I bought one of these to replace our Gym membership in order to save a bit of cash in these tough times. It really is not half bad. If you have never used one of these before then you will almost certainly need to place it in front of the back of a chair as the movement can feel quite strange to start with. However, as with most things, the more you use it the easier it gets to use and you can soon get rid of the chair and replace with the resistance bands. My machine of preference in the gym was the cross trainer and whilst I have to say that this could never replace that, you can still build up your heart rate enough to give yourself a decent enough work out to maintain your ideal weight. The resistance bands add a light upper body work out for you as well although whilst this will not substitute a weight work out it should keep you toned. All in all for £30 or there abouts, it is a great substitute for a £400 gym membership and ias pretty compact so is easy to store out the way.
The Lateral Thigh Trainer is one of those products that's advertised to death on TV. Shopping channels show hours of footage, and market it as if it's a miracle cure for obesity.
Firstly, if you're going to get one of these, I would recommend not buying from the TV channels, where it can cost up to £100 - get one from the web and you can save a lot of money.
But does it actually work?
The machine itself is fairly large and heavy, but it can be carried from room to room if needs be. It's fairly well constructed, and you don't feel like you're going to break it when it's in use. There is a small lcd screen on the unit which measures calories burned and number of steps, but it's very basic technology.
Included in the package is an instructional DVD, which talks you through some basic step routines - whilst at the same time being fairly patronizing.
There is a lever on the front of the unit which changes the resistance of the steps to male the work rate easy or hard. However, when the lever is set to what is supposedly the most difficult setting- 'slow', after a few steps the resistance becomes as easy as the easiest mode. This is a shame as it takes the difficulty from the workout.
After using the Lateral Thigh Trainer, and following the DVD, I felt moderately exercised - this isn't a bad thing, as this is what some are looking for. With the exercise range this machine offers, I would not expect a drastic change in fitness or shape for quite a while. However, if you want a light exercise, and you're not in a mad rush to shed pounds, then this may be the product for you.
Lateral Thigh Trainers were all the rage last year, there are still plenty about but all the raving about them seems to have died down.
Unlike a normal stepper the lateral thigh trainer also moves out to the side as you step. The idea is this will tone the outside of the thigh, it will, and create a slight twist to hit the abdominal obliques, again it will. At the same time it is good cardio workout so it sounds perfect especially as they can now be picked up for £20 or so. Some have the added power cord attachments so you can also move the arms against resistance as you step which also adds to the cardio effect.
I tried one of these and immediately stumbled on a problem. As many of us have underused and weak glute medius muscles and overactive Tensor Fascia Latae muscles (hip flexor at the front of the hip that works with the glute medius) the whole turning the foot in movement as you step adds to this problem. Not many people actually have weak lateral thighs, it's an area more prone to tightness and overactivity but loads of people need glute medius work and this machine just doesn't hit the right portion of it to be useful. It would be better if the pedals could be adjusted so you can have them turned in, out or straight depending on your personal needs.
The abdominal oblique training this provides is helpful if your obliques are pretty balanced from side to side but any differences in strength between the two sets will become more noticable if you use this type of equipment so if it starts to give you backache that's probably the cause.
For people who are balanced this is ok but add some glute medius work or you'll end up with an imbalance but for people with imbalances that are noticeable I'd avoid these. I would also advise using it first time around in front of a mirror to make sure your pelvis stays level as you step, if it doesn't you need glute medius work and not a lateral thigh trainer!
I happened to come across a T.V advert advertisting what seemed to be another very expensive, yet interesting peice of excercise equipment. So as usual in amazement I sat and watched the advert. It was for the Lateral Thigh Trainer.
After having two children, my body never returned to its old self again, so I have been loooking around to try and find a cheap enough but effective excercise tool. So when the advert came on I was hooked and decided I had to get one and try it out.
It was being advertised for 89.99 plus p&p, although it sounded goo, too good to be true infact i still thought it was very pricey. So I decided to go about getting one the "new fashion way as some would say" and look on the fabulous Ebay. Wow, there were so many, and I eventually brought myself a pink one for 19.99. Since buying the Lateral Thigh trainer I have really noticed the differecne in my hips, legs and stomach. If I'd have known when I was watching the t.v advert that it really would work I would have definatly been prepeared to purchase it at the original price.
So what is the LATERAL THIGH TRAINER?
The lateral thigh trainers is what Id say the best and accurate to its descripton peice of exercise equipment I have seen or used in a very long time. In advertisment it is said to burn fat and tone the following parts of your body: Bottom
Inner and outer thighs
Oblique (love handle area)
Unlike normal steping excercise equipment this is where the Lateral Thght Trainer (LTT) differs from the rest. Not only does it move up and down, it also moves from side to side with give you two workouts in one. You get to tone the bottom half of your body and the muscles etc in the top half and your stomach as all the muscles you use can be worked at from many different angles. Giving you a very nice tone, and strength.
The LTT functions, ease of use and understanding:
Time counter : counts the time of workout. very easy
Calorie counter : counts the calories burnt: easy to understand
Stride per minute counter : again easy to understand
Scan : easy
Step counter: counts the steps in overall workout.
I found the LTT very easy to use as it has many featuers, I was able to
Adjustable step height and enlarged safety pedal which gave me much better balance and control I found this very helpful when I very first started to use the LTT.
The wider dimensions of the LTT I found were very useful for extra stability and safety again, very useful for the first timers
Assembly and Quality
To be totally honest, there really wasnt any assembly needed, There were just two small things that needed doing by myself before I could use it and that was to fix the rubber feet to the underneath ot it for sturdyness, and connect an electronic timer/calorie burner. Which was simply slotting into place. And that was it I was realy to workout.
As for the Quality, I personally think it is excellently made. Very strong, very sturdy and very presentable. Although for not that big of a device I did think that there was some weight to it, although nothing major, I just thought for the size of it, it semmed weighty.
The LTT is a very compact little device, with literally two wide footrests, and a stabalizing metal bottom. I was very impressed with the size, as I said its very compact so really doesn't take up any room at all,
Behind the back of the footrest is a leaver, this is called the tension Knob, By moving the leaver left or right you will be able set the tension or resistance of the LTT. In other words it will speed it up and slow it down, I found that using the middle setting, that my work out felt very comfortable. I was able to feel my muscles, and joints working, but was still at a resonable pace for me to enjoy it.
Getting used to the LTT was not as hard as I originally thought it would be, Althou im not saying it was easy, I did manage to trip over and step off a fair few times, but eventually I got there. I was used to using a simple steping action machine, but as with this one I had to try and learn the rythmn, When I poushed my foot down on the footrest, my foot didnt just go down, it went out to the side. I can only describle, As I have seen most people say the same, it as a skating moting, like roller skating or ice-skating. I found that when using it for the first time, I could really feel it working on my bottom and the inside of my thighs. AS time moved on and I began to use it more I had no trouble getting onto it again and getting into the swing of things.
The LTT comes complete with a video with a complete workout. With excitement when I got it I couldnt wait to use it so I set it uo and took out the video, Called " LTT Powerhouse Workout Video" featuring personal trainer Brenda DyGraf.
The video at first, gave me some instruction and some very interesting tips and precautions to take when using the LTT.
It has been divided into two 10 minute sections, The first is the 10 Minute Easy Stride Workout and is simply a stepping workout at a pace that should be aerobic for most people. It's simple, straightforward, I must add, a bit boring. The second part is the 10 Minute Powerstep Workout. This one is tougher, using the machine at a harder level and really does work the thigh and leg muscles. 10 minutes may seem like a little but after that 10 minutes, I was feeling it and kept feeling it for a few days
I found that the best way for me to use the LTT was when I was watching T.V, not the workout video, but normal T.V programmes. Whislt I was working out, I could watch my programmes, which made it very eay for me to not think so much about the aching when I first strated using it.
You really do work up a sweat when using the LTT, Because of the larteal movement it creates, it helps reach those muscles that normally dont get used very often. I found it very easy, once used to it, to be able to get into a rythmn, and feel comfortable in the workout I was doing.
To be totaly honest I really didnt find any con's with the LTT, all I can say is that as with any kind of workout your heart has to be in to to do it, so if your hearts not in it you may find it very boring. If you get bored quite easily then maybe the LTT is not the type of workout for you.
Where to buy
As I stated at the beginning of my review I purchased my Pink LTT from the brilliant Ebay. It wasnt second hand I brought it for 19.99 brand new. not including the 6.99 postage. But I still it advertised on t.v, for 89.99 plus postage. Although it can be brought in alot of other places and online for various different prices.
It is currently being sold on the LTT website at a special price of just 54.95. Im guessing that is without the postage charges though.
I would say this is a handy little device for those with space issues and who don't bore easily. You can get a cardio workout on the LTT and you can use while watch TV or listening to music which for many is a big plus. The lateral motion targets the thighs unlike traditional stepping and you can change up the resistance from a fast cardio workout to a strength training one with ease. And it really really does work
THE OFFICIAL WORD:
The Official Word
This is from several website where the LTT is sold: The Lateral Thigh Trainer System gives you two potent workouts in one machine.
A fun, fat burning cardio workout plus a super effective toning workout. The Lateral Thigh Trainer LTT not only moves up and down, it also moves in and out at the same time.
The secret is the bi-directional skating like motion, unlike ordinary steppers the Lateral Thigh Trainer unique movement targets multiple muscles from different angles
The lateral thigh trainer is a must for anyone who wants to see results fast. I bought mine from ebay last year for about £80, but a lot of websites are now selling this product for around £30. This item is heavily advertised on satellite tv and is a big seller.
With your thigh trainer you get an instructional dvd, which features a woman in her 40s at least, with the body of a 20 year old! Very easy to follow, with different workouts for varying abilties.
The machine is well made with large anti slip pedals that move bi directional. This means that instead of just stepping up and down, your legs move in and out in a skating motion. This tones the inside of your thighs as well as the outsides. If you move your arms too as directed, it has a fantastic effect on the abs. There are optional power cords that attach to your machine which help tone your arms, chest and shoulders.
This is much more fun than a regular stepping machine, as it fells like you are dancing or skating. The makers claim you will see results after using it 10 times, but I saw an improvement in my thighs and bottom after just one week.
This is the latest and most innovative fitness machine around - the Lateral Thigh Trainer provides not one but two workouts that tone and shape your body while providing a great fat burning workout. The unique bi-directional movement of the Lateral Thigh Trainer targets multiple muscles from different angles to give you the ultimate workout.