Product Type: Slendertone Fitness
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Slendertone System-Abs Abdominal Toning Belt
Member Name: 2night
Slendertone System-Abs Abdominal Toning Belt
Date: 02/04/12, updated on 28/08/12 (264 review reads)
Advantages: High tech exercise
Disadvantages: Unusual sensation
As you may have noticed from my recent reviews I †like to stay fit but the problem is I'm a lazy sod.
I go to the gym but I don't like it.
I workout at home, but I hate it.
I unfortunately know a little too much about how damaging an unhealthy lifestyle can be. Every day I'm either listening to someone lecturing me on the horrendous conditions that a human being can suffer from or I have my face in a book researching anatomy. Ignorance is bliss as they say and I wish I was ignorant. The fact that I have to force myself to workout is 100% down to fear of ill health and not for vanity reasons. I am asthmatic and opposite to what you might think exercise makes my breathing better especially a good cardio workout. One of the hardest and most painful areas to target is the abdominal muscles however if you do get them in shape they do look great and are of course the holy grail when it comes to male fitness.†And it's these rectus abdominis muscles that this Slendertone ab toning belt targets and targets aggressively.
But what exactly is a Slendertone Belt?
Well it is is a wide, black belt that contains electronics and is controlled by a separate remote control unit that connects to the belt. The front and sides of this belt house replaceable sticky back pads (three in total, a central pad and one on the right and left) that stimulate the abdominal muscles into contracting by using the power of EMS (electronic muscle stimulation)†The belt is held in place around your abdomen by a good strong Velcro strip.
The very first time I used this unit, I started off at the lowest setting as recommended in the user guide / manual.†There are thirty settings in total when using this belt and on the lowest setting I couldn't really feel it. This would seem to be a result of doing crunches (sit-ups) on a regular basis. Therefore I could progress to a higher setting straight off the bat. The belt is soft and comfortable to wear and fits snugly around my waist
There are as you may expect quite a few warnings and precautions when it comes to using this device. They don't recommend you use this on areas that have scars, or moles or growths of any kind. This also should not be used by persons that have an irregular heart beat, or underlying cardiovascular problems and those that have a pacemaker fitted.
The remote control is connected by wire to the belt hand is simple to use, there are very straightforward easy to understand instructions included in the box. But what I like to do with it is just sit there and let it do its work. A twenty minute session using this belt is said to be equivalent of doing one hundred and twenty sit-ups, all while sitting watching the tv.
Sounds to good to be true, doesn't it?
Well I can tell you it does make your muscles work and you can feel it. It's a very strange sensation to see your stomach tighten and realise and to feel it tense, tighten and release all without you actually doing it. Now to explain the strange title of my review. When on a high setting and especially on the highest setting this turns into a form of torture (for me any way) and it then turns into a form of hysterical entertainment for anyone that happens to be with you. We both have tears running down our faces for two very different reasons. Mine are a result of the uncontrollable spasms of my abs and their tears are of uncontrollable laughter. My pain is a result of a strong workout their stomachs and sides are aching as a result of laughing at my performance. That is why I consider this to be a toucher device.
The thing is, I find the sensation hard to acsept. I workout and I workout hard, I'm used to feeling pain, I'm used to feeling pain related to exercise but that comes from movement. I know that is the whole point of the Slendertone abdominal belt system but I can't seem to accept it, it's just puzzling and a very strange sensation. Maybe if you don't work out regularly and don't associate the sensation with movement you could accept the muscle spasms as they are but I just can't. This however has not put me off using the system, quite the opiate in fact, I have used it regularly for years now and I do see results. I use this system in conjunction with my regular abdominal routine and of course with a healthy diet and lifestyle. That is something you must take into consideration when considering purchasing one of these; they are not a miracle worker. You can not sit on the sofa eating the world with this around your waist and expect to stand up with a rippling washboard stomach. If you are carrying a little bit of weight around your trunk you can tighten your abs all you want, and they will be in fantastic condition but they will never be visible unless you loose the weight. So this system MUST be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. If you use this only three times a week for thirty minutes a time (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, then have a brake over the weekend and start again on Monday) and do this for six weeks as part of the "Slendertone Six Week Plan" you should see visible results. My stomach was in good condition when staring the routine so I can not vouch for this time frame based "promise".
The initial payment won't be the end of it as parts will need replacing as time goes by especially if used regularly, the adhesive backed muscle stimulation pads will eventually begin to loose their strength and the sensation will begin to weaken even on higher settings. When this happens you can purchase replacement pads usually in the same store or online site as you first purchased the unit from. These a very easy to replace and just involve you pulling off †the old pads and sticking on the new ones, SIMPLE.†
Also the rechargeable AA batteries will eventually loose their punch and will give you less use per charge. So they can be bought in the same place as the unit but if you have trouble they are always available with all the other accessories at Slendertone.com.
Now the entire unit cost me £120 around three years ago but recently the lead on the remote has become loose where the lead meets the remote. Therefor I had to replace the remote, as bad as that is I was glad that I had the option to do this and I did dent need to replace the entire unit at far more expense than just replacing this one part. The fault with the remote was dew to the fact that I have a tendency to tuck it down the side of the chair and this out strain on the lead and resulted in it becoming loose, this was my fault not the products.
I hate my Slendertone and it hates me, but I love the results so I'm going to have to grin and bear it, through gritted teeth of course.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
This can be purchased online at :
For £94.99 + shipping
The replacement pads can purchased online at :
For £11.51 with free shipping
The replacement remote control unit can be purchased online at :
For†£69.68 with free shipping
And the painkillers to make this bearable to use can be purchased online at:
Only kidding ;0)
Summary: A high tech solution to crunches but it's not for everyone
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