The Flex Belt is one of the most popularElectronic Muscle Stimulators in the world today. In fact, it was the first EMS device to have been approved for use by the FDA in the United States for toning, strengthening, and firming the stomach muscles.
This means that the Flex Belt has been deemed safe to use and that it does not employ blatantly false advertisement claims.
However, does this mean that this machine can get you a six pack or flat abs? In this review I’ll try to give you the full picture of what this machine can and cannot do.
How does the Flex Belt Work?
The Flex Belt is an electric abs belt that uses electric pulses to workout your stomach.
You place the belt around your midesection (as the picture above shows) and turn it on. The belt has a scale of intensities, going from 1 to 100. When you turn it on, it begins to send a pulse through your skin and into the muscle tissue beneath. This electric pulse causes the muscles to contract involuntarily over and over.
The strength of these contractions depend on the intensity you choose. The official website claims that by using it for 30 minutes each day, you can get an effective workout that will strengthen your abs, tone them, and make them firm.
Because the muscle contractions are involuntary, you don’t need to really exercise to get a workout. You can use the Flex Belt while driving, sitting at your desk, watching TV, etc. This is what makes this machine so appealing. It’s advertised as a way to get a workout without working out at all.
The only question is whether this is really effective? Can it give you results?
What the Flex Belt can and cannot do
According to the FDA, no Electric Muscle Stimulator (EMS) can help you lose inches, get six pack abs, or shed pounds. Any EMS machine that will be sold with such claims may be liable to charges of false advertisement.
What these kinds of machines may be able to do is to temporarily strengthen, tone, and firm your abs. Nothing more.
If you read the official Flex Belt website carefully you see that there is no claim of weight loss, fat burning, or getting six pack abs. This means that the Flex Belt is not a scam. At least not in my book. I imagine that this is partly why the FDA approved this belt for use.
However, you may be dazzled by the gorgeous bodies of the models employed in the video and advertisement and so may not be aware of this fact and actually think that using the Flex Belt alone can get you flat abs. There is no such claim. It is simply not in its power.
The Flex Belt has been recommended by several athletes, celebrities, and has even been favorably mentioned in a publication of Weight Watchers. It is certainly easy to use. Much easier than having to do a real workout.
It is also true that Electric Muscle Stimulation is a well known and widely used technology in physiotherapy and medicine. However, it is mostly used in rehabilitation. There are mixed opinions as to how well it trains healthy and fit muscles.
The bottom line is that while this belt may help you get stronger abs, it cannot get rid of belly fat for you just by itself. To do that you will need intensive fat burning workouts and to follow a healthy diet.
This is why I recommend that if you do get the Flex Belt to strengthen your abs that you also make sure to follow the right nutrition plan.
As the fat covers the muscle tissue beneath, in order to get really toned and firm abs, you have to get rid of the fat. The Flex Belt alone cannot do that.
Should you get a Flex Belt
This is a question that you need to answer yourself.
If you think that this machine can get you flat abs than you’re wrong and you should save your money. If you just want a way to get additional workouts without too much hassle, then it may be a machine worth using.
However, you should know that this is not a cheap machine at all. One Flex Belt costs about $200 and you need to pay more for the gel pads that need to be replaced every once in a while. It can become quite expensive.
To really time in doing cardio and strength workouts. You will also need to follow a sensible and fat burning diet plan in order to make sure that you don’t sabotage your workouts with bad nutrition.
So, the Flex Belt doesn’t promise things it is clear it can’t deliver but the advertising does paint a rather rosy picture which is unlikely to come true, in my opinion.
If you just want this belt to add to your workouts or feel that it is the only way you can workout at all, it may be worth it. Otherwise, more traditional workouts and diet plans will likely prove more effective.