The Flex Belt

 
the flex beltI write this Flex Belt review as I’m soaring 30,000 feet in the sky, cruising along in a Boeing (something or another) towards Lake Tahoe for 4 day skiing trip. As I’m killing some time skimming the Southwest Airlines Magazine, BAM, I see a full page advertisement for The Flex Belt.

::shaking my head::

According to the literature I’m reading, The Flex Belt is apparently the first of it’s kind to be “FDA cleared” for toning, firming, and ….wait for it…. “strengthening” your abs.

…is this real life?

The very next line attempts to impress me with its “medical grade” Electronic Muscle Stimulation technology, which is followed abruptly by borrowing the credibility of two celebrity endorsements, and then finally stamped with a doctor’s approval.

The Flex Belt advertisement boldly claims that when you use their product you’ll get up to 150 “perfect muscle contractions” in each 30 minute session you use it.

[this is when I scratch my head and ask myself if their idea of the “perfect muscle contraction” is sitting on your butt doing nothing at all]

The best part?

You don’t even have to worry about concentrating on your form, counting reps, or sets when using The Flex Belt.

And to put the cherry on top you can use it basically anytime; while watching TV, checking Facebook, while cleaning the house, at work, or heck, even I could use it while sitting on this on this 4 hour flight writing this review…

The ad even states that 100% of users reported that their abs felt more toned and firm, and 92.3% of users felt the firmness of their abdominal muscles increased.

Wow, talk about some impressive results…

Mind you there’s some very tiny fine print right below those statistics that reveals these numbers are compiled from a “satisfaction questionnaire”.

The Flex Belt Review – Does it work?

 
All this flowery language and bold claims just BEGS the question, does The Flex Belt really work?

Truth be told, I’ve never used The Flex Belt, so I can’t say for sure one way or the other, but there are some things I can say.

In a lot of ways, this product reminds me of the waist trainers review I did a while back.

To me, when I see this type of “easy button” fitness equipment that supposedly does all the work for you, it really throws up some big ol’ red flags, and if you’re here reading this page I suspect you feel the same.

Here’s the deal.

I’m going to tell you the truth, and not everyone’s gonna want to hear this…

Let’s go back to the basics. If you want six pack abs, doing abs exercises IS NOT what you need to do. Like I’ve said hundreds of times (probably more), we all have abs.

Think about it logically; if you didn’t have abdominal muscles you wouldn’t even be able to stand up, you’d have no stability whatsoever.

And since not even abs exercises (you know, when you actually work the muscles and don’t rely on a piece of equipment to do it for you) will get you a six pack, I sure as heck doubt a vibrating belt using “medical grade” Electronic Muscle Stimulation technology is going to get the job done for you without any work on your end.

I’m not a gambling man, but if I were, my money’s on The Flex Belt being another disappointment.

If The Flex Belt doesn’t work, what will?

 
In order to “get” six pack abs, you need to burn off the fat that’s covering them…

Sure, some core work is great to help build up the abdominal muscles to some degree, but in order to see your abs you’ll probably get way better results from engaging in compound exercises, sprints, resistance training, and the like.

There are a LOT of good fitness programs out there that can help you get 6 pack abs at any age.

Furthermore, they say “abs are made in the kitchen” and I have to say this statement goes hand in hand with the results I’ve personally experienced in my life. Your nutrition habits are going to play a major role in how much body fat you store, especially in the belly area.

There are also many diet plans that can help you burn fat and lose weight.

does the flex belt workSo here we are, back to the drawing board….

Back to the basic elements…

As always, we stick to the FitN.E.S.S. philosophy here; get Fit through proper Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep, and Supplementation.

Nowhere in that equation is there any mention of using a push button “do all the work for you” fitness product.

Should you buy The Flex Belt?

The answer to that question depends on how desperate you are for a “hit of hope”, and whether not you want to waste your time and money…

I’m not going to tell you what to do, you can make your own decisions.

You can buy The Flex Belt on Amazon for $199.99 if you’re really convinced this gadget’s gonna help you.

For me however, I’ll be sticking to what’s been working – and that’s the FitN.E.S.S. philosophy.

Anyway, the planes about to land… gotta jet!

Until next time,
“6 Pack Matt”