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Do Electronic Ab Belts Work?

The Flex Belt

Who doesn’t long for a lean and toned core that produces a feeling of excitement rather than dread at the thought of donning a bathing suit?

Anyone who has stayed up past 11 p.m. or has risen before 6 a.m. has most likely seen infomercials for electronic ab belts. These belts claim to produce rock-hard abs by simply just wearing them. While most of us know that such a claim is probably exaggerated, ab belts are one of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment.

But, before we get to reviewing them, here’s a little background information:


What are Electronic Muscle Stimulators

the flex beltIf you watch television in the wee hours of the night or morning, you have probably come across the infomercials for electronic muscle stimulators like The Flex Belt or the Slendertone.

So just what are these fitness devices that combine technology with exercise?

Electronic muscle stimulators (EMS) are actually much older than you might think. The concept was developed back in the eighteenth century as a way to stimulate changes in the muscle for therapuetic medical reasons. EMS devices work by training the muscle fibers via electrical impulses that evoke the contraction and release response in the muscle.