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No Big Surprise: leg and butt and muscle-toning shoes don't work new study finds

Posted Aug 02 2010 9:58am


You can file this one in the "No Big Surprise" round basket, but according to a new study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise, the so called "muscle-toning shoes" by such manufactures a Reebok (EasyTone) and Sketchers ( Shape-Up ) don't tone anything...least of all your butt as suggested by the now well know Reebok commercial below.

According to the authors of the new study, "There is simply no evidence to support the claims that these shoes will help wearers exercise more intensely, burn more calories or improve muscle strength and tone."

Furthermore the study concluded as reported by the Wall Street Journal :

"Across the board, none of the toning shoes showed statistically significant increases in either exercise response or muscle activation during any of the treadmill trials."

Reebok obviously disagrees saying “the bold conclusions made in the article are not supported by the actual data presented” and that the company “has never claimed that by wearing EasyTone a person will burn more calories or that EasyTone is a ‘magic bullet’ that will replace exercise.”

But you be the judge as to what Reebox does or does not claim below.

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