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The Flex Belt – Ab Belt Toning System Cleared by the FDA

Posted Jun 02 2011 8:50pm

flexbelt targets abdominalYou may have heard of The Flex Belt, the first ab belt approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for abdominal toning, or maybe you haven’t. I’ll be honest, I’ve heard of it before, but I never paid much attention to it. I was very skeptical of any thing that claimed to tone abdominal muscles without cutting sugars and carbs and without intense workouts.

According the The Flex Belt website, the device uses muscle stimulation to firm and strengthen the abdominal muscles, and 100 percent of people who have used it correctly, reporter flatter, firmer ad muscles. It is approved by the FDA as a class II medical device that uses Electronic Muscle Stimulation, giving people an average increase in ab strength of 49 percent. My skepticism is slowly fading away.

Apparently, you wear the ab belt and signals are sent to the ab muscles which cause the muscles to contract and relax, reaching all areas of the abs. The thought of my muscles being zapped by some form of stimulation can be a little unnerving, but the website states that it is a pleasant feeling, which resembles a mild “pulsing” that is “apparent.”

Underneath each Flex Belt are gel pads stick to your skin and help conduct the signals that are being sent to your abs through the ab belt. The Flex Belt website says that the success of the Flex Belt relies heavily upon the quality of the gel pads that are being used, and recommends that users of the ab belt replace the gel pads every 20 to 30 uses. I’ve gotta say, that would be a drawback for me. But, if this ab belt truly works, I would not mind shelling out the cash to replace the gel pads if it accelerated or improved my individual results.

The price for the ab belt is just at $200, which again, seems steep, but if the results are real, $200 would not be bad if it saved you from neck-breaking crunches and roller-coaster dieting. The good thing about The Flex Belt is that there is a very user-friendly website that seems to answer all the main questions that consumers have. Included on the site are testimonials, frequently asked questions, numbers and email addresses that let you connect with people who can answer your questions, and even an area where you can buy accessories or more gel pads for your ab belt .

While I generally don’t believe everything I see or fall for the next “gimmick,” I have to admit that the evidence of the success of the Flex Belt is swaying my opinion of this medical toning device. While I do not have an extra $200 laying around at the moment to purchase the Flex Belt, I would love to try one out.

Have you used the Flex Belt or other ab belts and want to share your results with Fat Man Unleashed? Take a moment to fill out the comments section below and let us know! How has the ab belt worked for you or failed you?

This is an article from's Healthy Weight Loss and Fitness Blog .

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