I’m not particularly gym friendly. I can’t run due to the old injuries. My back hurts if I do crunches or sit ups. Yet I still want my abs to look fabulous. Not too much to ask is it?!
So, when Slendertone got in touch and asked if I would like to try out their “System-Abs” model, I was more than happy to give it a go. What could be better than sitting in the comfort of your own home with a belt round your waist, going about your own business while a machine does the work for you? For busy (or lazy?!) people like me, this sounds like an ideal solution. If it works.
The belt is really simple to set up, with just a couple of sticky pads to attach before you can get to work. Well, work is an exaggeration. Before you can sit down, I should say. And then the fun begins.
I don’t know why I expected a gentle, almost un-noticable buzzing. I’m not sure why I thought this would be entirely pain-free, but I did. And I was wrong.
I don’t mean that the experience hurt or anything, far from it. The first time I used the Slendertone, I couldn’t stop laughing. Depending on which programme you select, the pads send electric currents through the belt that contract your muscles, and it really is quite powerful! Once you’re used to the feeling, it’s not unpleasant at all, and the best bit is you can actually feel it working.
The machine promises results in 4 weeks – and so far I’ve been using it daily for 2. There have definitely been some changes already though – I’ve always been quite lucky with my stomach (it’s strangely flat despite the amount I eat and drink) but the muscles are starting to become more toned than they were.
I find the Slendertone really easy to use, unobtrusive and so far, it seems to do what it says its meant to. I will report back in another couple of weeks to confirm whether the changes are more obvious, but I have high hopes.