Does the Flex Belt Mini Thigh & Butt Toner Really Work?
The Flex Belt Mini Thigh and Butt Toner is body a firming accessory designed to give a complete workout to the upper thigh and gluteus muscles using Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS).
It claims to be backed up with substantiated clinical results as high as an 88% success rate.
This could be the most AWESOME solution for a lazy girl to workout and tone up her butt & thighs!
So does it really work as well as claimed, or is it all just a bunch of BS?
We've dug up all the dirt on this device and ran our own test to share a first hand review with you.
There seem to be all sorts of devices hitting the marketplace which allow you to get a complete workout with zero effort.
But many of these claims are immediately looked upon as erroneous and false.
And to be fair, many of those claims are.
Many experts will claim that you can’t get any results unless you actually put in some effort.
Well, we actually found ONE such gadget with the Flex Belt Mini.
The truth is, we looked upon its claims with a grain of salt.
But we still decided to find out the real deal for ourselves.
Our findings are what you will read about in the remainder of this Flex Belt Mini Thigh and Butt Toning Belt review.
Does the Flex Mini really work?
The original Flex Belt came first. This belt also uses Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS for short) to contract your muscles with zero effort.
This means that you the user are able to put the belt on and get a complete abdominal workout without going to the gym because your muscles actually contract and get a workout while sitting, standing or just doing regular activities around the house.
Each session lasted about 30 minutes.
Over 180 users in a six month period claimed excellent results to their midsection.
The Flex Belt Mini works in the exact same way.
It uses Electronic Muscle Stimulation.
It's an EMS device that that gives your butt and upper rear thigh muscles a complete workout while wearing it.
It is designed to be worn for 30-minute sessions.
The Electronic Muscle Stimulation causes your muscles to expand and contract - much the same as if you’re at the gym doing strength training and resistance exercises.
The result is a firmer and toned rear section of your body with almost zero effort.
This stands in stark contrast against those who go to the gym every single day and claim that physically working out is the only way to tone your muscles.
They’re not totally wrong!
You see, this is not an entirely passive system. It's not a sauna belt that just seemingly melts fat with sweating.
This is designed to tone your booty by making your muscles twitch.
It is a belt that uses electricity in such a way that your muscles get the exact same physical workout for that area as if you were in a gym.
Since it does give your booty a workout as if you’re in the gym targeting those muscles specifically - the claims by those who say you must workout in a traditional way and that no passive system exists are actually wrong!
Flex Gear – the People Behind the Belt
Flex Gear is a small business located in Malibu, California. According to public information, the annual revenue ranges between $1 million and $5 million per year.
Their website, flexgear.com offers very little information about the actual company.
It does list all of their products including the Flex Belt Mini Thigh and Butt Toning Belt.
All of them use the same electronic muscle stimulation.
John Porcari, Ph.D., Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse is the doctor behind the clinical studies with the amazing results.
He has performed clinical studies on all of The Flex Gear’s products.
Is The Flex Mini Safe to Use?
The Flex Gear company claims that the FDA has cleared their products.
This means Flex Gear went through the proper channels and applied for clearance by the FDA and the FDA approved it.
The FDA approval means that it is a safe product.
In order to gain this approval, FDA looks at the intended purpose of the product as well is the chemical composition of the construction of the product and how each one relates to safety.
The FDA clearance certification is one of the highest and most substantial public safety certifications any medical grade device can obtain.
Some products require the certification result in the in the United States, while some don’t.
We could not find any information stating that Flex Gear was required to get the certification.
Obtaining the certification tells me that Flex Gear stands behind their products will go to the extra effort required to gain public trust by going through the FDA’s required process.
As a credential, this is one of the highest honors the company can be awarded to prove that they are safe.
What to Expect Out of the Box
This is an electronic product that comes with a little handheld remote allowing you to control the amount of electronic stimulation you are delivering to your body.
The kit comes with everything you need to get started – including the charger.
We were after a simple goal: How does it feel and will it deliver results.
What Can You Expect it to Feel Like?
We wanted to see if the Flex Belt Mini did what it claimed, plus we wanted to feel the effects of the Electronic Stimulation for ourselves.
We figured we would be disappointed.
You do not need to charge the product as it uses batteries to generate the pulses. Once the batteries are in, you put the belt onto your body and you flip on the power.
You might expect a massage-like vibration that you commonly see in those pay-by-the-minute massage chairs that set in the middle of the mall.
We didn’t get that kind of experience at all.
What you do get is a much quieter experience that does not make any noise at all.
It was not as distracting as you might have thought it would be.
Turns out you will get a reticent workout that will be felt after 5 to 10 minutes.
After 30 minutes, you'll feel like you actually went to the gym!
The gel pads were much more comfortable than you might think they would be as they conform to your body accurately to provide a comfortable fit.
The belt is largely adjustable and will accommodate waistlines up to 52 inches.
Once it was on, you don't need to do anything else.
You don't need to focus on it as it just does its job.
Although you are not restricted to any particular position such as sitting down or standing up, the pulsing of your muscles may make it too distracting to do certain tasks.
This belt allows the complete flexibility to go about your day and take care of the things that you need to take care of without sacrificing a workout.
All in all, we were much more impressed than we thought we would be.
We went into this being skeptical.
Just didn't want believe it could work – we expected it to be a fly-by-night kind of product.
Honestly, we thought we were going to blow the lid off a product like this as being a fraud but INSTEAD were pleasantly surprised to find out that it actually does what it claims it does.
It did give my butt a workout!!!
However, it was not so easy to wear it while doing other things around the house. That's actually a good thing...
Because it works so darn well!
So many of your muscles are getting stimulated and flexing at the same time, that if you are doing stuff around the house you will actually have to STOP when it's active becasue your entire butt and upper back legs will contract pretty hard!
AND sitting really isn't comfortable either because sitting stretches the muscles that are being flexed and contracted.
For that reason, you might have to carve out some time to wear this.
Do it for 3-4 days out of 7 days and you will be SORE.
What Have Others Have Said About It?
For the most part, most people have seen the same results that are claimed by the product.
The product claims between 83% and 88% success rate.
This means that between 83% and 88% of the people who tried this in a clinical trial saw and claimed positive results.
If the worst thing that can be claimed by most people is that the gel pads don’t last nearly as long as they think they should, then you’ve got a good product in your hands.
When the gel pads don’t last as long people would like, it means that they are actually using the product everyday way it’s intended to be used.
This works perfect! Just in a month I started to see my butt lifting. I love this product and now use it less often, but the sticky rectangles still work fine after 3 months...I think I I’m going to need to replace them soon but still other reviews said they didn’t last long so I thought I was going to have to replace them every two weeks or so and not true. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants to have a firmer and tighter butt.
-By Ana Caty on March 6, 2015
I'm 5'5 135lbs. I have been using this product for 3 weeks and already see a huge difference. I never had much of a backside but I am a 32DD and now thanks to this product my backside has lifted and my thighs are toned making my body appear more proportionate. I just ordered the ab belt. I recommend this product to all my friends and coworkers. It's worth every penny.
-By Shanay on January 17, 2015
What You Should Watch Out For
- The gel pads don’t last as long as most people would like. Be sure to wipe them clean and apply the pad guards to make them last as long as possible.
- The belt does take some effort to put on. You need to make sure that you adjust the belt so that it fits you. The first time you put it on, it is going to take some time.
- Some people say the belt is difficult to take off. We did not find that problem – it was no harder than expected, considering the mechanics of the belt. It is not Velcro, and it will not just slip off. It’s not designed to slip off – if it were, then this product would not be a will to stay on long enough to work. It is intended to remain in place.
Buying Advice for the Flex Belt Mini Thigh & Butt Toner
You could get this directly from the source for $199.99. For some reason they price the controller separately at $69.99 + the actual belt & leg device at $129.99.
We personally recommend that you at least check Amazon.com. It was priced lower when we checked it on there at the time of writing this article.
Also, when you look at their prices, the world-class customer service team, the fact that they hold their merchants responsible for what is sold, and because Amazon is the world’s leading online retail platform - we can’t imagine buying this anywhere else.
Although we didn’t experience any issues with the product, if we did, we knew we could get online with Amazon, and they would take care of it if there was an issue. We know we can easily get a refund if need be.
In fact for almost any purchase made online, if we can get it on Amazon, we will grab it there. You might consider doing the same.
The Final Verdict...
We expected this belt not to work.
We were very skeptical.
While the initial reaction was to scoff at the product, we decided to try it for real before really giving an opinion.
If I learned one thing in college, it was to be a critical thinker – this means I don’t believe anything at just face value.
I do my research, I find out what other people say about it, and I look for reputable sources before trying it for myself.
And that’s exactly what I did.
I was impressed.
The Flex Mini actually works!!!