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.
But 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.
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.
Even though we looked upon its claims with a grain of salt, we decided to find out the truth for ourselves.
Our findings is 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 the user was able to put the belt on and get a complete workout without going to the gym because the muscles actually contract and get a workout while doing 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 devicelt that that gives your butt and upper rear thigh muscles a complete workout while wearing it.
It is designed to be worn in 30-minute sessions.
The Electronic Muscle Stimulation causes your muscles to expand and contract - much the same as if you’re at the gym.
The result is a firm 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 is not a sauna belt that just seemingly melts fat with sweating.
This is designed to tone your body 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 as if you were in a gym.
Since it does give your body the same workout as if you’re in the gym targeting those muscles specifically, any such claims by those who say you must work out and that no passive system exists do not apply to this belt.
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. I 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. I was after a simple goal. I did not use this product for several months before writing this review.
What Can You Expect it to Feel Like?
I wanted to see if the Flex Belt Mini did what it claimed, plus I wanted to feel the effects of the Electronic Stimulation for myself.
I figured I would be disappointed.
I did need to charge the product as it uses batteries to generate the pulses. Once it is charged, I put the belt on and we flipped it on the power.
I expected a massage-like vibration that you commonly see in those pay-by-the-minute massage chairs that set in the middle of the mall.
I didn’t get that kind of experience at all.
What I did get was a much quieter experience that did not make any noise at all. It was not as distracting as I thought it would be. As it turned out, I got a reticent workout that I felt within 5 to 10 minutes.
After 30 minutes, I felt like I actually went to the gym.
The gel pads were much more comfortable than I thought they would be as they conformed to my body accurately providing a comfortable fit.
The belt is largely adjustable and will accommodate waistlines up to 52 inches.
Once it was on, I didn’t need to do anything else. I didn’t need to focus on it as it was doing its job. I was not restricted to any particular position such as sitting down or standing up.
This belt allows the complete flexibility to go about my day take care the things that I need to take care of without sacrificing a workout. All in all, I was much more impressed than I thought I would be.
I went into this being skeptical.
I just didn't believe it could work – I expected it to be a fly-by-night kind of product.
Honestly, I thought I was going to blow the lid off a product like this as being a fraud but was pleasantly surprised to find out that it actually does what it claims it does.
It did give my butt a workout!!!
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.
- 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 plan the belt is difficult to take off. I did not find the problem – it was no harder than I 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.
I personally recommend that you check Amazon.com. It was a little bit less when I checked the price 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 - I can’t imagine buying this anywhere else.
Although I didn’t experience any issues with my product, if I did, I know I can get online on Amazon, and they would take care of me if there was an issue. I know I can easily get a refund if need be.
In fact for most any purchase I make online, if I can get it to Amazon, I will. You might consider doing the same. They really do look out for their customers which is why they have long time, loyal shoppers using their site all the time.
The Final Verdict...
I expected this belt not to work.
I was a skeptic.
While my initial reaction was to scoff at the product, I decided to try it for myself before I really gave it 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!!!