About Flex Belt
When watching TV recently, we saw a commercial for the Flex Belt, which claims to use medical-grade toning technology to give you tighter, firmer, and flatter abs. In fact, by using Flex Belt whenever you can, including at home or in the office, the company claims that you can experience these benefits in just weeks.
With this said, let’s put our thinking caps on and ask ourselves the following: Does the Flex Belt really work as well as it claims? Why or why not? And ultimately, is it worth your hard-earned money? We did some digging, and here’s what we found.
Flex Belt Details
Endorsed by Denise Richards, Lisa Rinna, Adrianne Curry, and others, the Flex Belt is hard to ignore. Why? Because by sending electrical signals to the nerves in your abdominal muscles, the it claims to use patented, medical-grade abdominal toning technology to firm and strengthen them. What’s more, the product claims that this can be performed wherever it’s comfortable, including at home and at work.
The Flex Belt claims to accomplish this by using three gel pads that send these signals to all main areas of your stomach muscles, including upper abs, lower abs, and obliques, thereby causing them to contract. The company claims that this FDA cleared ab belt toning system only requires one 30-minute session per day, during which your abdominal muscles will be contracted up to 150 times.
Flex Belt can be used by men and women of any fitness level, and claims to result in no side effects. However, you should always check with your physician first.
What Can You Expect When Using the Flex Belt?
After putting on the Flex Belt, the patented, abdominal toning technology will stimulate nerves in your abdominal muscles and cause them to contract and relax. According to the Flex Belt website, the sensation is pleasant, and involves a mild pulsing sensation. If you need to increase or decrease the intensity, this can be adjusted on a scale of 1-150.
The gel pads used in the Flex Belt are claimed to be medical-grade devices that adhere to your skin and are used to transmit the electrical impulses to your abs. According to the product’s website, these gel pads last about 30 sessions, and will eventually need to be replaced for maximum operation (more about this in the Bottom Line section).
By regularly using the Flex Belt, they claim that you can expect results within 4-8 weeks, and after reaching a level you’d like to maintain, you only have to use it 2-3 times per week.
Flex Belt Pricing & Refund Policy
Each Flex Belt package is priced at $199*, and includes the following:
- Flex Belt and three gel pads
- Rechargeable power supply unit
- Belt extension (if your waist size is greater than 44 inches)
- Instruction manual
With your order you’ll also receive the following bonuses:
- Meal Planner – 30-day access to the company’s patent-pending meal planner that can help you lose weight and tone your figure.
- One-Year Magazine Subscription – Choose from one of the following: Men's Health, Woman's Health, Esquire, Elle, Travel & Leisure, or Cosmopolitan Magazine.
*Important note: If you land on the Order page and later click off of it, a popup will appear offering the Flex Belt at a reduced price of $149.99. On this page, you can also purchase additional Flex Belt systems at greater cost savings, in addition to replacement pads, and Flex Mini and Flex Arms products.
First Class shipping for the Flex Belt costs $8.95, Priority $16.95, and Express $39.95.
The Flex Belt comes with a 60-day money back guarantee, less shipping and handling charges and a $9.95 restocking fee. In addition, each Flex Belt also includes a 2-year warranty.
What Do Other Consumers Have to Say About the Flex Belt?
Most consumers appear to rate the Flex Belt positively, although there are almost as many moderate to poor reviews. Of these, it appears that the most common complaints reference failure to work, poor quality (stops working after only a couple months, gel pads wear out very quickly and are expensive to replace, finicky electrical connections and controller), and poor customer service in general, especially when attempting to process an exchange or return. In fact, we read several reviews claiming that after ordering their Flex Belt, customers ended up receiving a Slendertone ab belt packages inside a Flex Belt box. Some of these reviews were a couple years old, while others were as recent as May 2014, so this appears to be an ongoing issue.
In fact, one Amazon customer even claimed that the manufacturer provides free gel pads for anyone who leaves a 5-star review, so be sure to keep this in mind when making your decision.
What’s the Bottom Line About the Flex Belt?
You’ve got to admit that the Flex Belt sounds pretty gimmicky, but is it? Probably so, and let’s see why:
First, the Flex Belt claims to be cleared by the FDA, but what exactly does this mean? According to the FDA, a device is considered “cleared” after a 510(k) form has been submitted by the manufacturer, and declares that it is “substantially equivalent" to a device that is already legally marketed for the same use.” In other words, this simply means that the company acknowledges that the device is not necessarily unique. This does not mean, however, that it has been reviewed or approved by the FDA, or that any of its claims are substantiated.
On top of this, more fuzzy language is used on the Flex Belt website when it claims to be “clinically demonstrated.” The clinical study referenced on the product’s website only involved a “satisfaction questionnaire that related to how users perceived firmness and toning.” In other words, it’s not clinically approved, only demonstrated, which is a small but important distinction.
Next, remember that the Flex Belt stimulates muscle, not fat. In other words, it doesn’t remove fat; it only tones, tightens, and strengthens your stomach muscles. This is important, because even though your stomach muscles may be stronger and more toned, if they’re covered in a fat, you won’t be able to see them. Ultimately, this means that you’ll need to supplement the Flex Belt with regular exercise and a healthy diet in order to experience results.
Finally, the Flex Belt comes at a steep price, and the gel pads are expensive to replace. While the company claims that these pads will last approximately 30 sessions, many of the customer reviews we read claimed that they often only lasted a couple weeks. Based on gel pad prices and the frequency with which they need to be replaced, we strongly feel that this is a big moneymaker for the manufacturer.
This leads us to the ultimate question: Does the Flex Belt really work? According to this article, electro stimulation may help you tighten and tone your muscles, but it’s something you’ll need to do on a regular basis (like exercise) in order to maintain any results. With this said, far and away the best way to lose weight and tone your abs is through eating right and exercising regularly; plain and simple.
To summarize, we’ll leave you with one particularly poignant Amazon review: “So let’s think about this; if you exercise regularly while using The Flex Belt you will get results. If you exercise regularly with no Flex Belt you will still get results, but if you use the Flex Belt on its own with no exercise, you will definitely won’t see results. So what’s the common denominator here? Yep, you guessed it! Exercise. Join a gym and save yourself $200.”
4 out 4 people found this review helpful
The flexbelt is a a major disappointment. It absolutely does nothing when used as directed.
This company is stealing money from people like myself. Anyone who buys this product is acting idiotically.
There are two guys sitting in a customer service room waiting to take your phone call and your money.
Flex Belt is no better than buying a remote control car at Walmart. It will do NOTHING for your muscles
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend