About Slim Trexx
Slim Trexx is a “fitness breakthrough” that can give you a full body workout while you walk, and will even help you burn twice the calories of walking alone.
This is all possible thanks to Slim Trexx’s patented technology, which mimics the motion of cross country skiing, by providing stimulating muscle resistance as you walk. You’ll be toning and tightening not just your legs, but also your biceps, triceps, chest, back, and shoulders!
Despite these benefits, Slim Trexx works regardless of your age or fitness level; just adjust the poles to your desired height and you're ready to go. And if you have problems with knee, hip, or back pain, Slim Trexx can provide the added support and balance you need.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting back into fitness or have been working out for years, you want to maximize your effort so you experience the quickest results. And this is especially true if you suffer from chronic joint or back pain.
To this extent, will Slim Trexx’s resistance “virtually double your cardio workout,” or will it just double your headache? To help make sure you have all the important information, we’ll start by taking a look at Slim Trexx’s main claim; that it’ll help you burn twice the calories.
Will Slim Trexx Really Double Your Calorie Burning?
The short answer: Anything’s possible, but we doubt it.
The fun, science-y answer: If you’re cross country skiing at a light effort (some might call it ski walking), you’ll probably burn about 408 calories per hour. But if you’re walking at about this same pace on a flat, firm surface (e.g. pavement), you’ll only burn about 170 calories per hour. This means that, going the same speed, cross country skiing could burn more than twice the amount of calories as walking.
Note: The actual number of calories you’ll burn depends on dozens of factors, including your weight (as well as the weight of any gear or water you’re carrying), gender, age, and more. So, the above numbers aren’t exact, but they should at least give you a solid reference point.
What is it that make cross country skiing so effective? As XCSkiIndiana.com puts it:
“Few sports and activities can claim to be a total body workout, but Nordic skiing is just that. Nordic skiing combines both a lower body and upper body workout, while simultaneously working both the "pulling" and "pushing" muscles of each region. Every major muscle group is involved in propelling the XC skier forward, and even muscles that don't seem to be in use are actively involved to balance and coordinate the entire body. Nordic skiing has proved to be so advantageous over other forms of aerobic exercise, that an entire brand of exercise equipment was designed using the same motion.”
Wow! Slim Trexx’s manufacturer was right! Right?
Not necessarily. This is because you can’t magically transform your walking routine into cross country (or Nordic) skiing with a couple of spring-loaded poles, no matter what the Slim Trexx commercial would like you to believe. Why?
As the quote above outlined, there’s much more to XC skiing than pushing on your poles. In other words, you’re moving your body in a very specific motion that you just won’t get from walking, which is ultimately what’s responsible for burning so many calories.
Alright, if Slim Trexx won’t burn twice the calories of walking alone, will it at least provide some additional benefits?
You Could Get a Better Upper Body Workout with Slim Trexx
Despite the calorie conundrum, the resistance provided by Slim Trexx could actually help exercise specific muscles, especially those involved in pushing and pulling such as “triceps, chest and shoulders.”
But we’re not told how much resistance Slim Trexx’s springs will provide, so some users might find this to be plenty to make their muscles burn, while others may not.
In either instance though, we definitely don’t think it will give you the chiseled body of the actor in Slim Trexx’s commercial. This would only be possible by eating right and getting plenty of exercise.
Regardless, are there any other poles out there like Slim Trexx? Despite how the manufacturer makes it seem, the answer might surprise you.
Slim Trexx vs. the Competition
We’ve said it hundreds of times before, and we’ll say it again here: Like a lot As Seen on TV products, Slim Trexx is just a slightly redesigned version of thousands of other products from other manufacturers.
Wondering just how many options you have? Try typing any of these phrases (or any version of them) into your favorite search engine:
- Spring loaded trekking poles
- Spring loaded hiking staff
- Anti-shock trekking poles
- Nordic walking poles
Sure, not all of these will be designed exactly like Slim Trexx, nor will they all be priced as low, but they ultimately might offer you better value for your money. Speaking of which, how much does Slim Trexx cost?
Will You Have To Trek To the End of the Earth To Afford Slim Trexx?
One Slim Trexx set (2 poles total) is priced at a single payment of $39.98, or two installments of $19.99, plus $7.99 S&H.
With your order, you’ll also receive a Slim Trexx Fit Watch, “a sleak [sic] waterproof watch that monitors your heart rate and counts your steps.”
All Slim Trexx walking poles come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to request one, you’ll need to call Telebrands customer service at 855-668-1655.
Is Slim Trexx Your Fitness Solution?
When referencing price and effectiveness, whether or not Slim Trexx is right for you is only a question of degree.
In other words, will it provide you with some fitness benefits? Probably so, but how well it’ll work depends on dozens of unknowns, including your current fitness level, age, gender, and much more. But even if it worked extraordinarily well, you shouldn’t expect to get a chiseled body using it.
Also, will Slim Trexx provide you with a good value? At only $48, Slim Trexx is certainly priced much lower than some of the competition. But, like many other ASOTV manufacturers, Telebrands doesn’t exactly have a solid reputation for making high-quality products.
So, although you might save some money in the short run, Slim Trexx may not stand up to long-term use or provide as much value for the money as some of the competition.
Given all of this, as long as you keep your expectations realistic, you might be satisfied with Slim Trexx. Just keep in mind that you could lose $15+ in S&H charges just for giving it a try.