About Copper Fit Strength and Tone
Copper Fit Strength and Tone combines a standard knee sleeve with resistance training in order help increase your strength, power, and muscle toning. So, not only will you be able to stabilize your knees, but you’ll also be able to burn fat and shape targeted muscles—all at the same time.
How? Each Strength and Tone sleeve features built-in ‘pockets’ on the inner and outer knee, which are designed to hold spring action resistance rods. In turn, when doing exercises that bend your knees to at least a 90° angle, the resistance will “force your muscles to work harder during any activity,” thereby toning them and increasing their size.
All of this is why the company calls Copper Fit Strength and Tone “the ultimate knee and leg strength resistance trainer.”
Is this true, though? Not just about it being the “ultimate;” will it even work at all? And will the results you’ll achieve be worth the price you pay? When it comes to Strength and Tone, there are definitely some important things to think about, which we’ll cover here.
What we’ll do is start with the basics and build from there, which is why we’ll talk about resistance training first.
What Is Resistance Training? Is it Effective?
Have you ever done a pushup? How about doing arm curls at the gym? Heck, have you ever ridden a bicycle? If so, then at least to some extent, you’ve done resistance training. FitDay helps simplify things by explaining it this way:
“Resistance exercise is any form of exercise that forces your skeletal muscles (not the involuntary muscles of your heart, lungs, etc.) to contract. An external resistance (such as heavy weights) is used to cause the contractions, and those contractions lead to increases in muscular mass, strength, endurance and tone. What can you use for that external resistance? Why, anything you want! You can use dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, your body weight, bottles of water, bricks -- the list goes on and on! As long as the weight causes muscular contractions, it counts as resistance exercise.”
However, as we saw in the first few examples above, it’s important to remember that ‘resistance training’ is a broad term that can refer to hundreds of different exercises. And each of these exercises will be focused on one specific muscle group.
Then, to further complicate issues, the types of resistance exercises you’ll do depend on your goal. If you want to increase muscle mass, then you’ll perform fewer reps with higher weight, or lower weight and more reps if you’re looking to increase endurance. And somewhere in between for boosting strength.
What’s the point in saying all of this? When it comes down to it, whether or not strength training is ‘effective’ depends on your ultimate fitness goal, and if you choose the right methods and techniques to get there.
Now, you might be thinking, “That’s all well and good. But how does it apply to Copper Fit Strength and Tone?” Great question! Let’s continue…
How Much Resistance Will Strength and Tone Provide?
Alright, in this section, we’re going to carry over what we just learned, while taking a deep dive into 2 of Copper Fit Strength and Tone’s primary claims:
Strength and Tone will “force your muscles to work harder during any activity.”
According to the product’s website, each of their spring action rods will provide 5 pounds of resistance. And just like if you were to put on a backpack filled with 10 pounds of books, it will force your leg muscles to work harder as you walk (or do any other type of physical activity).
But here’s the thing: If these rods feature true spring-like action, then wouldn’t they only provide resistance in one direction (e.g. when you bent your knees)? Then, wouldn’t this same spring action provide some assistance (instead of resistance) when standing back up?
Without testing the product ourselves, we can’t be sure. But after watching the Strength and Tone commercial, we’re not convinced that they’ll provide much overall resistance. And consequently, we don’t think they’ll “force your muscles to work hard” enough to provide meaningful results.
If Copper Fit Strength and Tone’s rods really work similar to a spring, we don’t think they’ll provide any kind of meaningful resistance—especially when un-bending your knees.]
Strength and Tone provides “targeted toning and strength.”
Given what we just covered, it’s probably no surprise that (in our opinion) Copper Fit Strength and Tone won’t provide much in the way of toning and strengthening. But even if we were to take this claim at face value, without any background information, we’re confused as to what it actually means.
In other words, specifically, which muscles does this sleeve target? In the commercial, we’re also told that Strength and Tone will give your whole leg a workout, which doesn’t seem very “targeted.” It can’t be both, so which is it?
Considering all of this, we think the claim doesn’t amount to much more than marketing hype.
We know we’ve already covered a lot of ground in this review, so we’ll be sure to wrap everything up in a second. But before we do, let’s take a look at Copper Fit Strength and Tone’s pricing and online reputation.
Strength and Tone’s Price & Online Customer Feedback
Available in sizes S-XL (see size chart for more information), Copper Fit Strength and Tone will cost you $29.99, which includes free shipping.
For this price, you’ll receive 2 copper-infused knee sleeves and 4 level one (5lb) resistance rods.
Important note: According to the Strength and Tone commercial, two different strengths of resistance are included, but there wasn’t any indication of this when we attempted to check out. And since the point of resistance training is to become stronger, then you might quickly find this resistance level no longer provides much of a workout, leaving you with an ineffective product.
Strength and Tone comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. In order to request one, you’ll need to call Idea Village customer service at 855-818-8300.
Although there weren’t any online reviews for Strength and Tone at the time of our research, Idea Village manufactures an entire line of Copper Fit-branded products, including Copper Fit Socks and Copper Fit Back. What’s everyone saying?
With more than 200 reader reviews, these products come with an average rating of 2.5 stars. Common complaints seem to revolve around failure to work and poor quality (usually, that the seams come apart quickly). Granted, these are common complaints for ASOTV products, although we definitely think it’s worth keeping in mind.
Our Final Thoughts About Copper Fit Strength and Tone
When it comes down to it, based on what we’ve discussed in this review, we think there’s probably a good reason that there aren’t any other products out there quite like Copper Fit Strength and Tone: It likely won’t work. And even if it did, we think the price you’ll pay will be far out of line with any strengthening or toning you’ll receive.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, here’s one final red flag. On the Strength and Tone website, the company claims that the sleeve is “copper-infused to help burn fat, maximize calorie burn and improve muscle strength and tone.” Why’s this such a big red flag?
Because as we discussed in Can Copperwear Provide You with Pain Relief, copper does nothing more than prevent the buildup of bacteria, as well as the unwanted odors this can cause. And given the fact that Tommie Copper, another copper-infused products company, was recently forced to pay $1.35M to the FTC for claiming that copper can provide pain relief, we think Copper Fit should know better than to make these types of scientifically unsupported claims.
Our advice? Search online for targeted resistance exercises that can build strength, increase size, and tone your muscles, at no cost whatsoever. And if you’re looking for the most bang-for-your-buck, make an appointment with a professional fitness trainer.