By Aly Teich
When I started The Sweat Life, one of my “rules” was (and IS) to omit terms like “skinny,” “lose inches,” “drop weight,” “bikini body,” as well as avoiding presenting any quick fixes or fad diets — or fad ANYTHING, for that matter. So it was no surprise that I was fairly apprehensive to try a product called SLENDERTONE when it was first sent my way. The name alone just felt so un-Sweat Life. Then the product itself — a belt which sends stimulating shocks into your muscle nerves to get them to fire, using EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) technology, with the promise of toning your waistline — just felt far too gimmicky for me.
However, I figured “Why not?” This is my job after all — to be your guinea pig for all things health, wellness, and fitness. Well, maybe not ALL things. I did draw the line that I wouldn’t try anything I believed would harm myself or you for that matter, and while I may have been skeptical about the efficacy of SLENDERTONE, it most certainly didn’t seem like a harmful product (and had FDA approval). Three weeks later, I am surprised and happy to report that Slendertone has become a welcome addition to my “fitness” routine. Here are the three things that surprised me about SLENDERTONE, followed by the three things I assumed would be true. (I tried the Slendertone Connect, they have several different belts!)
WHAT WAS SURPRISING
1. It is effective. While I most certainly didn’t see any dramatic results, my abs were actually sore after using it for the first few times (which is usually a sign that SOMETHING is happening). Within a week, my abs were definitely feeling the extra work put in, and even felt like they could hold up through my trainer, Kira Stokes’, famous “endurance abs” just a little less painfully.
2. Easy does not necessarily equal bad. As stated earlier, I am not usually a fan of “quick fixes” and assumed this gadget would be just that. However, after my second night in a row having my abs contracting during couch time (easy on the judgments about the current excitement level of my life) without me so much as thinking about it — I realized that just because SLENDERTONE makes strengthening your core a bit easier, does not mean there is anything wrong with it! In fact, I now feel quite the opposite.
3. It was motivating! Since I could track my progress and results right on the SLENDERTONE app on my phone, it kept me wanting to keep either matching my results from the day before or exceed them. I am a huge fan of accountability as a means of motivation, and this is where SLENTERTONE went above and beyond a simple gadget - it actually gave me targets to stay accountable to, and it worked!
WHAT I EXPECTED
1. SLENDERTONE is not a replacement for a core strengthening routine. While SLENDERTONE was a welcome addition to my regular and daily core strengthening routine, it will never be a replacement - and I would suggest it not be a replacement for tried and true core strengthening routines.
2. While I felt some results, they were not extreme. I don’t want to mislead people to think that they are going to get a six-pack from just using SLENDERTONE. Again, I think it’s a great additive tool to strengthening your core muscles, but I don’t feel it’s enough to create a truly strong core, which is a key component to overall body health and strength.
3. It’s not cheap! Again, I think this is a fantastic product to increase your core strength and assist with any aesthetic goals you may have for your abdominals, this is a bit of an investment for an additive tool. If you want to see similar goals and save some cash, I would assess your core strengthening routine.
However, if you are looking for a great and easy addition that requires little effort and will assist in your regular core strengthening routine - SLENDERTONE is your answer!
Aly Teich is Founder and Host of The Sweat Life.
Aly is a native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She left Manhattan for Madison, Wisconsin to become a proud Badger for four years, and since then has lived on both coasts, traveled around the world…twice, and found herself right back here in The Big Apple.
Aly has always been an active kid, and now grownup (although she still acts like a kid.) She danced her way through the School of American Ballet until her teens, competed on horseback at a pre-Olympic level, lettered in three varsity high school sports, and completed three marathons and numerous triathlons. She’s also an avid skier, golfer, aspiring surfer, and can do a mean belly flop.
Following a ten-year career in television and media — including the Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Television, Tribeca Film, and Conde Nast — Aly switched her focus to health and wellness five years ago when her mother was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. Trading in her Late Show with Letterman badge for Nikes, Aly made it her goal to help people live healthier lives. In the fall of 2013, she decided to bring all of her experience and passion to one place, The Sweat Life.