I already saw you sigh when you read the title. I know, I did the same thing when I saw the Slendertone logo in my inbox. ‘What do they want? I hate those stupid quick fix fads’ I thought to myself. I had a message asking me if I wanted to review the new Slendertone Connect and I very nearly didn’t think twice and typed my polite ‘thanks but no thanks’ reply. However, something made me stop and take a look at their page before I replied. I noticed that their angle had very much changed from the days of ‘wear this belt, do nothing and you’ll get a 6 pack’. I noticed a shift in their advertising towards an ‘aid’ to your usual workout routine which was a breath of fresh air. Like all of these things (and in this I include sports supplements and so called ‘super foods’!) they are an aid to old fashioned hard work. So, never one to turn my nose up at anything until I’ve tried it myself I accepted their offer and before I knew it my Slendertone Connect belt had arrived!
I opened the box to a nicely packaged box with all the various bits and bobs I needed including a bag to keep the belt in which I thought was a nice touch. I’ve got the attention span of a flea so I have to say I didn’t read the booklet that it comes with, but I did follow the quick set up guide which was indeed just as the name suggests – very quick and painless. The belt talks to an app which you download and it begins by asking you your goal and various other personal information. Again this was quick and was in-depth enough to find out about me without having to tell it my inside leg measurement and what I ate for dinner 3 weeks ago.
Now I was all set up I decided to try out my first session on a rest day whilst I made my breakfast – talk about multitasking! I placed the belt on and found that it was quite long. I’m not sure if it’s one size fits all but as I have a small waist I found the activation pads were stuck further round by body than they should be. I spoke to the guys at Slendertone about this and they suggested I moved the pads a little which did help slightly. If I had to give my feedback on the belt I would suggest it came in a range of sizes for those of us blessed with dinky waists (don’t be too jealous all my fat makes it’s way to my thighs instead).
When I was ready to go I clicked on the app and it was really easy to workout how to get started. I started off the with the intensity really low as I’m a complete wimp and I was nervous it might feel like I was being electrocuted. A dull tinging began in my upper abs and obliques which was bizarre to start with but I soon got used to it. Changing the intensity is really easy to do and can be changed at any point during the session.
Each of my sessions were 30 minutes which is just the right amount of time for me as I wouldn’t usually spend any longer than 30 minutes performing ab exercises.
After a few sessions I was getting used to the sensation and felt I could increase the intensity every time I used the belt which was about 3 times per week over a 6 week period. I don’t think I increased the intensity quite to my ‘target’ and I am still unsure about the feeling but my abs have certainly become stronger than they were. During my usual ab sessions in the gym I felt as though my core was stronger and I could add more weight to my weighted ab exercises.
Having only used the belt for 6 weeks I can’t say I’ve had an incredible ‘transformation’ but I do feel I benefited from using the Slendertone Connect belt and I will continue to use it. As always with ab training in any form you won’t see any results in the mirror unless your body fat is low enough, but if you neglect your ab training (like I did!) or you’d like something you can do outside of the gym I would definitely recommend it.
If you’d like to try using the Slendertone Connect belt feel free to use my discount code CHEF10 which will allow you 10% off your order.