Previously I had been intermittently using the Body-X 16 EMS system to exercise my abs using electrical nerve stimulation. But as the electrodes were coming apart and becoming unreliable, I’ve had to look for an alternative. It is great to have an electrical device to work those muscles while sitting or lying down and watching some sports events. Hence I decided to buy the Beurer EM35 abdominal toning belt, as it has many great features.I ordered this through Amazon Prime for just under £30. It arrived via next day delivery.
The unit is fairly simple to use. Simply remove the control unit from the belt and insert the three AAA batteries, replace the control unit back into the belt, moisten the surface electrodes with some water, as well as the skin on the abdomen and it is ready to use.
The control unit allows for easy selection of the 5 exercise programs (A to E), with A being the least intensive and building up to the most intensive E program. You can also adjust the intensity of the exercise program, up to the maximum of 40 – I’ve dialed it up to 18 for my second cycle of program A, which is already resulting in fairly intense muscle contractions (and the ensuing ache). So it looks to be more effective than the Body-X I had used before.
The main gripe I have with this ab toning belt is the fact that the LCD screen is not back-illuminated, so it can be fairly difficult to read the screen when the room is not as bright.
The best feature is that the electrodes maintain good conductivity by simply using water, rather than sticky pads or conduction gel. Hence there are no additional running parts which need to be purchased. And it seems to work well, as there does not appear to be any discomfort or the redness from using sticky pads, particularly when the conductivity has started to reduce.
What I liked about this belt?
- It does give a great workout, with the muscles feeling the ache after each cycle of exercise. It has a 2 minute warm up at the beginning and 2 minute warm down at the end of the exercise program cycle.
- It does not require purchase of conduction gel or sticky pads, so has no on-going running costs except for the batteries.
- Reasonably priced, and has enough control (intensity and program) to suit the needs/requirement of different people from health enthusiasts to athletes.
What could be improved?
- The LCD is not as clear to see when the light is not as bright – there should have been a backlit screen.
The Beurer EM35 ab toning belt is reasonably priced and has the added benefit of not requiring further purchases (conducting sticky pads or conduction gel) so is highly economical. The electrical conduction works without causing discomfort or redness to the skin. It did manage to give my abs a good workout, so it works well – but whether it will result in a 6-pack, only time will tell. But it is definitely recommended.