The device arrived attractively packaged and resembling a high tech gadget rather than an exercise device. In many ways that is what it is as it aims to simplify and rationalise muscle toning through the application of smart new technologies. Of course, electrically stimulated muscle toners have been around for quite a while but this is one of the first I have seen of this type.
In the attractive but simple product box was the large abdominal gel pad, storage bag, storage board, a battery/controller, USB charging cable, and a large and well-printed User Guide. I attach a scan of the most important sections to my unboxing video. Don’t through the box away, although a lightweight storage bag is provided for the gel pad no case is provided for the cable and control unit. However, the robust box may serve as a good long-term storage box. Although we probably all have plenty of the USB adapters needed to power this device it is a pity that one was not provided in the box.
Using the device is simple enough. After charging the square battery/controller unit via USB, carefully clip the unit to the gel pad terminals. Fit the gel pad to the body areas in need of work, pushing down carefully and holding in place for a second or so if necessary. Make sure the skin is dry, clean and sweat free first. Take care the pad is applied correctly as failure to do so can be painful when the device is turned on. Unlike with most rivals, no external gels or liquids are needed to ensure a good electrical contact although it was a pity the waist belt provided with some rivals was not included here.
Turn the unit on by pushing and briefly holding the power button located between the plus and minus signs on the battery unit, the button is poorly marked but can be felt easily enough, and a tone will sound to confirm it is on. It begins at intensity level zero and the level can be adjusted using the plus and minus buttons, the blue LED will indicate that you have left level zero. The device will scroll automatically through six exercise modes automatically and this will take around twenty minutes in total to complete. The device will then switch off with a long beep sounding. To turn off before the end just long press the power button.
It is important to remove the gel pad slowly and carefully, pulling it off roughly may damage the delicate pad. Wipe the pad with a dry cloth and then stick it carefully to the shiny side of the storage board provided in the kit. According to the User Guide at the maximum level, each charge should last around sixty cycles
It takes a bit of getting used to at first. It can be quite uncomfortable if not actually painful at first if the device is turned up too high. It is best to start at the lowest level and to work your way up over time. It goes without saying that this device will only work in conjunction with a healthy diet and at least moderate whole body exercise. This device can only be looked at as being part of an overall fitness regime.
I have not yet had the kit long enough to give a definitive answer over how well it actually works but I can say that in less than a week my abdominal muscles certainly feel like they have been working hard and so I am hopeful for the future.
The device is not cheap, with a current Amazon price of just a shade under £70 (cheaper, however, than some rivals) but if you want toned abs this may be a very useful step towards getting them. Who can put a price on that?
Easy to use
No electrical gel needed
Storage bag for gel pads
Fifteen intensity levels
Six exercise modes (according to the User Guide)
Needs delicate handling and storage
No rigid storage case
No USB charging adapter provided