Common Flexbelt Complaints

by Ian on October 27, 2011

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I’ve had a few emails come in from people asking me if I have any complaints about the Flex Belt. Personally, the only complaint I have so far about the belt is how to properly store it when you’re not wearing it.

The gel pads are very sticky, and it’s important to keep them clean. Also I have a sneaky suspicion that you should keep them covered up as well so that they hold their moisture. I’ve emailed customer support on this and will update this post with what they say.

Other then that though I don’t have any complaints about the belt at all. I did do a little research through about what other owners of The Flex Belt are saying and I’ll attempt to clear up a few mis-conceptions that people have about The Flex Belt.

Consumer Flex Belt Complaints

It Doesn’t Work

I think my entire website here addresses this particular complaint. The technology used in the Flex Belt is medical grade electronic muscle stimulation. This stuff works, and I can say first hand that it works. However you have to keep reasonable expectations.

You’re not going to have six pack abs over night, it’s going to take consistent use and working the program that is included in the manual that takes you from starting at 20 minutes and moves you upwards and also working your way from the lower intensity levels and working your way up to the 150 level (the highest on the belt).

You must understand that the Flex Belt does it’s part of the job, which is firming, toning and strengthening your abs, BUT it doesn’t help you lose weight. If you’re carrying extra weight in your mid section then you won’t be able to see the results without flexing and sucking in your gut. So do yourself a favor when you buy your flex belt and take advantage of the diet planning software that’s included for free.

It Doesn’t Work Through Fat

Well duh I guess is all I can say here. If you’re sporting an extra 10-15 or more pounds over your stomach then you’re not suddenly going to see great abdominals from an EMS ab belt. Even if you sat down to do 100 sit-ups every day you’re not going to burn away that fat. You need to reduce your daily caloric intake so that your body naturally burns some of that fat and possibly start doing some cardio 3-5 times a week.

It Doesn’t Work For Weight Loss

I won’t re-state what I already said above, but it’s more or less the same explanation. The Flex Belt is not a weight loss device. It is a muscle firmer, toner and strengthener.

Gel pads not staying on the belt

This wasn’t a complaint from a lot of consumers about the Flex Belt but I did see it mentioned a few times. Basically what happens is the gel pads are affixed to the inside of the belt when you first open it up. They stay affixed there from the stickiness of the pad itself. When you replace the pads you remove them and put new ones on. The issue arrises when you continually take the pads off and on, they begin to lose their stickiness.

If you frequently remove and put the gel pads back on the belt then what will happen is they’ll start falling off. Also be careful when removing the belt after a workout. I usually reach my thumb down between the gel pad and my stomach to peel it off my skin. This ensures that the gel pad stays stuck to the belt and doesn’t pull away.

Getting shocked

This shouldn’t happen at all, but if you don’t have the gel pads installed right, you’re reaching in and touching the gel pads with your fingers (which will give you the buzzing sensation you feel in your abs in your hand as well, did this once) or your gel pad are old and dirty then there’s a chance you could get a little shock. To avoid this you just need to ensure you’re using good gel pads and replacing them when they’re needed.

Over all there just aren’t that many complaints about the Flex Belt. The technology works, but to get results you must use the device. It isn’t just going to magically tone and firm your abs. SO when you’re reading negative flex belt reviews about this device stop and ask yourself, is there a chance this person just had unrealistic expectations or maybe they didn’t commit to using it daily for the 6-8 weeks recommended to attain optimal results.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Eric S. February 10, 2012 at 3:56 am

This may be a different question? I have a spinal cord injury and I can’t voluntarily contract my abs. As a result my stomach just sticks out. Not flabby, or bulging, my muscles just don’t retract and hold back my “gut”. It kind of looks like a beer belly. But I don’t drink alchohol.

This product seems practical for my condition. I don’t need to burn fat just strengthen the abdominal muscles that I have lost the ability to tighten myself. Does this sound accurate? Do you believe your product would be effective?

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Ian February 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Hi Eric,

Well in theory the Flex Belt uses Electronic Muscle Stimulation which contracts your abdominals based on the slight electric current that is sent through nerve endings. It does not require you to flex or contract your abdominals on your own. Now I am not a doctor or a spinal expert, so you may want to check with one, but it makes sense to me that the Flex Belt should still strengthen your abdominals even if you cannot contract them on your own. I do know that physical therapists use electronic muscle stimulation in rehabilitation settings, especially to strengthen muscles that have atrophied or haven’t been used in a long time. It’s probably worth a try, but if you wanted complete peace of mind I would double check with your doctor. The device is FDA approved for it’s safety though, so you should haven’t any concern there.

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Tom February 21, 2012 at 8:04 am

I agree with this. I have the equipment; honestly, I wanted to try it out because I really didn’t believe what I was reading. After a little research on the product, I had to have it. Whether it was to prove to everyone it was a scam or not, they guaranteed their product for 60 days (which I thought was ridiculous). Fact of the matter is, is that even with the instruction manual they give you, it states that it is not a weight loss device. It doesn’t state that you have to be on a strict diet of any sort, it just says a ‘”healthy diet” AND EXERCISE’. You’re not gonna achieve amazing six pack abs eating fast food all day and sitting around watching TV. This product was built around the idea that everyone’s life gets busy, and for those that want to cut down on the time spent in the gym that the flex belt is a suitable substitution for the common ab work out. I won’t lie, the flex arms intrigue me…those might be next on my list if I’m satisfied with the flex belt (so far I’m actually relatively happy about it).

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Ian February 22, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Hey Tom,

Thanks for your comment, glad you’re enjoying The Flex Belt. You’re completely right that the device states it’s not a weight loss device, but some sites out there are suggesting that you can lose weight with the use of EMS ab belts. I just wanted to clarify that for my readers.

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Kyle March 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Can you wear it while you run? 2 birds 1 stone?

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Ian March 20, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Hey Kyle,

I can’t comment as to whether you technically can, but I would think, depending on how quick a pace you were running it might be tough. Think side stitches after a short period of time in my opinion (I’m a runner). As to can you actually do it and are there any safety issues? To be sure I’d contact Flex Belt customer support, they’d be better equipped to tell you then me. I personally have not run while wearing it. All my sessions are done pretty much at my desk while I’m working.

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Melissa April 2, 2012 at 7:19 am

It seems my belt is broken.. I have only had to replace pads maybe two or three times, so it’s still fairly new. Everytime it starts to conduct a current and contract my muscles it abruptly stops EACH time. This is very obnoxious and is sometimes fixed by re-adjusting thr belt, but I never had this issue until recently. Also, iff it’s fully charged it doesn’t seem to happen, but if the battery signal is missing even one bar, this happens as well. What could be wrong? Should I just get a replacement pad under the warranty?

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Ian April 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Melissa,

I would definitely contact The Flex Belt customer support to get this fixed under warranty. They have a toll-free contact number you can get someone on the phone with on this page http://www.theflexbelt.com/contactus.htm

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