10 weeks later – Flexbelt review update
Hi again, I’ve received lots of inquiries as to how the Flex belt has fared since I did my 8 week review and now, 10 weeks later, I want to update my Flex belt review to share with you my findings.
18 weeks is a long time to do the same workout, whether an EMS program or a physical workout, particularly when it’s common to reach a plateau when your body gets used to the punishment. So I made sure that I really mixed up the pre-set programs that are already coded into the Flex belt, and also added in some grueling intensity switches.
First off, I did the classic 5 minute increases – some of you may remember that I got to level 95 of a 150 maximum after 8 weeks, well with the classic increases 10 weeks later I got to 120 but couldn’t sustain it for the full five minutes. I also felt that I was hitting that plateau when doing these conventional rises, so I thought I’d play around a bit.
So I did a little research and figured, why not try two popular gym sequences? First off, I adopted the pyramid approach, working my way up, increasing in 2 minute increments, then worked my way down again, so my end workout looked something like this: 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120, 125, 120, 115, 110, 105, 100, 95, 90 – lasting about half an hour. It felt good, and each time, I started a little higher as 2 minutes is far easier to bear.
But then I figured, why not take a sprint approach – if you want to run faster, you’ve got to do intervals, right? So I started to do 2 mins on, 2 mins ‘rest’, so my workout looked more like 90, 125, 90, 125, 90, 130, 90, 130, for as long as I could bear it.
I think that the intervals worked better for me than the pyramids, but like anything, the body gets used to something really quickly so I still referred back to the regular programs like the endurance model and the Crunch programs, to mix it up and maximize the ‘muscle confusion’.
Have I improved? Well I’ve lost another inch from my waist, taking it down to 27.5 – we’re taking me back to my early twenties now! My abs are far more visible, and my obliques are solid. I love it, although I’ve got to say that nearly 5 months on, I’m getting a little bored of the belt. But hey, we all get bored don’t we, and if it was that easy we’d all be running around with six packs. But it takes effort – physical and mental – to get great results. So stick with it, people, and don’t be afraid to mix it up a little to see how your results improve.
Just a quick note about my physical abilities now – here’s the before, after 8 weeks and after 18 weeks table:
|Exercise||Before Flex belt||Flex belt 8 weeks||Flex belt 18 weeks|
|Plank (elbow)||1 min 5 seconds||2 min 20 seconds||3 min 5 seconds|
|Side plank hold (elbow)||Av 48 seconds||1 min 20 second||2 min 12 seconds|
And just to show off, I’m even doing ‘superwoman planks’ now (one leg off the ground, one arm off the ground)! Thanks for reading my updated Flex belt review, I hope you’re having as much success and seeing those results! Cheers, Lisa.