Electronic Ab Muscle Builder

United States
July 27, 2011 8:29am CST
Has anyone tried one of those electronic Ab Muscle Stimulators that they advertise on TV. My grandson has been wanting one of these for his birthday ( he will be 15). Does anyone know if they work or not? They cost around $100 which seems kind of pricey to me. Will it really build up the abs?
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@BarBaraPrz (40252)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Jul 11
If he currently looks like Mr Potato Head and expects this device to turn him into an Adonis, without having to do anything else, my guess is that he will be sorely disappointed.
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@marie2052 (3691)
• United States
5 Aug 11
I was thinking of getting one of these too. My son and I went to the local sports store and they have all kinds of workout equipment. There was actually a personal trainer that worked at the store and when I told him about my medical condition, he asked me if I had medical insurance. I said yes. He told me the abs belts work the same as the tens units you can buy. He said get a prescription from my doctor and just get the unit and its basically the same thing. I have spinal desinegration located in C-3-4-5 and L-3-4-5. I also have fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. I have other ailments diagnosed but going to physical therapy various times for the last 6 years they always used the tens unit to stimulate my nerve endings and then massage my back, neck and shoulders. I have read reviews on the Abs belt, and some have said they help but you still need to do some exercising yourself. I am able to exercise a bit. I just have to watch how I do it as I don't want my back to go completely down. I personally exercise every other day for 20 to 25 minutes. I do 2.2 miles of walking and on a slider walker. I see my doctor in 8 weeks again so I will see if he will write me a prescription and find out where I can get one with a prescription in the mean time. Hope this helps. You can always go on Fingerhut and see their styles and reviews on that. Good Luck with your decision.
• United States
5 Aug 11
Thanks for the info, Marie2052. I still have not made up my mind whether I'll get one for my grandson or not. I read a couple of reviews that said you have to replace the gel pads that stick the electrodes to your skin fairly often. But I will look at some more reviews before I decide. Thanks!