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Absonic Belt Review – Don’t Taze Yourself – Electronic Muscle Stimulators

Updated on September 17, 2009
A lot like an ab belt
A lot like an ab belt

Electronic Muscle Stimulation

Electronic Muscle stimulation is an interesting topic and you’ll find many skeptics as it really takes away the effort of actually doing exercise. You can simply put the toning belt around your waist or any body part and the device will send little electric pulses to make your muscles contract. 

Through these contractions you are supposedly working muscles and burning fat and you can do it while you’re watching T.V. I bought the absonic belt and the abgymnic belt as they were dirt cheap and of course I was tempted by the idea of building muscle and toning up with no real effort. The easy way out for me I thought and no more spaghetti arms :P

Absonic Belt Review

The electronic muscle stimulator belt comes in a small box, with the main belt attachment, Velcro strap and small circular batteries. It’s hard not to feel silly when you open up the box and see a ripped guy with the belt around his abs. 

Using the Absonic Belt and the Pain

First of all make sure apply the water based lubricant to the area you are going to workout (zap), because without this your body wont conduct the electric pulses properly and you will proceed to burning holes in your skin. It changes the meaning of pushing past the pain that’s for sure when your tazing yourself in the living room.

The Absonic belt has multiple levels of pulses ranging from very weak to very strong and you can vary the time intervals between shocks. I tried the ab sonic belt on my abs and it did make my muscles contract , it even made my bladder do some weird pulsating movements when I moved the belt down a bit lower by accident.

I desperately wanted those rock hard abs so I cranked the speed and strength up to full, and it feels a lot like someone is punching you in the gut. I used it for a little while on moderate settings but didn’t notice any great improvements or a sense of achievement.

I then tried the ab sonic belt on my arms, this was the most fun I had with the absonic belt as it made my arm jump around uncontrollably and I was tempted to strap it on as I tried to prepare dinner. 

Conclusion – Absonic Belt Effectiveness

So when it comes down to it electronic muscle stimulators can be effective but not in the form of a 2 dollar ab belt. It is basically like electrocuting yourself over and over as you sit there feeling awkward. 
It is very dangerous especially when the water based gel dries out , some people have even complained of large red spots and others of organ problems. So please stay away from these types of devices for your own well being.

If your looking for an easy workout don’t let the belt do the work , while you watch T.V tense your abs every now and then as its pretty much the same result without the self mutilation.

The abdominal muscles are like any other muscle and will respond to both heavy and endurance exercises and doing a variety of exercises for your abs will really bring them out. The two best pieces of equipment to help you build your abs I believe are ab rollers and a nice sturdy inclined /decline bench. Other than that bodyweight exercises and cleaning up your diet works wonders.

Fun with Electrocution


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      Heidi74 6 years ago

      Works for me - I have chronic tendonitis in both my arms and can't lift weights anymore. So this has really helped me bring some tone back to my flabby arms. Plus my coworkers think I lost weight - in fact only about 5 lbs.

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      Buzzby 6 years ago

      Thanks Gertrude, Of course these devices work. It's the people conducting the testing, that don't "work" the testing properly!. Sounds to me like this short study (Expectus) began with bias as first a chuckle, and progressed to carefree foolishness. I used a less refined version back in the early 70's, adjusted by the turn of a dial. Arms , Abs, calves all responded well & indeed all visably toned after a few weeks of moderate pulses. Granted, this only helps in the early stages of one's journey to fitness. It can help encourage a person to move into a more natural form of resistance training,to build muscle mass or endurance. That's where the "six pack" is best achieved.

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      Gertrude 7 years ago

      I tried one of these and lost 20lbs and did build up muscle. The only down side I saw was when I used it on arms after about 2 weeks or so, once in a while I would find that my muscles were contracting on their own in the same manner without the equipment on. Don't know what that means for sure but I will tell you that it does work if used properly and not over used.

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      expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder

      Thanks for the comment I dunno how anyone would think these would work

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      Ben7YAH 7 years ago

      Great hub, I have been waiting for someone to blow the whistle on these false abs gizmo's.

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      expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder

      are you using the waterbased lubricant, it wont work without it

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      SoldierMedic 7 years ago

      I cant even get mine to turn

    • profile image 8 years ago

      Shocking Hub! Who would have thought we would be electrocuting ourselves to look better!

      Thanks expectus.

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      expectus 8 years ago from Land Downunder

      yea there is a funny video on youtube , these Swedish guys attempt to eat breakfast while getting shocked. He butters his toast to death :P

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      My soldiers bought one of these a couple years ago, it was fun to watch them shock each other with it.

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      expectus 8 years ago from Land Downunder

      thanks for the comments sarovai and gandalfthegrey :) yea they are very nasty little things I'm surprised they are allowed to sell them

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      gandalfthegrey 8 years ago

      The truth shall set you free. (better you than an old guy like me)

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      sarovai 8 years ago

      Thank u for revealing the secret about the cheap electronic muscle stimulators.