It’s the electrical muscle stimulation device endorsed by Cristiano Ronaldo, but can it craft a core like his?
What Is It?
Developed by Professor Toshio Moritani, an authority in the training effects of electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), the SIXPAD Abs Belt is a device that sits on top of your abdominal muscles – held in place via a belt.
The control unit is in the middle and fanning out from that are six gel pads that align with each of your abdominal muscles (visible or otherwise).
Once turned on, the device goes through a 23-minute stimulation cycle, increasing in intensity from the warm-up phase to training, before an end-of-session cool-down.
How Does It Work?
SIXPAD works by transmitting external electrical stimuli to the muscles in the body, causing them to contract and relax – like during a core workout.
The intensity can be adjusted on the device itself, but there’s also a SIXPAD training app, allowing you to see what muscles are being worked in real time.
Is It Any Good?
Yes! (Kind of.) A recent study showed that SIXPAD helped users achieve a 12 per cent improvement in abdominal muscle size after eight weeks, while an eight per cent improvement was seen after just four week.
But there’s a caveat: those improvements were made ‘alongside a balanced diet and exercise’.
SIXPAD isn’t a magic bullet. Wearing it every day for a month isn’t going to get you rippling abs like Ronaldo, unless your nutrition and training are also six-pack worthy.
In short, you still need to put in the hard work elsewhere.
However, what it can do, if used consistently, is strengthen your core and lead to genuine gains in key areas of your training.
If you lift weights regularly, one month’s use of the Abs Belt is likely to improve your squat, deadlift and any other exercise that’s boosted by a stable midsection.
Runners, too, can benefit from the greater core control SIXPAD can provide.
If it’s washboard abs you’re after, you’re better off tweaking your training and nutrition to lower your body fat.
But used as a supplementary training tool, you might just be surprised at how it can benefit your performance.
Head to eu.sixpad.com for more info.