Necessity is the mother of invention, and in Don brown's case, the necessity was a piece of workout equipment that could be used without involving strain on the neck. As a fitness instructor, he had several clients who had been injured yet needed to focus on strengthening their abs. He developed the Ab Roller, a device which works the core muscles as users roll back and forth. Now owned by Tristar products out of Wallingford, CT, the Ab Roller was one of the first products of its type to hit the market, and has been around for many years.
The Ab Roller is a curved metal frame with a cross bar that holds a head rest. Users lie on the floor with their heads on the padded head rest, and their hands on the top section of the frame. By rocking back and forth, the abs are crunched without the head and neck feeling strain. The manufacturer states this is much safer, and less demanding than doing a sit-up. The company offers a 60 day money back refund, less shipping and handling.
How Does Ab Roller compare to The Flex Belt?
|The Flex Belt®||Ab Roller®|
|How much does it cost?||$199.00 plus $12.95 S&H||$19.99 to $159.99 depending on model plus unknown amount of shipping & handling|
|Are there any 3rd party clinical trials to back up the claims?||YES. Multiple Clinical Trials. In a 6-week clinical trial: 100% of the participants reported that their abs felt more toned and firmed & 92.3% felt the firmness of their ab muscles increased.||NO. There are no published 3rd Party Clinical Studies.|
|Is it FDA cleared? Please note that most products are not required to be FDA Cleared. This is a status that makes the Flex Belt unique.||YES. The makers of The Flex Belt are the first and original to gain FDA Clearance for this type of product.||NO. This does not mean it is unsafe – the clearance was not required.|
|Do you need exercise while using it?||NO||YES|
|When can you use it?||While at home, at work, watching TV, surfing the net, exercising, folding laundry, cooking, talking on the phone, helping the kids with their homework, taking a walk... virtually anywhere and anytime.||While exercising.|
|Can you tone other parts of the body?||
YES, you can add additional toning units that are specifically designed and fitted to be worn on other parts of the body. These additional units are individually FDA Cleared to toning, strengthening, and firming these specific body parts. Click here to learn more about the Flex Range of products.
|Is it portable? How big is it?||YES, comes with free travel pouch and weighs less than one pound||NO – must be used in a gym or stored away when not in use like in a closet or under the bed. Weighs about 30 pounds.|
|Is it discreet?||YES, the belt is very fitted to the stomach and not bulky in any way. The remote is very small and tucks away in a small pouch on the side of the belt. You can wear it discretely under clothing and while doing virtually anything.||NO – must be used while exercising in a gym or at home.|
|Does it require hard work or motivation?||NO, you do not need to exercise during a Flex Belt toning session||YES, requires time to exercise and hard work for a good toning session.|
|Does it require batteries?||No. It comes with a rechargeable power supply unit.||NO|
|What is the "Satisfaction Guarantee" period?||For a full 60-Days any order can be returned for a full refund.||60 Days|
|What is the "Product Warranty" period?||Two Years||60 Days|
|Do they ship internationally?||YES||NO, and does not ship to Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, US Virgin Islands and Alaska|
|Do they have toll free ordering and customer service?||YES: (800) 222-7154||NO|
|Is there bonus material with your order?||YES! Your Flex Belt Order Comes with a Free One Year Subscription to either Fitness, Elle or Maxim Magazine (retail value is $50) and 30 Days Access to Our Patent Pending Online Meal Planning Technology (retail value is $50). These generous gifts are special limited time offers presented by our sponsors. A combined value of $100 in bonus materials!||NO|
|What is the delivery time for domestic orders?||Approximately 1 week||unknown|
We feel the strengths of both The Flex Belt & Ab Roller are evident. Our mission is to help our customers achieve the attractive figure they want and we hope that The Flex Belt and/or Ab Roller helps you tone, tighten and strengthen your body. This information was provided to help you make an informed decision. Good Luck with whatever product or program you choose.
--The Flex Belt Nutrition Team