I’m sure you’ve seen those ads on TV, you know the ones where you stick a belt on your belly and in a few weeks, you have rock solid washboard abs. These get slim quick products have been around for ages and now they’re being placed in another area, your gluteus maximus.
The company responsible for this, BMR, created the “Bottom Lift
” to do as it says, help lift your bottom. According to the site, “Squeezing into body shapers to minimize the appearance of cellulite is one approach. Toning your glutes from the inside-out is another, more effective approach.”
The Bottom Lift comes with an awkward belt harness thing that you can see in the picture, an activator unit, and gel pads. You then turn on the machine, select one of 99 treatment levels and you’re ready to go. But does it work? The site proudly proclaims the following:
In six-week clinical trials*:
9 out of 10 users reported an improvement in shape
8 out of 10 reported their clothes felt looser
7 out of 10 reported a more uplifted and well-defined bottom
But the peculiar thing was that BMR didn’t show the actual study or have it anywhere on their site. Surely they would have been proud of this scientific breakthrough and plaster it all over their site, but not so. After some digging, I found it online and was a little confused, this "study" that they talked about was a college thesis paper.
The 6-week study
had a group of individuals in three groups- control, exercise, and the bottom lift group. “The results in Table 3 shows nearly identical numbers of subjects in the exercise and stimulation groups felt
that their bottoms were firmer, stronger, more toned, shapelier, and more uplifted, as well as feeling that their jeans fit better after the 6-week study.”
Now it sounds great, but those were just feelings. According to the study, “There were no
significant changes in body weight, BMI, or hip circumference over the course of the study for any of the groups.” This is kind of unbelievable being that in six weeks, an individual can accomplish a lot in terms of changing their body with exercise.
I decided to dig a little deeper to see what kind of exercise they were doing, “Gains with exercise training were achieved by performing 60 quadruped hip extensions per day, 5 days per week. Performing the hip extensions took 5 to 7 minutes to complete per session. Improvements with stimulation training were achieved by performing stimulation 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week.”
5-7 minutes of working out a day is pretty pathetic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
, adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intense aerobic activity a week. This study wasn’t even giving individuals the bare minimum, the exercise group only maintained a little over a half hour of activity a week. Another strange part of the study was that the researcher said “Ninety-two percent of subjects in the exercise group and 88% of subjects in the stimulation group felt
as though they had positive benefits as a result of training.” A pretty vague statement, that in itself shows that this wasn't the most professionally done study. My guess is that the folks at BMR had a bigger role than they’re saying in this study and knew just how much time a person would have to exercise to get the same kind of results as their Bottom Lift, because in the end, “all subjects received $200 and a Slendertone® Bottom Toner." A product created by BMR. Or maybe I’m just digging to deep.
Whatever the case may be, it just doesn’t add up to me, there were no actual physical changes in these individuals, just mental. If anything, all I learned from this study is that I can work out 5 minutes a day, for free, and have the same results as a $200 piece of machinery, and I don’t have to strap that odd vibrating harness to my rear.
In the end it seems like this study is flawed, tremendously. It should have been 30 minutes of exercise and 30 minutes of the “bottom lift,” had that happened I’m sure the results would have fell in favor of exercise. The expensive Bottom Lift is in no way a good option for getting a firmer butt and fighting cellulite. Take the $200 you save from not buying this and buy and exercise mat so you can workout in front of the TV and invest it into a healthier diet. Performing variations with lunges and squats may be all you need to get a real bottom lift.