I watched the Matrix again recently, for the first time in years in fact. It’s full of iconic imagery but the one that always sticks with me is Neo (Keanu Reeves) laying on a table with hundreds of needles/electrodes inserted into him, stimulating his muscles to give some strength to a body that’s spent it’s entire life in a vat of gloop.
If only all excerise was that simple eh?
Now I am a tall chap, at 6ft 4 I consider myself just the right side of freakishly tall mind you but I am suffering a bit from what I like to think of as premature middle aged spread. I am only 37 after all. It’s really a combination of two things: firstly I am overweight. I wont deny it, a few stone could be shed without risking me wasting away. Secondly, I have naff all stomach muscle definition. You know when you relax your muscles and your stomach bulges appreciably? I don’t get that. I just lose sight of my feet.
So when Slendertone contacted me and offered me their latest abs buster to see if it could really make a difference, I thought this would be a good opportunity to see my willy without having to lean forward slightly. Who knows, it might be the start of a beautiful relationship.It’s not that I don’t get any exercise, although I admit at the moment I get precisely none of a vigorous nature, I do walk over 20 miles a week as I walk to and from work every day.
Slendertone have what they call a 30 day challenge, which is in effect a programme that steadily increases in intensity, designed to make a visible difference in, yes you’ve guessed it, 30 days. I must admit the last time I tried something like this I didn’t take it as seriously as perhaps I might, at one point I was sitting there eating a large bowl of popcorn whilst the slendertone stimulated my stomach muscles. That’s sort of the toning equivilent of lighting up at half time when you’re playing football, and not really in the spirit of the endevour.