Recently, I received a Shapercise Body Shaper Powered by ShaToBu™. Although I normally wouldn’t get all that excited about a body shaper, after eating way too much during the holidays, a body shaper was definitely on my mind. But Shapercise isn’t just the same-old, same-old body shaper design. The Shapercize body shaper Powered by ShaToBu™, is based on the principle of resistance training. Resistance is defined as a force which opposes motion. Seamless bands strategically placed directly in the shaper demand an additional muscular effort when walking or moving, which consequently strengthens (tones) muscles. So Shapercise not only smooths out the bumps, but it also actually helps you tone your muscles and burn calories while you are wearing it. Now that, sounds like a good idea.
The one I received was the regular waist and beige, and FIRM control (as in the photo here, but I definitely didn’t look like the model, in mine!). It was body-shaper firm, but still reasonably stretchy. There are a whopping eight sizes, from small to XXL. You can get yours in buff or black.
Body shapers require a certain amount of finesse (or should I say, wrestling) to get them on. But in this body shaper, there’s a card in the package, that shows you how to properly put on the Shapercise. First you pull of your shaper gently from the sides where the material is thickest (makes sense, as you don’t want to put a hole in it). Then, you pull it up and adjust the shaper from the back (a bit of a struggle if you are not limber or the shaper fits snugly, but you can do it). Then you fix the waistband so it sits at your waist, resting just below the belly button. Finally, you adjust the leg bands so they sit right above the knee.
You wear these instead of underwear (there is a hygiene panel in it) and as shapers go, they felt fine on the body. They were reasonably comfortable. Although I really find these types of products to be too restrictive, for a few hours under a clingy dress I was ok with them. I know plenty of women who wear them all day long without any difficulty. The more you wear Shapercise, however, the more you are supposed to benefit. If you do some of the recommended exercises (on the back of the card about how to wear Shapercise) you will get even more out of the product. The exercises are easy enough to do. Some, such as leg raises, are possible to do at your desk without raising a lot of eyebrows. Consider: with out without the body shaper, if you did one exercise for five minutes every hour in an eight hour day, that would be equivalent to a 30-40 minute light workout.
All of this is very appealing. But I see a few issues I would be remiss if I didn’t mention. For starters, everyone is shaped differently, and so your results will differ too. You might be very much sleeker, or just a little bit more toned. Also, you would have to wear this body shaper every day for an undetermined amount of time, to get lasting results. Finally, you would have to either wash your special body shaper out every single night, or buy enough to make it through the week. At a suggested retail price of $29.99 for the waist to knee shaper and $34.99 for the high waist to knee shaper, if you got one for every day of the week, that could set you back a bunch of Hamiltons.
No body shaper can take the place of a sensible, healthy diet and exercise, but if you are doing those things as well, a body shaper that might “exercise” your muscles a bit as it slims your look under clothes certainly has additional benefits, and is worth considering.
Get yours at: http://www.shapercise.com/
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