A workout without the work: Too good to be true?

No time for the gym? No sweat. Just throw on Reebok’s new line of EasyTone apparel, and you’ll exercise your muscles without actually having to exercise. Or so the company says.

The new line of clothing for women and footwear for both men and women, which is now available at Sport Chek stores in Canada, is designed to help tone your muscles when you move – whether you’re on a treadmill or just out for a walk.

Reebok EasyTone Long Bra Top

In the apparel, bands within the fabric create resistance every time you move, helping to strengthen your muscles and encourage better posture and body alignment, according to Reebok.

The shoes, meanwhile, have “balance pods” built onto the bottoms that are designed to create instability with each step. This forces your leg muscles and glutes to work harder when you walk, encouraging toning, the company says.

I have to say, I’m pretty skeptical about this concept. I can see how these shoes might make a small difference in working your leg muscles to a slightly greater degree than normal. But fabric that creates resistance when you move? Unless there are weights sewn into the fabric, I’m not convinced that this apparel will have any impact on your muscles.

While I do love the idea of toning my muscles on days that I can’t make it to the gym, I have a hard time believing that you can get real results without the work. It’s called a workout for a reason, after all.

But hey, I could be wrong. If you’ve seen results from a product like this, I’d love to hear about it!


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