Toning Pants: Another Couch Potato's Hope Crushed

Julie Ryan Evans
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Reebok Toning Apparel Oh Reebok, we want to believe in your new toning apparel, really we do, especially after seeing all those lovely thin models in your commercials. How wonderful it would be if just wearing it would make us fit and buff.

What's that you say? It does?

My butt will get firmer just by wearing your pants with resistance bands built in?

My upper body will be toned and my posture improved with no more effort than it takes to slip one of your shirts over my head?

I'll take one in every size! I'm going to rush out to the store immediately ... right after I dig out those toning shoes that were supposed to work so well ...

To determine just how many pairs I should buy -- if any -- I caught up with trainer to the stars, Mackie Shilstone, who has more than 30 years of experience working with athletes and children. Most recently, he helped Serena Williams regain her No. 1 form (pre-injury) and helped John Goodman drop 120 pounds.

While Shilstone said he hasn't used the clothing himself, he would be "suspect" of the claims they make. He also points out how ineffective all the toning shoes have proven to be and that there is no evidence they work.

"Just make up your mind that to be fit requires a time and intensity commitment for the rest of your life," Shilstone offers instead. "Stop renting your health and in the coming new year take ownership of your health."

He does concede that there may be some benefit to the clothing.

"If you think it is working then it probably will. The power of positive thinking."

*Sigh* When, oh, when are we going to be able to stop actually having to work at working out, be able to eat whatever we want, sit on the couch all day, and still look great?

Guess we'll have to wait for the next product or pill.

What do you think of Reebok's EasyTone Apparel? Too good to be true or worth a try?


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