If you don’t own a pair, you’ve seen them in advertisements, in the mall or on women at the gym. Toning shoes are everywhere. Claiming to tighten your calves, thighs and butt, it’s easy to see why. Their manufactured by all different brands, some highly respected like Reebok and New Balance. But the question is: do these bulky sneakers really work?
According to results of a study that were presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, there was no difference of muscle activation and oxygen consumption between women who wore toning sneakers and regular sneakers on a treadmill. Another study out of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, found similar results last year.
It seems like there’s really no evidence out there that these shoes deliver what they promise: tighter thighs and butts. Several lawsuits have been filed this year against different toning shoe manufacturers. So, what do you think? Do you own toning shoes? Do you see results?
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