You’ve seen the ads. Beautiful, young women with perfect legs and butts advertising Reebok’s new “Easy Tone” walking shoe that is supposed to give you better legs and a tighter butt just by wearing them and walking around.
I’ve seen these ads and thought to myself, “Really?!” and “Who would buy these?” Well, as we all know, promises from a company that has as good a reputation as Reebok, often ring true. And,” better legs and a better butt” is a great slogan that will catch the attention of just about any woman.
I am happy to tell you that the American Council on Exercise (ACE, the largest certifying body for personal trainers and fitness instructors in the US), published some interesting findings about these shoes. I’ll share them with you and you can decide…to spend or not to spend.
Reebok claims that “Wearing these shoes will increase the activation of muscles in your glutes (28%), hamstrings (11%) and calves (11%).” (from the Reebok website).
That’s it? 11%?? These walking shoes cost $98! You can increase the work for your hamstrings by doing 25 standing hamstring curls or shape your butt with a few extra squats…for free!
What’s even better is that Reebok’s results are based on tests comparing the Easy Tone to Reebok’s regular walking shoe.
According to ACE, the “study” consisted of 5 subjects walking on a treadmill for 500 steps. Does this really count as “a study?” The recommendation for adults is that we get anywhere from 6,000-10,000 steps per day on a regular basis. Reebok is making outrageous claims based on 5 people taking 500 steps on a treadmill!
ACE has actually commissioned a study to be done by University of Wisconsin, La Crosse to investigate these shoes in more detail. I’ll let you know what the final analysis is.
I am frankly, surprised that Reebok is stooping to such cheesy tactics to sell a shoe. The brand has (in my opinion) up until now had an incredible reputation for quality and for appealing to serious athletes.
My feeling is save your money and walk faster.
Watch this space for the results of the tests.