I Tried the Ab Machine That's the Equivalent of Doing 50,000 Crunches, And Offt!
The latest one to (metaphorically) land on my desk, is Body Catalyst's TESLAFormer. The 30 minute non-invasive treatment is said to contract your muscles up to 50,000 times reaching the equivalent of 50,000 crunches — sounds gnarly, and let me tell you, at times is feels it, too.
How does it work?
Basically, you're hooked up to the TESLAFormer and a paddle (or two) is placed on the targeted area. Once the treatment begins, the paddle pulses and vibrates, and uses functional magnetic technology to boost circulation and stimulate the deepest possible muscle contractions in that area — ones that you wouldn't necessarily engage as much while exercising. For me, because I wanted Steph Claire Smith-level abs, I targeted my core, but you can also opt to target others areas like thighs and glutes.
How long does it take?
It's recommended that you have six-to-ten 30-minute treatments (depending on your needs) over a two week period. I found myself at Body Catalyst's Bondi Clinic three times a week for two weeks, on my first, third and sixth session I had a single paddle treatment on my core, and a double paddle for the rest targeting my obliques.
What does it feel like?
You start off on the lowest setting and work your way up to the highest. It kind of feels doing sit ups or crunches, but at that burning I've-just-done-50-and-make-it-stop level the entire time — and minus the sweat. The higher it goes the more intense it gets and you can really start to feel the burn (you know, the good stuff!). It's totally tolerable and gets easier to handle as the treatments go on. I felt a little tight post-treatment and the day after, but it's kinda just like the tightness you feel after a good workout.
What kind of results can you expect?
There's stacks of benefits listed for the TESLAFormer treatment including fat loss, body reshaping, cellulite reduction, skin tightening, improved muscle conditioning and strength and sometimes even pain relief. For me, while I did lose body fat and drop a few cm's from around my torso (average three cm's in two weeks!), I also noticed my abs were a lot more engaged during my workouts and I had less lower back pain, which was a surprise bonus that I'm thrilled about. I also notice that my abs were more prominent which didn't hurt the ego either.
What is the cost involved?
While you are likely looking at a couple of hundred dollars per treatment, the cost does vary from person to person since the treatment is totally customisable. I'd suggest booking in for a free consultation to get a quote and figure out the best treatment plan for you.
What I liked most about this treatment overall is that Rach and the team at Body Catalyst never once made this process about my weight or losing weight (even though that's a benefit of the treatment), it was about getting a stronger core, feeling stronger and making sure that I was making the necessary lifestyle changes to help the process along. We chatted about my exercise regime, my diet and nutrition and what I could do to help tighten my core. We all know these kind of treatments get a bad rep for being a 'quick fix', but this one in particular isn't about that. It's about giving you a much needed boost or assistance to reach your overall goals, especially in those tricky areas that no amount of exercise can fix. If you're going to have treatments like this you have to remember that if you don't also do the work, it won't work.
Keep scrolling to see my before and after treatment pics