Gel pads are the only consumable item with the Flex Belt. While some other ab belts do require your to buy contact gel (gel that goes between the electrodes and your skin) or replacement batteries (most belts use AAA’s) this device has a rechargeable built in battery that doesn’t need replacing, or at least not for some time.
So how can you stretch out the life of your gel pads so you don’t have to be buying replacements all that often?
#1 Keep em Covered
The most important thing you can do to prolong the life of your gel pads is to always keep the plastic coverings on them when you aren’t using the belt. I made a stupid mistake after I first got my belt and tossed out not only the plastic covers that are on the sticky back that affixes to the belt but also the covers that you keep on the surface that touches your skin when you aren’t using them.
Be sure to replace those plastic covers as soon as you done your session and store your belt in the carrying sac that is included with your flexbelt. This ensures that dust, pet hair and any other dirt that could get stuck to the pads is kept away.
Also the plastic covering ensures that the pads maintain their moisture.
#2 Keep it clean
For this I’m talking not just about the pads but you. I would suggest not wearing the belt right after a run or really strenuous activity, first wipe yourself down, especially your abdominal area, and then put it on. I’ve been doing this and it seems to help. We tend to release a lot of salty sweat when we work out and while I don’t have any proof that this is breaking down the gel pads, I figure everything we can do to help ensure they stay in good condition is work it.
#3 Wipe em down
I read this final tip on another forum when I was researching the flex belt initially. I’ve been doing it every once and a while since and it keeps the gels pads nice and clean. I use hand sanitizer on my gel pads to wipe off dirt, grime, and any fuzz or other debris that might become stuck to them either after a workout or while my belt is being stored.
You don’t need a lot, so start with a less is more approach if you’re going to try this. Also, don’t use a paper towel or kleenex just use your fingers as the later will get stuck to the gel pad surface.
These three simple tips should help you maximize the lifespan of your Flex ab belt gel pads.
A couple of other tips if you haven’t ordered your device yet are to order at least one second set of pads when your order your belt. If you use one of the coupons I’m offering here then you’ll get the discount on the belt and the gel pads and the belt, also you’ll only pay the one shipping fee (or possibly get free shipping).