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The Magic Leg is a fitness device that allows you to tone and firm your legs, thighs, buttocks muscles and your abs in the comfort of your home. Easy to use, the Magic Leg is adjustable and foldable to save space. Specially designed for the lower limbs, this device would quickly bring you convincing results with daily use for a few minutes, while preserving your joints.
Training devices are commonplace today. Many of these machines are associated with home shopping shows, and promise extraordinary weight loss, supported by testimonials from people looking for quick and easy solutions that are satisfied with these products. Attractive prices are often the driving force behind sales, but these low prices often mean a simple machine that only uses one or two muscle groups and often of low quality. The “As Seen on TV” label appears on products as if it is a sign of quality, and Leg Magic is no exception.
Manufacturer says you only need a one-minute workout, repeated several times throughout the day to achieve muscular legs. You just have to climb on the machine when you have a free moment and do a minute of sliding and, thus, you will achieve your objectives ... The Magic Leg, like the Circle Glide , is a device in vogue lately and research on internet resulted in a lot of positive comments from satisfied customers, and almost no negative feedback, so it was time for our team to give it a full test. So we got ourselves a Magic Leg and looked to see if the product deserves its title "magic".
Most dieters have no idea what adductor and abductor muscles are in the leg, but the company that sells the Magic Leg aims to change that. The fitness equipment consists of sliding foot platforms and half-height handlebars. The user positions himself on the platforms and moves the legs alternately outwards and then inwards. The movement works on the inner and outer thigh muscles, also known as the adductors and abductors. This is a minimalist training device, consisting of a vertical tube with two handles that allow you to stand up and two rails with footrests that slide sideways.
This training device fit allows you to work the leg muscles (and more specifically the adductor and abductor muscles) as well as cardio. Leg Magic is relatively compact and its foldable system makes it even easier to store. It fits easily into small spaces, particularly suitable for apartments and studios. The Magic leg weighs less than 10 kg and comes almost fully assembled. The maximum user weight is 110 kg. The Magic Leg comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. If the user is not satisfied with the machine, they can return it and get a full refund of the purchase price (depends on the manufacturer).
To use the Leg Magic, all you need to do is step onto these footrests which slide on the rails and perform lateral movements with your legs. You have to initiate the outward gliding motion, then stop it and reverse in order to achieve an inward gliding motion. So basically you are moving your legs outward and then inward. by sliding on these rails. This allegedly works your abductors, adductors, gluteal muscles, and "every other muscle in the leg".
We must admit that the principle behind this Magic Leg struck us as interesting. Working the abductor and adductor muscles is quite difficult with conventional methods, and this machine seemed to offer an attractive low impact option. At least in theory. Now let's see what is happening in practice. Once the Leg Magic was obtained, we logically put it together. This turned out to be quite easy though, as the one is already pre-assembled, although some of the components don't fit together quite well. The editing therefore required a little creative genius and our instructions were in German (and nothing in French) so we do it by feeling.
Now let's talk about the performance of the machine itself. Once we got on we started to slide, and although the use is childishly simple, we quickly noticed the rather big impact on the knees. Stopping the outward sliding movement the transition to inward movement puts a little strain on the collateral ligaments. In addition, the machine lacks cushioning. Your feet glide over a hard steel frame, with nothing to absorb the impact. After the manufacturer's recommended one-minute workout, we also noticed some stretching in the groin area, a sign that the device is working well. Note that even if you are a regular athlete, the Magic Leg can cause contractures that last for several days. The movement is therefore fairly targeted and even if you don't necessarily realize it during the exercise, you must respect the pauses between the different repetitions. While the Magic Leg home page has plenty of positive reviews, one point caught our attention. When doing circuit workouts, each machine is used for about three minutes. Adductors and abductors require a maximum of 3 to 6 minutes of a 30 to 60 minute training session and it is often difficult to use them for more than 2 minutes per session. This means that the user will only use this machine 3-6 minutes a day if they want to work other muscle groups as well. At a purchase price of 80 €, it's expensive, knowing that you can perform lateral lunges that use the same muscles and that it does not cost anything.
When it comes to weight loss, reading the instructions that came with the Magic Leg, we were surprised to find a detailed workout plan (independent of the use of the machine) , consisting of aerobic and muscle toning exercise programs, to be done on a daily basis. It made us smile, because by performing these exercises, the weight loss will be real, with or without the Magic Leg. That being said, we still believe the Magic Leg has some value in working the adductors and abductors, but its role in weight loss has been greatly exaggerated.
Regarding the build quality, again we were disappointed with this device. When using the Magic Leg, the pads seem to block and a not very pleasant noise appears when moving back and forth. The handlebars don't seem very strong either. The above scenario is unfortunately repeated with most low cost training machines. There is a fundamental business principle that cannot be ignored: “Most of the time you get what you pay for”. A decent training device usually costs hundreds of dollars. When the price is too attractive, unfortunately you often have to be wary of the quality of the product. This principle has always been true, regardless of the countless inexpensive devices and gadgets we have tested. The devices either break in a few hours or are simply unusable.
Easy to use
Works well on the abductor and adductor muscles
Does not allow weight loss
High price to work only 2 muscle groups
Side slits achieve the same results
Low footrest cushioning
The device can only be used 3 to 6 minutes every day
No hooks to keep it folded
Strength / Durability
The Magic Leg is therefore a barely suitable product that allows you to work only two muscle groups. As part of a regular training program, these muscles require a maximum of 6 minutes of attention. Knowing that it is advisable to practice a cardio type activity of at least 30 minutes to burn fat, the user who wants to lose weight will not see much results using this device.
We do not recommend the purchase of the Magic Leg because it offers no cardio support and the exercises it offers can be performed with the same results and free of charge, for example by performing side lunges.