Backed by scientific research, BionicGym is a wearable cardio-exercise machine that works by mimicking the actions of shivering, training the body and burning calories.
Frequently Asked Questions - User Questions and Tutorial Videos below
As you get colder you shiver more intensely but at the same rate (7-8Hz), This is because the energy consumption is related to the shortening and lengthening of the muscle fibers. Impulses through the BionicGym Wraps stimulate the motor-neurons [nerves-to-muscles] in the legs and gluteal muscles [bum] telling them to contract repeatedly, which generates more heat in your body and thus burning more calories. We recruit enough muscle fibers contracting at the optimal rate to place a huge demand on the cardiovascular system - thus training you. READ MORE HERE
Absolutely not! BionicGym is not a device on which you press a button, sit , relax, and don’t feel anything. It is a real and intense cardio exercise machine, even though it’s convenient, but as you increase the intensity you’ll become more breathless and even sweat, get tired afterwards, and feel real results on your body. It’s not easy, used at high intensity it feels like a proper tough workout. The muscles, heart and lungs are working hard and it's tiring. You can wear a heart-rate monitor to quantify the cardiovascular training effects in real time. Most of the monitors also give an indication of calorie burn too. WATCH HOW IT TRAINS YOU
The wraps come in two sizes (plus an extension). An extension strap may be added to the larger size. Between them the sizes will fit from a small woman (153cm/5') to a very large man, (~150kg/330lbs). Prior to shipping we will send an email to ensure we send the correct size to everyone. Please note that for now we don’t have enough information to routinely recommend it to all women over 16 stone (even if the wraps fit). VIDEO ON SIZES
No. Ab-toners do not increase your heart rate, make you breathless, sweat or burn significant calories. We do share some underlying technology – using electrical impulses to interact with the peripheral nervous system.
Our studies have included men up to 150kg/330lbs who used the tech effectively. For women over 16 stone/ 224lbs /101kg we do not routinely recommend using it. (In our studies, many of the women over this weight were not using it comfortably at high enough intensities).
This technology exercises and trains you. This is wonderful and we all need exercise to look and feel better. If weight-loss alone is your goal, you probably already know that weight-loss is complex and generally requires diet in addition to exercise. If you look at the Backers Forums there are some incredible success stories. But it is also clear that this was not a miracle - these backers worked hard for their results. Note: because of the particular physiology of this exercise we think it is likely to be especially effective with a low carbohydrate diet.
BionicGym is currently shipping to its early backers (except USA backers because of FDA clearance), we have to deliver more than 7000 units by the end of May, If you back us now, expect to receive your unit from May.
We have already applied for an FDA clearance, we are currently corresponding with the people in charge of studying our submission, and we will keep all our community updated through social media and our newsletter email.
Before shipping your order, we will send you a pre-shipping email to confirm all the shipping and delivery information, you can input your preferred delivery address and update all the information you want.
I live in the USA, and I want to change my address to a different country to avoid the FDA clearance, is that possible?
We are very sorry, we do not want to do anything that might jeopardise our other US backers from receiving their product. (Of course, we accommodate people who are now living outside the USA).
People with great fore-sight and generosity supported the project on Indiegogo. We are very grateful to them.
It is important to set up BionicGym correctly. In particular good electrode placement is necessary for comfortable and effective training.
The Bluetooth pairing code for the BionicGym app is 123456, Please note the 56 at the end! Also that sometimes Quintic (our chip manufacturer) appears instead of BionicGym.
Try restarting both App and Unit. A flashing blue LED on the unit indicates that the unit needs to connect [code = 123456]. In the Menu select Devices. This shows available devices /connected devices. Click on BionicGym/Quintic [our chip manufacturer]. Occasionally you need to UNPAIR /Forget Device in the phone Settings>Bluetooth>Devices menu. Then pair again (close and reopen app and unit). Don't forget the pairing code is 123456
This safety feature checks that each wire is FIRMLY in place and the unit well-connected in the pocket. Please double-check all these [1. The cable firmly connected in the left wrap. 2. the cable firmly in the unit AND 3. the unit connected well in the pocket]. Press Resume to restart the workout. On occasion, despite checking all connections are good the app will not resume the workout, then close the session and download it again.
The electrodes need to make good contact (with the skin and) the stud. After much use the stud may need to be cleaned and/or the electrodes repositioned.
[Note, the LED is Purple when paused]
Commonly there is a bad connection – see Electrode Check Error FAQ. Wire and unit needs to be connected securely.
The battery may be low… it needs recharging. There is a battery symbol in the top-right of the app.
Rarely the unit has crashed. Try switching it off and on again. If it will not switch off then let it discharge by itself (maybe overnight), then try again (it may need some recharging before it will kick into life again).
It is normal to have a little redness after a workout, this may increase after a shower. If you have sensitive skin do not use for more than an hour. Do NOT use oils on your leg / oily moisturisers.
DO use a water or cream-based moisturiser on your skin – rub in very well prior to using BionicGym. Do NOT use after shaving your legs or having laser treatment.
If you sweat a lot you will need to let the electrodes DRY OUT between sessions. (Just leave the skin side exposed to the air to dry). You may also need to put on the wraps very tight and angle the straps so that slipping is less likely. You may need to support the wraps with clips or a compression garment or simply use BionicGym lying down.
This may be due to issues with the 1) the skin or 2) the electrode(s)
[NOTE: it is normal to feel skin sensations (occasionally sharp) the first few times you use BionicGym. **Temporarily reduce the intensity if uncomfortable.** Stay with it at a level where you are comfortable (say, for 10 minutes) and then gradually increase the intensity. Most commonly your body just needs to adjust to new sensations. Make sure the wraps are tight – as this improves the electrode contact.]
1) SKIN issues. If your skin is DRY or cracked this may lead to uneven impulses causing stinging sensations. Use a water-based (creamy) moisturizer to prepare the skin. Rub it in well. Or you can WET the skin in the electrode areas before use. Sometime if you leave the wraps on for a while before starting the stimulation the gel surface dries out and you need to wet the skin before continuing. If you have a small CUT or blemish the stimulation may concentrate there causing a localized stinging so simply cover the area e.g. a small band-aid/ piece of tape. Shaving the legs causes micro-cuts … so don’t shave for a few hours, at least, before using.
2) Check the electrodes: They may be folded back. The stud should be covered by the electrodes – grid side to wrap/stud. (The grid should not be visible when the electrodes are on the wrap). Electrode(s) may be too worn, frayed or dried out. Often WETTING the skin or the electrodes will increase the lifespan of the electrodes. (Consider ordering more -via in-app store / bionicgym.com). If you cut the electrodes or if their edges are digging into you this may cause sharp sensations. REPLACE electrodes – if not available wet the skin and electrode in the area/cover with gel.
This may happen if an upper electrode(s) is positioned too close to the inner leg. See VIDEO / manual section on the app on how to correctly position the electrodes. The 4 upper electrodes (2 per leg) should avoid the inner leg. Try also different ZONES workouts.
Each of us is different, so we have ZONES that help you get the balance right for YOU. Try them out and find what suits your body. Note if sitting you may have a different preference to when standing.
Is the battery charged? Press the orange button for 2 seconds until a Blue LED appears to switch ON…. Press it for 2 seconds to switch OFF. Note if the unit has not been used recently the battery may be completely depleted and may need an overnight charge to revive.
If there is a SOLID red LED and the unit won't switch off there may be a problem with the software on the unit. Let the unit discharge the battery. It switches off then charge the battery and the unit should work as normal.
Usually this indicates that the unit has lost connection with the app for 3 minutes. As a safety measure it switches off. Switch on again and reconnect the app (may need to restart the app). Also check the battery level (in case it needs to be recharged).
At the end of a session the unit will switch off if not restarted.
To charge the battery just connect it to the charging 'cradle' with the charger FIRMLY inserted into the cradle. It will FLASH PURPLE while charging. When fully charged it will alternate PURPLE-BLUE. It typically takes an hour to get to about 70-80% charged.