Ditch the Butt-Squeezes and get toned up in MBT's

Beauty Cred on 29 Jun 2008 at 11:12pm

There's a lot of talk on RealSelf.com about losing the pounds and getting in shape. Well, the latest slimming and butt-firming craze in Hollywood is not about a new exercise machine, a new workout routine, or a new slimming or firming skincare product. Nope, they're going crazy over sneakers.

Yes, sneakers that can help you get nicely toned legs and butt, called Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) Physiological Shoes. MBT's are known as teh "anti-shoe" and Katherine Heigl (using her MBT as seen in Us Weekly April 28, 2008) and Jennifer Love Hewitt are reportedly gaga over them--and they're not the only ones. An easy indicator of their popularity is that they're selling at pretty much full price on ebay (is it completely transparent that I want a pair?).MBT shoes promise to firm up legs, butt and core muscles

MBT shoes feature a rounded sole design and a squishy center instead of a hard and flat surface, causing the wearer to experience instability. This forces the wearer to adjust to the instability and work the appropriate muscles through walking. The leg, butt and core muscles get toned as a result. MBT also claims that your posture is eventually corrected as well, due to the body's balancing reaction to the unstable surface.

There will always be skeptics, and celeb trainer Harley Pasternak (who happens to be working with Heigl as well) is one of them. "People are always looking for something new, but you can't beat eating healthy and exercising," she says.

Interestingly, MBT promises increase in abdominal muscle activity, 9% increase in buttock muscle activity, 19% increase in rear thigh muscle activity, and 18% increase in lower limbs activity.

So, let me get this straight--I can just walk and firm my butt at the same time? Sounds too good to be true, but let us know if you've got a pair of MBT's. Does Masai Barefoot Technology work for your butt?

If you've tried MBT shoes, tell us--