The plan for the day was an intense workout focusing on abs and thighs. It would be extreme. It would challenge my muscles at an insane level. After 30 minutes, inches would be shaved from my body.
I should have been dreading it. The output. The stamina. The willpower would take to get those results.
Instead, I smiled giddily as I climbed onto a table at 7eFitSpa in Noblesville and got hooked up to pads and wires for my TORC treatment.
For the next 30 minutes, I laid there chit-chatting with my two new girlfriends, Melissa La Fleur and Vanessa Knight, looking at YouTube videos and talking weddings.
Meanwhile, the device TORC mimicked a hardcore workout on my body, using bio-electrical waves to target motor points and causing my muscles to contract and release. Over and over again.
The TORC treatment has been dubbed the non-workout that can make up to three inches disappear from your abs. Or you can choose to target arms, glutes or thighs. 7eFitSpa likes to tell clients they can "relax while technology does the work." Learn More
Relax? That might be the only part of this treatment where I disagree. As I laid there, Knight, a Torc technician, and La Fleur, manager at the spa, each took one body part. They started me out at a low level of contractions, and as I got used to it, every few minutes, they would up the intensity.
I can't say it was easy to relax, even though they kept urging me to quit clenching my hands. What started out feeling like a deep, ticklish massage felt like labor contractions by the end.
My muscles jumped about, prompting the usually quiet and calm photographer Kelly Wilkinson to do a little jump herself. "Oooh! It moved!"
But I loved every minute of it because I knew I was working out, without having to. A little bit of uncomfortableness? I could take that.
Especially when I hopped off the table to get my post-treatment measurements. Six cumulative inches were gone, about an inch on each of the six spots La Fleur measured.
Now, the TORC isn't for people wanting to lose weight. This is for people wanting to tighten and build muscle. It's for moms who've had babies. It's for guys who want to melt the flab into hardness. I was sore for days afterward.
The treatment is FDA approved but not recommended for pregnant women. If you have health problems, you should consult a doctor first.
Typically, people should do a series of six treatments for optimal results. Then depending on your workout regimen, come back periodically for maintenance treatments. It cost $89 for a 30-minute treatment.
I settled in, with a Glamour magazine, reading the do's and don'ts of celebrity outfits. I sweated like crazy. I detoxified. I felt so darn good after I got out. If she had measured me, La Fleur says I would have likely lost an inch or two more. I'm not sure about that. But I can tell you the Torc has me convinced. As Knight said, few people know about it. "This is the best-kept secret around." Miley Cyrus can take her over-the-top dance moves someplace else. The world doesn't need the twerk anymore. We have the Torc. Call Star reporter Dana Hunsinger Benbow at (317) 444-6012.
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