Can you imagine getting the effects of a three-hour workout in only 20 minutes? It very well might be possible. A new wave of fitness is making its way, and it’s called EMS training.
Have you heard of it? Seen it on Instagram? It’s still so new in the States that not many people in the US have tried it yet. We’re going to give you the rundown of this training style that claims to be the future of fitness.
How does Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) work?
In everyday life, your body stimulates muscles naturally by sending bio-electrical pulses down the spinal cord and into your nerve fibres. Muscles need this stimulation in order to move.
Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is nothing more than an amplification of the body’s own electrical pulses. The extra stimulus causes your muscles to contract more and work harder.
Combining EMS with exercise is a very targeted way of super-charging the effects of your workout. Deep muscles are stimulated far more effectively than through conventional exercise alone, making every move stronger and delivering visible improvements more quickly.
The science behind EMS
We all have two types of muscle fibre – slow-twitch and fast-twitch. Understanding how each of these works, is the key to ensuring a workout that will really get results.
- Slow-twitch muscle fibres support endurance activities like walking, swimming and cycling. These fibres are always stimulated first during exercise. They contract slowly so they can keep moving for a long time without getting tired.
- Fast-twitch fibres support quick, powerful movements, like jumping or sprinting. They contract quickly, consume a lot of energy (in other words – they burn fat!) and deliver the strength and power you need to spring into action.
To improve your overall strength, fitness and body tone, it’s important to flex both types of muscle fibre. EMS specifically targets those harder to reach fast-twitch fibres, boosting the effects of your workout.
A full body workout
During an EMS training session, we can configure a wide range of training parameters to suit your individual needs. However, an important difference to other forms of exercise is that we are able to activate ALL of the muscle groups simultaneously. This makes a workout much more time-efficient than conventional strength training or gym sessions, which typically only work a few muscle groups at a time.
EMS training has also a quick and deep-acting tightening effect on all the core muscle groups. That means you can achieve the same strengthening of low-lying muscle fibres that we’d normally associate with Yoga or Pilates exercise, without any of the time-consuming holding moves (e.g plank).