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EMS has been applied for many years in the fields of physiotherapy and competitive sports. The training intensity comes from gentle electrical stimulation, not heavy loads (such as weights/dumbells), so EMS training puts no additional strain on joints or ligaments.
It has been scientifically proven that EMS training achieves better results than conventional exercise and can help improve your strength, body shape and stamina in a number of ways:
Build strength and endurance
Typically, when you train at the gym (or other similar exercise), you will only use between 40 - 70% of your strength potential. EMS improves how your muscles work together and increases the intensity of your muscle contractions, enabling your body to use up to 90% of it’s potential - achieving more, in a shorter time.
Build muscle (hypertrophy)
The extra stimulation given to your muscles during an EMS training session is what leads to an increase in muscle mass. After just a few training sessions, you will typically notice an increase in the size of your chest, arm and leg muscles.
Several studies have also demonstrated that EMS is particularly effective at speeding up the muscle re-building process after an operation. (Note: always seek the advice of your surgeon or GP before training after an operation).
EMS promotes a high level of metabolic activity during, and for many hours after, a training session. The higher your metabolism, the better your body will burn fat and build lean muscle mass.
For women, EMS training has been proven to reduce the size of common problem areas, such as around the waist, hips and thighs. At the same time, it will firm up the chest and arms.
For men, EMS training reduces waist size, whilst developing the arm, chest, back and leg muscles.
Reduce Muscle Tension
EMS training promotes the circulation of blood throughout the muscles, which can significantly help to release muscular tension and knots.
Improvement in sports performance
In many types of sport, strength has a major impact on performance. EMS training maximises the capacity and strength of the muscles, as well as correcting the postural imbalances that can impede performance. It is an incredibly useful, and time-efficient, programme to run alongside conventional training for sports such as competitive cycling, athletics, football and swimming.
A reduction of muscle tension
EMS training promotes blood circulation which dramatically helps release muscular tension, contractures and knots.
Improve posture and reduce back pain
An imbalance in the postural muscles in the back, tummy and pelvic floor can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including back pain. You might notice this particularly if you sit at a desk for long periods of time. EMS can specifically target and train these difficult to reach muscle groups, often causing a noticeable reduction in symptoms and an improvement in overall posture and flexibility.
Less strain on the musculoskeletal system:
EMS training poses no additional strain. The training intensity does not result from heavy loads, but from electrical stimulation. This is much easier on the joints and musculoskeletal system. During EMS training, the training intensity is generated by electrical stimulation. This enables the user to enjoy gentle training sessions that are easy on the joints, without any extra burden being posed by weights / dumbbells.
A correction of muscular dysbalances:
EMS is designed to allow for the selective targeting of particular muscle groups. This is especially important if muscular dysbalances are to be corrected. Sitting at a desk for extended periods, for example, leads to a shortening of the chest muscles and the simultaneous weakening of the shoulder and back muscles.