A new trend sport conquers the fitness industry: EMS training is getting more and more popular, and EMS studios are springing up like mushrooms. Here’s everything you need to know about this innovative form of exercise!
What is EMS Training?
EMS (= electrical muscle stimulation or electromyostimulation) is a new trend sport that originally comes from physiotherapy. This high-intense whole-body workout uses low-frequency electrical impulses to stimulate those muscles that are often ignored by conventional training methods. During an EMS training session, which only lasts about 20 minutes, all big groups of muscles are stimulated, also the underlying muscles. Despite its short duration, EMS is as effective as several hours of traditional strength training.
The workout routine consists of both dynamic and static exercises that can be varied in all kinds of ways. The electrical impulse is transferred to the body via electrodes. Both the duration and the intensity of the impulses are controlled through an EMS device that allows each group of muscles to be stimulated individually, at different or equal intensity.
A common misconception is that the electrical impulses are harmful to your body. The opposite is true, actually. The low frequency isn’t dangerous for humans, so you don’t have to worry about being harmed by the electrical impulses.
→ Electrical muscle stimulation is a very efficient, intense, and time-saving kind of training.
Who Shouldn’t Do an EMS Training
If there are no existing health problems, almost everybody can take part in an EMS training – including old people as well as teenagers. But there are three groups of persons who shouldn’t train with electrical impulses.
First of all, this includes people wearing a cardiac pacemaker because the electrical impulses could have negative effects on it. You are pregnant? Then EMS training isn’t a good idea as well. But after giving birth, the training helps to form back and tighten your body. When having a cold, a temperature, or a bacterial infection, you should also cancel your training session.
And then there are some diseases that require consulting a doctor before you start with EMS training: cardiovascular diseases, cancer, tumour diseases, neurological diseases, diabetes, and epilepsy. If you wear an implant or have problems with physical effort, you should also talk to your doctor first.
In general: everyone who is healthy and able to work out without any problems can take part in an EMS training session!
Effects of Electrical Muscle Stimulation
The efficiency of EMS training has been scientifically proven. EMS is a whole-body workout strengthening all groups of muscles. Through this effective muscle building our body burns more calories, what helps us to lose weight and decrease body fat. EMS also fights cellulite and tightens our skin. It is also an effective way for both preventing and rehabilitating common back problems such as disc herniations and muscle tensions.