EMS (electrical muscle stimulation or electrical myostimulation) is a highly effective form of training. It uses low and medium frequency electrical currents to greatly increase the body’s natural muscle contractions. As a result, more muscle fibers are activated compared to conventional training methods.
EMS training is a full-body workout that supports weight loss, increases physical strength, stimulates muscle growth, and relieves muscle tension and imbalances. As a form of personal training, the workout can be tailored to meet many individual goals. The EMS method
has been shown to significantly reduce back pain. In some cases, electrostimulator users have even reported complete relief of their back problems (chronic pain). Because of the increase in both muscle tone and blood flow to adjacent tissues, EMS can also have a beneficial effect on cellulite problems.
How does EMS training work?
Electrical muscle stimulation training uses the body’s nervous system and activates muscle tissue using electrical currents. These low to medium frequency pulses are completely harmless when used correctly. The goal is to bring the muscle to a state of complete contraction. The key difference from conventional training methods is that electrical stimulation allows more muscle fibers to be activated during training. In short, more muscles are activated. The intensity of this effect can be controlled by adjusting the electrical current itself and the exercises performed.
Whole bodyEMS training
engages all major muscle groups of the body and activates even deeper muscle tissues that are usually difficult to reach with traditional training methods, especially for beginners.
EMS device and equipment
Most commonly, an electrostimulator consists of a control unit that generates and regulates electrical impulses and a set of electrodes that the exerciser wears. The electrodes are placed in a vest, a belt, and two other sets of straps, depending on the targeted muscle group. Each muscle group is represented as a transmission channel in the control unit, allowing individual intensities in the legs, buttocks, lower back, lats, upper back, abdomen, chest and arms. Electrical impulses are transmitted through a cable that connects to the vest and distributes each channel to the appropriate muscles.
Is EMS training safe?
Use of an electrostimulator by an experienced person should not be dangerous, but incorrect placement of the electrodes can result in skin damage. In addition, you may also overload your muscles.
You should also consider health contraindications such as:
– acute illnesses, disorders, bacterial infections and inflammatory processes,
– recent surgeries,
– arteriosclerosis and other circulatory disorders,
– stents or bypasses within the past 6 months,
– untreated hypertension,
– electrical implants, pacemakers,
– cardiac arrhythmia,
– tumors or cancer,
– bleeding disorders (hemophilia),
– motor neuron disease, neurological disorders (epilepsy),
– abdominal or inguinal hernia,
– acute effects of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicants.
Since these are mostly very serious conditions and medical conditions in themselves, a general, common sense approach to exercise is sufficient to ensure a safe EMS session.
Before your first EMS-Training session, your trainer will sit down with you and review your medical history to check for any contraindications.
EMS at home
If you can find an EMS personal trainer who offers an appointment, then yes, you absolutely can enjoy an enjoyable workout at home. If you are thinking of buying your own equipment, you must always consider the fact that the success of EMS training involves being under the care of a personal fitness trainer. Without the help of a professional, the EMS machine in our hands may not produce any results.
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