The Ins & Outs of EMS Training
In today’s rushed times, we are all looking for an easy way to get fit as quickly as possible, and to stay that way. While no aspect of living a fit life should be taken lightly, there is a way to maximize the time you do have to work out. EMS can be up to 10 times more effective than a normal workout, and it delivers results.
How Does EMS Work?
EMS is an acronym for Electrical Muscle Stimulation and that’s exactly how it works.
During a workout, your body uses electrical impulses to make your muscles expand and contract. EMS utilizes specially designed equipment to heighten these natural impulses and stimulate the muscles beyond what your body is normally capable of. Thus, you get better results, faster.
During an EMS session, you will wear a specially-designed electrode harness attached to an EMS console. The harness has several pairs of electrode pads secured with Velcro straps. These electrodes, lightly sprayed with water which is a good conductor for the electrical impulses, are then placed on the bulkiest part of each targeted muscle and can be activated by your trainer during your session.
In this way, you can target weak areas without overstraining yourself or go for a full body workout without having to do a wide range of exercises. Up to 90% of your muscles can be activated simultaneously during your workout. EMS produces contractions that are far more intense and more effective than any amount of circuit training can produce.
EMS training penetrates deep into the muscles to create a better balance between the muscles and ultimately increased core stability.
Once you’re all strapped in, your trainer will guide you through a range of gymnastic and strengthening exercises selected specifically for you. The exercises designed for your training sessions can be to help you recover from injury, to train for a specific sport or to improve your overall fitness.
During your session, the electrodes fire into your muscles, intensifying the effects of the exercise. In this way, you can get the same results you would from a 3-hour workout in just one 20-minute session.
After your session, the electrode pads go into ‘’massage mode’’ to finish off your cooldown and reduce recovery time. Not only does EMS give your muscles a kick-start but it also boosts the fat-burning capabilities of the body.
While EMS is definitely a faster and more effective way to work out, it’s no walk in the park. You’ll still get the satisfaction of completing an intense workout – except in a fraction of the time.
The Finer Details
While the thought of jolting your muscles with electric currents may seem a little alarming, EMS is totally safe and painless. The worst sensation you’ll feel is a slight tingly feeling. However, due to the intensity of an EMS workout, your body needs a little more time to rest and recover. For this reason, it’s advisable to limit your EMS training session to one or two per week.
Your trainer will see to it that you benefit from a programme that’s specifically designed for you. They can also guide you with regard to eating and lifestyle changes to enhance the results of your workouts.
Where to Get Started
The best part about EMS training is that anyone can do it. Biokineticists and physiotherapists may recommend it as a way to recuperate from injury or build up your fitness slowly after an illness.
You don’t need to be super fit and svelte to get started with EMS training, all you need is a desire to live a fit life.