WHAT IS EMS TRAINING?
EMS is short for electrical muscle stimulation or electromyostimulation. EMS training has become a growing trend throughout the world. It is a unique and innovative form of exercise. This whole-body workout which contracts 90% of your muscles at the same time uses low-frequency electrical pulses that cause the muscle to contract. This results in an intense workout that the body wouldn’t be able to achieve alone with conventional training. Even muscles that are not regularly trained and used are stimulated during EMS training.
EMS sessions typically run for 20 minutes and are always guided by a qualified personal trainer. Not only are all the major muscle groups stimulated but the underlying muscles are as well. Comparing the contraction time (“time under tension”) and the intensity of the contractions during a training session, the effects of a 20-minute EMS session can be compared with the effects of several hours of strength training in a gym. As a result, EMS training only needs to be done once a week.
Both static and dynamic exercises are used during a training session. The body receives the impulses through the electrode equipment worn by the client. This includes an electrode vest, straps for legs and arms as well as a glute belt. The EMS device is used to set the intensity of each muscle group individually as well as the overall level of intensity.
Scientifically Proven Benefits of EMS Training:
- Time Efficient
- Highly Effective
- Increases Muscle Mass & Strengthens all Muscle Groups while Simultaneously Reducing Body Fat
- Safe & Gentle on the Joints
- Increases Range of Motion, Endurance & Blood Flow
- Ideal for Medical Rehabilitation (especially chronic back aches)
Where to Do EMS Training
There are many micro studios that are specialised in EMS training. Many of these studios in South Africa are part of a franchise system, for example BODYTEC, Body20, ActivX, FitIn20, VictoryBody, etc. Those studios are between 60 to 150 square metres in size and there is always a qualified personal trainer who looks after you during your stay.
But it’s also possible to try out EMS training in other facilities, like independent EMS studio or booking a session with an independent EMS Trainer. EMS is a good option for self-employed personal trainers because the EMS equipment is easy to transport and a training session can be done almost everywhere.
Who Shouldn’t Do 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!
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