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Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) has been applied for many years in the fields of physical therapy and competitive sports. The workout intensity comes from gentle electrical stimulation, not heavy loads (such as weights/dumbells), so an EMS workout puts no additional strain on joints or ligaments.
It has been scientifically proven that an EMS workout 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 workout at the gym (or other similar exercises) 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 its potential--and achieving more in a shorter time.
Build muscle (hypertrophy)
The extra stimulation given to your muscles during an EMS workout session is what leads to an increase in muscle mass. After just a few workout 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 rebuilding process after a surgical operation. (Note: after any kind of surgical operation, always seek the advice of your doctor before working out).
EMS promotes a high level of metabolic activity during, and for many hours after, a workout session. The higher your metabolism, the better your body will burn fat and build lean muscle mass.
For women, EMS workouts have 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 workouts reduce the waist size while also developing the arm, chest, back, and leg muscles.
Reduce tension of the muscles
An EMS workout 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 sports, strength has a major impact on performance. EMS workouts maximize the capacity and strength of the muscles, as well as correcting the postural imbalances that can impede performance. An EMS workout is an incredibly useful and time-efficient fitness program to undertake alongside conventional types of training for sports such as competitive cycling, athletics, football, and swimming.
Improve posture and reduce back pain
An imbalance in the postural muscles in the back, stomach, 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
An EMS workout has low impact on joints and muscles. The workout intensity does not result from heavy loads but from electrical stimulation. This results in minimal stress on the joints, bones, and muscles. During an EMS workout, the workout intensity is generated by electrical stimulation. This enables the user to enjoy gentle workout sessions that are easy on the joints, without any extra burden being posed by dumbbells or other weights.
Correction of muscular imbalances
EMS is designed to allow for the selective targeting of particular muscle groups. This is especially important to correct muscular imbalances. 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.