Updated: Dec 17, 2020
How Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) Training combines precision and technology to create powerful, effective and holistic transformations.
As the tribes of fitness enthusiasts continue to polarise in their views on what’s best, it’s becoming clearer that there is no right and wrong between high and low-impact solutions, only personal preference.
For the last decade, across Europe, an exercise movement has seen exponential growth because of its ability to straddle both the low and high impact markets.
During traditional strength training the brain sends impulses which stimulate certain muscles to contract. However, not all muscles have a well-developed connection to the brain, therefore are not activated easily.
EMS Training stimulates all the major muscle groups whilst helping to develop the nerve connections relating to muscle movement. By sending electrical impulses directly to these motoric nerves, even the weakly connected muscles are activated.
Because muscle fibers are activated in a non-regular order with EMS Training, a more intense level of training is enabled from the start, which creates more muscle fiber at an accelerated rate. More active muscle tissue requires more energy intake which therefore burns more calories, even at rest!
So what exact benefits can EMS Training offer?
Balance out the muscular system:
If there are muscular imbalances or underdeveloped muscles in the body, EMS can be used to realign these. Targeting the appropriate muscle groups is easy with the professional placement of electrodes in the specialised XBody training suit.
Achieve a toned body:
Full-body EMS strength training combined with cardio sessions can help you get your muscles toned, burn fat and reduce cellulite. Circulation of the muscular and connective tissues will be enhanced which can lead to firmer and more toned skin.
Unlike regular training with weights, EMS Training will not put additional pressure on your joints and with the help of a specialist, it can be used after an injury or with joint pain as well.
In an interview in her beautiful home studio in Esher, Surrey, owner of EMS Works and EMS Trainer Pippa Turley explained how she delivers both treatment and training simultaneously.
“EMS is not new - it has been used for rehabilitation for decades, but only in the last 10-15 years has it also developed as a whole body training solution. I have many clients who, due to injury, natural wear and tear on their bodies or joint restriction would not be able to strength train in the normal way. With EMS they are getting a strong and effective workout in a safe and efficient way.”
It’s clear to see that EMS Training is bridging a gap between elite performers and those in rehabilitation. Training styles which can effectively serve both markets are rare, making EMS Training a powerful enhancement to a fitness professionals portfolio.
Overall, XBody EMS Training increases muscle mass, promotes shedding fat, increases calorie burning capacity and boosts metabolism without placing additional pressure on joints. This makes it a suitable training style for all ages and abilities.