30th June 2016 Max Curle

Why Use EMS (Electromuscular Stimulation Training)

EMS has become increasingly popular throughout mainland Europe over the last few years and I’ve been one of the first personal trainers in the UK to offer EMS training from our studio in Canary Wharf, using the innovative Miha Bodytec machines.

 


What is EMS?

Muscle contraction is caused by the central nervous system, which sends electrical impulses to control muscle contraction. During EMS training this natural principle is used: the EMS device generates an electrical impulse which is delivered through electrodes placed in direct proximity to the muscles, causing the muscles to contract. EMS technology has its origins in rehabilitation and was first proven to be effective on human performance in the 1970s.

The Miha Bodytec machine is superior to conventional EMS training devices as it stimulates agonist and antagonist muscle at the same time, as well as deep muscle groups that are difficult to reach with conventional methods. During training, you will wear a vest, which contains electrodes in the areas of the upper and lower back, abdomen and chest, a hip belt that stimulates the gluteal muscles, as well as arm and leg pads. The intensity of different muscle groups can be controlled, and Max will create a program customised to your needs and aspirations.

Due to the intensity of the workout one session per week is enough to achieve results. The success of EMS training becomes visible and tangible after just a few weeks: Fat content and weight are reduced, while muscles are strengthened and toned, and general wellbeing is improved. Research has shown that EMS offers the following benefits:

Benefits of EMS

Due to the intensity of the workout one session per week is enough to achieve results. The success of EMS training becomes visible and tangible after just a few weeks: Fat content and weight are reduced, while muscles are strengthened and toned, and general wellbeing is improved. Research has shown that EMS offers the following benefits:

Strength & Conditioning / Sports Performance

  • Increased muscle size and strength
  • Increased muscular endurance
  • Increased explosive power

Health & Wellbeing

  • Reduction of lower back pain
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Improved posture
  • Reduction in symptoms of incontinence (particularly postnatal)
  • Strengthening of connective tissues Weight loss and appearance
  • Increased metabolism leading to…
    • Decreased body fat%
    • Decreased body weight
    • Decreased abdominal girth
  • Reduction of Cellulite

While EMS offers excellent results on its own, I believe that it should be seen as a supplement to traditional training and a well-rounded nutrition plan.

Why use EMS?
  • The use of Miha Bodytec is the only training form that increases maximum performance via improved speed of motion.
  • 84% users reported an increase in performance.
  • After just 4 training session maximal strength increased by 17%.
  • 71% of participants increased endurance levels.
  • Strength-endurance values increased by as much as 108% after 12 training sessions.
  • After 4 weeks of training, maximum performance rose by as much as 30%.
  • Muscle contraction speed increased 22% on average. The explosive power of core rose by up to 74%.

Source: Studies at the University of Bayreuth (Boeckh-Behrens et al. 2002-2006) and the German Sports University Cologne (Kleinöder/Kreuzer/Speicher 2006-2008)

  • 88 % of the subjects reduced their back pain. The frequency and duration of back pain reduced by up to 80%.
  • 40% of participants complained about constant back pain at the start of the study, after 6 weeks of training this reduced to 9%.
  • Back pain totally disappeared in 44% of the patients with chronic complaints. The duration of back pain in everyday life improved by 30%.
  • An alleviation of urinary incontinence complaints was achieved in 65% of the cases. 24% of subjects became complaint-free, whilst a decrease in complaints occurred in 24%.

Source: Studies at the University of Bayreuth (Boeckh-Behrens/Vatter 2003, Boeckh-Behrens/Walz/Niewöhner 2003, Boeckh-Behrens/Sebelefsky/Grützmacher 2002, Boeckh-Behrens/Stötzel/Benner 2003).

  • 87% of participants report clear visible body-contouring effects; with a substantially more positive perception of their bodies.
  • 89% felt more firm and taut after the training program.
  • EMS training reduced the percentage of body fat by 4% within 6 weeks.
  • Females lost an average of 1.5 cm from their waist and hip circumference.
  • Male subjects reduced their abdominal circumference by up to 2.3 cm – with a muscle buildup of 1-2 cm on their legs, upper arms and chest.
  • After just 13 weeks of training overweight subjects lost an average of 3.5 kg and 9% body fat as well as 6.5 cm at the waist and 2 cm on their upper arm circumference.
  • Subjects over the age of 65 lost 6.8% of their abdominal fat and 6 cm of their waist measurements – even with a low level of training.

Source: Studies at the University of Bayreuth (Boeckh-Behrens/Vatter 2003, Boeckh-Behrens/Walz/Niewöhner 2003, Boeckh-Behrens/Sebelefsky/Grützmacher 2002, Boeckh-Behrens/Stötzel/Benner 2003, Boeckh-Behrens/Treu 2002), a study at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Kemmler/Birlauf/von Stengel 2009), Miha Bodytec own studies

  • A 12-week EMS training program demonstrated beneficial effects on muscle strength and power in elite rugby players (Babault et al 2007).
  • Results suggest that supplementing dynamic contractions with EMS appears more effective than EMS only, or weight training only, for increasing knee extensor strength and Vertical Jump scores in female track & field athletes (Willoughby & Simpson 1998)
  • Combining EMS with dynamic contractions may be the most effective the most effective method of increasing muscular strength in USA college basketball players (Willoughby & Simpson 1998)

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