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Is EMS training the future of fitness?

A new fitness craze promises the benefits of a two-hour workout in just 15 minutes using electronic stimulation - or shock treatment. It claims to be the future of fitness. Want to know more? We did!

Imagine getting the benefits of a two-hour workout in only 15 minutes. Is it even possible?  It is now, thanks to a relatively new, but increasingly popular fitness programme called EMS training.

Obviously keen to find out if we could cheat the system and save ourselves a few hours in the gym, we wanted to know more – so we’ve bailed up Peter Haling who runs a Surrey-based fitness organisation called The Health Quest which offers the EMS training programme.


So, Peter, what is EMS training?

EMS stands for Electric Muscle Stimulation and it has been widely used in physiotherapy for decades with great results. Its rapidly expanding use as a Whole Body Training method provides the perfect combination of a highly effective strength and cardio training. It’s sage and effective, and just two sessions of 20 minutes each week is enough.

How does it work?

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 and these muscles are not activated as easily and therefore they will not develop so well.

EMS Training stimulates all the major muscle groups and also helps to develop the motoric nerve connections relating to muscle movement. By sending electric impulses directly to these motoric nerves, even the weakly connected muscles are activated. Because muscle fibres 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 fibre at an accelerated rate. More active muscle tissue requires more energy intake which therefore burns more calories, even at rest!

Is it safe?

It is safe to use for every healthy individual.  We can’t offer EMS training for people who wear a pacemaker or have metal implants. Before the first session we always go through the contraindications with our clients.

Will it suit everyone?

Electric Muscle Stimulation is used to speed up the healing process after injury but the technology provided by X Body now gives us the ability to improve your strength and cardiovascular health faster than ever before. If you want to heal faster from an injury or you want to have a shorter, more effective training session, this is perfect for you.  As well as saving time it will help improve posture, build muscle, achieve a toned body, balance out the muscular system and relieve the pressure on joints.

What results can I expect?

EMS Training is great weight loss, toning up and improving posture whilst being very gentle on your joints. The electrical stimulation makes muscle contract more than what we normally achieve in a conventional workout without having to use heavy weights.  Expect your body to change shape, become stronger and feel better overall.

Peter, what are your own experiences of EMS training?

I’ve been a semi professional athlete for 10 year and have worked in the fitness industry for over 12 years. For years I’d been training to the traditional 60 minutes in the gym, sometimes longer. That’s what most people believe it takes to see results.

After experiencing the EMS training for the first time, I was sore in places I normally don’t get sore. My abs generally require a lot of work to be sore the next day and my arms are never ever sore. Let me tell you… after just 20 minutes of working out with 1kg dumbbells (you read that right, 1kg) I had pleasant muscle soreness for two days. Another great feeling was being able to work my legs without feeling sorry for my joints the next day.  EMS Training, in my opinion, has a place in the world of health and fitness, with great results being achieved in just 40 minutes per week.

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