Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), also referred to as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), is the use of electrical impulses to cause muscle contractions. The impulses are generated by a device and are delivered through electrodes on the skin near to the muscles being stimulated. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. The impulses mimic the action potential that comes from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract.
EMS isn’t a new technology, but it’s become more popular in recent years. Trainers, athletes, and health practitioners have begun to use EMS for its potential medical and performance-related benefits. Research conducted by sports scientists, Dr. William Kraemer and Dr. Vladimir Zatsiorsky, cited EMS as an effective technique for sports training. The technology is used for strength training, rehab and injury prevention, post-exercise recovery, as well as a testing tool for evaluating the neural and/or muscular function.
What is Electro Muscle Stimulation training?
EMS training combines EMS technology with various workout techniques. The EMS technology creates automatic muscle contraction through electric impulses. EMS mimics the natural action of our central nervous system, allowing electrical impulses to be sent in order to contract the desired muscle.
You’re able to achieve more intense muscle contractions through EMS training than you would during a normal workout. Within one workout you are able to achieve 150 times more contractions than that of a normal workout. During EMS training 90% of muscles are simultaneously activated.
What are the benefits of Electro Muscle Stimulation?
The EMS device is used to enhance athletic training, bodybuilding, and rehabilitation or recovery. It can be used to work muscles harder and longer than an athlete can normally work them, simply because of fatigue and mental wear. The technology may also be used to prevent muscle atrophy in patients who have immobilized limbs or limited movement of a limb.
EMS training benefits the user both by what it does and doesn’t do to the body. EMS training requires little to no weight during exercise, therefore, it places less stress on the heart, joints, and tendons. It also helps isolate and strengthen weaker muscles leading to an overall stronger body.
EMS training may provide medical benefits, cosmetic-related benefits, and performance-related benefits. Here are a few of the key potential benefits associated with EMS training:
Potential medical-related benefits of EMS:
- Relaxation of muscle spasms
- Prevention or retardation of disuse atrophy
- Increasing local blood circulation
- Muscle re-education
- Immediate post-surgical stimulation of muscles
- Increasing range of motion
Potential cosmetic-related benefits of EMS:
- Cellulite reduction
- Body toning and shaping
- Muscle building
Potential performance-related benefits of EMS:
- Stimulates muscles, encouraging faster growth
- Gain rapid strength in a shorter period of time
- Improve speed and agility
- Improve muscle endurance
- Develops deep stabilizing muscles
Research continues to uncover benefits related to EMS training. When it comes to training, the cosmetic benefits are often the center of attention.
EMS and cellulite reduction:
EMS training has been shown to potentially help reduce cellulite through deep muscle stimulation. This leads to increased muscle mass, tighter connective tissue improves circulation and skin tone while improving your metabolism and burning fat.
EMS and body toning and shaping:
At Nuzuna, we offer every form of training. These different programs help build muscle, tone your body, and shape your physique through endurance training.
EMS and muscle building:
EMS utilizes 30% more muscles by stimulating deeper muscle tissues. Muscle contraction leads to muscle growth. EMS training allows you to achieve more muscle contraction more effectively with greater efficiency.
Is Electro Muscle Stimulation safe?
As previously mentioned, EMS training requires little to no weight during exercise, therefore, places less stress on the heart, joints, and tendons. It also helps isolate and strengthen weaker muscles leading to an overall stronger body.
As Charles Laverty, Founder and CEO of Nuzuna Fit, explains, “The heart runs on electricity.” For some, EMS training has resulted in unintentional positive consequences for the user.
There are few negative side effects related to EMS. As with any workout, you may experience muscle soreness after the workout. But all of our classes are run by trained professionals who will monitor your personal experience to ensure your well-being. As with any new exercise routine, you should consult your physician prior to beginning.
We encourage you to give EMS training a try. EMS training allows you to achieve more muscle contraction more effectively with greater efficiency and provides medical, cosmetic, and performance-related benefits.
Nuzuna will provides the latest EMS training news and breakthroughs. If you have any questions about this technology, please let us know.