EMS training—or electrical muscle stimulation training—has become much popular within the last 10 years as innovative technology makes it possible for more fitness centers, gyms and personal trainers to utilize the equipment necessary for this type of training. If you are interested in learning more about EMS fitness so that you can determine if it’s the right option for your fitness training, consider the following 3 commonly asked questions about EMS training.
What is EMS Training?
EMS, or electrical muscle stimulation, training is a special type of training that utilizes electrical currents to stimulate muscle contractions in the body. EMS training requires the use of special EMS devices that can connect to your body with electrodes; the devices are used during a regular workout, such as a jog on a treadmill, ride on a stationary bike or session on an elliptical.
When the device is turned on, it sends a certain amount of electrical pulses through the device into the electrodes connected to your body. These electrodes are strategically placed so that they stimulate certain muscles, which then contract due to the electrical pulse. The goal behind targeting these muscles is to mimic the natural stimulation of the muscles in the body that occurs during a workout, but in an intensified way that increases the overall intensity (and thus, the effectiveness!) of a workout.
In some cases, EMS fitness training involves using a special vest and short combination suit with built-in electrical pads. These pads are designed to rest over the bulkiest part of your muscle and are made with a comfortable mesh material that is easy to workout in.
How Does EMS Training Work?
EMS training is more than merely using an EMS device. It requires a training session with a personal trainer certified in using the EMS device. During this session, the trainer will guide you through a workout that can be as little as 20 minutes long. Since the primary benefit of EMS training is that it intensifies your workout, a 20 minute EMS session can be as effective as a 2 or even 3 hour session.
During the session, the electrical pulses will help stimulate muscles responsible for better muscle development and even fat burning. It is estimated that your fat burning ratio and muscle development is improved by about 10 xs during an EMS training session compared to a standard workout.
Is It Safe?
Yes! EMS training is safe to use when you are training with a certified personal trainer and using professional EMS equipment. People who regularly do EMS training report that it doesn’t hurt and at most, an EMS training session produces a slight tingling effect that is similar to what you might feel after a really intense workout. The electrical pulse used by an EMS machine are not dangerous or high enough to cause harm; however, if you have any metal plates or pins in your body, you may want to talk with your physician prior to starting this type of training just to be sure.