You may have heard celebrities such as , , and most recently the talk about “EMS workouts” which stands for electrical muscle stimulation. I hope to clarify what all the buzz is about and why it is, in my opinion, a true game-changer in the fitness industry.
Whole-Body Electrical Muscle Stimulation (WB-EMS) has taken the European fitness industry by storm since 2009, and now it's gaining momentum in the United States. With the first FDA clearance for WB-EMS devices in 2018, this innovative training method has quickly become a popular choice for fitness enthusiasts. In this article, we'll explore the top five reasons why EMS fitness is so effective and why it's becoming a game-changer in the fitness world.
EMS workouts offer incredible time efficiency, allowing you to achieve excellent results in just 20 minutes, twice a week. This training method covers the equivalent of two resistance training sessions in a fraction of the time required at a traditional gym. You can fulfill most of your weekly physical activity needs, all within half the typical workout duration.
Joint-Friendly and Safe:
The EMS suit is equipped with electrodes targeting major muscle groups, making it possible to engage and amplify muscle contractions without requiring a full range of motion. This joint-friendly approach is especially beneficial for individuals with injuries or concerns about potential injuries. The use of light weights and stress balls further minimizes the risk of strain and allows for a safe and effective workout experience.
Low-Impact Yet Impactful:
EMS workouts are highly accessible, catering to individuals of all fitness levels. With the EMS suit, you can perform exercises like push-ups while standing upright, eliminating the need to get down on the floor or work against gravity. Despite the low-impact nature, the stimulation effectively strengthens your chest, and arms, while continuing to work out your legs, abs, back, and glutes.
EMS fitness is for everyone, from beginners to seasoned athletes. Tailor your workout to your desired intensity level, ensuring that you're constantly challenged and progressing toward your fitness goals. Notably, modern EMS fitness originated from training Olympic athletes, exemplified by the likes of Usain Bolt incorporating EMS into their core workouts.
EMS fitness is a cutting-edge training method that offers efficient, convenient, and customizable workouts while being joint-friendly and low-impact. It is a safe and effective way to increase strength and alleviate muscular pain faster than conventional resistance training. With the ability to achieve impressive results in a short time, it's no wonder EMS fitness is electrifying the fitness industry and changing the way we approach our workouts.
About the author:
Conrad (@conradfitness) is a 15-year fitness expert that holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology, several national personal training certifications, and EMS certifications from XBody, Miha Bodytec, E-Fit, and Wiemspro.