Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) was first used in the 1960s, in physical therapy practices, to rehabilitate muscles after injury or surgery. 10 years later, Russians began using it to train elite athletes.
EMS penetrates deeply into the muscle compartment and activates up to 95% of an athlete’s muscle fibers, providing benefits over traditional strength training which activates roughly 65% of an athlete’s muscle fibers. Consequently, EMS has been helping athletes elevate their performance for years!
Benefits of EMS:
- Increase Power & Strength
- Increase Metabolism
- Time Efficiency
- Low Impact
- Reduce Injury
- Decrease Asymmetry
- Increase Joint Stability
- Increase Flexibility
- Increase Athletic Career Time
- Increase Lean Muscle
Numerous studies have shown EMS’s effectiveness in training elite athletes:
Strength and Performance
In a 14-week study involving 2 Whole-Body EMS sessions per week, professional soccer players developed increased leg strength and enhanced their athletic performance.
PDF (citing source): Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 2016: 15, 639-648
Speed and Power
An 8-week study of young athletes showed a combination of EMS training and plyometric training can improve speed and triple jump performance.
PDF (citing): J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2013: 53: 387-95
Anaerobic Performance and Muscle Activation
EMS training incorporated with an athlete’s sports training can improve anaerobic performance and promote increased muscle activation.
Muscle Strength and Power
In a 12-week study involving up to 3 EMS sessions per week, elite rugby players significantly improved their squat strength and power.
PDF (citing source): Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2007: 21(2), 431-437
Metabolic and Cardiovascular Response
A study revealed that high intensity interval training (HIIT) can be mimicked during EMS work outs using constant load exercises. EMS training has been shown to enhance cardiovascular and metabolic responses.
PDF (citing): Eur J Appl Physiol 2014: 114:1801-1807
Increase Vertical Jump
A 6-week study of female track and field athletes showed using EMS training along with weight training can increase their knee extensor strength and vertical jump.