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:
Lightning Fit vs. Conventional Training
A 6-week study that tested body fat percentage, body mass index, strength, and endurance showed individuals that completed 2 EMS workouts per week saw significant benefits compared to individuals that completed 2 conventional training method workouts per week.
PDF (citing): *** This is off of 4ufitness website
Effective for Elderly
WB-EMS training is an effective way for elderly subjects, unable to perform conventional strength training, to improve physical strength and body composition
PDF (citing): Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2010: 24(7)/18801887
Lightning Fit vs. HIIT
A 16-week study with 48 men, 30-50 years old, performed 2 HIIT sessions/week or 3 WB-EMS sessions/2 weeks. Results showed that WB-EMS is not only comparable to HIIT for improving general strength and body composition but is more time efficient.
Body Composition Impact
WB-EMS is safe training technology when properly applied, can significantly improve muscle mass, and can help reduce fat and lower back pain.
PDF (citing): Frontiers in Physiology 2018: 9(32)/1-19
Reduce Low Back Pain
WB-EMS is a safe and efficient way to strengthen the lower back and reduce low back pain.
PDF (citing): Journal of Pain Research 2018: 11/19491957
WB-EMS combined with endurance training can improve V02max, vertical jump, physiological performance, and muscular power in recreational runners over a 6-week timeframe.
PDF (citing): Frontiers in Physiology 2018: 9(1576)/1-13