How to prepare for your first electrical muscle stimulation workout
27 April, 2020
Electrical muscle stimulation provides a unique and intense workout. An EMS session is unlike any other workout in that you require a special bodysuit, and undergo an intense and invigorating workout that will yield excellent results. However, it’s important that you know what to expect and how to prepare for it. It’s best that for your first time experiencing an EMS workout, you are well-prepared and undergo the training properly.
If you’ve finally decided to attempt an electrical muscle stimulation workout, then there are few things you need to do in order to be properly prepared. This includes everything from speaking with your trainer to what you do after your training session. Here are our tips for preparing for your first electrical muscle stimulation workout.
Speak with your trainer before your first session
Before your first training session, we make every newbie fill out a questionnaire. This ensures that you meet all of the health requirements for EMS training and won’t put your body in jeopardy. Additionally, we also recommend that you seek your doctor’s advice before your first session, especially if you have underlying health conditions. We always advise that you speak with your trainer about areas of concern, health conditions or painful areas on your body. At 20PerFit, our trainers are there to help you achieve your best possible workout, and that includes ensuring that you are comfortable every step of the way. Your training session is specifically designed around you, so don’t be shy about expressing your goals, insecurities or abilities.
Drink a lot of water
Thirty minutes before an EMS session, regardless of if it’s your first or not, we recommend that you drink at least half a litre of water. Water greatly improves your post-recovery. It lubricates your joints and energises your muscles through electrolytes–an essential component in maintaining balance throughout your muscles and keeping them alert and at top performance. Additionally, water helps to flush toxins out from your body. Toxins like lactic acid, which build up during your workout are responsible for your muscle soreness. Some studies also suggest that hydration before a workout can lead to less pain sensitivity and perception, allowing you to work out more intensely and for a longer period of time.
Increase your protein and carbohydrate consumption for muscle growth
A carbohydrate-rich meal eaten three hours before and consisting of sweet potatoes, brown rice and vegetables can provide you with the necessary fuel for your workout. Protein can improve muscle protein synthesis which is the process responsible for the repair of muscle damage. Additionally, protein facilitates a better anabolic response or muscle growth. These benefits lead to improved muscle growth, longer workouts and increased strength performance. Try eating foods like almond butter, oatmeal banana, chicken and eggs for your protein intake.
Dress appropriately for your EMS bodysuit
Remember that you aren’t going to a regular work out and therefore conventional, exercise leggings or shorts and tops are not necessary. You will be wearing the electrical muscle stimulation bodysuit so, all you will need to bring are running shoes. The EMS bodysuit is a wearable system that contains electrodes that target and stimulate all of the major muscle fibres. It also contains a pulse generator which connects to our 20PerFit mobile application so that your trainer can control the intensity of each workout and completely personalise your training session.
Enjoy potassium-rich foods after your workout
Potassium plays a vital role in muscle relaxation and contractions. After your first EMS workout, your muscles may experience cramps and fatigue–potassium will aid with their recovery. You lose potassium and sodium through sweat, a common result of any training session. It is important to replenish what is lost as potassium will prevent you from feeling entirely spent after your session. Lastly, potassium, an electrolyte must be replenished especially after a workout because it helps to maintain a good fluid balance in your system. Without it, your body can suffer from the poor fluid balance which can then lead to dehydration.
If you’ll be visiting 20PerFit for the first time, make sure to let your trainer know. Our personal trainers will work by your side to make sure your workout suits your personal goals and fitness abilities. They will also be more than happy to guide you through each step of the workout, explain its advantages and offer training advice.
Try it for yourself and reap the benefits.
Book in a session here or contact our friendly team on 1300 202 073.