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Is EMS training only for muscle building?

31 August, 2020

Is EMS training only for muscle building?

A full-body EMS training program is extremely effective at muscle building and strengthening. In fact, it has been used by many professional athletes for precisely this reason. Electrical muscle stimulation delivers pulses to your muscles which cause contractions. These contractions are the same effect that occurs when you lift weights except for one major difference, your muscles are responding to electric pulses, not weightlifting! This is an important difference because it targets up to 90% of your muscles and enables you to achieve the equivalent of a 3-hour workout in a 20 minute period. While an amazing benefit, this is not the sole advantage of using electrical muscle stimulation. An electrical muscle stimulation training program can be utilised by persons with a wide range of concerns, even if they are not professional athletes or rigorous trainers.

EMS training, while effective for muscle building, can be effective for rehabilitation, post-pregnancy body recovery and weight loss. In this article, we explain the benefits outside of muscle building. Soon, you’ll realise that EMS training can be used by everyone.

Therapy benefits

After injury or surgery, doctors usually recommend limited physical activity in order to prevent the weakening of muscles. EMS training allows injured or recovering persons to strengthen their muscles without strenuous or potentially harmful exercise. This is not a benefit concerning muscle strengthening; rather, it focuses on the benefit of not straining one’s joints or muscles while undergoing physiotherapy.

This benefit also includes rehabilitating persons with atrophied muscles who may not have the strength to undergo a lot of physical activity. EMS provides the benefits of conventional exercise on a larger scale and without the risk of straining muscles and joints.

EMS training also promotes circulation at a much greater rate than conventional exercise. This is important for therapy as important nutrients are transferred through circulation which aids in recovery.

Postpartum recovery

Who would have thought that electrical muscle stimulation could help post-pregnancy? Apart from aiding in weight loss and toning, EMS training can help to strengthen pelvic floor muscles which are usually stretched and weakened after pregnancy and can cause bladder leaks. However, EMS strengthens this area by stimulating the adductor muscles of the thigh as well as the nerves that supply the pelvic floor muscles. This is extremely helpful to prevent urinary incontinence, a common issue that women face post-pregnancy.

Weight loss

EMS training doesn’t just aid in muscle strengthening and building but, it contributes to lean muscle building. Lean muscle is important for speeding up one’s metabolic rate—an important part of quick fat burning. This increased metabolic rate can last for up to 48 hours after your training session, enabling you to burn more calories for a longer period of time.

Weight loss is also impacted by the intense and increased muscle activity that an EMS training session provides. It causes muscle fibres to contract and release at an extremely fast rate (much faster than conventional exercise) which then leads to the decrease of fat deposits in the body. It is particularly effective in the belly and “love handle” areas of the body.

Remember, even though EMS training is extremely effective at weight loss, this can only be achieved with a balanced diet as well.

Improve posture through full-body EMS training program

Because an EMS session is a full-body workout, your core becomes stronger. This, in turn, improves your posture. If this is one of your goals, let your trainer know. He or she will be able to recommend lower back, abs and shoulder exercises which will be aided by EMS and provide you with a better posture.

Muscular imbalances can also affect your posture. Because EMS targets the majority of your muscles, your underdeveloped or unbalanced muscles are strengthened, improving your overall body balance and posture.

There are a number of benefits associated with EMS training. Whether you are young, old or injured, you may still be able to experience EMS’ benefits. However, if you are interested and have an underlying medical condition or an injury, we recommend that you check with your doctor before signing up.

Our personal trainers will work by your side to make sure your workout suits your personal goals and fitness abilities. If you’re interested in joining 20PerFit but still have a few questions, then contact our team. 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.

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