Will treadmills, weight benches and the like soon be a thing of the past? Electrostimulation training (EMS) is the name of the new workout variant that allows us to train our bodies holistically and highly efficiently. Although EMS strength training does not work entirely without movement, the training sessions are made much more effective and therefore shorter by the blood circulation-promoting electric shocks. Even if EMS does not live up to the idea of the dream body at the push of a button, the electro-workout in combination with conventional endurance or strength training is still an interesting training method. Ten reasons that speak for EMS after medical consultation - especially in case of pre-existing health problems.
- EMS training is easy on the joints
- Low strain on the heart and circulation during EMS training
- EMS training is short and effective
- Exercises are functional and quick to learn
- EMS training relieves tension and blockages
- All muscle fiber types are addressed
- The entire body musculature is activated synchronously
- EMS training challenges the deep musculature
- Compensation of muscular imbalances
- EMS training has a fast effect
Especially people with previous damage to the passive musculoskeletal system often have problems with ligaments and joints during conventional endurance and strength training. In addition, strength training, especially with more intense loads with heavy weights, brings wear and tear even for healthy athletes. With EMS training can be trained effectively without weights, the passive structures are additionally stabilized by the constant stimulation of all muscle groups.
Even at low intensities, high blood pressure values and a significant increase in heart rate are often measurable in conventional strength training. Especially for people with heart disease, this can have negative consequences for health. With EMS training, the strain on the cardiovascular system is lower, making it an excellent alternative for athletes with limitations. However, the correct setting and monitoring of EMS training is imperative in order to exclude overloads and excessive CK values.
Time is money: Few professionals find the time to regularly visit a gym in addition to work, everyday life and family. Packing a bag, getting there and training can easily take two hours. If you still want to do something for your fitness and health, you can get away much faster with EMS - a training session lasts around 20 minutes, which can far surpass a conventional one-hour workout in terms of effectiveness.
Plug in, ready, relax - no way: EMS strength training also involves sweating. Parallel to the low-frequency power surges, various exercises are performed, preferably from the field of bodyweight training. The advantage is that the exercises are not only easy to learn, they are also highly functional and can therefore be transferred to our everyday workloads.
Another great advantage of stimulation current training is that stubborn tensions can be released and blockages removed through the blood circulation and activation of all muscles. Strength training is also ideally suited to maintain muscular structures after herniated discs, when active training is not yet possible.
With regard to hypertrophy, i.e. muscle building, EMS strength training has a decisive advantage over the classic workout in the gym. While weight training initially activates only the slow-twitch muscle fibers, and the fast-twitch fibers are only activated during intensive training with heavy weights, the stimulation current training activates both fibers evenly right from the start. Since the fast fibers are of particular importance in muscle building, EMS has a clear advantage here.
Another advantage is the synchronous activation of the entire body musculature. While classic strength training is usually limited to certain muscle groups, the muscles are always addressed holistically with EMS. Whether squats, push-ups or crunches - every exercise here also becomes a full-body workout.
If you value your health and optimal posture, you can't avoid training the deep muscles. To activate the deeper layers, strength training used to require special exercises, mostly from the field of yoga or Pilates. With EMS training, on the other hand, there is always stimulation of the deep muscles, which increases the effectiveness.
Especially in the area of the back, uneven strain can quickly lead to imbalances - back pain and, in the worst case, a herniated disc are the result. The electrodes on top activate the muscles completely evenly and are thus able to correct muscular imbalances.
The duration of the individual EMS workouts is short, but the training results are nevertheless quickly visible. "Already after a total of ten hours of training, the first successes become apparent," explains personal trainer Gregor Alexander Braun to Focus.de. Also possible complaints with the musculature would subside fast.