EMS stands for “Electronic Muscle Stimulation.” Originally, this medical technique was used to rehabilitate injuries. It could improve both muscle strength and joint range of motion, and alleviate tense or inflamed tissue. EMS was so useful that eventually it got adopted by an astronaut — because it could also reduce the loss of his muscle and strength in outer space!
These days, EMS is more commonly used in healthcare settings, though increasingly you can find it in gyms and even in homes.
Does EMS Training Really Work?
That’s certainly what the science shows! Many of EMS’s benefits stem from its ability to increase the amount of oxygen red blood cells can provide to muscle tissue.
And that’s one reason it’s been so popular among athletes. This study on soccer players showed that seven weeks of EMS alongside their standard training schedule improved their jumping performance and kicking capacity. And this study on rugby players evidenced similar improvements in strength and jumping (although other areas, such as sprinting, didn’t improve).
And aside from its benefits on training and rehabilitation, EMS has also been claimed to improve the following:
- Spinal mobility
- Structural balance and symmetry
- Autonomic balance in the central nervous system
- Metabolism (fat loss)
- Insulin sensitivity
How Does EMS Training Work?
EMS sessions are typically short, 15-20 minute workouts that can be strength-based, cardiovascular, or both.
There are many EMS training facilities across the country, and more and more are popping up as the trend grows. You can also purchase your own equipment, although it’s a little pricey, with full-body equipment costing upwards of $500, and often a lot more.
If you want to train with EMS at home, then you should hire a personal trainer to get started. Unless you have experience using EMS, you won’t know how to adjust the strength of the electrical impulses in relation to your level of fitness and conditioning.
There’s one exception to this rule — the berurer EMS HomeSTUDIO. This uses pre-set levels of electricity and workouts for users with beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of training. It’s a great alternative to the more pricey, long-term workouts alongside a personal trainer, although your use of the EMS device and your workouts won’t be as fine-tuned.
Save Time with EMS
If you’ve got the cash to spare, EMS can be a great way to enjoy more time-efficient workouts during your week. Or, it can be a great supplement to get that extra mile out of your training schedule.
Either way, if you decide to try it out, whether at the gym or at home, definitely get the assistance of a personal trainer, at least for the first session or two. They can show you how to get the most out of EMS.
Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.