FREQUENLTY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS ELECTRIC MUSCLE STIMULATION?
Electromyostimulation, otherwise known as electric muscle stimulation or EMS, is a system that uses an electric current, measured in microamps, to directly stimulate and contract the muscle. This method helps to achieve strong and intense muscle contractions which are not possible with conventional strength or endurance training. With EMS training, free weights are not required.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A TRAINING SESSION?
Each 20-minute sessions starts with electrodes being fastened across the bigger muscle groups of the body, to help induce a strong and intense muscle contraction. During training, the participant will experience four-second long impulses which activate the muscles, followed by resting periods of equal length. While training, the participant will perform a set of dynamic exercises and movements which will improve the efficiency of the workout.
A feature of the EMS device is that every electrode can be individually controlled, allowing for specific and isolated targeting of the muscles. This allows for customized workouts to suit the participant.
At the start of the workout, the device will be set to a lowlevel intensity. As the workout proceeds, the device is adjusted by the personal trainer to suit the variety of exercises being performed, therefore allowing flexibility with each participant’s training needs.
HOW DO I PREPARE BEFORE EMS TRAINING?
Before going to your EMS training it is important to take a meal that is rich in proteins and slow-release carbohydrates about 2 or 3 hours before your session. This allows for the body to be prepared and encourages quick recovery. In addition, it is suggested to drink at least 500ml of water 30 to 45 minutes before the start of the session to keep hydration levels where they need to be. Fruit juices should be avoided, in addition to caffeine and alcohol due to their diuretic properties.