What is EMS training? Short for Electric Muscle Stimulation, EMS involves the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. It is used as a strength training tool to supplement your usual workout routine. The impulses cause the same central nervous system reaction that resistance training would, but instead of using weights you hold bodyweight positions or perform certain movements against the resistance provided by the impulse (it is a very strange feeling to be fighting your own body, but one you soon get used to). The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin but with E-Pulsive, the electrodes are neatly tucked away inside this rather sexy suit.
If you have doubts about the effectiveness of EMS, let me put your mind at ease. I am currently in my final year of university, studying product design, where I am required to conceptualise and create a completely novel product of my choosing. I am currently exploring three areas of interest, one of which is EMS training. I have spent many an hour over the last few months reading about its benefits in peer reviewed journals and other published papers, all of which agree that EMS improves “maximal strength, speed strength, jumping, sprinting & power” (Filipovic et al, 2011). This is unanimously agreed across all studies that I have found to date, here are a few of the more reputable ones if you fancy a bit of extra reading; (Babault et al, 2007), (Banerjee et al, 1985) & (Porcari et al, 2005).
The guys at E-Pulsive put you through a tough 30 minute full body workout that is sure to have you building up a sweat and having a great time whilst doing it. Trust me guys it beats cardio in the park any day of the week! Being a health & fitness blogger and athlete I have tried almost every style of training under the sun and I would be lying if I said that EMS training wasn’t one of the most enjoyable. Sure jolting yourself with electricity might seem a little masochistic at first but the more sessions you do the more you appreciate what an effective workout you are getting from it. In the gym I can only workout a maximum of three muscle groups in one workout and still work them sufficiently to cause adequate exhaustion. In an EMS workout I was able to get a full body workout and train all muscles (except calves) to the point of relative exhaustion. The tech they are using also allows you to tailor the voltage applied to each muscle group, so you can ramp up the voltage or turn it down on certain parts of your body depending on how your body is feeling and what mood you are in.
The guys at E-Pulsive are absolutely lovely to work with so if you are looking to mix up your workout routine I really would urge you to give them a call. You can check out their Instagram account here for a little EMS inspiration to get you in the mood @epulsive