2019 was a year of changes, trials and errors for me. Improving my fitness was a big challenge on my to-do on my list. I have finally joined the gym and have definitely not gone near as much as I should have however, I was presented with an opportunity to try an alternative to a regular gym session.
I had heard of EMS(Electro Muscular Stimulation) before however I never knew how it worked and I simply did not believe getting in shape without doing ACTUAL cardio would be possible so I never thought of giving it a try. When I was approached by a personal trainer Kyle to try it out. I thought I would give it a go as I had nothing to lose by trying it.
The trial session is an hour long as he goes through your medical details, you try the outfits on to see which one fits best and then you have approximately 10 minute familiarisation with the current on so you can know what the training will feel like, which is half the time your regular sessions.
It seems a little strange at first, you have to wear special work-out clothes, which are prepared for you and comfy to wear. Kyle then ‘connects ‘you to a machine with electrodes that send impulses to your muscles. As you begin the exercises you experience an all over tingling sensation, it’s not really uncomfortable, it’s just different to anything that you would normally experience- it is hard to describe the sensation. You become use to the sensation quickly and do not notice it. You do a set of exercises that Kyle puts together for you and you complete them during the impulse. It makes the movement a lot harder when the impulse is on, it is kind of like trying to move under water. As soon as the trial was over, I felt like I did a full work out although it was only 10 minutes, the time went super-fast and my muscles felt a lot tighter. Since I enjoy high intensity work outs the most and felt the results instantly I decided to continue with the training.
So what is EMS exactly?
EMS stands for Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS). It is not a quick fix nor is EMS training a gimmick. The sessions will be extremely tough as it is designed to be a low impact, high intensity session. Our one 20-minute session a week will feel tougher than hitting the gym regularly and gets equal or better results.
The training targets up to 90% of your muscle fibres in one session, more than what you will be able to achieve in one gym session. EMS training is supported by extensive research. In short, a device that has the capacity to contract your muscles via an electrical current which is passed through your muscles.
EMS training is supported by extensive research. In short, we use a device that can contract your muscles via an electrical current which is passed through your muscles.
After the course
As I am coming towards the end of the course, having started it in November I feel like I can give you a good overview of what this treatment has to offer. I started to notice a difference in the way my body looks after about a month of doing it. My body looks a lot firmer and although EMS isn’t advertised to lose weight, but you help you tone up, the regular exercise had a positive effect of helping me shed a few kilos.
Apart from the weight loss and toning of my body, I also found it an exciting type of exercise that I was actually looking forward to and a great way to start a Saturday morning. Gym routines can get a little boring and samey. Here you get a personal trainer that will help you create a plan that is best for you but also push you and help you improve. I have several issues with my hip and through the course Kyle has helped me with several exercises that have improved my flexibility and it is the first winter in my life where I haven’t felt stiff painful bones when waking up. This has been possibly the best result I could have expected from it.
Here are a few things you should know about EMS
You can only do it once a week For your body to achieve the most effective results for Intensive training, your body needs time to rest and recover. Research shows that recovery and adaptation periods, especially for a whole-body EMS training session are significantly longer than for weight and resistance training. It does not help or assist your body to train more than once a week on the EMS device, because EMS training is so intense and effective, you only need one session per week.
What Improvements can you get from EMS
Over the last few decades, an extensive amount of research has proven the effectiveness and scientific validation of EMS training. Amongst others, areas of improvement include: Maximum strength Diastasis recti (abdominal separation post pregnancy) Strength endurance Hypertrophy (muscle growth) Speed, responsiveness and agility Perceived physical well-being Balancing of muscular imbalances (i.e. reduction of back pain, posture)
If you’re looking to improve your fitness in 2020 and want to try something a little different, please speak to Kyle at Imogen’s Aesthetics (Imogen’s Laser Skin Clinic) who will be all to advise you on what is the best course of action for you.
They offer free trials, so this way you are able to see if this is something that you would find beneficial.