Healthy ice cream? Free gym membership? Getting fit whilst having a cuppa? Only in a perfect world right? But we all know a washboard six pack doesn’t merely come from kicking back on the couch, unfortunately in the real world it’s not that easy. However things are changing, read our EMS Training Review and see how EMS training could help you!
So what is EMS? Technically it’s known as Electrical Muscle Stimulation, a state of the art electrical movement technology that uses impulse currents for a full body workout.
I paid a visit to EPulsive’s training centre in prestigious Knightsbridge, London to find out more.
Giuseppe Di Leo, a personal trainer at EPulsive says that “EMS training can be offered to athletes looking for more definition and improvements in their stamina, and for those who otherwise have insufficient time to visit a gym ie, bankers, city workers, etc.”
Clients must wear a slightly dampened black cotton suit which conducts an electrical current through your muscles as your body moves through multiple exercises. Next, electrodes are attached to specific muscle groups secured on with velcro straps which are attached to a wire that is linked to a computer console. This machine can control, adjust and regulate the level and intensity of electrical stimulation operating on your muscles.
Giuseppe explained that EMS works “directly on the muscles, targeting those large muscle groups such as the mid back, lower back, glutes, hamstrings, quads, abdominals, pectorals, biceps, triceps, calves and shoulders.”
After being suited and booted in what felt like a child’s ninja outfit, the novelty of feeling like a fitness warrior started to wear off when I came face to face with the EMS machine. An LED screen showed digital bar graphs indicating various aspects of fitness and the levels of electrical stimulation used, with a line of progress moving within each rep of your exercise. This serves as a helpful guideline ensuring that you gain the maximum possible benefit.
“20 minutes of EMS training is the equivalent to 3 hours’ of conventional gym exercise.” Giuseppe explained that the session would be split into two parts; one being the metabolic half and the other, resistance training both totalling 10 minutes each.
The metabolic session was made up of cardiovascular exercises targeting a full body workout including sprints, punches, squats, star jumps, crunches and the dreaded plank! The electrical current made a simple star jump seem challenging -l was amazed by the resistance involved to complete the exercises. My body felt pushed to its limit, sweating buckets after just 10 sit ups, so while enjoyable, is definitely no walk in the park!
Next it was time to move onto resistance training, shyly trying to hide the unpleasant sweat angel left on the mat, I was ready for round 2!
Giuseppe guided me through a series of slow lunges, squats and arm raises that builds the stability of your muscles whilst working out with the electrical current. Apparently, while conventional workouts engage 50% of all muscles, EMS training allows an impressive, whopping 98% muscle engagement!
As well as keeping the heart rate high in cardiovascular activity, low intensity exercise has a positive effect as it promotes circulation which aids in nutrient transfer and hastens recovery. He also said that EMS training is available anytime during the day for full benefits and noticeable results can be seen after only four sessions. When asked about recovery, Giuseppe advises, “gentle walking and stretching throughout the day would help your muscles recover – which is as important as any post-workout recovery.”
EMS training is massively expanding within the fitness industry, sparking the minds of those in sports’ performance and even Olympic athletes such as Usain Bolt! It seems to be a growing influence on the likes of Made in Chelsea stars, Rosie Fortescue and Louise Thompson, who both have toned strong bodies using EMS weekly -so there must be something going right.
EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) is available from EPulsive and personal training sessions are offered at their Knightsbridge studio or can be arranged in the comfort of your own home.
They are soon to be opening a second studio in the delightful area of Canary Wharf.
I can see the significant advantages with EMS in getting fitness and physique improvements and results sooner than conventional methods. If you like the idea, give it a try. I’m feeling pretty excited about adding this to my own training -and I’m confident I can celebrate with that ice cream now!
You can find out more here: E-Pulsive